New gamer café now hiring for October opening near the Dayton Mall

The gamer café that is nearing completion near the Dayton Mall is now hiring in anticipation of its mid-October opening.

Cardboard Crowns at 147 N. Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Corners at the Mall retail center intends to employ eight to 10 part-time “Game Masters” who are “positive, friendly, outgoing, and sociable” for evening shifts, founder Ben T. Adams said. Details can be found on the Cardboard Crowns Facebook page.

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“Game Masters are the heart of our operation,” Adams wrote. “(They) are responsible for fostering a fun environment by providing face-to-face customer service including teaching games and preparing and serving food and drink — both nonalcoholic and alcoholic — in a fast-paced environment.”

The cafe is “still shooting for mid-October” for opening, Adams said. Cardboard Crowns has utilized a Kickstarter campaign to expand the cafe’s game library and enhance the atmosphere at the cafe. It runs through Sept. 30.

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Plans call for a offering eight craft beers on tap and a selection of 30 to 40 bottled or canned craft beers, along with wines and a limited cocktail list, Adams has said. The food menu sandwiches, snacks and lighter fare.

The board games list will be extensive. “We’re looking at a starting library of 400 to 500 titles,” Adams said in June.

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The selections will range from lighter games to more involved, strategic games. Cardboard Crowns’ staff will be trained to teach the basics of the cafés games, and to make recommendations to patrons who are looking for something new to try, Adams said.

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The new café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks. Adams said he looked at about a dozen locations across the region, including sites in downtown Dayton, Beavercreek and Kettering, before selecting the 3,500-square-foot space at the Corners at the Mall location within the Miamisburg city limits.

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For more information, or to monitor the café’s progress, check out the Cardboard Crowns Facebook page at

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