Oceanos
Legendary DBG
Sep
25
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Legendary DBG
FREE
Monday, September 25 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

Come on out for the first instalment of our new ‘Learn to Play’ series with Legendary. Whether you’re looking to learn a new game or always ready to jump at a chance to play Legendary, this night is for you.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including a playmat, villain, hero, and a scheme.

“Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is set in the Marvel Comics universe. To set up the game, players choose a mastermind villain (Magneto, Loki, Dr. Doom, etc.), stack that particular villain's attack cards underneath it, then modify the villain deck as needed based on that villain's particular scheme. Players then choose a number of hero decks – Spider-Man, Hulk, Cyclops, Wolverine, etc. – and shuffle them together; since players use only a handful of hero decks out of the fifteen included, the hero deck can vary widely in terms of what's available.

Over the course of the game, players will recruit powerful hero cards to add to their deck in order to build a stronger and more resourceful deck. Players need to build both their recruitment powers (to enlist more heroes) and their fighting ability (to combat the villains who keep popping up to cause trouble). Players recruit heroes from an array of five cards, with empty slots refilled as needed. At the start of a player's turn, he reveals a villain and adds it to the row of villains. This row has a limited number of spaces, and if it fills up, the earliest villain to arrive escapes, possibly punishing the heroes in some way. Some villains also take an action when showing up for the first time, such as kidnapping an innocent bystander. The villain deck also contains "master strike" cards, and whenever one of these shows up, the mastermind villain (controlled by the game) takes a bonus action.

As players fight and defeat villains, they collect those cards, which will be worth points at game's end. Players can also fight the mastermind; if a player has enough fighting power, he claims one of the attack cards beneath the mastermind, which has a particular effect on the game. If all of these cards are claimed, the game ends and players tally their points to see who wins. If the mastermind completes his scheme, however – having a certain number of villains escape, for example, or imposing a certain number of wounds on the heroes – then the players all lose.”

Board Game Designer Night Toronto
Sep
26
Tue
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Board Game Designer Night Toronto
FREE
Tuesday, September 26 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

Join us for a night of playtesting and prototyping! Free entry but RSVPs are recommended as space is limited in the Board Games Lounge. Event starts at 6pm. Drop ins throughout the night are welcome but you may have to wait if we're in between rounds. Last round of games will start at 9:00-9:30pm

BOARD GAME DESIGNERS


If possible please RSVP to marketing@401games.ca with an estimate of how many people your game requires to play so we can allocate enough seating space in the Board Game Lounge

PLAYTESTERS


Just bring your lovely selves. Whether you're new to board games or an experienced veteran, your play experience helps designers determine what to tweak with their game.

FREE Featured New Release Demos


In addition to games in developments, we typically have a selection of new board games available to play should we have an excess of playtesters. This month's demo game is still being decided.

Oceanos
Oct
02
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Oceanos
FREE
Monday, October 02 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

10 player limit

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with Oceanos.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including submarines and a broken token treasure chest.

“Each player pilots her own submarine trying to spot the most underwater species and the largest coral reef, sending scuba-divers after forgotten treasures, collecting precious crystals to upgrade their ship and to escape the fearsome kraken's gaze...

Each submarine is divided into five parts, each of them independently upgradable from level 1 to level 3 and each one of them controlling a different ability of the player (however, there are no different abilities from one player to another). As there are multiple ways to score points and multiple takes on the submarine-upgrading order, the game offers several ways to win. The whole game takes mere 15 turns, each one of them simultaneous between all players, which makes it a fairly quick family game.

Even though the submarines have the same abilities game-wise, each looks differently, and a special attention was obviously given also to the depiction of marine life.”

Board Game Designer Night Vaughan
Oct
05
Thu
@ 6:00pm
Vaughan
Board Game Designer Night Vaughan
FREE
Thursday, October 05 @ 6:00pm in Vaughan

Board Game Designer Night in Vaughan continues! The first Thursday of every month we host a Board Game Designer Night at our new location - 7700 Keele St. Free entry but RSVPs are recommended as space is limited in the Board Games Lounge. Bring your prototypes & your pals. Have fun playtestering your game & fellow designers' games - everyone gets feed-back!

BOARD GAME DESIGNERS


Bring your prototypes and be willing to not only test your game, but test others as well.

PLAYTESTERS


Just bring your lovely selves. Whether you're new to board games or an experienced veteran, your play experience helps designers determine what to tweak with their game.

DC Deckbuilder
Oct
16
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
DC Deckbuilder
FREE
Monday, October 16 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with DC Deckbuilder.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including a playmat and a ‘Vixen’ card.
“Batman! Superman! Wonder Woman! Aquaman! The Flash! Green Lantern! Cyborg! The Justice League of America is ready for action – are you? Fight the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and peace in the DC Comics Deck-Building Game!

To start the game, each player chooses one of the seven over-sized hero cards, each of which has a special power, and starts with a deck of ten cards. Each turn, a player starts with a hand of five cards and can acquire or conquer the five types of cards in the game: heroes, villains and super-villains, equipment, super powers, and locations. To defeat villains, you'll need to have power – but when a super-villain is defeated, a new one comes into play, attacking all the heroes while doing so. Make sure you've acquired defenses – like superspeed or bulletproof powers, or The Batsuit equipment – to protect yourself from harm.

