In 2016 when The Round Table officially opened its doors if someone told us it would become what it is today we’d be hesitant to believe them.  Now, three years later, our community has been loving and accepting, growing us into the incredible establishment we are today.  Our gratitude is beyond the stars and we just want to take a moment to sincerely THANK-YOU.

As some of you already know, we’ve expanded our services from a small café into to a craft beer hub with some unique touches on food, coffee and cocktails. Our communities in Magic the Gathering, youth chess and bridge clubs, scotch tastings, artisan series, trivia  teams, escape rooms and painters of canvas and mini’s make our place feel like a semi-nerdy “Cheers” tavern, notwithstanding our amazing Sunday LARP and role-playing game families. 

We keep growing…

The past six months have been a crazy journey, discussing future growth plans with new ‘family’ members near and far. It’s time we let you know what’s going on with The Round Table as a brand and as an entity. As previously announced, another location is being built in a distant community in the Baltic’s.  The City of Tallinn in Estonia will house the first international expansion for The Round Table.  With an expected pop up in the next 6-8 weeks, we’re more than excited to see how the communities of the Baltic’s and Europe accept our brand. The Round Table Tallinn is both unique and extremely exciting for us and we can’t wait to show our Canadian communities what it will look like!

Before we can share those new memories with you though, we have a few other incredible ‘additions’ to the family.  A few new knights at The Round Table.  

On March 1st, the restaurant known as The Watchtower, located on Lester Street in Waterloo, Ontario will join the bannerette of our family becoming an official extension of the Round Table brand.  Their prominent team is eager to share all that is Round Table’s experience with their clientele and we couldn’t be happier to have them as part of our family.  If you haven’t been to The Watchtower yet, try to get in and check it out so you can see the before and after images while we stone the walls, grow the iconic tree and turn the place Arthurian!

That’s not all, on April 1st, we’re expanding the kingdom once more, this time with Settlement Coffee Roasters on Victoria and King Streets in Kitchener. Our families will unite and the Round Table brand will have another new knight at the table. Our third official location will bring you all the things you love most about Round Table plus so much more!  Our own coffee line and our own beer line!   Settlement is a leader in the coffee and tea industry with several locations around the tri-city area. They will be a remarkable family member indeed!

Over the month of March, we’ll be building out each establishment, matching the atmosphere you’ve come to love at Round Table Guelph.  Each location will have an iconic Round Table mosaic, a stone tree, an Arthurian artifact unique to each location, our distinctive stone walls and of course all the fun things you’ve come to enjoy over the years such as our D20 shot list, delicious milkshakes and cocktails, selected food favourites and of course more board games than you can possibly play!  In addition, each location will have a “Local Focus” on their menu, providing a unique twist on food and drink culture within each Round Table’s respective communities.

Oh there’s more…

With the growth of our family, we’ll be providing a new and exciting founder series.  Special membership guilds! Soon you’ll be able to sign up to be part of one of our four guilds.  Each guild is unique in appearance and feel, however, they all grant you the same bonuses and rewards which you can use for discounts and deals at any of our existing and future Round Table locations.  If you’re a previous Legacy member, don’t worry, your ring still applies and even stacks!

Our new memberships will be available sometime in March when we launch the marketing campaign full force and announce how you can get involved. Word on the street is a new shiny, hand-crafted dagger to be placed on our membership walls. You’ll get all kinds of perks such as exclusive member events, variable discounts at certain times on select items, secret menus and insider knowledge of the future plans of Round Table!

This is a LOT to take in. We will have new and exciting announcements all month long in March!  We hope to hear from you as we transition.  Come see us in Guelph and ask us anything you’d like!  We’re here for you, our community and it’s because of you this kind of growth is possible.  

Thank-you allies of the Round Table.  We raise our glass to honor you!

We’ll be implementing more of this brand over the month of March as we launch a new website, new signage, new menus and everything in between! We’ll also be releasing information on how you can build your own Round Table with us in your community!   

Oh and check out our new logo!   Hope you like it?   





