Barnes & Noble Hosts Tabletop Gaming Meet Up at Stores Nationwide on April 30

Barnes & Noble Responds to Customer Demand and Brings an Authentic
Gaming Experience to All Stores

Featured Games to Include Popular Selections Qwirkle, Munchkin, Machi
Koro, Superfight and Ticket to Ride

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, today announced that it will be hosting a Tabletop
Gaming Meet Up at all stores nationwide on Saturday, April 30, starting
at 4 p.m.. Last month, Barnes & Noble hosted weekly “game gatherings” at
select stores across the country. As a result of the huge success of the
program, the company is expanding that gaming experience to customers at
all of its 640 stores across the country.

“Seeing our customers respond so positively to the game gatherings we
hosted at select stores was not only rewarding, but it crystalized what
we believed all along: customers in local communities are looking for an
alternative evening out. For so many, Barnes & Noble is already a place
to meet up, socialize and spend quality time together. Our Tabletop
Gaming Meet Up is designed to do all that and more,” said Kathleen
Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble. “We will
feature a unique array of games that celebrate collaboration, encourage
strategic thinking and even provide a little healthy competition.”

Customers are encouraged to visit their local store and participate in
Barnes & Noble’s first-ever Tabletop Gaming Meet Up, whether they are
looking for an alternative to a typical evening out, an activity for the
whole family to enjoy, or simply the opportunity to meet new people in a
fun way.

“The tabletop gaming industry has always had a wide appeal to Americans
as a fun, engaging pastime, but we see Barnes & Noble’s entry into
events and gatherings as a game changer,” said Andrew Lupp of the gaming
industry organization, PSI. “Few retailers can offer a store environment
that’s already tailor-made for gaming. Barnes & Noble has always had a
fantastically curated selection of games. Now they’re creating the
social experience and building new communities to bring these games to
many more gamers around the country.”

Featured games will represent a leading assortment from Barnes & Noble’s
vast selection, including:

  • Machi Koro– The Japanese card game that is sweeping the world.
    A fast-paced, light-hearted game for up to three players, with the
    goal of building the city of Machi Koro (in less than 30 minutes!).
  • Superfight- A hilarious card game based on fights between
    characters with superpowers and super problems. Players create
    fighters from these cards, then argue with one another over who would
    win in a fight!
  • Ticket to Ride- A cross-country train adventure game. Players
    collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes
    connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the
    more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill
    their destination tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the
    player who builds the longest continuous railway.
  • Munchkin- The mega-hit card game about dungeon adventure, with
    no role-playing. Players can compete to kill monsters and grab magic
    items.
  • Qwirkle- A game that is as simple as matching colors and
    shapes, but also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned
    strategy. Players can earn points by building rows and columns of
    blocks that share a common shape or color.

Participants will have the chance to play against each other to win
prizes, including a Machi Koro Diamine Promo Card Pack, a Qwirkle
Brainteaser Book, Superfight Promo Card Sets, and more. Customers should
contact their local store to find out the full list of prizes available.

Each game will be available to play starting at 4:00 p.m. Participants
are encouraged to take fun photos of themselves while gaming and upload
to their social media channels using the special hashtag, #BNGameNight.
For more information on the event, customers can visit the Barnes
& Noble Blog
.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s
largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites,
BN.com (www.bn.com).
The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK®
tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and
entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store
features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com),
plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content
across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps
available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting
the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Contacts

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Senior
Vice President
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Alan
McNamara, 212-633-4062
Director
Corporate Communications
amcnamara@bn.com