We play modern boardgames, games published in the last few years. At Beyond Monopoly!, we provide a friendly atmosphere so you can try out new games in a fun, sociable setting. You don't have to know any rules or how to play the games at all. We'll greet you, find out what you like or dislike, sit down and play a game with you right away. No worries, winning is not all important, we just want to have some fun and stretch our minds a bit. The club is for adults, and parents can bring their children from 8 up, as long as they're supervised. We make sure everyone is treated with courtesy and respect (no swearing in BM!).
We meet at the Railway Institute, Queen St, York YO24 1AD, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month, from 10am to after 7pm.
And on the evening of each 1ST WEDNESDAY from 5pm to after 10pm, in the same location.
BLIMEY! And on the evening of each FINAL FRIDAY from 5pm to after 10pm, at the Harlequin Coffee House on King's Square in York.
It's right next to the station, so we're very easy to find. You can come and go as you like, you can stop all day if you want or just drop in for a couple of quick games. Your first day is FREE! After that, on Saturdays we ask adults for £3, seniors /students / unwaged £2, and juniors £1 (8-12 must be supervised). On Wednesday evenings, it's just £1 adults, 50p concessions, juniors free.
We are very sorry, but the RI does not have disabled access, plus we are up two long flights of stairs.
We keep a big collection of games at the club, so you don't need to bring anything first time. Come and have a look first, so you'll know what we do play (typically, it's eurogames like Carcassonne, Settlers Of Catan, Ticket To Ride and so on). Regulars bring their own games in too, so if you've got a game at home you really want to try, bring it along. Nobody tells you what to play next, but we're always on hand if you need suggestions. If you want to play something, pick the game up, ask 'Who wants to play this?' and then find a free table to start. It's as easy as that!
If you want a break, to just sit and chat or read, feel free. We're very lively and chatty, a place to meet and make new friends. You can pop down to the bar, get a pint if you want, or head out round town for a bit. If you're nervous about coming alone, please just drop in for a quick look. We are genuinely very friendly, you won't be on your own for long.
Also, bring a water bottle if you're stopping. There's a great pub bar downstairs (bring your drinks up to our room if you want), they serve food up to 1:30pm, but the bar closes from 2-6pm. You can bring your own lunch into BM! if you prefer, or go out to eat and come back later.
Club regulars can borrow games for a deposit. We also give you discounts on buying games locally. Beyond Monopoly! is a great place to get inspired too. So many modern games make great gifts, big or small, you can find something new your friends will really like.