Dungeons and Dragons for adults

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We’ve been running Dungeons and Dragons Club for kids for several months now. What started with three kids has grown to over a dozen, and summer session is about to start. It’s been a lot of fun, and now several of you have asked:

“What about D&D for adults?” We hear you, and we have a plan.

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We’d love to host this for you all. After all, beheading kobolds with friends is one of life’s simple pleasers. The challenge right now is location and timing. Let’s start with location.

Currently, we meet every Saturday and Sunday at Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee Commons (map). It’s a great spot, albeit a little small. We currently run D&D Kids Club there and that plus drop-in gaming really commandeers most of the available space in that tiny cafe.

The next issue is timing. Many of you have asked for evening D&D, and we get it. People typically work during the day and have free time for leisure activities in the evening. The current location closes at 4:00, so there’s that.

Just like a barbarian swinging his battleaxe with a buff of Bardic Inspiration, there is hope.

Soon, Cape Cod Coffee will move to its new, bigger location across the street from the current spot in Mashpee Commons, and we'll be moving with them. The new place will have a full menu, beer, lots of seats and evening hours. When that happens we can have an RPG night, no problem. That’s great, but what about now?

Until then, we’ll offer one-offs at the current location on Saturdays. Bring your own adventure, or I can even DM a one-shot. We can use Meetup to coordinate the who’s, what’s and how’s. I can provide graph paper for maps and minis. You provide the fun.

It’s not perfect I know, but it’s something to tide us over until we're across the street. Let me know if you’re interested, either here in the comments or on Meetup.

Game day meetup for June 15

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Last weekend at our weekly game day meetup in Mashpee Commons featured a theme: The Lonely Games Club.

Let me explain.

We all have those titles on our game shelves that never get played. Perhaps life got in the way, you couldn’t find the right group or if you’re like me, you buy games more quickly than you can play them. Last week I looked at my game shelf and said, “That’s it. We’re playing some of these games.” I tossed Lewis & Clark, Elfenland and Legendary into the trunk and headed for Mashpee Commons.

I’m glad to report that we got Lewis & Clark (L&C) to the table. As the name suggests, it’s about leading an expedition across the North American continent in the name of exploration and expansion. L&C is a resource management game that has you gathering resources to convert into items you need, like canoes and horses, as well as to hire new people into your expedition. Each new traveler brings unique abilities that let you move more quickly, navigate difficult terrain or convert primary resources into the more effective secondary resources efficiently.

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My favorite mechanic if the game is that you power the cards in your hand with…the cards in your hand. Thus, the dilemma becomes, which card effects do I want to use this round, and which will I “sacrifice” to power those abilities? Additionally, hiring people into your expedition lets you build your deck and plan for future rounds.

While the game was fun, there are some off-putting aspects, like the fact that the “Indian” tokens are referred to as “stock” and, honestly, once in the village, you’re essentially trading them for goods. The game says using their labor, but that’s not how it feels here in 2019.

Once you get past the blatant colonialism (if you can get past it), Lewis & Clark is a solid game, with aspects of worker placement, drafting and resource management.

What game(s) have you been itching to play? Dust it off, toss it in the car and meet us at Mashpee Commons this weekend. We’ll gladly give it a shot.

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.

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!

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!

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!