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Top 5 Games to Play While Social Distancing

 

Pandemic

         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.

Codenames

           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.

Jenga

          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.  https://www.doordash.com/store/the-game-table-cafe-mechanicsburg-402685/

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.

Great games for you to bring to the table this Christmas.

Let’s face it we love to play games. As you gather with your others to celebrate this season you all know you want to bring out some games and try and get people to play.   Sure, some will be more interested in football or catching up on the latest gossip. However,these games are sure to be inviting and perhaps help you gather people around the tabletop for your favorite pastime.

Short and Immersive.
Some people are convinced that our hobby only offers games that take hours to play.  They grew up playing Risk or Monopoly and have no idea what great games are available today.  A short game works perfectly before the family feast.  These games have a short play time but also keep people continuously engaged.

 

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.  Playtime 25-30 minutes. On your turn you place a tile to decorate the Chinese Emperor’s Palace Lake with beautiful floating lanterns. Every time a tile is placed everyone at the table receives a lantern tile. Based on the arrangement you just made you can draft cards to ultimately score points. The game moves quickly. Players are drawn into the game by the beautiful array being created and the fact that you are watching to see how other players’ placements will impact your options when it is your turn. This game has been a big hit with families at the café.

Curios: Playtime 15-20 minutes. Let me just say for a 20-minute game you will not find anything better than Curios. Fast, immersive and a hoot-lotta fun. In Curios you are illegal treasure hunters searching the worlds famous archaeological sites for lost artifacts (curios). However, the market value for each type of curios is only partially known by each player. You know some but not all the facts about this shifting market and as each player acts to move their treasure hunters from one site to another you can gain additional information based on their actions. Curios is an immersive game of deduction, bluffing, and quick decisions like no other. This simple and intuitive game is quick to learn and even quicker to play!

Easy to Understand Game Mechanic.

Sometimes we just want a game that you can pick up and play within minutes of opening the box. Especially when introducing games to non-gamers. Here are two of our top choices.

The Mind: One of the biggest hits this year is The Mind.   In the Mind you have to mind-meld with the other players around the table to place cards in the correct order. It is more than just a game. It’s a magical experience, an experiment, a journey in which you can’t exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game.  The Mind was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres award and won the Origins Award for best game.

Silver: A fast and engaging traditional card game with a werewolf twist! Everyone starts the game with five face-down cards, with everyone being able to see two cards of their choice. On your turn you draw a card. Play it for its effect or use it to replace one of the cards in your village triggering that cards effect. Your goal is to rid the village of werewolves. When you think you have succeeded you call for a vote. Several expansions with additional cards are soon to be released.

Themes to draw them in.  Here are a few games where the theme helps draw in new players.

Forbidden Dessert: The is an awesome cooperative game where you have crash landed in the desert and must work together to survive and fix your airship. You’ll need to coordinate with the other players and use every available resource to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the missing parts and escape before you die of thirst. It plays up to 5 players and since it is cooperative new players can freely ask questions and seek advice from the other players.

Fuse: Fuse is a timed cooperative dice game. There are 20 bombs aboard your ship and you have ten minutes to disarm them. Dice are rolled, players select dice to resolve their part of the disarm requirement, and you succeed or fail as a team. It is a race against time that is sure to have everyone scrambling and working together.

Join us Every Day For A Sandwich

Join us any day or night for great food and coffee. The Game Table Cafe has much to offer anyone looking for a great sandwich for lunch or diner in Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill. We are a unique restaurant because besides great sandwiches, we have the library of games for people to play. Many people think of us as a destination location or a great date night restaurant. We are a great place to meet up with friends and family for an outing, but first and foremost we are a cafe. As a restaurant in Mechanicsburg, PA; we have some of the best sandwiches and lunch and dinner options in the area, made fresh and with love! We love it when people pop in for lunch or dinner. We can make it to go, if you need to grab and go, and we also are happy for you to get a bite before or after the movies, or chat with friends over a latte and a scone.

Best Coffee in Mechanicsburg

Our sandwiches are made with high quality ingredients and are made to order. We have several original sandwich options, such as our Dominion sandwich – a toasted sub sandwich made with 4 meatballs in a creamy, mushroom and onion stroganoff sauce and topped with provolone cheese. Our Scoville sandwich has the perfect blend of creamy, spicy and crunchy! Colby Jack cheese, cream cheese, chopped jalapeños and crushed blue corn chips on a ciabatta roll and pressed until hot and melted. All perfect for that quick bite to eat during lunch or for a late snack after the movies. You won’t find anything like these sandwiches in Mechanicsburg for lunch or dinner except at The Game Table Café. Simply the best sandwiches around.

