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In-Store Gaming

The best place to look online for information about specific in-store games or events is our Blog — — where we post a monthly 'Upcoming Events' list of regular games evenings, as well as individual posts for other one-off in-store events (eg. Prereleases). The games blog pages allow us to create a single point of information which can be both easily updated and shared across various social media platforms.

In-store Games and Events

Regular games days/evenings:

Monday 19:00 - 22:00 Role-Playing Games  
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 Board Games Day  
  19:00 - 22:00 Board & Card Games  
Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 Ladies Night Monthly Event
Thursday 19:00 - 22:00 Tabletop Miniature/War Games  
  19:00 - 21:00 Isca Model Club Bi-weekly Event
Friday 15:00 - 18:00 Pokemon  
  19:00 - 23:00 Board & Card Games inc. Friday Night Magic
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 Events / Games  
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 Events / Games  


Please ask. There are a few regular staples that run week-in week-out throughout the year but, as an independent games store, the list of games we support in-store is huge and growing all the time. Groups and players rotate from game to game, campaign to campaign, and genre to genre. What we are running now probably isn't what we were running a few months ago and, with Exeter being a university town, each autumn brings a fresh influx of local gamers with their own interests and favourites.


Use of the Games Room

Providing space for gaming helps us to sell games and helps gamers to get value from the games that they buy but, in order to provide space for gaming, we need to profit from the sale of games. Realistically, simply charging for the use of the space will never cover the true costs of providing it.

It's about striking a balance  -  Not everyone will agree  -  It is not possible to please everyone

Commercial reality is that everything costs: rent, rates, insurance, staff, maintenance, light, heat, power, water, etc. If you bring a drink in from outside and leave the container - in one of the several waste/recycling bins provided because you are a considerate responsible gamer and a fine human being - we have to pay to get rid it. While any specific example may seem trivial, the cummulative result is ... significant.

So, balance.

The in-store gaming activities that we are willing to support are the ones that allow us to continue providing in-store gaming.

In order to pay for the use of the space, you can:

  1. Buy games from us
  2. Pay the entry fee for a club, game, or event
  3. Help us to sell games to other people*

* Ask in-store for details.

Prices vary depending on the nature of the group, game or session, but the general guide for use of the gaming space is:

  • Spend £10+ per player, or
  • Pay £3 - £5 per player


Food and drink may be brought into the games area.

Newtown Stores, the local convenience store, is a few yards up the road - on the left as you exit the building - and various take-aways are within a short walk of the shop.

In general, games components do not fair well if brought into contact with food or drink, so gamers are requested to eat between games, rather than during play, and to clean up responsibly.


Our policy is to support commercially available games and we actively support numerous publisher backed Organised Play schemes.

A proxy card is a legitimate gaming card inserted into a deck in order to act as a proxy for a genuine card that has become damaged or otherwise easily identifiable within a deck of cards. The player must own (and have present for reference) any card which is represented by such a proxy. This is a sensible good-faith mechanism used to solve a problem which may arise without fault but which might otherwise provide an advantage to a player.

Unfortunately, what has come to be commonly refered to as "a proxy card" is quite simply a fake (regardless of quality) substituted by a player because they cannot or will not obtain a legitimate copy for use in the game.

Clifton Road Games does not support the use of any fake/counterfeit gaming components in-store. Aside from the fact that we are strictly forbidden from doing so by various Organised Play schemes, it makes little financial sense for us to support this approach to hobby gaming.

Revised: 19th February 2024


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