New Hours!

Open 9am
Close 11pm; 1am Fri-Sat
Closed Open Mondays

We're going to have new hours!

Has it ever been a Monday and you think, "Curses! Spielbound isn't open! Where will I play a rousing game of 7 Wonders?! Where will I get the finest selection of beverages in town?!" We know your pain. So get ready, because starting February 1st, Spielbound will be open on Mondays! Don't contain yourself, we expect you to be there!

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution?

Design your own game!

Hello teachers! With a New Year come new opportunities. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Even if you don’t, the turn of the calendar is a great time for professional educators to think about tools that they could use to enhance their student’s classroom experiences. Let’s start second semester off with a positive and engaging tone!

A critical focus of Spielbound for 2016 is to continue to support teachers in finding ways to use play, games, and strategic thinking in their classrooms. As a teacher myself, I’ll be the first to admit that it can be a challenge. But it is a surmountable challenge when you have Spielbound and other great teachers backing us up.

I often find myself considering enhancements to my classroom and hesitating. When that happens, I challenge myself to identify the barriers to my thinking that are stopping me from accomplishing what I originally had in mind. If you are considering “gamifying” parts of your student’s classroom experiences, but you are a little hesitant as to how to go about doing that, the first question may be to ask where you see the roadblocks. This is a healthy exercise. Teachers usually hesitate because they have high expectations for themselves and want to do the absolute best to bring their students great experiences.


Bananagrams Tournament!

Bananagrams Tournament!

What do the words Quixotry, Za, Syzygy, and Xi have in common? They will help you win at Bananagrams! This fast-paced word spelling game is a favorite here at Spielbound and we're sharing our love with a Bananagrams tournament on Sunday, January 17th from 1 to 4pm.

In the game, players race to be the first to complete a "tableau", a configuration of connected words looking much like a crossword puzzle. Players are encouraged to change letters around between words and create new configurations on the fly, while also incorporating more and more letters. Be the first to finish your tableau when the letter pile is empty and you'll be the Top Banana. However, if it discovered your tableau is incomplete or contains illegal words, you are a Rotten Banana and the win is nullified.

We have some intriguing prizes, including the newer games Zip-It® and Bananagrams WildTiles®. The tournament will have 5 rounds, with seating changing each round. During a round players will play games until one person at the table is the first to secure three wins. Most wins throughout the tournament and you'll become Top Banana and have you image immortalized in the Spielbound Hall of Fame. And, of course, have your pick of the prizes, too!

A membership or day pass costing only five dollars is required to participate in the tournament and our exemplary cafe staff will be on hand to provide refreshments, as usual. Don't know how to play Bananagrams? It's basically "Speed-Scrabble" and very easy to pick up. Stop by Spielbound on Thursday, Jan. 14th at 6:30 for a demo and to get some practice in before the big event. This tournament is intended for players of all skill levels and the primary goal is to have fun, so we hope to see you there!

End of year game list!

Splendor, Camel Up, and Ticket to Ride.Splendor, Camel Up, and Ticket to Ride were some of our favorite games this year!

Unscientific end of year game recognition list! We didn't list games in multiple categories (even if they would have won), but lots of you commented about and played these games in particular!

After only being open for 16 months, we now have over 1700 board games in our library, and it continues to grow from donations from our great supporters like you! Thank you all for a wonderful 2015! We'll have more to share with you from our year, and we're very excited about what 2016 has in store!

Christmas mini Meeple Jam!

Christmas Meeple Jam!Christmas themed mini Meeple Jam! Artwork by Daniel Kokesh.

Join Spielmasons for this special Christmas design event:

Spielmasons will be meeting from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM on December 16th for a Christmas themed mini Meeple Jam! We will be designing games in small groups from 7:00 until 9:00. At 9:00 we will be testing all designs and selecting a winner. Feel free to bring game-related white elephant gifts for the winners as well as snacks and cookies for all to share.

As always, anyone and everyone is invited to join in the design and testing for this event. Contact spielmasons (at) with any questions.

Black Friday sale!

We're having a HUGE Black Friday Sale—biggest sale ever on our memberships and board games! This sale is in support of our fabulous gaming library. The more you buy, the more games we can add and share with you!

9:00 a.m.–noon:


From noon until close: buy one year-long membership and get one 50% off! All day: buy one non-recurring month-long membership and get one free (limit two)! Alas, these special sales do not include the Day Passes that normally accompany our membership plans. If you're already a member, you also have the opportunity to buy games from our store for 30%–50% off from 9:00 a.m.–noon!

Splendor Tournament!Black Friday sale on board games in our store!

Splendor Tournament!

Calling All Jewel Crafters and Gem Hoarders!

Trading gems, building mines, and influencing nobles has never been more satisfying! Spielbound will host its first ever tournament for one of our most popular games, Splendor, on November 14th. The tournament is open to players of all skill levels, and since Splendor is one of our most player-friendly games, don't be shy. There's no cost to enter except for the usual day pass or membership fee. We'll have prizes for the top players, and the cafe counter will offer our full menu throughout the day. Get ready to settle in and use your keen eye for jewels and fun!

Registration will be available at the door, but to ensure a smooth experience we ask you to please pre-register. Send an email to and keep an eye on the Facebook page for any updates.

Day-long board game camp for middle schoolers. Register now!

On October 30th and December 22nd, Spielbound will be hosting a day-long board game camp for middle school students. Board games can be an instrumental tool to grow and encourage skills in spatial reasoning, math, critical thinking, group work and cooperation. Throughout the day, students will have an opportunity to learn games from multiple genres with the help of Spielbound staff and volunteers. The games selected for the camp will give students a comprehensive understanding of the skills and fun to be gained through collaboration and play. Lunch will be provided, please send any dietary needs and limitations to the contact address below.

Time: 9am-3pm, October 30th and December 22nd

Spielbound Board Game Cafe
3229 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Cost: $30

Contact: greg [at]

Registration: Spielbound's First Board Game Day Camp @ EventBrite

Ticket to Ride Tournament!

Ticket to Ride Tournament!Ticket to Ride Tournament!

Calling All Tycoons for a Tournament of Champions!

One year ago, Spielbound celebrated its grand opening and what a journey it has been! Come help us celebrate the momentous occasion by crafting your own journey in a Ticket to Ride tournament. In the game of Ticket to Ride, players compete to build a network of train routes connecting various destinations. A mix of long-term strategy, quick tactical decisions, and just a bit of luck are all you need to win.

The tournament will be held Saturday, October 10th at 10 am. Any skill level of player is welcome and prizes will given not only for wins, but also for participation and good sportsmanship. There will be no cost for tournament participation other than the day pass or membership normally needed to play our games. Registration will be available at the door, but to ensure a smooth experience we ask you to please pre-register. Send an email to or call 402.763.8444 to RSVP. Think you have what it takes to be the next Vanderbilt, Pullman, or Gould? Sign up for the tournament today!

Werewolf Official League of Fun (W.O.L.F.)

Werewolf Official League of Fun

Think you have the skills to be the alpha wolf? Come join us every Thursday in October for W.O.L.F. (Werewolf Official League of Fun) starting at 8 pm!

Werewolf is a game of deduction and deception; only the sharpest minds and wits will come out victorious. Try your hand as an innocent villager, a lying werewolf, or one of the many other fun characters. After every game, players will get a point for participating, points for being on the winning team, and points may also be awarded for special accomplishments. Of course, a lot of fun will had along the way, not to mention prizes will be given out weekly and at the end of the month. So, what are you waiting for? All you need is a day pass or membership, some guile, and maybe the help of the full moon. Come join us Thursdays at 8 pm for a howling good time!