The Blossoming Board Game Culture of Tectoria

October 22, 2014 by Tessa Bousfield

Spending a night out playing tabletop games is now part of popular culture, in no small part thanks to influencers like Wil Wheaton (Wesley, from Star Trek: the Next Generation) who even hosts a popular and hilarious YouTube channel called TableTop.

And playing tabletop and board games is building critical mass here in Tectoria too.

If you ever stroll around downtown Victoria you’ll know there is a stretch of Johnson Street right around Broad that is crammed with comic book and game shops.

This vibrant cluster of colourful storefronts is home to a dedicated group of gamers playing tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer, and with drop-in sessions of the Magic card game thrown in for good measure.

The gaming community’s ongoing efforts to facilitate meetups and a space to hang out is a great way to ensure downtown Victoria is a destination for people of all ages and interests – it’s part of the glue that binds our Tectoria community together.

500 Board Games for Five Bucks

And who doesn’t like playing board games?

That’s the premise behind Interactivity Board Game Cafe on Yates Street. Neighbouring the newly-launched Meat and Bread, the Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a great place to meet up with friends and family to play board games.

It costs five bucks a person, and you can play as long as you want. Did we mention they offer milkshakes, sandwiches, and other snacks?

Five dollars will go a long way at the Interactivity Board Game Cafe, which boasts about 500 different board games lining the shop’s shelves from floor to ceiling. You can spend an evening playing different games with family and friends, or find one to purchase and take home.

Day of Board Games (November 2)

If you love to play tabletop games, then you really ought to know about the Day of Board Games on November 2, the Sunday right after Halloween.

This is the sixth annual event, where participants can play boardgames with new folks, and enjoy beer or wine while doing it. Apparently it’s the same plan as ever: turn up, bring games you want to play, and play them.

The Day of Board Gamers will be hosted at the Hideaway restaurant. The Hideaway is located in the Tally-Ho Hotel on Douglas Street, just near Campus Honda, Mayfair Mall and “that bed shop which is always having a closing down sale for the past eight years.”

Says the organizer, “Feel free to share the invite with your friends, enemies and frenemies. We have space for 80 at this venue!”


Parkour, by Victoria game designer Delek Turner

Tickets are $10, and are available via the event’s Facebook page, Interactivity Board Game Cafe on Yates Street, and Skyhaven Games, close to Tillicum Mall.

Everyone attending will also be getting Parkour for free. Parkour is a game designed by Victoria resident Delek Turner. It’s an incredibly cool 3D game that’s all about running up buildings and not falling off.


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