This week's featured game: Dragoon

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Dragoon. Verb. To coerce (someone) into doing something: she had been dragooned into helping with the housework.

Or, in the case of Dragoon from Lay Waste Games: “The villagers and been dragooned into paying tribute to the huge dragon, lest their village be reduced to a smoking crater.”

Dragoon is a light strategy game for 2-4 players in which vengeful, feuding dragons threaten each other as well as the populations of the growing villages and cities on their shared, tiny island. As players it’s your job to horde the most gold (dragons love gold) anyway you can get it: stealing it from other dragons in combat, robbing their caves or demanding it from terrified villagers.

There’s also a thief about, stealing gold for himself. If you’re lucky enough to catch him, you can shake him down for a bit of his stash.

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Dragoon is played in rounds, and each round has three phases: populate, actions and tribute. In the populate phase, players roll dice to see where new villages or cities appear on the map. During the actions phase, dragons spend their three actions to do things like move, claim a village or city as their own, fight or raze villages to the ground. Finally, during the tribute phase, the terrified humans who are still alive try to appease their winged overloads with offerings of gold. Play continues like this until one dragon has amassed 50 pieces of shiny gold.

The game is fast-paced, fun and so pretty. Look at those metal pieces! Metal dragons, metal dragon caves, metal dice, metal scoring markers. It all happens on an attractive, hand-drawn map that folds up nicely when play is finished.

We’ll be teaching Dragoon this Saturday and Sunday at Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee Commons (map) from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Come down and give it a try. Our game days are just $5 per person for four hours of gaming.

See you soon. There are villages to raze!

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Meet the developer: Peter Olotka

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Our very first “Meet the Developer” event is with Peter Olotka, co-developer of Cosmic Encounter, Dune , and more. Peter will be on hand at Cape Cod Coffee, Mashpee Commons on Saturday, March 9 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM to say hi, play games and hang out. Always wanted to play Cosmic Encounter? Here’s your chance to do so one one of the game’s designers!

Cosmic Encounter a science fiction game in which each player represents a different alien race. Each race wants to expand in five worlds outside their home system. To so so, they make challenges against other players and enlist the aid of interested parties. Alien powers, which are unique to each race, give players ways to bend or outright break some rule in the game.

Here’s a great opportunity to talk games, game design and play with an accomplished designer. We’ll see you on the 9th at 12:00 PM.

RPG club for adults

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The problem: You and your friends want to play RPGs together, but struggle to find a reliable location. People cancel, availability of each others’ homes changes and so on. It can be frustrating.

The solution: Reboot Game Lab. We provide the beautiful, clean, well-lit cafe as a reliable location for your RPG night. Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, Pathfinder, Fiasco, Gloomhaven…whatever. Gather your party and get ready to play.

Play begins every Saturday at 12:00 pm and ends around 4:00 pm. Late arrivals and early exits should try to notify their DM in advance. The average table takes 5-6 players, so be sure to show up on time! There is a $10 door charge for all players. You can also purchase our discounted $80 Encounters Pass which covers TEN entries. And as always, DMs (and GMs) play free!

Upcoming Occurrences:

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Register now and start playing!

Gaming benefit for Calmer Choice

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Calmer Choice is a pioneer in secular mindfulness across eight school districts on Cape Cod, bringing positive change to nearly 21,000 students since its inception in 2010. Now, we’re thrilled to offer a family fund raiser to help them reach their goal of serving more than 26,000 students by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Join us on Wednesday, February 27th at The Daily Brew Coffee House (map) , starting at 6:30 PM. There will be games (of course), snacks and delicious coffee (naturally) and because no RGL fund raiser would be complete without it, our third…

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Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament! Assemble your team of two to compete to have your name inscribed on the Reboot Game Lab Hippo Trophy! Here’s how this works:

  • Assemble your team of two

  • Compete in bracket-style elimination against other teams

  • When it comes down to two, we have a head-to-head playoff and crown the Hippo Champions!

  • The winners get their names added to the trophy via permanent engraving, and may take selfies to share. Hippo bragging rights are on the line!

