Put Down the Smartphone, Board Games Are Cool Now
Monday, May 19, 2014
What's the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words "Dungeons and Dragons"? Some guys covered in Cheeto dust, wearing glasses and wizard hats, sitting in their basements playing cards: a small contingent of devoted nerds?
That stereotype is changing.
Sales of tabletop games (including cards, board games, and role-playing games) at hobby stores have jumped 15 to 20 percent for the last three years in a row, according to a recent report from ICv2. In New York City, a few business owners are hoping to get gamers to their brick-and-mortar stores where people can play hundreds of games.
The owners of these businesses say people of all stripes are showing up to play: tatted up skaters, couples on a date, local librarians, college students, and even hardcore fans of Magic: The Gathering.
Here are a few of the latest spots:
353 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Launched: February 2014
Library: About 200-300 games
Details: Holds afterschool and summer break game design workshops for kids, along with adult and mixed-aged game nights. Sells games, including modifications from the kids who attend workshops.
230 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
Launched: October 2013
Library: About 350 games
Details: Kids and adults welcome. Located in the old Village Chess Shop near NYU. Sells games, coffee, and snacks.
333 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Launched: January 2011
Library: More than 400 games
Details: Kids and adults welcome. Holds after-school clubs and school break camps focusing on gameplay and creative game design; evening tournaments and gaming leagues for adults; and private and group lessons. Sells games, food, and drinks.
362 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Launched: April 2010
Library: About 130 games
Details: Kids and adults welcome. Focuses on board games, roleplaying games, and Magic: The Gathering. Hosts tournaments and socials, private parties and other events. Sells games (more than 500 titles), food, and drinks.