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Top games to play with your family

Hey everyone, we know that right now families are closer than ever, we have some great games to play. Theses games are some of the cafes favorites and some of the best to play. They’re easy to learn and play. Families are close together at home and it is important to stay occupied during this epidemic, keep that brain moving. These are the top 3 family games at the cafe.

1.) Carcassonne

This territorial tile-laying game will turn you into a city-building expert in no time! Lay your drawn tiles down each turn to create a tableau with your fellow players of cities, farms, chapels, and roads. Claim areas with meeples to cement your points for later in the game to grow your areas into all they can be. But be sure to remember to complete your projects before you run out of workers to place.

2.)  Karuba

  This game invites you to go on adventure through the jungle to find the monuments and hidden treasures. Your goal is to move your pawn to the corresponding colored temple and to collect gold and crystals as well as the temple treasure.  The game is interactive and a thrilling adventure through the jungle.

3.) Indigo

In this game you are trying to get your gem into your designated goal and win the most points. Each player will have a designated goal to get their gems to. As them game goes on you will lay out tiles bit by bit, building a path to your goal. However be careful of you other opponents, you don’t want to accidentally build them a path to their goal. Moving the gems from their starting point, you must get them to your goals before the other players and aim to win.

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Top 5 bread stick games to play

Hey everyone! Ever wonder if there are easy and simple games to learn at the cafe? look no farther than our bread stick game. these games are great to beginners and young kids. With over 50 games to choose from and our collection always expanding there’s sure to be something for everyone.

 

  1. Kings Gold

This is my  favorites bread stick game to play. This pirate plundering game will have you and your friends out for gold and revenge. The goal of this game is to be the richest captain of the sea. You’ll want to bring your best luck to the table because your role of the dice will determine how much gold you will get.

  1. Color Addict

This game, like UNO, is a rush to win. The goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards first. The tricky part of this game is the cards can mess with your mind. For example, if a card says ‘red’, but is written is blue, you may either put a blue or red card down on top of that card. If a card says ‘red’ and is written in blue, but has a green splotch in the card, you can’t put down a green card. The paint splotches are latterly there to confuse you.

  1. Curios

This objective reasoning game is one that many here at the café are a fan of. The goal of this game is to have the most point at the end of the game. The card under each of the treasure sites will determine how many points each gem from that site is worth. See how many points you can get when you and your friends play Curios!

  1. Sushi Go!

This game of cute little sushi characters is so fun to play! The goal of this game is to have the best combination of sushi. This is a pretty fast game but is really exhilarating once you get the hang of it. Go gain as many points as you can and become a master sushi chef!

  1. Spot It!

Spot it is a great game to play especially with kids. The goal of this game is to have the most cards at the end of the game. To win cards you match any item or animal to the same item/ animal on the center card and say, “spot it!” and take that card. This competitive game is so fun to play and it’s quick.

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New hours & New Broadcasts

Hey everyone, hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy. We at The Game Table cafe have changed our hours and schedule to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on at the cafe. We have a discord channel and board game broadcasts on our YouTube channel. You are welcome to listen in to our many broadcasts and join our discord channel.

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New hours:

Mondays– 11 am-1 pm

Tuesdays-Sundays– 11 am-7 pm

CLOSED FOR EASTER SUNDAY

Schedule for the week of 4/6-4/12

Broadcasts

Tuesday– D&D adventurers league

Thursday– Live stream, play with us as we play “Flash point” @ 7:30 pm

Friday– Game talk Live stream, talk with other gamers about games and gaming life @7:30 pm

Saturday– Live stream, play “forbidden desert” with us or listen in @2 pm

Sunday– dungeon master chat, talk with local DM’s @2 pm

Discord looking for player events

Daily– link up with other players to play games whenever

Wednesdays– Magic arena virtual meetup @7:30 pm

Wednesdays– Virtual tabletop meet up @7:30 pm

Fridays– Magic arena night @7:30 pm

Fridays– Virtual tabletop meet up @8:30 pm

Saturdays– Virtual tabletop meet up @2 pm

Saturdays– Magic arena virtual meet up @5:30 pm

Sundays-D&D one shot adventure @4 pm

 

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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.

Broadcasts

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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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.

Star Wars Destiny: The Next Big Thing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you know that the Star Wars franchise has been rejuvenated with the addition of new stories in the form of a new trilogy and plenty of spin-off movies in the works over the course of the next several years. Of course, this means that now is the perfect time to cash in on the series’ newfound popularity (not that Star Wars has ever not been popular, mind you). That means new merchandise—and lots of it. There are new tee-shirts, posters, toys, LEGO sets, and, most importantly from our perspective, games. There of course have been new Star Wars themed Monopoly’s and Life’s and plenty of video games, but a game that we have seen become a huge hit in our café is Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars Destiny.

