Spend most Saturday nights in trivial pursuit? Sinking battleships? Connecting four?
Well, head on over to Union Hall on July 27 to test your smarts, and try your luck, at the Board Game Olympics.
Brought to you by Metro Metro, the guys behind a yearly scavenger hunt in Manhattan and who live by the motto “Playing is better than working,” the Olympics pits teams of four against each other in such classic games as Trivial Pursuit, Connect Four, and Jenga, with the final two duking it out in Operation for the bragging rights and some prizes.
Ed Herro of Metro Metro, a personal fan of Jenga and the “really dorky” Pirate’s Cove board game, came up with the idea of a Board Game Olympics. After two wildly successful nights in November and last month at Union Hall, the third event comes to Park Slope venue.
“Because of the nature of board games, you have to meet each other and have to talk,” said Herro. “It’s not only a competitive event, it’s a very social event. That’s what we strive for with all our events.”
For for those with less of a competitive streak, there will also be plenty of extra games provided on the sidelines. Those who do win can look forward to cheapo prizes like giant candy bars and, more important, glory.
“It’s a lot of fun at any level of competitiveness,” said Herro. “Even if you don’t want to compete, you can hang out and get to know us. If you have an idea, you can come and talk to us.”
The next idea Metro Metro has is a Kubb tournament, a Swedish lawn game where players knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them, in Prospect Park next month.
“We’re giving it to Brooklyn more and more,” said Herro.
The Board Game Olympics are July 27 at Union Hall (702 Union Street) from 7-11 p.m. Sign up is available for up to 10 teams of 4, so sign up now. Registration is $30 per team. For more information and to sign up, go to www.metrom
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