It’s all a-board for W’burg gamers

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Thar she blows: King Post’s Moby Dick card game is a hit with a new crop of tabletop gaming enthusisasts. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Thar she blows: King Post’s Moby Dick card game is a hit with a new crop of tabletop gaming enthusisasts. Photo by Stefano Giovannini


Brooklynites are rolling the dice on a new pastime.

In Williasmburg, new, elaborate board- and card-games for grown-ups, briefly thought to have gone the way of the dodo, are proliferating like money in the coffers of a Monopoly player who owns all the utilities. A diehard gamer says that the new diversions owe their renewed popularity to widespread internet fatigue.

“People are looking for more ways to spend time face to face with friends and family,” said Luis Chato, co-owner of Twenty Sided Store, a tabletop gaming store on Grand Street at Marcy Avenue. “Tabletop gaming is a great way to not be on your computer for another five hours once you get home.”

More and more borough nerds are ditching the video-game controllers in favor of tabletop games such as Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity, and Ticket To Ride. These games are no Christmas-time diversion with family. Think Dungeons and Dragons, not Clue. And now the owners of Twenty Sided Store have decided to make the craze official with a series of board-game leagues. The shop launched the leagues a few weeks back, including one for the perennially popular Settlers of Catan, a German game called “Settlers” by enthusiasts, in which each player attempts to build a civilization from scratch, vying with others to convert limited resources into infrastructure.

Trending tangible: Tavit Geudelekian’s Moby Dick game is riding the wave of popularity that tabletop games are now experiencing.  Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Trending tangible: Tavit Geudelekian’s Moby Dick game is riding the wave of popularity that tabletop games are now experiencing. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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