Unique Board Game Events & Experiences

Ready for a fun game night with all your friends? Let us help with that.

The Rook Room is the Des Moines area’s most exciting pop-up that’s all about games. Whether you want to learn something new, be part of a tournament, or play-test the latest up-and-comer, we have you covered.

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The Rook Room + Bozz Prints Collaboration Puzzles On Sale Now

The Rook Room has partnered with one of our favorite, local Des Moines artists, Bozz Prints, to design a series of jigsaw puzzles featuring iconic landmarks from around Des Moines and Iowa AVAILABLE NOW!

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A Note About Covid-19

Updated: June 25, 2020

Hello, friends!

We wish so badly that we could be announcing some upcoming, in-person events right now. We miss hanging out and playing games with all of you. Unfortunately, the current health crisis and pandemic have other plans.

While there are no state restrictions currently in place that would prevent us from holding an event, we believe with coronavirus case numbers where they are, we just can’t risk the chance of anyone – you all or ourselves – getting sick.

That said, The Rook Room will continue to hold off on planning any in-person events for the foreseeable future. We will, however, continue to hold online and virtual events, so be on the lookout. We’d love to see you there!

We will also continue to hold off on renting out our game and puzzle library. With their many small pieces, games and puzzles are very difficult to clean. and there’s no way we could guarantee your health and safety. That’s too big of a risk.

We’ll continue to watch and listen as things evolve in the coming weeks and will work with our partners to make a decision on when it’s safe to get together again. When that time comes, we’ll be thrilled to let you know.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We can’t wait to safely get back together with all of you. Hopefully, it’s sooner than later. But until then, stay safe and game on!

– Annelise and Tony

What Are Board Game Pop-Up Events?

That’s a great question! The simple answer is they’re events with lots of thrilling games, drink specials, tournaments and much more that can happen at any number of exciting locations.

Imagine game night at your friend’s house, but you don’t have to worry about tidying up, making the snacks, stocking the fridge, or cleaning up afterward. Plus, no need to go buy expensive games because they’re all in our game library. All the fun and none of the stress!

While there are other places you could play games, what makes The Rook Room special is our mission to provide a uniquely memorable experience through a variety of one-of-a-kind touches you won’t find anywhere else.

Board Game Pop-Up Events for Everyone

Whether you’re into classic games from your childhood, hardcore strategy, puzzles, word games, role-playing games, card games, or anything else, we have an event for you. We do it all.

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect…


One-of-a-Kind Themed Events

These pop-up board game events focus on specific games or genres. We choose games from our library and build an event around them.

From exclusive drinks to special snacks, discounts, prizes, merch, decor, and more, these events are one-of-a-kind that you won’t find anywhere else.

They’re more than an event, they’re an experience that we want to make sure you won’t forget!

Open Gaming With The Rook Room Library

We have hundreds of games and we want YOU to play them. We bring our entire library, and you bring your friends (or come ready to make new ones).

At our open gaming pop-ups, you can come and relax for a few hours, enjoy some drink specials, and play until your heart’s content!

Learn-To-Play Events

Games can be complicated. Have you ever seen a 20-page rulebook when you open a box? We have. And The Rook Room’s How the Heck learn-to-play series is here to help.

Our game experts do the learning for you and break it down during our exciting “class” sessions. It’s kind of like school…but more fun with bonus drinks, snacks, prizes, and more.

Edge-of-Your-Seat Tournament Play

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the champ in your favorite game. Let’s see with an exciting Rook Room gaming tournament!

From board games to cards, role-playing, or even jigsaw puzzles, we host tournaments of all styles to find out who is the best in Des Moines.

Love Catan? We also work with the international Catan organization to host tournaments across Iowa to find the cream of the crop and send them to the national stage!

Have a Great Idea?

While we’re always brainstorming the next amazing event to tickle your fancy, some of our most popular event ideas have come from our wonderful fans.

If you’re passionate about a particular game or have an idea you think people will love, let us know! We’d love to work with you to make it happen.

Let Us Know What You Think

What do you think of our idea? We’d love to get your feedback so we can build a board game bar you’ll love to come to again and again.

If you’re strapped for time, we have a convenient 1-minute (or less) survey we’d like you to take. It’s super quick and easy, we promise.

Super Quick 1-Minute Survey

If you’re as pumped about this as we are and would like to provide some more detailed feedback, we have a longer survey you can take. Don’t worry, it still won’t take that long.

(Still Very Quick) Longer Survey

Oh, and one more thing. We’d love if you could share with your friends who might be interested.

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