Articles Tagged with: tabletop
Let Frederik Becker tour you through Aalborg

Okay… I’m here to chew bubblegum and provide YOU with a guide of all the wonders of Aalborg (or at least the gaming related, nerdy-type stuff), AND I’m all out of bubblegum! (You know it’s going to be good when it starts with a quote from a movie).

But no more funny-business, let’s get down to the nitty gritty… Because foretold in legends, spoken of in myths, long sought but never found, is the coming of something more. Something great. Something Game Scope.

“Game Scope is an event that gathers developers and gamers all together in what is Denmark’s biggest Games Festival”—see that’s already an excellent start, isn’t it? And to add to it, it’s completely free! So, you are coming? Good! Here are some of the things you can do while visiting! So, with no further ado, let me present, a gamer’s guide to Aalborg!

Let’s begin with the Utzon Center. The Utzon Center is a place known for conveying of present-day architectural trends mixed with the technology of today. So, if you love creativity, why not come visit and be inspired? Another place to visit is Planetstien ( Borgmester Jørgensens Vej 13) , where you’re able to walk among the planets? Planetstien presents a scale model of our solar system.

Dice ‘N Drinks is our next stop where you’re able to enjoy a sip of beer, the, or chocolate along with your bests of friends, while also playing some of your favourite board games! They have everything from Classic Jenga to Dungeons and Dragons. But if Dice ‘N Drinks is booked, why not visit Aalborg Brætspilscafé instead? Same principles, same cosy “hygge” as any Dane would say it! However, if table top games aren’t really your thing, why not visit In-The-Matrix? In-The-Matrix is an internet café where you can play an array of great games by yourself or in the company of others!

By now everyone would be starving, right? And I’ve got something special on the menu! Magikarps and lots of them! Aalborg Street Food – The Lighthouse is a restaurant with tasty food, AND it’s next to a Magikarp spawn. The place was so amazing that people actually made bead art of a Magikarp and glued to a wall. The cleverer would perhaps also have noticed that Aalborg is a pretty big city. And if you’re like me, your mind would already have gone: “POKÉMON” by the second I told you that! And you’re right! In very close proximity to all the locations I’ve mentioned, are loads of Pokéstops and Gyms.

But hold your Pokéballs for a few more paragraphs!
Now you’ve had fun, played some games, gotten drinks… Soon your stay might be at its end. You might wonder, “why!”, “how!”, and that’s normal. But you don’t want to forget it all, you don’t want it to end! Right? You want something to remind you of your great visit. Why not swing by Læsehesten?

Læstehesten is only a short walk from Dice ‘N Drinks and Aalborg Brætspilscafé, and there you’re able to buy—wait for it—PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, NDs, 3Ds, and more of your favourite games. Further, they also have older games for the older consoles, some rare and some which you wouldn’t normally stumble upon… So, go be amazed!
But Læsehesten hasn’t only got games! “Wait it has more?” YES!—wait for it—they also have movies, DVDs and Blu-rays, comics, novels, toys, music, LPs and CDs… You can thank me later.
Well, I want to end with something amazing. Geeks Gone Wild. Even the name sounds cool enough to be awesome—and trust me, it’s only going to become more awesome! GGW  ( Willy Brandts Vej 31)  is a “computer club” in their own words. However, something that only started as a mutual interest in “net parties” and games, a mere club, became the biggsest LAN-party in North Jutland. They’ve now taken over Gigantium, and they have an event the 12th of January.

There. You won’t get a better ending to any guide about games than the biggest gaming event in North Jutland.
Now go catch Pokémons and play games!

Mind Bulb: using Game Scope as testing playground

It’s been almost 10 years now since ‘Flights of Fancington’, the all-time best soap opera show, went off the air and yet to this day the war still rages on amongst the fanbase over the most important question of the century: Which character was the fanciest?  

Mind Bulb continue to work on their game SOPARA. In this game, you get to play as the elite of Fancy Town and fight your friends in the style of the grandest of soap operas. We sat down for a cup of coffee and a small interview with creators of the game Anders L. Christensen and Mads Reedtz.

Before we start on asking about SOAPRA, I want to ask you, how you met each other?

Mads: We met each other quite a few years ago in high school.
Anders: We had similar friends and as they started to move away to different places for studies and schools. Mads and I were only one left in Aalborg.

Quite expected question for people like you, but what was the first tabletop you fell in love with?

Mads: For me, that game would always be Munchkin.
Anders: * very conflicted what to choose* Munchkin is sorta to go answer, but I will simply choose other game, just because. That game for me would be Pandemic. It’s wonderfully designed and I can create a big list of great things in this game.

Why did you decide to create a tabletop game in the first place?

Anders: Because we are too incompetent to make a video game *chuckles*.
Mads: Well it was an old dream of mine since I was a kid to design computer games, but as I grew older I realized that is not going to be my niche. But I had a very mechanically geared mind to create games rules and concepts, so tabletop came out as a natural choice.

So Ander’s story comes from being incompetent and Mads from wanting to make games as a kid?

Anders: No! For me it comes a bit from an academic place, I learned to make games and got accepted for the semester in DADIU ( The National Academy of Digital Interactive Entertainment ). What really fascinated me about tabletop games that mechanics tell the story.

You came up with this really interesting concept of the tabletop SOAPRA. Was it a result of trying to make different board games or it was a solid idea from day one?

Mads: SOAPRA was born on my internship at Dragon’s Lair. It is a great place to get inspired, board games everywhere and a lot of nerd gear. I thought I want to make a game where you play another player as much as you play the game. I couldn’t tell why it had to be set up in soap opera, but Looking back it seems like an obvious choice. What frame of reference will people in the 20th century have where you always to be mean to each other and lie to each other.

