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Michelle Martino
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When you host a board game night at your house/apartment/dwelling, do you feel the need to provide snacks/beverages? What if you're having new people over to join your group?

For me, I like to bake, so I normally will make something (cookies, cupcakes, etc). How about you?
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There's a few people in our group who will occasionally host. Sometimes people provide most of the food, with guests bringing chips or veggie trays, and sometimes it's even more potluck than that. Other times we just order pizza, and people usually bring snacks. As long as it's stated in the invitation, I think either way is fine.

If we have the time, my husband and I usually provide the food, mostly because it allows us to make food that we would never make for just the two of us (like chicken wing dip, or I guess Buffalo wing dip, nonlocally )
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When I hosted on a regular basis I always provided soda & munchies. Now that I host very infrequently and some people drive a long way, I offer to make dinner for anyone who's interested. I love to cook and, like Meej said, it's an opportunity to cook things I normally wouldn't make just for myself.
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I host a regular group, and I always serve a simple meal to start the evening. But it is a small group, so it's pretty easy.

My guests wanted to contribute to the food, so now everybody brings a little something (I coordinate so we don't have duplications or mismatches.)

Everyone understands that it's about the games, not the food. But the dinner allows us to relax, chat and catch up, so that when game time starts, we're ready for business.

Food is just fuel for gaming.
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Just so long as the fuel does not get on the games....
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Whenever I have people over for some gaming I usually just let them drink some of my booze, they can feed their own fat asses.



But then again its mostly comprised of really close friends. If I had a group over with whom I was merely acquainted I would probably just order pizza.
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I used to cook, but too many picky eaters so now we do potluck and the host will do the main course like sandwiches or pizza. If it's really greasy stuff I ask people to eat between games.
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I supply drinks and some snacks, and people bring their own snacks/bento/onigiri's. Then we choose what to eat for dinner (aka order in) if they wish to dine together.
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... um

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My usual gaming group consist of only four people, one being a couple so we rotate the hosting turns between the three places. Who ever is hosting, is providing snacks and cooking some sort of dinner later on. We usually play at least for 5 hours many times up till 9 hours so people are bound to get very hungry It's been working very well, even if there are quite a bit of restrictions on diets. And we noticed after a few months of playing that you really need to eat in order to be able to concentrate on the game
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Well, I haven't hosted a game night in several months (not at my house, at any rate; I've hauled games over to my parents' house several times for family game nights), but for the ones I have hosted I always tried to have some non-greasy munchies on hand. Sometimes I'll make something, other times it's stuff I've purchased. I also usually plan on making a pizza order that evening once everyone has arrived.

I used to buy soda as well, but since the bottles never got opened I stopped doing so. I don't typically drink the stuff so not having it never bothers me, and I do have water available.

Having food and drink available is just one of those proper things to do when you're having a party. How you do it may vary, but it's one of those elements of planning a gathering that needs consideration.
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I like to host a pre-game dumpster dive. That way, everyone gets what they want.
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smurfodeth wrote:
I like to host a pre-game dumpster dive. That way, everyone gets what they want.


....just what is a dumpster dive? [ too scared to google....]
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Mrs MusedFable wrote:
When you host a board game night at your house/apartment/dwelling, do you feel the need to provide snacks/beverages? What if you're having new people over to join your group?

For me, I like to bake, so I normally will make something (cookies, cupcakes, etc). How about you?


Yes..doesn't have to be grand though....
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smurfodeth wrote:


LOL I just got Punk'd by a Geek!!!

cheers mate
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hehe does it mean you go to the dumpster and everyone scrounges for food?
Edit: doh beat me to it.
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For me, board game nights are just an excuse to bake! It's become a tradition that I provide either a pudding or a snack now. We also always have crisps/biscuits (usually chocolate ones) lying around our games room, together with various drinks.
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Sometimes snacks for a game night. We make them more for ourselves and then share if anyone else is hungry. We offer beverages too.

For game days we put out a spread of various snacks, an entree, and an assortment of beverages.
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I forgot to mention in my post above that I stopped providing beverages and instead tell people to bring their preference these days. It got too crazy trying to cater to different wants - caffeine or not? sugar or diet? alcohol? juice? coffee or cocoa? ......

Since I only ever drink water and occasionally iced tea at home, I can't count how many bottles of soda I bought and got stuck with while trying to anticipate what people would want.
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As host I provide drinks and a range of snacks from a cental store.
When it gets low we nominate some one to bring some more.

Main food wise we generally eat take aways and normally chips so we just do a round robin with one person paying each week, unless one person wants a lot extra. As host I often skip my turn to pay as I provide most of the snacks..

The other option is oven pizzas if we haven't time to wander down to the chip shop, although that time is good to get the next game set up and get the socializing and chatting done.

We don't have time or inclination to cater properly.

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Did someone say Dumpster Dive?

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Schil wrote:
Did someone say Dumpster Dive?



This is just plain awesome!
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Providing food and drink is an absolute requirement. And chips/pretzels is just the start. I always provide lunch or dinner, depending on when we're doing it. Full bar of course.


Wargamers are used to iron rations, but we shower. Honest.

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When we have people over to play games, I usually cook a full meal (the meal depends on time of day) and also provide snacks. There's more or less a continual array of food to go along with the games. I make tea and we usually have wine on hand and sparkling water. I also like to bake, so I typically also make a dessert.

If I'm feeling really creative the food is themed to go with some of the games I'd like to play, but usually it is something that is easy to prep ahead so that I don't spend my gaming time in the kitchen.

Hungry people get grumpy and argue over rules. Full, happy people enjoy the games they are playing and stay longer to play more games.

When we attend game nights as guests, I bring dessert or wine unless asked to bring something specific. And tea.

I've also found that when we have friends over to a dinner that is not billed as a game night, when you clear the table you can put a game down and everyone is happy to play. But maybe they are humoring me until I bring out the cake. Because if you serve cake first and then try to put out a game they say it is too late and they have to go home...



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