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David C
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The post about scheduling games so everything gets to the table struck a chord with me.

The reason I say that is eventually, everything oscillates itself into a pattern based on the system it's involved in.

For instance, with pandora, I listen to a lot of different genres of music, but eventually with enough 'likes' and 'dislikes', most of my stations, more-or-less, sound the same. Yes, there are subtle differences, but if you don't have my same tastes, the first thing you're going to notice is that I don't care much for country music but I seem to have 18 downtempto beat stations.

I think that same thing happens with game groups, more-or-less. People who like a certain game show up, and then people who like that certain type of game show up...and even more of that type of game gets played. It feeds on itself... which, I'm sure we could make a game about this phenomena as well.

(The most stark and noticable difference is the dividing line between the ameritrash loving folks and the eurogamers. It seems like most gaming fall on either one side or the other of this most divided line.)

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1. What nights of the week are scheduleable for you to go gaming?
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
2. What night works best for you to spend an evening gaming (say 7-11 or 7-10)?
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
3. What's the best start time for an evening (realistically according to your schedule)?
2
3
4
5
6
7
7
8
9
10
11
12
4. What's the best end time (realistically according to your schedule)?
2
3
4
5
6
7
7
8
9
10
11
12
5. Why aren't you getting out and gaming?
Are you kidding?! I AM getting out and gaming!!!
Kidlet duties at home.
Scheduling never works with the gamers I know.
No gamers I know.
Work complications. By the time the dust settles, I barely have time to think.
Life complications.
I hate gaming, but I love the site. Odd, isn't it?
6. Good theme night ideas? Say you were to have a night around a certain theme...
Ameritrash THROWDOWN!
Picasso and the Euro Wooden cubist. (Fresco would make a great game in this theme)
The Container Store (economic games)
Gazunheit! The Knizia night.
Deep in Stefan Feld
Howl at the Alan Moon.
Train...ing day.
18xx-streme! (thanks to Scott Nicholson for that)
Sausage (factory games)
Other (please discuss, below)
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EDIT: How did I do a poll with two '7's in it? Sigh... I assume it's one 7 or the other.
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Takin' care of business: The worker placement night.
Survivor: the lifeboats/diplomacy/intrigue night
Master of his Dominion
On a boat (or ship happens)! (mississippi queen, le havre, powerboats)
Rush hour (racing games)
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I love theme nights. I did a Rome theme night when HBO's rome was on. Am doing a "Festivus for the Rest of Us" Fantastic Movie and a Game nite...Doing it this Friday! Here's the flyer.



One for my next Movie and a Game night(hopefully in the next couple of weeks). I love flyers.

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Some other specific types of gaming evenings I've done:
Wargame
Looney Pyramids

But typically we decide on the fly what we want to play.
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You left 1 off (which is the time we 'should' try to end by)

Also, I didn't answer why not, as I am.

You left 'zombies' out as theme. Good theme for October zombie
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I'm surprised so many said Friday and Saturday.

On Fridays I tend to be exhausted and gaming is the last thing I want to do. I find people often have other plans on Saturdays which makes a poor day for a weekly event.

My preferred day is Sunday since I rarely have plans and have finished all of my errands by then.

Tue-Thu is fine too because I find people are often in the evening.
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I host a game night and we had a theme of "dexterity" games and had a blast. Very tiring and exhausting to say the least.
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Guantanamo wrote:
You left 1 off (which is the time we 'should' try to end by)

By design.
Guantanamo wrote:

Also, I didn't answer why not, as I am.

Ha! The option was there on the poll.

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I'm surprised so many said Friday and Saturday.


Monday being the least scheduleable (so far) is my biggest of this poll.
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My typical game night runs from 18:30 to 02:00ish. I have no ties or preference to any day of the week, though Mondays and Fridays are the two most common for me (Mondays more so) due to other's schedules. In general I treat any attempt at a theme night as a very good reason to stay away.
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I couldn't give responses for the first couple of questions. There are not good nights for gaming. The only gaming would have to occur between 9 and 11 pm, any night, after the kids are asleep.

