Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Board Games at Thirsty Meeples, Oxford

Rich's birthday falls in the middle of February, and ever since we have been together it has never been on a weekend day. In fact, he normally ends up being away for it, but this year it was on a Saturday and he was home! I love birthdays and I was super excited to spoil him rotten all day, but I did ask him if there was anything he fancied doing and he immediately said he wanted to go to Thirsty Meeples and play board games with our friends Cat and Ollie.

Thirsty Meeples is a short walk from where the park and ride buses drop off, and was already getting busy at 12pm with it being a Saturday, so if you plan on heading there, it's always best to book in advance. We headed to our table and parked Alanna in her pram just next to us, where she happily slept for the entire time we were there. We like to think it was her birthday gift to Rich.

The game guru who would be looking after us took our food and drink orders and asked us what type of game we'd like to play. Rich has had his eye on Scythe for a really long time as it's currently out of print in the UK so that was our first choice. Unfortunately they don't have that game due to it's sheer size, but the guru suggested a couple of other games and we picked to play one called Inis.

Inis is a card drafting (meaning the cards get passed around the players instead of just drawn randomly) area control game which has elements of Small World and 7 Wonders in it. The rules initially seemed complicated, but the game guru explained them to us brilliantly so we soon got stuck in.

In the game if you fight, it is only ever until you agree to become peaceful, and both parties will always lose out, it just depends how much. This appealed to me because I don't like games where people gang up on one another as it can make the experience less fun.

I played sneakily, and I thought I'd won, up until Cat pointed out I hadn't taken the token which allows you to win, the equivalent of saying "Uno", which was hilarious and very frustrating for me. I did manage to snag victory though, even with everyone ganging up on me for the final round!

At the Thirsty Meeples you have 3 hours to play as much as you'd like, once we'd finished Inis we'd still got about an hour left, so we eagerly headed for the well stocked shelves to find another game to play. We found Tokaido which I've had my eye on for a while and we had a quick play through of that, which I won again - sorry Rich!

We had sandwiches, drinks and dessert there, and I can confirm that the salted caramel chocolate brownies are incredible. The sandwiches aren't the best, but it's not really a place you go to for the food, more the atmosphere and the games, so I'll forgive them that. The milkshakes are awesome though, definitely get those.

We had a brilliant afternoon playing board games, and I cannot wait to head back to find more games to play (and hopefully win).

Cat filmed this day as part of her latest vlog, so if you want to watch that it's from 3:02 in the video below.

Have you ever been to a board game cafe? Let me know in the comments.

Rachel x


  1. I've seen a few board games in pubs before but never an entire cafe dedicated to them, such a brilliant idea! We only ever play games at Christmas which is such a shame cos we always enjoy ourselves so much!

  2. Thanks for the link share 😊
    Loved reading about it even though I was there. Was such a good day, I enjoyed my sandwich but yeah the brownie and milkshake were the best 😊 Xxx


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