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Socially Distanced Gaming

 As cases rise and temperature get colder, it seems we are once again destined to be stuck inside without our friends and family. So how, as board game addicts, are we supposed to get our fix? Luckily, there are many ways to have a safe and socially distant board game night. 

 

  1. Play games with those already in your Covid bubble. 

Do you already have a group of friends, family, or coworkers you spend a lot of time with? Play games with them! This isn’t an option for everyone, but if you already have a group you eat with, live with, or spend a lot of time in close quarters with, that’s as close as you can get to safe in-person gaming. Mask up, respect everyone’s personal bubble, (maybe don’t play Twister) and have fun!

 

2. Use an app!

Some board games have apps that you can download on your phone and play with others. Games like Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and Monopoly all have licensed apps- plus you can always find dozens of apps for games like Chess or Checkers. Get on a call with friends to bicker to your heart’s content over settlement or train placements. 

 

3. Play on your computer.

Steam has a slew of board games in its library- as well as Tabletop Simulator which allows you to, well, simulate playing your favorite board games. You can even flip the table when you’re done and with online games you don’t even have to worry about losing your pieces under the couch! Jump into Discord and play some tunes while you play some games.

Tabletopia is also a really cool resource too; it’s an online cornucopia of game demos that you can play with other users, including new releases and games you can’t find or purchase. It’s a really great resource to try new games before you buy them or get a group to play if your normal board game friends can’t get together. This is not a free option, but it is a cool way to play online if you can spare a few dollars. 

It’s a good way to get more space to play and gives you more options than a phone game would allow you to have. 

 

4. Video Call it!

 

Speaking of Discord, you can play board games over video calls too! Using Zoom, Skype, Discord, Google Hangouts, or another video call software one player or group of players can set up a game and stream it to the other players. The other players can dictate how they want their pieces to move and how they want to play. This one’s a little tricky to pull off, and often works best with a non-player acting as game master to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

This is a method that best serves RPG games like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, or Monster of the Week.

5. Use specialized game programs, like Roll20.

If you play an RPG, there are a ton of online resources  and downloadable content to help you game with your group remotely. In addition to interfaces like Discord, you may find game simulators more helpful for your gaming experience. Things like Roll20, RollGate, Fantasy Grounds, or Vassal have different capabilities, like built-in map features or a modular terrain map you can build for your adventure.

Vassal is also a popular option for remote miniature war games, especially skirmish-sized games like WarCry or Malifaux.

Top cat themed games

Calling all cat lovers!! This list of games will be sure to get you excited and ready to play our top 5 Cat themed tabletop games.

1.Sparkle Kitty

Oh no, your princesses are trapped in towers! But wait, these aren’t just any ordinary princesses, help the princesses by using combinations of magic words to create spells and set them free. Be the first to get your princess out of her tower and win the game. This is a very simple and fun game to play with friends and family.

2. Exploding kittens

In this game you play with adorable cat characters like, taco cat to win. Your goal is to explode you opponents and win the game. However, you still need to be cautious, this game requires strategy and greed. Be the first to explode all your opponents before they get the chance to explode you and win the game. Proceed with cation!

3.CATS a sad but necessary cycle of violent predatory behavior

This game may look cute and innocent, but it is more geared towards teens and adults. Your goal in this game is to have your cat catch, steal, and eat birds. This game cycles through 6 actions, 1 at a time, with each player playing their cards at the same time during each action. You will secretly select a target and an action card and place that card down. Do your best to catch your prey and feast to beat the other players.

4. Rat-a-tat Cat

Though this game may look difficult it defiantly is easier once you get the hang of it. This is a great family game to play especially when playing with kids. The math of the game is great for them and just really helps to think about strategy. There are three basic rules of this game, peak at a card, draw more cards, or swap a card with another player. Your goal is to have the lowest score possible, when you think you have the lowest score you say rat-a-tat cat and flip all your cards over. If you have the lowest score you win!

5.Meow

Non-meow spies have infiltrated the meow meeting! Find out who the spies are and kick them out. In this cute kitty game, you and your teammates are all kitties having your meow meeting or so you think. Non-meows somehow infiltrated the meeting and its up to you to find the spy. You can be accused of not being a meow and if that happens you must reveal your cards. If the accuser is right, they win the game, if they are wrong then they are out of the game and you continue until the spy is found.

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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 rented games!

Hello everyone, The Game Table Cafe is here for you. If you’ve been with us for a while you know that we have a huge game selection. Since this epidemic has started we’ve been offering game rentals. Renting the games is easy and fun! You come in and pick out up to three games and pay a $10 rental fee along with a $20 deposit. When you’re done with the games you bring them back and get the $20 back. We’ve had many customers come in to rent games and some games are really popular. Here’s our top rented games at the cafe.

1.) Terraforming Mars- In this game it is your goal to terraform Mars so that colonies can live there without wearing heavy protective gear. This is by far the most rented game at the cafe as of April.

2.) Azul- The goal in this game is simple, score the highest. Claim the highest tiles and get the highest score.This game is fun for families with kids, it teaches strategy and wit.

3.) Pandemic- At the beginning of this world wide epidemic up to now this game was rented as a joke by a lot of people.The goal of this game is to save humanity from the pandemic and keep it from     spreading.

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Top 3 board games coming out summer 2020!

Hello everyone we hope you are doing well and staying healthy. During this time we know people are going crazy, however, there are still good things to look forward to this summer for us which means board games. These three games caught my attention!

  1. Sleeping Gods                                    (release date- May 2020)

In this game the gods have brought you to a mysterious island and its  you and your crews mission to wake the gods up so you can get home. This game caught my eye because of the adventure and mythology. Almost everyone loves adventure games, this game sure fits that description. This is honestly my personal most anticipated game for this summer.

2. Spirit Island: Jagged Earth                    (release date- September 2020)

This game is an expansion to the great game Spirit Island. In this expansion the invaders are more in numbers and harder to beat. It’s up to you to harness the natural elements spirits powers to defeat them. When i saw this i wanted to play it immediately, the  spirits, sense of adventure and, charters in all drew me in.

3. The 7th Citadel                               (release date- May-September 2020)

In this exploration game will have you and your friends on your toes for adventure. Unlike other games where you normally need two or more players, this game you can lay on your own or with a team of other explorers. this game implores you to explore the new land and discover new things. Not only that but you can leave the game at anytime and come back to it later.

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