Stay in with friends and conquer some board games! Get retro with Dungeons and Dragons or check out the newer ones like Cards Against Humanity.
Fess up, how many of you are still stuck in rut when it comes to group activities with friends? I mean, not all of us are outdoorsy enough to go on a group hike together and there has to be something else to do besides hanging out at all the usual supper spots every weekend. Geeky as it sounds, give board games and card games a chance! Roll the dice, and spend quality time with your friends with games at these specialty stores and board game cafes.
Board and Card game retailers
If you’re a Magic: The Gathering enthusiast, this shop stocks up on the single cards of the popular card game and some exclusive sealed products. Dig around a little and you’ll find board games, other popular card games, gaming supplies, and for the hardcore ones, paint for figurines. A board gamer’s heaven!
Dueller’s Point, Blk 450, Hougang Ave 10, #B1-541, Singapore 530450
Team Board Game
Browse through hundreds of board games on their catalog and you’ll find stuff like Balderdash which is great for literature lovers, party favourite card game Taboo, the ever classic Dungeons and Dragons and also one to prep you for the end of days, Pandemic. Best thing? Though not exactly a game cafe, this place also doubles up as a game room where you can book a table to play with friends for an affordable fee.
Team Board Game, 16 Arumugam Road, #06-07, LTC Building D, Singapore 409961
With over a hundred card and board games on their online store, Toytag offers board game enthusiasts both variety and convenience. The games on sale here include kid-friendly offerings like King of Tokyo and grown-up games like the Game of Thrones board game.
Toytag, #03-58, 1 Maritime Square, HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253
Tucked away in Midpoint Orchard is this hidden enclave of tabletop gaming. A popular haunt for Warhammer 40k gamers, the smattering of players painting figurines might give you the impression that the shop is purely for more hardcore games. But turn right when you enter, and you’ll find several well-stocked rows of board games as well as cocktail games like Mafia and the full collection of Cards Against Humanity.
Games@PI, #03-01 Midpoint, 220 Orchard Road, Singapore 238852
Board gaming isn’t as popular as many other mainstream hobbies, so it can be a pain to get a group together for game night. If this is a problem you’re facing, come by Gamesaurus Rex’s regular gaming events and participate in tournaments, both solo and team. This full-service gaming venue also serves as a hangout for hobbyists and a great place to meet like-minded hobbyists.
Gamesaurus Rex, 259A Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574386
This online store’s extensive catalogue of over 300 products include indie favourites like Carcassonne and more obscure oddities like Abyss: Kraken. The store is based in Singapore, so you won’t burn a hole in your wallet on shipping. That’s more money for you spend on games!
HobbyGamesMart.com, online only
Board Game Lifestyle
With over a thousand (yes, check the site if you don’t believe us) board game offerings and over 400 card games on sale, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably isn’t out yet. The folks at Boardgame Lifestyle are also pretty on top of the gaming scene and keep up with new releases regularly.
Board Game Lifestyle, online only
Board game cafés
Billed as a home away from home, Coffeemin is a co-working space that isn’t all about work. While the cafe is popular with creatives and working professionals, it offers quite the selection of video and board games as well. Pick from classics like Jenga and Taboo or try out more esoteric offerings like Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride and, Fearsome Floors. As a bonus, you’ll even get to bring your own food and drinks in. Even if you don’t bring your own, food and drinks come free as part of the rates.
Coffeemin, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-33 Clarke Quay, Singapore 059817
Want to game in the comfort of your own home but can’t find the privacy or space? Gather up your posse of board game enthusiasts and reserve a table at Settler’s. In addition to ample playing space and comfy seating, you can order a full selection of light bites, coffees and wines from the menu.
Settler’s Café, 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295
The Mind Café
Bored of hitting the same old bars for after-work drinks with your colleagues? Give your liver a break and your noggins a workout at The Mind Café. Sit down to classic games like Battleship and Chess, or more esoteric options like Funny Friends, Cutthroat Caverns and Vegas Showdown. Don’t worry about trying to scarf down a quick dinner before getting here, the café features a full menu with reasonably priced mains like lasagna, tom yum chicken with rice and desserts like black and white brownies with ice cream.
The Mind Café. Full list of locations here.
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