Expansion Update!

It’s officially the first day of Summer which means, in addition to heat advisories and icy drinks, it’s time to look forward to what the next season will bring to Emerald Tavern! Originally we had a goal of having our expanded space open by the end of Spring 2019 and… we almost made it! Our new space is so close to being finished, but it still needs some final touches.

What this means: (barring any further delays) we’ll be officially opening in the new space at the end of July!

What to expect: We’re so excited about all of the new things that come with our expanded kitchen, increased space, and new menu, but like any good gaming group we want to test things out and make sure everything is just right! With that in mind, we’re going to treat the first 6 to 8 weeks as our soft-open “Emerald Tavern Playtesting Period!”. We appreciate your understanding as we work out the kinks in our new operation and we think you’ll love what we have planned. As always, we welcome feedback as we continually work on improving our customer experience.  

How you can be involved:  Want to join our adventuring party and help get us through our final quest? We never would have made it this far without the amazing support of our customer community and we want to give all of you the opportunity to help us cross the finish line! Next week we’ll be announcing a special launch campaign that will let you support the final steps towards the new Tavern! Exclusive swag, fun experiences and even a super-secret-preview party await! Follow us on Facebook for all of the latest updates!

Exciting News Ahead!

The rumors are true! Emerald Tavern is expanding! Starting in Early 2019 you’ll see a whole new Tavern as we move into the space previously occupied by Sherlock’s Bar & Grill. Like all good expansion packs, our upgrade will feature all the best parts of our current space plus a whole lot of new extras! Read on below for answers to the most frequent questions. 

Are you guys really moving?
Yes! But barely! We’ll be moving to the corner space of our current shopping center which was previously occupied by Sherlock’s Bar & Grill.

When is this happening?
Construction will begin soon as we renovate the space to make it Austin’s premier Game Café environment. We’ll be opening in our new location Early 2019.

I love the Tavern though, is it closing?
Not at all! One of the best parts of this expansion is that we’ll be able to keep our doors open in our existing suite and keep the games going right up until our new space is ready to open.

So, what can we expect from the Emerald Tavern Expansion?
In is original conceptualization, Emerald Tavern was imagined as part English Pub, part Game Store, with a touch of Fantasy Tavern thrown in. As the store developed it became clear that more of a coffeeshop/café direction was needed. For the last five years, we’ve strived to serve high quality coffee, excellent sandwiches and a small but carefully curated selection of our favorite beers and meads. With the expansion into this new space, we’ll be able to add back into the mix some of our original concepts including a cocktail menu, an expanded draught selection and of course, an expanded food menu.

But I love the Tavern as it is! Does this mean you’re going to become a dark bar/loud music venue/busy restaurant/etc?
We wouldn’t be able to even think about this expansion if it wasn’t for the amazing support and community that has developed over the past 5 years and we’re committed to making sure the best parts of the Tavern don’t change! We’ll still have an incredible game library, a full retail selection, a mix of casual and organized events, and a bright, casual, gaming-friendly atmosphere. We’ll also be able to accommodate some of the most common requests we get from customers including more reservable spaces, more frequent events, and best of all – more seating! The indoor seating capacity should increase by about 4 times our current space plus we’ll have a greatly expanded patio section that will be perfect for larger groups and casual meet ups!

How do I find out more/ Can I help?
We have more announcements in the works! Watch our Facebook page for more news and announcements. 

International Tabletop Day 2018 Door Prize Winners!

All of us at Emerald Tavern would like to thank everyone who joined us for International Tabletop Day this year!

We got a lot of helpful suggestions that we look forward to addressing in the future (and some we are already working on!).

We are happy to announce the winners of our door prize drawing! We have reached out to our winners through email already, but if you have any questions feel free to message us.

Super Kitty Bug Slap:
Minerva S
Nikolay S
Debbie C

Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game:
Brett R

Bananagrams Party Edition:
Kelli L

7 Wonders Duel:
Ruben R

The Cat Game:
Wendy L

Space Base:
Bryanna C

Scrawl: Doodle Your Way to Disaster:
Kacey D

Camel Up:
Dekayla H

Crystal Clans:
Sierra H

7 Wonders:
Tammy S

Savannah N

Thank you again for joining us and see you next time at the Tavern!

Kill Team Series – This November

This November we’ll be featuring a series of Kill Team events from Games Workshop. Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a squad-based skirmish set in the Warhammer 40K universe. Kill Team puts you in charge of a small band of warriors tasked with a do-or-die mission. Using only a handful of models, you’ll compete in action-packed battles where every shot and every blow can spell the difference between defeat and glory!

New recruits and battle-worn veterans alike will enjoy fighting for victory on the fields of glory! For new players, we suggest starting with the Kill Team Boxed Set. Are you a more established 40K Player? You’ll enjoy the challenge of building a custom squad of warriors and specialists (See below for full regulations).

Kill Team Calendar
November 14th: Welcome to the War Build Day
November 28th: Take to the Field Paint Day
December 5th: Kill Team Organized Play

Kill Team Requirements:
– Can spend up to 200 points on their Kill team from a single codex or supplement.
– Must include at least 4 non-vehicle models. One of those models must be your leader. Three must be Specialists.
– Can not include any models with more than 3 Wounds or Hull points.
– Can not include any vehicles with a combined Armour Value (Front, Side, and Rear values added together) of more than 33.
– Can not include any models with a 2+ Armour save.

Suggested Purchase:
Kill Team Boxed Set, or one of the following sets:

Adeptus Mechanicus Ironstrider
Adeptus Mechanicus Kataphron Battle Servitors
Astra Militarum Cadian Command Squad
Astra Militarum Sentinel
Blood Angels Tactical Squad
Chaos Cultists
Chaos Daemons Pink Horrors of Tzeentch
Chaos Space Marine Bikers
Chaos Space Marine Rhino
Dark Angels Veteran Squad
Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors
Deathwatch Kill Team
Harlequin Troupe
Necron Canoptek Wriaths
Necron Tomb Blades
Ork Gretchin
Ork Stormboyz
Space Marine Bike Squad
Space Marine Command Squad
Space Marine Land Speeder Storm
Space Marine Rhino
Space Marine Scout Squad
Space Marine Vanguard Veteran Squad
Space Wolves Wulfen
Tau Empire Devilfish
Tau Empire TX4 Piranha
Tau Empire XV25 Stealth Battlesuits
Tyranid Hormagaunt Brood

SXSW Gaming Meetup

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll once again be partnering with South By Southwest Gaming this year! To celebrate, we’ll be cohosting a series of Gaming Social Night Meetups. Join fellow gamers and geek out with us about SXSW 2017!
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about this year’s festival.