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Oct
26
Sat
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!

Oct
27
Sun
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?

 

Nov
2
Sat
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.

Nov
3
Sun
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.

 

Nov
9
Sat
Open House: Neighborhood Toy Store Day @ North Shore
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate National Toy Store Day with an Autumn Open House event at our newest location—North Shore!

Board Game Barrister—North Shore
5530 North Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217

Stop in and explore our shop, meet our team, dive into our great selection of toys and puzzles, and learn a new game (or ten).

Having recently relocated from inside the Bayshore Town Center, we’re proud to have discovered our own brick-and-mortar location in the Glendale community.

For those who are new to us: Board Game Barrister is a local chain of Milwaukee-owned and operated stores specializing in board games, toys, puzzles, collectibles, and most of all—fun!

What to do at the Open House?

  • Try out some of this year’s best new games;
  • Sit in on one of our scheduled learn-to-play game events (schedule coming soon!);
  • Holiday shopping soon? Get amazing suggestions from our knowledgeable team;
  • Hear about our weekly and one-time events for adults, kids and families;
  • And more!

Plus—If you’re like us and you prefer to sip a warm, caffeinated beverage while playing games, you’ll love our selection of delicious cafe beverages—lovingly made by our “Barrister baristas,” and only available at our North Shore location!

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.

 

Nov
10
Sun
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.

ShipShape
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.

 

Nov
16
Sat
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!

 

Nov
17
Sun
Learn-to-Play: Gizmos & Utter Nonsense @ Mayfair
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

This time is Gizmos & Utter Nonsense.

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

Gizmos
The Great Science Fair is drawing together the sharpest minds of our generation. However, only one can be crowned champion. In Gizmos, you and your fellow players will look to create the most magnificent of machines, taking on the role of inventors at the Great Science Fair and utilizing four different types of energy marbles.

You’ll need to plan ahead, because Gizmos will be able to chain-react with each other giving them multiple results from taking a single action!

Utter Nonsense
Combine silly accents with even sillier phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous! Each round features one accent, and each player must read one of their Phrase Cards in said accent. The Nonsense Judge picks their favorite to win that round. You don’t have to be good at accents to play—have fun with it and be silly to make the phrases your own in this laugh-out-loud game for the whole family.

 

Nov
23
Sat
Learn-to-Play: Tiny Towns & Cartographers @ Mayfair
Nov 23 @ 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, Theo, 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.