• Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • August Grand Gaming Melee

    Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library

    The people in the photo are laughing hysterically because one of them just rolled a total of 17 with five dice! What, this doesn’t strike you as funny? It’s amazing how a particular number can take on an amusing, helpful, or devastating role in the context of a game. Considering the sterile and colorless environment in which these people are playing, perhaps 17 is their get-out-of-jail score. AARGGH’s Grand Gaming Melee will be held in the much more colorful and literature-enriched environment of Beatley Central Library. There’ll be dice games for players who like to assign amusing, helpful, or devastating roles to the numbers they roll, and there’ll even be game boards, pawns, meeples, and playing pieces that the people in the photo obviously had confiscated when they entered the dreary institution in which they’re trapped. If you prefer games without dice, there’ll be board games, card games, and tile games galore. Bring some from your collection, or come without games and play what others bring; if you see one you’d like to try, there’ll be someone eager to teach you. We’ll also have snacks. Apparently the people in the photo didn’t even think to bring water, but we request that players bring something delicious to share. Popular delicious items include bags of chips, pretzels, cookies, or crackers. Some people bring a package of doughnuts or cupcakes; these are always popular and disappear quickly. A few creative types may even bring something homemade; these contributions are even more appreciated! A refrigerator is available to store drinks and other items that should be kept chilled. Official start time is 10:30am, but you may arrive as early as 10:00am to help with setup. Cleanup begins around 4:00pm (or whenever you decide that you can’t squeeze in one more game before the end of the event). Remember, whoever starts cleanup first gets the best choice of leftover snacks to take home! As always, leave the room clean and tidy! Please observe these rules regarding cleanup at Beatley library: 1. Please ensure that food scraps, crumbs, and bits of packaging are not strewn in the kitchen or auditorium. The library closes shortly after our event ends, so anything edible left on the floor or counters will attract vermin overnight. 2. Please fold most of the tables and stack them under the coat rack – a few may remain where they were used – but DO NOT FOLD THE CHAIRS. Leave them out in any configuration that lets people walk around them easily. Many chairs are needed for a program the following day, but the tables only impede the activity.

  • Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • September Grand Gaming Melee

    Central Library

    DO YOU MIND? Why, yes, yes you do! Games are a meeting of minds, a competition of mind versus mind (or cooperation of mind with mind). In keeping with the popular trend of verbing unsuspecting nouns, we declare that when you play, you mind. AARGGH’s Grand Gaming Melees are mass meetings of multiple minds. From the mind-bending complexities of A Study in Emerald to the nearly mindless nonsense of Meow, nobody minds like AARGGH. So sign up, show up, and let your mind out to play! Bring games you want to play, or come without games and play what others bring. There will be board games, card games, tile games, and just about every other kind of game that can be played on a tabletop. If you want to try a new one, there will be plenty of people eager to teach you. Your mind will get hungry, so please bring something delicious to share. Popular delicious things include bags of chips, pretzels, cookies, or crackers. Some people bring a package of doughnuts or cupcakes, to which hungry players always respond, “don’t mind if I do!.” A few creative types may even bring something homemade; these contributions are especially appreciated! Other than fruitcake – the mere thought of which can impair a player’s mind – all contributions are welcome. A refrigerator is available to store drinks and other items that should be kept chilled. Official start time is 10:30am, but you may arrive as early as 10:00am to help with setup. Cleanup begins around 4:00pm (or whenever you decide that you can’t squeeze in one more game before the end of the event). To put it mildly, we don’t mind if you stick around to help with this process too. Arlington Central cleanup instructions: leave the tables and chairs where you used them. The next group can deal with setup the same way we did.

  • Game Night at KING'S PARK Peet's Coffee or Subway

    Peet's Coffee Burke Lake Road

    Our group is open to singles and couples of all ages, no experience necessary. We have a few games (Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble...) ,and encourage you to also bring your favorite game. We currently meet once a month at a local coffee shop. We meet at 7:00pm at Peets Coffee at 8948 Burke Lake Road,OR THE SUBWAY THREE DOORS DOWN in Springfield, Va. You can register thru this site or click here to see who else is attending. http://www.meetup.com/Northern-Virginia-Board-Games-Meetup-Group/ See you at the next meetup! Pat PS Sorry, Not very metro friendly!

  • Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • Sunday Games at Ireland's Four Courts

    Ireland's Four Courts

    Welcome to Sunday Games at Ireland’s Four Courts, a friendly pub that’s like a little bit o’ the Emerald Isle just a shamrock's throw from Court House metro station. The Celtic ambiance notwithstanding, there’s no need to wear green (unless you’re planning to play Kodama), and after an evening of games you can shuffle to the next room and engage in that old Irish tradition, karaoke. Bring your favorite board and card games, or bring nothing but an appetite for friendly competition and delicious food and drink; the event host will provide a selection of popular games for everyone to play. The restaurant has offered us gaming space at no charge but with the understanding that players will be ordering food and drink. While you play, please do enjoy something from the menu, which you can find on the restaurant's website (http://www.irelandsfourcourts.com/). Also, please tip generously. The wait staff will stand ready to serve you for your entire session of Fields of Green or A Study in Emerald even if you order no more than the customer who comes and goes in less than an hour, so they deserve extra consideration. Technical note: The end time shown above is just a suggestion. The restaurant is open later – much later – as is the kitchen, so you're welcome to hang out, finish your game, and order more to eat and drink.

  • A Day of Arabian Nights

    Vornado Crystal City

    READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! If you don’t follow them, you won’t be able to play. We have received permission to use a company’s conference rooms for this event. Only two people have a key to let us into the building, so we all must meet at noon in front of 2011 Crystal Drive and go in together. If you fail to make the rendezvous, you can stand at the door all day shouting “open sesame” to no avail. Once we’re inside, there’ll be a locked door between us and the restrooms, so we’ll have to take breaks periodically to let people pass (pun intended and you know it). The good news is that this is a quiet office suite with comfortable chairs and large tables. There’s a convenient kitchen (no key required) with refrigerator and microwave that we can use to store snacks. BRING FOOD AND DRINK WITH YOU TO LAST ALL DAY! While it's always nice to share, it's important that you have enough of your own supplies to last through the entire adventure. ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED. Remember that you will be speaking extensively, so be sure have plenty of whatever non-alcoholic beverage keeps you in good voice. Our permission to use this space in the future depends on our good behavior, so please avoid spills, take good care of the company’s property, and dispose of trash properly. Now, as for the game itself: Join a small group of adventurers who meet at irregular intervals for an epic journey into the world of the Thousand and One Nights. Based on the literary classic, Tales of the Arabian Nights is a storytelling game in which the adventure changes depending on your choices as you roam through a fantasy world. Employ your best reading and acting skills as you’re called upon to recount the escapades of mad sorcerers, abducted princesses, and other characters from ancient Arabia. This video review will give you a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into when you sign up for this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYFEKoxJqE Expect the session to last six hours or more, possibly several hours more. Recent games have run as long as 10 hours. If you're one of the helpful people who like to offer suggestions on how to shorten the game, this is not the event for you. This event is for players who want to embrace the fantasy and continue the game until they’ve had their fill of adventure regardless of the score. We’ll usually play with custom-made expanded sets; the extra pieces dispel some of the base game’s limitations without increasing its complexity. The limit of twelve players is immutable. This number represents two groups of six players. More than this would make the space too noisy for this storytelling game. If you sign up and then find that you cannot attend, please change your RSVP as soon as possible so that someone else may take the spot. If no more than six players sign up, we'll all play one game with the expanded set. Should more than six sign up, we'll divide into two groups; one can play a "short game" if there's sufficient interest. The short game tends to run 4-5 hours. In recent sessions the expanded game has run nearly 10 hours, a duration that seems to satisfy even the most enthusiastic (some say fanatical) players. Yes, we take breaks and bring refreshments to the table. First-time players are more than welcome. The hosts of this event enjoy teaching the game as much as playing it. Joining our group is a great way to learn the game: straight out of the box, it may appear daunting, but the rules are easy to learn if someone explains them to you in the proper order. After one turn you’ll be as adept at the mechanics as any of us, and then all you need to do is decide how to react when an angry djinn crosses your path. The game needs to start promptly. Make all preparations necessary to be certain that you arrive by noon at the building. There are tables and chairs near the front door where you may relax while waiting for everyone to arrive.