It’s hot

by: on June 27, 2021  |  

It’s very hot and many of us don’t have AC. Meeples is air conditioned and we have tables where you can sit to be inside and be cool. There is no cafe service, we don’t open until next week, but we have free water and some cold drinks.

No games, please. Social distancing requirements are waived and mask usage while sitting down is up to you. Masks are required when entering and walking around, though, so be prepared.

We’re Hiring!

by: on June 14, 2021  |  

Come join the most fun team in West Seattle! Meeples Games is reopening our cafe after being closed for over a year. We’re super excited about being able to welcome our amazing West Seattle community back for food, fun, and games!

If you’ve always wanted to work in a game store, have a great, friendly, helpful personality, are smart and learn fast, love to play games and have restaurant experience, come join our team.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@meeplesgames.com and tell us why you want to be a part of this great team.

Game Café Kitchen Staffer

Meeples Games is West Seattle’s premier Game Café located between the Alaska and Admiral Junctions.  We’re a community spot for great food, gaming and fun.  We’re a tight knit group of awesome people working together to provide the best possible experience for all of our guests on every visit and we want YOU!

Our café has been closed during the pandemic and we’re currently looking for both full and part-time kitchen staff to get us back to fully open and greeting our amazing community. 

If you’ve always wanted to work in a game store, have a great, friendly, helpful personality, are smart and learn fast, love to play games and have restaurant experience, come join our team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Uphold and represent Meeples Games’ exemplary customer service to all guests
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Prepare food for cafe service including prepping the cold table (lettuce, lunch meat, cheese, condiments), preparing food items from recipes, and keeping things clean.
  • Follow all policies and health department codes in the kitchen
  • Help customers by taking orders, serving beverages and pastries, and operating the POS system
  • Prepare orders including making sandwiches, pizzas and salads, plating pastries, making coffee drinks, and serving beer and wine
  • Handle dishes, bus tables, and clean the dining area
  • Check-in and put away food and game orders
  • Closing including putting everything away and cleaning the kitchen, dining room and washrooms
  • Cleaning – dusting, floors, organizing, etc
  • Stay up-to-date on existing games and new games to be able to discuss with guests
  • Occasionally, work the front counter including making recommendations from the game library, selling games to customers, running the cash register, answering the phone, executing Magic: the Gathering card sales, and all other duties that go with that position
  • Follow proscribed procedures and share duties with co-workers

Job Qualifications:

  • Washington State Food Handler’s Permit (within 2 weeks of hire)
  • Washington State MAST permit (within 2 weeks of hire)
  • Previous experience in a commercial kitchen is required
  • Experience running a point-of-sale / cash register system required
  • Knowledge of tabletop gaming a plus (RPGs, Miniatures, Magic: the Gathering, board games, etc)
  • Experience operating a commercial espresso machine a plus
  • Sales experience a plus
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Happy and upbeat
  • Able to follow instructions and work in a team environment
  • Able to lift 40 pounds
  • Able to stand for shift (up to 8 hours)
  • Excellent written and oral English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

No phone calls, please.

June Staff Picks!

by: on June 12, 2021  |  

We have compiled a list of games we are loving for June! These games are just a few of our favorites. What games have you been loving lately?

Nichole Davis – Tiny Towns

  • Name of Game: Tiny Towns
  • Rating: 5 Meeples
  • Publisher: AEG
  • Year Published: 2019
  • Type of Game: Strategy, Planning
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Number of Players: 1-5

Tiny Towns is a really fun strategy game where you have you own 4×4 grid with which to build your tiny town on. The way it works, you put resource blocks down in a specific pattern to build buildings and whatnot, you get points for various layouts that change up each game depending on what cards are drawn in the beginning. Each turn you get to pick a resource you need, the trick being that everyone has to pick up that same resource and find a place on their own boards for it. There are also special unique buildings that each person gets, so no one’s town will ever be exactly the same. It’s really cool to see how everyone goes about making their towns differently when everyone is given the same resources in the same order. The bits are really nice as well, wooden and colorfully painted, with adorable tiny buildings. This is honestly one of my favorite games. You can also rent Tiny Towns before you buy!

