Café Review: The Board Room Game Café

The Place We Played: The Board Room – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Played in: February 2014 (then May 2014, July 2014…)

Our Thoughts: The Board Room was our very first game café – and so, really, the start of the journey behind this blog you are reading today. By virtue of being our first, all other cafes were inevitably compared to our experiences here. And though some have had higher rankings on individual criteria, none has managed to overthrow The Board Room as being our overall favourite. Many months and many visits later, this is the café that we would pick above all others.

So, why do we like this place so much? The ranking gives you the oBoardroom-e1413594829229_circleverall impression – a big, interesting space that somehow manages to be bright and spacious despite being essentially underground. They have delicious local brews (now with extended offerings and a rotating guest tap!) good snacks, fun and easy loyalty system, a great selection of games and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Their board game gurus (staffers specifically there to make recommendations and teach you the games) have been great at picking out new recommendations for us (despite our fairly specific taste and extensive experience) and at getting us up and running with complicated games in minutes. They win bonus points for not laughing at us after the requisite ID check, and for tolerating us spending six (SIX!) hours at one of their tables learning Le Havre. We make up for it by drinking (and tipping) profusely. And returning – every chance we get.

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

Great for:
The Board Room sets the bar for us for a reason: it really is great for everyone. Every time we are here there are a huge variety of people in the room – from big raucous groups playing Cards Against Humanity, couples getting their feet wet with Ticket to Ride, hipsters ironically playing Girl Talk, to gamers in the middle of trying out the newest release.

What we played:

Blue Moon City, Roll through the Ages, San Juan, Tsuro, Love Letter, Tokaido, Lost Cities, A Few Acres of Snow, Ginkgopolis, Voluspa, King of Tokyo, Android:Netrunner, Indigo, Fleet, Le Havre, Splendor, Steam Park, Gravwell, Camel Up, Phantom Society, The Manhattan Project


Learning The Manhattan Project at The Board Room

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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