July Staff Picks!

by: on July 7, 2020  |  

Unmatched -Brian Taylor

  • Name of Game: Unmatched
  • Publisher: Mondo/ Restoration Games
  • Year Published: 2019
  • Type: Tactical strategy
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Play time: 25 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Bits: Nice bits, great art
  • Overall Rating: 5 Meeples

The Unmatched series of games are the perfect fit for strategy gamers that want to spend their time playing instead of studying rules and preparing their army. The premise is that heroes and characters from popular culture, literature, and history are battling it out to be the last one standing. The first entry in the series pits Medusa vs King Arthur vs Alice vs Sinbad. Other stand-alone entries include Bruce Lee(!), Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot, and characters from Jurassic Park. Best of all, you can mix and match fighters from any Unmatched set! Fly your local colors and pit Bruce Lee vs Bigfoot!

When you first open the box you can tell this game was designed with love and style. The miniatures are highly detailed with a pre-applied wash that makes them really pop – no painting needed! The tray is perfectly designed to hold every bit in a perfectly sized slot. The game board (2-sided) is bright and uses a clever color-coding system so you can tell instantly if your hero is within fighting range of another piece. Each fighter has their own deck of cards, and the art if fabulous, evocative of great comics art (it reminds me of J.H.Williams III amazing Batwoman comic art). –Brian Taylor

Dixit -Reena Asquith

  • Name of Game: Dixit
  • Publisher: Libellud
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Type: Creative association based family party game
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play time: 30 mins
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 3-6
  • Bits: Average
  • Overall Rating: 5 Meeples

Dixit is a gorgeous creativity focused game that is truly all ages. Every player draws a hand of cards, each with a unique illustration. Players will take turns being the Storyteller, who will give a single word as a clue and then put one of their cards face down then everyone else will put in a card face down that they think fits the clue. When the cards are flipped everyone will try to guess which card was the Storytellers, then points will be allotted accordingly. You can decide a winner based on points, or just keep playing until your group feels done. That’s about it! Its mechanical simplicity makes it a great choice to play with younger kids.  All the art is magically evocative and fits perfectly with what this game is all about. Creativity! –Reena Asquith

House of Danger – Nichole Davis

  • Name of Game: House of Danger
  • Publisher: Z-Man Games Inc.
  • Year Published: 2018
  • Type: Choose your own adventure
  • Difficulty: Easy-medium depending on the choices you make
  • Play time: About an hour
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 1-3
  • Bits: Great, the style really ticks the nostalgia box
  • Overall Rating: 5 Meeples

I really like House of Danger because I loved reading “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid, and this game really encapsulates that whole genre very well. Your choices really affect how the story plays out, with many possible endings and a good amount of cheesy spookiness thrown in. By its very nature, House of Danger has a lot of replayability with many twists and turns along the way. –Nichole Davis

Wing It – Boyce Asquith

  • Name of Game: Wing It
  • Publisher: Flying Leap Games
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Type: Storyteller
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play time: 30 mins to an hour
  • Rule Complexity: Easy
  • Number of Players: 4-7
  • Bits: Excellent Legible Cards
  • Overall Rating: 5 Meeples

Wing It is a ridiculous story-telling game where players will alternate telling stories and judging the stories. Each round, the judge will read a scenario card like “you and your twenty chihuahuas are having a picnic when out of nowhere an eagle starts swooping at you.” The other players then will take turns using three of the five cards in their hand to tell a story based on the scenario. If my hand had giraffe legwarmers, a fire extinguisher, a complete set of pots and pans, a Spanish dictionary, and a fishing net, I would say “I use my fire extinguisher to blind the eagle before I start waving giraffe legwarmers frantically in attempt to scare the bird off. If that does not work, I chuck various pots and pans piecemeal at it keeping my precious chihuahuas safe.” The judge then determines the best story, the winner becomes the judge, everyone refills their hand back up to five cards and a new round starts. Some pretty silly stories can result. Especially fun game for people who like to tell vignettes and short stories. –Boyce Asquith

June Staff Picks: Round Two!

by: on June 27, 2020  |  
  • Name of Game: Betrayal Legacy
  • Overall rating: 4.5 Meeples
  • Publisher: Avalon Hill Games, Inc.
  • Year published: 2018
  • Type: Cooperative/Betrayal game
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play time: 30-60 minutes
  • Rule complexity: Medium
  • Number of players: 5
  • Bits: Fun figures, solid card stock, and plenty of surprises.

