The Devil’s Bench
436 Colborne Street East
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 noon until 10:30 p.m.
The Devil’s Bench in Brantford opened to the public on Saturday, April 4, 2015 and filled a void for the city’s nerd-culture enthusiasts. The board game café is a place where people can grab a bite to eat and then choose from 175 board games to play. Patrons can play as many games as they would like for a fee of $5 per day. A variety of board games fills an entire wall with choices from family favourites like Scrabble or Yahtzee to games like Ticket to Ride or Descent and all of the popular board games in between.
Three Brantford friends, Bill Dungey, Alex Kirley and Geoff Roloson, own The Devil’s Bench. The three are part of a gaming group of the same name that has been gaming together for nearly 10 years. Kirley will be there to greet patrons in the café most often and knows so much about gaming that he’s not allowed to participate in trivia nights. Roloson has the business experience and will be running the books as well as act as the Dungeon Master who orchestrates, plans and carries out the Dungeons and Dragons Nights. Dungey handles all the online communications and the digital side of the business.
The Devil’s Bench is more than just a gaming café in that they will offer digital gaming, live podcasting equipment and comic books. The owners are also planning to have multiple events throughout the year and start testing their own game, which is currently in development.
Learn more about The Devil’s Bench at their website.