Craft your hero deck into a well-oiled machine to take on the most vile villains in the DC Universe in your quest for victory (points)!”

Zombicide Black Plague
Oct
30
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Zombicide Black Plague
FREE
Monday, October 30 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with Zombicide: Black Plague.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including Base Counters, Iron Dice, and a promotional Bruce miniature.

“Zombicide: Black Plague takes the zombie apocalypse into a fantastical medieval setting! The arcane powers of the Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it's up to your group of straggling survivors to not only stay alive during these dark times, but to take back the realm and punish those responsible for the apocalypse!

Zombicide: Black Plague allows you take control of paladins, dwarves, knights, and magicians, wielding powerful swords, crossbows, and even magic spells to defeat the zombie hordes and its Necromancer overlords. The classic Zombicide rules have been revamped for this new incarnation of the game, while still retaining the nonstop action, tense atmosphere and easy-to-learn rules that made Zombicide a classic. Equip your survivor with equipment like chainmail armor or shields to defend against the undead, pick up spell books to perform fantastic enchantments, or light up a pool of dragon bile to create an all-consuming inferno of dragon fire!

Take on the zombie invasion from the medieval streets to secret vaults that create quick passages through the citadel (and often hold special artifacts). Chase down the elusive Necromancers to keep them from multiplying the zombie masses. And tackle a whole new set of missions through which your group of survivors will become the heroes of the land (or the last victims of the zombie massacre).”

Smash Up
Nov
13
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Smash Up
FREE
Monday, November 13 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

6 player limit

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with Smash Up.

Promos awarded based on attendance, of a Smash Up All-Stars Faction Pack.
“The "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience.

During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent's Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases - flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once?!?

When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time.

With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents?

And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?”

King of Tokyo
Nov
27
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
King of Tokyo
FREE
Monday, November 27 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with King of Tokyo.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including a Fish Market, some Broken Token upgrades, and even a new monster.

“In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.

At the start of each turn, you roll six dice, which show the following six symbols: 1, 2, or 3 Victory Points, Energy, Heal, and Attack. Over three successive throws, choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to win victory points, gain energy, restore health, or attack other players into understanding that Tokyo is YOUR territory.

The fiercest player will occupy Tokyo, and earn extra victory points, but that player can't heal and must face all the other monsters alone!

Top this off with special cards purchased with energy that have a permanent or temporary effect, such as the growing of a second head which grants you an additional die, body armor, nova death ray, and more.... and it's one of the most explosive games of the year!

In order to win the game, one must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 victory points, or be the only surviving monster once the fighting has ended.”

Mystic Vale
Dec
04
Mon
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Mystic Vale
FREE
Monday, December 04 @ 6:00pm in Toronto

We’re back with another ‘Learn to Play’ event, this time with Mystic Vale.

Promos awarded based on attendance, including some wooden Tokens and Promo Cards.

“A curse has been placed on the Valley of Life. Hearing the spirits of nature cry out for aid, clans of druids have arrived, determined to use their blessings to heal the land and rescue the spirits. It will require courage and also caution, as the curse can overwhelm the careless who wield too much power.

In Mystic Vale, 2 to 4 players take on the role of druidic clans trying to cleanse the curse upon the land. Each turn, you play cards into your field to gain powerful advancements and useful vale cards. Use your power wisely, or decay will end your turn prematurely. Score the most victory points to win the game!

Mystic Vale uses the innovative "Card Crafting System", which lets you not only build your deck, but build the individual cards in your deck, customizing each card's abilities to exactly the strategy you want to follow.”

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn - Game Night
Every
Monday
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn - Game Night
FREE
Every Monday @ 6:00pm in Toronto

Monday is Ashes Night here at 401 Games. This is a great chance for players new to the game to meet other players and learn more about the game, amongst one of the largest communities in Canada. Come out and play!

Each and every Monday at 6!

Geekz United Board Game Meetup
Every Other
Tuesday
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Geekz United Board Game Meetup
FREE
Every Other Tuesday @ 6:00pm in Toronto

401 Games plays host to a Bi-Weekly Board Games Night every other Tuesday evening.

If you are interested in attending, you can RSVP at the Geekz United Meetup page.

Format:


An evening of casual open play featuring a variety of board games.

Toronto BoardGamers Weekly Meetup
Every
Wednesday
@ 6:00pm
Toronto
Toronto BoardGamers Weekly Meetup
FREE
Every Wednesday @ 6:00pm in Toronto

401 Games plays host to a Weekly Board Games Night every Wednesday evening.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP at the Toronto Boardgamers Meetup Group here.

Format


An evening of casual open play featuring a variety of board games.

Thursday Board Games Meet-Up!
Every
Thursday
@ 6:00pm
Vaughan
Thursday Board Games Meet-Up!
FREE
Every Thursday @ 6:00pm in Vaughan

Love board games? Well our Vaughan location is excited to play host to another weekly meet-up run by the fine folks at TABS. Come out every Thursday for evening of board games and fun at our fantastic new Vaughan location.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP at the Toronto Boardgamers Meetup Group here.

Format


An evening of casual open play featuring a variety of board games.