The Atlanta Game Night Meetup Group Pages

This group is intended to be fun for all people from all walks of life. Typically, we will play a variety of "party" type boardgames and card games, with the occasional strategy or skill based game thrown in the mix. Any games that you can bring to share will add to the enjoyment of all members. The whole point of this group is to have fun. We'll all try to keep an open mind to new and different games and be courteous to all skill-levels and game types. That way, we will be able to encourage new members and possibly discover our next favorite game.

Tina and Michael started this meet-up and what they say is gold, so here goes: As the founder of the very popular Orlando Game Night Meetup Group, I learned a lot about what kinds of things worked best to create a fun and inviting atmosphere for all. One of the most important things I learned was that private venues (house, apartment, townhouse, etc.) provide the best environment for our meetups, simply because people are able to get into the games without being concerned or embarrassed with strangers around them.

In the other group, the meetups usually progressed in this manner:

The beginning of the meetup usually consisted of socializing and eating while people were showing up. We like to encourage people to bring a dish, snacks or drinks to contribute to the party so that we could stay away from charging dues or event fees (Santiago accepts $1 donations because she likes to go over-board purchasing yummy food for everyone, in case no one thhinks to bring the chocolate cookies). During this time, we might play a light social game for people to get warmed up and to give time to those who were just getting off work or were running a bit late. About an hour or so after the "start" of the night, we would all get together as a group to play a party style game (such as Cranium, Taboo, or Charades in teams). We found that being in teams really promoted socializing and talk among the group and acted as an "icebreaker," as well as kept the pace of the game moving along.

After a game or two, we usually ended up breaking up into smaller groups to pursue more individual tastes among the group. For instance, a group may be playing Trivial Pursuit on one side of the living room while another group plays Apples to Apples on the other side, and still another group finds a table in the dining room to play Settlers of Catan.

The meetups tended to last a number of hours (often into the wee hours of morning), during which time people were welcome to come and go as they pleased, play games or just watch, sit around and chat, or eat some more food.

This, by no means, is a rigid formula. We had many other types of events (i.e. Murder Mystery party, outdoor games day, field trip to a local arcade) that we would love to try again if there is interest. We are certainly open to suggestions and hope that you will all help make the group a great experience! We hope to have parties in a variety of locations around Atlanta soon, please feel free to Suggest, Suggest, Suggest Ideas!

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About The Atlanta Game Night Meetup Group January 5, 2009 9:42 PM former member

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