Meatballs to dream about
Stroganoff Meatball Sub

What is better to go with your sandwich than a good soup or salad. Our soups are made in house in our Mechanicsburg kitchen, we offer a variety of delicious choices. Unlike many area restaurants who purchase pre-made frozen selections. Our soups are made with fresh ingredients and our customers rave about them. Gluten Free? Many of our soups are gluten free. Additionally, we can transform any of our sandwiches into a salad. We have salads and frittatas which also satisfy the diner who is avoiding gluten.

Soups Made Fresh

How about wrapping up that quick lunch with something sweet. After a sandwich or soup, you should definitely check out our baked goods. We have a selection of scones, muffins, brownies and cookies all made right in our Mechanicsburg ovens. These pair nicely with our freshly roasted and brewed coffee and espresso drinks. Many people in Mecanicsburg claim that we have the best cold brew coffee on the West Shore. Our coffee beans are freshly roasted and are used in all of our coffee and espresso drinks. We have soy, almond and coconut milk for those who would prefer that to milk or cream. In the warmer weather, try our sugar added fruit smoothies and creamy frappes. If you are in Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill and you need something to cool you off our smoothies and frappes are the best. No better way to cool down than to stop into The Game Table Cafe!

We make cupcakes all the time.

If you own a business in or around Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill; we would love for you to consider The Game Table Café for your next lunch meeting or office outing. We love it when people come in to play games, but we are very happy to just feed you some of the best food in Mechanicsburg! We have a catering menu and will do whatever we can to satisfy your needs. We have a cake decorator on staff that would be happy to make you a birthday cake, cupcakes or giant cookie.

Sandwiches, Sandwich Pairings, Pumpkin Spice and More in Mechanicsburg

Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Yum!!

Being one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg, Pa requires us to stay on top of the trends and pay attention to our customers.  We have some of the best sandwiches in the local Mechanicsburg area and we are going to keep it that way.  We like to keep it fresh and we do that by regularly offering different sandwiches and other tasty items to keep people coming back.

Next time you are in the Mechanicsburg area and looking for a sandwich near you, stop in and try our newest addition, The Karuba.  The Karuba is a luscious pulled pork barbecue sandwich with over 1/3 of a pound of delicious pulled pork flavor.  We offered this sandwich over the past two weekends and both times we were sold out by early afternoon on Saturday.  This will be a permanent addition to our sandwich menu in the near future.  In the meantime it is only available as a sandwich special on the weekends.

Best Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich in Mechanicsburg, Pa

 

Soup and sandwich pairings are also a big deal for some of our customers.  One of the best seasonal soups we have available for our soup of the day offerings is our home-style tomato soup.  Made with fresh ingredients and super tasty we find that our customers really enjoy pairing our tomato soup with our Scoleville sandwich.  The Scoleville is one of our most popular panini grilled sandwiches.  The Scoleville is a jalapeno/Colby Jack grilled cheese sandwich.  Mechanicsburg locals refer to it as the J-pop sandwich.  It has just the right amount of “pop” from our fresh jalapeno cream cheese spread that pairs perfectly with the Colby Jack cheese.  This is quite honestly the perfect sandwich to go with a fresh hot cup of our tomato soup.  It will war you all the way down to your soul.

So what else is new at The Game Table Café?  Well how about a few options that are perfect for sharing after you have had your fill of great sandwiches.  Besides our regularly offered bags of chips and pretzels that go with your typical sandwich restaurant, we are in the process of creating a new category on our sandwich menu.  It will be the “To Share” section of the menu.  This is still under development but we are already offering popcorn and chips & dip to go with your post sandwich snacking requirements.  These are great sharing plates that we bring out to you so you can share them with your friends while you enjoy one of the great games from our library.

