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What is a board game cafe?

 It’s a place where you can go with family, friends or even alone.  You come in to our cozy café, choose from a large selection of board and card games and play while you eat, drink and spend time with family and friends.  The Boardroom serves coffee, tea, soft drinks, sandwiches and dessert.  Craft beers and wines from local breweries will be offered soon.

For a $5 fee (children under 13 are free) you will have access to a huge selection of board games from the library which will include old favorites like Sorry and Monopoly to new favorites like Cards Against Humanity and Catan.

The concept of board game café’s is not new but it is new to this area.  I first learned about board game cafés from my son when he visited The Rook & Pawn in Athens Georgia.  He, his fiancé and friends are now frequent visitors.

I'd love for you to step into the Boardroom  and feel as comfortable as you would at your kitchen table with friends and family.   If you prefer to come in just for a bite to eat or to have a drink you can take a seat at the bar and play cards or try a few brainteaser puzzles.  You can also sit at the jigsaw-puzzle table and work on our next wall decoration.

All food will be “game friendly”, sandwiches, wraps, dips, desserts and snack bowls.  

We are available on Monday evenings for private events or larger groups. Please call to arrange.

The Boardroom is available to rent for your event. Give us a call to discuss.

Want to learn a game? Let us know and we will find someone to teach it.

 

 

 

 

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25 Words or Less

Advance to Boardwalk

Allowance Game

American Girl 300 Wishes

Anomia

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples Jr.

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Backgammon

Battle of the Sexes

Battleship

Beagle-opoly

Beat the Parents

Best of the Worst

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate

Boggle

Boom Blast Stix

Bonkers

Brain Quest Know your States

Bunko

Cadoo

Caligvla

Candy Land

Carsassonne

Card Caper

Cards Against Humanity

Careers

Catan

Checkers

Cheers Trivia

Chess

Chutes and Ladders

Clue

Code Names

Concentration

Connect 4

Cranium

Dead of Winter

Dice Forge

Dominion

Domino Train

Dominos

Duel of the Giants

Dungeon Roll

Easy Money

Eye Spy Spectacular

Eye Witness News

Farkle

Fibber

Garfield

Gearworld

Gestures

Go for Broke

Guess Who

Hands Down

Hangman

Head Banz

Head Banz for Adults

High School Musical Mystery Date

Hi Ho Cherry-o

Hometeam Baseball

Hunger Games District 12 game of strategy

I am Vlaa

Illimat

Jan Murray’s TV word Game

Jenga

Jumaji

Kreskin's ESP

Lego Creationary

Lie Detector

Life

Loopy Lenses

Loser takes All

Love Letter

Madagascar

Mancala

M<aster Criminals

Mastermind

Memory

Memory - Finding Nemo

Memory - Strawberry Shortcake

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Monopoly Cheaters Edition

Monolpoly - Star Wars

Monopoly Junior

Monopoly - the .com edition

Monopoly

Monopoly - Beach - Florida

Monopoly - Buffalo

Monopoly - Elvis

Monopoly - Miami Dolphins

Monopoly - Outer Banks

Monopoly - Star Wars, Clone Wars

Monopoly City

Monopoly Electric Banker

Monopoly Millionairre

Monopoly NFL

Mouse Trap

Munchkin

Mystery Date - 1965 Edition

Mysterium

Nightfall

Olympic Challenge

Oodles

Operation

Othello

Outburst

Outburst Jr

Pac Man

Parchessi

Paw Patrol Race to the Rescue

Pay Day

Pente

Pictionary 

Pictionary Jr

Picture It

Pictureka

Racko

Rebound

Risk - Captain America Civil War

Rummikub

Scattegories

Scrabble   

Scrabble Jr

Secret Hitler

Sequence Dice

Seven Wonders

Shooters

Snakes and Ladders

Soduko 2

Sorry

Sponge Bob Operation

Sponge Bob Domino's and checkers

Sports Illustrated Trivia

Stare! Jr Edition

Stratego

Taboo

Taboo Buzz'd

Tangle

Telestrations

The Age of Rag’narok Confrontation

Tic - tac - toe

Ticket to Ride

Toronto in a Box

Tribond

Tri-Ominos

Triple Yahtzee

Trivia Box - The Walking Dead

Trivial Pursuit Baby Boomers

Trivial Pursuit Disney Edition

Trivial Pursuit Genus 5

Trivial Masters Edition

Trivial Pursuit Stars Wars 1st trilogy edition

Trivial Pursuit

Trouble

Truth be Told

Uno Madness

Uno Wild Tiles

Upwords

What do you Meme'?

