Games nights for beginners

Embarking on the journey of games nights can be a delightful and fulfilling way to spend quality time with friends and family.

If you’re new to the world of board, card or party games, running your first evening event can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, this article will explore the essential elements to make it enjoyable and inclusive for everyone.

Setting the stage

Creating a welcoming atmosphere is key to a successful and memorable games night. Ensure you have a comfortable venue with enough room to host everyone without it feeling too cramped or spacious.

Think about lighting, music and the tone you’re looking to set. For example, a Halloween D&D night could be enhanced with dim lighting, creepy music and decorations, whereas a chilled vibe is likely better suited for a Monopoly night.

The goal should be to create an enjoyable environment where everyone feels at ease and engaged with the game being played.

Selecting the right games

Next, the choice of game is crucial. You want something that can be played and enjoyed by the whole party, not just certain individuals. Games that are easy to learn and offer a mix of strategy and fun are usually best.

Classics like Settlers of Catan, Codenames and Exploding Kittens are simple and very engaging, making them great choices for beginner’s games nights. Alternatively, you could all play online bingo together for a chance at winning.

Find something that engages everyone and you won’t go far wrong.

Outlining the rules

Before any game can begin, everyone needs to know the rules. Take some time at the start of the night to explain instructions, rules and mechanics to those who haven’t played before. Encourage questions so everyone feels comfortable diving into the experience. 

If needed, it’s often useful to have a practice round or trial run so players can get to grips with more context.

Making it inclusive for everyone

A games night should be fun and inclusive for any beginners. Intense competition can put people off the idea of more games nights in the future, at least until they’re more comfortable with playing. Be patient with newbies and support them until they can thrive on their own.

Creating a supportive and enjoyable environment should help to ensure everyone is on board for more games nights down the line.

Drinks, food and snacks

Games aside, a great evening’s entertainment should have food, drinks and snacks to suit the occasion. Food before the game can help to prepare people for a long night ahead or you can split sessions with dedicated food breaks. And letting people help themselves to drinks is often the easiest way to go about things.

So, there you have it. All the ingredients for your very first games night. Plan the night how you want and see where it takes you! You never know how these events will unfold.