“Can I put a Meeple on that?”
“The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain” (spoken in a British accent)
PIT! PIT! PIT!
“Jim, it’s your turn.”
“I brought snacks!! Where do I put them?”
Welcome to Second Saturday game night. A monthly gathering that meets at the Dillman’s house in Fallston, MD from 6 pm to 9 pm on the second Saturday of each month. (post-pandemic) We will be starting virtually with JackBox games in January!
The rules are pretty simple.
- Bring your family and or friends.
- Bring your favorite board games, card games, or role-playing games. You get the idea!
- Bring a snack or a drink to share. (Adult beverages are welcome but only if you are over 21!)
- $5 a person if you want to chip in for pizza. We order pizza at 7 pm!
And then, let the fun begin. There are usually 4 tables set up for Board or card games, a TV for Jackbox and if the weather is nice, cornhole and Bocci outside. There is a TV in the basement if someone wants to bring a video game console. (I don’t’ have one yet 🙂 )
This is an event open to all ages and is a great place to invite your neighbor or co-worker for a fun night out. You children are welcome to bring a friend too.
And if games aren’t your thing, there are plenty of places to grab a snack and a chair and catch up with that friend you have been meaning to talk to or just observe the laughter and shenanigans. There is no pressure to play, but it is just a place to gather, learn a new game, eat some great snacks, and maybe make a new friend along the way.
On a recent game night, there were 2 ladies playing Bananagrams in the Family room, a serious game of Heaven and Ale going on at the Kitchen table, a toddler playing with little people on the floor of the Familyroom while teens were playing a funny accent game and a circus theme could be heard playing while people balanced meeple of Meeple Circus in the Libray. This does not account for the teens in the basement playing Just Dance on Natalie’s Switch.
People were laughing and talking while over in a corner, two women were sharing quietly, praying, and crying together. Relationships were being built and the Gospel was going forth.
On an average game night, 20 to 30 different people show up. And it is never the same crowd. I love that people feel comfortable bringing their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and their kids. It is a place where we can share a game, a laugh, and maybe even the Gospel.
Natalie, my youngest who is in College this year, told me that one of the things she has hated about the pandemic is not being able to bring all of her suitemates home to experience game night. Many of them don’t know Christ and I can’t wait until the pandemic is over and I host 6 college students for a game night weekend. I might even invite them to church.
You see, that is the ultimate reason for game night. It is not only a place for me to play Carcassone (my all-time favorite game) but also a place to bring a friend, make a contact, enter their world, and maybe just maybe plant a seed for eternity.
And by the way, if you don’t know that a meeple is, or Carcassone, or Pit! Just come to the next game night and someone will teach you!
For information on how to join us, please visit the Second Saturday Game Night information page at https://cornerstonejoppa.org/second-saturday-game-night/