Game On Cancer®‘s Game Night has officially started and the ask is simple – get your mates together, play some games and raise funds for lifesaving cancer research.
Whether it be something traditional like Monopoly or Jenga, or you want to engage your RPG side with some D&D, all games count so have some fun with it!
To help, we thought we’d come up with some tips and tricks on how to run a successful Game Night:
1. Pick games everyone can enjoy! The more the merrier, so invite all of your friends and ask what they’d like to play. Alternatively ask if your friends can bring their favourite games along to share. These might be board games, card games or even video games! Mario Kart is a classic for getting the party started, and games like Overcooked or Super Smash Bros can certainly get the competition running hot!
2. Put the FUN in fundraising! There are plenty of fun and exciting ways to fundraise at your Game Night. Start by asking your friends to make a donation to play on the night, giving you a strong foundation to build on. From there, mix it up depending on the game you’re playing. If you’re playing a game of D&D, maybe a $5 donation spawns extra enemies or gives a player extra powers. If you’re playing a classic board game, maybe a $2 donation changes an existing rule. Draw inspiration from classic party games as well – everyone donates $1 each time they swear, or $2 if they’re caught with a drink in their right hand. Keep your friends on their toes, and remember that every dollar counts!
3. Create a tournament! If you’re planning on playing multiple games, add some competition to your Game Night. Players can earn points depending on how they rank at the end of each game played and the winner might take home a small prize. Make sure you have a game set aside as a tie-breaker as well, in case the competition is too tight and you need to decide a winner.
4. Don’t forget the snacks & drinks! We all know a game of D&D can go on for a VERY long time, even if it’s a one-shot, so keeping everyone fueled for the night is definitely important. We recommend grabbing the type of snacks that won’t ruin your cards, board game pieces of controllers either. Try to avoid things that melt, stain or stick. Your guests (and controllers) will thank you!
5. Remember the little details! A bit of background music and everyones’ favourite songs can add a bit more fun to your Game Night. You could create a collaborative playlist on Spotify so your friends can also add their own tracks. Try to find a well-lit spot for your board games and remember to restock your batteries in case you can’t get your friends to stop playing Mario Party… it happens to the best of us.
Don’t forget to register your Game Night on Tiltify (hit that SIGN UP button below!) We hope you find these tips and tricks helpful. Good luck with your Game Night and may the best gamer win!