How do you decide what to bring to a friend's house?


I pack a tote bag full with as many as I can fit in there because I never know what they are in the mood for or how many games we'll play.  So I just pack it with ones that I want to play and then let them pick when I get there.  I try to pack a variety of game types and lengths so we'll have some to pick from.  If it is a friend new to games, I'll pick lighter ones that will be easier to teach and not take as long to play.

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17 months ago

If they're non-gamers, I'll bring 3-4 light options, each a different style of game. These could include cooperative, cutthroat, player elimination like King of Tokyo (nothing too long), and some sort of strategy game (like Takenoko) or fun/light-hearted game (like Camel Up). I'll briefly describe each game and let them pick what they're feeling at the moment. I think it's important to provide a few different options so that they can feel comfortable with whatever they pick. I'd hate to bring only a cooperative game and find out that those games ruin marriages haha Or, with some friends, any type of strategy game isn't going to end well for the host (just not their cup of tea).

17 months ago

Yes! Great game plan! Pun intended. 😂 And these are great gateway game examples too that I also use!

Supporter17 months ago

We typically plan out our game nights well in advance so we know which games we will be playing. 

But otherwise I’d look at the group and suggest games that would appeal to everyone. 

Supporter17 months ago

How do you plan it? Do you have a pick list? Or do you rotate through collections? Or....?

17 months ago

I am curious as well. If everyone has game collections in your group, I guess you could take turns picking or you could pick games based on themes.

Supporter17 months ago

There are only 3 people total in my game group. I have the largest variety of games, but we meet at Dusty’s place to game. He has a decent collection but mostly he’s been into Warhammer in the past. Bryce is a relative newcomer to gaming and mostly leaves the decision of what game to play up to me and Dusty. 

When we do get to meet, dusty and I text back and forth about games we want to try and then we settle on one. The last couple of sessions I’ve had new games (Outer Rim and Empires of the Void 2) so we just picked those. 

We don’t get to meet super frequently (It’s averaged about monthly) so we typically have a long time to plan. 

17 months ago

Nice!  New games are always exciting in my gaming group.  Once a month is pretty good I would say!  I don't even get together that frequently sometimes when life gets busy.

Premium User17 months ago

I don't have a suitable tote bad, so I try to just bring a couple of games I think the particular group will enjoy. A lot of the time we'll agree on a game beforehand, which makes the job easier.

17 months ago

I just use a reusable grocery store tote bag, nothing fancy, and stuff as many games in as will fit!

When I'm not sure what to bring, I appreciate game requests! 😊

Supporter17 months ago

Generally I use a Rubbermaid tote to carry the games. 

17 months ago

I'm picturing a large one like the large ones I bring stuffed with games to weekend family gatherings versus a small tote bag for an afternoon game session. 🤣 I can fit a lot in a big plastic box.

Supporter17 months ago

LOL. I do have several sizes. 

Supporter17 months ago

That is my exact format. 

Of course, if I know that friend x loves power grid, I'll pack that.