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Published June 29th 2017
Bored with board games? Try IQ
Tucked unassumingly away at the end of Byram Street, opposite the Open Market, is the IQ Gaming centre; a 3-floor building filled with everything you could wish for for board, card, roleplay, and even computer gaming.
The ground floor has a shop, selling everything from classics like Monopoly through to modern family favourites like Ticket to Ride, as well as less well-known board games. They also stock Warhammer figurines and paints; Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and other card games; and all the paraphernalia such as card mats, card sleeves, display books, and dice - as well as a selection of sweets and snacks.
Amongst the shelves, there is a corner with fully equipped gaming PCs, which users can pay by the hour to enjoy, another corner with a specially set up Warhammer table, and several large tables for community gaming.
IQ is open for anyone to come in and play from 10am until 10pm on weekdays, and 10am until 5pm on weekends, and also hosts a number of weekly events and tournaments, for which the top floor is opened up to give an extra playing area.
Events include The Noble Order of Huddersfield Board Gamers' meetings every other Thursday from 7:30pm; 'Friday Night Magic' Magic: The Gathering card game tournaments on Fridays from 4:30pm; Pokemon tournaments at various times; and a whole selection of other meetings. They also host special events, including Midnight Release parties for popular new games or card sets.
Most tournaments are £3 to enter, with small prizes available to the winners, but anyone can come in and play casually for free, which makes a great option for a wet-weather family day out, a youth group, or even a fun alternative date option.