I think it is Useful.Newer players need to hear the rules, and veteran players need to be reminded of the rules.
I completly agree, I think reading of the rules should happen more often, its only a few minutes out of the day
Useful, no matter how many times we go to a range we always have a safety brief, it helps put you in the right frame of mind.
Waste of time, have any new players gather around and explain each rule to them. in a croud they are never going to ask questions but in a smaller setting they will. makes for a more complete understanding of the rules
Reading of the Rules follows the same axiom that Stan Lee always avowed as the Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics..."Every comic is Someone's first comic." It's good policy and surely as important as the signing of the waivers. Plus it's a good opportunity to see who's at the event, what good stealables they brought with them and to case the marks for possible assassination.
I think it's useful. It reminds everyone that we are playing a game. It also is liability. It's a nice way to let everyone know who is running the event and who is EH, MM and combat marshalling, since EH's choose there own marshals so it will change from event to event. It also helps to let people know site boundries and special rules/calls.