Intro To: Horror Games


In the spirit of Halloween, we’re introducing you to some of our favourite horror games. More specifically, we’re introducing you to some great games by Twilight Creations. These games are good enough to play any time of year, and zombie games in particular are always popular but at Halloween, they go from great games to must-play games. When you visit us at the Round Table on our around Halloween, make a point of checking out these awesome games:

Zombies!!! Is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this street crawling game of George Romero style zombies, players fight their way through a city swarming with the undead. There are no real winners in a zombie apocalypse but the winner of the game is the first player to either reach the Helipad tile and kill the zombie there or kill a total of 25 zombies. Players have to be careful though and conserve their bullets. When a player is killed they move back to the starting tile and lose half of their zombie kills. If you’re a fan of classic zombie scenarios then you have to check out this game that basically defined the genre.

Zombies!!! Jr. is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 45 to 60 minutes. This neighbourhood crawling game of cartoonish zombies plays very similarly to Zombies!!! but has fewer tiles and a family friendly art style. This is a game that you can play with the kids to give them the feel of Zombies!!!. If you’re looking for a family game to play this Halloween, give this one a try.

Cthulu!!! Is a semi-cooperative game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 75 minutes. In this hardboiled detective game, players work together to stop the evil cultists from summoning Hastur, all while becoming more and more unstable, and resisting the temptation of evil relics of power. If the players can’t prevent Hastur’s summoning, the last surviving player is the winner! If you’re a fan of Lovecraftian horror, then you need to try this game next time you visit us at The Round Table.

Gravediggers is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 25 minutes. In this fast-paced card game, players take on the role of gravediggers competing over one in game week to “borrow” the most valuables from their clients. Whoever has the most stuff at the end of the game is the winner! This is a great game to play if you’re looking for something fast and light. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially as the first game in a night of Halloween themed gaming.

These are some of our favourite horror games, but if you’re looking for something different, check out some of our great family games or for competitive gamers, check out our collection of 4X games. Plus, Halloween weekend is our one year anniversary, so make sure to reserve your table for some of our awesome Halloween programming!


To celebrate our first full year in business, we’re going all out this Halloween weekend with tons of special programming at The Round Table! From Friday the 28th, all the way through Monday the 31st, we’ve got different programming every day:

Friday the 28th – Horror themed board game night: Join us for a night of horror themed board games! We’ll have staff on hand to teach you the games, and we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite horror games – including great games from Twilight Creations, like Zombies!!!, and Cthulhu!!!

Saturday the 29th – Live Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (SOLD OUT): Who will be killed? Who will be the culprit? Will it be Professor Plum, in the dining room, with the candle stick? Or will one of our managers finally snap? Join us and find out! This event is sold out now, but email experience@lynnvander.com, to be added to the waiting list, and we’ll let you know if anyone cancels. We’ll also be running more events like this in the future, so email us for more information and future dates!

Sunday the 30th – Magic the Gathering: Innistrad Sealed: We’re holding a horror themed Magic the Gathering tournament with a twist! This will be a sealed tournament where decks are constructed from 6 Shadows over Innistrad booster packs, and the prize support will be in original Innistrad booster packs, which could contain Modern staples such as Snapcaster Mage, and Liliana of the Veil.

Monday the 31st – Cosplay/ Costume Competition with Prizes: On Halloween night, we’ll be holding a costume competition, where the costumes will be judged based on ambitiousness and execution, and the winners will receive prizes!

Thanks a lot to everyone who’s visited us at The Round Table in our first year of business! We’re hoping to see some of you at our events this Halloween weekend, and we’re excited to start our second year with a weekend packed full of programming!



We’ve recently shown you some awesome new additions to our collection, and some time ago we introduced you to some great family games. Now, we’d like to introduce you to some more awesome games to play with kids! Next time you take your family to The Round Table, make sure to check out these games for kids:

The Magic Labyrinth is a competitive game for ages 6+ that can be played in 15 minutes. In this skill based memory game, players take the little magician apprentices through a maze in search of some magic objects that they have lost. The game makes clever use of magnets to create invisible walls that the little magician apprentices can’t move through. If a player hits an invisible wall, they have to start their search through the maze all over again! If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced game with really novel mechanics, give this one a try!

Lemming Mafia is a competitive game for ages 8+ that can be played in 20 minutes. In this dice rolling, betting game, several lemmings race towards a lake, and players use their dice rolls to manipulate the movement of the lemmings while betting on which lemming will reach the lake first. This is a simple roll and move game with colorful plastic miniatures. It keeps things fresh with a simple but engaging betting mechanic that rewards players with victory points at the end of the game. Try this out if you’re looking for a simple game with a slightly comedic premise and presentation.

Monster Factory is a competitive game for ages 5+ that can be played in 30 minutes. In this random tile placing game, players place tiles to either make their own monsters or their opponents’ monsters bigger, all in an attempt to make monsters that are big but don’t go unfinished. This is a very simple game that’s great for kids that aren’t quite ready for some of the more complex games in our library. Check it out if you’re looking for something really accessible.

