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Planning a board game evening can be a massive ordeal and – time and time again – all of us keep running into the same issues and doing nothing about them.
So, here are the top ten mistakes everyone makes and some simple ways to fix them.
No matter where your evening is happening, we can guarantee that it’s going to take your friends time to arrive. Having a set start time can leave the lot of punctual people waiting for your friends to arrive and twiddling your thumbs. Try to set an hour or half-hour period for your friends to arrive and set up a games console or a few filler games to pass the time before the group appears in its entirety. This’ll keep things relaxed and create the perfect mood for the evening.
An absolute, complete cardinal sin. If you are hosting the evening, it’s essential that you know the rules of any games being played in full. This lets you teach efficiently and learning ‘as you go’ takes significant time. It can even border on being disrespectful if your friends have given up their evening to hang out. And – if you’re not teaching – try and learn the rules anyway. Along with giving you a winning edge, it can be incredibly useful when it comes to helping out with the rules explanation.
You’ve got a game prepared, ready and…half the people pull out. Having a few back-up games for lower or higher player counts can help your evening go ahead despite disruption and not leave you forced to cancel. Some simple games like Codenames, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Decrypto can scale for a range of group sizes and be taught easily – letting you roll with the punches.
While it may be tempting to throw out bowls of sweets, chocolates, and crisps, we’d advise against it. Sweet foods can result in a sugar crash, making it difficult to make complex decisions or keep up with the state of play. A fantastic alternative is to provide your guests with dinner. Matt Lees of Shut Up and Sit Down produced a series called The Opener that includes simple recipes for hearty meals to accompany a night of gaming. This can help give the energy to support a long night and make ‘topping’ up with beer and other treats more palatable.
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Even if you’re an iron-bladdered god amongst mortals that plays whole games of Twilight Imperium in one sitting, failing to encourage others at the table to take breaks will end up in disaster. We would recommend taking a five minute comfort break every hour or so and let people feel free to excuse themselves when needed. Remember that it’s important to be a flexible and generous host and accommodating your guests and speaking up for those that may be shy is essential.
No matter how much we may refuse to admit it, no one likes to play in a cluttered or messy room. A quick five or ten minute tidy can help square your materials away and ensure your game is set up and ready to play. Unfortunately, this can be a bit of a challenge for those of us living in smaller spaces or with limited time when coming back from work. Thankfully, rathskellers range of gaming tables are custom built for different room sizes, letting you make the most of smaller spaces or let your bigger rooms truly sing – speeding up set-up and breakdown after a long night.
If your group is relatively new to gaming or struggles with complex rules, it’s probably best to avoid springing something difficult on them. If you’re not sure about what games to try, we would always recommend reviewing the complexity scores for each on BoardGameGeek. This tracks the overall ‘challenge’ of a game, including rules complexity, edge cases, and overall depth and effort. Anything ranked 1 or below is great for kids or younger groups. 1-2 is great for novices or groups looking for a simple gaming experience. 2- 3 is the sweet spot for many, offering depth without asking too much of new players. 3 and up is for groups that are familiar with heavier games, and anything ranked 4 or higher is not to be attempted without a hazmat suit and a set of prayer beads.
One of the biggest disappointments for a games night is having to pull the plug before the end is even reached. A simple fix is to check the running time on the box and factor in any additional variables for your evening. For example, if you’re playing the Arkham Horror LCG, each player adds roughly an hour to the overall play time and first-time plays can take significantly longer if you’re not familiar with the rules. If the game can’t comfortably fit into the time available, maybe it’s better trying something else.
The one thing worse than cancelling a game night is holding one where people get tired, bored, and end up going through the options. This can be helped by letting players play an initial round and then ‘checking in’ to see if they’re still enjoying it or if they want to stop. Remember, while playing games is fun, the most important thing is to have a good time with your friends. And if that means playing something else, stopping the evening early, or just going to the pub – that’s fine too.
Board games are unique in that they need a certain number of individuals to physically turn up to play them. Wrangling a night with a bunch of friends at short notice is incredibly difficult, which is why we would always recommend agreeing to hold a regular meet. This straightforward trick lets you play longer games, remain flexible to life changes, and avoid last minute disappointments. Once a month is manageable for most, letting you quickly build familiarity with a stable of games or share hosting duties. And it removes the stress of planning for the one organized person in the group. Try it, you’ll be surprised just how effective it is.
