What to Expect at a DDM Game Night

You’re curious about game nights; you’d like to come and try it out – but you’re unsure what to expect and that makes you stay home. We know you’re out there and we want you to feel comfortable – no, excited! – about coming out to play some games and meet some game players.

Our Game Guides are our greatest assets. We have five of them, so one should be able to greet you at the door. We’ll take care of your ticket and show you the room. If we’re helping other folks, feel free to wander back to the stacks of games – we’ll greet you soon!

At any venue, there will be lots of noise and people playing; it’s not uncommon for new folks to wander around, look over shoulders, and ask to join a game. Really! We’re all here because we love to play board games, so jump in if a game is starting. If you’re a bit shy, don’t worry – our Game Guides will find you and get you a seat at a game as soon as one becomes available. You’ll be playing in no time at all.

Some general thoughts:

DO introduce yourself. Someone else hovering over your table is a bit creepy, no? So introduce yourself and express interest in the game being played. Nearly everyone will jump right on that to tell you about the game play, the rules, and how much they love this game.

DO ask for a specific game you’d like to play. Ask a Game Guide to setup a game when you first arrive. In fact, you can jump into the discussion on our Facebook event and ask for others who might be interested in playing a particular game. Setting up a table of players ahead of time make the best use of your time at the game night.

DON’T expect folks to seat you after a game has already started. If you’ve arrived in mid-game, that may mean some downtime before you get a chance to play. Use that time to your advantage – introduce yourself and watch a game (or two) that you’ve never played before. Who knows, you may find a new favorite!

DO leave your ultra-competitive self at home. We’re here to have fun, not to gloat over the mangled bones of our vanquished opponents.

DO be willing to try new games. We bring well over 100 titles and each has its own distinct theme, mechanics, and style of play. Playing old favorites is great but so is finding a new game that you just love. Our Game Guides have played every game we bring – ask for suggestions.

DON’T touch a game you’re not playing unless asked. Picking up someone else’s cards, dice, or meeples is a no-no. Watch and learn; if you’d like to touch, just ask.

DO be present for the people around the table. In between turns you can make conversation, get to know your fellow gamers, or order a coffee. Texting on your phone during a game takes your head out of the game space and spoils the fun for others.

DO be careful with food and games. There are no restrictions on what you can eat while playing, but try to keep messy sauces and grease away from cards and cardboard parts. We have wet-naps for this exact reason – just ask!

DON’T quit a game in the middle unless the whole table agrees. You may have decided, half way through, that this isn’t the game for you. Be a good sport and finish it off. Variety is the spice of life and the next game will likely go better.

DO expect your first run-through of a game to be a learning experience. Game rules can be vast, and even our experts may have forgotten some small tidbit. Look at the first half of the game as a chance to learn how it works, then study and play your strategy.

DO shower. We jest on this one, but yes we have been to game stores where hygiene is an issue. That is not Decks, Dice, and Meeples! Nerds, geeks, and game enthusiasts of all ages are welcome in a friendly atmosphere.

DO relax and have fun! Game night is not just about the cardboard and rules – it’s meeting new people in a fun context, getting into the spirit of friendly competition, and enjoying an evening out. You can do all of these with or without a win.

We love to see new faces at game nights, so check our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts for the next date!

Game Night at Moonjava, Mar 1

“Wood for sheep?” “Should I excavate or get water?” “Who had my wheat?”

Meet new games and new game players at our next Moonjava event. Based on the February event, we’re moving the time up to 5:30 so Terraforming Mars can actually start and finish in one play session. If you’re not up for such a heavy hitter, that’s okay — we’ll have all our fun games including King of Tokyo, Takenoko, Kingdomino, and 5 Minute Dungeon for about a half hour of fun each.

As always, it’s $5 per person for unlimited games and Moonjava will have their delicious treats on hand. Bring a friend or make one when you get here 🙂

Game Night at Moonjava 2/7

Board games are trending; gone are the days of flipped Monopoly boards and endless games of Clue. Join us for Eurogames such as Catan and Carcassonne; deck builders such as Dominion or Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle; strategy and tactics titles such as 7 Wonders or Splendor; we even have cooperative games like Pandemic and 5 Minute Dungeon! If you haven’t played, you should – a night of fun gaming with friends is the perfect antidote to cabin fever and endless online distraction.

Moonjava will have plenty of coffee and tasty treats on hand. $5 per person – bring a friend and your thirst for adventure!

Thursday Wed Feb 7
Moonjava Cafe, 56 Harvester Ave, Batavia

Creative Team Building for Small Businesses

Despite its reputation for being, well, lame, team building is one of the best investments you can make to improve your workforce. Good team building exercises foster employee communication, morale, motivation, and productivity; help employees to get to know each other better; and learn about strengths and weaknesses. Even the best teams can benefit from quality team building exercises, and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is a key factor in any company’s success.

Quality team building includes four major components: 1) communication, 2) problem solving/decision making, 3) adaptability/planning, and 4) activities that focus on building trust. A mixer/lunch out at the local restaurant or pub isn’t going to magically make all that happen. But if your company is fairly small, shelling out a lot of money on expensive off-site activities might not be in the cards. Budget team building, often cobbled together by well-meaning HR employees, is full of DIY party games, lackluster mixers, and well-worn icebreakers like “Two Truths and a Lie.” Groan. Not another boring team building game.

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Game Night at Moonjava 1/18

It was a game cafe in Toronto that inspired us to do what we do … bringing 100 different game titles out to play. Not just Monopoly, Clue, and Sorry but modern Eurogames like Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne. Deck builders like Dominion and Smash Up. Strategy games like Kingdomino and Splendor. Board games have come a long way from random dice rolls and we have something for every palate. Continue reading “Game Night at Moonjava 1/18”

Game Night at Moonjava Cafe

We’re back in our favorite place – Moonjava Cafe; What a great time last month playing everything from Pit to Settlers of Catan to Apples to Apples to Dominion! Bring a friend for another great night of food and fun. We hear there’s a toasty sandwich on the menu this time; we can’t wait! Bring $5 along with a healthy appetite for food and adventure because – of course – we’ll have new games!

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What Game is Right For You?

Over the past decade, non-geeks have turned on to board games (or tabletop games, as they’re now called). These are more than Monopoly, Clue, and Life. Modern tabletop games rise above simple mechanics based on luck with a hint of strategy. Bluffing games may require you to fool all other players. Complex deck games may require several-steps-ahead strategy on a par with chess. Snarky word games are hilarious with the right sense of humor. The tabletop has changed.

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