Café Review: Interactivity Board Game Café

The place we played: Interactivity Board Game Café, Victoria, BC

Played in: July 2014

Our Thoughts: Interactivity was a cool place, hidden on a side street in downtown Victoria. We came in on a Thursday night and couldn’t even get a table, which is a great sign for them and, in our opinion, for game cafés in general. Once we got seated (at the Small World table nonetheless) we had a chance to check out what they had to offer.

logo-paddingSome cool stuff we liked about Interactivity: They were the first that offered to waive the game play fee if you bought a game. They have a reduced fee during the day: $3 before 3pm. They had awesome giant tables with half-walls separating the groups from each other, easy to store your game on. The tables had cool game-related names and, finally, the game collection was amazing. We found The New Science, a recent Kickstarter release, and lots of other good potential options too – including what looked like at least 10 of the Alea big box series! Impressive. They were understaffed the night we were there, so no game gurus around, but we managed to find our way anyway.

The downside at Interactivity was that they were not licensed.  Though, they had great milkshakes, and some awesome popcorn so that almost made up for the lack of pints.

PWP Ranking
Space: A+
Collection: A+
Food : B
Drink: C+
Staff : C+
Look and Feel: B
Overall Score: B

Other stuff we like:
Retail?    Yep!
Flat fee?    Yep!
Events?    Yep!

Great for: Trying a new or rare game, over a milkshake – no matter the size of your group!

What we played: The New Science

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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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