Outside The Box: A Primer on Board Games

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Taught by James Hoffman

James is just this guy, y'know?  Humble, intelligent, charming. Eyes a color you don't know the name for. He'll take you for a bike ride with his company Albert and James in the morning, play a board game with you with his board game group Victory Pints in the evening and then prattle on about D&D and cocktails at night. Only in the morning will you realize that it was all a ploy and your jewels are no longer in the safe. Instead there's a note so beautifully written that the police officer who collects 'it' as evidence breaks downs in tears. You sob with him as the neighborhood wakes up around you.

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Join us for a one-hour whirlwind presentation that travels from the very beginning of board game history to the modern age of tabletop gaming. We’ll go from Chess to Monopoly to Catan and beyond all while explaining the key differences between games today and those in the past.

We’ll also throw out some random factoids about some of your favorites games. Like where to find a Scrabble street sign in Queens, how a popular children’s game relates to Hindu philosophy, and what a French film director has to do with Risk.


Our talk begins at 7pm in the private room at Berg'n, but feel free to come early to grab food or drinks from their awesome selection! 

After the talk, feel free to hang out in the private room and try your hand at the selection of modern games (with a minimum of two drinks or food + drink equivalent). 

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