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