I have been thinking that I may want to have more theme nights; these would be outside regular game nights and would focus on one style (or company’s) game. The first theme night I did was the Commands & Colours Day, which attracted 9 people. My thoughts for a second theme night (or day) is an Avalon Hill Day, a Cheapass Day, or a Puffing Billy (or Train Game) Day as well..
The Avalon Hill Game-A-Thon would be all AH games from their heyday in the 80s (and some earlier). I have an assortment of AH games, including Merchants of Venus, Wrasslin’, Acquire, Blackbeard, Tyranno Ex, Kremlin, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, Gladiator, and Enemy in Sight. The longer games such as Diplomacy, Civilization, and History of the World would be skipped in favour of the shorter 1-3 hour games.
The Cheapass Game Day would include other small game companies as well, like Placebo Press and Green Ronin Publishing. The games would all be light and cheap. I am thinking this would be better named to “Trashy Game Day, Bring Beer.” and go from there. These games would primarily last 10 to 75 minutes and would be at the lower end of the complexity scale.
A Puffing Billy Day would involve an assortment of train games, from Ticket to Ride (all three versions) to Santa Fe Rails, Empire Builder and Railroad Tycoon. These are all games that last around 1-3 hours as well. If someone brought over a copy of Age of Steam or an 18XX game I would not be averse to playing it as well.
Let me know what you preference is, and I can get started planning these. My months of July & August are pretty full, so the earliest I can plan this for is September. Please reply here so I can track to see if there is any interest.