International Tabletop Day 2018

International Table Top Day is an opportunity to try out some new games, with people who are enthusiastic for the hobby! There’s so much more to board gaming than many people are used to, and we share many of the same frustrations around ‘traditional’ games: Monopoly takes too long and ends in tears and fights, Scrabble is too hard and makes our brains hurt, Risk is great provided you’re winner, etc, etc, etc. While we all have fond memories of these ‘traditional’ games over the last 20 years there’s so much creativity and imagination going into board games that they’ve seen a huge resurgence.
Although we have over 200 games, most of which are listed here, we have some volunteered lined up to demonstrate some great games.
1pm – Shadespire: an action-packed combat game for two players. Gather your warband, enhance your warriors with unique skills and upgrades, and lead them to victory against your foes. (you can play more of this, and other war games, at Hartlepool Wargames Society)
2pm – Compoundedtake on the roles of lab managers, hastily competing to complete the most compounds before they are completed by others – or destroyed in an explosion.
3pm – PandemicWork cooperatively with others to prevent the spread, then try to eradicate, four viruses threatening to wipe out humanity.
4pm – Ticket To RideCollect cards, lay trains, complete routes, get points, win. Easy
5pm – FluxxA simple, fun card game – where the rules keep changing.
6pm – Munchkin: A parody of the classic RPG Dungeon’s and Dragons. A funny, card game.

7pm – Terraforming Mars: Based on actual science, become the best terraformer Mars has ever seen!

If you want to reserve a spot let us know via email or via facebook

Updated Games List

We’ve just updated our games.

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Recent additions include:

Tyrants of the Underdark

Play in the D&D universe as ‘dark elves’ (or Drow) who seek to become the ultimate tyrant by attracting particular spies, beasts, and monsters to your side. Us these recruits to overpower enemy troops and spies on the board.

An excellent deck building game.

Ticket to Ride: Germany

Ticket to Ride is a perennial favourite in the tea room. Easy to learn, addictive to play, and so many maps you’ll never get bored! This edition provides a new mechanic – passengers. When you lay a route you can pick up a passenger (if there’s any left). The more you get, the more points you have.


Terraforming Mars

Join a group of terraformers attempting to make Mars habitable. Rooted in what the science community believes is necessary to be able to have Mars sustain life, you collect and play cards to aid in the terraforming process. You’re not doing this for the goodness of humanity though – you want paying, and prestige.

Captain Sonar

We LOVE this game!

In 2 teams (of 2 to 4) take control of a submarine. The captain relays the orders, the radio operator listens to the other team, the engineer and the first officer keep track on the health of the sub and it’s systems.

Like Battleships, try to find the opposing sub before they do. Unlike Battleships, use the team’s skill to discern exactly where your enemy is before firing!


New position available

To help us keep up with demand as we increase our opening hours, we’re looking for a new member of staff to work flexibly.

Our new member of staff will be looking for flexible hours to help us cover busy periods; have excellent communication skills; show great attention to detail;  have a friendly and personable character; and be quick to learn new skills.

Please send a 1 page CV and short covering letter explaining how you meet our essential criteria to

Meets national minimum wage.

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