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RPG Roulette: Home By Dark @ Mayfair
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm

Fan of Stranger Things or E.T.? How about The Goonies?

Join us for an October of RPG one-shots! This week is Home By Dark, where you’ll play kids, teens, and adults that have discovered a powerful innocent in your small town. You must protect it from nefarious pursuers that want it for their own plans, all the while avoiding the growing danger that threatens the town.

New players are always welcome! We’ll be starting with brand new characters and covering the basics of the game before we begin.

More about the Game
Home by Dark is a story game inspired by the resourceful and misunderstood kids of many 80’s films, along with the myriad homage films and series that have come since.  You and your friends help to protect this mysterious secret while insecurities, fears, and latent drama from their own lives will surface and threaten to unravel the whole plan.

No F**ks Given—Karaoke and Game Night @ Oak & Shield Gaming Pub
Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm

Once again, Sorta Ridiculous Productions will be giving Two F**ks at the pub!

This time, we’re celebrating the Kickstarter relaunch of Two F**ks the Card Game—with a night of Karaoke and good times with friends, family and fellow Two F**kers.

There will be tables for beginner/casual players to learn the game, so prepare to enjoy this new insult-slinging card game and give a Flying F**k!


Octo-Con 2019 @ Greenfield
Oct 19 all-day

Join us for an epic in-store convention this Fall!

Octo-Con is a full day of free gaming, featuring octagonal gaming challenges, door prizes, special events, and more.

Host a Game—Get MVP Points!
The people that consistently make our in-store conventions so amazing are our event hosts from our incredible local community. Join the team for Octo-Con 2019, choose the games you love most, and spread that love to your fellow gamers.

Let us know what you’d like to host!

The Octagonal Challenge!
When you arrive, stop at the front counter for your free Octo-Con ticket and CHALLENGE CARD.

This card will present you with a series of challenges: “Play a game with someone you met today,” “Play a game with 8+ players,” et cetera. For each challenge you complete, you’ll have the chance to select a promo item from our stash.

Plus—complete 8 of the challenges and you’ll receive 800 MVP points!

Paint-n-Take: Beholders! @ Mayfair
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the… well, you know. Join us for this Paint-n-Take event, where you’ll get a ready-to-paint Beholder miniature, as well as some tips on how to make it look great—then take it home!

All Supplies and Miniatures Provided!

Your Paint-n-Take host, Bob, has been painting miniatures for years. He will share with us some tips and tricks on how to get your gazing grouches looking great.

Private Event: Birthday Party @ Greenfield
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’re happy to set aside space for your upcoming birthday party, private game night or special get-together!

Reserve space for your own private event here, available at all Board Game Barrister locations and Oak & Shield Pub.

Private In-Store Events

Private In-Store Birthdays

Oak & Shield Pub Reservations and Parties

RPG Roulette: Zombie World @ Mayfair
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm

What kind of survivor are you?

Join us for an October of RPG one-shots! This week is Zombie World, where you’ll play survivors fighting against the living and the dead for your own place in the world.

New players are always welcome! We’ll be starting with brand new characters and covering the basics of the game before we begin.

More about the Game
Zombie World is a card-based tabletop roleplaying game, where you’ll take on the roles of ordinary people caught up in a zombie apocalypse, struggling to survive day after day, month after month, year after year, in a world destroyed by the restless dead.

Maybe you’re just an accountant who took up a machete to keep her friends and family safe. Maybe you’re an escaped inmate trying to keep your criminal past a secret from your fellow survivors. Maybe you’re a soldier trying to lead and protect your whole enclave in this ruined world.

The game is designed for easy, quick, and intense play.

Ideological Board Games: A History, Game Night and Book Release @ Oak & Shield Gaming Pub
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a book release and night of board game history with author Eric Thurm—and join in for a few of the most noteworthy games through the ages.

Eric’s new addition to the Avidly Reads series—Board Games—releases this October and we’re celebrating with a game night! Instead of a traditional release, we’ll play some of the odd, historical games discussed in the book using replicas of the boards, then talk about the experience collectively.

These games will range from classics like  Class Struggle (the world’s first socialist board game) and Mystery Date (the game of learning how to be a teen girl) to something newer with The Grizzled (the game of surviving World War I). You might not win, but at least you’ll learn something.

More about Avidly Reads

The adverb “avidly” is defined as “with great interest and enthusiasm.”  Avidly―the online magazine founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood & Sarah Mesle and supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books―specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to the intersection of expertise and passion.  Avidly Reads is an exciting new series of books that are part memoir, part cultural criticism, each bringing to life the author’s emotional relationship to a cultural artifact or experience. Indeed, the editors and authors in the Avidly Reads series invite readers to explore the surprising pleasures and obstacles encountered in our everyday life.

Brawl Weekend—Throne of Eldraine @ Mayfair
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am

Join us for a day of epic new decks at Brawl Weekend!

Living in the space between Commander and Standard, the Brawl format invites you to build a singleton (one of each card) deck around a legendary creature or planeswalker of your choice.

Find out more about the Brawl Format below.

Registration: 11:30pm
Start Time: Noon
Two casual rounds of Brawl gameplay.

Eldraine Promo Pack Prizes:

  • All participants will receive a Throne of Eldraine Promo Pack.
  • And the winner of each Brawl Pod will receive an additional Eldraine Promo Pack!

Want to try for another pack? Jump into a second game for another chance!

Can’t make it to Mayfair on Saturday?
Join us on Sunday, October 27 for Brawl Weekend at Greenfield and North Shore!


Brawl—the Short Version:

  • 60-card decks
  • All cards must be Standard-legal
  • No more than 1 of a given card (except basic land)
  • 1 “commander”—a legendary creature or planeswalker that begins in the command zone and returns to it any time it leaves the battlefield
  • Any mana symbol that appears on a given card must also appear on your commander
  • Players start with 30 life
  • Best played in groups of 3–5 players

See the full rules and deckbuilding guidelines for Brawl.

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!

OAKSIDE DOWN: A Very Stranger Halloween @ Oak & Shield Pub
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm

Something strange is going on at Oak & Shield. A pile of Ouija boards appeared in the basement, our gaming consoles keep showing cat videos, oh, and then there’s the little girl who can move things with her mind. It all started when those trucks showed up at the unmarked national laboratory in the Pick ‘N Save parking lot. It’s time to investigate, with an “untz untz” Halloween DJ dance party!

Gather your adventuring party, pack your Eggos and slingshots, and join us in the…

<cue 80’s synth music>

A Very Stranger Halloween



Myrage  10PM-to-12AM

DJ GreenFlöw 12AM-to-2AM

Drink Specials All Night: Featuring the Eggo Cocktail, Upside Down shots, Can We Please Play D&D Now, and more!

Costume Contest: During the party, you may be selected as a finalist in the costume contest. Participation is completely optional, and it definitely won’t take up very much of your time 😉

Cosplay and costumes welcome all day long! We will be open for business as usual all day Saturday, seating our last tables at 8pm.
As a reminder, we are 21+ after 10pm.

Weapons Policy: Weapons and props closely resembling weapons are prohibited. When in doubt, err on the side of no-weapons.
Glowy lightsaber—OK.   Replica firearm—Not OK!

Final Dining Seating – 8PM
Doors Open – 9PM
Party Starts – 10PM
$5 Cash Cover

Now, let’s turn down the lights and turn up the tunes.

Scoops Troop, Assemble!