It’s a five-dollar buy-in to participate and of course all proceeds go to Calmer Choice and the Cape Cod students who benefit from their fantastic services.

Of course, Will and Dave will be on hand with piles of games for all ages to enjoy. Register for this free event below, and join us in a night of fun, laughter and a great cause.

Announcing board game “speed dating!”

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Meeting someone special can be agonizing. Board games are always awesome. What happens if you combine looking for someone with playing board games?

That’s exactly what we’re doing. Here’s how it works.

Imagine this: you’re in the beautiful lounge at The West End in Hyannis on Thursday, February 14. Game Gurus walk you through several simple, fun games, including classics you know and some new ones you might not. You play each with different people, getting a chance to meet fun singles, all the while enjoying adult beverages and delicious snacks.

At the end of the night, you write down the name of who you’d like to get to know better as a friend, and who might be a little more than that, on a card and hand it to the Game Gurus. If there are any matches in either column, the Gurus will make sure you get each others’ emails so you can coordinate a time to hang out.

You know that awkward silence that always happens when you’re meeting new people and no one knows what to say? Just concentrate on the game. Awkward silences, eliminated!

  • Best case scenario: You find the love of your life, discover new board games and meet lots of cool people.

  • Bad case scenario: Only one of the three above.

  • Worst case scenario: At least there’s games.

Ready to sign up? Click the button below. The deets:

  • The West End, Hyannis (map)

  • February 14, starting at 6:00 PM.

  • $10 at the door.

Santa, BBQ and board games

We celebrated early Christmas at Y’all’s Wicked Kitchen with Santa, William the elf and several happy gamers on Wednesday. BBQ was on the menu and Santa took pictures and played games with the kids. Big thanks to owners Sara and chef Jason — who was also celebrating his birthday on Wednesday — for hosting this fun holiday event! Here are a few photos.

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Why we're supporting Dream Day on Cape Cod

Dream Day on Cape Cod is the deserving focus of our first game day charity event, taking place Wednesday, December 5th (tomorrow as of this writing) at Cape Cod Coffee cafe in Barnstable Airport (map).

In this video, Executive Director Tracey Sperry shares a little history of this amazing organization. See you Wednesday (yes, tickets are still available).

Ticket prices going up this Friday at Midnight!

There is still time to save money on Dream Day Fun-Raiser tickets - just $25.00 until midnight Friday, November 30th!

Starting at 12:01 AM Saturday, December 1st, tickets go up $5.00 and turn into “Late Bird” Tickets at $30.00…so why not save your $5 for either the Hungry Hungry Hippos Tournament or Cup Stacking Tournament?

Early Bird Discounted Tickets for Adults are here: Fun-Raiser Early Bird Admission Ticket and free tickets for kids 12 and Under are here: Free Ticket for Children 12 and Under!

Feeling lucky?

Raffle prizes: Two bags of Cape Cod Coffee and tour of Cape Cod Coffee HQ, Board Games, and more!

Feature: Cape Cod Coffee

I drink a large mug of hot, black coffee each morning as I walk the dogs. That’s right - no sugar, no milk, no “extra-extra”, no mocha/frappa/soy… just hot water plus fresh grounds equalling hot caffeinated heaven!

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It was an easy choice to partner with Cape Cod Coffee to host the Dream Day Fun-Raiser next Wednesday, Dec. 5th from 6:00-9:00pm, and not only because I already drink their amazing Sunrise Blend each morning!

Why Cape Cod Coffee?

  • Cape Cod Coffee is family-owned and operated, like the majority of Cape Cod businesses

  • They are committed to the community, as evidenced by over 25 Events they’ve supported in 2018 alone

  • They blend, roast and package more than 30 varieties of coffee in their Mashpee Headquarters

  • Their new Hyannis Café is a perfect place to host our Fun-Raiser - free parking, great food and lots of space for games!

Since we started this project two months ago, Owners Jan and Pam Aggerbeck, Hyannis Café Manager Steve Singer, and Marketing Manager Jillian Manning have been great partners - they’ll be ready with fresh coffee, delicious appetizers and a cash bar next Wednesday night.

