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Passport Game Studios Partners with Barnes & Noble for In-Store Game Night


Passport Game Studios Featured AT Barnes & Noble’s Second In-Store Tabletop Game Night Event

October 11th, 2016 – Passport Game Studios, premiere publisher of dozens of the best games in the tabletop game industry, is excited to announce that we are partnering with Barnes & Noble to feature our hit auction game Warehouse 51 during in-store Tabletop Gaming Meetup events on Saturday, October 15th, in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. In April of 2016 Barnes & Noble hosted their first gaming meet up and proved it to be a massive hit, and we’re proud to have been selected for their second national event.

In Warehouse 51, you are a multimillionaire who is eager to show the world just how exorbitant you can be. But you aren’t the only one eyeing the prized collection of the US Government; moguls from all corners of the globe seek to add these rare and valuable artifacts to their collections. But things aren’t as they seem, and those wishing to own these ultra-rare items may not know what they’re getting themselves into. After all, there’s a reason why the government kept these items locked away in a nondescript warehouse for so long. Warehouse 51 pits players against each other in a fast game of bidding, hidden information, and bluffing. The millionaire who can make out with the most valuable items, while also avoiding the perils that accompany these mythical items, will come out ahead in life.

Participants in the event are encouraged to take & post photographs of them enjoying their games on social media using the hashtags #BNGameNight and #Warehouse51.

For more information on the event, customers can visit the Barnes & Noble Blog, or can contact Passport Game Studios at for any inquiries about the event.

Passport Game Studios is an independent board game publisher based in the Pacific Northwest. Since the company’s founding in 2012, Passport has partnered with a selection of hand-picked companies to publish over 30 English-language titles for gamers in North America and beyond. Passport’s mission: To provide the best tabletop games in the world, to the gamers who love to play them.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®. 

Hosting a board game night? Read this!

photo credit: roboppy

photo credit: roboppy

As any good party host knows, great parties don’t just happen, they take planning, prep time and a bit of finesse by the host to make them truly fun for their guests. We’ve probably all been to parties that fell flat, disappointing to all involved. Poor Sad Host who spent all the time and energy making the Chex mix and putting his CD collection on shuffle. It just didn’t pan out. Don’t be Poor Sad Host (PSH), be the Host with the Most (HWM). Here’s how to throw a splendiferous Game Night!



Let’s talk about guests, baby, let’s talk about you and me:

As I would guess both Salt N Pepa can attest, it’s about the players. It might be stating the obvious that a Game Night party will be about playing games but make sure your guests know that is what you have in mind and think about your guest list when deciding what to play. What are the general personalities and preferences of your group? That’s not to say people can’t stretch and try new things and we don’t want to play to stereotypes, but just take the general vibe of the crowd into account when planning what to play.


photo credit: badgreeb RECORDS

photo credit: badgreeb RECORDS

You Gotta Know when to Hold ’em, Know when to Fold ’em:

Preach it, Kenny Rogers. Learning a new game can be frustrating, zapping the fun out of playing, especially for those new to gaming. Since you have already figured out the crowd that is coming and the best games for that group, you probably have a good idea if there is someone who can lead the show and teach the uninitiated. Odds are though, as the host, the teaching duties will fall to you so make sure either you or someone else understands the games well enough to give a good tutorial.  If it’s a new game that you haven’t had a chance to play yet, read the instruction booklet before the party, set the game up, and move through a few turns to make sure you understand how it is played. A great resource for learning how to play games is Youtube. There are channels like Watch It Played that can give you a tutorial before your party to make sure everyone can start having fun right away. If you are planning on playing several games, you could always designate a few friends as the resident experts for each game and task them with being the go-to guides, just be sure to ask them ahead of time.


photo credit: roboppy

photo credit: roboppy

Cheeseburger in Paradise:

You are gaming with friends! What could be better than that? Eating and gaming with friends.  You don’t need to host a formal sit down dinner, unless that is your thing. Invite your guests over after the dinner hour and have some finger friendly snacks within in easy reach of the players. Worried that greasy mitts will ruin your expensive card deck? Keep the snacks low on the grease meter or just consider that the price you pay to the gaming gods. Here are some recipe ideas to get your foodie juices flowing, HWM approved:



Let’s Get This Party Started Riiight

Will.You.Rock.It? Oh yes you will, HWM, if you start things off right. Starting out with a quick and easy game is a good idea for warming up your guests; aim for games that can be played in under 30 minutes, that move quickly and that don’t require too much thinking on each player’s turn. Your guests will likely still be cruising the buffet table early on so give them the chance to mix in and out of the ice breaker game. Try one of these games to get things going –  Guillotine, Coup or Nox and VooDoo Mania for families. After your guests are warmed up, its time to level up.

Kick on the starter, give it all you got –  party games

photo credit: Brett Jordan

photo credit: Brett Jordan

Mick and Keith know how to party so take a cue from them; it’s time for the big guns, metaphorically speaking. Cards against Humanity is a crowd pleaser, raunchy and hilarious. Keep this one out of sight until the kids are asleep though or you will have to explain some words that might go beyond your comfort zone. For a more family-friendly/mixed group card game, give The Big Idea a try.  If your crowd is ready to dive into the deeper end of the pool, Sheriff of Nottingham is a good bet. If you’d rather make your guests do crazy stunts while they pretend to be goblins, Kragmortha is right up your alley. Gamers who like scary settings will enjoy Betrayal at House on the Hill; groups looking for something relaxing and unique will like Tokaido. If your crowd is ready to say “Bonzai!” then try out Samurai Spirit; it is a fast paced co-operative game for seven.


Play that funky music, gamer

photo credit: Chris Blakeley

photo credit: Chris Blakeley

You are hosting a party, make sure it feels like one. Set your mood and help keep the good times rolling. You want your tunes to be there in the background but not distracting from play or conversation. Find songs that support the general spirit of the night – a soundtrack for the evening, as it were. Playing a game with a horror theme? Make a playlist of scary movie theme songs to have on in the background. To get your playlist started, here are some suggested soundtrack and game pairings:

Tokaido                                                  Soundtrack from Memoirs of a Geisha, Taiko drumming

Lords of War: Orcs v Dwarves         Soundtrack from LOTR, Hobbit, etc;

Sheriff of Nottingham                       Soundtrack from First Knight or A Knight’s Tale

Cards Against Humanity                   Soundtrack from Night at the Roxbury,Weird Science        

Ready to host your own Game Night? Of course you are! You can utilize our introductory HWM advice or you can really let your gamer imagination fly: pick themes such as A Night of Gaming Horror or Time Travel Gaming and encourage your guests to dress up. Ask your friends to each bring a mystery ingredient and see what crazy MadLib food creations you create.  Shake up the location and play outside around a firepit, sitting by the fireplace, in your garage/Game Cave, at a local restaurant or bar (with permission of course). Your parties will be legendary and you will definitely be a Host with the Most, gamer style.

–Kimberly Miltimore