Philadelphia - Board Game Meetup
posted September 18, 2012 9:33 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun October 21 at 2:00 PM, Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Map & Directions)
Is anyone interested in getting together to play board/card games?
The last time several of us got together for a meetup, the idea came up of getting together to play games (board, card, etc.).

We'll be meeting at Frankford Hall. They have plenty of huge tables that should accommodate our group easily. I called the restaurant, and the woman I spoke to confirmed that Sunday afternoons are usually pretty quiet and that there are no private parties scheduled for the 21st.

Frankford Hall is a couple of blocks from the Girard stop of the Market-Frankford line (about two miles northeast of City Hall). If you're driving, it shouldn't be too hard to find street parking nearby on a Sunday afternoon.

I anticipate that we'll play games until 5 or 6 (or whenever the restaurant starts getting full/loud). There are plenty of other bars and restaurants in this neighborhood if we want to take the party somewhere else after we're done playing games.

If you have games, please bring a few! If you don't, please come anyway!
posted by jessypie to Meetup (41 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I've got Catan w/ the 6 person expansion
posted by MangyCarface at 10:52 AM on September 18, 2012

Yes, please! I would love to play some board games with Mefites. I have a fair amount to pick from (Carcassonne with a ton of expansions, Pandemic plus expansion, Dominion, Last Night On Earth, Zombies!, Cards Against Humanity plus expansion) and I'm open to getting more.
posted by Diskeater at 8:47 PM on September 18, 2012

Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Yes.

Oh, damn, the kid.

Um, maybe.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:18 AM on September 19, 2012

I have a bunch of fun Cheapass Games.
posted by Deathalicious at 2:19 AM on September 19, 2012

I'm definitely down for this assuming the stars a line and I don't have exams.
posted by roguewraith at 4:43 AM on September 19, 2012

I'm always up for a game, sure. Don't have any to contribute of my own though. So this would be some time in October, yes? Which weekend works best? I'm thinking not the last one, that's typically reserved for other activities.
posted by scalefree at 5:18 AM on September 19, 2012

Absolutely! I don't have anything I can bring at the moment, but put me down for whatever
posted by Merzbau at 7:59 AM on September 19, 2012


So the main things to figure out are location and date.

1. Any location suggestions?

2. As for date - I'm out of town the weekend of October 13-14, and scalefree voted against October 27-28, so let's start by looking at the other two weekends in October:

Saturday, October 6
Sunday, October 7
Saturday, October 20
Sunday, October 21

(I have a slight preference for Sundays but am available for any of these four days.)
posted by jessypie at 8:38 AM on September 19, 2012

Lots of stuff I could potentially bring. October 21st is far and away the best day for me.
posted by ActionPopulated at 9:18 AM on September 19, 2012

I'm definitely interested. One Shot Cafe has a very nice upstairs room. I don't know what it's like during normal business because I was only there for a party...

I work some weekends, but could swing Oct 21st anytime after 3.
posted by DoubleLune at 11:50 AM on September 19, 2012

That's two votes for Sunday, October 21, and no votes against that day. Sounds like we have a winner!

What's a good starting time? Something like 2 or 3 p.m.? That would be late enough that we wouldn't conflict with the brunch/lunch crowd if we end up at a place like One Shot. We could play games for a few hours and then either go our merry ways or head out somewhere else to get dinner/drinks together.

I'm still very open to other suggestions of venues. I've never been to One Shot and I've never tried to plan an event like this before, so any ideas are welcome!
posted by jessypie at 7:46 AM on September 20, 2012

Tell you what, just to be sure I'll give the One Shot a once over this Sunday & see how the crowd looks. If it's unexpectedly busy we'll still have plenty of time to locate a fallback location.
posted by scalefree at 9:20 AM on September 20, 2012

I would be up for this! The 21st works for me as well. I could bring Cards Against Humanity plus the two expansions, if ya'll are into that sort of thing.
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:43 AM on September 20, 2012

I don't think I have any conflicts on any of those days just yet so the 21st is perfect. Maybe we could get a smaller group as well if other dates work for people.

Hanging out afterwards would be great too but I would advise against Barcade. It's pretty dead on weeknights but completely packed on weekends.
posted by Diskeater at 1:09 PM on September 20, 2012

21st sounds cool. Hopefully somewhere nearer the center of town though
posted by MangyCarface at 1:53 PM on September 20, 2012

posted by troublewithwolves at 4:31 PM on September 20, 2012

Sounds great. The 21st works for me.
posted by amelliferae at 4:55 PM on September 20, 2012

Sounds like we're ready to confirm this for the 21st as soon as we're sure about a location. Thanks to scalefree for offering to check out One Shot on Sunday! I was going to do the same thing but I'm out of town this weekend so I'd have to wait another week to investigate.

MangyCarface, did you have an idea of a more central place? One Shot is about two miles from City Hall and a quick ride on the el. I'm not sure we can get a lot more central than that and still have the space for us to take over some tables and play games. After our failed attempt at playing Quizzo at the Black Sheep, I am hesitant to try to plan anything else right in center city, but I'm still totally open to other location suggestions.

Diskeater, I'm actually not a huge fan of Barcade personally, but seemed to fit into the overall theme of PLAYING ALL THE GAMES. In my experience it doesn't get crowded until later in the evening (but when it gets crowded it quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to be). My feelings will not be hurt in the least if we opt to go somewhere else for post-games dinner and drinks!
posted by jessypie at 10:43 AM on September 21, 2012

Pictionary with Legos?! What a wonderful world we live in!
posted by troublewithwolves at 1:26 PM on September 27, 2012

I'm so excited that it sounds like we might have a nice big group for this meetup!

