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Five Holiday Gaming Tips for an Active Game Table

Getting together for the holidays represents a great oppurtunity to introduce new players to the fun of tabletop gaming. Make sure to introduce them right with these five handy tips.

Courtesy of GeekDad, we find five tips for introducing new players to the fun of tabletop games old and new over the holidays. Tip number one:

1. Start short.

Not everyone is ready for a multi-hour game session right after a big holiday dinner. Post-prandial drowsiness doesn’t go well with a game that takes twenty minutes to set up and another fifteen to explain, so don’t lose your audience before you get to the good stuff. Pick something speedy that gets people into the game with little downtime. If possible, get them laughing — I hear it causes the release of endorphins, which makes them feel better, which will lead to more gaming. (We’ll work on the dopamine receptors later, when you get them hooked on learning new games.)

Games like Zombie Dice and Spot It! are easy to teach and can handle a pile of players. FlowerFall and Ca$h ‘n’ Gun$ are guaranteed to make people gravitate to the game table to see what’s going on.

Hit up the link below for the remaining four tips. Have a favorite game to introduce new players to? Sound off in the comments.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/19/12

Comments (8)

  1. Dave

    only one tip? cant seem to find the link for the remaining tips…

  2. wyhteagle

    Need the link please!

  3. Jeff B.

    http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/gaming-tips-for-the-holidays/

    Since there isn’t a link with the article.
    :P

  4. Rob

    Please post the link, would like to read the rest of this.

  5. Andrew

    I would also add Cosmic Wimpout [http://www.cosmicwimpout.com/]. It’s always a great game.

  6. Biff

    Love the articles, but it’s as if HTG totally forgot about Linux or the fact that there’s a few major updates in that camp. I don’t think I’ve seen one fresh article on even Ubuntu. And it’s as if authors like “Major Geek” dropped off the face of the earth.

    …it’s like Windows 7 or even Vista never even existed!

    So maybe you should consider renaming the website to H8TG (Hate to Geek) or “Geek Links” or something. But you may want to rethink that last one since HTG DOESN’T EVEN POST LINKS!

    “Hellooooo? McFly! Anybody in there?”

  7. that guy

    Apples to Apples, If you havent played it go buy it. If you have your nodding in agreement.

  8. Lantiis

    5? Link? I missed something or am blind.

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