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March 2020

Tune In and Play: A Virtual Gaming Event with Quiplash

March 28, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Today's game: Quiplash! All this week, The Rook Room will be streaming Jackbox games on our Twitch channel for you to jump in and play for free! No logins, no downloads, no extra equipment. All you need is a screen with the Internet and a smartphone.

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June 2020

Grain Brain: A Trivia and Tasting Fundraising Event

June 27, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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Join 515 Brewing Company and The Rook Room for online team trivia on June 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM featuring an at-home curated beer tasting, beer-themed trivia, brewing presentations from the pros at 515, and prizes for the winning team. A portion of the proceeds will go to ACLU of Iowa in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and Pride month.

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November 2020

515 Election Day Beer Sale + Rook Room Activity Pack

November 2, 2020 to November 3, 2020
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
515 Brewing Company Election Day Beer Sale 2020

Election Day 2020 is November 3rd and no matter what, it's going to be stressful. You're going to need something to drink and a little bit of fun.

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December 2020

Pop-Up Puzzle Shop at The Slow Down

December 12, 2020 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Slow Down Coffee Co.
3613 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
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Enjoy some holiday shopping and a nice, warm, delicious beverage with The Rook Room and The Slow Down Coffee Co. Saturday, December 12th from 9 AM to 2 PM with our pop-up puzzle shop!

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March 2021

Des Moines Parks & Recreation Virtual Trivia Night

March 11, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Only

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is holding a virtual trivia night and The Rook Room is hosting! 

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May 2021

The Rook Room Presents Treasure Quest

May 24, 2021
Free
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It's time for a quest, adventurers! We're sending you on a Treasure Quest that will test your skills and knowledge. But worry not, there are great prizes in it for those who can meet the challenge.

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June 2021

Surprise Puzzle Pop-Up Shop at The Slow Down

June 19, 2021 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Slow Down Coffee Co.
3613 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
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Surprise! We're having a last-minute, surprise puzzle pop-up shop with our friends over at The Slow Down Coffee Co. and we'll have all of our new release puzzles so you can be the first to get your hands on one!

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Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

June 23, 2021 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Only
Free
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Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started and play.

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July 2021

Board Game Library Hours

July 5, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Are you ready to play? Join us for our Library Hours board game night featuring hundreds of games from The Rook Room library and special, themed cocktails with The Rook Room and xBk Live!

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Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

July 7, 2021 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Only
Free
Learn to Slay Intro to Dungeons and Dragons Event Banner

Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started and play.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

July 12, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Event Banner

Des Moines' most popular and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition is BACK! Test your 'saw skills against the best in Puzzlepalooza – a team jigsaw competition.

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How the Heck Do I: Dungeons & Dragons

July 19, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
$10
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Welcome to the world of Dungeons & Dragons and tabletop RPGs. Learn everything you need to know to jump into the game with our How the Heck Series introductory course designed for beginners.

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Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

July 21, 2021 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online Only
Free
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Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started and play.

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Grain Brain Trivia Event

July 21, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
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This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill brewery team trivia night. Heck no! This is a treat for your brain cells AND your tastebuds.

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Open Slay TTRPG Immersive Open Play Night

July 26, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Whatever TTRPG you play, level up your weekly role-playing game night at Open Slay – an RPG open play experience.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

July 27, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Event Banner

Don't miss Des Moines' most popular and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition! Test your 'saw skills against the best in Puzzlepalooza.

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August 2021

Board Game Library Hours

August 2, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
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Are you ready to play? Join us for our Library Hours board game night featuring hundreds of games from The Rook Room library and special, themed cocktails with The Rook Room and xBk Live!

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

August 16, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition August 16 2021 Banner

Think you have skills? Come be a part of Des Moines' most popular, most fun, and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition, Puzzlepalooza – a team jigsaw competition!

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Grain Brain Trivia Night

August 26, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
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Join The Rook Room and 515 Brewing Company for a FREE Grain Brain Trivia Night featuring four rounds of pub quiz-style team trivia.