Intro To: Wizard Games

Wizard Board Games

In our recent spotlight article, we introduced you to our newest sibling, a wizardry inspired breakfast lounge. With all the spell-slinging going on as we ramp up to the launch of our new Location, we’re in a super wizardy mood, and so we’ve chosen 4 awesome wizard-themed games to introduce you to:

Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard is a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this game of “second guessing” and “agonizing reversals” players act as wizards that have just slain a dragon and must now compete with each other to see who can claim the most gold. Players cast spells by simultaneously gesturing at each other in classic rock, paper, scissors fashion. Each gesture relates to a specific Dungeon’s and Dragons spell, and moves the wizards closer or farther from the treasure, or otherwise affects the game state. The winner of the game is the first player to collect 25 gold pieces. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, simple game that’s deceptively fun, give this game a try!

The Magic Labyrinth is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 15 minutes, and is one of our recommended family games. In this skill based memory game, the little magician apprentices have lost some important magic items inside their masters maze, and you have to help them recover their magic objects. The walls of the maze are below the game board, hidden from the players, and each little magician is magnetically connected to a metal ball that you must guide through the unseen maze. If the ball hits a wall, it drops and you are forced to start over. The only way through the maze is good memory and a little trial and error. This simple, cleverly constructed game is great for kids. If you’re looking for an awesome wizard themed game to play with younger children, give this game a shot!

Mage Wars Arena is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 90 minutes. In this tactical board game, 2 players pit mages of fully customizable disciplines against each other, slinging spells, summoning creatures, and dismantling each other’s strategies. The game is played in a small arena and combines elements of miniature war gaming and card gaming to create an in-depth heavy tactical experience. Featuring everything from illusionists and warlocks to beastmasters and priestesses, there’s a ton of content here to sink your teeth into. If you’re looking for a fun game that you can spend hours at, don’t miss this awesome experience.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. In this strategic deck-building game, players act as Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville, and work together to save Hogwarts from the forces of evil. Each player has their own deck that they customize over the course of the game, collecting magic items, iconic spells, and powerful allies. Work together to defeat iconic villains and practitioners of Dark Arts. This game is a must play for any Harry Potter fan.

We’re sure our wizard obsession won’t be out of our system any time soon, and if you’re anything like us, these great wizard themed games are just the fix you’ll need to get you by until Lumos opens up. So don’t wait! Put on your robe and wizard hat, jump on your broomstick, and fly on over to The Round Table to play some of these great games! Still looking for something different? Check out some of our favorite video game themed board games, or some of our favorite games based on cartoons and anime.





New Sibling!

There’s a NEW SIBLING coming to the family. First came The Round Table – A New Gaming Experience in 2016, followed by Afterlife Video Game Lounge in 2017 and now…. the third of our family shall be born this September! Introducing our newest family member… A breakfast establishment which will be hosted at the wonderful location of 105 Wyndham Street N., (Soon to be the former West End Bakery). This establishment will have…. WAFFLES..… and late in the evening, extremely magical cocktails as a late night cocktail bar!

Round Table is a taste for Camelot with a nice medieval twist where Afterlife is basically Zelda’s Hylian e-sports summer home so this new place MUST be something magical… say… wizard-like? Maybe…inspired from a small theme of Harry Potter and maybe anything magical or wizard-like.

So we asked for your help here at our Facebook page and got HUNDREDS of responses… We were overwhelmed by the awesomeness that is our community.  There are a lot that we cannot use though because of copyright laws, and well, we just don’t want that! That being said… we’ve decided to short list our favorite posted ones as well as a couple that were given to us in person here at the café from our patrons!

Below are the finalists! (Don’t worry, we know who made the suggestions and who will win if the name is chosen)

Which name(s) below would you name your Harry Potter/Magic Wizard inspired breakfast parlor and evening cocktail lounge?

