a Bad Zero Games pop-up game

Justin Nievar, of Birds Landing, rolls a double death spell playing Quarriors during a Bad Zero Games pop-up gaming event at the Hampton Inn, July 13, 2014, in Suisun City. (Steve Reczkowski/Daliy Republic)

Solano County

Game Day a success in Suisun

By From page A3 | July 14, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Board games were in abundance Sunday as Bad Zero Games hosted its inaugural Game Day at the Hampton Inn & Suites.

A couple dozen attendees surrounded several tables that were cluttered with elaborately designed dice and card games that put Monopoly to shame.

“It’s going amazing,” said owner Justin Woods. “It’s exactly what I was hoping for.”

Woods said about 20 to 25 people attended the Game Day, which granted access to a library of about 50 games people could test before they bought them.

“The cool thing about this is . . . you get to sample it before you spend the money yourself,” said Suisun City resident John Harter, who was playing Lords of Waterdeep from the creators of Dungeons & Dragons.

Harter was showing support for Woods and his pop-up business that only operates during the monthly Game Days at temporary locations.

“I think it’s an interesting way to get a business going without having to put up a lot of your own capital for rent . . .” he said. “You can focus on building your business slowly that way.”

Several volunteers were on hand, like Shawn Weaver, who was helping a couple play Quarriors.

“This is a dice-building game, and it has spells, monsters, and it changes with each game,” she said.

As a mother, Weaver said board games are a good way to entertain her children at home.

“It gets the family around the table playing together instead of (them) sitting on their electronic devices by themselves . . . ,” she said.

Woods was teaching a group how to play 7 Wonders, a card-development game built around wonders such as Olympia and the Egyptian pyramids.

“It’s a civilization-building game that takes about 30 minutes,” he said. “It’s a really easy game to get into, and it has a lot of depth.”

Vacaville resident Casey Bess had been playing games since noon and planned to stay until the event ended at 10 p.m.

“Five dollars for 10 hours of games is about the cheapest entertainment you can get,” he said.

After playing Dominant Species and Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar, as well as Kittens in a Blender, the self-described “nerd” said he remains undefeated.

“I’ve never been beaten in a strategy board game,” he said.

Bad Zero Games will host Game Days from noon to 10 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2 Harbor Center, on Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.

“I’m certainly going to go every month,” Bess said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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