Best Day of the Week to Play a Tabletop Game? (Editorial)

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Are you curious about what is the best day of the week to play a tabletop game? Determining the most popular or the best day to play tabletop game, e.g., wargame, board game, or RPG, is important for a number of reasons. It helps you to manage your time, and it also allows you to find opponents or party members more easily.

In this article, I share with you some of my experience in trying to find out when I’m most available, as well as what I learned about the general community’s consensus of the best day to play tabletop games.


Let’s Dive In: What’s the Best Day of the Week to Play Games?

Well, to really figure this out, we need to break down what’s important for finding the best day to play games. Here are some factors that I think are important:

  • Your availability: This is probably the number one factor. If you’re not available, then you can’t play!
  • Your opponents’ availability: You need people to play against, so their availability is just as important as your own.
  • The community’s consensus: There’s strength in numbers. If everyone else is playing on a certain day, it’ll be easier for you to find opponents or party members.
  • The type of game: Some games are better suited for certain days of the week. For example, wargames are usually more complex and take longer to play than boardgames, so they might be better suited for weekends when people have more free time.

With that being said, let’s take a look at each of these factors one by one.


Your Availability

This is probably the most important factor in determining the best day to play games. If you’re not available, then you can’t play! When it comes to your availability, you need to consider your work schedule, your family obligations, and any other commitments you might have.

Best Day of the Week to Play a Tabletop Game? (Editorial) - your availability matters

For me, I’m usually available on Fridays after work and on weekends. That’s when I have the most free time. However, I have also have kids so my weekends are often limited. And, of course, there are always unforeseen events that can pop up and ruin your plans.

Your Opponents’ Availability

The second factor you need to consider is your opponents’ availability. You need people to play against, so their availability is just as important as your own. When it comes to finding opponents, you need to consider their work schedule, their family obligations, and any other commitments they might have.

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Just like with your own availability, you also need to factor in the possibility of unforeseen events. And, of course, you also need to take into account the time difference if you’re playing with people from other parts of the world.

The Community’s Consensus

The third factor you need to consider is the community’s consensus. There’s strength in numbers. If everyone else is playing on a certain day, it’ll be easier for you to find opponents or party members.

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When it comes to finding the community’s consensus, you can do a quick search on Google, Facebook, Reddit, or any other social media platform. You can also ask around in your local game store or at conventions.

The Type of Game

The fourth factor you need to consider is the type of game. Some games are more conducive to certain days than others. For example, if you’re playing a slower game like Twilight Imperium, you might want to set aside an entire day or weekend to play. However, if you’re playing a faster game like Warhammer 40k, you can probably get away with playing on a weekday evening.

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It all depends on how you arrange a game. You can even “save” some games for multi-day sessions, which is probably going to require that you have a dedicated table or room for gaming.

Other games, like card games or party games, can be played on weeknights when people have less free time.

So, What’s the Best day of the Week to Play Tabletop Games?

Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, there is no one “best” day of the week to play tabletop games. It all depends on your availability, your opponents’ availability, the community’s consensus, and the type of game you’re playing.

With that being said, I think the best day of the week for me to play tabletop games is Friday. Though I’m still not sure….It feels like that’s when I have the most free time, and it’s also when most of my opponents are available.

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Of course, now that I have 3 kids, my gaming time is often limited (i.e., I consider Friday a sort of half-weekend day). And, even then, I usually have to sneak in a game or two when the kids are napping or in bed. This mean I’m playing later into the night than most opponents are prepared to commit to.

You know, adults have to sleep.

And, if I’m playing anything at all, I find it best to try and find a store or club… which of course, then means I’m dealing with scheduling the travel time to and from the gaming location.

Ugh. So, the morale of the article is that there is no best day to play games. And, if there is “a best day” that you find works for you; it’ll change as your life changes.

As for me, I’m going to stick with Fridays for now. But, who knows… maybe I’ll switch to Sundays. Or, rather, maybe I’ll just play games with them.


Conclusion

There you have it. No best day. And, if you find a schedule that works for you; it’ll change. Just as life changes, so do our gaming commitments, free time, and all those other responsibilities that come with growing up.

The good news (and there’s always good news) is that if you’re a hobby gamer, there are also the miniatures that could use your attention. Miniature painting doesn’t require the availability of others–just you.

Paint those miniatures. Get those models on the table (even if you’re not sure when that will happen). It’s all good. 😇

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There’s always something to paint, even if it’s this board game miniature (from Zombicide).

Do you have a day of the week that you prefer to game? Let me know in the comments below. And, as always, happy gaming!

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3 thoughts on “Best Day of the Week to Play a Tabletop Game? (Editorial)”

  1. Brian Cherrington

    Nice pics! Are those Dave Graffam paper buildings? Those look great. Did John bring those in? I’d be up for some games with some nice scenery.

    1. I’m not exactly sure what paper buildings those are. Yep, John did bring them in. We need to play again, Brian!

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