What we're about

Welcome to The 56 Board Game Group!
We are:
• A tabletop board gaming group.
• A geographically-based group, convenient to the Route 56 corridor in San Diego.
• An open, inclusive, and welcoming group.

This group hosts board game events convenient to the 56 corridor in San Diego (meaning - within a few miles off the 56 highway). If you love to play board games or are interested in learning, this group is for you. We will always have plenty of games available, but you are also welcome to bring your own. The most important thing in this group is to be friendly and inclusive, and have fun!

No-Show Policy:


All members are subject to the No-Show Policy. Full policy can be found at the above link.


• Why is it called The 56 Board Game Group? "The 56" refers to the 56 highway on the North side of San Diego. Events in this group take place at locations that are easily accessed from the 56.

• The board game shop, "At Ease Games" isn't really off the 56. Why do you host games there? Good point! At Ease Games is the closest game shop to the 56 corridor, so it is our FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store). We want to support board game stores in the community, so we tried adding events there and they have been popular, so we are keeping them! Please consider supporting At Ease through food or game purchases while you are there.

• I'm new to board gaming and a little nervous about coming out. Will there be anyone to teach me games? Absolutely! We have a lot of people that are new to gaming and there are sooo many new games that even those of us that are seasoned gamers are regularly learning new games. All of our Event Organizers are passionate about teaching games. We also do our best to help people get matched up with other players at the open gaming events.

• I like board games, but a lot of the ones I see as events here are really heavy, complex games. I'm into shorter games that are easy to pick up. Is this group for me? Yes, it is! Part of the reason we host complex games as individual events is to get together the folks that want to play those games, specifically. If you come to one of our open board gaming events (at the Rancho Peñasquitos Library, BT's BBQ, etc.) there will be a variety of types of games available to play and attendees with a variety of game interests.

• Are children allowed at these events? We have a variety of different types of events. The "Everyone Plays at the Library" takes place at the Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library. The library events are open to and geared towards any age - including young children (there are even games good for 3 year olds). All other events (unless otherwise specified) are not geared towards children; however, there is no specific age restriction - it's more about the type of games being played. For example: if your 7 year old can take on the adults in a game of Carcassonne or Azul and wants to join us, your 7 year old is welcome. If your 7 year old wants to play Chutes and Ladders or Trouble, the Library events are a better choice. Still not sure? Feel free to send a message and ask!

Upcoming events (1)

Rady's Tabletop Day

7960 Birmingham Dr

This is a no-host event to advertise a local board game event. From the Facebook Page: What is Rady Tabletop Day? As in the past 4 events this is a gathering of those who enjoy all things Tabletop and helping to support sick kids in need. At the hospital we have 1 Ballroom and 3 education rooms with tables n chairs for dedicated open gaming, miniature building and Painting as well as a Gundam build meet. Sponsors of the event have donated gifts in the form of Board Games, Custom Dice, Models and more. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to win the prizes in drawings held every few hours. Here's how it works Extra Life is a fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. On Tabletop Day (April 4th 2020), I will join the thousands of gamers and dedicate an entire day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU! 100% of the donations go to Rady Children's Hospital. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids! Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation. A single $10.00 donation(12 and under free) will grant you access to the event all day along with 1 ticket for an opportunity drawings to be held throughout the day. Additional Tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each(Bundles also available). We have already received items for the drawing from Adacio Games and past events we have received from Upper Deck, CMON, Roxley, Stonemaier, USAopoly, and Pair-a-Dice Game Store! April 4th will be the 5th event and we look forward to having you there! Event Details: 7960 Birmingham Dr, San Diego, CA[masked], United States - Parking in the adjacent lot is free during the event. Doors will be open from Noon to Midnight. Magic the Gathering - Mini Tournament New this year will be a mini-tournament for Magic players. Stay tuned for more details! Stonemaier - Play and Win! Stonemaier Games has donated games to this event! In order to have a chance at winning one of these games you must first play a complete game. This process is called “Play and Win”. There will be special signup sheets for these games and volunteers will be on hand to help teach the games for those wanting to have an opportunity to win! Additional Drawing tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Just like our Fall event last year, participants have the opportunity to choose what drawings they want the tickets to go towards with drawings being held for different items throughout the day, a tentative schedule is posted on this event page. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego(a non-profit hospital) via the Extra Life funding tool. Extra-Life Page: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/RadyTabletopDay2019 https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=44218 Use this page to pre-register and make your donation electronically if you do not plan to bring cash on the day of the event. Link to event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2689727221104233/ Link to event on BGG: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/2384513/rady-childrens-tabletop-day-spring-2020-san-diego

Past events (383)

Virtual Event: City Builder (Tabletopia)

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