How to Host a Game Night

My next book — HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT — is available for pre-order!

It’s no secret that I love board games, and writing HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT was an absolute blast. It’s packed with practical advice, incredible and funny stories about gaming, and reviews of some of the games I love best.

I wrote a piece for The Opinionated Gamers that talks a bit more about why I love this project so much.

Published by Tiller Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT will be available on Oct. 27, 2020. You can order a copy from your favorite bookstore today!

Here are some comments about the book:

Alan R. Moon, designer of Ticket to Ride and many other great games: “Erik Arneson is one of America’s best-kept secrets. An incredibly fun read that’s chock-full of stories, memories, and experiences from gamers, his book How to Host a Game Night is the ultimate guide to gaming. Arneson perfectly describes what makes the world of gaming the special place it is for so many people.”

Justin Jacobson, president of Restoration Games: “Whether you’ve hosted a ton of game nights or you’re getting ready for your first, Erik’s book is chock-full of practical advice presented in a clear, fun way. Recommendations for games, food, drinks, and music, down to the tiniest details, like seating arrangements, trash talking, and card sleeves. Overwhelmed? Not to worry, there is one sure-fire strategy to hosting the perfect get-together: Buy this book!”

Leslie Cheung, gamer: “How to Host a Game Night by Erik Arneson is more than a great introduction to the world of hobby board games! It is quick to read and easy to follow but also chock-full of anecdotes and factoids that make it personal and interesting to read. Full of nostalgia and humour, this will have seasoned gamers remembering their own experiences and offer new players a look at how deep the love of the hobby can be.”

Bayard Catron, gamer: “How to Host a Game Night is … an efficient and effective reference for aspiring game event hosts. It will give you the information you need to be successful with organizing your event, and more importantly, with its humor and enthusiasm, it will inspire you to actually DO IT. I highly recommend this book and I strongly recommend you utilize the strategies within — it’s a winning move.”