From BGG

Rio Grande Games announces a new board game themed on Oktoberfest festivals, aptly named Oktoberfest.  In the game, players are artisanal brewmasters working to provide the annual festival with the most popular types of beer–but you can’t just make the beer, you have to get it into the mouths of the festival attendees.

The game consists of three rounds: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.  On a player’s turn there are three options: start an auction of supply cards, sell a barrel card, or close a tent.  Several mechanics in the game include a closed money system that forces players to vary their auction strategies, as well as the fact that all players contribute to the various tents, making the closing of one a tense decision.  Only the players who supply the most popular beers in a tent receive victory points for them.  After the tenth tent is closed, the player with the most points is the winner.

Oktoberfest is a game for 3-5 players and plays in about 90 minutes.  The release date for Oktoberfest is yet to be announced.  For more information, visit the game’s page at Rio Grande’s website.

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Cleveland’s first board gaming cafe has opened – Tabletop Board Game Cafe. The cafe will have over 1,000 board games (see their list of games on their website), weekly trivia nights, and a maker station where customers can tinker or attend their DIY instructional workshops. They will also have a full service menu, including coffee and beer.

The cafe is open from 11 am to 11 pm (till 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights), and customers can have unlimited all-day access to board games for a $5 cover charge (free if a weekday before 3 pm). Shiva and Brady Risner created a Kickstarter last year detailing all of their ideas for the cafe, and it looks like they’ve succeeded, for they opened on Friday, June 26.

For more information, check out their website or Facebook page, or check out these photos and video tour from


Board Game Cafes are becoming more and more popular, and evidence of this can be seen in Victory Point Cafe, which plans to open for business in the early to mid-summer of 2015.

The founders of Victory Point Cafe, Derek DeSantis and Areg Maghakian, plan to open their new cafe with a library of at least 500 games, accessible to their customers for a flat fee of $5 per day.  In addition to a large selection of games, patrons of Victory Point Cafe will be able to purchase locally-brewed coffee, beer, and snacks to accompany their hours of gaming.  They also have plans to hire a “game-guru” to teach games to customers.

DeSantis and Maghakian originally had individual plans to open board game cafes, but after researching and planning, they decided upon this joint venture.  After visiting other board game cafes, namely Snakes and Lattes in Toronto, Maghakian “fell in love with the concept.  It was bringing in so many different people, not just people who are considered hobby board gamers, but people all across the spectrum.”

Victory Point Cafe’s goal is to provide a “nice, friendly, open atmosphere that is accessible to everyone and anyone” in a neighborhood cafe setting.  It also is coordinating its efforts with local game stores to grow the gaming hobby in the local community.

For more information about Victory Point Cafe and plans for its summer grand opening, visit the full article here.