Free 2 Play Summer!

This is John Iles from Merlin’s Beard. I’ve got an important and exciting announcement for today. Alicia and I have decided that Merlin’s Beard will be Free to Play for the month of June. We are lifting our daily cover charge every day effective today (which is Sunday May 29th) and carrying through Sunday July 3rd. This is a pilot program that we hope to carry on throughout the summer and into the next school year along with our Event Ticketing program which is the topic for Tuesday’s post.

Why abolish the Player Fare? First, our cover has been an important part of our revenue stream since the day we opened and represents about a third of our income. It also represents the number one reason why people choose not to come to Merlin’s Beard. It’s expensive. I don’t go to the movies very often for the same reason and am content to wait for the streaming release instead.

Now here we are dealing with interest rate hikes and cost increases for everything which we in turn pass on to you. You’re welcome. Also, we’re sorry. So we ask “what can we do for you” and also “how do we get butts in seats”? The answer, we think, is to abolish the player fare and invite you all in to try out Merlin’s Beard as much as you want for free all summer long.

We look forward to seeing your butts in our seats all summer long.

Also, this is truly Free 2 Play. No purchasing restrictions though we do ask you to consider buying an entree or a couple drink specials while you are here. If there’s nothing you are interested in on our menu, let us know what we can do to entice you in the comments below.

Pride 2022

I tried writing a post here a couple times but it just wasn’t gelling so I decided to make a one cut video log instead. This is my story about how I became “aware” so to speak of the LGBTQ+ community, why you became important to me, and how grateful I am that you choose Merlin’s Beard and how proud I am that you can live your authentic selves in our space. It’s raw, uncut, and privileged but this is my story:

Event Ticketing

We are excited to announce our new Event Ticketing program which debuts tomorrow night (June 1) with Trivia with Ms. Alexa Pro. In a nutshell, our special hosted events will have a cover charge ($5 for our trivia event) that Merlin’s will pay entirely to the event host.

Credit for the idea belongs with Chris Johnson from People’s Brewing Company. They run a live music event on Tuesdays which costs $10/person and you buy your tickets online. Proceeds from the ticket sales pays the band and People’s makes money off of food and beverage sales.

Our hope is that by implementing a similar program we will be able to provide you with high quality event programming throughout the week with hosts motivated to get butts in seats. I should note that throughout this our library remains Free 2 Play for June and that purchasing Event Tickets is not mandatory to play games or eat food at Merlin’s Beard.

Alright, this also means that we are looking for new and exciting Events for Merlin’s Beard. These can be large scale events like Alexa’s Trivia Night or smaller events like hosting an open D&D adventure. If you are interested in hosting, send an email to contact@merlinsbeard.net or drop your contact information off with me at Merlin’s Beard.

Catan League 2022!

This year we are requesting a one time entry fee of $50 to participate in Catan League. The entry fee allows participants to compete during the entire six weeks of play, and enter them in the running for prizes awarded after the final week. The Grand Prize this League is a 3D Catan Board!!!

League Rules

  • This league is played with all levels of experience.
  • Players will be assigned to three or four-person games. Efforts will be made to keep participants from playing the same people in both rounds.
  • Each round every group will be using the same board setup, chosen ahead of time to minimize the chances of first-player advantage or fourth-player disadvantage.


Scores will be tracked weekly on the Leaderboard!

  • Each player will score a certain number of League points based on their position in the game. This is added to the points earned during play:
    • In a Four-player game. First: 5pts, Second: 4pts, Third: 2pts, Fourth:1pt
    • In a Three-player game,  First: 5pts, Second: 3pts, Third: 1pt
    • In the event of a tie after first place, all players in the tie receive the points for the higher position.
    • First place tie breakers will be used to their fullest extent when games end with multiple winners.

Game Play

  • First player will be determined by die roll.
  • Game play will proceed according to official The Settlers of Catan rules with the following exception:
    • If a 7 is rolled in the first two rounds of play, it will be rerolled once.
    • The purpose of this rule is to help prevent a player from getting randomly hosed too early in the game.


Games will be held for six weeks on Tuesday at 6:30 starting January 11th.

Catan league will be on break the week of February 13th. 

Tuesday 1/11 Catan League Week 1 @ 6:30PM

Tuesday 1/18 Catan League Week 2 @ 6:30PM

Tuesday 1/25 Catan League Week 3 @ 6:30PM

Tuesday 2/1 Catan League Week 4 @ 6:30PM

Tuesday 2/8 Catan League Week 5 @ 6:30PM


Tuesday 2/22 Catan League Week 6 @ 6:30PM

Make Up Games

Participants are allowed to make up any missed days or games following a  few guidelines.

  • Must be played with two weeks of missed game(s).
  • Must be played with at least 3 players.
  • Must be played at Merlin’s Beard
  • Players in the make up game may be people who are not entered into the Catan League. However, they must already be familiar with the game. 

Any players willing to help others play their make up games will be awarded Honor points to go towards a bonus prize at the end of the League for the most Honorable player!

