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Time to Jazz up Guelph!

The Round Table is proud to be a participant of The Guelph Jazz Festival’s “Jazz Around Town” this year!  We have an excellent line up of amazing musicians ready to entertain you.

Wednesday, September 13th – 8:30pm

Classic Live Music Trivia (RT) – Our live musician will play sample riffs from famous R&B, Soul and Jazz songs with a slight twist of Rock and Roll, Classics and more throughout the night and teams will compete to ‘guess the title and original artist’. The winning team will will a gift coin to the Round Table.

This event is free to attend and starts at 8:30pm!

Artist: Andrew Liorti – Solo pianist Andrew Liorti delves into the core of keyboard improvisation with his heartfelt solo work and compositions littered with emotional ambiguity. Based in Guelph, he is best known for composing and performing with former Guelph Jazz festival acts: Thunderbird and Manatee. This year he will lead a jazz piano sing-a-long and host improvisational open-mic and music trivia evenings at The Round Table Board Game Tavern, along with a showcase of video game music arrangements at Afterlife Video Game Lounge.

Thursday, September 14th – 8:30pm

The Sunday Afternoons (RT) – A dynamic duo from Guelph, two lovely musicians covering classics from the 90’s to the top 40. They’ll put a Jazz fest twist on it all. This event is free to attend.

The Sunday Afternoons go live at 8:30pm!

Artist: Lynn Moffatt and Lindsay Cox formed The Sunday Afternoons in 2013 as a musical duo dedicated to performing folk, country, Celtic, gospel, and show tune classics for seniors. They perform with the objective to uplift and energize their audience with beautiful music. With differing, yet complimentary voices and musical style, the acoustic duo evolved to perform music from an even wider array of genres and have a song list of over 400 cover songs to choose from. They are highly responsive to the musical desires of their audience and thoughtfully design custom set-lists for special occasions, birthday/theme parties, holidays, weddings, and wide array of private and public gatherings.

Friday, September 15th – 9:00pm

New York Style Piano Sing-a-long (RT)The Round Table, along with musician and featured pianist, Andrew Liorti, will be bringing you a night to remember with a piano sing along! We’ll cover Broadway, Disney Classics, the very best in Classic Rock and Roll plus so much more! Put your request on a napkin like they do in NYC (we’ll provide the napkins and pens) and everyone just sing sing sing! 

This event is free to attend and starts at 9pm!

Artist: Andrew Liorti – Solo pianist Andrew Liorti delves into the core of keyboard improvisation with his heartfelt solo work and compositions littered with emotional ambiguity. Based in Guelph, he is best known for composing and performing with former Guelph Jazz festival acts: Thunderbird and Manatee. This year he will lead a jazz piano sing-a-long and host improvisational open-mic and music trivia evenings at The Round Table Board Game Tavern, along with a showcase of video game music arrangements at Afterlife Video Game Lounge.

Saturday, September 16th – 9:00pm

Shepherd’s Knot (RT) – An amazing and eclectic band performing some classic music in an amazing Celtic way! All acoustic and all fit for a modern-medieval tavern complete with 32oz steins of beer!

This event is $5 to attend and starts at 9pm!

Artist: Shepherd’s Knot – Good music and good times are what tie us together. Shepherd’s Knot is a versatile group of musicians who enhance any event with their thoughtful interpretation and joyful delivery of traditional and folk music. Playing Music from Britain, Ireland and the East Cost of Canada, Angela Hammar-Schmidt (flute), Bob Downer (fiddle), Dave Pridham (guitar, vocals, and fiddle), and Sam Skelhorn (bodhran, guitar, and vocals) play out of Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Fergus and surrounding areas, Shepherd’s Knot brings people together with the quality of their music.

The Round Table isn’t the only hot spot in town from the Lynnvander Entertainment Coalition, you can fine more shows at our sibling locations; Afterlife Video Game Lounge and The Royal Garrison Archery and Weapon Throwing Range.