Cat Tower is a competitive game for ages 4+ that can be played in 15 minutes, and was one of our staff picks back in March. In this cat stacking card game, players attempt to empty their hands by stacking their folding cat cards on a central tower. When a player manages to get rid of their entire hand of cards, the game ends and they are declared the winner. This simple card game is great for anyone that is drawn in by adorable art and light, fast-paced game play.

If you’re planning to bring your kids with you on your next visit to The Round Table, any of the games introduced in this article are worth giving a shot. If you’re looking for something a little more in depth to play with friends, check out some of our recommended 4X games, or the popular classic Settlers of Catan. Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.





Pathfinder League


Are you a fan of RPG’s (Role Playing Games)?  If not, have you been hit with the temptation to play one? Looking for a group to game with?

Enough with the questions already as we have the solution!  We’re hosting a semi-weekly, shared universe Pathfinder campaign and it’s absolutely free to join and play! Whether you are a seasoned role-player or are just getting into it, this campaign is the one for you!

Who? – We’ve selected a special group of 4 game masters to run this for you.  Each game master will host a party of 5 players. Our game masters will have a cohesive story prepared for you where players from different play groups can swap parties, communicate with each other in person when their characters are in the same geographical location and fight together when the grand finale takes place!

What? – We’ll be using the Pathfinder RPG system and the setting will be Legacy of Mana.

Imagine a world alive with magic: a world where mana ebbs and flows deep from the subterranean core, to the lush surface lands and all the way up to the sky domains floating high above the clouds. Mana is the element of existence, magic in its purest form. It is an enigma, its source as mysterious as the origins of the noble bloodlines that ruled the realms. Some have tried to wield it for higher power and some have tried to control it. There were those that simply ignored it and those who became its slave. Inevitably, there were those who wished to destroy it, to remove it from the world altogether. Not long ago, an army of anti-mana knights invaded the realm of Krymaris bearing swords made of an alchemically enhanced alloy. These swords possessed the power to feel, manipulate and negate mana in all its disciplines. Thus the knights began to drain Krymaris of its mana, leaving it barren and desolate, and destroying every magical creature and bloodline in the process. They tore apart what little order was left to impose one of tyranny and domination. Now the realms are in need of champions. Can the surviving rebel factions be united? Can peace ever be restored to Krymaris? And most importantly, can mana be brought back to a world that was once teeming with life? Welcome to Imaria, where all magic is alive, yet no magic is safe…


Where? – At the Round Table of course!  We’ll have drinks and food available off our menus and absolutely NO table time!

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When? – We’ll be starting with a full day of character generation, history development and character backgrounds. Plus you’ll have the chance to meet the GM’s and your fellow party members. If you’re new to the Pathfinder system don’t worry, we’ll teach you!

We’ll be doing character generation on Sunday, October 2nd, 12pm – 5pm.   We’ve already received an incredible amount of emails and messages to partake in this event. Our player capacity is 20 max!  If you would like a spot please come to the Round Table and sign up in person during any of our hours of operation.

Why? – Our community has been requesting an RPG for some time!  And we’ve heard you, so let’s roll some dice!



Here at the Round Table, we’re always adding new games to our library! We’ve highlighted some of our great new additions before, and we’d once again like to introduce you to some fantastic games that are here to expand our collection! Next time you visit us, you’ll definitely want to check out these awesome games:

Random Encounter is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 5 to 20 minutes. This fast paced, number-based, pixel-art card game pits players against each other in a race to collect the most loot! Players build their own encounters from fully customizable decks, and then challenge each other’s encounters in pursuit of loot! The first player to reach 5 loot wins! If you’re looking for a super quick to play game to start off a night of gaming, give this one a try!

Go Goblin, Go! is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this light, standalone racing and gambling game, players secretly pick three of the goblins that are racing towards a pit of fire (for their taskmasters’ amusement) and play cards to manipulate how fast the goblins move. The first goblin to fall into the pit “wins” but doesn’t get any points, so it’s up to each player to keep their chosen goblins close to the front of the race, without letting any of their picks be the first goblin to fall in the pit. At the end of the game, points are awarded based on the chosen goblins’ positions, and the player with the most points wins! If you’re looking for an easy to learn game with a lighthearted tone then this is the game for you!

Dicey Goblins is a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 20 to 45 minutes. In this press-your luck dice game, players control goblins that are attempting to steal dragon eggs. Each round players take turns either attempting to raid the dragon’s lair or running away, all in a race to be the first player to collect 18 dragon eggs! If you’re looking for a fast paced, low stakes dice game, come try this one out!

Jupiter Rescue is a fully cooperative game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this sci-fi strategy game, players work together as maintenance robots to escort 28 colonists on a space station to the escape pods, while under the looming threat of attack from the “creeps”, alien invaders that have chosen the players’ space station as their restaurant of choice, and the colonists as their next meal. Each turn, the players take 5 actions, choosing from a list of common actions, to help move colonists to safety. New creeps arrive at the end of each turn, and if they manage to turn enough colonists into more creeps, or destroy enough sections of the space-ship, the game is lost! If you’re looking for a modular co-op game with tons of replayability, then you need to see what this one’s all about!

We really wanted to highlight these new games but there are also tons of other games for you to check out next time you visit us at The Round Table! We’ve even got a selection of hard to come by vintage games, so come see our library and try out some of the awesome games filling our shelves!