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Bluffing Board Games

In our last Intro article, we suggested some great video game themed board games! This week, we’re focusing on a core game mechanic instead of a broader theme, and introducing you to some awesome bluffing games! Practice lying to your friends with these awesome games of subterfuge:

Sheriff: of Nottingham is a competitive game for 3 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this game of shady merchants smuggling goods into Nottingham, players spend most of the game acting as merchants passing sealed bags of goods into the city (pouches of cards). However, each turn, one player acts as the Sheriff, who decides if each player’s goods should be allowed into the city. You can put any combination of goods into your pouch, and it’s up to you to convince the sheriff that they are what you claim. As the sheriff, you have to judge carefully which players are telling the truth and which players are bluffing. If you guess correctly, you can even confiscate elicit goods for yourself! If you’re looking for a fun bluffing game with clever mechanics and nice production value, check this one out!

Coup is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this game of assassination, extortion, and trickery, each player has 2 face-down character cards representing their influence over the city. Your goal is to be the last remaining player, and your face-down characters’ abilities will let you assassinate your opponents’ characters, gain extra coins, or protect your own characters. What makes the game interesting is that you are encouraged to lie about which characters you have to gain access to useful abilities. If you get caught lying, you lose a character! If you get falsely accused of lying, your opponent loses a character! Gather as much information as you can and choose your lines of play carefully! If you’re looking for a fast-paced, intense bluffing game with simple mechanics that will make you want to play over and over, then definitely give this one a try!

The Resistance: Avalon is a competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this Arthurian themed bluffing game, the future of Britain is in Arthur’s hands. However, Mordred’s traitors work in secret to tear down the true king! Of all Arthur’s allies, only the riddling wizard Merlin knows the identities of the traitors, but he must protect his identity at all costs! This fantastical bluffing game encapsulates the strife of King Arthur’s court in a fast-paced package. If you want to play a nice looking, clever bluffing game with a great theme, then set fourth to Camelot and get ready to play!

Secret Hitler is a team-competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 45 minutes. In this dramatic bluffing game, players are divided into teams of fascists and liberals with one player secretly taking on the role of Hitler. The liberal team wins the game if they manage to pass 5 liberal laws, or assassinate Hitler. The fascist team wins if they are able to pass 6 fascist laws, or are able to pass 3 fascist laws, and elect Hitler chancellor. At the start of the game, the liberal team doesn’t know who the fascists are, so it’s up to the fascists and Hitler to work together to pass fascist laws without revealing their identities to the liberal team! If you’re looking for a political bluffing game that’s great for large groups, pull this game off the shelf!

There you have it, 4 excellent bluffing games that you can play next time you visit us at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our awesome cartoon and anime games, or jump into some of our favorite cooperative games! Check back soon for more great game suggestions! We’ve got lots more Intro articles coming up!


This intimate event is located at The Round Table – Board Game Tavern on Friday Feb 9th at 8:00pm.
An exclusive meet and greet with Buffy’s own Cordelia, hosted by Xander himself.

Evening includes a meet and greet, a light snack, one drink ticket* and a chance to get an exclusive Cordelia card for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game (game not included but available for purchase). Get your ticket’s now!

*Drink tickets are available for use on any available Buff Themed Drinks, Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic are available.

Charisma Carpenter

Headlining this intimate meet and greet, Charisma Carpenter‘s first notable TV appearance was in an episode of Baywatch (1989), which was followed by a brief run in Malibu shores (1996). She later auditioned for the title role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-1999) but was instead cast as Cordelia – a character that started as a snarky, shallow foil to Buffy, in complete contrast to Charisma’s real life kindness and friendliness. Cordelia’s popularity with fans and producers lead to a bigger role in the spinoff, Angel (1999-2004), and Charisma’s career has only grown since the show’s conclusion, appearing in blockbuster films such as The Expendables (2010), and continuing to make TV appearances in numerous shows. Charisma is very friendly to fans, and is excited to headline this event!

Nicholas Brendan

Hosting this event, Nicholas Brendan‘s first big break as an actor was in his role as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), a major character through all 7 seasons of the show. Since then, Nicholas has appeared in many movies and television series, including the role of Kevin Lynch, a recurring character on Criminal Minds (2007-2014). Nicholas considers Charisma a good friend, and is excited to introduce her at this event! Nicholas is friendly and outgoing, and is looking forward to interacting with you as your host for the evening!

You can get weekend passes for GenreCon right HERE!