I’ve taught a number of people to play Arkham Horror and I’ve played the game quite a bit myself. So when I encounter new ways of playing, or new ways of describing how certain rules interact with one another, I like to share them with people who already know how to play, and I mentally archive them for later use.

Friday night, I taught three and a half people how to play. I say half because the player who joined us later didn’t seem altogether with it, which I don’t blame her for it all, since we’d already been playing for quite some time by that point. In the process of teaching these people to play, I tried a different approach for explaining the rules.

I tried to first apply a framework for the game, explain the order of events, and then explain the individual rules in the context they were used in. I’m already used to explaining the rules of the game over again to everyone who plays, and that, if nothing else, helps me stay fresh on how the rules work: repeating myself.

I mean, it isn’t awful, reiterating the rules, and while I’m generally loathe to repeat myself, it affords me practice in refining my thoughts so that others can understand me more easily. Everything I do in repetition helps me analyze my process and further refine my speech. I have lots of practice speaking, constructing thoughts.

Cookiemonger pointed out in conversation tonight that I seem pretty together when it comes to constructing thoughts and sentences and paragraphs and …structure. I don’t disagree, I just wonder why it stands out. Why do I do it? Practice makes permanent — where did the ability come from? How did I learn it, and can it be taught to others?