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Game Nights Offer Competitive Fun


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Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 25, 2018

By: Nicole Winans

IPFW game nights started back up Jan. 16 and will continue throughout the year.

“They are a great opportunity to meet people and interact with students, staff and faculty,” said Jason Anderson, the activities coordinator of Student Life and Leadership.

Intramural Sports organizes the game nights, which are supported by Student Life and Leadership.

As with all intramural programs, game nights are open to all university students, staff and faculty.

The game nights are held on various Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the spring semester. For a complete schedule, visit calendar.ipfw.edu/.

Tuesday game nights are located in Walb Room 214 and Thursday events are held in the IPFW Clubhouse.

In order to accommodate student schedules, game nights are on a drop-in basis from 5 to 10 p.m.

There are a variety of snacks, drinks and games available, including Mafia, Phase 10, Wits and Wagers, Happy Salmon, Quelf, Blokus, Exploding Kittens and Giant Jenga.

Participants can also bring their own favorite games to share and play.

Even if one doesn’t know how to play a game, participants are more than welcome to teach and learn, Anderson said.

Each week Intramurals will be highlighting a new game and teaching those interested in learning how to play it.

In Nov. 2017, Intramurals offered four game nights with a small student population to determine student interest. Of the 45 students contacted about each of the game nights, 20-25 students turned up each time.

Based on the turnout of the study, this is the first semester game nights have been hosted this often throughout the year.

“If attendance is consistent to support the continuation of the current offerings, Intramurals game nights will continue to be offered in a similar schedule as they are this semester,” Anderson said. “With the 14 game nights scheduled for Spring 2018, we are hoping to see at least the same turnout if not higher.”

The new consistent schedule will allow students to attend both on-campus and at housing events, as well as expand the Intramural program.

The games are played in a non-competitive atmosphere, but the prospects of offering tournament style games with prizes have been considered for the future.

“It is a very welcoming, relaxed, and fun environment,” Anderson said. “It’s really about the fun of playing games.”