Everybody knows it at the moment: leisure activities are reduced and the possibility to meet friends is limited – especially game nights at one table are not possible at the moment. So all we can do is sit at home alone, wait and hope that everything will get better in a few months?
Before we started with Corona and its effects, we had a game night every second Tuesday at the TecAlliance. There we met after work and enjoyed one of the countless board games. Especially popular were “Secret Hitler” or “Werewolf” evenings.
On Tuesday, 12th of may at 7 pm it was time again for me and seven colleagues: The first games night since Corona – online.
A game night in times of the pandemic?
Yes, the Internet makes it possible.
One thing you have to clarify in advance is the communication. Since I am a gamer myself, it was clear that it will be either TeamSpeak or Discord – both are free 😉. The next step was to find a suitable game. There are some free games on the internet that you can play together with friends. “City, country, river online” and “Skribble.io” are just two of many examples. We ourselves agreed to buy a game – the Tabletop Simulator. This game simulates a table where the players can “sit down”. There are games that you know from home: Chess, Uno, Monopoly, … But there are also games that I have never heard of. Anno Domini is one of them. It’s about arranging inventions according to their chronological order.
Is playing online even fun?
Yes, it was a lot of fun. We started with “Secret Hitler”, where a lot of things went wrong, not least because we still had to get used to the controls. That caused a lot of laughter. With “Anno Domini” everything went better. At the end of the evening we all agreed that it was really a successful evening and that we would like to repeat it if we had the chance.
In summary, we can say about our first online game night that it was very well received. It’s something completely different when you play in the same room with several people, but it’s a good alternative for that. So my recommendation to all those who are stuck at home: Grab some friends, find a computer game and play it together.
We have also decided that we will have game nights at least every two weeks. Because one thing is for sure: We all haven’t laughed and talked as much as we did that evening for a long time!