The Place We Played: Randolph Pub Ludique – Montreal, Quebec
Visited: March 2014
Our thoughts: The highlight of our visit to Randolph was, without doubt, Peter the game guru. We talk about him now like he’s an old friend. “Hey, remember what Peter had to say about Net Runner?” Yes. Yes we do remember. Because Peter was a guru who clearly had earned that title. He got us up and running on Lord of the Rings within 15 minutes – as some of you may know, not the simplest of games around – and all in his second language, no less. No one has lived up to his standard at any game café since. He then proceeded to teach us two other games with equal skill, and tolerated us grilling him on his opinion of games on our short list and the top of the BGG charts.
The collection at Randolph was also very impressive. Built, as many of them seem to be, on the foundations of the personal collections of the people who started the café, there are many gems here you won’t find many other places. For example, we got to play Nefarious, a notoriously hard to find OOP game and have been searching for a copy ever since.
The pub itself is cramped, but making the best of a small situation. The board games framed on the wall were awesome, and the food and Quebec beer on tap made us forget the dudes next to us playing an obnoxious round of King of Tokyo. This maybe isn’t the place to try out Twilight Imperium, but that’s not a huge deal for us.
PWP Ranking Score Other Stuff We Like
Space: C Retail? Yep!
Collection: A+ Flat Fee? Yep!
Food: B Events? Yep!
Look and Feel: B-
Overall Score: B
Great for: Randolph is awesome if you’re looking to learn something new and complicated in a fun and rowdy pub environment – must be able to handle crowds, but the collection and expertise are worth bumping elbows for.
What we played: Lord of the Rings, Nefarious, Indigo