Set The Perfect Autumn Atmosphere For A Round Of Settlers Of Catan
And Article by Jackie Edwards
As summer draws to and end, it’s time to pull out a good ol’ favourite – Settlers Of Catan. But before you invite your friends over for a game night, spruce up your living room with a few essentials and give it a special autumn feel. Not only will it surprise them, but the cosy atmosphere will greatly enhance everyone’s experience. So, let’s dive in.
First things first – food!
Instead of the casual potato chips or peanuts, go for something more exciting yet filling. Caramel popcorn is a unique autumn option; it’s a bit unusual, sweet and salty at the same time, and definitely not something your friends are expecting you to serve. The trick is to serve it in individual bowls with spoons, so that your hands don’t get sticky during the game. Plus everyone gets their own portion, so there’s no reason to fight over the same bowl. Another autumn treat could be roasted chestnuts. They’re simple to prepare, and taste especially good at the beginning of the season.
Create a cosy feel with scented candles
To enhance the experience for the players, create the perfect lighting with soothing lamps and candles. You don’t want the room to be too bright or too dark, so double check with the players once they arrive, and see what works best for them. Additionally, scented candles will create an unforgettable aroma in the room. Given the ‘earthy’ theme of the game, go with something simple yet warm, like a cinnamon scent or brown sugar vanilla. One thing to look out for though, is the position of the candles. Don’t place them too close to the board game as it may catch on fire.
Get a soft rug and play on the floor
While you may have usually played Catan at the table, change things up a bit this time around, and play it on the floor on a soft rug. This way, if the game runs too long, you can stretch out on the floor and not worry about a back ache. And, if the rug isn’t enough, get out your favourite blankets and pillows to add to the ambiance.
Create a track that everyone will like. However, make sure the songs go well with the board game. In the case of Settlers, movie soundtracks would work best. Think of the soundtrack from The Lord of the Rings or Braveheart. It’s all about adventure, quests, conquering – this is the type of background music that will make the players more competitive and passionate about the game.
Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. What is more, the real fun is just about to begin. Creating the perfect autumn game night is fast, simple, and enjoyable. However, in case you find that the preparations may take some time, you can always ask a friend to give you hand. After all, two is always better than one.