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:

https://bit.ly/2BfAM9K

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

FAQs:

• 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 (4+)

Teotihuacan

At Ease Games Gaming & Tournament Center

$2.50

This week we will be playing Teotihuacan: City of Gods. If you have never played before, please take the time to read the rules and/or watch a video tutorial on BGG.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/229853/teotihuacan-city-gods

I will bring the Late Preclassic Period expansion if anyone wants to add some extra modules (please comment below if you’d like to play with the expansion).

Board Games, BBQ, and Beer

BT's BBQ

This is an open board gaming event for all levels of board gamers; whether you’re new or experienced, we will have plenty of games available, but feel free to bring your own if there's something you would like to play.

Dan's game collection can be found here: https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/Sredni%20Vashtar?own=1&subtype=boardgame&ff=1

If there's something specific you want me to bring, please leave a comment below at least 2 hours before the event.

Besides having amazing food, BT's is a great supporter of our group. Thanks to BT's Hot Chicken & Ribs for regularly hosting us. Check out the menu while you're there!

Please note that RSVPs are limited to 20 people. There's usually a waitlist for this event, so the No-Show Policy applies to this event if you RSVP and do not show up. No-Show Policy: https://bit.ly/2BfAM9K

If you are on the waitlist, please do not show up to BT's anyway—they have asked us to keep it to 20 so we don't crowd the restaurant.

BT's has the standard mask policy common to all restaurants in the area: If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask but may do so if you wish; if you are not fully vaccinated, masks are required.

EsCon - Saturday

Escondido Charter High School

EsCon is a North County San Diego convention held biannually for open boardgame play. The EsCon library is well-stocked, with more than 3,000 titles to choose from, and you can bring your own games as well.

Cost: $50 will get you admission for all three days, or you can pay for single-day admission: $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday, $20 Monday.

Registration: Online (pre-event) only. Only 220 seats available per day. Register at: https://reesgames.com/escon/default.php

There will be Virtual Flea Market exchange as well as a $1 snack bar.

EsCon - Sunday

Escondido Charter High School

EsCon is a North County San Diego convention held biannually for open boardgame play. The EsCon library is well-stocked, with more than 3,000 titles to choose from, and you can bring your own games as well.

Cost: $50 will get you admission for all three days, or you can pay for single-day admission: $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday, $20 Monday.

Registration: Online (pre-event) only. Only 220 seats available per day. Register at: https://reesgames.com/escon/default.php

There will be Virtual Flea Market exchange as well as a $1 snack bar.

Past events (421)

Board Games, BBQ, and Beer

BT's BBQ

Photos (260)