From party games to legacy games, setting up to hosting a crowd, tabletop game expert Erik Arneson gives you the strategies you need to host an epic game night for your friends.
Break out the chips and grab a drink! With tabletop game popularity at an all-time high, game night is more popular than ever. But while many of us have enjoyed a friendly round of Bananagrams or a marathon session of Catan, hosting a successful game night is harder than it looks!
Organizing his advice by group size, tabletop game expert Erik Arneson walks you through everything from selecting the right venue and snacks to managing a game library and bad attitudes, answering questions like: -Can I serve Cheetos? (hint: no) -What's the difference between a co-op and worker placement game? And do I have to invite Sean? -How do I turn game night into a meet-cute? -Am I explaining the rules right?
Marrying the practicality of Emily Post with the down-and-dirty information of The Everything Tabletop Games Book, Arneson’s How to Host a Game Night! is the perfect book for anyone wanting to up the ante on their hosting game.
Erik Arneson is a tabletop game enthusiast and former newspaper reporter who has written more than 200 articles about games for such publications as The Spruce, Knucklebones, Counter, and The Opinionated Gamers. He has been a featured speaker on the topic of board game publicity at the American International Toy Fair in New York City and is regularly quoted as a board game expert. His personal game collection topped out at more than 1,000, and he has hosted and taken part in countless game nights. The author of 17 Games You Can Play Right Now!, Erik also writes crime fiction and hosts the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast.
By day, Erik is Executive Director of the Office of Open Records in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he worked in the Pennsylvania Senate for 18 years. He and his wife Elizabeth, who are both part-owners of the greatest franchise in all of professional sports: The Green Bay Packers, live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.