How you introduced an idea to Anders?


Anders: I am not sure if it was same day or a day after
Mads: As a Mind Bulb Games, before we even had this name, we developed quite a few games and had roleplaying game in the works. Since all projects looked big and ambitious, we decided to go with something of smaller scale and chose to work on SOAPRA. It has a target audience and development process seemed to be faster than it actually came out to be later.

What came first: SOAPRA or Mind Bulb (studio name)?

Anders, Mads : Mind Bulb!

Why you chose British family instead of going with stereotypical Spanish/ Italian family from soap operas?

Mads: I honestly think it’s my fault. When I think of excessive wealth, I don’t think about someone smart like Bill Gates, I think of some old pompous British family. And in my head it just seemed to fit the idea more.

What can you say about Game Scope experience last year?

Anders: We didn’t expect people to receive our game so well and all Game Scope staff was really nice and accommodating, the crew just did it’s best. It was overwhelming since we had first play test of updated edition 2 days prior Game Scope. The experience was phenomenal. Even though we presented a prototype, no one looked down at us. And we got a lot of feedback which will go on the edition you available to test out at the Game Scope Expo 2017.

Are you going to prepare in advance this year?

Mads, Anders: Definitely! We want to have play test a month before the event. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for that.

Thank you for your answers!

Be sure to follow Mind Bulb’s game SOAPRA  Facebook page to receive updates about the game’s development.

Photos made by Ervins Trans

Text and interview by Valerija Trane

Dice ‘n Drinks: Not your regular café

When we say we love games, we mean all of them. And what better way to celebrate them, than having our own Tabletop Cafe Zone at Game Scope, where you can enjoy board games at your leisure, while sipping on a cup of coffee! And guess who is joining us for a second year in a row? That’s right, the Dice ‘n Drinks board game café will be participating at Game Scope 2017!

Dice ‘n Drinks is Aalborg’s hottest geeky café! With more than 500 free-to-play games and dedicated volunteers to help you choose a game and explain the rules, you can spend a whole day in their hygge two-story setting in the very center of the city. They can offer you not only a wide variety of tabletop games – from chess and trivia games, to very advanced games, such as Twilight Imperium, but you can also check their wide variety of delicious coffee, tea, cacao and of course, munchies like nachos and popcorn. Don’t forget to try their local beer from the Thisted Bryghus brewery or the æblemost from Frugthaven in Skørping. The cafe also has a small collaboration sustainability project with 1000fryd ( local social event center and concert venue) – Take a plant – where visitors of cafe are encouraged to take with them free plant in pot.

Last year at Game Scope, Dice ‘n Drinks offered our visitors a retreat on the 2nd floor, with tons of games, drinks and hygge.

 

We met with the founder of café, Thor Rasmussen, and asked him few questions about Dice ‘n Dinks,  tabletop games in general and Game Scope

How did you come up with the tabletop café idea?

It has been in my mind for a long time. I have children and I didn’t want to go back looking for a teaching job after paternity leave, so we started this café.

Is there any story behind the name of the café? Usually tabletop café have the word “tabletop” or “brætspil” in them?

No, we were just wondering what types of names would work and suit the place. I liked the rhythm, plus the abbreviation of D’n’D ( Dungeons & Dragons ). I actually didn’t realize the abbreviation till a couple of weeks after I came up with the name.

Do you have any favorite tabletop game?

There are a lot, depending on my mood, but I always return to Pandemic and other co-op games. Worker placement games like Lords of Waterdeep rank very high as well.

Is there any game, maybe your first one, that sparked the love towards tabletop games?

Yeah, that would be Dominion, a deck building game.

Is there a big difference in hosting a tabletop session in the cafe and at events like Game Scope?

We divided it last year, I was managing café mostly, but my clear impression was you have to be much more spot on, because people didn’t come for us, they came for computer games. And if they came to us, they wanted to know what type of things we had and what it was, so we had only one minute to pitch and get the idea to get them focused.

Did you like the exhibitors at Game Scope?

Yeah, just like all of the stands at Game Scope last year, you have to be very precise. I remember seeing five or six very exciting stands and then I went past very fast. So it would be same about us.

You were a part of Game Scope last year and are participating this year too. Is there any game you wouldn’t take with you?

I would turn difficult and heavy games way down. The important thing for Game Scope is to be able to play a fast paced game, just take a break from computer games and see there is also this type of games. For that, you need a fast paced game, such as Love Letter, Spyfall, Codenames, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic or Catan. I would only bring the heavier stuff if we are planning an event, but we do plan to bring one of the newest popular games –  Deception.

What type of people stopped by at the tabletop cafe last year?

Those were primarily students. We also had some families stopping by.

Last question. Your cafe name is Dice’n’Drinks. Do you have a drink of choice for tabletop sessions?

I prefer beer, but if it should be anything else that good glass of whiskey or rum.

Thank you for your time and answers!

You are welcome.

 

We can’t wait to see what Dice ‘n Drinks are bringing with them this year. We do know that there would be more than 200 games for you to check out at Game Scope!

If you are new to tabletop games, check out some of Dice ‘n Drinks’ summer events, such as their beer tasting event with Real Drinks at 19.30 on 27th June 2017. You can sign up for it here. The café organizes Warewolf sessions every second week and the team is starting preparations for their summer 2017 board game party! Follow their facebook page for more details on the upcoming events!

Photos made by Ervins Trans

Interview by Valerija Trane