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Jeff Chunko
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-gurus/post/the...

Look at that game selection!
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Geoff King
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...the main attraction is 20 games that customers can rent for $2 to $5. The options are wide-ranging: Classics like Connect Four and Operation, interactive games such as Don’t Break the Ice and Jenga, and more cerebral games, such as Scatergories and Taboo

It sounds like they really need to work on their selection. robot
Ticket to Ride and Catan just for starters. But, hey, they just opened so there's plenty of time.
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It'll be interesting to see if they even know about our sorts of games.
 
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Jeff Chunko wrote:



Based on the article those games aren't the ones I would want to play
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Judging from the photo, most BGG-type games won't even fit on the tables!
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I think it's a cool idea...

But, it is kind of interesting they would invest in a board game bar without researching the world of board games to go beyond Milton Bradley, Parker Bros,etc. It's almost like the idea was just to make it stand out from the other bars; a novelty. I started collecting games in Febuary, and my paltry my collection surpasses this. I'm not sure which games they would charge $5 to rent, but that's pretty steep for Monoply, Jenga and the like.

Or maybe they did their research and decided some games were too expensive an investment for the amount they estimated they would get played?

Sounds like some local BGGers should drop in and let them know what they're missing, because like I said... It does sound like a cool idea with some further development.

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And considering that Monopoly seems to bring the worst out of humanity... Holding a regular Monopoly tournament in such close proximity to alcohol sounds like an excellent opportunity to get shanked.
 
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'The Article' wrote:
...and more cerebral games, such as Scatergories and Taboo.

:facepalm:
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If they feel like pulling out ALL the stops maybe they'll add Cranium.
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Bpiehler wrote:
I'm not sure which games they would charge $5 to rent, but that's pretty steep for Monoply, Jenga and the like.


I think the only people who would pay $5 to rent Monopoly or Jenga are people who are already on their fifth or sixth drink...
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Muhahaha, more victi...people to inflict Quelf on.
 
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They are going for a different crowd than the BGG-type. The games match what the crowd is familiar with. It is in Dupont Circle after all.
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Venton wrote:
If they feel like pulling out ALL the stops maybe they'll add Cranium.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa, pump your breaks there Speed Racer. Cranium is beyond cerebral, they are already stocking brain burners such as Taboo and Scategories. Cranium is likely to melt brains.

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There are more than just board games, though: The two levels contain vintage video games, including Root Beer Tapper
Ugh, they can't even get the right Tapper. Budweiser Tapper with brass rail and cup holder is the only way to play that game.
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Cashtool wrote:
They are going for a different crowd than the BGG-type. The games match what the crowd is familiar with. It is in Dupont Circle after all.


Haha, so true. I live in DC, and while this is a great idea, it is definitely not going to draw the BGG-type crowd. If I want to drink beer and play games, I can do that at home with my gaming group. If I want to play awesome games I don't own, I go to my FLGS (*ahem, shameless shout-out* Labyrinth Games on Capitol Hill) where they've got more "store copy" games than you can shake a stick at.

Best of luck to these folks running this bar. I hope it works out for them.
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I'm not saying they need to go full-on BGG in their collection, but geez, how hard would it be to have a couple of well-known gateway games in there?

You know, perhaps a copy of Settlers, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, just a few...

I have no idea how many beers it would take before a self-respecting gamer would agree to play Monopoly, but it's probably more than what they're legally allowed to sell to one person.
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dboeren wrote:
I'm not saying they need to go full-on BGG in their collection, but geez, how hard would it be to have a couple of well-known gateway games in there?

You know, perhaps a copy of Settlers, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, just a few...

I have no idea how many beers it would take before a self-respecting gamer would agree to play Monopoly, but it's probably more than what they're legally allowed to sell to one person.


+1 It's not like we're suggesting they get copies of Case Blue... More like the lighter stuff they've started selling at Target.
 
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Yep, Labyrinth is a good store. Pretty friendly.
 
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Judging from reactions to game prices here on the Geek, I seriously doubt too much of our hobby is going to either:

A.) Pay 5$ to play a game they don't get to keep.

B.) Pay 5$+ per draft, of Miller Lite no less

It's a cool concept, though it's not aimed at us. They could even work their tournaments into a singles thing, think speed-dating, but with boardgames.


Speed dating and monopoly, I can see the tag line now...

"Come out for a fun night of meeting people you will want to kill in 4-5 hours."

Is it possible that the article simply highlighted only well known games? Maybe they have a decent selection sitting behind the counter, but the reporter was like, Eclipse? that's too hard to spell, let's stick with Risk.
 
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Well according to their web site, they have Connect 4, Backgammon, and Monopoly. Period.

That's like an establishment selling itself as a sports bar with just one TV station that only shows synchronized swimming.
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Waiting for someone to show up with Case Blue.
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Pippers wrote:
Waiting for someone to show up with Case Blue.


That would take up every table in the bar!
 
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