International Tabletop Day is tomorrow, so you might want to plan out your day. Think of it like a five course meal of gaming.
I would suggest that you jump right into a classic Euro like Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, or Thurn and Taxis. This will help you settle into your gaming day. Avoid starting with something too light. If you show up and start playing Zombie Dice, then your gamer brain might get into an immediate feedback loop and you’ll never get to anything substantial.
Your next game should be some kind of card game. Don’t choose a trick taking game, but rather look for something with a reasonable amount of player interaction. If you aren’t in a big hurry, then go with something like Bohnanza; otherwise, choose a quick filler like Coloretto, No Thanks!, or Mow.
Take some time to get up and walk around. Go outside and get some fresh air if possible. When you are ready to get back to gaming, choose a game that’s new to you. It can’t be too heavy or rule intensive. You need something that looks really interesting and doesn’t take too long to play or learn. I just recently played Origin, Concept, and Steam Park. Those were new to me, and I would happily play two out the three again. I’m also interested in Rampage, even though I’m not sure if it’s a flicking game. I don’t like flicking games. I don’t mind tossing, pressing, balancing, bouncing, dropping, or flinging. Crokinole is the only flicking game I really enjoy.
At this point, you should be ready for something substantial. Make sure you have adequate time and a good group of players because you don’t want a reason to leave the game early. You’ve got a lot of choices here but something like Power Grid, El Grande, The Castles of Burgundy, or Brass would be great. I’m hoping to finally get a chance to play Le Havre. Don’t be afraid to pop open an energy drink if you need a boost.
Remember to take breaks so that you don’t get that gamer fog that can develop over your brain. You will find me at my FLGS, the Crazy Squirrel, having a good time just like last year with family and friends. Feel free to stop by if you are in the Central Valley of California, or use the Tabletop Day website to find an event near you.