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Happy Holidays from Unplugged

Happy Holidays from the Unplugged team!

Our last update went out to you in April, when we had to put most of our plans on hold. Like you, we’ve spent the months between then and now physically distant from many of our relatives and friends. This has been a long and stressful year, and this holiday season is an especially challenging time. Our thoughts are with you as we hope for a safe, healthy, happy holiday season, and a better New Year.

During this stressful time, board games have been a comfort for our families, and a fun way to spend quality time together. But they have also been a bittersweet reminder that we haven’t been able to sit down and play across the table with our closest friends or gaming groups. We’re all so eager to reconnect, and games have always been a perfect way for people of all walks of life to come together in an entertaining and social way. We’re still planning to provide the fun, inclusive, tabletop gaming experience that we could all use right now – with food, drinks, and nearly 500 games (and counting).

Although our plans for securing a location for the Richmond area’s first and only board game cafe are still on hold at the moment, we remain as dedicated as ever to establishing a premiere destination for all tabletop gamers. Over the last few months we’ve added loads of new games to our games library, and backed many more on Kickstarter. We’ve worked to waterproof and protect a large portion of our games, and we’ve been showcasing parts of our collection on our Instagram page. Now that vaccines are being approved and distributed, we plan to resume looking at locations after the holidays. We will resume regular email messages to keep you updated on our progress, and in between updates you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, or on our blog.

We can’t wait to see you at Unplugged. Until then, have a safe and happy holiday season. See you in 2021!

Sean, Katey, and Mark

Kickstarter video outtakes

We’d recently put together a video to launch the still-unpublished Kickstarter campaign for Unplugged. Our plan was to launch the campaign as we announced our finalized location. With all of our plans on hold for the time being, Katey has assembled some outtakes from our video, and we’re happy to share them with you here. Happy gaming!

(We played Azul; Mark won)

Unplugged: Crossroads edition!

Unplugged Games Cafe is hosting Game Night at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, on Monday nights in March and April.

We’ll have our mobile game library – a carefully chosen selection of “greatest hits” games for all ages and skill levels. We’ll help you choose a game, set up, and start playing.

Join us from 4-9pm every Monday for fun, food, and drinks!

Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream is located at 3600 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225.

Meet the Team

Katey & Sean – owner/operators

Sean has been an avid tabletop gamer for more than 30 years. He worked in the foodservice industry for almost 15 years, in restaurants but also as a sales representative for a national distributor. After many years in the foodservice industry, Sean is now in his sixth year as an elementary school teacher, where he combines his love of fun and games with a passion for education, and working with kids. He runs an afterschool board game club for 5th graders, helping students learn about strategy, probability, sportsmanship, and more. Sean especially enjoys living card games like Lord of the Rings: the card game, and Marvel: Champions. 

Katey has spent 20 years in the customer service and sales industry, working closely with clients, and building lasting relationships. She has held management positions, and worked as an industry educator and mentor to bring out the best in newly hired colleagues. She enjoys games, and planning and hosting events. Katey is an amatuer filmmaker and has appeared in several short films shot and premiered in the Richmond 48 Hour Film Festival. She is eager to use her passion for photography, film, and production to develop content for Unplugged! Katey routinely beats Sean in close games of Dominion.

Together, Katey and Sean own a collection of over 200 games, and today they share their love of fun and gaming with their two children. Avery & Emmett, ages 8 and 6, are already developing keen minds for strategy. Avery loves playing Loopin’ Louie, and Emmett rarely loses races in Flamme Rouge. Katey and Sean are excited to share their passion for games, food, and fun with the Richmond community by opening Unplugged!

Mark – owner/operator

Ever since playing Tank Battle in 1975, Mark has been hooked on all types of gaming. Since then, he has received a computer science degree, worked in the restaurant industry and written web software in the education, telecom and restaurant sectors. Now that his kids are headed off to college, he has time to put all those skills and passions together. Bringing his collection of over 300 board games, he is ready to provide the perfect atmosphere for bringing all types of people together to experience tabletop gaming.

Mark and Sean met in the early 90s over games of Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and Spades. They still get together regularly to enjoy both the latest and classic games.