New board-game lounge opens in downtown Opelika

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By Morgan Bryce
Associate Editor

“Tabletop Adventure Lounge” is set to become a destination for board-game enthusiasts in the Opelika-Auburn area.
Opened in early July by Salem resident John Littleton, the business contains a collection of more than 100 board games for customers to try out and play.
“I’ve always been more interested in board games more than video games. You can play a nice board game with someone and have a great conversation at the same time,” Littleton said. “With (the lounge), I’ve got classics like backgammon, Nine Men’s Norris and chess to more modern-day stuff like (Settlers of) Catan and Exploding Kittens.”
After several months of searching for a place to house his business, Littleton said he selected downtown Opelika’s Collaboration Station because “it was the best place and setting for what I’m looking for.”
Currently, Tabletop operates inside Collaboration Station’s conference room, but Littleton said he looks to expand both the lounge’s hours and space once customer demand increases.
“A lot of businesses similar to mine have cafes or something else to go along with the board games, but I want Tabletop to be more than that. My vision is for this place to be like the bar from ‘Cheers’ in board-game form,” Littleton said.
Littleton added that there is an ongoing fundraiser available through CustomInk.com, selling a limited supply of Tabletop hats for $20 each.
Tabletop is open on Tuesdays for RPG players only from 8 p.m. – midnight. On Thursdays and Fridays, the business is open to all patrons from 5 p.m. – midnight.
Membership packages are still under development, but Littleton said customers can select one-night or month-long passes for $5 and $20 each, respectively.
For more information, call 334-310-1521 or email tabletopadventurelounge@gmail.com. Collaboration Station is located at 216 S. 8th St. in downtown Opelika.

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