In-Store Gaming in the Post-Lockdown Era
Update: 29th July 2021
Following a 16 month break, things are not simply going to return to normal. Many things have changed. Many things would have changed naturally over the last year or more anyway. In some sense, we are effectively starting from scratch, so we might as well approach some things from that angle.
It would be nice to be able to just type out a nice tidy complete list of what we are going to do, how and when, but it is simply too complicated. We support too many games, across too many genres, with influences from too many customers, changing interests, new publications , and other external factors to just type up a neat tidy little list and forget about it. Even something as simple as one game, Magic: the Gathering, is divided into 79-million formats; so when we say we're running Friday Night Magic, it actually generates more questions than it answers.
At least initially, this is not going to be a neat tidy list. I have tried (and failed) with a more comprehensive approach a couple of times now, so now I'm just going to outline a framework and try to fill it in as I go.
July 2021: Priorities
- KeyForge ... will return from Tuesday, 20th July 2021, probably alongside a couple of other games.
- Friday Night Magic ... will return from Friday, 23rd July 2021.
- Ladies Night ... will return from August
You need to ask Rebecca - which means I don't need to write anything more about this!
- Role-Playing Games ... will get their own in-store gaming evening for the first time.
First session: Monday, 2nd August 2021 (18:30 - 21:30).
- ... additional updates will follow.
---Steven @ Clifton Road Games
In-store Games and Events
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 that we can (and frequently do) support in-store is absolutely 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, every autumn brings a completely fresh influx of gamers with their own interests and current favourites. The fact that something isn't being actively played at this precise moment, doesn't mean there isn't someone around the local community who would love to play that particular game, if they could only find another player... so, please ask.
Some in-store events are listed on ourpage.
In addition, there are a whole bunch of other groups, clubs, and venues in and around Exeter that we are happy to pass along the information for.
Individual pages and further information to follow...
- Magic: the Gathering [Link]
- Pokémon - Trading Card Game
- Fantasy Flight Games
- Arkham Horror - The Card Game
- KeyForge [Link]
- Marvel Champions - The Card Game
- Star Wars - The Card Game
- FALLOUT: Wasteland Warfare
- Knight Models
- Harry Potter
- MARVEL: Crisis Protocol
- STAR WARS
- Star Wars: Armada
- Star Wars: Imperial Assault
- Star Wars: Legion
- Star Wars: X-wing
- RPG Night [Link]
- Dungeons & Dragons
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, ... 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 one specific example may seem trivial, the cummulative result of all those individual factors is that: If you are not paying us, then we are in effect paying you.
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:
- buy games from us,
- pay the entry fee for a club, game, or event,
- and, in some cases, 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.
GAME COMPONENTS and (so called) PROXIES
Our policy is to support commercially available games and we actively support numerous publisher backed Organized Play schemes.
A proxy card is, in fact, a legitimate gaming card inserted into a deck in order to act as a proxy for a genuine card that has (most likely) become damaged or is in some other way 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 through no fault but could otherwise confer 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 or otherwise counterfeit or substitute gaming components in-store at any time. Quite apart from the fact that we are strictly forbidden from doing so by the various Organized Play schemes in which we participate, it makes absolutely no sense for us to support this kind of poisonous approach to hobby gaming.
FOOD and DRINK
Food and drink may be brought into the games area.
A range of soft drinks are available from a chilled cabinet at Clifton Road Games and, in addition, there is a convenience store (Newtown Stores) a few yards up the road on the left as you exit the building. Numerous take-aways are also within a short walk from 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 (rather than during) games and to clean up responsibly.
Revised: 29th July 2021