Mox Seattle Turns 10

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Mox Boarding House Seattle celebrates its 10th birthday this week. For 10 years, Mox continues to provide unforgettable memories and experiences through playing games and great food. Mox Boarding House Seattle, formally known as Card Kingdom/Café Mox, serves the Ballard neighborhood and beyond. Stop by this week (5/3 -5/9/21) and take part in our celebrations!

  • MTG Box Topper Promotion – Receive a Zendikar Box topper for every $100 spent on MTG and MTG supplies (limit to 5) and for every $100 spent over $500 receive a Double Masters Box Topper! (excludes online, while supplies last)
  • Spend $50 or more and Roll a D20! We’ll give you that percentage off your purchase. (cannot be combined with other discounts)
  • Don’t forget to pick up a free custom-designed, limited-edition, Mox Birthday Sticker! These were designed by the talented Michael Plondaya who is also an employee. Check out his work here.
  • Chandra is at the ready all week for selfie opportunities.
  • Our restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday with a delicious new menu! See our offerings here.
  • Use the hashtag #MoxTurns10 and tag us on social media (Facebook|Twitter|Instagram)

Mox Seattle Through The Years

Mox Seattle in the making
Mox Seattle original storefront

In 2010 the search for the first Mox Boarding House (then named Card Kingdom/Cafe Mox) began. The vision was not to simply build a game store and café, but an experience. Brothers John and Damon Morris envisioned a space where every tabletop gaming interest was valued equally, and every gamer could find their niche. A place for building community, where people gather, play, and belong. In 2011, Card Kingdom opened its doors on Leary Way in North Seattle.

The old puzzle room at Mox Seattle
The new remodeled café space

Café Mox was extremely popular, and even named one of the best places to get a drink in Seattle. But, being full most nights, 2013 marked the time for some expansions. We added additional dining space to the café with an outdoor patio, and in 2014 we turned our puzzle room into a dining space with comfy booths and seating.

Paizo accepting their prize as winners of the first Gauntlet
The first Mox Gauntlet in progress

More exciting milestones came in 2014 with our first tabletop charity tournament; The Gauntlet. For the tournament, 10 teams of 4 people each battle it out to raise funds for local folks in need. In 2014, teams included Penny Arcade, Bungie, Paizo, WotC, and GeekGirlCon. The humble goal was to raise $4,000, but was smashed by raising $30,000 by the end of the tournament. The Gauntlet has evolved into a yearly event with other gaming industry companies, and our Engage team has raised over $650,000 for the community.  

In 2014, the second Mox location opened in Bellevue, Washington under the name Mox Boarding House. This marked the official switch to Mox Boarding House as the name of the Card Kingdom retail locations. A welcome change to separate our brick-and-mortar retail locations from our online Magic card business.  

Mural at Mox Seattle by Joe Vollan



Talented artist, Joe Vollan, graced our restaurant with this beautiful mural in 2016. Next time you’re at Mox Seattle, make sure to take a look on the way to the restrooms.

Joe’s marks are all over Mox Seattle. Pay close attention to the small details in the murals, the booths, accents, and in nooks and crannies.

Mox Seattle – Red Room
Mox Seattle – Green Room

2020 and 2021 were difficult for everyone around the world. The pandemic hit and things changed dramatically. With our restaurants being closed, we took the time to level up our private rooms. We’ve added new lighting and fixtures, changed the carpet, and updated the tables. These rooms are rentable and fully serviced by the restaurant, perfect for your next birthday, gaming session, or team building event.

Looking forward to a Mox Future

Mox Seattle has an exciting future right now. We just launched a brand new and exciting menu, which is nothing like what we’ve offered before. Take a look here.

Additionally, we are in the process of updating our gaming tables. They will be sturdier than ever before, and seat whole pods of up to 8 players at a time. Players will each have enough room for a playmat and some extra space for their other supplies.

We’re excited to keep building and serving our community for years to come. One thing stands true. We could not have done all of this without all of you, the kind people who visit us and spend time at Mox. Thank you for being part of our family.

-See you at Mox