To turn your board game night into a more immersive experience, one easy thing you can do is play some ambient music and sounds that match the game you’re playing. Two of my favorite sites to use for this are Syrinscape and Tabletop Audio.
One part that I really enjoy about Syrinscape is the fact that there are native applications for your devices like PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Having an app ready with all of your sounds and music instead of always having to bring up a website is really nice.
Not only are there different musical playlists for the different types of games, but there are also sound effects that you can play at the touch of a button. This is nice when you want it to sound like you’re building the settlement in Catan or playing the knight. If you’re playing a science fiction or a fantasy game, they also have apps for those genres.
The music tracks are really nice, they’re specifically set up so it doesn’t sound like there’s a constant repeating loop of the same track over and over. None of the tracks are distracting to gameplay and they offer a nice filler for those silent moments when that one player is taking forever to make their next move (you know who you are!).
Syrinscape offers pricing tiers to match every budget. You can download the free applications and each one comes with free packs. If there’s a particular sound package that interests you, you can purchase them individually for anywhere between $3.99-$89.99. If you’d like complete access to everything they have ever made and will make in the future, you can also sign up for a subscription that ranges from $6.50-$10.00 a month.
Since my wife and I typically focus on Euro-style board games, we use the BoardGame Player app the most with the Catan package, which I really like. I also like listening to the Chess and Casino packs at work.
Another great option for game night audio is Tabletop Audio. Here you can find numerous genres of music for almost any game you happen to be playing. You can create playlists of different tracks before you begin playing to avoid having to press play again when the track is over. Tabletop Audio’s business model is via donations to keep the site running, so if you find yourself using it at your game nights, you should consider making a donation to help pay for bandwidth and hosting fees.
Tabletop Audio’s strong point is that it offers a lot of soundtracks for free, it’s a really nice service they offer. However, it’s not quite as refined as Syrinscape, which is to be expected from a free website. Overall, I enjoy using both Syrinscape and Tabletop Audio, it really just depends on the type of game we’re playing and if I happen to just want to open an app on my iPad or open a website and build a playlist. Either way, both add a great addition to game nights.