It was a smaller group this week again, but on a positive note, none of my own team came along to support me and I still managed to have a board game night, which says something about the longer term sustainability of the idea. It was another short evening but we played three games that were all new to work board game night, so definitely a successful one overall!
Number of Attendees: 4
Games Played: Firefly Fluxx, Best Treehouse Ever, Potion Explosion
I normally provide the whole library of games for board game night, so when someone else brings a game along I really want to encourage it and always agree to play their game. So far I’ve had to play Citadels and Secret Hitler, which although I don’t really enjoy I am happy to play. However, this week I had to play the random game that is Fluxx. I’ve only ever played Fluxx once before and it was before I got into the hobby and I didn’t really have a problem with it. However, going back to it now, even with a Firefly re-skin, I just don’t get the appeal. I don’t really think anyone at the table was enjoying it and next time I might politely try and pass for the benefit of everyone involved.
Playing a big box game
For the last two weeks I’ve said that I’ll try and introduce the group to some longer games. I didn’t go that far, but at least I brought something in a bigger box and that I would class at something a bit meatier than a filler game. Potion Explosion is definitely a good call for a gateway level game. It’s really impressive on the table, works of a really simple concept that’s familiar to most people who play games on their phone and yet adds a few more mechanisms to make the game satisfying for seasoned gamers too. Although a bit of experience won me the game, it was definitely a fair contest and I’m looking forward to trying this again with the group.
Tackling Analysis Paralysis
One of my most regular attendees is a definitely sufferer of Analysis Paralysis, overthinking every move, even in the relatively simple games we play. I was really happy that this week his friend brought it up as a joke and now it’s a fair topic to joke about. It’s still not always the best experience to have slow players at the table, but in the games we get to play it’s not too much of an issue and at least now the ice has been broken and we can joke about it and try and hurry him along!
Lessons for Next Week
Perhaps don’t invite my own friends...
So originally I thought inviting my own friends was a great idea. The first two times I think it really worked because the colleagues who came along are also people I consider as my friends. This time the only work people were two people I don’t know very well, having only ever met them at board game night and so it was a bit awkward to integrate my friend and I’m not sure she had a very good time. I’ll consider things a bit more before inviting a friend again. It definitely helps to make up the numbers but I also want them to have a good time.