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Board Game Bash 2015 Registration Push

Posted by Chris Aylott

Board Game Bash 2015 is just a couple of months away, and it's looking for a few good members! They know their audience, too, because they're planning to give away some games if they get enough signups.


Who Wants to Get Molecular?

Posted by Chris Aylott

A few weeks ago, I wondered what new things we could get up to as a group. Well, how about spending some of our next meetup playing and reviewing a new, unpublished game called Molecular before it even hits Kickstarter?


Childs’ Play Plans for Board Game Future

Posted by Chris Aylott

Childs' Play Games and Geekery has been appearing at all sorts of local events, including conventions, Hungry Gamer game nights, and even Monday night's midnight launch of the new Destiny video game at Gamestop. Here's the second half of our interview with owner Sarah Childs!

(If you missed the first half, you can read it here.)


Childs’ Play is Growing Up Fast

Posted by Chris Aylott

childs' play

There's a new store livening up the San Marcos board game scene! Childs' Play Games and Geekery has been popping up at all sorts of local events, including conventions, Hungry Gamer game nights, and even Monday night's midnight launch of the new Destiny video game at Gamestop.

I caught up with owner Sarah Childs recently, and she shared some of the secrets behind Central Texas's latest gaming startup. Read on for the interview:


We’re Getting Busy at the Hungry Gamer!

Posted by Chris Aylott

We're getting busy this month! We've got our usual meeting at the San Marcos Public Library, and one of our members has just scheduled a new meetup at the Hungry Gamer on April 15. Travis suggests celebrating sending information to the tax man with sandwiches and board games, and that sounds like a great idea to me.

But how did they know that gamers get hungry?

But how did they know that
gamers get hungry?

The Hungry Gamer is a cool new sandwich shop that opened up in downtown San Marcos a few months ago. It's got lunch and video games, which are two of the most important things in life right there, but it's also got a forward-thinking owner named Pete who wants to be a meeting place for all kinds of gamers.

I have not had a chance to visit the shop myself, due to the usual unholy combination of kids, working in Austin, and general lack of time. But I like Pete's vision and how much he's already done to accomplish it. He's run a successful Kickstarter, he's pulled off what looks like a great buildout in a tricky space, and his sandwiches look great. So join us on Tax Day and check the Hungry Gamer out for yourself!

Seriously, that's one tasty-looking sandwich.

Seriously, that's one tasty-looking sandwich.


Attend a Charity Convention This Weekend!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Game for the Cause is almost here! I wrote this charity convention up a couple of months ago, but here's a recap if you missed it. You can also read about the event on its blog.

Game for the CauseGame for the Cause is a new charity convention inspired by the example of Give to Game. It benefits SafePlace, which works with the Austin, TX community to end sexual and domestic violence. SafePlace has helped hundreds of people in the area over the last few years, and this is a great chance to help out a good cause.

Game for the Cause will be held on October 18 and 19 at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin. Membership is only $20 per person, with all the money going to SafePlace. If you’re in town and have some time to spare, this looks like a great way to spend the weekend!


Emerald Tavern is Austin’s Answer to Snakes and Lattes

Posted by Chris Aylott

There's a new place to game in town -- well, not in our town, but pretty close. Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe is in the middle of a soft opening on the north side of Austin, and it looks like an impressive venture.


Who wants to go out for beer and meeples?

The Emerald Tavern seems to be following in the footsteps of Snakes and Lattes, a well-known board game cafe in Toronto, Ontario. Both businesses feature food and games to play, but the Emerald Tavern seems to be emphasizing good beer over coffee. That's Texas for you.

Game stores are hard. I ran one for ten years back in the mid-nineties and early 2000s, and I don't think I'm crazy enough to try it again. Just based on the pictures, though, I like this team's chances. It's clear from the signage and fixtures that they've got plenty of funding, and the cafe model is a better bet than straight retail in a price-sensitive world.

So, who's up for a road trip to north Austin to check it out?