Think board games are just for kids? Think again! Every week gaming enthusiasts of all ages gather to play board games at various locations across New Jersey. From family-friendly events at your local hobby store to adults-only competitive game nights, there’s something for everyone. Check out this list of eleven places to play board games in New Jersey.
All In One Collectibles
Location: 540 Route 10 West, Randolph
Details: All types of gameplay are on the table here: board games, miniature tabletop games, trading card games and collectible card games. Tables for board games are also available daily during store hours. Tuesday nights feature the store’s free Pokemon league, Wednesdays are Warhammer 40K and HeroClix and Friday nights are for Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments. HeroClix is also played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Why I like it: All in One offers free birthday parties and can be tailored to whatever type of games your child likes.
More info: All In One Collectibles or call 973-664-0912
Family Fun Hobbies
Location: 731 Highway 33, Hamilton
Details: Every night is game night at Family Fun Hobbies. Bring the whole family for “Tabletop Game Night” every Tuesday from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and play classics like Settlers of Catan and Word on the Street or try out new games. If you have a specific game in mind, check their online calendar for Pokemon, Magic the Gathering and Miniature Wargaming events on various dates.
Why I like it: Refer a friend to Family Fun Hobbies and earn store credit, or bring your report card and earn up to $5 off your purchase!
More info: Family Fun Hobbies or call 609-838-2049
All the King’s Men Chess & Games Center
Location: 62 South Broadway, Pitman
Details: All the King’s Men always has tables available for game play, plus it has the hottest selection of all sorts of games – board games, card games and more. Play Star Wars X-Wing on Monday nights at 6:00 pm. Different variations of Magic the Gathering are played on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while YuGiOh tourneys are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Why I like it: Turn your cards into cash – All the King’s Men is always buying or trading your old game cards.
More info: All the King’s Men or call 856-582-8222
Menlo Park Mall Food Court
Location: 55 Parsonage Road, Edison
Details: A meetup hosted by the Boardgames NJ group, this weekly event takes place at Menlo Park Mall. Game play begins at 5:30 pm every Wednesday night and usually lasts four hours. All ages and experience levels are welcome to join. Check out the Meetup group to get more details and sign up to play.
Why I like it: The mall is a convenient meeting spot if you have some shopping to do or you need to grab dinner first.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup
ShopRite of Branchburg
Location: 3166 Route 22, Branchburg
Details: A love of board games is all that’s required to join in the fun Monday nights at 6:00 pm. All are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Join the Boardgames NJ Meetup group to find out more information about these weekly events and to register.
Why I like it: Members of the Boardgames NJ group tend to play a lot of the new Eurogames, which emphasize strategy over luck and have economic rather than military themes.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup
The Only Game in Town (TOGIT)
Location: 211 West Main Street, Somerville
Details: Bring your own game or borrow one of the store’s copies whenever you feel like dropping in for some fun. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For scheduled games, check the calendar on the store’s website. TOGIT also buys and trades games so bring in your old ones and come home with something new.
Why I like it: Located in downtown Somerville, you’ll find ample parking, shops and restaurants close to TOGIT if you make a day (or night) of it.
More info: The Only Game in Town or call 908-725-7077
Tiki Tiki Board Games
Location: 164 South Broad Street, Woodbury
Details: Tiki Tiki Board Games offers open tables daily, ready for you to bring your own games or play with one of their rental or used games. If you want to learn something new, Tiki Tiki teaches a new game every Friday night at 7:00 pm during “Board Game School.” Check out the full calendar for additional events, including Pokemon and Dungeons & Dragons games. Magic the Gathering tournaments are played every Sunday.
Why I like it: A few times a month, Tiki Tiki takes the action on the road and hosts board game night at other venues, like Eight & Sand Beer Co.
More info: Tiki Tiki Games or call 856-202-5103
Time Warp Comics & Games
Location: 555 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
Details: On the first Sunday of every month at noon, Time Warp Comics & Games is home to an all-day board game event hosted by Jersey Association of Gamers (adults only). The store also hosts various leagues and special events–please check the calendar online.
Why I like it: If you’re into comics, new and restock comics are released every Wednesday.
More info: Time Warp Comics or call 973-857-9788
Whole Foods Market
Location: 2245 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall
Details: Word games, card games, classic board games and party games are on the menu at another weekly meetup event, held every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. Both newbies and expert players are welcome, all you need to participate is an enthusiasm for the game.
Why I like it: It’s a fun, healthy alternative to spending Thursday night at happy hour at the bar.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup
Nerdvana Games & Comics
Location: 3003 English Creek Avenue, Suite C2A, Egg Harbor Township
Details: Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, YuGiOh play and more are on the schedule each week, but weekends are for tournaments at Nerdvana! Friday nights are UFS (The Universal Fighting System) Tournaments, Saturdays are for Dragon Ball Super and Magic the Gathering Brawl Tournaments and Sundays have Pokemon Sunday Fun Days! Check the calendar online for the complete schedule.
Why I like it: Aside from having the coolest name ever, Nerdvana hosts Family Game Night every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm. Bring the kids!
More info: Nerdvana or call 609-380-2396
Hidden Level Games
Location: 1613 Route 47 South, Rio Grande
Details: Hidden Level carries both retro and new video games, card games, tabletop games, collectibles and more. Tables are always available for you to play your favorites, or check out one of the weekly scheduled events. There is also a “try before you buy” playcenter where you can test out a (pre-owned) game before buying. Come on in and get your geek on!
Why I like it: Not only is Hidden Level a game store, they do repairs, too! Bring in your broken video game console or your disc that needs resurfacing and let the experts take care of it.
More info: Hidden Level Games or call 609-551-4986