Star Wars Destiny was first released not long after Thanksgiving and almost immediately we ran out of booster packs. There was a seemingly long period of time between that and our next shipment of booster packs in which many of our customers (and even some employees) waited in agony. We got frequent calls wondering if we’d finally gotten more boosters in and even some people wanting to reserve a whole box. We even investigated other gaming stores in the area, but it was the same story everywhere we went: sold out. Finally, just before Christmas, we got the shipment in and once again, the boosters were gone in a few days.

The highly sought-after booster box

So what is this new game? Star Wars Destiny is a collectible card game similar to Magic: The Gathering in which you build a deck consisting of characters, weapons, vehicles, and abilities and use it to battle your opponent. In addition, there is a dice component to the game in the same vein of Dice Masters. Certain cards come with a die that you must use with the card in order to attack your opponent.

Why is this game so popular? Well, first of all, it’s new. As with most “new” things, there is a bit of hype surrounding it. People are curious and gamers especially have a desire to check out the newest games. Secondly, as I’ve talked about before in regards to Dice Masters, people are attracted to collectible card games because of the excitement they feel from collecting new cards and building new decks. But perhaps most importantly, it is a new Star Wars game. Star Wars is one of the biggest, most beloved stories to ever grace the big screen. Players enjoy opening booster packs and looking for their favorite Star Wars characters to add to their teams. And, as with Dice Masters, trying out different combinations of characters is part of the fun. Do you want Darth Vader to team up with Kylo Ren against Han Solo and Boba Fett? Star Wars Destiny will let you do that.

The first booster opened in our cafe contained the one and only Darth Vader

Although this game has only been out for a little more than a month, it already seems to me that it is a big hit. Only time will tell if it continues to grow in popularity or eventually dies out. Plenty of other collectible card games have come out in the past, all trying to emulate the success of Magic: The Gathering. Few have succeeded, but it seems that, at least for now, Star Wars Destiny just might.

Finding Just The Right Game To Give.

By Raelle Richard (Game Guru, Barista and Geeky Blogger)

Gifting Games

It’s that time of year again! You know what I’m talking about: the season of shopping. Most of us have a list as long as Santa’s with names of our family and friends that we intend to buy gifts for. If you are still in need of some ideas then don’t worry because we have got you covered! This Christmas, give the gift of fun with a board game. Board games are the perfect gift for anyone and with hundreds of games to choose from, there is bound to be something for everyone on your list. We have a few suggestions to get you started!

Kids

In my opinion, the best games for kids are games that adults can enjoy as well because how many of us actually like playing Candyland after a certain age? Qwirkle is a great game that kids can play with their parents. Qwirkle is a game that we have described as Scrabble but with shapes and colors. Adults can enjoy Qwirkle because there is a decent amount of strategy involved while young kids can play it almost like a matching game.

Qwirkle: A Great Game for Kids and Adults

College Students

Party games are great gifts for college students to take back to school with them and play with their friends after break. One of the games my friend group played frequently during my college days was The Resistance. The Resistance is a bluffing game in which everyone is working together to take down an oppressive government. However, there are a certain number of players who are secretly spies trying to stop this from happening. The fun of this game is trying to figure out which of your friends are on your side and which are not.

Bluffing – Intrigue – Fun for all!

Geeky Friends

We all know at least one person who loves superheroes and, chances are, you’ve bought them one too many shirts with Batman on it. One of our favorite games, perfect for any superhero-lover, is Marvel Legendary, a cooperative deck-building game staring some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. In it, players work together to defeat the villain by building up their decks with hero characters then using them to attack the villain and his henchmen and rescue civilians. This game is cooperative so either everyone wins together or everyone loses together, but the bad guys you fight also give you victory points if you are a competitive group and need to know who has the most points.

Great Card Drafting Game. Full of Geeky Goodness.

Couples

We have plenty of two-player games that would be a perfect gift for any couples in your life, but one of our favorites is Patchwork. Patchwork is a game in which players are competing to create a “quilt” in a Tetris-like fashion. We like Patchwork because it is easy for anyone to learn despite the surprising amount of strategy involved in the game. Patchwork is perfect for any age whether the couple you have in mind has been together for many years or they’re younger or recently married. This game is also a great idea for your own significant other if you are looking for games you can play together.

Couples Love to Play Patchwork at The Cafe

Families

Whether the family in question is your own or not, we have plenty of great games that any type of family will enjoy playing together. One of my personal favorites is Ticket to Ride, a game that I even managed to teach my own non-gaming family. If my family can not only understand and play Ticket to Ride, but also have fun while playing it, then any family can. Trust me on this one. In Ticket to Ride, players are trying to place trains on a map of the United States in order to connect two cities and finish their routes. Another great thing about Ticket to Ride is that there are many different maps to choose from so if your family is already familiar with Ticket to Ride, try picking up one of the other boards for something new.

Ticket to Ride is a must for families.

All of these games and more can be purchased at The Game Table Café. Here you can find a game for anyone on your list, no matter who they are or what they like. And from all of us here at The Game Table Café, have a wonderfully merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Merry Christmas from The Game Table Cafe