As part of its ongoing tour, we took Board Game Club to a stunning new venue in Clapham last week. In a secret room hidden behind a bookcase in The Jam Tree, more than thirty journalists, bloggers, brands, inventors and table-top game lovers mingled with our hand-picked menu of games to suit every appetite.
We showcased a lot of newer games this time. This certainly shook up the dynamic of the Club – we virtually blackmailed people into trying totally different games before we’d let them near their usual favourites! Yes, Cards Against Humanity was in huge demand yet again but the surprise hit of the night was Esdevium’s Snake Oil. It fits the Board Game Club mentality perfectly – game-play is simple yet engaging, sociable, inclusive and totally unpredictable.
The Jam Tree was a superb venue and complemented our event really well. For such a sunny Tuesday evening, we were pleased to draw in such a large group of people for an evening of indoor gaming action and the feedback we’ve had again has been overwhelmingly positive.
Our intention has always been to tour Board Game Club, so although we’ll definitely be back at The Jam Tree in the future, we’re on the lookout for interesting and unusual bars and venues for our next two events. Our September event will be the biggest yet and we’ve already started working on our extra special ‘Christmas In December’ Board Game Club night.
The inventors behind shouty-outy trivia game, Linkee, joined Board Game Club and played quizmaster to a couple of rounds of their game before exploring the dozen or so other games on offer, while Kilogrammedia demonstrated Cartamundi’s new Shuffle games – the first app-linked games featured at Board Game Club. The brother-sister team behind brand new ‘guess the accent’ party game, Accentuate, were also on-hand to introduce Board Game Clubbers to the game which is hot off the press this week. Other new games featured on the night included Anomia and Dodekka (Coiled Spring), Liar Liar (Pants on Fire Games) and Dixit (Esdevium). A bank of Board Game Club favourites from previous events included Boom Boom Balloon, Dobble, Tenzi and Man Bites Dog.
Co-founder, Toyologist and part of the Playtime PR team, Peter Jenkinson adds,
We’re totally hyped-up after the July Board Game Club. People love the concept, we’re attracting an enviable mix of consumers, games inventors interested in testing concepts, brands who want to demo games and get immediate consumer insight and people from within the industry who just want to explore what’s out there. We’ve learned a lot from the past three events, particularly with regards to which games work best and which just don’t fit within this environment, so we can hone our games selection skills for the next events and deliver something really special in September.
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