Does anyone have any other location ideas besides One Shot? I had hoped to get there yesterday to check out the upstairs and see what the crowd is like on a Sunday afternoon, but I overbooked/overexerted myself so much last week that I just couldn't bring myself to make the trip across town. Now I'm realizing that I'm probably going to be out of town the next two Sundays, which means if we go with One Shot I'll be setting the whole thing up sight unseen.

I did call One Shot just now and asked about showing up as a group on a Sunday afternoon. The person I spoke to seemed to think it would work - she said the upstairs has room for 60 people - but she suggested that I email the owners to make sure, which I just did. I'll report back when I hear more.
posted by jessypie at 10:01 AM on October 1, 2012

Kensington will be represented. By me. And anyone else from Kensington.
posted by The White Hat at 12:44 PM on October 1, 2012

I'm pretty sure the 21st would work for me too!
posted by Oliva Porphyria at 12:27 PM on October 6, 2012

Another vote for the 21st.
posted by Deathalicious at 5:37 PM on October 7, 2012

Meetup confirmed! I ended up not leaving town this weekend, so I went to One Shot yesterday afternoon around 1:30 to check the place out. The downstairs is small and was mostly full, but hardly anyone was upstairs. Of course, yesterday was a rainy, gray day, so people may have decided to stay home. Everybody keep your fingers crossed that the upstairs is wide open for us on the 21st!
posted by jessypie at 8:13 AM on October 8, 2012

Meetup un-confirmed! One Shot is having a private event, so we can't use their space. I have no idea where else to try. Does anyone have any other location suggestions?
posted by jessypie at 1:19 PM on October 8, 2012

Hmm....well, there's always Frankford Hall. They open at noon on Sundays, they have plenty of large tables and it's easily accessible via public transit. I have no idea how busy they usually are at that time but I doubt they serve brunch so it probably won't be too crazy. However, it can get noisy.

If people are ok with the venue, I can swing by and see how busy it is on Sunday.
posted by Diskeater at 7:18 PM on October 8, 2012

That's actually a fantastic idea - they have those huge tables, and I can't imagine they get very full before the evening. It looks like they do serve brunch, but only until 2 (and it's just their regular menu plus an egg sandwich and pancakes). I'll give them a call later today and see if they'd be okay with a group showing up on the 21st!
posted by jessypie at 7:13 AM on October 9, 2012

I called Frankford Hall and it sounds like we should have no problem getting a table there on a Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much for the idea, Diskeater!
posted by jessypie at 3:41 PM on October 9, 2012

I'll be in town doing my Tour de MeFites, so I'm totally in.
posted by jph at 9:35 AM on October 10, 2012

I can't make it this time, but if Frankford Hall works out well, I'd love, love, love to go to another games night meetup there!
posted by joyceanmachine at 9:24 AM on October 15, 2012

sio42, take the subway. Are you taking Amtrak from Harrisburg? If so you'll get off at 30th street station and come upstairs. When you go outside, the subway (MFL -- Market-Frankford Line -- blue line) has it's own entrance at the corner. It's $2 (it's better to buy a 2-pack of tokens), and has a stop a block away from Frankford Hall. It's the Girard stop. Here's transit directions on Google maps.
posted by DoubleLune at 9:04 AM on October 16, 2012

Ahhh turns out I won't be able to make it to this meetup after all. Hope you all have fun though!
posted by Oliva Porphyria at 11:42 AM on October 19, 2012

This is tomorrow! I'm excited that so many people are planning to come out!

I'll try to get there a little before 2 to grab a table. For those of you who haven't been to Frankford Hall before, when you come in the front door you'll be facing the hostess station; look to your right and there will be lots of huge tables. I think our group will be pretty easily identifiable as the one with all the games. If anyone is nervous about finding us, feel free to MeMail me for my cell number.

I'm planning on bringing Fluxx, Bananagrams, Nanofictionary, and Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers edition. If anyone else wants to mention what they're bringing, it can help us cut down on too many double games - not that it's much trouble if we end up with multiples, especially since we may have a larger group than some of these games can accommodate at once.
posted by jessypie at 2:11 PM on October 20, 2012

Cribbage uses a regular 52-card deck, right? I can bring one.
posted by jessypie at 4:18 PM on October 20, 2012

Other folks are bringing big games, so I'll bring some quick play numbers for waiting for the bigger ones to finish and restart. Maybe Set and Star Fluxx?
posted by troublewithwolves at 11:00 PM on October 20, 2012

I'm most likely going to get there around 3, coming from a memorial service. I really want to play Carcassonne, so hopefully a spot will be there when I arrive!
posted by DoubleLune at 6:18 AM on October 21, 2012

posted by The White Hat at 4:32 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh hai guys! Sorry I didn't make it. The Shining was playing at Ritz East!!!!! Hope it was wonderful.
posted by jph at 6:59 PM on October 21, 2012

Pandemic was seriously the best thing the internet has ever provided me with, next to cat videos. Let's do it again! Soon!
posted by troublewithwolves at 8:44 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Amazing time! Thanks to everyone that came out and an extra special big thanks to Jessypie for organizing the meet up. Next time I'll bring Twilight Imperium and we'll have a REAL party!
posted by Diskeater at 9:04 PM on October 21, 2012

Howdy folks! I was the guy who stopped over a few times to see what you were up to (but was hanging with the Whovian at the next table). Now that I've found you I'll see about joining in next time :) (I'm MikeKn on Board Game Geek as well - lots of game options in my collection)
posted by MikeKn at 11:04 AM on October 22, 2012

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