Roll the dice at new board game café

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Sugar and Dice board game café. Pic by Gabrielle Walsh © JMU Journalism

Sugar and Dice board game café. Pic by Gabrielle Walsh © JMU Journalism

If you fancy a bit of a challenge or just a social occasion with a competitive edge, a board game café has opened its doors in Liverpool.

Sugar and Dice in Cornhill has a library of more than 300 games from around the world and is one of only a few places in town where gamers can play and interact.

A crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign has helped what was once an ambition to become a reality for owner Jason Leather, with the café now open until late six nights a week.

Timeless classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Connect 4 and Guess Who are just a few of the games on offer, with more games becoming available all the time.

Mr Leather told JMU Journalism what inspired him to launch the business and why Liverpool was the perfect place to set up shop.

He said: “Me and my partner lived in Berlin for a number years and the gaming scene over there was huge. I always dreamed of moving back home and opening my own café with a unique twist.

Library of board games at Sugar and Dice café. Pic by Gabrielle Walsh © JMU Journalism

Library of board games at Sugar and Dice café. Pic by Gabrielle Walsh © JMU Journalism

“With Liverpool having such a vibrant community, it was ideal to set up here where people of all ages can sit down, get round the table and connect with each other. It’s a great way to take a break from the TV or smartphone and exercise the brain.”

Playing board games has been shown to have helped with memory and cognitive skills, and it is even claimed that it can assist with improving immune systems.

It is said that the happiness from playing games and interacting with people can also reduce depression and negativity, whilst giving the brain excellent stimulation.

Sugar and Dice also offers specialised event packages where businesses, universities and schools can benefit from increasing communication and teamwork skills through taking part.

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