A Game Cafe

A-Game Cafe

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A-Game Cafe has a great selection of titles and extremely friendly and helpful staff.

Owners Gary and Derek Fung, two affable brothers who are clearly super into board games themselves, decided to open A-Game because they enjoy the social aspect of board game cafes and the prospect of building a community of players.

This is their first small business venture, and there is definitely a very personable feel here.

A Game Cafe

Local artists' work can be found on the walls, like adorable superhero cartoon drawings by Knightmares & Daydreams (the Fung brothers even commissioned her to create the cute Harry Potter bathroom door signs).

A Game Cafe

The space seats 54 people, and the rates are reasonable: $3.50/hour per person or $7 for unlimited play. There are also weekday specials, where with any purchase of food or drink, it's $3 to play before 3pm and $2 every Tuesday.

A Game CafeReservations are accepted, but walk-ins are welcome as well - in fact, the Fungs will play with lone walk-ins or match them up with others, and are more than happy to recommend games.

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They tell me they have a collection of about 200 games so far, and it's always growing - it's already doubled since they opened.

I take a look at what they have , and see that there are a lot of favourites my friends and I have played recently: Dead of Winter, Smash Up and my personal fave, Marrying Mr. Darcy (yes, a Pride and Prejudice card game!).

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There are also some games I'm excited to try, like Exploding Kittens (along with the NSFW edition). A-Game's aim is to introduce people to new games they've never played before; during my visit, I learn about Imperial Settlers, one of the top games of 2014.

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I'm also told patrons can even bring their own games if they need a place to try them out and/or someone to play them with. For those into serious competition, regular social events are held here, like Settlers of Catan leagues and Magic nights.

A Game Cafe

It's obvious the focus is definitely on the games, while the food and drink are secondary. A basic menu of sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available, with nothing particularly mindblowing. The cafe's collection of mugs however, is pretty adorable.

A Game Cafe

A London Fog ($3.75) arrives in a SpongeBob SquarePants mug, and the cookie platter with milk ($5.95), which includes a plate of 15 cookies - five each of chocolate chip, Oreo and fruit creme - comes with milk in a Cookie Monster mug.

I'll be back soon to play Exploding Kittens.

Photos by

Jesse Milns

A-Game Cafe

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