Check out our new game and broadcasts!

Hey everyone, check out our new game and broadcasts schedule! We have broadcasts every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We know with social distancing it’s hard to reach your favorite gamers and play with your friends, but don’t you worry! Our live-streams and discord chats will keep you in touch with your fellow gamers. Here’s our schedule for our broadcasts and discord chats.


Tuesday- D&D Adventurer’s League. You can always listen in on any game on our Discord. Check the channels to see times and adventures!

Thursday- at 7:30 we will be live streaming castle panic! Come play with us!

Fridays- 7:30 game talk live. Talk with other gamers about games.

Saturday- 2pm survive game! Live stream come play with us!

Sundays- 2pm Dungeon Master chat. Talk with other DMs.

Virtual games Looking for Players on Discord

Daily- our Discord is always active with people looking to play games. You and your friend are sure to enjoy it.

Wednesdays- Magic Arena Virtual Meetup on Discord and Virtual Tabletop Game Discord Meetup are both at 7:30.

Fridays- 7:30pm is our Friday Night Magic Arena Meetup on Discord then, at 8:30 is our Virtual Tabletop Game Meetup on Discord.

Saturdays-2pm Virtual Tabletop Game Meetup on Discord; 7:30pm Magic Arena Virtual Meetup on Discord.

Sundays- 3pm D&D one-shot on Discord.

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Keeping Up with Your Cafe

New Hours:
These hours are only for takeout and game rental pickup/return

Tuesdays-Sundays: 11am-1pm
Mondays: 11am-1pm only

What are we at the game table café doing?
• At this time all our retail games are 20% off so that you can stay home with your family and friends and still play games. This sale is only for card games and board games, so it excludes products like sleeves, dice, and D&D supplies.

• Our Discord has a wide community of people that come to our café and newcomers are always welcome to join us. We have Magic the Gathering groups, D&D, livestreams, demos, and more.

• Order takeout so that you can still enjoy our flavorful food. We are not open for sit down eating at this time. Call (717) 695-0836 to place your order or email us at during our new hours to have it ready for you to pick up when you arrive.


Best sandwich in Mechanicsburg
The Catan Sandwich

Virtual games events
• Daily- link up with other people on our discord everyday to see what games there are to play.

• Wednesdays- 7:30pm- Magic Arena virtual meetup on Discord.
7:30pm- Virtual tabletop game Discord meetup.

• Fridays- 7:30pm- Friday night Magic on Arena. Virtual meetup on Discord.
8:30pm- Virtual tabletop game meetup on Discord.

• Saturdays- 2:00pm- Virtual tabletop meetup on Discord.
7:30pm- Magic arena virtual meetup on Discord.

• Sundays- 3:00pm- Dungeons & Dragons one-shot on Discord.

Listen in on our broadcasts!

• Tuesdays- D&D Adventurer’s league
• Thursdays- 7:30pm- Live stream: Play with Us- this week on 3/26, we have “Splendor”!
• Fridays- 7:30pm- Game Talk Live Stream. Chat with gamers about gaming and other nerdy/creative pursuits on our Discord!
• Saturdays- 2pm- Live Stream: Play with Us.
• Sundays- 2pm- Dungeon Master Chat. Talk with our local DMs live.

Reach out to us!
We play games and need distractions from our own isolation, and feel free to send us your ideas and comments. We want to make this the best experience possible. Here is how to engage with us:
• Join our Discord:
• Follow us on Facebook. We will be hosting online events, and encouraging comments in those events so that we can make them better.
• Call in during our new hours and talk to us at (717) 695-0836
• We’d love you to play with us! Join one of our live streams and ask questions about what you want to know or just leave us a nice comment. We may not respond right away, but we will review the stream after and reply to as many comments/questions as we can.
• Email us at

Top 5 Games to Play While Social Distancing



         In this game, players play as CDC responders railing against a  global epidemic. As the game plays out, each player takes two actions. One action is taken to save the world and in turn the second action is flipping over another card to spread the epidemic further. The rest of the game is a tense heat to take out the disease.

In a case where we have to stay inside, whether due to an actual epidemic or not, Pandemic is a great game to play with friends and family. It has become one of our most requested games in the cafe, especially in the last few weeks.


           In this game, players are a field agent or as a spy master. This team game implores the players on each team to work together to find the other field agents through messages and secret clues. The Spy Master gives one word clues to help allied Field Agents find each other, trying not to be recognized by the opposing teams. Think of this as a more intense version of charades.

This is a great game for families to play! It engages players working together to think about their partner’s way of processing information. This game is kid-friendly and fun-oriented!

The Mind

          This maddeningly interesting game encourages players to think as one. If you don’t- you are in for trouble. The idea is very simple- lay down the cards in your collective hands in numerical order into a pile between all the players. The problem? You can’t talk to any of your other players. It is cooperative in nature, but incredibly self-punitive at the same time. Don’t be dismayed, though. The learning curve is much easier to get the hang of than you’d think! The extra lives and shuriken in your arsenal also improve your chances of success, just be wise about when to use them.

