The First Board Game Cafe in Bali! Check it out!

Welcome to Downtime!

Downtime is the first board game cafe to open in the beautiful island of Bali. Yay!

What is a board game cafe?

A board game cafe is a place where fans of board games could eat, drink, hang out, socialize, and play some of the best board games available. Downtime has a library of over 100 different titles from casual games like 6 Nimmt and Sushi Go, to modern classics such as Catan and Pandemic, to some heavy brain-burners such as Great Western Trail and Keyflower.

How did Downtime come about?

There is a growing community of board game enthusiasts living here on Bali. For a long time, we would meet at a cafe once a week to play board games. We would bring our own games and ride our motorbikes to a cafe somewhere, sometimes risking rain damage to our precious cardboard games, for a chance to socialize with and match wits against our friends. It was not always perfect. Some cafes were too packed, some had bad food, some cafes had broken air conditioning, and so on. After a while, we located an available retail spot in Kerobokan and decided to take a chance and open our own shop. Now finally we have a place to store all our board games and create a food menu that’s actually good!

How is the food?

We don’t like to brag, but we think we’ve done quite well with our menu! Our Basil Chicken rice bowl is always a fan-favorite, our Belgian Fries are crispy and fantastic, and our Crispy Chicken Burger is one of our best-selling meals. Is the food good? We have repeat customers who visit us again and again, only to eat–not play board games. So… yeah?

I want to play, but I only know Monopoly!

That’s ok, come by anyway. There’s usually someone who can help and show you how to play some of the newer games in five minutes or less! If you’re interested, you can join the Bali Board Games Community group on Facebook. They have regular events where you can come and meet new interesting people while playing board games.

What games do you have?

We currently have a list of 100 (and growing) different titles available to you our customers. You can see a complete list and links to their descriptions, along with reviews and instructions on YouTube, on our Library page.

Where are you located?

This is our address:

Downtime
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu No. 21
Kerobokan, Bali 80361
Indonesia

Link to Google maps HERE

See you soon!

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New Board Games Recommendations Based on Classic Games

New Board Games Recommendations Based on Classic Games

What’s up with board games?

Modern board games are all the rage right now. The hobby succeeds in bringing friends and family together, enjoying each others’ company in real time, away from electronic screens. If you’re new to the board gaming hobby, it may be intimidating to know where to begin.  There are tens of thousands of board games listed on the Board Game Geek website alone. Yikes!

At Downtime board game cafe in Bali, we’ve put together a brief board game recommendations on some popular modern games that you might like, based on some older games you may know

If you like… we recommend…

Chess

If you enjoy an abstract, highly skillful strategy game where your pieces each have different ways of moving, you might want to try Hive. In this insect-themed game without a board, your objective is to surround and capture your opponent’s queen bee using your pieces. You have units at your disposal such as spiders, ants, beetles, and grasshopper. Each unit moves in their own particular way. Just don’t violate the prime rule: never break the hive—every piece must be connected!

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and ladders is all about rolling your dice and moving your piece. In the game Deep Sea Adventure, you and your friends get to do that as deep sea divers searching for treasure. Roll the dice to see how far you can dive away from your submarine. Decide to pick up a small treasure now, or wait until you can get a bigger one? Don’t carry too much, because each piece slows you down and depletes your shared oxygen supply. If you run out of oxygen before you make it back to the submarine, all your treasure falls back down to the bottom!

Uno

In the game Loonacy, by the makers of the popular card game Fluxx, the object of the game is to match the pictures on the cards in your hand to the pictures on the cards on the table. Where in Uno you only have one discard pile, in Loonacy you can have up to four piles based on the number of players–and did we mention that it’s a real-time, free-for-all, as-fast-as-you-can race to empty your hand?

Monopoly

If you enjoy the act of buying and building real estate, the feel of paper money, and don’t mind the luck of the dice throw, then you may enjoy playing Lords of Vegas. In this game, you are competing to build the most profitable casinos in Las Vegas. You can build casinos, merge them to make bigger ones, fight to take control as the boss of each casino, and collect money and victory points when your casino pays out.

Yahtzee

king of tokyo board game
Just like Yahtzee, in King of Tokyo you may roll each of your dice up to three times.  But in this game you are playing as giant monsters, rolling your dice to deal damage and upgrade your powers while you battle each other to be the most feared and powerful monster of them all—the King of Tokyo!

Jenga/Uno Stacko

You love the act of skillfully stacking things (and watching them fall). In the dexterity game Rhino Hero Super Battle, you are a cartoon animal superhero. You build tall buildings out of cards and stand your superhero piece and try to reach the tallest point, at the same time you have to fend off attacks from a bunch of spider monkeys!
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