Game on! at More than a Game
It’s been awhile since I’ve visited a new gaming cafe, as I’ve only had time to visit the one closest to me, Bitbox. It’s still a sweet spot, but it can take a long time for me to get there if the traffic is bad, or I have to take a bus. Fortunately, a new location of the More than a Game Cafe chain has opened on Prachachuen Road, close to Durakij Bundit University (and closer to my home).
This More than a Game location has a lot of space, and is nicely decorated – it’s bright, open, and has sturdy yet attractive gaming tables and chairs. The amount of light and space are important because some customers might be intimidated by going into a cramped, dark place with a lot of strangers to sit and have a coffee and play a game.
The staff are friendly and offer help choosing games, and will show you how to play or even play with you, if they have the time. One of the staff members I met spoke English.
The number of games on tap is impressive, around 100 according to one of the managers. As with most gaming cafes, you can bring your own games as well use those available in-store.
The cafe serves a wide variety of iced and hot drinks, and has quite a selection of food – waffles (savoury or sweet) as well as salads and other lunch meals.
The only downside that I have noticed about this location is the amount of noise. I have been here twice now, and there are typically quite a few younger kids who are talking loudly and not being redirected to use an indoor voice. They’re just kids being kids, but their volume combined with all of the hard surfaces in the cafe (which reflect the noise) can make it somewhat difficult to focus on your own game.
The normal price for game playing in the cafe is 50 baht per person per hour, but the More than a Game Cafe locations at Urban Square and Plenary Mall currently have a promotional rate of 30 baht per person per hour.
I intend to lead a group of role-players at the Urban Square More than a Game Cafe on Sunday afternoons, starting in March, 2017. Some of the participants will be teachers, while others will be students, and I’ll post my observations of the sessions in the coming months.
As always, game on!