Alan R. Moon’s Thoughts on How to Host a Game Night

When you write a book, you never know how people will react to it. You hope they’ll like it, of course, but it’s an art, not a science.

I’m very proud of HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT, and I think people will enjoy it. I have my fingers crossed that they will. But there’s no way to be sure.

So I was thrilled when, after sending him an early copy of the book, Alan R. Moon — designer of TICKET TO RIDE, ELFENLAND, ELFENROADS, and so many other great games — had this to say:

“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.”

HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT is both a practical guide to hosting game nights and a collection of stories culled from my own experiences and those of the 100-plus people I talked to while writing it.

Wherever you are on your game night journey — whether you’ve hosted hundreds or you’re thinking about hosting your first — I hope you’ll take a look. Thanks, and game on!

Board Game Trivia on Zoom!

I’m hosting a series of free trivia games on Zoom all about tabletop games, and I’d love to have you join the fun!

Upcoming games are scheduled for Oct. 24 and 27 (details below), and if you love board games and card games, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

This trivia game features five rounds — each completely different from the others — and it can be played by individuals or by teams. (If you play with a team, just be sure you have a way to consult each other that won’t be heard by others on the Zoom. Discord, texting, and using the private chat feature on Zoom can all work.) The entire game takes about an hour, maybe a little more.

I hope to see you there!

The links below will take you to the registration page for the listed date. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email that has all the details you need to join.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. Eastern U.S. time

I’m hosting these trivia games to help celebrate the Oct. 27 launch of my book HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT, which is available for pre-order now!

This game is probably best for people who enjoy modern games like Azul, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride — but there are plenty of questions about classic games, too, along with some multiple choice and 50-50 questions.

If you’re interested in playing but none of the scheduled times work for you — or you want to schedule a private group trivia night, let me know ( and I’ll try to schedule another.

EDIT: Earlier events were held on Oct. 17, 22, and 24.

NOTE: The same trivia game will be played at each session, so there’s no reason to sign up for more than one.

Win a Copy of How to Host a Game Night!

You can win a free early copy of my upcoming book HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT over at Goodreads!

To enter the contest (Tiller Press is giving away 15 early copies!), just go to this page and click the “Enter Giveaway” button at the top. (You have to be logged in to Goodreads and have an address in the U.S. to enter.) The contest ends on Sept. 30.

I’m a huge fan of tabletop games, and HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT — which will be available to everyone on Oct. 27 (it’s available for pre-order here) — is my love letter to game nights. It’s packed with practical advice and tons of great stories that so many gamers were generous enough to share with me. I hope you enjoy it!

ARCs of How to Host a Game Night

Advance review copies (ARCs) of my new book HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT are available!

This is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking because this means that it’s time to start seeing what other people think of the book (which officially releases from Tiller Press on Oct. 27).

If you’re a content creator (book reviewer, blogger, podcaster, YouTuber, etc.) and you’re interested in a copy of HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT please let me know and I’ll do my best to make sure you get one! (I’ll need a postal address and the best way to send me that info is by email:

Talking About Board Games with Julie Rose on Top of Mind

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of talking to Julie Rose on the podcast / radio show Top of Mind about board games, the pandemic, the board game Pandemic, and many other game-related topics.

Listen to our conversation here.

We spoke about why tabletop games are so popular today, why Cheetos are a terrible game-night snack, and so much more! It was a really fun discussion.

Related: Julie is a terrific interviewer and I’ve added Top of Mind — which covers a wide range of topics — to my podcast subscriptions. (Search for “Top of Mind with Julie Rose” to find it in your podcast app!)

How to Host a Game Night – New Book in October

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 is scheduled to release on Oct. 27, 2020. Go ahead and order a copy from your favorite bookstore today!

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