As Eric over at Talking Game reminds us, the friendly folks you find at a publisher’s booth teaching passers-by how to play the latest and greatest titles are often volunteers. They may sometimes get comped a room or a badge or whatever, but they’re still there because they love the game(s) in question and want to see the publisher do well.
Your friendly game demonstrator may not get every rule right — and who does, when trying to encapsulate a rule book in a few minutes’ of explanation? This particular game may not be their specialty. But still, they’re doing their best to show you what’s so great about that game.
Having been on both sides of the demo table, I find myself empathizing more with the people who take the time out of their convention weekend to spread the love of some their favorite games.