 

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Even More Coop Games

We’ve introduced you to some great cooperative games in the past… and then we did it again! What can we say? Cooperative games are one of our favourite categories, and they’re a great way to bring people together! No matter what the occasion, it’s always great to work together with friends, family or coworkers, so check out some more fantastic cooperative games:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game is a fully cooperative game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 40 to 60 minutes. In this card-based board game, you play as Buffy and the rest of her Scoobie gang, working together to fight off the Big Bad and the apocalypse! Be warned though, if Sweet the Dancing Demon shows up, you may find yourself having to sing! Our favourite part about this cooperative game is probably that it was made right here in Guelph by Lynnvander  Studios, the design team that shares our Location, and some key members of our team. If you love fast-paced light cooperative games, give this one a try. Especially if you’re a Buffy fan!

Hanabi is a fully cooperative game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 25 minutes. In this hidden information card game, players work together to create the perfect fireworks display by placing cards in the correct order.  To make things more difficult, each player holds their cards facing the other players so that they don’t know what any of their own cards are. To help each other play their cards in the correct order, players must share hints about the number and colour of their cards.  If you’re looking for a simple game with a unique premise then this is one that you need to try!

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a fully cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. In this fixed-deck card game, players play as a team of super heroes chosen from a set of 10 heroes, and face off against a super villain and an environment deck that play themselves. The game is won when the villain runs out of HP and is lost when either all of the heroes reach 0 HP or the villain’s victory condition is met. Answer the call to protect the multiverse in this thematic card game!

Forbidden Island is a fully cooperative game for 2 to 4 players that  can be played in 30 minutes. In this modular treasure hunting game, players work together to stave off the sinking of the island tiles that make up the titular island and do their best to collect treasures and items! What’s really memorable about this game is the beautiful artwork that covers each tile, and the cool custom plastic components that make up the Island’s treasures. If you’re looking for a visually stunning game with different levels of difficulty and tons of re-play value, look no farther than this one!

With so many great cooperative games in our collection, it’s always difficult to choose the right ones for these lists – that’s why we’ll have tons more cooperative game suggestions for you in the future! In the meantime, if you’re looking for something completely different, check out some of our favourite horror games, or some of our favorite 4X games. Whatever you want to play, we’ll be happy to help you find it next time you visit us at The Round Table!

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The Round Table is going online… well, we’ve been online from the start but our retail store is going online!

What’s available now?

We’re starting out extremely focused with our entire Magic the Gathering singles library available at store.roundtabletavern.com. If you’re looking for awesome modern staples to brew a new deck, the latest Invocations, or just want to foil out your Jund deck, we’ve got what you need!

Retail Site Preview

You can see card text, condition, etc. right there on the site.

 

The core of the retail site runs on Crystal Commerce, so if you’ve shopped for Magic the Gathering at other major online stores before, you’ll already be familiar with the basic experience.

That’s just the start! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding sealed product such as booster card packs, dual decks, deck boxes, and more! We’ll also be adding buy lists so that you can see what cards we’re looking for.

It’s not just Magic the Gathering

We’ve got board games coming up too! Next time you want to get your hands on a classic board game like The Settlers of Catan, or a great family game like Exploding Kittens, check out our web store before you go anywhere else!

Adding our entire library of games to the store is going to be an ongoing process, so if you don’t see something that you’re looking for right away, send us an email, and we may very well have it in stock. Even if we don’t have it on hand, we can order a wide variety of games from our suppliers.

What are you waiting for? Check out store.roundtabletavern.com now!

 

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Drafting Games

If you’ve been keeping up with our Intro Articles, you’re already familiar with the concept of drafting cards (selecting 1 card from a set, passing it on, and repeating this process until there are no remaining cards) from our Intro To: Drafting Magic the Gathering, but did you know that there are tons of great board games that use drafting as a core mechanic? Read on for some of our favorites!

