ev­ery­one’s nerd­ing out and hav­ing fun with board games and beer th­ese days.

StarMetro Vancouver - - NEWS - amy lo­gan

At Storm­crow Tav­ern on Com­mer­cial Drive, cus­tomers sip pints of beer over a rous­ing game of Cards Against Hu­man­ity, or pe­ruse the wall of board games for their next chal­lenge.

“On week­ends, I’d say over half the cus­tomers are play­ing board games,” said Colby, a wait­ress at Storm­crow. “Peo­ple some­times join other ta­bles. I see fewer phones, dif­fer­ent kinds of con­ver­sa­tions.”

Storm­crow is part of a trend to­wards board games for adults, who see play­ing at a bar, or at home with friends, as a more en­gag­ing way to so­cial­ize.

From a giant Jenga game in a ho­tel court­yard, to a pizze­ria of­fer­ing hun­dreds of games, board games have never been more pop­u­lar in Van­cou­ver.

Lo­cal English in­struc­tor and board game en­thu­si­ast Ginny Chien fell in love with games as an adult. On an an­nual ski trip, a friend pulled out a deck of cards with weird pic­tures on them. At first she was dis­in­ter­ested, think­ing th­ese games were meant for chil­dren, “but a few hours later I found my­self call­ing for one rematch af­ter an­other.”

Although she gen­er­ally plays at home be­cause “we’d seem like five-year-olds taunt­ing each other,” she sees the ben­e­fits of play­ing at a bar or res­tau­rant.

“You get to try out games with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers be­fore build­ing your own col­lec­tion.” Chien said it ce­ments so­cial bonds. “I might not re­mem­ber that text I sent out an hour ago, but I will re­mem­ber how hard my friends laughed years ago dur­ing a round of Bang! when I re­vealed my iden­tity as a sher­iff af­ter knock­ing down all my al­lies.”

As for the games’ al­lure, she be­lieves each player is in the mo­ment while play­ing, and games re­sult in au­then­tic and spon­ta­neous re­ac­tions. Play­ers must work hard to make it a mu­tu­ally sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Get your game on at Storm­crow Tav­ern, Pizze­ria Lu­dica, 131 Water St., Bomber Brew­ing, and Six Acres, all of which of­fer an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of games. The Board Gamers of Van­cou­ver and Beyond the In­fi­nite play most evenings at Board Game War­riors in New West­min­ster.


Old-fash­ioned board games are a hot new trend in the Van­cou­ver so­cial scene.

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