Frequently Asked Questions
What is Whose Turn Is It Anyway?
Whose Turn Is It Anyway? (Whose Turn for short) is a four day gathering of friends playing board games. (or Two Days if you prefer our new Two Day passes available for Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun) While board games are the shared interest, the friendships that are built at the event are a focus as well. Whose Turn is an invitational event that requires pre-registration. (There are no “at the door” ticket sales. You must be pre-registered to attend.)
Board Games? You mean like Monopoly and Sorry?
Not exactly. The games played at Whose Turn tend to have less luck and more strategy and player interaction. Commonly referred to as “Euro”,”Designer”, or “Strategy” games, some of most well-known include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and Dominion. Board Game Geek is a great resource for reading about the games we play, as is Wil Wheaton’s show, TableTop
That sounds like a lot of thinking. Do you play any fun games?
In our experience, the amount of fun in a game is often directly related to the people you play it with! While many of the games we play require thought and strategy, we have a lot of fun playing them because of the great folks we play them with. That said, plenty of lighter games break out and the evenings are often filled with the raucous laughter of party games.
Are Kids Allowed at Whose Turn?
We welcome the younger crowd at Whose Turn. There are discounted youth passes available for ages 10-15 (those 16 and older require full registration pricing). Children under 10 can attend for free, but be sure to read our full policies on kids, below.
Whose Turn Is It Anyway? welcomes minors with the following in mind. Please be advised that adults are the primary focus of the event, and the vast majority of attendees are over 18. The following information and guidelines should help you make educated decisions about whether this event is appropriate for your child.
- Everyone 16 and older needs to register at regular price. Children 10-15 can register at the discounted Youth rate.
- Whose Turn does not provide any babysitting services nor should our volunteer organizers be expected to supervise your child. Children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by their parents or responsible guardian at all times. While we are starting a youth initiative for 2019, Whose Turn does not guarantee any specific planned events for kids.
- We do not enforce curfews for anyone at Whose Turn. Please be aware that the late night crowd often engages in party games and not all language/content may be appropriate for minors. It is each parents’ responsibility to consider this in setting an appropriate curfew for their child(ren) and showing respect for “adult time.”
- No participant should feel pressured to play a game with your child. Many would welcome the opportunity to play with them, and others would prefer to keep their gaming child free.
- Please note that these guidelines apply to all minors (under 18) unless otherwise specified.
Why an invitational?
While Whose Turn has volunteer organizers who pull things together, the event is mostly created and supported by feedback from the attendees. After every event, we survey attendees to gauge what they do and don’t like about the event, and what they’d like to change. We regularly ask about the invitational status of the event and the attendees have consistently and overwhelmingly responded to keep it an invitational. The reasons for this vary, but it’s important to note that Whose Turn, as an event, does not restrict who invitees can invite. We simply suggest that people invite those they are willing to invite to a game day at their home.
At Whose Turn, it is important to us to promote an inclusive atmosphere for all attendees and we prohibit discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or affiliation. We may, however, look at you a bit funny if you suggest we play Uno.
Ok, sounds interesting. So, how do I attend?
In order to attend Whose Turn, you must be on the invitation list (i.e. be a member on this site). Once invited, you remain on the list for future years. Invitations are extended by those who are already members. Chances are, especially if you are a local, that you know someone who has attended. Our invitees include people from all over the Triangle who frequent all of the local game stores and gaming groups. The best way to receive an invitation is to attend local board gaming events/meetups throughout the year.
Even if you aren’t local, there’s a chance you know someone that’s attended. We’ve had people attend Whose Turn from as far away as Los Angeles and even other countries.
New to the area? From outside of the Triangle (NC)? Not sure if you know someone who can invite you to Whose Turn? The best place to start is our Outreach page. There you can find a list of people and gaming events where you can meet Whose Turn attendees (all of whom can extend invitations).