Paradox is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 40 to 120 minutes. In this science fiction strategy game, players take on the roles of scientists attempting to save the entire universe from a space-time disturbance! Players compete by collecting sets of cards, and managing their resources, and a set of colored disks. The winner is an intergalactic hero, responsible for preventing the distruction of the multiverse! If you’re looking for an intense strategy game with beautiful components, give this one a shot!

7 Wonders is a competitive game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 30 minutes. We introduced this game in one of our earliest articles, and it’s still one of our favorites!  This fast-paced, simple drafting game consists of 3 rounds of drafting followed by a final scoring phase to determine which player has collected the most valuable sets of cards! Some collections of cards grant more resources which are required to select the most valuable cards in the final round! Others are worth exponential points if collected in specific combinations! It’s difficult to find a game the does a better job of capturing what drafting is all about. If you’re looking for a good game to start with to learn the concept, definitely check this one out!

Seasons is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this dice-based game of wizard battles, players start the game by drafting a deck of 9 cards that they will use throughout the rest of the game. Each round, the players continue to draft, selecting dice from a pool instead of cards! Throughout the game, the seasons progress, changing the dice used, determining which resources will be available to play the cards drafted at the start of the game. At the end of the game, each player scores points based on the cards that they have played, and the crystals that they have purchased throughout the game. The player with the most points wins! If you’re looking for a drafting game with some novel twists and a clever use of dice, then this is the game for you!

Sushi  Go! is a competitive board game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 15 to 20 minutes. In this super fast-paced set collecting game, players take on the role of customers at a restaurant trying to grab up the best combinations of sushi before their opponents can beat them to it. This lightweight game introduces drafting in its simplest form, condensing the core mechanics of other drafting games to something that can be learned in only a few minutes, and played very quickly. If you’re looking for a very fast warm-up game, give this one a try!

Whether you already love drafting games, or you’ve never tried drafting before, each of these games is sure to be an awesome experience so make sure to give them a shot next time you visit us at The Round Table! Once you’ve tried these out, if you’re looking for something a little different, check out some of our awesome dexterity games!

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Train Games

Our Intro articles are back, once again introducing you to games that share a central theme! This week, our theme is “train games”, inspired by the go train that can frequently be seen passing by when you look out the window at The Round Table. For articles focused on games with similar gameplay, check out some of our past articles like Intro To: Good 4X Games, or Intro To: Good Dexterity Games. When you’re caught up on our past articles, continue reading below to hear about some fantastic train games!

Ticket to Ride: Europe is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. We’ve introduced this simple strategy game before in one of our earliest articles but it’s too much of a giant to leave off this list. The original Ticket to Ride is a very well known game in which players connect the cities on their ticket cards by playing train cards. This version of the game expands on the classic, adding Tunnels, Ferries, and more to create even more depth of strategy without a steep learning curve! If you’re looking for a game that’s great for new or intermediate gamers, give this one a try!

Russian Railroads is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 120 minutes. In this deeply strategic Worker Placement game, players compete to outrace their opponents, building the most expansive and advanced railway network. Careful placement of your workers lets you race your opponents’ to victory through varied mechanisms such as newer locomotives and factories, or sprawling simple railways. Check this game out if you’re looking for an intermediate to advanced strategy game!

Colt Express is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 30 to 40 minutes. In this simple family game, players take on the role of outlaws in a classic train heist. Players use special powers, and cards to steal loot, punch, and shoot their opponents! The beautifully designed game uses 3D elements for a slick, modern feeling experience. If you’re looking for an introductory level game with some cool gimmicks, take a trip to the wild west with this game!

Empire Express is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 minutes. In this easy to learn and easy to play introductory game, players use crayons to draw routes on an erasable board, attempting to build a collection of railways and become the wealthiest player! Possible routes are pre-planned, and the game uses simple cards to keep the learning curve short. If you’re looking for a casual game to launch your adventure into board games, definitely check this one out!

We’ve capped off this list with some great, simple games. If you’re looking for more games along these lines, check out our Intro To: Good Family Games! In any case, definitely give some of these great games a try on your next visit to The Round Table!

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