Last night I hosted a board game night for some family and friends that I don’t get to see all that often. Adult schedules and the inconvenience of distance means staying in touch isn’t as easy as it used to be when we were young, so I was really interested when I was contacted on behalf of giffgaff and asked if I wanted to be a part of their games night campaign. I am ever an advocate of board games helping people to connect, and I was lucky enough to be sent a whole box of goodies from giffgaff which really helped to bring the evening together, as well as an exciting box of party games by company Big Potato Games.
It was a great day when this pretty box came through the post with some generous treats from giffgaff, including pre-loaded sims that I was able to give to my friends. I have been a long time user of giffgaff anyway, so it was nice to spread the love to others who came to my board game evening.
Big Potato also sent this adorable potato plushie that is actually now one of my favourite possessions. During the game night he kept a watchful eye on the table to make sure no one was cheating…
We put giffgaff’s shining trophy on display to keep our competitive spirits high, and opened our first game: Weird Things Humans Search For. The aim of the game is to try to guess what people on the internet search for the most. For example, one prompt was ‘can elderly people…’ with guesses in the group including ‘fly?’, ‘run?’ and ‘drive?’. Some prompts led to hilarious answers, and we were giggling throughout the whole game. It was certainly an interesting glimpse into the mind of my friends, as well as into the minds of those curious internet users…
giffgaff actually provided some Just Eat vouchers too, so we made the most of it and included a mandatory pizza break mid-evening. With a cheesy bites crust, of course! We also had our new Amazon Echo playing some gaming tunes, and it was cool to discover that if asked Alexa can roll a dice (including a D20 – oooh!), which we will definitely be utilising for future game nights.
The next game we tried was Obama Llama 2. This was a really interesting concept (as well as an interesting box!) as the game was focused around rhyming. We split into teams of two and took it in turns to roll the dice and pick a card that would have us describe a phrase or act something out. Turns out that I am really, really good at rhyming. My team did ridiculously well, to the point that we started throwing a bone to the losing team and helping them to guess their answers – party games are all about bending the rules in the name of fun sometimes!
We awarded the trophy in the end to my sister’s partner, who was spookily good at sussing people out during some rounds of One Night Ultimate Werewolf. When even Neil was being fooled by my trickery, her partner saw right through my deception! One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a family favourite, and it was fun to introduce it to some new people. If you aren’t shouting across the table and trying to sneakily stage your partner as a werewolf, then you aren’t playing it properly.
The evening was a bunch of fun, and it was nice to make the effort to invite people over I don’t usually get to see, and to enjoy some good food and a game or three (see, the rhymes come naturally!).
I think it is great to see companies reaching out to their communities in this way, and the group agreed we should see each other again soon for more games, so well done giffgaff.
*A big thank you to giffgaff and Big Potato Games for sending me so many lovely goodies to host my board game evening.