Well, I was playing the Bohnanza card game with my son last night, and had to deal with an unfortunate issue… cheating.
The game ends when the last card is drawn from the draw pile. My son was one card away from playing another card, which would have given him another coin. I told him that the game was over, and we couldn’t play any more cards. As I was looking at the instructions to confirm the timing of everything, I see him place the card down.
I said something to him about it, to which he responded, “I was going to pick it up.” It’s unfortunate that he would cheat and then lie so boldly to my face about the situation. After thinking about it a little bit, I wish that I would have not said anything, and then see if he came clean about it without me saying anything. Oh well, I will be ready for it if it happens again.
I will admit that there have been times in games where I have cheated accidentally. Either, I read/interpreted the rules wrong (this often happens on the first playthrough of a new board game) or I just remembered the rule incorrectly.
I can still recall a particular instance when playing Warhammer with my High Elf Lord on Dragon. I recalled that Thunderstomps were distributed as shooting (i.e. hit the unit), so my dragon that was in a challenge, Thunderstomped the unit (when he should have stomped the character). Fortunately, it didn’t have a huge bearing on the outcome of the game, but I still feel bad about it (Sorry Erik).
What about you guys? Have you had any occasions where you have unintentionally cheated or have had to deal with cheating opponents? How have you handled the situation?