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Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe

Updated on December 28, 2014

Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe Oxford

In 2014 I moved to Oxford to make a new start. 2013 had been a tough year in more ways than one. Oxford seemed like a great place to start a fresh after everything that had happened. My sister was already there and I could get to London within an hour from Bicester North. Oxford is a beautiful city and a popular University town.

I was over the moon when I found out about Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe through Twitter. Thirsty Meeples is a great place to play games, as well as to meet new people. Thirsty Meeples is the only board game cafe in the UK and has over 1000 games that you can choose from to play. Tuesdays is open game night, which means that you can just rock up and join someone!

For a game session, you pay £3.50 and bring friends or turn up to open game night to meet people. The food and drink in the cafe is great - I really recommend the milkshakes!

Good Board Games to start off with!

Ticket To Ride
Ticket To Ride

Ticket to ride is a family game that is easy to learn and fun to play. Play against each other building your train tracks to make routes across the USA.

The Settlers of Catan
The Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan is a popular trading game and a good place to start if you are new to board gaming.


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If you are looking for a fun Cooperative Board Game, go for Elder Sign

Elder Sign
Elder Sign

Elder sign is a good game to start off with before venturing into some of the more complicated role play games. Navigate your way around a haunted museum, battling against monsters and passing through gateways to another world!


Elder Sign Board Game Review on Table Top

Our First Night at Thirsty Meeples

Me and my sister went to an open game night on Tuesday to meet a few new people and learn some new games. We played one board game and one co-operative card game with fellow gamers Yanit, David and Nick.

he board game that we played was Ticket to Ride. This is an easy family board game which has a little strategy behind it, but is not too difficult. The aim is to build as many train tracks across America as you can to join your routes. But remember that any routes that you do not complete will cost you penalty points!

The co-operative card game that we tries was Hanabi. If you are not aware of what co-operative card or board games are, they are games in which you have to work together as a team to win against the board or reach a goal. In Hanabi, the goal is to produce a firework display by playing the correct colours and numbers in the right order. Hanabi was quite freaky, because you have to have your cards facing outwards. You can only figure out what cards you have by the clues given by your team mates, so it is a test of memory!

Food at Thirsty Meeples Cafe

If you just want to pop in for a visit and to eat or have a drink (without playing) you can do so provided that it is not busy and not all of the tables are booked for gaming. Weekday afternoons are best for this. Remember that you can also visit to shop - board games are on sale at Thirsty Meeples.

I highly recommend...

  • Red Velvet cake - Beautiful and tasty. But the portions are rather large so if you are not too hungry, consider sharing!
  • Green tea - The tea at Thirsty Meeples is presented to you with a tea timer to ensure perfect brewing time for red, black and green tea.
  • Peach Milkshake - Super!

You will be pleased to know that Thirsty Meeples have now got a licence so you can order from a variety of ales and alcoholic beverages.

Family Games vs Role Play!

Which do you prefer - family games or role play games?

Family Board games

Family Board games

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Open Games Nights and Tornaments at Thirsty Meeples Cafe

Tuesday evening is open games night, so you can literally rock up and join some randomers who are playing something you fancy! If you are going on another day to play, make sure you have a group organised and it is best to book a table in advance.

They have tornaments for the leading strategy games such as Netrunner, Dominion and Ticket to Ride. Practice in advance as competition is tough, and make sure that you register.

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      Amy Trumpeter 3 years ago from Oxford

      @David3142: Oh fantastic! Yes there are some great versions of Dominion. I would love to play the Seaside version!

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      David3142 3 years ago

      I visited Oxford the other day and came across Thirsy Meeples by accident. I didn't have time to stop, but I love the concept and if I'm ever in Oxford again I'll pay a visit.

      I love 'Dominion' and I noticed they had a lot of expansion packs.