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How the Heck Do I: Dungeon Master

August 30, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
xBk Live
1159 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311
How the Heck Do I Dungeon Master Class August 30 2021 Banner

Ready to craft and control your own D&D adventure? Level up your Dungeon Master skills with The Rook Room and the experts at Des Moines & Dragons!

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September 2021

Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

September 8, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Twisted Vine Brewery
3320 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition September 8 2021 Banner

Think you have skills? Come be a part of Des Moines' most popular, most fun, and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition – Puzzlepalooza.

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Board Game Library Hours with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

September 19, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Valley Junction Activity Center
217 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Board Game Library Hours

Do you love games, puzzles, RPGs, and more? Well, get ready to play! Join us for Board Game Library Hours presented by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation and The Rook Room.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

September 21, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition September 21 2021 Banner

Don't miss Des Moines' most popular and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition! Test your 'saw skills against the best in Puzzlepalooza.

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Grain Brain Trivia Night

September 23, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
515 Brewing Company
7700 University Ave Suite C, Clive, IA 50325
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Join The Rook Room and 515 Brewing Company for a FREE Grain Brain Trivia Night featuring four rounds of pub quiz-style team trivia.

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October 2021

Gateway Games with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

October 10, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
6500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, 50266
The Rook Room gateway board games

Monopoly, Candy Land, The Game of Life. Those are all great games, but are you ready to graduate to some new, exciting games? The Rook Room will be joining West Des Moines Parks and Recreation in helping you to try out and learn to play a few of the most popular “gateway games.”

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Classic Board Game Night at Hello, Marjorie

October 20, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hello, Marjorie
717 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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Get ready for a trip down memory lane full of some of your favorite board games and classy cocktails during our Classic Board Game Night at Hello, Marjorie on Wednesday, October 20th from 5 to 8 PM.

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Learn to Slay: Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library

October 25, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
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Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on ability checks and character stats.

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Spooky Puzzlepalooza at Twisted Vine Brewery

October 27, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Twisted Vine Brewery
3320 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Join us for an extra spooky Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Twisted Vine Brewery on Wednesday, October 27th.

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November 2021

Catan National Qualifier Tournament with West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

November 14, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
6500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, 50266
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Come and show off Catan skills at our Catan National Qualifier Tournament in collaboration with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. The winner will earn a seat at the national tournament.

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Learn to Slay: Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library

November 15, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on combat actions.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

November 17, 2021 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Event Info Banner

Don't miss Des Moines' most popular and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition! Test your 'saw skills against the best in Puzzlepalooza at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch on November 17th.

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Puzzlepalooza KIDS! with West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

November 21, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Valley Junction Activity Center
217 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
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Get ready, because it's time for the first-ever Puzzlepalooza kids competition on Sunday, November 21st at 1:00 PM.

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Learn to Slay: Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library

November 22, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on using everything you've learned in a real-play scenario.

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Puzzlepalooza with West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

November 28, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Valley Junction Activity Center
217 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Puzzlepalooza with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

Once you've recovered from your Thanksgiving activities, join us for a relaxing afternoon of puzzling with our Puzzlepalooza jigsaw puzzle competition on Sunday, November 28th

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December 2021

Holiday Shopping Puzzle Pop-Up Shop with The Slow Down

December 4, 2021 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Slow Down Coffee Co.
3613 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
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Don't get the same old boring gifts this year. Get your loved ones something fun, unique, and local...like a Rook Room jigsaw puzzle featuring art from local artists. It's even easier with our upcoming pop-up shop!

