As the sun set on Shoreditch on Wednesday evening, a group of people gathered in a secret underground speakeasy-esque bar hidden behind a painting… an intimate, in-the-know crowd who’d come together to be part of the first ever Board Game Club. In the candlelight they sipped on BrewDog’s finest and indulged their common interest – games.
Set to a cool but uplifting soundtrack of 1920s blues and jazz, they effortlessly moved between games ranging from the risqué to the ridiculous and everything in between. Cards Against Humanity answers were offered in hushed tones at one wooden table, while the shouty-outy “LINKEE” was screeched from players in the corner, under the watchful eye of a winged-ferret. Jenga tumbled, dust was blown from an original edition of Mastermind and Rory’s Max Edition Story Cubes got creative juices bubbling. A couple cancelled their planned dinner date in favour of another hour of Bananagrams. And what DO you call a table-full of hipsters playing Dobble? Answers on a postcard please…
Board Game Club is the brainchild of Playtime PR’s Lesley Singleton and Toyologist Peter Jenkinson. Together they’ve created a grown-up games-night where the mood is relaxed, secretive, under-the-radar and non-geek.
“Going forward, Board Game Club will grow into a regular event with a real underground feel and cult following. We’ll switch venues, mix up the games and keep the original in-the-know feel central to everything.”
Want to get an invite to the next Board Game Club? Or do you have a game you think would work well in this setting? Send an email to the team at BoardGameClub@PlaytimePR.com (And if you attended the launch and managed to get a photo of that winged ferret, send that in too please).
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