Monday, September 24, 2012

[living] Daegu Board and Card Game Club








Daegu Board and Card Game Club



If you enjoy board games, from the likes of strategy based games such as Puerto Rico to laid back relaxing games like Rummikub, then head over to 놀이터 (nol-ee-toh), in downtown Daegu, on Tuesdays around 7:30pm.  The group is mostly comprised of foreigners, but Korean folks are more than welcomed to join.

Unlimited time at the cafe costs 4,200W Monday through Friday and 4,900W on Saturday and Sunday.  A free sugary drink is included with the unlimited rate.  The hourly rate is 1,800W and no free drinks are included.  Stamp cards are available and a free additional drink is awarded on the tenth stamp.  It may come in hand during a hot summer day when you are parched and might want that extra free drink.

놀이터 boasts a wide range of games that are still in really good shape.  Descriptions are in Korean and the wait staff mostly speaks Korean, so come with someone who understands Korean or someone who knows how to play the games.  If you or your friend understand Korean, then you're in luck.  The wait staff and owner know the rules to all the games at the cafe.  Various club members will know how to play different games and they are willing to show you how to play if you don't know.  After a few months of attending, you're bound to have a few games learned under your belt.


Puerto Rico, 
a strategy based game where players choose various roles, ones similar during colonial times,
 to earn as much points as possible by purchasing buildings or creating goods and shipping them.


The atmosphere of the group is a relaxing yet competitive one.  Friendly competition and playful jesting at one another is a common occurrence, but it's all done in the name of fun.  Competition within group of young Koreans is also playful and you will probably see them bopping each other over the head with toy hammers or dropping a pizza pan on each others heads - you'll see the latter punishment set up as you first walk into the cafe.  Some foreigners are not interested in dishing out playful punishment like those described, so don't be deterred from attending.


Settlers of Catan, 
a strategic and luck based game where players build settlements 
by accumulating specific resources in order gain 10 victory points first.


There have been recent discussions about starting an RPG, role playing game, night.  Whether or not it happens will depend on people who know how to play and who have free time to teach it to others.  Additionally, many people have expressed an interest in playing card games as well.  RPGs require imagination and card games only require a deck of cards, so the events may take place somewhere else besides the game cafe.


Carcassonne,
 considered a "gateway" game into the world of board games, is a strategy based game 
where players place adjacent tiles to one another along with a piece, if the player wants to,
 called a meeple.  Points are awarded to the player with the most meeples for farmland, 
and completed cities and roads.


Join the "Daegu Board and Card Game Club" on Facebook if you have any additional questions.  It's best to check the group to see if anyone is meeting.  There is no one in particular who is in charge of the group due to the revolving door of new people within the transient foreigner community.  Some people have expressed interest in meeting on the weekends as weeknights conflict with their school or work schedules.  If you are in the same position, then post a date and see if anyone else is interested.  Someone just might be available.


* The Facebook group page:






 Directions 

 :  Here are 2 possible ways from 2 different subway stops.




1. Banwoldang Exit 13 

 - Take the escalators up and out of the exit.
 - Keep straight and then bear to the right.
 - Walk until you see a Cold Stone Bakery on your right.
 - The police station is right next door.
 - Make a right at the police station.
 - Here, the road splits into 3. Take the middle road
 - You should see an ABC Mart in the distance.
 - Walk to the ABC Mart. Make a left at the ABC Mart.
 - Walk straight for about 100m. On the right, after the intersection, is a Puma store.
 - Take the steps on the right side of the store to the 3rd floor.
 - The café is called놀이터, which means “playground” in Korean.


2. Jungangro Exit 2

 - Walk straight out of exit 2.
 - Keep walking straight until you see the Starbucks on your left, about 100m, and the police station just a few meters away.
 - Make a left at this point. Here, the road splits into 3. Take the middle road.
 - You should see an ABC Mart in the distance.
 - Walk to the ABC Mart. Make a left at the ABC Mart. Walk straight, less than 100m.
 - On the right, after the intersection, is a Puma store.
 - Take the steps on the right side of the store to the 3rd floor.
 - The café is called놀이터, which means “playground” in Korean.











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