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At Rathskellers Gaming Labs, we believe that time spent around a table with friends is time well spent. And we don’t think that just because we make awesome board gaming tables, though it does help! We know first-hand how board games can change your social life for the better. Board gaming is a social activity, after all. But just knowing that gaming can have a positive impact on social lives wasn’t enough for us. We wanted to explore what it is about board gaming that makes it one of the best hobbies for connecting with people in meaningful ways.
For some people, getting out of the house is easier said than done. But having a social life is super important for you and your health! Luckily, if you are a board gamer, your love of the hobby makes it almost impossible to keep to yourself. Board gaming is a social hobby. With the exception of digital board games or solo gaming, you have to experience the hobby with others. You sit at a table with real people for 30, 60, 120 or even 240+ minutes at a time (yes we are referring to Twilight Imperium) . How are you going to try out the hottest new games without being social? For some people, that means going to game nights at a local game store or a board game cafe. Others have dedicated game groups that meet at a house. Maybe you host a monthly game night at your home! It doesn’t really matter how you get together with others. The important thing is that you’re spending time with people who love doing the same things you do!
Because of the huge variety of games, there’s no shortage of exciting experiences you can have with other people. You can play a game about pretty much anything these days. In one night, you can save the world from diseases, explore a haunted mansion, run your own winery, and fight monsters to become the best Viking! Playing through these various scenarios keep your meetups fresh. Many games now involve some sort of story element that you and your friends can play a part in. Each game is a chance for a group of people to experience a new challenge or adventure in a different setting. If you play cooperatively, you’ll have stand-up-and-cheer moments when you get just the right dice roll on the last turn! Competitive games are just as exciting, like when players are neck and neck and there’s just no way to tell who will win until the game is over! It doesn’t matter if you’re playing with close friends or people you just met. You can create so many memorable experiences when playing board games.
One of the great things about board games is that anybody from any background can gather around a table and play. You don’t have to have any experience or belong to exclusive clubs. You don’t have to have the same political beliefs or religions. You don’t even need to be from the same country as the people you share the hobby with. In fact, we recommend going out of your way every now and then to play with people you don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with having a dedicated group of friends to play games with. But if you’ll seek out strangers at conventions and meet-ups, you’ll have a much more diverse social life! Since games last for about an hour on average, there are lots of opportunities to get to know who you’re playing with. Where are they from? What other hobbies do they enjoy? What do they do for a living? The conversations you have can open you up to new opinions and viewpoints. You might not like everybody. But it is possible that you could walk away from the table with a new friend.
We realize that you can’t always go out and play board games whenever you want (that would be awesome). Life happens and there are times when socializing is difficult. But you can still have a social life by being part of a vibrant gaming community online! At any time, you can go to your favorite social network to join a board game chat. Do a quick search on Facebook and you’ll find hundreds of groups dedicated to discussing board games. Twitter is great for chiming in on quick conversations and following your favorite designers and publishers (and game table makers). Instagram is a nice way to see how other people use games in their social lives. Of course, there’s always BoardGameGeek boardgameatlas with thousands of active users that stay connected through forums and threads. It’s easy to find discussions about your favorite game or to ask someone a rules question.
All of these channels are great resources for both developing your existing friendships and beginning new ones. One of the best things about board games is their ability to bring all types of people together. You can play with friends, family, and strangers and you’ll be part of a thriving community! As social creatures, we belong in communities! Life is better for those who share it together. It’s so awesome that we’ve chosen a hobby that becomes even more enjoyable the more that it’s shared with others.
Money is a regular occurance in board games. Often it is just a resource to help obtain victory while in other games whoever has the most money wins. But there is a difference between a board game having money and a board game about economy. Sheriff of Nottingham is all about getting as much money as possible, but that is a game of bluffing and deception, not about the economy of Sherwood Forest.
When a game uses an economic system, with fluctuating prices, supply and demand and limited resources, it can create situations where you are loaded one minute, and then broke the next. So here are our top 10 Economic Board games.
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