New York City has untold numbers of gamers, and many groups get together for all kinds of games. Sorting through the crossword, trivia and party game fluff on Meetup to find real game acivities can be time-consuming, and clicking on store site calendars to do one’s own research involves going to multiple sites. Instead, this weekly report will spotlight board game and RPG events occuring in and around NYC each weekend. Where possible, notes are included about the venues and the people running them.
Friday Night Boardgaming in Bayside Queens!: Friday meetup
This group plays games such as Scotland Yard, Citadels and Ticket to Ride.
When: Friday, January 27 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Where: Panera Bread
23-58 Bell Blvd
Bayside, NY 11360
Kings of New York: One World by Night Sabbat Vampire LARP
This group meets up on the fourth Saturday of each month.
When: 7:00 p.m. until ?
Where: Only members receive this information
New York City Boardgames & Card Games Group: Tribeca Saturday Marathon
45 people are attending and no spots are open, but you might want to drop in and see what games are being played. It promises to be a high variety of games.
When: Saturday, January 28 from 1:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market – 2nd Floor Cafeteria,
270 Greenwich Street (between Murray and Warren)
New York, NY
Staten Island Boardgaming: Sunday Boardgaming @ Paner Bread (Staten Island Mall)
This group plays primarly Euro games but is open to whatever people bring. They meet most Sundays.
When: Sunday, January 29 from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Where: Panera Bread at the Staten Island Mall
Staten Island, NY
The Game Table
167 E. Jericho Turnpike
Mineola, NY 11501
It’s Magic Dark Ascension prerelease weekend at The Game Table. Dave, the store owner, has lots of setups for playing video games upstairs as well as board game space downstairs.
Friday: 7:00 p.m. FNM Modern $5, Draft $10
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. Axis & Allies, 2:00 p.m. Naruto, 3:00 p.m. Yu-Gi-Oh Duel, 6:00 p.m. Magic Draft
Sunday: 3:00 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel, 6:00 p.m. Magic Draft
1685 East 15th Street
(Corner of Kings Highway)
Brooklyn, NY 11229
This store seems to be well established with the collectible card game crowd.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Yu-Gi-Oh, 7:00PM to 11:00 p.m. Friday Night Magic
Saturday: 12:00 a.m. 4:00 a.m. Magic Dark Ascension Midnight Prerelease, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Magic Dark Ascenion Prelease, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist League (14 & under), Yu-Gi-Oh Hobby League 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Twenty Sided Store
362 Grand St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Magic events at this store tend to run to as late as 1:00 a.m., particularly on weekends. This weekend looks like Magic all weekend, though the store does have a variety of boardgame and RPG events on its calendar generally. The proprietors are really nice folks – Luis and Lauren run a great store. The store can seat at least 50 when needed.
Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday Night Magic (Standard $15, Draft $10)
Saturday: Magic prelease
Sunday: Magic prerelease