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Try the Board Game Café!


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Shaun, Hespeler | April 2, 2018

Hello friends! I’m just dropping by the teen page to tell you about/invite you to my monthly Board Game Café over here at Hespeler.  Whether you are a serious gamer or just looking for something new, you are welcome to join our friendly group. It’s a drop-in group open to teens and young adults, stop by any time after 6:30pm on the first Thursday of every month for some good times. Did I mention snacks? Because yes, there are snacks.

Not convinced? Here are 5 things you may not know about table-top gaming:

  1. It can be a refreshing change from digital (and much more interesting)

    People are hard-wired to communicate through more than just words. Body language, tone of voice, and facial expression all enhance communication. It’s no wonder live events featuring real people can be so much more entertaining than digital group events!

  2. New games are designed to be fast, fun, and creative

    Gone are the days of never-ending slog of Monopoly battles.  Most games today are designed to last between 15 and 40 mins.  They no longer focus purely on tactics and strategy (although many of them still do) there are many games focusing on things like creativity, luck, language, or musicality.  In addition, there are plenty of co-operative games like Pandemic, that have you and your friends battling against a tough opponent together. If you’ve never tried one, you’re missing out.

  3. Celebrities play games!

    Seriously! The cast of Murder on the Orient Express loved to play Werewolf! Check it out !! 

  4. There are “R” rated games

    Cards Against Humanity is the most well-known, and it has very strong language and themes! In fact, its language is so shocking that we don’t carry it as part of our Board Game collection. Not for the faint of heart!

  5. Games can be surprisingly social.

    It’s funny to me that games sometimes have a reputation as being nerdy or anti-social. The board game cafés and bars in the region are actually packed with huge groups of people loudly playing games like Werewolf or Telestrations, on a Friday or Saturday night. In fact, many of these establishments are so busy you have to have a reservation or wait in line to get in. Lucky for you, the Hespeler library is really big and there’s always room for one more!

So. See you Thursday?