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Plymouth gets its own board game cafe with former Draughts employee at the helm

Plymouth is about to join the leagues of towns and cities across the UK with their own board game cafes, with a grand opening planned for May this year.

Called Twist, the venue will eventually feature room for more than 80 people to enjoy food and drink over two floors, while indulging in an array of board game titles. It will aim to breathe new life into one of the city centre’s closed down shops.

Twist is the brainchild of the 31 year old entrepreneur Hayley Summers who has invested more than £40,000 in revamping the building and plans to have the ground floor open this May.

Summers already has a board games library of 80 titles and will launch a Kickstarter campaign in April with the aim of raising cash to increase this offering to around 300.

“I have always wanted to have a cafe or hospitality business and it makes sense to open a board game cafe – because Plymouth doesn’t have one,” said Summers. “It’s a challenge bringing a new concept to Plymouth, a new leisure activity. I will be there everyday, I am a massive game fan and it’s my baby.”

Summers’ plans land at a time in which the board game cafe trend continues to sweep across the UK, having risen to popularity in Oxford with the UK’s first establishment, Thirsty Meeples, before hitting London’s hipster scene with the likes of Draughts.

Summer herself is a former employee of Draughts, before moving back to Plymouth to set out on her own venture.

The board game cafe scene has been praised by those in the tabletop gaming space for building today’s gaming community in the UK, and has been referred to as “the unsung hero of our industry,” by executives at the tabletop gaming publishing house, Big Potato.

Keep an eye on the April issue of ToyNews for a more in-depth look at today’s board game cafe culture.

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