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Gaming Circle

A tabletop game night, anime style.

Bringing AnimeChicago’s tabletop gaming fans together to try their hand at both anime-inspired games alongside Japanese classics.


Both experts and novices are welcome. Many of our meetups involve learning the game as we play.


There is no cost to play. Please consider purchasing food or beverages if we meet at a café-style venue.


You are welcome to bring extra copies of that month’s game. The more the merrier!

General Info

  • Meets one Monday a month from 7:00 to 9:00.
  • Gaming Circle meetups are usually located in small, intimate spaces, like private rooms at cafes and bars to enhance the gameplay atmosphere.

The Gaming Circle Format

  • The host will introduce the game, explain the rules and begin the gaming portion.
  • Depending on the type of game, players will form smaller groups to play against each other or will stay together to work as a team towards victory.

About The Games

  • Gaming Circle plays tabletop games that meet one of the following criteria:
  • Traditional Japanese games, like shogi or go.
  • Games designed within the story of an anime series, like Restricted Rock, Paper, Scissors from Kaiji
  • Roleplaying games influenced by anime genre tropes, such as Melancholy Kaiju
  • Roleplaying games directly exploring established anime worlds, such as Hunter x Hunter
  • Alternate reality games inspired by anime, like anime-themed escape rooms
  • Got a game that you think would be perfect for Gaming Circle? Awesome! Let us know about it!