If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift for a gamer friend, then I highly recommend The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming: Rules Every Gamer Must Live By written by Teri Litorco. I just finished reading this wonderful book this week and highly recommend it. The only issue is if the “Don’t be a dick” meme championed by Wil Wheaton bothers you, then you might have an issue with some sections of this book as the author likes to use that as a rallying cry.
Back cover summarizes the book wonderfully.
Whether you’re new to the world of tabletop games or a veteran gamer, The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming is your go-to game-night etiquette guide. Expert gamer Teri Litorco, of the gaming site Geek and Sundry, helps you to get along as you play and make the most out of your time with your gamer group.
Packed with insider advice and etiquette tips, this essential guide includes advice on everything from sharing crib sheets and meeples to avoiding drama and poor sportsmanship at the game table. With 100 gaming etiquette rules, The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming provides you and your group with all you need for a fun and respectful game night–without rage-quitters, bad losers, terrible winners, and Incredible Sulks!
This book is full of great advice for gamers both old and new. It also uses humorous anecdotes and real life experiences to get its points across about gaming culture and community. Do you want to be a better gamer, host of gaming nights, game master, and person? Then I recommend this book for you and your friends.