Winter Wonderland pop ups

With our first successful pop up last week we happily announce the next two pop ups around the first days of Winter!

On the 21st and 22nd we will once again be at Cherry Street Pier with lots of Board games and Quizzo. We will bring holiday themed board games like The Christmas Story Board Game, Home alone and It’s a Wonderful life as well as Game of Throne Board Games, because you know winter is coming.

We will make sure to bring other Board games too for the 21st in the evening from 6 to 9pm as well as on Saturday from 1 to 5pm.

Join us, the weather outside won’t be frightful and our games will be so delightful. It is a space open to the weather though so be sure to bundle up!

Directions Here

Expecto Poptronum

Expecto Poptronum: Harry Potter Game Night and Quizzo, Friday Dec 7th

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is very excited to host our first pop up at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia on December 7th from 6 – 10pm! We’ll have a lot of HP themed games including: Battle at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts Perilous Pursuit, Harry Potter Code Names and lots of out-of-print games like Mystery at Hogwarts and the Chamber of Secrets Trivia Game. We will have team prizes for Quizzo too — so come have a great time with some Potter fans!

You won’t have to disapparate to get food — Hardena/Waroeng Surabaya and Cooperage will both be open at Cherry Street Pier until 10pm so you can get delicious food and warming drinks while you play. Be sure to bundle up! Directions Here


PAX Unplugged

The PAX Unplugged Board Game Convention last weekend very much felt like sprinting our way through a marathon. We heard the attendance was over 30,000 individuals and 50,000 entrances. We definitely felt those numbers on Saturday. We got to meet so many kind, amazing and giving people that stopped to talk or play a few rounds. We collected over 350 emails, went through 800 business cards, gave out 300 peanut chews, 100 granola bars and 700 jolly ranchers, and went through 2 bags of Ricola.

At the Anomia Press booth, I don’t know how many games of Anomia, Anomia kids, Anomia X and Duple we played, but we always had a raucous group around us. Thank you to everyone who come by the Anomia booth to learn about the cafe, play a demo and talk for a bit, the board game community really felt like a community at PAX Unplugged. Thank you to Andrew, the creator of Anomia, for having us in the Anomia Press booth. Thank you to the dedicated staff that helped to demo and explain all about Queen & Rook Game Cafe. Thank you also to the supportive game designers and game publishers, we all had so many great conversations about future collaborations and received a lot of Demo copies from generous reps.

Our first convention is on the books, and we are on to our first pop-ups this week! The next 12 months will be a year of firsts and we will tell you all about them.

What’s a game cafe?

If you don’t know what a game cafe or a board game cafe is, here’s a great article about them in the Atlantic (so fancy!). Even though it’s from 2014, it gives you a good idea of what we’re about. Queen & Rook Game Cafe will be fun for all ages with lots of yummy treats and drinks while you play. Our selection of games will always offer you something new and exciting. We’ll even have private event spaces for celebrations, kids’ parties, and your weekly role-playing adventures. Check out the article and sign up for our mailing list!

Coming in 2019

Our Fall has been super busy at Queen & Rook Game Cafe. We are finalizing our location and getting our hundreds of board games, card games, and roleplaying games ready for you to play. We are also working on our menu of allergen-friendly, mostly plant-based recipes so they will be super delicious. Look out more news in the upcoming weeks. We’ll be posting about the games in our library, asking for feedback on the menu, and keeping you up to date on our progress before we open.

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