44 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Hosting a Game Night
What do you do if you have been trying to get a group together to play boardgames, and suddenly you have more players than one game can fit? Host a game night, of course!
Video games we’ve been playing:
Board games we’ve been playing:
And we revisited an old favorite, Quarriors
See our Facebook page for the story about Lanterns. Playing games isn’t always about winning. It can just be about a beautiful experience, or watching a game come together in a satisfying way.
Tips for hosting a game night
If your group is not made up of “gamers”, explain that this is to have fun and socialize – a dinner party where the entertainment is games.
Pick games that are short (under 1 hr) and easy to teach. Encourage your friends to bring games!
Examples: Battle Sheep, Monopoly Deal, cooperative games like Forbidden Island, Castle Panic; party games like Duple or Apples to Apples; or lighter Euro-style games that are easy to teach like Ticket to Ride and Catan.
Have a person prepared to teach each game (G2S handled this with developer alley and “Teacher wanted” signs). If you are doing this with children, be prepared to put on a bit of show and get them into the theme of the game.
We digress briefly: Gamewright Game Nights are an awesome way to fundraise for your school. Run a game night, sell the games, keep half the profit! Everyone wins.
How to handle the problem of game-has-ended-but-no-new-games-to-join? Depends on the size of the group. Our recommendation is to keep everyone in the same room as much as possible in a home-based party, or for larger groups, have a continuously running party game that encourages drop-in, drop-out gameplay.
And that’s the show! Don’t forget to rate and review us on iTunes, and until next week… play games with your kids!