This week I was asked along to experience a new(ish) event at Blackwell’s Bookshop in the Old Town. Apparently, the shop has been experiencing an uplift in sales in traditional board games, so they have started a games night for people to try before they buy. I must admit I was intrigued to find out what the Blackwell’s Games Night would entail, so I took Mr Bug along with me to see what it was all about.
The games night has been set up by a small but very passionate set of the bookshop’s staff, who also happened to be dotted around the tables talking fresh punters through the rules of the unfamiliar games. While this was only their second or third event, they hope that this is just the start of a very long run of events that will bring the games enthusiasts of the Old Town together every month!
There were a huge range of games available to play on the night, including:
- The Settlers of Catan
- Star Trek Catan
- Ticket to Ride Europe
- Discworld Ankh-Morpork
- Hey, That’s my Fish
- Commands & Colors Ancients
- Puerto Rico
- Stramash: The Scottish Board Game
- Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
- Cards against Humanity
Now I’ll be honest, I only recognised one or two of the names in the list above, but I was assured that these games are well known in popular board game circles. In any case, there were plenty of folks on hand to help you navigate the rules if necessary.
I was quite keen to play Stramash – even though I had never heard of it before, I loved the name and was intrigued to play something that described itself as “The Scottish Board Game”. In fact, it was quite like ludo and the aim of the game was to move your marbles around the board back to your safe castle.
I really enjoyed it, and the fact that I managed to bring home a pretty decisive victory only added to my enjoyment. While I was more than happy to have another round, Mr Bug couldn’t face another defeat (!) so we joined a couple who had brought in a round of Exploding Kittens.
Exploding Kittens is a game devised by internet sensation Matthew Inman (of The Oatmeal fame) and I had always been keen to play it, but never had the opportunity to try it out. The fact that I was able to give it a go is one of the reasons this games night came about: to give people the chance to try games that they want to play but not necessarily buy just yet.
Mr Bug had a great time at Blackwell’s Games Night. It’s a good place to meet new people and get acquainted with board games that go beyond just your standard Monopoly. If you want to get together with some friends and do something a little different on a Monday night, then this is the event for you. I hope I am able to pop over again soon!
The Blackwell’s Games Night will take place on a monthly basis at Blackwell’s the bookshop, 53-59 South Bridge, EH1 1YS. The next date is yet to be set, but you can find out when it will be nearer the time on Blackwell’s event website.