The Forge Tavern, 1375 Bethel Road, is one of the newest board-gaming bars in Columbus, offering an assortment for the casual player as well as the serious competitor.

Owners Bruce and Diane Langdon completed a remodeling effort that has spruced up the 4,600-square-foot storefront with new flooring and fixtures and brighter lighting.

The couple, who also own Orc's Forge Games in the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, said board gaming, the popularity of which has surged in recent years, offers an alternative to electronic games.

"There's a social aspect to board games, that's for sure," Diane Langdon said.

The Forge offers more than 300 games, from classics such as Boggle, Yahtzee, checkers and chess, to more recent releases, such as Zombicide, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Fluxx and Cards Against Humanity.

"We've already outgrown our library space," Diane Langdon said.

The couple, along with other staff, will coach people on the rules of games.

"There are games for every level of involvement," Bruce Langdon said. "There are games with great depth that take hours to play and there are games that area easy to play and take just minutes."

Fridays are devoted to Magic: The Gathering. Karaoke is on Sundays, and open-mic night is on Thursdays. The couple said they plan to offer trivia soon.

E-gaming is not discouraged, but Forge is not equipped to hook up consoles and computers, the Langdons said.

Forge seats about 100 people. It has a full bar and limited menu, which consists of appetizers, burgers, pizza and flatbread, all priced at $10 or less.

"Our menu will grow over time," Bruce Langford said.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 614-745-0095.

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