Did you know that April 29th is International Tabletop Day (ITTD)? This is a day that celebrates the history and the fun that tabletop board games have brought to millions all over the world.
Tabletop games have been played for centuries, but board games really exploded in popularity in the 20th century. Most people have childhood memories of rounding up the family and playing Monopoly or Life, and many people still enjoy playing board games today. This led to the creation of ITTD by tabletop enthusiast who want people to have fun with board games, both new and old. If you want to join in on the fun of tabletop games this year, here are a few tips for throwing your own game night.
Find a Place to Play
If you really want to do ITTD right, you need to find a cool place to play your games. If you have the room in your apartment or house, you should offer others to come to your place. But if you really can’t swing it, ask someone else who is interested to host and that you will be glad to help with the arrangements.
You want a place that is large enough and comfortable enough to accommodate the number of players who will be joining you. Cramped spaces and uncomfortable chairs can ruin a great game night, so make sure that there is plenty of space.
And don’t forget to tidy up. People may be uncomfortable playing in a messy area, and the most important thing about ITTD is having fun. If you have pets, make sure to vacuum well in case your guests have allergies.
Choose a Game
Figure out what everyone wants to play beforehand. This will forego any confusion and arguments and you can get right to the fun once people arrive.
The cool thing about ITTD is that you can play any tabletop game you want. Have a thing for Clue? Pick Colonel Mustard and roll the die. Love Star Wars? Choose one and may the force be with you. The most important thing is that you find a game that everyone will enjoy.
If you can’t decide, and you have the time, play a couple of different ones that people want to play. Maybe you’ll find a new game you love!
Know the End
Like with any party, one that drags on too long is no longer fun for most people. As a host or co-host, you should know that when people start losing interest, it’s probably best to pack things up: yawning, a lot of time spent between turns or people constantly lost in their phones are good signs that the end is near.
That doesn’t mean the fun is completely over though. ITTD is designed to make people live tabletop gaming, so maybe your party will spark a love of games that you and your friends can keep going on a weekly basis.
This April 29th, try having a game night and see what happens!