You walk into a dimly-lit room.
As your eyes adjust, the refined and inviting space is a welcome surprise among the charming local bars and restaurants of downtown Lawrence.
You hear laughter and cheers of victory mingled with clinking glasses and orders for another round.
You smell something deliciously familiar and the warm essence of something new.
Finally, you see the faces of friends expectantly watching a rolling die.
This is RPG. A community for our community.
A guest once said that RPG is the most relevant cultural hub in Lawrence, and we take pride in that. Our goal is to provide a place where everyone. Our staff, our guests, and our community, feels welcome, accepted, and comfortable just… being.
Why board games?
Board games are a concept people are rarely divided on. Everyone can find something to enjoy and they can offer opportunities to build bridges across cultural, societal, and economical lines. No matter your background or lifestyle you know how to play Checkers, Connect Four, or Guess Who. With over 1,000 board games to choose from at RPG we feel there is something for everyone.
Back in the Summer of 2017 there was an idea. Starting with an online forum thread about the concept these old friends decided it was time to have fun at work, be engaged in their community, and give their community a place where everyone could feel at home.
Together, on top of their day jobs and combined 7 children, the two couples put their heads together to make RPG a reality.
But without the rest of their team none of this would be possible, and RPG wouldn’t have become a place you can call home.
General Manager/Community Maestro
Birdie comes from a professional background of understanding how to get the job done and helping people do their jobs well. She also is compassionate and understanding, always wanting to make sure the underdog is given a leg up. She started at RPG when we first opened and we knew then she would eventually lead. She quickly became a shift manager and, in the summer of 2020, became our general manager and has continued to sail the RPG ship through the pandemic and out the other side.
Bar Manager/Libation Storyteller
We knew the day she started as one of our bartenders that Py was a diamond in the rough. If you don’t know Py, you don’t know the downtown Lawrence bar scene. She is hard working, dedicated, loyal, and she understands how to craft amazing drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. When she agreed to become our Bar Manager in the summer of 2020 we could not have been more excited.
Head Chef/Culinary Composer
Derek isn’t one to beat around the bush. He will tell you straight up if he likes something, or if he has a problem with it. No games, just direct and to the point. He does it to cut through fog and just figure out the problem and move towards a solution. With a history of working alongside some of the best culinary experts in Lawrence and an understanding of what the RPG community needs it was easy to promote him to Chef and Kitchen Manager. It wasn’t easy to get him to accept, however, as he has always had the utmost respect for his peers and is very humble, but we sure are glad he did.