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PlayDates: Board Game Dating Service

Players: Singles Trade in Speed Dating For PlayDates

If you've chanced upon a bar with board games, you'll know they can turn an otherwise mediocre night into a fun one. PlayDates, which at first sounds cringey, knows this: it allows singles to gather and play old-school games like Scrabble, checkers, and chess.

Events are held once a month (to keep it novel) and, at $10 per event, PlayDates is affordable. If I see any drawback (OK, I see a few) it's that it aims to please everyone: singles ages 25-55 are targeted, and it offends no one by ensuring the music is not too loud or trendy and the lights aren't too dim. When I read that staff members wear shirts that read "Wanna Play?" to "nudge onlookers into the fray," I thought, this is verging into traumatic-high-school-dance territory. Oy.

But who am I to judge? People love it! It's grown from small gatherings in Atlanta to a national organization that holds events in nearly 30 US cities. The biggest one yet topped out at 750 people this February in Nashville, TN.

Would you make a PlayDate, or would you rather meet people the old-fashioned way — on the Internet?


redchick152 redchick152 8 years
sounds fun to long as i'm not the only 24 yr old w/ a bunch of 50 yr old men!!
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I think it'd be fun! I agree with aimeeb in that it probably would be awkward to do like, physical games like Twister, but a friendly game of Scrabble or Monopoly or something could be really fun!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
It's a different spin on things although I don't think I'd play Twister with a bunch of people I JUST met.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I think this sounds super fun! one of my best first dates ever was pub food, beer, and bar trivia -- we had a great time getting to know each other, but also had a joint activity to do, it was such fun
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