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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
Classic Board Game Night at Hello Marjorie Header Image with Games and Info

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
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 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
Spooky Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Twisted Vine Brewery Puzzle Piece Ghost with Event Info

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
Catan National Qualifier Tournament West Des Moines Iowa Info Banner

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
Puzzlepalooza Kids Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Information Banner

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
Holiday Shopping Puzzle Pop-Up Shop Info Graphic

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
The Rook Room Intro to Dungeons and Dragons Des Moines Public Library Learn to 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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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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Treasure Quest 2022

May 28
Treasure Quest 2022 Des Moines Scavenger Hunt Title Image

The Rook Room's Treasure Quest metro-wide, free-to-join treasure hunt celebrating National Scavenger Hunt Day is back in 2022!

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June 2022

Game Day at Central Library

June 5 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
Game Day at Central Open Play Board Game Event at Des Moines Central Library Info Banner

The Rook Room board game library meets the Des Moines Central Library as we hang out for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of playing games on June 5th.

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Open Gaming at Love You Des Moines Days

June 13 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50266
The Rook Room Love You Des Moines Days Open Board Gaming Event Image

The Rook Room is hosting an evening of open gaming at Love You Des Moines Days on Monday, June 13th from 5 PM to 8 PM.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

June 21 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Peace Tree Des Moines June 21, 2022 Event Image

The Rook Room’s extremely popular jigsaw puzzle competition, Puzzlepalooza, is back for another round on Tuesday, June 21st at Peace Tree Brewing - Des Moines Branch.

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Cribbage Tournament with Brightside Ale Works

June 25 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Brightside Aleworks
480 Center Place, Altoona, IA 50009
The Rook Room Cribbage Tournament Brightside Aleworks Des Moines Event Image June 25, 2022

Join The Rook Room and Brightside Aleworks for a friendly cribbage tournament on Saturday, June 25th starting at 1:00 PM.

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Open Slay Dungeons & Dragons Youth One-Shot Campaign

June 27 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
The Rook Room Dungeons & Dragons Event Image

Prepare for adventure! We've partnered with the Des Moines Public Library Franklin Avenue Branch to play some D&D on Monday, June 27th.

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July 2022

Game Day at Central Library

July 3 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
Game Day at Central Open Play Board Game Event at Des Moines Central Library Info Banner

The Rook Room board game library meets the Des Moines Central Library as we hang out for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of playing games on July 3rd.

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The Rook Room at 80/35 Music Festival

July 8 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
80/35 Music Festival Community Village
500 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
80-35 Music Festival 2022 Des Moines The Rook Room Game Event Image

Get ready to rock AND roll...some dice! Because The Rook Room will be hanging out at Des Moines' 2022 80/35 Music Festival!

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The Rook Room at 80/35 Music Festival

July 9 - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
80/35 Music Festival Community Village
500 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
80-35 Music Festival 2022 Des Moines The Rook Room Game Event Image

Get ready to rock AND roll...some dice! Because The Rook Room will be hanging out at Des Moines' 2022 80/35 Music Festival!

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Gateway Games with Franklin Avenue Library

July 11 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
The Rook Room Board Games Event Image

Grab your friends and join The Rook Room for some fun board game action at the Des Moines Public Library Franklin Avenue branch!

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Open Play at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

July 14 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Open Play Board Game Pop-Up Event Banner Image

Join The Rook Room for a chill evening of tasty brews and relaxing board games at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday, July 14th.

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Open Slay Dungeons & Dragons Youth One-Shot Campaign

July 18 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
The Rook Room Dungeons & Dragons Event Image

Prepare for adventure! We've partnered with the Des Moines Public Library Franklin Avenue Branch to play some D&D on Monday, July 18th.

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The Rook Room at Cardboard Caucus

July 29 to July 31
The Rook Room at Cardboard Caucus Board Game Convention Des Moines Banner Image

The Rook Room is back for our third year at Des Moines' only board game convention, Cardboard Caucus, from July 29th through the 31st!

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August 2022

Game Day at Central Library

August 7 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
The Rook Room Board Games Event Image

The Rook Room board game library meets the Des Moines Central Library for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of playing games on August 7th.

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Party Games with Franklin Avenue Library

August 17 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
The Rook Room Board Games Event Image

Grab your friends and join The Rook Room for some fun party games action at the Des Moines Public Library Franklin Avenue branch!

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Cribbage Tournament with Brightside Ale Works

August 21 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Brightside Aleworks
480 Center Place, Altoona, IA 50009
The Rook Room Cribbage Tournament Brightside Aleworks Des Moines Event Image August 21, 2022

Join The Rook Room and Brightside Aleworks for a friendly cribbage tournament on Saturday, August 21st starting at 1:00 PM.

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Open Slay Dungeons & Dragons Youth One-Shot Campaign

August 22 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Franklin Avenue Branch
5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
The Rook Room Dungeons & Dragons Event Image

Prepare for adventure! We've partnered with the Des Moines Public Library Franklin Avenue Branch to play some D&D on Monday, August 22nd.

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Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

August 24 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Puzzlepalooza Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Peace Tree Des Moines August 24, 2022 Event Image

The Rook Room’s extremely popular jigsaw puzzle competition, Puzzlepalooza, is back for another round on Wednesday, August 24tht at Peace Tree Brewing - Des Moines Branch.

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September 2022

Game Day at Central Library

September 11 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
The Rook Room Board Games Event Image

The Rook Room board game library meets the Des Moines Central Library for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of playing games on September 11th.

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Beaverdale Fall Festival Trivia Competition

September 17 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beaverdale Fall Festival
2805 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, 50310

The Beaverdale Fall Festival returns this year and The Rook Room is taking part in the fall fun as part of the festival's newest addition: team trivia! Register for your chance at big cash prizes!

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The Rook Room at Illumifest

September 24 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
West Des Moines City Campus
4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, 50265

The Rook Room will be a part of this year's Illumifest festival in West Des Moines where we'll be playing games including the return of our very own quick-to-learn-and-play creation, Roll Arena!

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Catan National Qualifier Tournament with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

September 25 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
6500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, 50266

Think you’re the best Catan player around? Join us and show off your skills at our Catan National Qualifier Tournament hosted by The Rook Room and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation.

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Open Play at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch

September 28 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Peace Tree Des Moines Branch
317 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Open Play Board Game Event at Peace Tree Des Moines Branch September 28, 2022

Join The Rook Room and Peace Tree Brewing for an Open Play game night on Sept. 28th for a night of friends, fun, and delicious brews.

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October 2022

Game Day at Central Library

October 2 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Des Moines Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 50309
The Rook Room Board Games Event Image

The Rook Room board game library meets the Des Moines Central Library for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of playing games on October 2nd.

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