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What is it?

  • There are innumerable different kinds of indoor games that can be played, in addition to the more obvious card games or computer games.  

  • The possibilities range through the various types of board games (scrabble, monopoly, chess and draughts to name but a few) to acting and party games, like charades and musical chairs, that can involve quite a number of people in team activities.  

  • The latter tend to more associated with family gatherings and special events, while some of the board games are played very seriously and competitively.  Indoor games can be played by people of all ages and both sexes.    

  • For more information on particular games, consult one of the specialist organisations listed below.

Find out more


Role Playing Games Association  rpga.ukonline.co.uk/
British Chess Federation  www.bcf.ndirect.co.uk/
Scrabble FAQ and other crossword game resources  www.teleport.com/~stevena/scrabble/
Hampshire Scrabble Newsletter  www.hollington27.freeserve.co.uk/
British Table Football Association  www.btfa.dircon.co.uk/


British Chess Magazine 
Chess Monthly 
Miniature Wargames

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club that plays the kind of indoor games that interest you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre or see if your local group runs introductory sessions.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of indoor games.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Most games are quite easy to pick up, but there can be a high level of skill involved among the serious players. 

  • Some indoor games can be studied and even played at home on your own.  But many games require at least one opponent and players often enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of some kind.  

  • Some people play just with friends and family, while other join a local group, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts.  Groups are also important as organisers of competitive events.

Equipment or clothing
  • Each game has its own requirements in terms of board, playing pieces, or other items.  Some acting or word games require little more that pencil and paper.  

  • Team and party games may have more extensive requirement - set of chairs, music etc.

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed, other than enough space and/or a table on which to play.  

  • Groups usually meet in a local hall or room, or sometimes at members' homes.

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