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Chris
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So in my area it seems like all the board game meetups meet during the week and never anything on the weekends. I can rarely play during the week; nothing is local to me so it's such a hassle with getting out of work and a comparable time, driving through horrible rush hour traffic, getting dinner etc. Going home then driving back is not an option. Playing on the weekends is better for me, but no meetups occur during the weekend and my friends all say they have family obligations during the weekend. So out of curiosity, which is more common - do you prefer to play during the week, weekend or both/doesn't matter?

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Paul DeStefano
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You miss something like "more than 5 times a week".
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Chris
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Geosphere wrote:
You miss something like "more than 5 times a week".


That's covered in the more than once a week - except none of us want to hear that and it would just be bragging

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Don Thiess
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Where I am there are regular meetups during the week and a monthly game day that is on a weekend day. I haven't been able to make it to anything in a while just due to life being otherwise busy.

Currently I play very sporadically. I can get some lunchtime games in at work (usually Cribbage), and sometimes my wife and I can get a game in during the evening after my kids are in bed.

The weekday meetups are tough for me right now because to get there when they start I'd have to get home, eat dinner fairly quickly, and then turn around and leave again. It also means I'd be losing out on time with my daughters (and it already sucks not seeing them all day while I'm at work).

I could wait till after they're in bed and then go out, but by then I'm usually too tired to want to go out again, and I might get two hours tops, including driving time, before I'm ready for bed. And I'd have to hope there are people available or finishing up a game when I get there that I can play with or it might be a wasted trip.

Weekends do usually have other family obligations or other kinds of events with friends (kid's birthday parties, etc). And going to a meetup on a weekend also means losing out on time with my daughters.

I haven't in a while, but in the past have been able to set up the occasional meetup at my house for a few people to come over and play games and that usually works better for me. It just can be difficult to set up as it usually needs to be done far in advance as many of my friends have similar obligations.

It's tough to find a good balance of being able to participate in my hobbies and also being around to spend time with my kids, especially since I already miss so much time with them due to work. Luckily my oldest (she'll be 6 in November) can play some games and will just keep being able to play more and more as she gets older. So playing with her can combine this hobby with spending time with my kids, so that's awesome.

EDIT: Forget to mention that a great deal of my gaming right now is on BGA, Yucata, or BoiteAJeux. Can just log on, take my turn on my games and be done. Not as good as playing in real life, but still better than not playing at all.
 
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I am off during the summers, my play group are mostly retired guys so I have a very healthy board game schedule.
 
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Now that I'm in 3 groups I play much more often. 2x/wk seems to be ok to keep my marriage in tact as long as I also play when her friends need an extra player.
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I think the reason you'll find most meetups are scheduled during the week is because it is much easier to get people to commit to a regular weeknight instead of a weekend when other life events might sporadically take precedence.

Personally, I play multiple times during the week. I have two groups that meet regularly. My main group meets every Monday and every other Friday, my other group meets the complimentary every other Friday. My FLGS has a game night on Wednesdays that I will usually go to as well, but no one will care if I decide just before that I don't feel like it. During the weekends I don't like to explicitly plan things because I prefer the lower stress that deliberately not planning affords. I still usually end up hanging around my FLGS looking for games, but again, I'm not beholden to anyone to be there for any set amount of time.
 
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The thing that keeps me from going to weeknight meetups is that they start so early, like 5:30 or 6 o'clock (Central). They're basically scheduled for single dudes, and guys with no young kids at home whose spouses don't mind being ditched a couple of nights a week.
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Mark Jackson
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dpbush wrote:
The thing that keeps me from going to weeknight meetups is that they start so early, like 5:30 or 6 o'clock (Central). They're basically scheduled for single dudes, and guys with no young kids at home whose spouses don't mind being ditched a couple of nights a week.


alternately theyre scheduled for people who work M-F jobs and can't be out late during the week?

anyway, typically my wife and I will play some games during the week whenever we both have the energy after work and are in the mood, plus typically we will play some larger stuff on the weekends. we have a pretty regular thing going with a couple other people Saturday afternoons also.
 
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I prefer weekends, either to host or to go. Easier to fit in the schedule, can get in more gaming and socializing.
I'm in a couple groups that meet on Wednesdays and sometimes they're tough to get to. They start late enough that work and getting there usually aren't an issue, but it ends up being a late day.
I used to go to one that was Thursdays from 6-9 right near my office, at a place that sold dinner cheaply, so that was nice, but they don't meet anymore.

If I want to ensure something will happen I set up a game night at my house on a Saturday, but that's most of a day, between cleaning, prep and the event itself.

I don't get a lot of (non-solo) gaming on weekdays unless it's at an event.

My son's not a big gamer, and he's with me only half the time, so I am very resistant to go off to a game night when I could be spending time with him. I do get him to play a game maybe a couple nights a week, something he likes like Garbage Day, Tumblin Dice, or the Adventure Time card games, so that's good.

My girlfriend has gotten more into games, and our tastes generally align, so we can usually get in a game of Pandemic Legacy or Lords of Waterdeep or something similar during a weekend, and she goes to cons with me (though for less time than I go - her capacity is understandably less than me), so that's a pretty awesome thing to share.
 
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I answered weekend. I play games on Sunday & Monday, but those are my weekends.
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Ian Bennetts
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Broadstorm wrote:
I answered weekend. I play games on Sunday & Monday, but those are my weekends.


Similarly I said weekends but I play on Friday evening which is the beginning of my weekend.
 
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