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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 14:54 #248917

Do you drink alcohol while you play boardgames? Enough to relax? Enough to maintain a buzz? More?

Last month, I played a couple of longer 2-player games with a friend while we each had a couple of Guinness Stout. It was no big deal, but I felt heavy by the time we we done with the second game. Generally, I don't like to drink alcohol at all while playing a complex game, or a game with low interaction. However, I think that alcohol goes fine with light games that emphasize player interaction. I suppose that alcohol can also make a dexterity game more interesting.

My alcohol consumption has dropped significantly since my 20s. Back then, I drank an average of a drink a day, not counting getting wasted once or twice a month. Having seen my dad slowly descend into alcoholism over the course of his adult life, I have now scaled back to one drink a month plus having a maximum of three drinks at a festive occasion, maybe six times a year. Wow, that's a big drop, from about 500 drinks per year to just 30.

As a random note, the Fantasy Flight Event Center has a liquor license and serves beer and wine, but I rarely notice people drinking there.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 14:57 #248918

my alcohol consumption has scaled way back in the past year or so.
I usually only have one drink a week at the house and that's while I'm cooking and prepping the food for the work week. Besides that I'll have a drink out with friends, but no more than two. And rarely two. Usually one followed by tea or a coke or something. Drinking while gaming generally falls in this category.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 14:59 #248920

I usually drink 2 to 3 per game night. If it impacts my decision-making, well I don't care, since it's board games. Last weekend I drank 3 beers the night prior, while playing Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. During board games I had nothing but water and came in last place, and second place. So drunk or sober, I still lose.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 15:14 #248923

I'm not much of a beer guy, much more so into hard liquor. We usually game on a week night so that ain't happening. Usually beer though is consumed in small quantities at my table.

When I do drink while playing games I'm looking to maybe get buzzed at most, not really shitfaced. I don't really enjoy gaming with people who are drunk.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 15:39 #248927

When I go to FFG ec, I sometimes drink a single tap beer.

But that's rare. I don't see the point in drinking while playing games in public.

I used to drink a bit on board game nights at my house when I used to host. But boardgames, much like alcohol, were used as a social lubricant as an excuse to get together and shoot the breeze.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 16:10 #248933

I'm usually the one hosting and drinks are consumed. Not to excess, but because it is a social gathering. We aren't playing 18xx or euro snoozers, so it doesn't impair our dice rolling ability.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 18:23 #248939

I grew up in a small rural town where socializing and drinking beer are one and the same. That's stuck with me; I drink at most social functions if it's available and boardgames are no different.

I feel less mentally exhausted if I have a beer or two with a heavy game, because a bit of don't-give-a-shit-itude kicks in and I'm more happy to roll with suboptimal play on my part.

I stay away from heavy liquor when gaming though, because while I enjoy getting a bit drunk I'm aware that's not always fun for everybody else. Unless we're ending the night at my house with Tumblin' DIce or Bisikle or something. Shots may get poured.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 21:50 #248949

Almost always. Anywhere from beers to hard stuff to cocktails. I sometimes refrain if I have a caloric reason to, but otherwise it's something to look forward to after a long week.

Someone getting sloppy is a rare occasion, but it's happened.
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Boardgames & Booze 23 May 2017 22:33 #248951

My group only meets monthly, if that, so it's guaranteed that at least a couple of us will be taking the opportunity to get shitfaced. I've been slowly veering away from alcohol and more towards cannabis but either substance involves the same decision. With Zombicide... pretty altered is ok, but I'm the zombie pusher & card flipper (& general rules consultant) so I can't be completely wrecked. With a social deduction game, being more sober than the rest is a fun advantage, so if we're going down that rabbit hole and playing Avalon 10 times in a row, I sip a beer, forego the whiskey and other stuff, and try to get a few games in where I'm fully processing what's going on. If we're playing The Grizzled, we're all doomed anyway so weeeeeeee...
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 00:02 #248953

If I'm gaming with good friends, I'll have at 2-3 drinks. If it's strangers, no. I have gotten pretty hammered on a number of occasions but that isn't the norm these days.

I drink a fair amount these days. Average a drink a night, I'd say.
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 04:16 #248957

I always like to have a drink when I game. Both are social activities for me, so they go well together.

How much I drink depends entirely on whether I'm going to be driving home, and how much I need to get done the next day.
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 07:59 #248959

Social drinker here as well so my friends and I will typically have a drink or two while playing games. Usually up to the point of a slight buzz, but typically less.

We typically cannot stand it when people get shit-faced while gaming. Those that get drunk while playing typically ruin the gaming experience for us.
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 08:26 #248961

I gave up drinking "in force" a long time ago and most of my peeps are middling to massive potheads, but generally, I don't use anything. Unless it's at a Con, which is a vacation for me, in which case the sky's the limit.

Charlie can say what he wants about playing with drunk people, but Spartacus goes from good to LEGENDARY with a couple shots of Jack
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 08:33 #248963

SuperflyTNT wrote:
Charlie can say what he wants about playing with drunk people, but Spartacus goes from good to LEGENDARY with a couple shots of Jack

I'm not sure I can tell the difference between when you are drunk or sober so the rules don't clearly apply to that game of Spartacus.
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Boardgames & Booze 24 May 2017 09:02 #248970

MattDP wrote:
I always like to have a drink when I game. Both are social activities for me, so they go well together.

How much I drink depends entirely on whether I'm going to be driving home, and how much I need to get done the next day.

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