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This week we talk about how we decide what games we bring to our game nights. Hmm… What to bring, what to bring?
Jen: For nights that I know I’m going to get to play, I bring along one game I’ve been really wanting to play and then a couple I know other people are interested in. I get a limited number of game nights since I own the local game store and am often at our game night I’m 50/50 between working and gaming.
I usually bring along something quick as well.
So at our last longer night, I brought along Walnut Grove, Suburbia and Manhattan Project. I wanted to bring along Cities & Knights since I haven’t played it in forever, but it’s such a long game it’s tough to find people who want to play.
Of course, all I ended up playing was Battlestar Galactica, but life as a cylon is pretty awesome.Toaster pride!
Neal: I tend to lean towards the people being the main focus for my decision. Based on who will be there I can decide what game will take the smallest amount of time to teach. Which leads me into my second criteria: time. Some games simply take a ton of time, and others don’t. Lately I have focused on taking shorter games with me whenever I go somewhere that games might be played.
Essentially I have been trying to teach as many people as possible certain games so that we can all play quickly when time allows.
Matt: A lot of my decision goes into the people who will be there and the amount of time we’ll have to play. If we will have a longer period of time to play, and I know some of my friends with a taste for deeper games will be there, I’ll usually grab two or three longer games and a couple of fillers just in case.
If it’s going to be a group of newer gamers I’ll usually stick to mostly filler and or lighter games that are easier to explain. Lately I’ve also noticed that a lot of the games I’ve been playing have been lighter but I think it’s more due to the fact I have less free time this time of year and haven’t had time to learn and or play some of the meatier games.
If I don’t have any idea who is going to be there and or what they like I’ll try and bring as much of a variety as I can. Usually they’ll be easy to teach games that work well with a variety of groups. I usually try and bring one heavier game just in case.
If you’re playing somewhere where you know there will be a lot games you can also just bring nothing and be forced to play what is on hand. This can be a great way to force yourself to learn new games or try games you would never play otherwise.
Josh: As others have already said, I tend to base my decisions around who is going to be present. If regular tabletop gamers are going to be present and gaming, I’ll bring along some more complex or longer games, like Suburbia, Battlestar Galactica or Caverna. However, if I’m anticipating some new or more casual gamers, I’ll pack mostly simple or short games that are easy to teach. Games like Love Letter, Hanabi, or King of Tokyo.
However, even when I’m going to meet my regular gaming friends, I’ll still pack one or two light games as “filler” or in-between games. If we’re waiting 10 more minutes for dinner to finish cooking, I may pull out Loonacy or Coop as a quick time-killer. It’s always good to have a couple of these games on hand for short moments of boredom within any group.