The ‘Play in Public’ Challenge for Board Game Fans

Over at Seize Your Turn, there’s a challenge for the month of August (and really for all the time) to take your stash of board games out into the light day, somewhere other than your house, or your friend”s and family’s houses and let people watch you play.  Invite them to play with you, and help teach them some of the basics about your favorite board games.  I think it’s a great idea, and as soon as I get back from GenCon (where I’ll be spending an entire weekend playing in the very public Indianapolis Convention Center) I’m definitely going to lug some of my games out of the house and give this a shot.  You never know you might meet, or who you might convince to give board games a try.    And if you do decide to take your games out into the light of day, let us know what games you’re taking, and how it turned out!

I’m copying the guidelines of the challenge from Seize Your Turn below:

The guidelines of the PiP Campaign

This is a campaign whose sole purpose is to expose the public to the variety of games available beyond childhood.  The guidelines of participation are simple: 

Play a game in public and share the experience.

  • Game: any game listed on boardgamegeek at a rating of 5.5 or higher (number may be adjusted in the future if popularity of site changes and skews site scores from current baseline)
    • this blocks: Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Connect Four, Monopoly, Life, Uno, Payday
    • this allows: Cranium, Stratego, Rummikub, Apples to Apples, Go, Chess, and almost all eurogames or adult strategy games
  • Public: any environment that a game is not typically played in, any location where someone will see you playing a board game who wasn’t expecting to play or learn about board games in that environment
  • Share: Declare your participation and support

Some helpful hints:

  • Encourage observers to ask questions… explain the game at a high level (theme, goal), encourage them to try it out (even let them take your spot for a few turns)
  • Talk about adult board games and the wide variety that exist… explain that some are more social and others are more competitive/intellectual  (“the full range between chess and cranium”, these boundaries resonate with most people)
  • In your write-up, brag about your attempt… how many people stopped, watched, and were curious… how many asked questions… how many people played that weren’t part of your initial group?