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Holiday Puzzlepalooza at Kinship Brewing Company

December 12, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
Holiday Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Kinship Brewing Company

Get in the Ho, Ho, Holiday spirit with our upcoming Holiday Puzzlepalooza at Kinship Brewing Company on Sunday, December 12th starting at 1:00 PM. Register Your Team The Rook Room's extremely popular jigsaw puzzle competition, Puzzlepalooza, is back for another round with a special holiday kick. Teams of up to 4 will face off to be the first to complete a 500-piece holiday puzzle. And for those who tend a little more toward the naughty list, you'll have an opportunity…

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February 2022

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons with the Des Moines Public Library

February 7 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on getting started and character creation.

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Virtual Team Trivia Night with Des Moines Parks and Recreation

February 10 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Only
Des Moines Parks and Rec Virtual Trivia Night

Join us as we host virtual team trivia in collaboration with Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Get ready for a night of fun and showing off how smart you are for a chance at some amazing prizes!

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Gateway Games with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

February 19 - 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Valley Junction Activity Center
217 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
The Rook Room gateway board games

Monopoly, Candy Land, The Game of Life. Those are all great games, but are you ready to graduate to some new, exciting games? The Rook Room will be joining West Des Moines Parks and Recreation in helping you to try out and learn to play a few of the most popular “gateway games.”

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Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons with the Des Moines Public Library

February 21 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on role-playing and non-combat actions.

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Puzzlepalooza at Kinship Brewing Company

February 24 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kinship Brewing Company
255 NW Sunrise Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition with Kinship Brewing Company February 24, 2022 Header Image

Puzzlepalooza is back with our first uber-popular jigsaw puzzle competition making its 2022 debut at Kinship Brewing Company.

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Retro Game Day at Iowa Distilling Company

February 27 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Iowa Distilling Company
4349 Cumming Avenue, Cumming, IA
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Let's take a trip down board game memory lane with some of the classics you know and love at our Retro Game Day on February 27th from 12 to 3.

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March 2022

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons with the Des Moines Public Library

March 7 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on combat, weapons, and spells.

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Virtual Team Trivia Night with Des Moines Parks and Recreation

March 10 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Only
Des Moines Parks and Rec Virtual Trivia Night

Join us as we host virtual team trivia in collaboration with Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Get ready for a night of fun and showing off how smart you are for a chance at some amazing prizes!

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Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons with the Des Moines Public Library

March 21 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
Learn to Slay Intro to D&D with the Des Moines Public Library banner image with knight fighting dragon

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room and the Des Moines Public Library during our Learn to Slay series. This session will focus on putting everything together in a playable scenario.

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April 2022

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons: Session One with Des Moines Public Library Central Branch

April 6 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
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Get ready to dive into adventure! The Rook Room is partnering with the Des Moines Public Library Central Branch for a series of Dungeons & Dragons events where you'll learn to play, learn to run a campaign, and even play a one-shot game.

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Catan National Qualifier Tournament with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

April 9 - 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
6500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, 50266
Iowa Catan National Qualifier Tournament 04-09-22 with The Rook Room

Come and show off Catan skills at our Catan National Qualifier Tournament in collaboration with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. The winner will earn a seat at the national tournament.

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Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons: Session Two with Des Moines Public Library Central Branch

April 20 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
The Rook Room Intro to Dungeons and Dragons Des Moines Public Library Learn to Dungeon Master Banner

Get ready to dive into adventure! The Rook Room is partnering with the Des Moines Public Library Central Branch for a series of Dungeons & Dragons events where you'll learn to play, learn to run a campaign, and even play a one-shot game.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

April 27 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Peace Tree Des Moines Branch April 27, 2022 Info Banner

Don't miss Des Moines' most popular and most intense jigsaw puzzle competition! Test your 'saw skills against the best in Puzzlepalooza.

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May 2022

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons: Session Three with Des Moines Public Library Central Branch

May 18 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
The Rook Room Intro to Dungeons and Dragons Des Moines Public Library Open Play Banner

Get ready to dive into adventure! The Rook Room is partnering with the Des Moines Public Library Central Branch for a series of Dungeons & Dragons events where you'll learn to play, learn to run a campaign, and even play a one-shot game.

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