Hi and welcome!
Hi, I’m Martin and I’m passionate about board, card and dice games. I love the way they bring people together for fun times and friendly rivalry. This store is family-run and has been trading since 2005, initially with a small store here in Cheddar in Somerset (30 mins drive south from Bristol), and subsequently switching to on-line only in 2008. We don’t sell on Amazon at all, and only occasionally on eBay.
My games store differs from many others in that I personally curate a select range of games that appeal to casual or family gamers, or people getting in to board gaming for the first time. Other stores may stock everything down to the last set of speckled dice and Pokemon cards and can be a bit daunting for first-time gamers.
I generally steer clear of mainstream games such as Monopoly, epic games that take hours to play, anything with a thick rule-book, games that have lots of components (to lose) and those that require significant set-up time. As well as competitive games I also stock many cooperative games, where everyone teams up to try and beat the game itself. I also look for games with “different” themes, those which have won awards (particularly Mensa or Spiel des Jahres), those with good educational and replay value, games of manual dexterity, bluffing, storytelling, and many other types.
On most product pages I also embed an explanatory video review or playthrough from the manufacturer or from a gamer blog site so that people can make an informed decision about purchasing. I can answer your board game queries over the phone, or by email – traditional hobby store service, but over the internet, with full SSL checkout security. You can also catch us at one of our local games events on our Facebook page.
Board & card game types
This store is based around products that get people together for a happy time playing games with friends and family, and enjoying the social interaction that comes with it.
Whether 8 or 80 years old, you can be trying to outwit your opponents in colonising the island of Catan, working together to save the Forbidden Island‘s lost artefacts from sinking, adopting a poker face for a game of Mascarade, bluffing your way past the Sheriff of Nottingham, or saving the planet from a Pandemic, but spending quality time with family and friends is the name of the game!
We don’t stock every new game that’s published, and don’t expect to find the latest dystopian or apocalyptic epics, dungeon-crawlers, RPG fantasy or war games, trading card collections or other heavy-duty games.
With our focus more towards “Euro-style” titles and personal favourites, games such as Dixit, Ticket to Ride, Tsuro, Kingdomino, Qwirkle, Codenames, Jaipur, and many others of that ilk, will always have a home here. We can also try to source a particular game that fits our portfolio, if you are looking for something we don’t currently stock.
Delivery and collection
Postage and packing is included in all the prices shown for UK mainland (non-Highlands/Islands) addresses, nothing extra to add at checkout. Small parcels up to 2kg should be with you in 2-3 days via Royal Mail, larger items by Second Class or by courier, so allow an extra day or two for delivery of these. If you are picking up a game you have ordered or seen online, call ahead first to arrange a convenient time, then head to living.strong.surpasses. Look for the parking area with the VW camper.
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Not sure what board game to get? Have a look at our top 10 board and card games for some inspiration, you can’t go far wrong with any of these. Also, The Guardian newspaper often carries articles on board gaming which are well worth a read. Plus, visit the internet video channels TableTop and Shut Up and Sit Down for more inspiration on what to play. Finally, every spring, don’t forget to look out for International Tabletop Day and the UK Games Expo – plus Board Game Day in aid of the NSPCC which focuses more on mainstream Hasbro family games.
…and what on earth is a Meeple?
A small (usually person-shaped) figure used as a player’s token(s) in a board game, such as Carcassonne, a concatenation of “my people”.