For those of you who don’t know, our family outside of myself, my wife and daughter all live quite far away. Some of them live a few hours drive away whilst other members of our family live in different countries. Because of this, it is rather difficult to catch up or spend time together.

However, giffgaff got in touch with me a while back in an effort to help that. With their assistance, we were able to plan out a family games night where a few of us gathered at our house for a night of fun.

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by giffgaff, but written entirely by me.

Keeping In Touch

My Mum lives in a delightfully rural beach town that has very little signal and even less internet connectivity. In fact, trying to get broadband interest to her house is near impossible.

So, keeping in touch with each other isn’t the easiest thing. Even in terms of talking on the phone, it depends on when she is at home or out in the “nearby” town. However, a 3G connection is sustainable in my Mum’s home. Of course, having limited data means that it gets used up very quickly when trying to run your laptop, phone and other systems from the same connection.

Thankfully, giffgaff’s network tariff includes a wonderful 8gb data SIM card that they were kind enough to provide to us. With that much larger data limit, we were able to plan out the Family Games Night and make all the arrangements necessary. It also allowed my Mum to use Google Maps to find the faster route here without worry of her data running out.

Behind The Games Night

When the night finally came around, we were very excited to catch up and play some games! Now, despite the fact that I have an obvious love for retro gaming, that’s not always the best way to spend a family games night. Thankfully, giffgaff came through on that front!

As part of their #giffgaffgamers campaigns, they provided us with a bunch of games from Big Potato Games. We also went out and bought a couple more as well. This meant that we had the following games to play as part of a mini-tournament;

  • Bucket of Doom
  • Obama Llama 2
  • Weird Things Humans Search For
  • Star Wars Monopoly
  • Cards Against Humanity

As I am sure you can tell, this was a great basis for a highly entertaining evening. However, that was all there was! Firstly, we needed enough food for everyone, so we ordered a bunch of pizzas from Pizza Hut – can’t go wrong with pizza, right?

Then, we needed something to spice this familial tournament up a bit more. In the package that giffgaff were nice enough to send was a trophy! So, the winner official got to take that home with them. This just helped to bring out the competitive nature within us and make the whole night more enjoyable.

Let The Games Begin

We started off by playing Star Wars Monopoly because it was the game that we knew the most about already. However, Monopoly is Monopoly so we got rather bored of that and moved on quickly.

The next game we played was Weird Things Humans Search For. The name is pretty self-explanatory but in essense, this is a team guessing game where you have to figure out what strange things people search for in Google. The base concept isn’t new, but the implementation and presentation in Weird Things Humans Search For is top notch!

It always amazes me just how odd people really are, and this game showed that both in the correct answers and the various suggestions that we came up with…

Next up was Obama Llama 2 and we had no idea what we were getting intou based on the name. However, after reading the rules, the name suddenly made perfect sense. That’s because Obama Llama 2 is based around rhyming.

Funnily enough, none of us were very good at it, but we had a very good laugh, so no complaints there!

The final game of the evening before everyone started to feel a bit tired was Cards Against Humanity. That game really does bring out the dark side in you, and I love it, personally. We ended the main #giffgaffgamers family game night laughing hysterically at jokes that would get you banned from stand up comedy.

With everyone feeling very tired, we decided it was time to wind down. So, we played on the PlayStation VR for a bit, mostly playing through some of AstroBot before finally awarding the trophy to my Mum.

And That’s All Folks

All in all, the 16-Bit Family Games Night was a resounding success. We all got to catch up and have a lot of fun, which is something we don’t get to do very often. So I have to thank giffgaff for helping us all get together.

I have to say, and this is entirely my own opinion; it’s nice to see companies like giffgaff helping out and being a part of the community. The fact that they value the need for family to be able to speak, catch up and have fun together is a very big positive for me.

In fact, my wife and I are now debating whether to switch over to them once our current contracts run out.

Have you had any experiences with giffgaff? Let me know in the comments below!