New Years Eve 2017

New Years Eve 2017

Having a place of work that operates every day of the week, rain or shine, holiday or not, can be really tiring. You do the same work day in and day out and never really get that extra day off that so many others do. This new years eve I decided to treat myself by booking the time off and attending a New Years Eve party at Offline Board Game Cafe.

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About Offline

  • Board Game Cafe located in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Largest playable library east of Toronto
  • Yearly membership option includes discounts and monthly deals or free stuff
  • Non members pay $5 to play for the day
  • Great food/cocktails
  • Up to date on the latest trending games
  • Sells board games as well
  • Monthly subscription boxes available (They check your Board Game Geek Library to make sure you don't receive any duplicates. AMAZING.)
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For new years eve the cafe was closed to the general public while they hosted a ticketed event. The cost was $10 for members or $20 for non-members. Tickets included a free drink, including a double shot if you wanted it, and some bubbly for midnight festivities - well worth the cost! 

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I started the evening by learning how to play Azul by Plan B games. The game took a little longer than I expected but it was SO good. Even though it had a learning curve of two full turns for me and I was starting turn 3 several points behind the other players (at 0 points to be exact), I quickly caught on and crushed the last turn of the game, swooping in for an end-game win. 

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We then had only a little bit of time remaining before another friend was expected to arrive so we played a game of Potion Explosion by Horrible Games. I played this earlier in the week and I'm absolutely in love with the mechanics of the game despite it being one so simple.

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Once our fifth player arrived, the group was dying to play Clank In Space by Renegade Game Studios and Direwolf Digital. Knowing a lot of the other players at the event I offered to sit this one out since it could only play up to 4 players. It must have been a good game because they were overly enthusiastic for the duration of it. 

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I wandered around with my camera for a little bit which is when I got roped into a game of Santa Vs Jesus by Komo Games LTD. Just WOW. Don't play this if your friends offend easily. If they don't offend easily then this game is hilarious. Replayability isn't very high with only 5 different decks that can only be used 1 time each, but I recommend playing it at your local board game cafe. It involved a lot of laughing and general silliness. 

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After ringing in the new year we played two 11 player games of Ultimate Werewolf by Bezier Games. The first game was good but the second game was hysterical. My role was a werewolf as was that of my boyfriend's who I might add, has never played a social deduction game with me before. During round two of the game, someone had put him up on the chopping block which I joined in promptly and successfully voting for his execution. I honestly thought the "mind blown, you betrayed me" look on his face was going to give me away but nobody caught on. I was even put on the chopping block myself during one turn of the game and managed to survive by making a fairly convincing counter nomination. Having survived to the end as a werewolf made it much more fun to watch the dramatic aftermath of the game and all the reactions and discussions that it resulted in. 

I would like to thank all the staff at Offline who worked last night or had a hand in making this event happen. The cafe has been a fantastic addition to the city and I can't wait to spend most of my free time with you in 2018 as well. 

Inside Joke: The guy on the left held that cardboard box in his hands all night on a bet for $20... while still doing his job. 

Inside Joke: The guy on the left held that cardboard box in his hands all night on a bet for $20... while still doing his job. 

What did you do to ring in the new year? Leave a comment in the section below. 

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