My first experience with a board game cafe

Brent | February 14, 2017

Being located on the Gold Coast, a trip to a board game cafe isn't exactly a spur of the moment decision. The closest one to us is found in Paddington, one of the inner suburbs of Brisbane so we decided to make a night of it. If you have never been to one, generally you pay a small cover charge and are able to play to your hearts content.

At this particular one it only cost us about $6 which was a steal in my books. We got there a little later than I had anticipated but I had called ahead to let them know, we had 7 people including myself, unfortunately when we got there another group that was bigger than they said had taken the table we should of had so we needed to be crammed in the middle, I wasn't overly impressed by this but the owner was lovely so I was able to look past it.

The select of games was quite good, they didn't have all that I was looking for however. It was actually quite difficult to find games for our player count that didnt eat up the entire night on there own. While waiting for the rest of our group we played Batman Fluxx. Fluxx was a game I introduced our group to and once they saw a DC themed one not playing it wasn't an option. As our group arrived we had our drink orders taken, the tables weren't the most accomodating for both food/drink and games but we weren't hungry just yet luckily.

We then procedded to play Camel Up, Dixit and Sheriff of Nottingham. Overall the games where exciting and the atmosphere was inviting. My major gripe, food was not offered to us, I had to ask the owner as her first wipe down of the vacant tables was taking place if I could get some food. I wasn't looking for much more than a bowl of chips but it wasn't great to have to chase them down.

But all in all the night was a success, It gave me a new hope in my dream of one day opening my own one down here on the coast, I was able to see where it worked and where it could be improved and now the plan is to just find the right business plan to make it a success!


Brent is the founder of OzBoardGamer, he has a passion for the hobby and especially loves games for 2 to 5 players

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