How Game Night is Becoming the Rage in Many U.S. Cities

As people look for more and more ways to socialize beyond their computer screens, Game Night delivers.

Monopoly. Chess. Battleship. Poker. Cranium. Cribbage. Trivial Pursuit. Quiz Night. Candyland. Yes, that’s right – Candyland. From local bars and hotel lobbies to private living rooms and kitchen tables, Game Night is sweeping the nation as one way to make your gatherings more fun and meaningful. Some will argue that attending a local Game Night is a great way to meet people, too.

Board Game Boom

Before video games, friends and family gathered to play “board” games – tests of skill and imagination that require literal interaction with other people to be played, rather than that of the virtual kind. A few years ago, a new breed of board-gaming comes on the scene in the U.S. and mainland Europe that allows play at building medieval settlements, re-enacting pivotal WWII battles, political debating or managing the spread of disease. Wow!

These games, with themes as grown up as noir crime fiction and religious conflict, use “strategic storytelling” to up the ante and make the experience as thrilling as possible, pushing the conventions of original board gaming to the limit. Even though they focus most on strategy, they are still just board games that are easy to learn and are suitable to play around the dinner table with family as well as at a college reunion or just a get together for drinks after work.

Popular Games that Exercise the Brain, Pull Family & Friends Away from Reality & Into a World of Excellent Bragging Rights & Other Such Rewards

  • Dominoes
  • Egyptian War
  • Spades
  • Pictionary
  • Spoons
  • Uno
  • Charades
  • Telephone
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Dice
  • The Game of Things

Tips for New Game Night Gamers

Game Club – Like a book club, a game club has members (at least six) meeting once a month to play favorite board games and try new ones.

Try It Before You Buy It – check out the demo sites of many game companies and try the game out before investing money to buy them.

Puzzle Nights Work, too – Working a puzzle with family and friends also gives you an opportunity to talk and catch up, rather than only discussing what is going on in the game.


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