4th Friday Home Game Night: Flint, Michigan

This blog shares a bit about what goes down at my home game group. I'll write about what worked and what didn't and thoughts about games played. I decided to start a monthly game group at home to get more people interested in gaming and to get more games to the table. I'm a family man with a 2 year old daughter at home so it's tough to give up another night away from home so my wife and I settled on the idea of started a regular group in our home. We love having new people in our home and love the social space gaming creates. Feel free to subscribe and share your thoughts and ideas! We're new at this to every little bit helps!

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Game Night: April 22, 2011

Jason Kotarski
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Game night was a little sparse this month. My wife and her sister were the only ones who showed up! This was okay because they happen to be two of my favorite gaming partners. It was spring so I guess the nice weather was pulling people away from our hermit-like gathering.

Since it wasn't officially a game night as much as it was a family get-together, my wife demanded that we only play games she already knew how to play. As much of a trooper as she is in supporting my hobby and even taking part in the world of gaming, she hates learning new games. This is especially true for her if the sun is down.

So we only got 2 games to the table since it was getting a little late when we finally started playing. We played Glen More first. This has been one of the new favorites for my wife and I. I like the tile placement mechanic mixed with the total freedom of choosing where to place your marker on the action track. The game seems to be heavily decision driven. It seems like a gamer's game with a family game length to me.

Carolyn's, my wife Lisa's sister, didn't hold back when she gave her 2 cents.... She said it was "boring"! I couldn't believe it! But, oh well, she doesn't have to like every game I buy.

Next, since it was getting even later we brought Dominion to the table. I was super excited to show my sister-in-law all the fun Lisa and I have been having with Dominion: Prosperity. I love the big money and crazy victory points available with this expansion. It's my favorite of the bonus sets so far. I think we'll be playing it for a long time to come.

It was a quiet night but at least we got some gaming in. Hopefully the low turnout doesn't continue into the future.
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:04 pm
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Game Night: March 25th, 2011.

Jason Kotarski
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It's been a few weeks since my last Fourth Friday Game night so I suppose this post falls into the category of Better Late Tan Never.

March's game night had a slightly bigger turnout with mostly new people. I think 3 of the same people came that came in February, and that includes me and my wife. We ended up with 12 folks showing up.

As people were arriving I pulled out a review copy of Shake 'n Take I had received from Out of the Box Publishing (You can read my review here.) to get things going. It went well, meaning it got a little chaotic and loud. It was a great warm up for us since so many of our guests were not gamers.

After everyone had arrived we broke up into 2 tables. Since we had so many "future gamers" in attendance my wife taught Carcassonne and played a game with 6 players. She was pretty stoked to get it to the table because it's her favorite game of all time and it was perfect for the rookies in the house.

I sat at table 2 with a group of a few folks who are a little more entrenched in the hobby. I got to try a bunch of new games I'd had on my
"want to play" list. We played Race for the Galaxy , which was okay but a little too complex for me. I love San Juan so I think I'll stick with that. I also know that my wife would hate the RFtG theme and never want to play it, and I'm okay with that.

Carcassonne finished up and a couple folks shifted around. My wife taught Bohnanza while the others, including myself, played Ca$h 'n Gun$. What a hilariously, fun game! After that I got to play 7 Wonders which I liked so much that I placed an order for it the next day. Simple, but engaging and pretty quick. I think it will be a great next-step game for some of the newer folks who have been coming out.

Once again, everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and said they be back next month. Fourth Friday falls on Good Friday this month so maybe we'll have to bring some stuff to the table that has to do with saving the world or resurrection. Pandemic? Battlestar Galactica?

Got some feedback from some of the more serious players that they;d like to have some nights where a deeper, longer game is chosen ahead of time and people decide if they want to come based on the game. I don't really like the idea of alienating the newbie's so maybe we pick two games to play that night. For example, a table of Catan, and a table with Automobile or something like that. I'd like to do some theme nights in the future as well. Maybe a Spiel des Jahres night or a cooperative night. Lots of ideas and not enough Fourth Fridays in the month!
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Game Night: Feb. 25, 2011

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So my first monthly game night was fantastic! We had 7 people come and got a bunch off games in.

Here's a quick run down of what went down:

Almost everyone was running a little late so I thought we'd start with a couple short, quick games to get things rolling as people arrived and as my wife worked on putting our daughter to bed. My 2 year old was a little bummed that so many people were showing up right when she was going to bed( I guess she's an extrovert like her dad). I think we decided to start at 8 instead of 7 next time so we can have her in bed already when people arrive so she won't get as upset.

So to start things off we played The Resistance and No Thanks!. I think they both worked well to get people interacting with one another and they were easy to teach so it didn't scare away the new guy who had never really played anything heavier than the typical party game.Then we all gathered together to play a 7 player game of Bohnanza. This is becoming one of my favorite games because it's unique and works so well in many different situations. My mother-in-law has even enjoyed this one!

After the openers we broke into 2 tables. 5 of us played Ticket to Ride with Ticket to Ride: Alvin & Dexter(while fun, it's not an everyday food). While the other two folks played 2 games of my prototype for the game I designed called Over The Road. One of the guys helped me with a rules review and wanted to check out how it played and he played with my sister-in-law who had also wanted to play my game. They seemed to think it was a good game so that was a nice self esteem boost.

While our game of Ticket to Ride went on for quite a while (I am now convinced it's a more fun game with less people) the other pair went on to play a game of Yomi (which I really want to play now) and a game of Blokus.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and is looking forward to next month.
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