Good Storytelling Games

In our last Intro Article, we recommended some of our favourite Racing Games. This week, we’re introducing you to some lighter games with more of a narrative focus than a competitive  focus – after all, great games tell stories! Read on to discover some of our favourite storytelling games!

T.I.M.E. Stories is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 240 minutes. In this sci-fi “decksploration” game, players act as agents of The T.I.M.E. Agency, protecting humanity from temporal faults and paradoxes. With time travel at your disposal, failure is impossible. The goal of the game is to save the universe in as few attempts as possible, telling engaging stories along the way. A scenario deck of 120+ cards creats endless storytelling possibilities. If you’re looking for a beautiful minimalist game with some of the most unique mechanics out there, then definitely give this one a try!

Gloom is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 60 minutes, and is one of our recommended 2 player games. In this simple, fast-paced game, your objective is to make your family of misfits as miserable as possible before ultimately killing them. Yes it’s morbid – but hey, we’re posting this on Halloween weekend! It’s not all doom and gloom. The game also features some very cool innovative mechanics, making good use of transparent, stack-able playing cards that replace only some of the bonuses of the cards that you play them on top of. If you’re looking for a spooky storytelling game with cool new mechanics, check this one out! Especially if you’re looking for a game for 2 players!

Murder of Crows is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. In this fast-paced hand-management game, your goal is simple: Be the first player to spell “murder” using your hand of letter cards. Each letter has its own effect, and each card has a unique piece of story that can be combined with the rest of your cards to tell a morbid story of a murder most foul. At its core, this game is all about simple hand-management strategy. The story elements, while light, enhance the game in a unique way, creating new narratives each time you play. If you’re looking for a fast-paced game with just enough storytelling elements to be satisfying, then give this one a shot!

Tales of the Arabian Nights is a competitive game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 120 minutes. In this vastly re-playable adventure game, you journey alongside legendary heroes from the lands of the Arabian Nights, and face off against powerful ‘efreets, and evil viziers, telling your own epic stories. Yes, it’s a competitive game, and only 1 player can win, but the core focus of the game is definitely on storytelling. If you’re looking for a game with a ton of dramatic depth, this one is a must-play!

There you have it, 4 great storytelling games with variable depth and difficulty. There’s something for everyone here at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our favourite dexterity games, or for more in-depth storytelling, check out some of out favourite tabletop roleplaying games! No matter what you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.

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2017

Anniversary Week

October 28th, two years ago we opened our doors to the public for the first time… It was scary and it was quite the adventure ahead… but together, with you Guelph and the entire community you helped us not only survive, but thrive!

This Saturday, the 28th, marks our 2nd year anniversary and from 6:00pm – 12:00 Midnight, we’re here to show you our appreciation. Each table will receive a complementary bowl of popcorn to commemorate the days when all we HAD to give was popcorn.

In addition, on all food and drink bills, you will get to roll a D20 at check out. What you roll is what % you get off your food and drink. (Does not apply to merchandise).
Members of our guild (ring bearers and sword bearers) get ‘Advantage’ on their roll. That means you get to roll twice and keep the better roll of the two! 😉

Reserve your table now! We’ve already got a few tables reserved for that day!

Here’s a little trip down memory lane! We’re going to start by showing you never before seen pictures of what this place looked like before the magic of Camelot arrived!

Here’s a pic of our bar the day we opened, and then again 1 year later. Today our bar is filled even more with a fully stocked scotch cabinet, bourbons, liqueurs and wines! Come sample some?

Kilgarrah: Our Dragon Patron is sculpted by a distant friend Brian Colin in Georgia! He drove the dragon up to Guelph and installed him on our wall where he remains today… watching all the excitement and amazing fellowship everyone has shared over the last two years.

The first 4 coins! We’ve now sold / given out over 300 coins to our regulars and more! These coins are great for gifts (ahem…. Christmas IS coming…) and this is one of our special and unique offerings here at the Round Table. Ask us more about our Legacy Guild Rings and Guild Swords which offer discounts and more!

April of 2016 we received our liquor license just after our food permits! And this is what we’ve done since!

December of 2016 we became proud siblings to Afterlife Video Game Lounge our second location in Guelph! Afterlife is the modern video game younger sibling! It’s having it’s 1 year anniversary in December so please come celebrate with us then!

Fall of 2016 our custom D20’s arrived and our special shot menu was in full force!

March 2016…. we started serving FOOD!! (Some of these items don’t exist anymore… sadly, but we have some new items that are even more amazing!) The popcorn stopped shortly after…. but we’re bringing it back for the weekend on Saturday starting 6pm! A free bowl per table!

The evolution of Narnia into Sherwood’s Forest! Our retail section grew several times through out the last two years! We have a new partner that works with us now, The Trading Post, our Magic the Gathering outlet!

And now…. we move toward something even more exciting and fun! Halloween evening we’re opening up a section of the cafe to Escape Room experiences! Welcome to Sherwood Forest and the fort of Nottingham!

Don’t forget to reserve your table with us soon!

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Good Racing Games

In our last Intro article, we showed off even more good cooperative games, and those are great, but sometimes you need something a little faster paced, something to really get your heart racing. That’s why this time we’re introducing you to some of our favourite racing games:
Winner’s Circle is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 45 to 60 minutes. In this high stakes horse betting game, players bet on 1 of 7 horses to win the race, and then play cards collectively to move the horses. You can form temporary alliances and work together to move the same horse, or frantically compete to get your horse ahead of the others! The winner is the player with the most money at the end of the game! If you’re looking for a racing game with a fun betting element, give this one a try!
RoboRally is a competitive game for 2 to 8 players that can be played in 45 to 120 minutes. In this frantic game of racing robots, each player speeds to reach a series of checkpoints before their opponents. To do this, player simultaneously program actions, face down, and then reveal their actions, moving their robots based on the speed of their preprogrammed actions. Robots can bump into each other, move on conveyors, and fall in holes! You can even get a leg up by blowing up your opponents’ robots! Winning this fast-paced game takes fast thinking, and on-the-fly planning, If you’re looking for a chaotic game that’s a ton of fun, check this one out!
Lazer Ryderz is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. In this retro style racing game, players race to collect “Prisms” in order to open a galactic portal. The faster the players go, the more difficult it is to turn. Adding to the challenge, player leave behind lazer paths that vaporize players that crash into them! If you’re looking for a cool racing game with an amazing visual style, give this one a try!
Fast & Furious: Full Throttle is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this hardcore street racing game, players win by making “cool-headed” moves. This is a game of careful hand management, and calculated risks! Go fast, and win the race – with your souped-up car, and your driver’s talents, your goal is to speed ahead of the other players! Check out this intense racing card game, especially if you’re a fan of Fast & Furious!
Next time you visit us at the Round Table, check out one of these intense racing games! If you want something less high energy, check out some of our favourite cooperative games. We may have introduced them once or twice. Or, if you’re looking for more long-form strategy check out our Intro to Good 4X Games. Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Round Table, a new gaming experience.

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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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