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All you need now is a place and time and you’ve got a game night! If you’re a party animal who hosts your friends all the time, just do what you normally do to make some game night magic.
If not, here are some pointers.
Location, Location, Location
The best location for a game night is a place that is comfortable, available consistently, and within easy driving distance for your group.
If you are playing with friends who live nearby, a house is most likely the best option. It’s familiar, comfortable and you don’t have to worry about any establishment rules or annoying anyone if you get loud. If you have a dining table, you probably have all you need: a table that seats 4 is fine for a small group.
If your house is out of the way, you can politely ask one of your fellow gamers to open up his or her home. The advantage of this is that it increases the number of people with a vested interest in the night. Now you, the board game owner, and your host friend will work together to make the game night a success. Having two enthusiastic, positive people working towards the same goal is better than one. Always.
Another option is to use a free room at a local community center or library. If you have a local game store, talk to the owner about letting your group meet there. These options are especially appealing if you’re starting a new game group with people you haven’t met before.
As long as it’s close enough and meets the basic requirements: tables and chairs, lighting and a bathroom, you’re in business! Making people comfortable has as much to do with environment as it does with how warm you are.
A Time to Game and a Time Not to Game
A note about when to host your game nights:
If have the option of choosing a time, there are several things you may want to consider. We’ve found weekends are usually best for getting the most people with free time, especially if the group is spread out, or only loosely connected.
If you are inviting people you work with, or closer friends, a weeknight can work. Set up a time that allows everyone to grab some dinner ahead of time, but don’t start so late that your friends are coming in pajamas. We’ve found that game nights in the beginning of the week, like a Monday night, tend to work better than mid- to late-week, such as a Wednesday or Thursday, when people are more run down from jobs and life.
What has worked best for you? Let us know in the comments!