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Whose Nose

Win Lose or Draw

Yahtzee

Yahtzee Jr

You Gotta be Kidding - Would you Rather Would you Rather

Zombicide Black Plague

 

CARD GAMES

5 Crowns

Crazy 8's

Eye Spy

Go Fish

Hit the Deck

Mille Barnes

My Word

Old Maid

Phase 10

Quiddler

Qwitch

Scopa

Skipbo

Uno

War

Zigity

 

 



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Hours of Operation

HOURS:

Tuesday through Thursday: 5pm-10pm

Thursday 11am - 2pm for lunch

Friday 11am - 2pm for lunch

Friday 5pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 11am-11:00pm

Sunday 11am - 9:00pm

We are available on Monday evenings for private events or larger groups. Please call to arrange.

The Boardroom is available to rent for your event. Give us a call to discuss.

Want to learn a game? Let us know and we will find someone to teach it.

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Can we bring our own games to play at The Boardroom?
No, we do not allow anyone to bring their own games to play at our cafe.  The reason for this is simply that we don't want to ever get parts from your game mixed up with parts from one of ours.  A missing piece from a game can ruin the whole game, and sometimes an additional piece can as well.  There may be exceptions for special events, but unless otherwise noted, the only games allowed in the cafe are the games owned by the cafe.  

I’ve adjusted this rule as some guests have favorite games they like to play that we do not have here. If that is the case it is ok to bring your own game but will be charged a $5 table fee.

What is the charge to play the games?
The charge to play any game in the store (for any amount of time) is $5 per day.  If you bring your child to play, you will not have to pay the charge for them unless they are age 13 or older.

What if my kids want to play and I'm not playing?  Do I still have to pay for myself?
Yes, the kids are only free with a paying adult.  If there is no paying adult, then each child would pay the regular $5 membership fee.

Do I have to pay the game charge if I am just eating or drinking?
No, you do not have to pay the $5 if you are not playing games or if you are only playing the free play bar games.

Why do you charge to play the games?
The $5 charge is there so we are able to keep bringing you the best experience you can have.  As you can imagine the games get beat up pretty fast when dozens of people are playing them daily.  Parts get broken, pieces go missing. We will use this charge mainly to replenish our game inventory and keep everything in working order.  Think of it like paying to see a movie or play putt-putt.  Remember too that you can also pay for monthly, yearly, or lifelong memberships to avoid paying the daily fee.

Can I become a member?
Yes! We sell monthly ($25) and annual ($95) and lifetime ($650) memberships that will allow you to waive the daily access fee.

Why not charge an hourly fee so someone who stays for one hour doesn't have to pay as much as someone who stays for 5?
The reason we charge a flat rate is because we don't want anyone to feel like they have to stop a game early or not finish or rush through a game because they are going to get into the next hour.  We know for a fact that this has happened at other board game cafes who charged by the hour (they ended up changing the way they charge for playing the games to a flat $5 a day fee as well for the same reasons).  It is also VERY hard to keep track of how long people have been in the cafe.   

Can we eat near the games?
Yes, it is perfectly fine to eat while you are playing this is why our menu is made up of ‘game friendly’ items.  Of course we ask that you try not to get peanut butter all over the games, but if it happens, it happens.  You will not have to pay for the game if you spill on it (unless you do it on purpose out of vicious spite I guess). That's precisely why we have the $5 membership charge.

What is game play time etiquette?  How many times can someone play a game before it gets rude?
You can play as long as you like.  Of course if you are not playing or eating it would be nice to give up your table if someone is waiting, but otherwise if you are playing or eating it's first come first served.

Would it be weird to ask to play with a stranger?  Do you play matchmaker for those who are looking to meet people and play a game?
We absolutely encourage playing with strangers!  We can list names and games being played to help accommodate groups looking for more players.

Are there family friendly times vs. adult times?
We want The Boardroom to have a family friendly feel at all times.  During the day we do want everyone to feel like they can bring their kids in and feel comfortable.  There are no age limits at any time at our cafe, except possibly for occasional special events.  You are allowed to drink alcohol while playing games with your kids; there are no separate "kid zones".  Of course we assume you will use discretion as our staff will not be able to watch your kids if you become, shall we say, intoxicated.

Can you reserve a table for a group?
We do not accept reservations - but please feel free to call in advance to ask our staff about the current crowd and any potential wait times.

What are the hours?  What if we are in the middle of a game and the place is closing?
5pm - 10pm on weekdays and 11AM-11PM on the weekends, we are closed on Mondays but will be happy to open for larger parties or events.  We ask that you please try to finish up by closing time so our staff can get some good shut eye to be ready for the next day!

Are there games for sale?
At this time we don't have games for sale at our cafe.  

What types of games do you have?
We have over 200 board and card games from old classics like Monopoly and Clue to new favorites like Mysterium and Codenames.  Check out our game wall to see our selection!

 

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