As to the themes, none looked very good to me except "other." Maybe a party theme or a "old games" (pre 1980) theme or possibly a card game theme.
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I have a regular game night Wednesday, frequently game in the weekend, and hold impromptu game get-togethers at other times.

I would like to game more though.
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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I'm guessing most of the "2" responses for the End Time poll were for AM not PM

A theme I thought up a while back that would be fun:

"Run Away! Run Away!"

Games could include:
The Downfall of Pompeii
Fearsome Floors
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
Run for your Life, Candyman!
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Escape from Atlantis
Lifeboats
and of course Shadows over Camelot

Also a Wild West theme would be fun as there are enough games out there now with this theme to provide a rich selection.
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One of my current game groups currently meets the 1st 3 Thursday evenings of the month. Most of the other groups I game with have Saturday gamedays that start in the late morning or early afternoon and ends as early as early evening to as late as late night, 6-12 hours. A majority of my gaming hours probably happen in the gamedays.

None of my groups do theme nights/days. The closest we come is I bring alot of Halloween themed games to gamenights/days in October.
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Theme nights are...

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Theme nights are...
Categorically a bad idea. It doesn't matter, it's bad.
A good idea.
A good idea depending on the theme.
A good idea if enough people into that theme would show-up.
A good idea if specific games played will be mentioned.
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Seems like a theme night could only exacerbate any problems for any game group large enough to play multiple games. If I hate worker placement games and it's worker placement theme night, I won't want to come. If I hate worker placement games and it's a normal night, one group can play WP games all night but I can play something else with a different group.

Aside from that problem, they sound fun to me.
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Midnight at the Oasis (camel games)

Timbuktu
Samarkand, Routes to Riches
Through the Desert
Yspahan
The Last Straw
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Can't forget Oasis!
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I would be gaming every hour of every day for the rest of my life, but I need money, so my gaming is interrupted by a job. And sleep, so my gaming is interrupted by sleeping. And a family, so my gaming is interrupted by them...

But apart from minor distractions like these, gaming all the time!
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cosine wrote:
I would be gaming every hour of every day for the rest of my life, but I need money, so my gaming is interrupted by a job. And sleep, so my gaming is interrupted by sleeping. And a family, so my gaming is interrupted by them...

But apart from minor distractions like these, gaming all the time!


Well, I'm kind of under the suspicion that there's 40% of us that aren't playing games as much as we would like. That's quite a bit, when you think about it.
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bippi wrote:

Well, I'm kind of under the suspicion that there's 40% of us that aren't playing games as much as we would like. That's quite a bit, when you think about it.


What makes you think it is so low as a mere 40%?
 
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cosine wrote:
bippi wrote:

Well, I'm kind of under the suspicion that there's 40% of us that aren't playing games as much as we would like. That's quite a bit, when you think about it.


What makes you think it is so low as a mere 40%?


Ok, I know 24/7 isn't an option for any of us, but I think for quite a few of us...life hasn't settled to a point where you can do anything but maybe catch a quick game here and there, or your primary gaming partner is afflicted with a parasite.
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I use to run theme nights. I find it convenient to reduce the number of 'options' in order to reduce the amount of 'what should we play?'

Unfortunately, I have a father and son that barely understand why theme is in games let alone a night based around it, so very quickly in a night they'd both start saying things like 'have we had enough of this theme?' And inevitably they'd loudly announce midnight in joyous fashion to mark the 'end of the night' and the 'end of the theme', so that they could then play other 'non-themed' games. It jut got way to frustrating.
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Guantanamo wrote:
I use to run theme nights. I find it convenient to reduce the number of 'options' in order to reduce the amount of 'what should we play?'


Plus you get out of the rut of playing the "typical" and bringing to the table something that might have been thought about on a typical game nite. I mean, I can only take "let's play agricola" or "lets play dominion" just so much.
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That's pretty much my response to theme nights, except that I don't honour them while they're still in-schedule.
 
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