I’ve been thinking about having a company game night for quite a while, and I decided to just jump out there, even at the risk of looking silly. I sent a message out to the company with what I was thinking, with the caveat that if we got at least ten people interested we’d go ahead and have it.
The response was fantastic. People stopped me in the hall and on the way into work, or dropped by my office to say that they were in. I set a date, had my talented brother put together a great-looking sign that I posted around the office, and waited for the day to come.
My hope was that there were people in the office who love playing board games, but can’t find a big enough crowd of people to play with them, and so would be willing to come in. My inspiration was the first JoCo Cruise Crazy in 2010, where a room was set aside for nearly round-the-clock board game activities. I thought this would be a great way for people in the office to get their “game fix” and spend time with each other outside of work.
Last Friday night, we had our first Asynchrony Game Night. There was a great crowd there; employees brought their families and friends along and got the gaming started right away.
I saw Carcassonne (and got to play for the first time), lots of Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Clue, Set, The Logo Game, Smash Up, Forbidden Island, Zombie Dice, some game about beans that Amos was really excited about, and others.
Then there was the raucous group that went into the Adult section (our Zanzibar conference room) and played Cards Against Humanity. Yes, we have all of your names, and some pretty incriminating hidden camera footage.
I didn’t get an exact count, but we consumed 17 pizzas (ordered using a new group pizza ordering algorithm that I thought of that worked pretty darn well, I must say), so I’m guessing we had at least 30-40 people there. Most of the crowd had cleared out between 9 and 10, but there were a hardy few of us who closed out the night playing Rock Band on the big screen in Downtown North (I got my “Love Shack” fix in, so I’m happy).
Thanks to everyone who came! I had several people stop by to tell me what a great time they had. We will definitely do this again!