Prizes (on final league day)

At the end of the League we will be given out soon sweet, sweet loot. Here’s what’s on the table:

  • First place will take home the 3D Catan board.
  • Merlin’s Beard gift cards
  • Board game promos

2020 Holiday Hours

Merlin’s Beard will have the following modified Holiday hours for December & January

  • Thursday Dec. 24th – CLOSED
  • Friday Dec. 25th – CLOSED
  • Saturday Dec 26th – 5pm-12am
  • Thursday Dec 31st – CLOSED
  • Sundays Dec 20th – Jan 10th – 12pm-6:30pm

Game Night Kits Now Include Tenders!

We’ve reworked our Game Night To Go Deals, and added a Tender Basket option!
Get 3 tenders with a solo kit, or 6 with a duet kit with the same great game rental discount as our wing combos!

Solo Gamer Kits
$27 – 12 Boneless Wings (acid arrow, bbq, buffalo, dragonfire, garlic parm, neverwinter)
1 5-day board game rental – -1 side of steak fries or mac & cheese – 1 can of soda**

$22 – 3 Tenders (Dips – honey mustard, bbq, buffalo)
1 5-day board game rental – -1 side of steak fries or mac & cheese – 1 can of soda**

Duet Gamer Kits
$40 – 24 Boneless Wings ( acid arrow, bbq, buffalo, dragonfire, garlic parm, neverwinter )
1 5-day board game rental — 2 sides of steak fries or mac & cheese – 2 cans of soda**

$32 – 6 Tenders (2 Dips – honey mustard, BBQ, buffalo)
1 5-day board game rental – -2 sides of steak fries or mac & cheese – 2 cans of soda**

Additional games for $5 each (max 3 games total).
Additional wings in counts of 6 for $6. Additional Tenders in counts of 2 for $5.
Additional sides for $2.50 each. Additional sodas for $1 each.

These prices are only valid with the purchase of a game night kit.

**Coke, Cherry Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Root Beer, Orange Soda, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Diet 7up

Contact us at (765) 714-4441 during Business Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6pm-10pm
Friday: 6pm-11pm
Saturday: 12pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-8pm

Merlin’s Beard Could Use Your Help

Hey everyone, we want to let you know how much we love serving you guys, and give you an update on how things are going. Merlin’s Beard has been reopened for just over two months now, and like a lot of small businesses things have been very slow to pick back up. Our COVID relief funding runs out sometime in September, and at our current business levels we will likely be facing closure.

We need as much help as we can get to increase our revenue over the next couple months. If you like to order out and want to support us, we are asking you to think about giving Merlin’s Beard a call every other week or so and order some wings or a burger. Maybe some mac and cheese. We’ve been working on those recipes so that they stay pretty good on the drive home. You can find our current food menu here.

You can also take advantage of our game rentals and shop at our store. We have many great games available for you to bring home and try out either permanently or for a period of 5 days.

We are also, of course, open for regular business for those who feel comfortable venturing out our way. Our space is socially distanced, santized, and as safe as we can make it. Join us for some on site gaming whenever you would like, and take advantage of our awesome mixed drink (potions!), beer, and cider selections

Give us a call (or send a text), (765) 714-4441, and help us clear this hurdle. If you do send a text, please wait for a message back confirming your order. Our phone system is not ideal for this kind of service, but it works. We can get through this with your help.

Late Night Hours are Back for Weekends

With the return of Purdue classes being eminent we are now increasing our weekend hours of operation.

We will be open Fridays 6PM – 11PM and Saturdays 12PM – 12AM.
Stop by for some great times with friends, games, food, and drinks every weekend at Merlin’s Beard!

These hours may be subject to change depending on the levels of business we see as COVID concerns continue.

Burgers are Back on the Menu!

Burgers are back on the menu. Grab one the next time you come see us!

You can also order a burger for carry out and grab a 5 Day board game rental while you’re at it!

We are currently offering the following burgers:

Human Fighter – The classic. Cheese cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. Topped with ketchup, mustard, and mayo!

Bard-B-Que – Cheddar Cheese, fried onions, and pickles. Topped with barbeque sauce

Dragon’s Breath – Pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and roasted jalapenos. Topped with house made habanero jam.

Carry Out a Game Night To Go!

Introducing Game Night To Go!
Many people have been asking how you can support Merlin’s Beard. This is it and we need your help!
Call or text your carry-out orders to 765-714-4441 during business hours.

Check out our menu and library at:

Solo Gamer Kit…$30
1 5-day board game rental – 12 boneless wings (buffalo/bbq/parmesan garlic) -1 side of sidewinder fries, mac & cheese or potato salad – 2 cans of soda**

Duet Gamer Kit…$50
1 5-day board game rental – 24 boneless wings (buffalo/bbq/parmesan garlic) – 2 sides of sidewinder fries, mac & cheese, or potato salad – 4 cans of soda**

Add additional games for $5 each (max 3 games total).
Additional wings in counts of 6 for $6. Additional sides for $3. Additional soda for $1.

These prices are only valid with the purchase of a game night kit.**Coke, Cherry Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Barqs Root Beer, Orange Fanta, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Diet 7up

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6-10
Friday: 6-10
Saturday: 12-10
Sunday: 12-8