Cafe Review: Games For All Store and Lounge

The place we played: Games for All Board Game Store and Lounge, Ottawa, Ontario
Played in: June 2014

Our thoughts:
Games for All is suffering a bit in our rankings, but I think that is because it really is a lounge being judged on the criteria of a café. Though they don’t serve food or beer (just a small selection of snacks and bottled drinks, or you can order in from local restaurants which is cool), and the space wasn’t huge, there were still some highlights for us here.

GamesforallThey were the first that we saw to offer your 5$ entry fee as a discount on any purchase of a game over 20$. Also, their graphic design, branding, and website were some of the best that we’ve seen. We found the collection to be pretty good, but lacking any attempt at organization, it was tough to find anything specific. The staff seemed to know their games, though, and were quick to chime in with some recommendations. They also host local game designers and had some interesting Canadian games on their shelves, and their custom giant wooden tables were awesome.

(ps: word on the street is that Games for All may be changing ownership soon…so we’ll keep you posted on what we hear)

PWP Ranking       Score             Other Stuff We Like
Space:                         C                      Retail?      Yep!
Collection:               B                     Flat Fee?      Yep!
Food:                          D                       Events?      Yep!
Drink:                         D
Staff:                           C+
Look and Feel:       B+
Overall Score:      C

Great for:
Not looking for a night out, but looking to try and learn a new game before investing (and maybe snag some awesome game-themed accessories)? Games for All is a great spot for you.

What we played:

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Ellie Frederickson is an experienced player of many board games and has cred as a purveyor of games from a time working in a game store. She has an inclination towards Euro-style games, but isn’t especially picky. Reading rules is a particular skill of hers (and a source of enjoyment, oddly enough) and she usually gets a game right the first time she plays it. She has a keen eye for good designs; in art, cafés and games; and an aversion to sub-standard food and drink

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