Summer is here: time again for sun, beaches, traveling, family time, and of course, GAMES! But why not spice up your summer gaming with a little summer meta-game?

My good friend Tom Vespucci(Bastard Tom on the Board Games and Brew Podcast), is a loving and dedicated father. He originally shared the idea of the “Eleganza” with my family. Every time his family plays a game, they keep track of the winner on a chart. Tom’s family runs the “Eleganza” when his kids are home for the Holidays. My kids are a bit younger, so we decided to run contests all year long, one for each season. Each one has a wild and crazy title, though “Eleganza” is always in there somewhere. My daughter Odessa builds and decorates the chart on a whiteboard.

How to Run Your Own Eleganza:

1. Gather your gaming friends and/or the people you consider family and launch your own Eleganza! Put their names on a chart – could be an actual physical chart, or maybe an electronic file.

2. Decide on a start and end date for your Eleganza.

3. Every time you play a game that includes at least two people in the Eleganza, they can receive a point, but only if they win.

Do you want more points and more ways to encourage participation? Instead, award 1 point for each game played in the Eleganza and 2 points for each win!

Enjoy your Summer, and let the games begin!

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Luke Laurie

Game Designer at Luke Laurie Games

Designer of Stones of Fate and The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
Game designer by night, and middle school science and pre-engineering teacher by day. He lives in Santa Maria California with his amazing wife and two unrealistically well-behaved children.

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  1. Scott Caputo on June 8, 2015

    The folks at the Blue Peg Pink Peg podcast do something similar called box topping where they record the winner of each game inside that game’s box top. That way, each game holds lifetime stats of who won. But your way sounds fun too.

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