Ultimately, what is most important when teaching someone a game: how to play or how to win?

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PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

How to play. Winning will come when they understand the game.

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My 1st day in this community, so bare with me a moment. Can I now go deeper into my question or do I write a brand new question each time (I know, this question is ironic - big smile)
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Water Nebula commented
I guess you can go deeper with like the comments and stuff but assuming I get what you mean, it's mostly the latter
Darik Majoren Profile
Darik Majoren answered

Well how to play of course.

If you teach the most important thing in the game is winning . . . You will have created a monster, that is incapable of enjoying the game itself. 

Dumb Goat Profile
Dumb Goat answered

How to play. Learning how to win on your own means is the allure of the game. Plus, just teaching how to win without how to play in depth can lead to gaps in the learner's knowledge.

Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

How to play.

"How to (gracefully) win" is best taught as a general life principal.  Along with "How to (gracefully) lose".

Nathan Lane Profile
Nathan Lane answered

How to play 100% because how to win will come after the basics have been taught. Take Poker or Blackjack (my favs) for example, you need the basics and then you can learn how to win. Many other activities follow this same theory.

Nealious James Profile
Nealious James answered

Hello! I suppose that you will have to teach them both! However, knowing how to play is the basic and you will have to show the person all the simple things to get started. Once he/she has mastered the gameplay and in-game features, you can then give them tips on how to win. All the best and have fun!

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