Boyce Asquith- Dungeon Mayhem

  • Name of Game: Dungeon Mayhem
  • Rating: 4.5 Meeples
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Year Published: 2018
  • Type of Game: Card, Family
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Number of Players: 2-4

Dungeon Mayhem is a light 2 to 4 player card game where the goal is to be the last one standing. Players choose a character from a D&D adventuring party and play that character’s deck to do their best to defeat their former allies and friends. A quick game with minimal set-up and space requirements perfect for a small desk or table. The expansions for Dungeon Mayhem also add a good amount to the base game!

Dani Kennedy- Everdell

  • Name of Game: Everdell
  • Rating: 4 Meeples
  • Publisher: Starling Games
  • Year Published: 2018
  • Type of Game: Worker Placement, Drafting
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Number of Players: 1-4

Everdell has become a hit amongst gamers of all levels. This game is a great introduction to the worker placement type game. Everdell is played in 4 seasons (rounds), earn points based on which cards you play into your tableau. Adding buildings to the busy woodland streets of Everdell gains you different points. The player with the most points at the end of Winter is the winner. Everdell is easy to learn, play and is so adorable! The only slight downfalls of the game is the resource tree that is in the middle of the table can be easily broken if not assembled carefully. And the footprint of the game is large, it can’t really be played on a small table. But the pros of the game defiantly outweigh the cons. We have a copy available to Rent before you buy!

BRING OUT YER MEEPS!

by: on May 14, 2021  |  

You asked for it, and we heard you! Our 2020 Meepin’ it Together hoodies were such a hit that we have decided to drop another limited edition hoodie and shirt!

This is a PREORDER for a shirt or hoodie.  We will print exactly the number ordered, so this is a one time item. 

The PREORDER window closes on June 6, 2021.  The next day, we’ll send the order to the printer (Gorilla Screen Printing here in Seattle) and have them back by the end of June.

Remember to choose your size! Click here to preorder!

5 Games We Are Excited About

by: on May 11, 2021  |  

Calico-AEG

  • Number of Players: 1-4
  • BGG Rating: 7.9
  • Game Time: 45 mins

In Calico, players compete to sew the coziest quilt as they collect and place patches of different colors and patterns. Each quilt has a particular pattern that must be followed, and players are also trying to create color and pattern combinations that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also able to attract the cuddliest cats!

Dragon Parks – Ankama

  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • BGG Rating: 7.0
  • Game Time: 15 mins

Dragons are back into our world, and they are in vogue! As the proud owner of group of islands where dragons nest, you’ll have to manage both the tourists’ expectations and the dragons’ appetite. Dragon Parks is a drafting game which makes use of transparent cards. Select a new card each turn to put on one of your three islands, adding or covering dragons in this park as you do. Some dragons hate to be covered by others and will snap back at you, and if you manage to hatch an egg by covering it, it will attract new visitors!

Rolling Ranch-Thundergryph Games

  • Number of Players: 2-20
  • BGG Rating: 6.9
  • Game Time: 20 mins

 A hurricane destroyed all the fences in the area and the animals fled! However, they should not be that far and after fixing the fences it’s your mission to recover them in the woods. In Rolling Ranch, all players use the same result from the dice to rescue animals and improve their ranch, with each player working on their own ranch sheet. Each player attempts to place the animals in their ranch the best way possible, and to construct buildings and receive bonuses that will help them achieve the highest score. Everyone plays at the same time! Who will be the most successful ranch to rescue their animals?

Equinox- Plan B Games

  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • BGG Rating: Unrated
  • Game Time: 40 mins

In Equinox, mysterious creatures gather in the forest in an effort to write themselves into the legendary storybook and for tales to be shared for countless generations. However, there is room for only four more stories not every story will be recorded, so the creatures have to be cunning and clever to outwit their opponents and make the cut. Equinox is a deeply satisfying betting game that gives players agency to influence the outcome of this competition. Each round, players place numbered power cards in front of the creatures, with the lowest-valued creature being eliminated from play.

Umbra Via-Pandasaurus

  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • BGG Rating: 7.1
  • Game Time: 30 mins

Just beyond the towering vines lies an ancient pathway into the unknown. Push back the thorn-riddled stocks to discover a clandestine garden, blooming with mysterious vigor. Vivid colors mark the way to intricate tiles zigging and zagging through the green. Within the flowers lies the key to greater meaning. An explanation for all things unknown. In Umbra Via, players compete to control and complete the most cunning paths. Reach into your bag to select wooden flowers, then place them on your secret board in the order of the paths you want most. But when players reveal their choices, things get delightfully tricky.