This story is co-published with Axios Boston as part of a collaborative series about nightlife in Boston.

The Boston area has seen a rise in nightlife options for gamers and other hobbyists in the last decade.

But members of the community say there's an even greater need for things to do in the city at night beyond bars and clubs.

An inclusive nightlife industry also speaks to locals who are into gaming, escape rooms, live action role playing, reading and other hobbies.

At least two gaming cafes have opened over the past decade: Knight Moves, a cafe in Brookline, and Tavern of Tales: Cafe & Bar in Mission Hill.

Swedish reality gaming company Boda Borg opened its first North American location in Malden in 2015, while others have launched arcade bars and escape rooms in recent years.

Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge hosts some of the longest-running nighttime gaming events in the area, featuring Dungeons & Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Blades in the Dark and other role-playing games, said Tristan Patino, the store's events manager.

"People are always asking about events and when they can come in to play games," Patino said.

And Boston Gaymers, a social group for LGBTQIA+ gamers, launched six years ago and hosts events at Knight Moves, The Alley and Club Café for video games and board games.

The group's online membership has grown to more than 3,000, board member Andi Morton told Axios.

When it comes to in-person board and card games, Morton said, "the demand was much more intense than we anticipated. We had to move to a larger space within Club Café, and the attendance has never dwindled at either event," she said. "People in the queer community really wanted a safe space," she said.

Patino of Pandemonium said he would like to see more existing bars and restaurants offer late-night board game options and quieter environments to broaden their appeal — particularly since many nighttime businesses have gotten louder in recent years.

"I think having social things for people who want to be social, but just in a different way than clubbing, is valuable," Patino said.