When the era of virtual media has taken over the pastime of today’s generation, you’d wonder where did the “hands-on” games go. The thrill and excitement of face-to-face interaction, planning your schemes and tactics is but incomparable even with today’s most updated and raved-about online games. And so to cure this longing, a unique restaurant concept was introduced that integrates dining experience with indoor games. DyceNDyne comes out to bring back the good ol’ days and revive our long-forgotten passion for board games.
Located along Pasig Blvd in Bagong Ilog, DyceNDyne is a hub-slash-bar-cafe for game enthusiasts with more than 300 board games in tow and a line of uniquely-prepared menu. The same owner runs Gaming Library, the country’s first online store for a vast range of board games with sources from all around the globe. And as the name suggests, you can play games while munching on their distinct selection of dishes and snacks. There is no entrance fee to the place, just order food/ drinks and be mesmerized with the huge number of games to choose from.
This isn’t your place when you’re wanting for some quiet, isolated time. You will be constantly hearing squeals, feet-stomping, table-smashing, wood slabs falling, and even glasses breaking on the floor as a result of the heightened tension.
And if you’re clueless on how to start, a staff member will kindly explain to you the mechanics and instructions of your chosen game.
Emphasizing the need to restore social skills that technology has deprived us, DyceNDyne has a bold reminder that the place is not installed with wifi. Although, with the notably attractive presentation of the food and the design of the place, you can’t help but grab your phone and take awesome photos.
And totally achieving the cafe’s objective, my pals and I lost track of time as we immersed ourselves with the board games. There were lots of panic attacks, screaming and shrieking, giggling and conversing in between!
We played Coup: Rebellion G54 a card game about portraying characters with different powers. Players are eliminated by bluffing and negotiation, and the last player with influence wins.
Geistes is a game about analyzing which object is different or similar with the card. The player who identifies the correct object takes the rest of the cards, and the most number of cards wins.
Getting ourselves lost in the game course, we barely felt hungry. We opted for finger foods instead and tried Nachos Against Humanity and Munchkin Sliders. Even the food names were hilariously labeled after famous games!
The heap of corn tortillas was topped with chili con carne, cheese, jalapeno, olives and tomatoes. This was my expected, traditional serving of nachos although I’d appreciate it more if they abundantly garnish it with more ingredients such as cheese.
The Munchkin Sliders presented a delectable combination of corned beef, hash browns and sunny-side up quail eggs. I loved not only its contrasting colors, but the brilliant idea of fusing a breakfast treat in a sandwich that is crunchy and oh-so-delicious.
Talk about their concoction of drinks by Chemistea, served in laboratory apparatus such as beakers and Erlenmeyer Flasks. We had Milo Dinosaur, Milk Tea and Matcha Espresso. Experiment with their row of beverages as it caters to different people with a knack for coffee, milktea, fruit juices, local beer or soda.
If you want to prolong the fun, games and other merchandise are for sale at the counter. You may check this website too if you want to purchase/ pre-order your preferred game http://www.gaminglib.com/.
Reservations in advance are advised, especially that the venue gets packed on weekends.