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: March 25th, 2011.

Jason Kotarski
United States
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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: The Board Game?

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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