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Welcome to Places We Play! Thanks for stopping by. Want to learn more about this blog and the people behind it? Check out the answers to the obvious questions below.

  • What is this blog all about?

    First, we travel relatively often.
    Second, we like beer, coffee, good food – and especially, playing games together.

    Lucky for us, the relatively recent rise of game cafes in Canadian cities has saved us from agonizing over which clothes to give up in order to get both Netrunner and Caylus into a carry on, and we have found ourselves visiting them frequently during our travels across Canada.

    With each visit to a cafe, we inevitably talked about the others we’d visited and often compared them; their clients, the food, the beer, the games, and even the lighting and tables.

    During a trip to a Winnipeg game café, we mentioned that it was our 6th different cafe we’d visited and the server suggested we should be blogging about this. We thought: damn right we should! So here it is.

    Game cafés are a relatively new thing, and since we are lucky enough to visit so many of them, we thought we’d share our experiences and opinions along the way. We want to give our views of what makes a café an enjoyable experience for everyone who visits these venues.

    We do recognize that running a game café can be a tough job and that there are many restrictions that café owners have imposed on them as they try to make a go of it. We want to see these owners succeed. We encourage them to listen to our advice to improve the experience for their patrons and we encourage everyone else to go and visit these cafés to support their business.

    Here at Places We Play, we may (inevitably) talk about other aspects of the (table-top) game-playing world and it’s likely we will post our thoughts on game stores (another favourite place for us to visit) as well as reviews of game or game-related news.

    Anything can go – so stay in touch!

  • Who are you people?

    Well that’s a valid question! Places We Play is made up of three diverse but equally opinionated contributors:

    Ellie Frederickson is an experienced player of many board games and has cred as a purveyor of games from a time working in a friendly local 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.

    Hogarth Hughes is an avid table top gamer with an affinity for dice-rolling Ameritrash style games. However, he is very easy to talk into pretty much any style of game (just don’t mention Jenga). He is especially fond of games that center around a theme of science, superheroes or evil professors – which pretty much sums up his interests outside of games. You’ll probably see him wandering game cafes judging your choices, or seeking out the newest local stout on tap. Always an extrovert, feel free to stop him to talk about the game you’re playing or what you think of the café and you may find yourself featured in a post.

    James Sullivan is the main ‘Mad Man’ of PwP, working behind the scenes to provide us with super cool design and awesome functionality. Easy-going and agreeable, James is often willing to jump into any game with anyone; from Hungry-Hungry Hippos to Puerto Rico (and he’ll probably sweet talk his kids into joining the game too). Despite his aversion to coffee, he is an attention-to-detail foodie; equally at home in the kitchen or enjoying a meal. Although quiet by nature, he is a strong positive force behind this blog and its reviews. Due to his designer-predisposition, he’s intrigued by game design and even has a couple of game prototypes under-construction.

  • How can I contact you?

    Rants, raves and requests can be directed to our email at placesweplay@gmail.com, or you can use the contact form below: