Long-distance friendships can feel tricky to navigate sometimes. More people got an insight into what this feels like during the pandemic, but for many, it’s something they have to adapt to for the foreseeable. 

It can be tricky to know how to embrace your long-distance friendships but fear not. The evolution of technology means that those who can’t be together in person can socialise in other ways. One example is virtual and online gaming, where you can play games together wherever you are, so long as you have an internet connection and the right equipment.

Here’s how to pull off an epic virtual games evening with those close to you.

Planning a virtual games evening
Something as simple as setting a time and date in people’s diaries will help. Too often, the months pass by and before you know it, you haven’t socialised with your long-distance friends for well over a year. Setting incremental dates to play virtual games together is a low-maintenance way of keeping the friendship alive.

Some might find a video call a little intense (which is what spurred on the phrase ‘Zoom fatigue’) so incorporating a gaming session into the mix can help the conversation flow more naturally. Think of it as meeting a friend to do an activity such as bowling or going to an arcade.

What you need for a virtual games evening
Find yourself a quiet, comfortable space and get set up with food and nice mood lighting. Online gaming can require a good internet connection so consider this when you decide where to position yourself – you don’t want to be cut off part-way through a game!

As for equipment, the likelihood is that you’ll need a laptop, tablet or phone.

Deciding on the games
The games you choose should be ones that all of you will enjoy – and they should ideally have a level playing field. Vote on the game you’d like to play before the evening takes place so that you won’t lose time deciding. You want to be able to jump straight in once everyone has dialled in. It also means that players can brush on any rules if needed.

Some popular examples of virtual games you can play include Deal or No Deal bingo, a twist on the much-loved game and show, as well as card games like Uno Online. If you love a board game, you could opt for Monopoly App or Digital Cluedo. Either way, you’ll be spoilt for choice with games that most players will be familiar with. Another fun option is to try a virtual escape room that will put your problem-solving skills and teamwork to the test.