Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kingmakers | Columbus Board Game Parlour

Photos by OHventures

17 Buttles Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 223-1358

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought had died and went to heaven when I walked into Kingmakers for the first time.

Located in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Kingmakers is a relatively new "board game parlour" that offers over 500 unique board games paired alongside a nice selection of cocktails and beers on draft. Visitors are required to pay a $5 "library fee" that lasts the entire night, and allows them to play any and all of the board games of their choosing.

With shelves of games from floor to ceiling, you are bound to find an old classic, or discover a new favorite! There is a wide range in skill level, time required to play, type of play, and number of players required to fit any group. 

The board games are categorized on the shelves in groups such as "Classics" (Clue, The Game of Life, Trivial Pursuit), Party Games (Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures), Strategy (Settlers of Catan, Dungeons & Dragons, Axis and Allies), and others. Colored stickers are on the boxes help to indicate what type of game it is, as well as a label showing what the estimated length of time and ideal number of players.

Folks known as "Board Game Sommeliers" are available to help give suggestions on what your group might enjoy, and guide you through game set up, rules, and play (which, by the way, would be a super awesome job to have). It's nice and bright inside this underground parlour, purposefully so that you can see all of the game pieces and parts more easily. 

My buds Steve and John joined me for an impromptu visit to Kingmakers this past October, and we had an absolute blast! Our group particularly was drawn to the party games. We tried a couple that we had never heard of before, such as Hoopla (from the makers of Cranium), and Smart Ass (an awesome trivia game that I ended up winning!). 

We ordered some refreshing beers on tap, served to us in mason jars, and we admired the incredible collection of games, taking note of all the ones we wanted to try when we were to come back. I honestly can't wait to bring other friends and family to Kingmakers on future visits to Columbus! I hope to see you there sometime, and you can challenge me in a riveting game of Operation.

(Editor's Note: I have also come to learn that a similar place exists in Cleveland, called Tabletop Board Game Cafe)

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