How do you decide what to play for game night?

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I just had a game night with with friends but the first time we got together to play games. I had some choices out and we still stood around trying to decide what to play. How do you decide what to play on game night? 

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13 months ago

Depends on how big the group I have. If it is a small group we just text through what we are craving or feeling and we pick one big game and if there is time after that we can play another quick game after that.

If it is a larger group, I have had people put together a polling system so you can get a gauge for what people want and that helps split up the groups into multiple games. 

Supporter13 months ago

Wow - a polling system is a pretty cool idea. I actually hadn’t thought of doing that before. 

13 months ago

Ya! Here is the site: https://pollunit.com/en

Supporter13 months ago

This is great! Thanks!

Supporter13 months ago

We definitely decide ahead of time. That way if it’s a new game we can all watch learn to play videos in the time before we get together so we can all be ready to play when we meet up. Like others have mentioned, if we have a campaign game going we will most likely play that game. 

Otherwise we all put suggestions out and decide from those suggestions. If someone in the group acquired a new game than that’s typically what we play. 

13 months ago

My group usually decides beforehand. Then we get together knowing what we're going to play. Then we avoid long bouts of "I don't know, what do YOU want to play?" Usually someone got something new and they want to play it and we're focus on that. 

When I'm with just my wife, then it's however we're feeling at that moment. We're tired but still want to play a game? Raiders or Carcassone. If we're awake and motivated, Something heavier or something we're less familiar with. 

Supporter13 months ago

I like your comments about how awake you are - I find myself doing this as well. 

Supporter13 months ago

But isn't this the truth?

Supporter13 months ago

No doubt!

Supporter13 months ago

For me it usually depends on the break down of players.  If I have a group that has a campaign going on we usually stick with that for at least every other game night.  Otherwise it's a one off.  I usually ask what people want to play before hand.  Amount of time also matters.  So if we have a shorter time we won't play anything new.  But usually it's a vote.  Although most people in my group is fine with whatever.  Since I own most of the games we play I end up picking from two options and ask the group.

Supporter13 months ago

Group attendance and composition is a definitely a big factor when deciding what game to play. 

13 months ago

We all throw out what we're interested in, and then play what's already set up when we get there haha Never had a bad experience yet, and we're all pretty easy going with anything as well. Some games are new that we all want to try (i.e. Tapestry), whereas others are picked simply because someone (i.e. me) suggested a sci-fi theme.

You can always narrow it down by just choosing something. That's usually a good way to get people to speak up if they don't want to play that particular one haha

Supporter13 months ago

This sounds like how we decide for our group as well.

13 months ago

Most of the time it's decided beforehand, usually because someone says "Everyone come over on Saturday to play [game]." If we had more regularly scheduled game nights I'm not sure what we'd do.

13 months ago

My default, if I'm hosting, is to declare what I want to play. Then loser picks the next game. 


If we have a continuous game group, we take turns. I pick once, then the next person, all the way around. 


And sometimes someone gets a new game and just has to play it. Tonight.

Supporter13 months ago

Makes sense. I was going to decide what we were going to play and have it all set up to go but chickened out at the last minute and didn't. We had fun and this was probably a better start for this group but still, I missed getting to play something I had really wanted to. 

13 months ago

We just pick games at random that we feel like, possibly not the most democratic process! Also use board game caddie occasionally if we are at a higher player count.