For a few months we have been continuing our “Play It Again!” Monthly board game event virtually.
We have been using real games set up in a Team Room and Zoom to allow players to see and banter with each other. We’ve played a variety of games chosen so that the host can do any card drawing, dice rolling and game piece moving.
We’ve also played using Board Game Arena, an online board game site. With the Zoom meeting open we can still get the “Game Night” feel and expand the selection of games. These formats have been working very well.
Registration is required so players can get the meeting link but a library card is not required. We have had players from other states and even one from Mexico.
However, participation hasn’t been as good as we would like. Many people seem to have difficulty “attending” the events on a Saturday afternoon, even though I always mention the option of “dropping in” for part of the 2:00-5:00 pm sessions.
Now we’d like your help. If you could spend a couple of minutes and comment on this post with the days of the week and times you think people would most likely “attend” a virtual board game event that would be great! Also, do you think once a month is a good frequency?
We’re also looking at ways to promote these events. If you have any ideas about how to reach people who might miss getting together with friends and family to play games but aren’t ready to play face to face please include those.
If you know of any groups or individuals that you think might appreciate an invitation or information about these events please share those too! Thanks for your time.