When I first started Where2Game, I wanted to create a way that others could connect and create meaningful friendships. Our primary goal is to connect you, gaming groups, and gaming venues so that you can find people to play with and spots to play in. Connecting is great, but if you don’t know how to take it to the next step, you may have troubles fully utilizing the resource.
There are three main types of gaming gatherings that can help you connect with others. They can be found along a spectrum that goes from least effort to most effort as seen below.
Click below to find the right get-together for yourself, and get gaming. We’ll provide resources along the way that will help you run amazing events.
Casual Get Togethers
The easiest way to get people together is just to invite them to play a game. It doesn’t necessarily even need to be in advance. It’s easiest when you want to play with friends or family and don’t want to have the hassle of putting things together.
What you’ll need:
- A game or two
- Some snacks (gaming is just better over snacks in my honest opinion)
- People to play with
- A place to play
You’ll notice that this list is very vague. It’s the fully open-ended nature of this event style that makes it the easiest to pick up and play.
For game ideas, check out our list of game reviews for ideas!
Whether it’s a themed party or you just want to put a little bit more glam into your gathering, gaming parties are the ways to go. These generally require a little bit more planning for the effort that goes into them.
- A game or series of games to play that fit within a theme
- Food and drinks
- People to play with
- A place to play
- Some way to get invitations to people
These parties are more creative work and for hosts who enjoy hosting. Let’s not beat around the bush. If you’re at this stage, you may have a Pinterest or want to add a bit of something special to your gathering. Choose a theme that you’re interested in. Whether it’s medieval fantasy, Sci-Fi, or based around some form of intellectual property, the limit to themes is limitless.
Once you have a theme, you can move onto food and drinks. While choosing basic drinks and snacks can be bought from the store and put into bowls and the fridge, think about adding something a bit more. This could be hot appetizers, themed drinks, and/or decorations. Feel free to let your creativity drive this one or check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!
For games, either choose some small games that fit together over a theme. This can be something like Mafia-type games or games that involve goblins. Alternatively, you can pick a game style like co-operative games or strategy games. Heck, you can even pick a franchise like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter! The sky is the limit when it comes to what you imagine and how much time you want to spend planning.
Escape Room games and Murder Mystery type games are perfect for these events!
Formal, Organized Events
If you’ve made it this far, I think I have just the thing for you. You want something big, formal, and structured. You’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find tips on how to run an organized event.
Whether it’s for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), Magic: The Gathering (MtG), Pathfinder Society, or a game you want to showcase, Where2Game has you covered.
Step 1: Figure out what the goal of the event is
Not all organized events have the same goal. MtG drafts are often to showcase the new set and distribute cards, while a game developer may just want to playtest their game or bring attention to it before fundraising it. Whatever your goal is, you need to keep this in mind when building your event around it.
Step 2: Plan events around your goal
Once you know your goal, you need a plan to get there. These usually take the form of a timeline or schedule. Figure out what is important for getting your goal realized and then go from there. For example, if your goal is to make tabletop gaming accessible, find an accessible gaming space and plan accessible gaming events. If the goal is to raise brand awareness, events should focus around that.
Step 3: Get the Word Out
There are so many ways to get the word out about events. Forums, Facebook, Twitter, Meetups, and (coming soon) Where2Game. You’ll want to find somewhere where the people you want to come can find it. Using multiple sites is totally okay so long as you’re okay with checking these sites to answer any questions that may pop-up. Enlisting some help may not be necessary, but we can help get the word out for you.
Once the word’s out, all is left to do is get ready to have a rocking time, plan decor, food (if any), venue, and keep it all cost-effective. Nothing that you can’t handle!
For more event planning help, or information on Where2Game’s upcoming features, be sure to follow us on social media or look for us at a convention near you!