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Battletech: Learn-to-Play @ Mayfair
May 11 @ 2:00 pm

Climb inside the giant fighting machines of the 31st century. Veteran mechwarrior Barrister Glenn will be taking you through your first battle in this world of constant warfare.

About the Game
The BattleTech board game simulates combat between various military vehicles in the thirty-first century. The king of the battlefield is the BattleMech, but a myriad of other military units bring additional fun to any game, from combat vehicles to infantry to aerospace units and more.

BattleTech is much more than a board game, set amidst a vibrant fictional universe and the valiant struggles of its dynamic human characters.

International Tabletop Day 2019 @ Bayshore, Greenfield, Mayfair and Oak & Shield
Jun 1 all-day

The Tabletop Day Schedule of Events is Now Live!

Friends, Gamers, Champions—Lend me your dice!

International Tabletop Day draws near! On June 1, gamers across the globe will come together as a community to celebrate and share our passions—by playing more games!

Board Game Barrister is getting in on the fun with an all-day schedule of events and free open gaming for those who want to spend the day exploring our wall of demo games.

So get in on the fun, discover some great new games, and maybe you’ll walk away with some goodies and promos for your favorites.

Tabletop Day at the Pub!
Thanks to the mysterious forces of fate, our Oak & Shield Pub will have been open for 56 weeks without hosting a Tabletop Day. Let’s change that! Oak & Shield will be in full gaming mode with an entire day of events, food, drink, patio games, and more!


Call for Event Runners
Bring your passions to the table! This is your chance to spread the love for your favorite games and find folks to play with. Worker placement, deck-building, roleplaying, party games, bluffing, miniatures and social deduction games—whatever you want to play on the international holiday for our favorite hobby!

(Oh, and did I mention? You’ll get MVP points for every game you host!)

Choose one or more games to host from the Tabletop Day games list.


Prefer to play games rather than run them?
Brilliant! Playing games is what International Tabletop Day is all about, and we’ll have plenty of event runners looking for players to fill their tables! Stop in and celebrate the tabletop games you love surrounded by your fellow gamers, all day at the Board Game Barrister locations in Bayshore, Greenfield, Mayfair and the Oak & Shield Pub!

Free RPG Day 2019 @ Mayfair
Jun 15 all-day

Join us at Mayfair Mall on June 15, and jump in on some FREE RPG action—all Saturday!

We’ll be roleplaying from open to close, with a full schedule of RPG events run by Barristers and members of the community.

Want to add your RPG session to the schedule?
If there’s a roleplaying game you want to run, or a campaign you’ve been meaning to test, this is your chance!
Let us know about your roleplaying session by stopping into any Board Game Barrister location, or by filling out this quick form. We’ll get you on our schedule for the day, and make sure you get a chunk of MVP points for your time.

The Schedule below will be updated before June 15. Check back for more events, and to confirm your event times!














We can’t wait for the big day, and we’ll see you out on the tables!


Day of Deduction: Learn-to-Play Double Feature @ Mayfair
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Time to do some sleuthing and deducing!

Join us for this free learn-to-play event, and prepare yourself for a Day of Deduction.

New players welcome! Your event host, Glenn, will teach the rules of these games and answer questions as we play.

More about Detective Club
Detective Club is a social deduction party game featuring beautiful, surreal artwork and intriguing player interactions! Each round, one player secretly writes a word in all-but-one of the other players’ notebooks. The player who does not know the word is the Conspirator this round. All players then take turns playing cards they feel best represent the word. When the word is revealed at the end of the round, each player explains why their cards make sense with the word. The player who didn’t know the word will have to quickly come up with an explanation in order to not be detected!

More about Trapwords
Your task seems simple. You are given a word, and you need your teammates to guess it. But the other team has already seen your word, and they have made a list of “trapwords” that you can’t say. You don’t know what’s on their list. And there’s a time limit. If you succeed, you advance to higher levels with more trapwords and additional challenges!

Learn-to-Play: Arkham Horror @ Mayfair
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm

Our October of spooky board gaming continues with an afternoon of Arkham Horror!

Join us for this free learn-to-play event, and attempt to prevent the arrival of the Ancient Ones that wish to enslave or destroy the human race.

New players welcome! Your event host, Glenn, will teach the rules of the game and answer questions as we play.

More about Arkham Horror
The year is 1926, and it is the height of the Roaring Twenties, and a dark shadow grows in the city of Arkham. Alien entities known as Ancient Ones lurk in the emptiness beyond space and time. Occult rituals must be stopped and alien creatures destroyed; before the Ancient Ones make our world their ruined dominion.

