Lately I have realized that the best way to get something played is to have it set up when people arrive. I have done it a few times with my prototypes. Last Thursday I did it with In the year of the dragon. This is a game I know 2 of the regulars doesn't really like, but I had 2 new gamers over as well. ITYOTD is a game that works up to 5 players and one that I love. The new gamers liked it and want to play it again and the regulars didn't seem to dislike it.
I have to agree. I always find that if you take the time to set something up while everyone else is deciding what they want to do, everyone just goes with the easiest out, ie whatever you just setup. It's just not something that you can do all the time, otherwise people will start to resent it.
Wow - how did I miss that tweet? Sounds like Josh had lots of fun.
I'll agree that often the best way to get a game to the table is just to plan around it and invite people to play that specifically. I'm finding I need to do it more often lately with some of the longer 3+ player games I purchased.
That was oodles of fun. I have to thank Don and Eric again for having me. And, organizing a night around one specific game is definitely the way to go. I'm going to have to make a few discriminating picks from the stable of local gamers and get Black Gold to the table this weekend, if I can.
Since we are bringing up an old topic. We got Through the Ages on the table last week, haven't played it in a couple of months. We all used to love the game when it was new. I think I've been the one most against playing it. Not only does it take 4 hours to play and is very fiddly and easy to make mistakes, There's also a little too much luck involved. I had been playing quite horribly the last 2-3 times.
The "plan to play a game" strategy have worked to get some games on the table. If your mind is set on a game before you get together, I find it much easier to play a game I would otherwise turn down. It's also easier to get a game on the table if you haven't played it in a long time. The 3 of us where talking about it and then I suggested that we should play it next time. I think we all really enjoyed playing it, and I want to play it again soon.