This Sunday, December 14th, Spielbound will be hosting our first Pandemic Party from 12-6pm. This is not only a great chance to come and play one of the greatest and highest-rated cooperative games around, but also an opportunity to learn more about and support Doctor's Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization dedicated to providing healthcare and medical training to those in war-torn countries.
|Last Will: Getting Sacked||Friday, December 19, 2014 - 14:35|
|Fantasy Frontier||Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:32|
|Cyclades: Titans||Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:35|
|Madeira||Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:07|
|Omaha On Board||Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:57|
|Starship Troopers||Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 17:02|
This Sunday, December 7 the Omaha City Chess Championship will be held at Spielbound Board Game Cafe. Competition will be divided into 2 sections: Championship and Unrated. The championship will be rated by the United State Chess Federation (USCF) and will feature cash prizes. The championship entry fee is $25. USCF membership is required to play in the Championship, but no membership is needed for the Unrated. If, however, any current Spielbound members register for the tournament, they will get a $5 discount off the entry fee. The Unrated entry fee is $20.
Spielmasons is hosting a cooking themed game design contest!
This contest is free to anyone interested in submitting a design. To be a contestant, submit a design to the Spielmasons prior to the end of December 2014.
Contest entries will be tested during the month of January 2015 with a winner announced at a February Spielmasons meeting.
This Sunday, November 23rd from 12-6pm will officially be Catan Day at Spielbound! Come by and play one of the many versions of huge hit game Settlers of Catan including Star Trek Catan, Cities & Knights, Seafarers, Stone Age, and Catan: Junior. Never played Settlers of Catan before? That's okay! We will have volunteers available throughout the day to help teach and guide new players along. We will also be using this opportunity to help raise food for the Omaha Food Bank of the Heartland.
My name is Michael Fryda and I am the Teacher Outreach Coordinator for the organization. I'll be maintaining this blog to help you, the reader, understand what Spielbound has to offer you. I am also the contact for teachers in the Metro area who are interested in finding ways to bring board games into their curricula and after school clubs.
Why me? I'm a twelve-year veteran high school teacher and an adjunct professor of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I teach science at Westside High School in Omaha and I've been involved in creating staff development programs and mentoring first year teachers my entire career.
I've also been sponsoring an after school game club at Westside High School since 2003. A colleague splits the duties with me. Between the two us, we reach over 100 students every Tuesday. When I started the club, I set a series of educative goals for our students. We knew a decade ago, just as we do now that games have strong capacity for teaching critical thinking, strategic thinking, and cost-benefit analysis. All of these thinking modalities are taught in school curricula. We also wanted to be sure that students had a safe, inclusive environment to be at after school. Finally, we wanted to model a positive sporting spirit with our students.
This Saturday, Oct 25, we are joining with Accelerando Coffeehouse to run our 2nd annual Extra Life 24-hour board game marathon! Starting at 9am and finishing at 9am on Sunday we will have a variety of special events and giveaways all to raise funds for the Childrens Miracle Network and our local Children's Hospital. There are many ways that you can participate!
Beginning September 2nd, we'll be offering a slow rollout of our services. Feel free to come by during this time for an early experience to help us sharpen and improve prior to our grand opening to the public; tentatively scheduled for the first week of October.
We encourage you to:
- Grab a Drink
- Play a Game
- Give us your feedback!
The main floor construction is mostly complete including all of the ADA improvements. The exterior fixes are mostly done, too, even with our new sign (just waiting on the black overhang to be installed). Now we're awaiting approval from various city inspections and some additional work in the basement. Once we get the approval, we'll start moving in the games.
Our new sign!
Apologies for the long span since the last update, but while we've been very busy, there hasn't been anything earth-shattering to report, which is mostly good as it means all is moving along nicely.
Almost done with the library entry
Apologies for the long silence, but we've been working hard, and this update is full of pictures to prove it. If you've driven past our location, you'd see signs of work in progress as the construction crew works on making accessible entrances.