Frequently Asked Questions
What type of games do you play at events?
While all kinds of games can be seen hitting the tables at any given event, our most popular games tend to be approachable and easy to learn. Though games run the gambit of heavy and strategic to lighthearted and social, some we see often are Dominion, Terraforming Mars, Azul, and Codenames.
What games won't I find at your events?
While Chess, Cribbage, Backgammon, and family classics have their place on the table, you're unlikely to see them at our events. You're certainly welcome to bring your copies along, but others may not be interested in playing.
Do I need to bring my own board games to play?
Certainly not! While you're welcome to bring any games you'd like to share, it is not a requirement. Vito and Louisa will always bring a bag of games along to the events, and often other attendees do as well. Be prepared to teach any game you decide to bring along!
Do I need to know how to play the board games ahead of time?
Nope! Vito is prepared to teach any of the games we bring to the events, and people who bring games of their own are usually equipped to teach as well. Because there are so many games at each event, if you would like to learn a new game, you can usually find something you have not played before.
Do I have to RSVP to attend an event?
While we appreciate accurate RSVP counts so that we can know how many people to expect, an RSVP is not required. If you end up being able to make it to an event you didn't think you could attend, we will be thrilled to see you there. Similarly, if your plans change such that you can no longer attend an event you had RSVPd for, you will not be penalized in any way.
How do I find people to play with at game events?
Every event has a casual format. Generally in the first 15 minutes we stand around and talk about what people are interested in playing. If a game sparks your interest or if you brought a game you'd like to get on the table, the other people who are interested in playing that game are the people you will play with. Around 75% of people who attend arrived by themselves, and are playing with individuals they just met or have met at past events. Attending with friends is also very welcome!
I'm a game designer. Can I bring my game to playtest?
Local game designers are more than welcome to bring their games to share with attendees. Some venues work better than others, so messaging us ahead of time is appreciated. That way we can make sure your attending will be optimal for both you and the game event as a whole!
I manage a venue in Saint Paul. Would you consider hosting a game event there?
We'd love to connect with you about a possible venue to partner with for a game event. All of our game event venues take place in Saint Paul, MN and can host at least 30 people preferably in a removed area.
I know a great venue that's not in Saint Paul. Would you consider meeting there?
Unfortunately, no. We're committed to providing Saint Paul with high quality game events, and any venue outside of Saint Paul we consider not apart of our mission as a group. If you're looking for something outside of Saint Paul, consider checking out the Twin Cities Board Game Group which hosts events all around the Twin Cities area.