So you want to have your buddies over for a night of gaming? Great! But nothing can dampen spirits faster than a poorly planned night. Follow these 5 easy tips and you will be well on your way to hosting the perfect game night!
1. Make sure to explain the evening to new people
If you have guests that haven't had much exposure to games outside the vein of Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, you are going to prepared for there expectations of gaming to be somewhat harsh. Explain that the games you are going to play are much better than those they have played before and focus on the parts of the games that you think your guests will enjoy.
2. Give yourself enough time
Look, we all have those friends that will stay until the early hours of the morning, pleading with you to 'Play one more round!'. However you are going to have many of your guests grow tired and somewhat aggitated if you start to reach the later stages of the night and you haven't had time to play much at all. Look to start earlier than later, having the option to play both before and after some food.
3. Know the rules of the games you are going to play
Nothing puts a downer on a night like someone having to constantly refer to the rule book! Make sure someone has a grasp of the rules of the games you play. Also make a point of being properly prepared for games such as Werewolf, where proper storytelling is an integrual part of the fun.
4. Prepare the snacks
You have guests, you need to take care of them. You are going to need some form of food and drink to keep them comfortable. This isn't to say you need to put on a four course meal, chips and dip, chocolate and soft drinks are always safe bets. If you aren't in the position to throw alot of money around why not suggest everyone bring something to share? Simple!
5. Strive to play a variety of games
Sure, a marathon of Twilight Imperium or Through the Ages may see you accomplishing a major feat, but this isn't always going to be a shared goal amongst your guests. Aim to start off with some lighter games to get everyone excited and then move towards the more indepth games.
In all honesty you cant really go wrong with a bunch of friends sitting around a table playing some amazing games, however a little preperation and care will bring them back for more! Happy Gaming.