Arkham Horror is a cooperative game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, throwing extradimensional horrors into an early 20th century setting. Find out more here.

You and your fellow investigators must stand against the horrors threatening to tear this world apart. Will you prevail?


Learn-to-Play: Tiny Towns & Cartographers @ Mayfair
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Tiny Towns and Cartographers.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

More about Tiny Towns
You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. In Tiny Towns, your town is represented by a 4×4 grid on which you will place resource cubes in specific layouts to construct buildings. When you’re the active player, you select a resource for everyone to place next, but when the next player goes, they’ll be selecting what you place next.

More about Cartographers
Queen Gimnax has ordered the reclamation of the northern lands. As a cartographer in her service, you are sent to map this territory, claiming it for the Kingdom of Nalos.  In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen’s edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins.

Learn-to-Play: Bubble Tea & The Tea Dragon Society @ Mayfair
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for some great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Bubble Tea and The Tea Dragon Society.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

More about Bubble Tea
Welcome to the most popular bubble tea shop in Taiwan where you’ll find drinks flavored like rich milk tea with a chewy texture and unforgettable good taste! In Bubble Tea, each player has two cards called cups and nine bubble tea ingredient cards. One player uses the shaker to shake out which ingredients will be needed this game, and whoever assembles these ingredients the quickest wins the game and gets the rewards! To make an unforgettable bubble tea, you need to pay attention to crucial elements like having more bubbles and less sugar; even your method for adding ice will make the drink taste differently.

More about The Tea Dragon Society
Discover the ancient art form of Tea Dragon care-taking within The Tea Dragon Society Card Game, based on the graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society. Create a bond between yourself and your Tea Dragon that grows as you progress through the seasons, creating memories to share forever. Each player’s deck represents their own Tea Dragon. From turn to turn, players choose to draw a card — triggering effects and strengthening their position — or buy a card, improving their deck or scoring points.


Learn-to-Play: Marvel Champions & Call to Adventure @ Mayfair
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Marvel Champions & Call to Adventure.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

More about Marvel Champions
Rhino rampages through the streets of New York. Klaw peddles illegal weapons to the world’s most dangerous criminals. Ultron threatens global annihilation. The world needs champions to stop these villains. Are you up to the task? In Marvel Champions: The Card Game, you and up to three friends will take on the roles of iconic heroes from the Marvel Universe as you try to stop infamous villains from enacting their devious schemes.

More about Call to Adventure
Make your fate! Inspired by character-driven fantasy storytelling, Call to Adventure challenges you to create the hero with the greatest destiny by acquiring traits, facing challenges, and overcoming adversaries. You’ll begin each game with an origin card that provides your backstory as well as two “starter” abilities. Each round you may either acquire trait cards from the board or face a challenge. As your hero grows in ability and experience, you’ll move on to harder challenges, eventually facing deadly adversaries and acquiring more and more destiny points.


Learn-to-Play: Ship Shape & Everyone Loves a Parade @ Mayfair
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Ship Shape & Everyone Loves a Parade.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

Your savvy crew does your bidding, stacking your hold with the most profitable crates.  Will you choose glittering treasure, colossal cannons, or perhaps some risky –but lucrative–contraband?  Over the course of three voyages, you’ll bid using numbered crew cards to claim unique crate tiles off the central stack. Fill your hold with gold, cannons, and contraband and cover up what you don’t want. At the end of each voyage, score coins by comparing your holds with everyone else, looking only at what is visible in your hold.

Everyone Loves a Parade
In Everyone Loves A Parade, you and your fellow players are float designers, selecting colorful decoration cards to add to your floats and wow the crowd. Each decoration card allows an immediate action that can give you an edge, allowing you to move or re-roll crowd dice! At the end of each round, you’ll reveal your secret order cards, perform one last action, then enter your completed float into the parade in front of a crowd.


Learn-to-Play: Walking in Burano & Legendary Forests @ Mayfair
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Walking in Burano & Legendary Forest.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

Walking in Burano
Walking through the island, you will see these vibrant houses on both sides of the canal, as well as the personalized decorations placed by the inhabitants and shopkeepers.

The local government has asked you to refurbish a street in their famed city. Use your creativity to amaze both tourists and locals with your masterpiece of design!

Legendary Forests
Relax and embellish your planet with beautiful trees and leaves in this poetic and quick game! Each player has the same numbered World tiles (drawn randomly one by one), and will play them at the same time on their individual planet to create color and Rune match-ups. Show your individuality! Placing Tree tokens in your forests will increase their beauty and worth, and at the end of the game, the closed forests will reward you with even more points!