Please buy your tickets before they get more expensive on Saturday - only $25!

Fun-raiser Event Host - Cape Cod Coffee Café inside Barnstable Airport!

Fun-raiser Event Host - Cape Cod Coffee Café inside Barnstable Airport!

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Hungry Hungry Hippos Tournament

Our spectacular night of gaming to benefit Dream Day on Cape Cod will feature games (of course), food (natch), drinks (because beer + board games = win), raffles and an auction (very cool stuff) and best of all, a Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament, with a trophy! WHAT.

Here’s how this will work.

At the night of the event, teams of two can register to compete in this bracket-style, elimination event. Play will continue until it comes down to the final two, who will battle it out for fame, glory, and the very first Reboot Game Lab Hippo Trophy!

This will be frantic, crazy and a lot of fun. You’ll want to be a part of the mayhem.

Buy your tickets now and register your team on the night of December 5th, starting at 5:00, at Cape Cod Coffee in Barnstable Airport (Map).

Cup Stacking Tournament - Easy, Silly Fun!

The Official Cape Cod Coffee Stacking Cups!

The Official Cape Cod Coffee Stacking Cups!

You’ve seen the amazing videos, now try Cup-Stacking for yourself while raising extra money for Dream Day on Cape Cod!

That’s right, our Charity Game Night will have a Cup-Stacking Tournament - Below is a quick video that shows you how to learn.

Buy tickets for our Game Night Fun-raiser now, before they’re gone!

Feature: Dream Day on Cape Cod

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Our first charity gaming event will benefit the incredible people at Dream Day on Cape Cod, an amazing and very deserving organization.

For 25 years, Dream Day has helped hundreds of families disconnect from the daily struggles of hospital and doctors’ visits and round-the clock care to reconnect with one another and to connect with others who understand and accept what they have been going through at its Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe, a 31-acre facility located adjacent to Nickerson State Park.

Each summer Dream Day operates eight sessions of family camp – bringing families together for a week of fun, family, and respite. Those families receive the chance to create loving, lasting memories that transcend illness and struggle.

All of Dream Day’s programs are at no cost to the families they serve.

We think that’s amazing. With your support, this much-needed program can continue for some incredible kids and their families.

Join us at Cape Cod Coffee in Hyannis (map) on Wednesday, December 5th for a fun, entertaining night of charity gaming, tournaments, raffles, auctions, food and drink to benefit this wonderful organization. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season, when the spirit of giving is at its strongest. Register below!

Popup: West End Hyannis

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Mid-Cape gamers, we’re “popping up” at The West End in Hyannis this Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

We call it the “Escape Your Family” edition.

They’re all here for the holiday to take over your house, question your life choices, talk politics and religion at the dinner table and make you wish for an escape hatch. Good news, we are that hatch!

Join us on Wednesday at 7:00 for great food you don’t have to cook yourself, drinks and lots and lots of board games. Hang out, make friends and play games without Uncle Tommy and Aunt Shirley. Ten bucks gets you unlimited, all-night gaming right at your table. See you then.

Gamers Giving to Dream Day Cape Cod

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I’m elated to announce that we’ve partnered with Cape Cod Coffee to host a night of charitable gaming to benefit Dream Day on Cape Cod. It all happens Dec. 6.

For the last 25 years, Dream Day has helped hundreds of these families disconnect from the daily struggles of hospital and doctors’ visits and round-the clock care to reconnect with one another and to connect with others who understand and accept what they have been going through at its Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe, a 31-acre facility located adjacent to Nickerson State Park.

Each summer Dream Day operates eight sessions of family camp – bringing families together for a week of fun, family, and respite.

All of their programs are at no cost to the family.

We think that’s amazing and we want to keep it going. You can help.

On December 6 at Cape Cod Coffee in Barnstable Airport we’re going to host a fun, amazing night of games, food, drinks, raffles, tournaments and more all to benefit this incredible organization and the exceptional kids they serve.

Click here to learn more and here to buy tickets. We can’t wait to see you, have fun, play games and raise money Dream Day on Cape Cod and some pretty amazing kids. Mark your calendar for December sixth right now!