Hosting Board Game Nights

Like me, most board game enthusiasts are living on one income and more than one game just isn’t going to be affordable, unless you jump online to play games on platforms like This isn’t just a matter of not having the funds or running out of time to purchase all the items you need (I can vouch that a fully stocked collection wouldn’t be in the budgets of most board game hobbyists) – it’s a matter of setting yourself up to become addicted to board game addiction therapy.

I’ve found that hosting board game night can be just as rewarding as playing your own games. You have the opportunity to introduce people to new ideas and concepts, and often the games themselves can produce new ideas that you’ll also enjoy. There’s the possibility that people in your circle will decide that the game you gave them just wasn’t for them and leave it in your board game room. You get to serve food and drink, you get to start the game you wanted to play but didn’t have the space or time for at the start of the evening, and you get to save the money that you would have spent on your own game purchase.

That said, hosting can be as frustrating as playing your own games. I’m sure I’m not alone in admitting that it’s annoying when you have a group of friends who are either just new to board games or aren’t particularly experienced and need to sit through a really easy game. Your group becomes restless, the stress of hosting becomes annoying, and the stress of having your own game situation at home becomes a lot more urgent. Alternatively, if you were to have a night full of online video games on a gaming TV (like the ones you can find on, you might have been able to satisfy all your guest with the large variety games available online. However, it’s board game night and everyone has to jump on board with the games you have planned. The good news is that almost everyone will get better with time, and even if they do get worse, there are simple fixes that will help you stay on top of things.

The key thing to remember is that hosting board game night is a role that you’ll take on for about 15 minutes each time you host, so get a plan in place before the first time you host. I know that I’ve written before that the best way to host a board game night is to have the basics and then add something new each time, but that just doesn’t work if your friends are new to board games or know no better. If you plan your next hosting session to have the basics (there are many things to prepare and distribute) and then have the budget to have the expensive features (such as easy to keep rules updates and other apps) then you’ll find that things run more smoothly and you get more of what you expect – a group of friends who love to play board games. Later on, you may give each other board game gifts, increasing the number of games on your list of board game nights.

You don’t have to host a board game night each time you play, either – keep playing your own games with friends each time you host a board game night and you’ll find that you can play many different games in any combination that you want, like an emerging firm favourite to play online, crazy vegas. Even if your friends don’t want to play a game you’re offering, just make a request to have a game on the evening’s agenda and try to find one. I find that I get more enjoyment out of hosting a group of people than I do when I play a game at a board game night, but I’m still going to try and play with friends whenever I can.

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Courtney Lee

I'm Courtney Lee and I love nothing more than shopping around and finding the best deals. I like all things beautiful and live with my cats and partner in a leafy suburb - living the dream!