Staff Spotlight: Graeme Heaven

Written by: on May 30th, 2014

Continuing in our series of Staff Spotlights, we have Graeme Heaven, one of our more recent additions and one who has already become a strong member of the team.

Graeme Heaven | The Board Room Game Cafe

What do you find exciting about board games?
I find that board games are a great way to sit down and have real face time with friends and family as well as being a means of meeting new people. They are a great way to catch up with those close to you and it is a really good icebreaker for making new friends (especially if you are on a date). In todays world people are more attuned to long distance communication via smartphones, computers, video game consoles, and the like. Board games allow for a more physical social experience that is really fun and satisfying for just about anyone. I feel as though people are beginning to search and rediscover tabletop games as an alternative to their computer devices, which has caused a real spur in the board-gaming community over the past few years. We are beginning to see more and more games being developed and published than ever before and there does not appear to be any signs of it slowing down. This is the modern era of board gaming and it is definitely worth getting involved in.

Describe a fond board game memory
When I was but a lad I had my fair share of the classic games such as Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Sorry, and so on. I think the fondest memories of my early childhood gaming would have to be playing Mastermind with my Mother. I also wanted to play chess with my Opa (Grandfather) all the time and I loved playing Rummoli at my Aunt Liz’s. More recently I would have to say that playing board and card games with my friends and former co-workers in Wolfville over the past few years has been really special. Working at the Board Room will certainly add to the collection of fond board gaming memories!

Graeme Heaven | The Board Room Game Cafe

What do you enjoy doing outside of the cafe/board gaming?
Exploring and meeting new people are definitely up there. When I was growing up I pretty much focused all my attention on Video Games but that has changed dramatically since then. I really do enjoy the bar/pub/restaurant scene here in the city, especially since there has been a great surge of interest for local products. Eat local and drink local are two things that I strive to do, though I have been bad lately (Strongbow is just too good to pass up at times).

 

Explain your role at the cafe
I am a server that works in the kitchen from time to time. I have worked in the service industry for a few years now and I love it, but I have to say that the Board Room is by far the most unique working experience I have ever had. Not only am I slinging drinks but I am also teaching games.. What I like most is that I am getting that sense of satisfaction from serving customers but I am having a blast doing it as well. Someday I hope to learn enough games and garner enough gaming experience to focus primarily on teaching games. Bartending/Serving is a profession that I love to do, which makes it all the better when the Board Room takes it to another level.

Graeme Heaven | The Board Room Game Cafe
How many games have you added to your collection since starting work at the Board Room? What were they?
A lot of games. Like, a lot. The highlights would have to be Pandemic: On the Brink and Splendor. My collection will continue to grow, but first I need to pay rent.

What do you like most about Halifax? How does it compare to living in BC?
Growing up in BC was great, don’t get me wrong. Penticton and the Okanagan Valley are probably one of the better places to live in Canada, but I love it here in Nova Scotia. I did a lot of growing up in Nova Scotia (lived in Wolfville for several years) and I hope to take advantage of that as I continue to adjust to Halifax. It is hard to explain but I have talked about it with others and there just seems to be a strong sense of wanting to be in Nova Scotia. It’s relaxing and it’s fun. People are just at ease here. Not only that, but you meet the most interesting people. I can see myself going back out West, but for the time being, I am happy where I am at.

What’s one thing that our customers may be surprised to learn about you?
That my last name is Heaven. Yes, it is Heaven, and it is not pronounced Haven.

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Staff Spotlight: Kat Adams

Written by: on May 20th, 2014

An import from Ontario, Kat was one of our first regular customers so we figured why not pay her some money since she likes being at the cafe so much. Read on to learn more about her!

Kat Adams | The Board Room Game Cafe

Explain your role at the cafe

I like to call myself a sandwich slinger aka kitchen wench. You can usually see/hear me dancing and singing to the kitchen tunes through the big window behind the bar. Sometimes you can even spot me out on the floor serving all you fine folks snacks and yummy beverages.

Kat Adams | The Board Room Game Cafe

Describe a fond board game memory

I’ve always played board games with my big brother and my dad. I remember more than a few games of monopoly that ended with me having to create a little makeshift panhandling sign just to get through. We always had an extensive collection of the classics and now that I’m working at the Board Room, I’ve been able to share new classics with my family which is an awesome feeling. I brought them in the cafe over the Christmas holidays and shared Ticket to Ride. My dad and brother loved it so much we played all three versions on offer in the library in one sitting!

 

What’s the best thing currently coming out of the kitchen?

Tough question! If I had to pick, I’d say the dips. Sometimes I get a craving for the dip sampler that you wouldn’t believe. Other than that, the chocolate bowl is a close runner up – I mean, come on – chocolate.

 

What do you like best about the customers that frequent the Board Room Game Cafe?

Y’all are great – no really!, I mean it. Our customers are seriously the best. My favourite thing to do is get excited about a new game with customers. Some of our regulars are even responsible for teaching me some new games and sharing recommendations. I just love it.

Kat Adams | The Board Room Game Cafe

 

What do you enjoy doing outside of the cafe/board gaming?

What? I don’t know what you mean. This question is irrelevant – I am always here. Let’s not be crazy. Moving on…

 

How many games have you added to your collection since starting work at The Board Room and what were they?

Too many? Not enough? I both don’t know and don’t want to know the exact number, but it’s lots. I’ve added a bunch of the modern classics to my collection like Pandemic, Ticket to Ride Europe, and Carcassonne. Plus a few more that I just fell in love with like Takenoko, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Gloom, Star Realms, Risk: Legacy, Hey! That’s my Fish!, Timeline, and Love Letter.

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Staff Spotlight: Lewis McGinn

Written by: on May 14th, 2014

Let us introduce you to Lewis McGinn aka “The Tall Guy.” Read on to see what makes him tick.

Lewis McGinn | The Board Room Game Cafe

 

What do you find exciting about board games?

My uncanny ability to always win.

 

Explain your role at The Board Room Game Cafe.

I’m head Barista here as well as a game boss which means I get paid to make awesome coffee drinks and teach people new games. #bestjobever.

Lewis McGinn | The Board Room Game Cafe

 

Describe a fond board game memory.

I knew I liked board games when I was a little kid and I made my frail, elderly aunt cry at a game of Backgammon and then again later that same day at Monopoly. The joke ended up being on me though, because she was super catholic and thought I was the devil. Worth it? Not really, I was totally cut out from her will.

 

What do you like best about our customers?

They’re nice. I like them. It’s nice when a group really buys in to the idea and lets me make their game choice for them. People get real smiley when they learn a new game. Especially Sumo Ham Slam!

Lewis McGinn | The Board Room Game Cafe

 

What’s your favourite game?

I grew up on a diet of brown rice, almond milk and Star Wars. I tend to gravitate to games taking place in space. Favourites include: Eclipse, Quantum, and Hey! That’s My Fish.

 

What do you enjoy doing outside of the cafe and board game life?

There’s life outside of board games? I’m an active lifestyle kind of guy. I’m usually out on a bike ride with a few friends, a few beers, and a picnic basket. That or throwing a Frisbee around with those same friends. I also like feeding a spoonful of peanut butter to my friend’s dog and placing bets on how many times he’ll lick his lips.



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