Betrayal Legacy is a wonderful twist on the classic game. Each session starts by exploring, and adding rooms to a horrible haunted home, each tile either giving items or events along the way as the players prepare for the Betrayal itself! After so much exploring, the Haunt starts, and a player is chosen at random to become the Betrayer! Can everyone else work together to stop them? Or will the darkness within the house grow worse over time? As a Legacy game each win and loss adds to a continuing story, sometimes it will be worth it to lose so your family can have an advantage next time! Best of all, unlike some other legacy games, when the final chapter is completed, Betrayal comes with complete instructions how to seal in the game as a complete experience that surpasses the original for endless replayability. –Joshua Bennett

  • Name of Game: Cat Lady
  • Overall rating: 4.5 Meeples
  • Publisher: AEG Alderac Entertainment Group
  • Year published: 2017
  • Type: Tile-Layer, Card-Collector
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play time: 30-60 minutes
  • Rule complexity: Medium
  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Bits: Excellent cardboard pieces and cards, cute graphics

Cat Lady is a cat collecting game. Our goal is to collect as many cats as possible, feed them, and have the least left over food. The person with the highest score wins. We can increase our score by collecting different toys for our cats, catnip, and cat costumes. The game is played in turns that are individually rather quick, so I have found that the game was pretty engaging. For a small light-hearted game, I have no complaints. –Boyce Asquith

  • Name of Game: The Quacks of Quedlinburg
  • Overall rating: 4 Meeples
  • Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
  • Year published: 2018
  • Type: Bag building, press your luck
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play time: 45 mins
  • Rule complexity: Medium
  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Bits: Good bits

Bag building at it’s finest! I really love this game. Great with any number of players and has just enough to it to keep players thinking about what the best ingredient to add to their bag is while also keeping pace of play high and the game moving forward. My group has made it our mission each time we play to hit the ladle at the end of the cauldron track as a moral victory. Between easy to grasp mechanics and modality to keep things fresh, The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a unique experience that continues to keep everyone engaged and entertained even after many plays. –Garrett Schneider

Meeple Chow is Back with a New Menu!

by: on June 23, 2020  |  

That’s right, starting June 24th, our cafe will be open! Here’s what you need to know:

  • We have a whole new menu! Featuring our new Brisket Bahn Mi!
  • You can Dine In
    • 90 minute table limit
    • Groups of 5 Maximum – most of our tables seat 4
    • Space is limited due to Social Distancing requirements
  • Have a Family Game Night with food To-Go!
    • Bring home a game, dinner, a growler and dessert (Full Tilt Ice Cream, anyone?)
    • Most of our new menu is designed to work well for take out
  • The Game Library is open!
    • We’re quarantining the games after each group

We will also be offering HAPPY HOUR! Happy Hour will be Monday-Friday from 4-6pm. We will have deals on both food and beverages!

We can’t wait to see you!

Youth Online D&D! Starting June 30th!

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We have heard the outcry! After weeks of work, we have found the perfect way to play D&D with you! Starting June 30th join DM Boyce for Youth Online D&D, ages 10-15. These sessions will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm. In order for things to go smoothly there are a few prerequisites:

  • Must have played D&D before, not for new players
  • Must have a Windows or Mac computer modern enough to run DISCORD
    • Browers: Google Chrome, Firefox 38+, Opera, Microsoft Edge 17+, Safari 11+
  • Must have a reliable internet connection
  • Must have a Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook. We’ll email you a 20% off discount code after registration to pick one up.
  • Must have an email account, this will be how Boyce communicates with the player/parents
  • We also recommend a Microphone and Headphones – not required, but it makes for a better experience.

This is a completely different D&D than any other type we’ve held before (Tween D&D etc). We are currently only running one group, so space is limited. Other session information is as follows:

  • Cost- $200 per session
  • The session will meet 4 times, first session on June 30th
  • We will be using pre-generated characters

If you meet all of the prerequisites and this seems like something you’d like to join us in, you can purchase your D&D session here

Games and Growlers!

by: on June 19, 2020  |  

Meeps! Have you heard the news? The Meeples Cafe is semi open! We have a limited menu available including prepackaged pastries, pretzels and growler fills! Check out our menu below.

  • Growler Fill-our growler = 20
  • Growler Fill-your clean growler = 15
  • Soft Pretzel with Bier Cheese = 5.49
  • Soft Pretzel with Mustard = 4.49
  • Frosted Cookie = 3.00
  • Lays Chips = 1.00
  • Gold Fish = 1.00
  • Marshmallow Crispie = 3.00
  • Coffee Drinks and Italian Sodas

We are currently only offering TO GO items. And any beer purchase requires a food purchase!

We are will be opening the cafe with a WHOLE NEW MENU with some surprises that you wouldn’t expect…here’s a hint ** Brisket Bahn Mi**