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Game Toppers, which most recently delighted the masses at Origins by providing playmats for all the open gaming tables, has announced a mystery give-away contest in support of their recently launched Kickstarter campaign for various packages featuring it’s premium game mats and crafted game table tops that can transform even a humble card table into a high-end board game surface.

Contest participants are invited to dive into a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery, which stars the Dice Towers’ very own Eric Summerer, which is unveiled across a series of three YouTube videos. Participants must hunt for 5 clues across the three videos and enter them as part of their submission form for the contest.

Each participant is automatically entered into a drawing for a Game Toppers Premium 3mm stitched edge game mat. In addition, those who correctly identify all the clues are entered into the Grand Prize drawing for the mysterious Game Topper Package, which has a value of $1000.

More information about the Game Toppers give-away can be found here.

Information about Game Toppers current Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

What came as a surprise to most people on social media, today Geek Chic changed it’s homepage to a simple announcement that Geek Chic will be shutting down.  The full text is as follows:

It is with great sadness that I must announce Geek Chic has ceased operation.  Despite heroic efforts by many, this outcome is out of our hands.  While I am certain there are many outstanding questions, we are currently limited in our ability to respond. I will update this page with appropriate contact information and procedures as they become available.

I am forever indebted to those who joined us on this adventure, and am absolutely gutted about it’s end.

-Robert Gifford

I personally have not owned a Geek Chic table but it was always my goal to eventually have a high end gaming table, something of a board gamer milestone.  It’s sad to see them go and hopefully they will be able to fulfill all their commitments before going dark.

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At the Essen Spiel 2015 this past fall, many attendees, especially those from abroad, expressed some frustration at not having enough designated gaming areas, tables, or any open area in which to game.  Many resorted to playing in their hotel rooms on their beds, hoping not to lose too many pieces from the games.

Dice & Mystics, a prominent German board game guild, has discussed this issue amongst its members and has decided to come to the aid of Essen Spiel-goers this coming fall of 2016.  The guild is offering their gaming space in Bochum, 15 to 20 minutes away from the Spiel, to anyone who needs space to try out their newly-acquired gaming treasures.  The facility is well-lit, and provides table and an atmosphere conducive to comfortable gaming.  Food and soft drinks may be consumed on the premises as well.

The guild requests that anyone interested in using the facility to please contact them to make an appointment in advance, as space is limited.  The gaming hall will be open from 4:00 PM to midnight, and use of the facility will be free-of-charge.

Registration for use of the facility is open until August 10, 2016.  To contact the guild for more information or to register for facility use, visit their guild page here.

Who Dice & Mystics are

Dice & Mystics are a constantly growing board game guild on BoardGameGeek and are listed on NRW Spielt, a German platform which provides information on gaming events in North Rhine Westphalia. We are not a club but an informal group of board game and RPG lovers without membership fees, officials or obligations and no rules except those of common courtesy and open-mindedness. Our aims are good games, good company, and lots of fun. We hold game sessions on a regular basis. Our core group meet in Bochum, NRW, Germany. All ages are welcome. We speak German and English.

All the games we play are privately owned. We operate exclusively by our Game Host System (nicknamed the GHoSt) which means you can bring your own game and play. You are expected to allow anybody to join you and you are very welcome to join in at any other game, provided there is still room for one more player. If you do not have a game to bring along, you can simply come and watch and maybe join in anyway. Our Dice & Mystics group will always be present.

We have spacious well-lit rooms with large tables, generously made available to us free of charge. You can bring your own food and (soft) drinks and borrow cutlery etc. from the kitchen (provided you also wash up). There are a small pizza parlour and a kiosk for drinks, sweets etc. practically next door and delivery services nearby.

cafe international

The Café International: All are welcome here!  This statement almost brings to one’s imagination a coffee house where everybody knows your name.  Or is that a different place?  Either way, Café International is a game in which players are trying to accommodate as many international guests as possible into the cafe.  These guests all enjoy sitting together and getting to know one another over a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or a slice of pie, and do so together at tables or individually at the bar.

In the game, players will bring as many people into the cafe as possible, seating them at tables or the bar in clever ways.  As they do so, they will be scoring each round via black (1 point), red (5 points), and blue (10 points) chips, and may lose points when seating customers at the bar or having unseated guests at the end of the game.

Café International is a game designed by Rudi Hoffmann for 2-4 players ages 13 and up, and plays in 30-60 minutes.  The game is scheduled for release in August of 2015.

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BoardGameTables.com has announced their initial two tables are available for immediate order.  This company focuses on offering tables that are high quality still not necessarily customized beyond a few add-ons that are offered and the wood and stain you choose.  Their two tables are a 66″x41″ rectangle and a 51″ edge to edge hexagon.

Rectangular Table with every add-on available

Rectangular Table with every add-on available

Both tables are designed to comfortable seat 6 people and have the ability to have either an inset or overlaid topper put on them. They do have a few other add-ons available including cup holders and drawers.  Additionally Cherry and Walnut are considered an upgrade over the two base woods Oak and Knotty Alder.

Hexagon table with all add-ons available

Hexagon table with all add-ons available

If you have been drooling over a Geek Chic table but can’t afford the $3000 starting price this might be a good alternative for you.  Starting at $1399 this has a base price of less than half the price of the base model offered by Geek Chic.  That being said the offerings from this company are more fixed than Geek Chic’s.  But if what you want is a quality gaming table and you don’t necessarily need all of the bells and whistles that Geek Chic offers this might be a nice alternative.

table with inlay

Table with optional inlay

 

Because this is their first set of offerings I can not speak previous customers experiences with the product.  But being a solid wood product it should be able to withstand the demands that most gamers place upon it.  Because they are offering two products that are only varying in the wood used they are able to keep the cost down.

To see full information on both tables head over to their site here.