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A Gnome's Ponderings

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Look at board games as possible wedding favors

Lowell Kempf
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Pretty soon, I am going to get married. To be honest, the thought of the wedding makes my head spin at times, although the thought of being married thrills me.

While I am quite obsessed with board games and my bride-to-be enjoys them as well (although I am the designated gaming lunatic in our relationship), let’s be honest. Board games are not going to really be featured in our wedding. I am sure that they can be shoe horned in and I am also sure that there have been board gamed-themed weddings. However, both of us really would rather prefer to have a more traditional wedding.

I did ask the groomsmen for board games instead of strippers at the bachelor party, though

Still, while discussing the reception, my fiancée asked if I wanted to have some sort of game on each table. Something for the guests to play and take with them at the end of the night. I do like the idea, although I’m hoping that the reception is not so boring that folks will have to break down and play games during it

That said, the idea is fraught with problems. Sure, there’s the financial side of buying ten to twelve copies of a game. However, the real issue is finding an affordable game that non-gamers would not only want to play but be willing to teach themselves

Seriously, it’s one thing to say “What would our families and our non-gaming friends be interested in playing?” It’s quite another to ask “What would they be able to crack open and teach themselves? What would actually interest them enough to crack open and teach themselves during our wedding reception?”

To be painfully honest, the best game I could come up with was The Trivial Pursuit Steal Card Game. It’s a simple game that is based on a game that most people have been exposed to and I could buy copies of it for less than $5 each. At the very least, people could read each other the questions without playing the game, which seems to happen with most trivia games anyway.

I would rather give people a copy of Slide Five to play or a copy of No Thanks but I don’t see folks teaching themselves how to play those games in the middle of a party. Yes, those are easy games to teach and play but I wouldn’t be teaching them. I’d be tossing them out there for folks to learn.

Seriously, though, putting games on the tables, expecting people who don’t regularly play games to suddenly take up a hobby that’s near and dear to my heart, isn’t actually being a good host. It’d just be a vanity project and a way of reminding folks that I love board games, something that anyone who even vaguely knows me is well aware of.

Still, there is a part of me that wonders how I could somehow incorporate Connect Four with glass bowls and floating candles for the centerpieces
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