Inspired by Andy's thread about parsing over here.
So, I buy a game and it grabs me through some combination of color and mechanics. Awesome.
I read it, fast and furious, just noting things as I go. Once I set up a time to play it, I give it another read, a more in depth read, sometimes taking notes or, if need be, posting any questions for the creator to answer.
Then we play. Yay! And if it is a first time playing or if something felt wrong, we'll talk about it so we can figure out if the mechanics need changing, if this isn't the game for us or if we just botched up some shit that we can correct next time through correct application of the rules.
So, my parse to play cycle is hopefully fast. Sometimes a game will sit on my shelf but once it is off, I re-read it with play in mind and then go to it. So, for me, parsing is at best a re-read of the text and at worst a re-read and then conversation with the creator (barring the creator via e-mail or their forum, someone who has played the game).
How about you?