A great team-builder!

Arkham Horror

          Arkham Horror is a living card game composed of a unique blend of choose your own adventure and cooperative horror that puts your detective skills to the test. Each player takes on the role of an investigator working together to defeat Lovecraftian mysteries and conspiracies while also battling your own demons. This game  involves strategy, resource management, and a bit of good luck to help defeat. With such vast possibilities to gameplay and outcomes to the storyline based on what you play, there is a ton of replay value packed into the base game. It also has dozens of extra chapter packs available separately. Campaign games are this game’s bread and butter, so if you like legacy games or immersive RPGs, you’ll love Arkham Horror. Narratively satisfying, wonderfully bizarre in its sceanarios, and a lot of fun, even if you lose.


          An old favorite that many families adore. It is a race against gravity as each block is pulled, compounding in difficultly the longer the game is played. Each player takes turns pulling out one block at a time from the pre-assembled structure, being careful to not knock over the tower. The game ends when a player and gravity have a disagreement about which block should have been removed.

A classic party game, great for social distancing, but also great for anytime play. Enjoy the nostalgia if you played it when you were younger, if not welcome to the unforgettable joy that is Jenga.

Play at Home With Us

Hey everyone.  As you are all well aware we can no longer host in cafe events or dining.  However, we are still here for you.  Under the Governor’s Emergency Response Directive we can remain open for food  pick up and delivery orders.  We are also establishing the GTC Emergency Response Team.  Let me explain.

First off here are our current actions.    Our New Hours for pickup and delivery orders

Tues – Sunday:  11 am – 1pm & 5pm – 7pm

Mondays :  11am – 1pm

Here is the link to our Doordash Order Process.

Here is what we are working on now.  Yes.  Game Rentals and Live remote play.

The Emergency Response Team

Our goal with our GTC Emergency Response Team is to provide you ways to stay at home and still play games.  We dont want you to be tempted to congregate.  So we are going to try and provide you a way to stay connected through us during these times.  So join the Discord and watch for our announcements about live streams and gaming.

We will be actively coordinating these actions in the coming days.  Please stay in touch with us and join us around the table.

State of Emergency: What it means for the cafe.


On behalf of everyone at The Game Table Café, I want to inform you of what we are doing to support our community leaders in response to COVID-19.  The government has not asked us to do any of these things.  There is risk in what we are planning.  No doubt these actions will reduce our business in the coming weeks.  I know I will not be compensated for any losses  by the government nor by insurance.  But, leadership often means taking risks to do what is right.

The measures below are precautions designed to reduce exposure and “flatten the curve” through social distancing while still enabling you to support our business in the coming weeks.   I take seriously our obligations towards our nine employees.  They depend on the income generated by the business.  Finding a balance between these two missions is what we are proposing.

Say no to panic but yes to precautions.

As of right now we are no longer going to host large events at the café.   These are events that we know will draw more than 8 people for the event.

We do plan to operate normal business hours.  We are evaluating this each day.  We may transition to reduced hours and/or temporarily close down.  Follow us on Face Book to see the latest updates.  Right now we think there is a need to provide a safe place for smaller groups of people to meet.  We also want to offer options for people who want to enjoy our games and food at their home.  The following actions are being implemented starting Monday, but you are free to start when you are ready.

  • Buy a game and stay home.  We are offering everyone 20% off on game purchases.
  • Buy a gift certificate for use when things are back to normal.  Probably the best way to support us and our employees.
  • Join us on Table Top Simulator and learn a new game.  Over the next two weeks we will host game events using Table Top Simulator.  Schedule will be posted soon.
  • Capacity Cap. Still want to visit us but want to keep your distance.  Starting Monday 3/16  we are cutting our normal seating capacity in half.  This will increase the distance between everyone at the café.  If you want to make sure you can get a table, please make a reservation.  Walk ins will have the lowest priority.  Call in to reserve a spot.  (717) 695-0836.
  • Join us during our slowest times.  Swing by for a latte, smoothie and say hi or use the free wifi when the cafe is relatively empty.  Mon – Fri (10am – 5pm)  We will be there.
  • Call in your order. We will have it ready for pick up.  Here is a link to our menu.
  • Food delivered through Doordash. Here is the link to Doordash with our menu.
  • Game rental for $10.  We promise to wipe them down with sanitizer between each use.   You will leave a deposit and sign an agreement to bring it back in good condition.  Here is a link to our game library
  • Private Party. We can arrange a private party for you and your friends/family.  The day and time can be arranged based on our non-peak hours.  Make a reservation by calling the café.  (717) 695-0836

We are evaluating the best thing to do with each of our regular group and league meetings.  We are reaching out to each of those leaders and letting them know their options.

We will continue to monitor the situation and stay open as long as practical.  We may end up temporarily closing down the cafe in the near future.  Right now we are day to day.  You  can show your support by implementing the above options that meet your comfort level over the coming weeks.  We intend to support you, our employees, and our community as we respond to this emergency.

Your opinion matters.  If you have additional recommendations or advice please let me know.