It's been awhile since a "game" review (remember Lex Firefly?). Another one has been long due, but it hasn't been easy looking for games that both Wendy and I don't mind playing together. I like almost all manner of computer games, but Wendy is strictly a "Sims" person. That kind of limits our choices.
Board games, on the other hand, are a whole different story!
While computer games may be skewed towards the male audience, board games do tend to attract a wider market. Though I enjoy board games as much as computer games, growing up as an only child meant the only board games I could realistically play at home were the usual 2-player games like chess with Dad. (Of course I always lost).
But those days are long gone. Now there are 728543256 different board games out there, and it gets more and more sophisticated every year. Neither do they come cheap. with each set averaging > RM100.
Sensing an opportunity, Meeples has emerged as a gathering place for friends and family alike to hang out on a fine afternoon or quiet evening to play some board games! The concept is simple; each person pays an hourly fee of RM5, and the group can play any board game of choice, changing as many times as they like.
That is one of the selling points of Meeples, because with so many choices it's hard to know what's fun and what's not if no one has played before. The best and most recommended thing to do is always ask the helpful staff to recommend some games. Let them know what type of games the group would be interested to play, like strategy games / bluffing games / reactionary games, and they will do the rest for you, including explaining how to play and demoing the games =)
On our first visit there we met Michelle and Yin Yin and Pok. Mich and Yin brought along their boyfriends and it was the first time we were meeting them, so we asked the staff to help us choose some simple ice-breaking games. They quickly came back with this one called Say Anything!
The game is simple: each player takes turn to ask a question from the question cards.Other players then have to write the answer of what they think is most likely the answer the Asker will pick. For example, if I ask what is my favourite movie, then everyone has to think about what my favourite movie will be and write that down. When everyone is done, all answers will be revealed and players will vote on which one they think is most likely to be chosen. After that the Asker picks his favourite answer, and those players that voted correctly will score points!
It's a really simple and fun way to get to know the likes and dislikes of people quickly! Wendy doesn't have the same level of enthusiasm towards board games as me, but when she plays she's usually the best! This time she was the purple player, and she could guess what everyone's favourite answer would be. (Everyone except for Pok. =D).
After 2 rounds of that we went on to another called Apples to Apples. In this game, everyone holds 5 red "apple" cards, and every round 1 green "apple" card is opened. Everyone has to choose 1 of their 5 cards that best relates to the green card. The person who opened the green card decides who wins and can keep the cards.
The game gets really hilarious when all sorts of nonsense pairings are made! For example, in this round someone opened a green card that said "irritating". I didn't have any other card that would make better sense with that word, so I went with "girlfriends". Obviously that didn't go down well with the real girlfriend. Hence the ear-pulling. =D
Another memorable combination was a green card that said "handsome" - the red card that won said "Confucius"!
But of course, as with majority of board games we play, Wendy won. =/
Since we're a food blog it's important to point out that Meeples serves snack food and drinks! We haven't tried the food yet, but their milkshakes are actually worth the price even though it's restaurant standards. Drinks are slightly pricier than outside though, so it's advisable to bring your own water, because everyone is going to be very thirsty after all the laughing and shouting and talking =P
So that was our first time at Meeples. We both had a great time, and it felt like a really well-spent Friday night. We've been back since then and played other games, but I'll spread the reviews of those games in other posts so this one isn't too long. But anyway if you and your friends are bored and looking for something new and fun to try, think of Meeples! I guarantee it'll be well worth it =)
Meeples - European Board Game Cafe | Site
No. 64-1, Jalan SS15/4D,
47500 Subang Jaya,
(same row as McDonald's, next to Tutti Frutti & right above Face2Face Noodle House)
Tel: +60 3 5633 8033
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-1am; Closed on Mondays