Games can be divided into two styles of play:
- Strategic: slower moving, requiring preparation e.g. board games and mobile puzzle games.
- Reaction-based e.g. sports, video games.
(I realise that sports and video games can also have strategy and that board games and puzzle games can also have reaction-based gameplay. These are generalisations, so just go with them for now.)
These two styles appeal to two personality types:
- Cautious. This type of person gathers information before entering any situation with risk, and doesn’t want to ‘get it wrong’. They read the manual first.
- Reckless. This type of person enjoys getting in there and improvising just to learn experientially, with no worries about the consequences. They just push all the buttons and see what happens.
- Gather information, write and rehearse. In other words, Do. Your. Prep.
- On the day, adapt to the audience and freestyle where useful, with your structure and preparation as a basis. In other words, Go With the Flow. This is what I did as a stand-up comic, and it really works.