Order something to share like our chips and dip. Best Lunch in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Are you ready for the Fall drink frenzy that usually hits this time of year.  Well, being one of the best restaurants in Mechanicsburg, we are certainly ready.  The tastes of Fall are filled with pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apples, nutmeg and of course hot tasty coffee.  Our Fall drink selection goes perfectly with our sandwiches & soup, and will fill you with warm and wonderful feelings of Fall.  First up is our own version of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte.  We make ours from actual pumpkin pie filling giving it a hearty and flavorful Fall taste experience.  Just like having a good slice of pumpkin pie…..who can resist seconds.  Many customers in Mechanicsburg come back for a daily cup of our Pumpkin Spiced Latte throughout the Fall, some even getting two a day.  Pumpkin spiced lattes are a must for the Fall, but have you had our hot spiced apple cider.  Yum!!!  Its fresh tasting and filled with warm cinnamon flavors and the sweet taste of ripe apples right off the tree.  This is a guaranteed Fall taste experience that does not disappoint.

Another Fall Drink…Not Pumpkin Spice, but just as good. Hot Spiced Apple Cider.

So next time you are looking for the best sandwich in Mechanicsburg or a great pumpkin spiced latte be sure to visit us at The Game Table Café.  Our new Karuba sandwich will be available this weekend and will soon be added to our regular list of great tasting sandwiches.  Starting this Thursday, the first day of Fall, our Pumpkin spiced latte and the hot apple cider drinks are available.  Stop in and enjoy great tasting sandwiches and the fresh taste of Fall drink

What Is a Board Game Cafe

By Raelle Richard

Above all else, a board game café is meant to be a fun social place for people to hang out, play board games, and enjoy good food. Following the growth in popularity of board games in recent years, board game cafes are popping up all around the country.  Board game cafes are a way to get out from behind the computer or tv and interact face-to-face with family and friends in a more personal and meaningful way. They are an inexpensive option to the ever-rising costs of movie tickets or even a night of bowling. So what exactly is a board game cafe?

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A Couple Enjoying a Date Night at the Cafe

During the week of Thanksgiving in my junior year of college, my Intro to Game Design professor announced that we would be having class the day before Thanksgiving, but it would be a bit different. Instead of meeting in our usual classroom setting, anyone who hadn’t already traveled home for the weekend would journey down to the cool new gaming café just a block down from the university’s library. Of course, I was one of those who would already be on a train home, but I heard from my classmates what a fun and unique experience they’d had and gathered up my own group of nerdy friends for a trip to New York City’s The Uncommons.

This was my first experience with a board game café and it certainly wouldn’t be my last. In fact, it was those many days spent in that cramped, little café in Greenwich Village that inspired me to approach Tom about a job when I saw that The Game Table Café was opening up in little old Mechanicsburg.

So, what is a board game café? Each café varies in how things are done, but essentially, when you break it down to its most basic parts, a board game café is a regular café with a great menu of food and coffee that also contains a library of board games available for customers to play. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, some cafes will serve food, snacks, or even alcohol. And nearly every café charges some form of cover to play games. Most, like us, take the flat fee approach, charging a fee that allows you to stay all day and play as many games as you like while others will charge per hour or per game. Unlike cafes such as Starbucks that make their money by getting people out of the door as quickly as possible, we want you to stay and have fun.

The Game Table Cafe in Action
The Game Table Cafe in Action

Board games are more popular now than they’ve ever been which means that more and more games are being made with plenty of smart and unique concepts. Beyond the classics of Monopoly, Apples to Apples, and Sorry; there are a host of new titles coming out each year.  Most cafes only have a few hundred games available on their shelves, but there are thousands of them out there.

If the word “thousands” makes your head spin then you aren’t alone. We have a lot of regular gamers who are familiar with most games in our library, but more frequently we get customers who come in and stare wide-eyed at our wall of games and say, “I had no idea any of these games even existed.” They know Monopoly and Life, but, for the most part, two-thirds of our library is foreign territory for them. If this sounds like you, fear not! Board game cafes employ “game gurus” who are more than happy to pick a game for you based on your past gaming experiences and teach it to you. You can learn a new game without even opening the rule book.

Family Learning a New Game

The Game Table Cafe strives to help everyone connect.  We have a great selection of food, coffee and baked goods just waiting for you to enjoy.  Our game library is just over 400 games and we are here to help you find just the right game and perhaps connect with a new or old friend.  Watch our Calendar of Events for special events going on each week.  With thousands of games to choose from, there is a game for everyone and a board game café is a great place to find a good game, connect with a friend and enjoy great food and coffee. It doesn’t matter if gaming is one of your great passions or simply a casual hobby; everyone can enjoy an evening with friends or family at a board game café!

Come to Our New Year Gala
Come to Our New Year Gala