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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Last-Minute purchase = extra money for Dream Day on Cape Cod!

Quick burp before I eat like a BOSS in Hyannis tonight!

#dreamdayfunraiser

Decided at the very last-minute to have fun and donate to Dream Day on Cape Cod by playing games with us tonight?

Great news - we have a ticket left for you...and you've donated an extra $10 to Dream Day - that's a Win-Win, right?!

You still get: Unlimited Cape Cod Coffee, Delicious Appetizers, Unlimited Board games and Card games, 1 Raffle Ticket and Unlimited Fun!

The time is now…look at that hippo - he/she is not going to feed themselves - come and play!

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).

Good news: We have just a few tickets left to raise money for Dream Day. Bad news: They're more expensive now!

Hippos are getting hungry…!

Hippos are getting hungry…!

Couldn't decide until now? That's OK - we saved you a ticket!

And: You're helping Dream Day even more by donating an extra $5 compared to the Early Birds!

Starting at 12:01 AM Saturday, December 1st, tickets went up $5 to $30 each and became “Late Bird” Tickets. Don’t worry - you’re not going to pay the most - prices goes up another $5 at 5pm Wednesday, one hour before we start.

You still get: Unlimited Cape Cod Coffee, Delicious Appetizers, Unlimited Board games and Card games, 1 Raffle Ticket and Unlimited Fun!

Free tickets for kids 12 and Under are required and are still free when you click here: Free Ticket for Children 12 and Under!

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!

Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament

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

Dream Day Cape Cod

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!

Screen-Free Family Time over Thanksgiving Weekend? Here’s how to make it happen!

Build a Jenga Tower with family this week? Yes, please!

Build a Jenga Tower with family this week? Yes, please!

As we head into Thanksgiving Weekend, there are potential challenges for some of us:

  1. Too much Family

  2. Too much Food

  3. Too much Football

  4. Too much Shopping

  5. Not enough Gratitude

I’ll add a new challenge that infects all of the other ones: Too much Screen Time!

The good news? It’s possible to reduce Screen Time and increase family harmony and wellness over Thanksgiving Weekend.

How? Turn off the screens and turn on…a Board Game or Card Game!

Step 1: Find Them! Do you know where “Monopoly”, “Trivial Pursuit” or even that old copy of “Candyland” is located in your house? Do you see them in your mind right now? Great…now go and find them!

Step 2: Put Them in Plain Sight! Put the games in an obvious place where they can be seen as your family and friends arrive and hang out/eat/chill with you all week.

Step 3: Unplug, Play and Connect without Screens! Ask everyone to put their phones and/or tablets in a bag or on the kitchen counter, but away from the Game Table. Then, open the box and PLAY! Next comes laughter, happiness and the feeling of being present to your family and friends…while the digital world waits until after you’re done playing. In fact, you might even play another game!

Looking for more ways to add Screen-Free time to your life?

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.

DM'ing Dungeons and Dragons for young kids

DM'ing Dungeons and Dragons for young kids

Running a game of Dungeons and Dragons is tremendously fun. You and your players have agreed to collectively tell a story with their characters in the starring roles. As the dungeon master (or DM), you’ve prepared a fun and engaging adventure to be everyone’s source of entertainment for a few hours. When everything clicks, it’s great. It has a tendency to fall apart when you’re DM’ing for young kids.

Here’s a scenario that might sound familiar. You’re committed to running a game of Dungeons and Dragons for young kids, maybe eight, nine or ten years old. Some of them have never played before, while others have minimal experience with the game.

A few minutes in, their attention starts to wane. Some kids talk at the same time, they all want to act simultaneously and the fun game you planned for has become a chaotic exercise in frustration for you and the kids. Feelings are hurt, patience is gone and your vision of introducing new, young players to the wonderful world of D&D has evaporated.

It’s easy to feel stuck, frustrated and out of control when DM’ing for young, inexperienced players. We’ve felt that for sure, and it’s a genuine bummer to walk away from the table knowing some of your players didn’t have a good time. Fortunately, you can take specific action during your prep time and game play to reach your goal of a fun, rewarding session of Dungeons and Dragons for everyone. Let’s start with preparation.

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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!

Let’s get together and play

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We are experiencing a golden age of board games. I blame smartphones.

The mini computer you probably have in your pocket right now (and if not in your pocket, certainly within reach) is just short of a miracle. Nearly all of the world’s knowledge is available to you at any given moment:

Information is just the start. Phones keep us connected to fiends, family and co-workers far and wide. With just a tap we can see photos from the weekend at the beach or review the TPS report, properly stapled and ready for submission. It’s amazing.

However, every silver lining has its shroud of grey.

The connectedness can be relentless. The information can be addicting. Time spent “socializing” with countless people hundreds or thousands of miles away can feel…isolating. We yearn to disconnect from our phones and reconnect with our friends in a real, in-person way.

Enter board games. In 2016, Chris Reynolds wrote:

“We’re physical beings who like touch and tangibility, especially when engaging in shared activities. Companies are trying to replicate that by creating screens that vibrate when you touch them to try to give the person some sort of tactile feedback, but in a tabletop world you have that feedback right away. Handing someone cards, rolling dice, moving pieces on a board — these bring that game to life in a way that never happens if it’s just on the screen.”

Not only that, but playing together lets you see that smile that precedes a winning move, the cringe that accompanies and crushing defeat, and the laughter, chatter and sense of fun that happens in between.

Bored with digital games? Join the Board Game Resistance. Create fun, memorable times together.

May the dice always roll in your favor.