Get to know your next favorite place in Aarhus, denmark!
Wondering what to do on rainy autumn days? We have a suggestion that might busy you for a few fun hours or maybe even the whole day! It is easy to get involved into this fun activity, so better reserve your time and get ready for a challenge. So what are we talking about? While exploring local businesses of Aarhus Visuals found a must place to visit!
It’s Aarhus Brætspilscafé – Board games caffe, located in the heart of Aarhus, that caught our interest. And there surely are a few reasons to wonder about this place!
It is impossible not to notice how full it always is – sun or rain, weekday or weekend, you will always see a bunch of board game lovers training their game tactics and having fun. So what makes it so attractive? What is the concept behind the first this type café in Aarhus? How many games can you find there? Lastly, we also cannot hide our curiosity that occurred from the fact that Aarhus Brætspilscafé is located just in the same space as Innovation Lab, together with us, Visuals, used to spend days before 2015!
Having all these questions in mind we decided to make a mini interview with Jesper Overgaard, the owner and creator of Aarhus Brætspilscafé, and create an infographic poster for all of those, who wonder together with us 🙂
Check out our infographics and read an interview below!
exploring local businesses of Aarhus
Aarhus Brætspilscafé has not only a bunch of great board games, but also a number of interesting facts. We put them together in an old board game style infographics that will tell you all you did not know yet!
A quick interview with Jesper Overgaard About Aarhus Brætspilscafé
How did you come up with an idea to open a game cafe in Aarhus?
It started about 1.5 years ago from now. I had an idea for quite a while that it would be interesting to have a place where people could meet and play board games. And also because my own collection of board games was getting bigger and bigger. I was thinking that it is a shame that all these games are just sitting there on a shelf and no one is using them. So one day I contacted a place called Folkestedet, down by Godsbanen. I thought maybe they have some rooms that we could borrow. I contacted them and asked if they have a place for people to meet and play board games and they said ‘Yes, lets think about it’. The day after they called me back and said ‘You’ve got a room starting from next Tuesday!’. So after a very hectic week, where I had to get more board games and goods to sell – to generate some income – we also started a Facebook page and invited people to the event on that Tuesday. On the first day showed up 30 people and that was pretty good! I think I hit something good, something, showing that people needed a place to come.
What do you think about community in Aarhus – are there many gamers around?
I think it has been getting bigger for a couple of years now. I started playing games about 5 years ago and then I got more and more interested in that, started playing more complex games. I think many people are experiencing the same thing, that it is actually fun to play games with either your friends or people you do not know too well. And just to get together to do something that is not online or on your mobile phone. And I think people have been doing it for quite a while, but now it is getting bigger. Maybe something has changed at how people look at the board games, that it is not as nerdy as it used to be. Board games have evolved quite a lot, so everyone is playing sort of because it is a cool thing to do.
What do you think is the best thing about board games?
I think it is that you get together with your friends. Yes, it is a good way to see friends – you can make an appointment and say ‘We are going to play board games on Wednesday night’ – I used to do that!
We heard about game ‘Gurus’ or game specialist – could you tell us more about them?
They are pretty self-sustainable and I think we have around 15 of them. They are here every weekend. It is a really nice group of volunteers who just like board games and they want to share that with other people. They come every weekend here and help people who want to learn a new game or if you don’t know what to play you can go and ask Gurus. They know their own special games and combined – we know quite a lot of them.
What is the most popular game?
That is a difficult one! We do not really keep track of what people play, so it is always a guess, but depends on who is coming. If it is a girls group – ‘Hints’ is usually what they play, it is really really popular. Then something called ‘Patchwork’ is what we try to push up, because it is a really good two person game and we have a lot of couples coming here, who don’t know what to play, except of ‘Backgammon’. Guys, depending how advanced they are in board games, play ‘Game of Thrones’, because it is a really cool board game, but it takes 4-5h and is all about strategy, maneuvering your troops and stabbing each other to the back, so you need to make deals and break the at the right point.
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