Hey folks, we are now officially closed for the lockdown. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting us yesterday (24/04/20) by buying games. Hopefully what you’ve picked up will help you stay safe and sane during the lockdown, and make the social distancing seem like less of a burden.
We’ll do our best to keep you updated on what we’re playing, and we hope to hear from all of you about what you’re playing also!
Remember: the more vigilant we are with our social distancing, the less time we’ll have to do it for.
Much love from the Cakes n Ladders crew – let’s get through this together and come out safe and happy on the other side. Take care, and we’ll see you again when we re-open.
As you are no doubt aware, New Zealand is now at alert level 3, and is moving to alert level 4 within the next 48 hours. This means all bars and restaurants must close now, and all other non-essential services must close within 48 hours.
This is the right call for New Zealand as a whole, and we can work together to come out safe and happy afterwards. After 48 hours have passed, so around 2:00 PM on Wednesday, we cannot sell, loan, or rent board games so as to prevent transmission.
To prepare for the extended shutdown we will be in-store today (24/03/20) sorting things out, and WILL be able to sell games to keep your mind occupied, including several that have solo-player modes. Once we’re finished securing the shop we MAY be able to deliver a few purchased board games to those who can’t come to us. Drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do.
We will be ensuring that we maintain distance and hygiene during this single day of sales, and trust that we will all come out the other side of this having grown more appreciative of the company of others and the simple joy of spending time with friends over a board game.
Once level 4 begins we will cease trading and instead start working on a role-playing game designed to be played while maintaining physical distance, but keeping the social contact that communities need to thrive. We are also looking into hosting online game sessions and podcasting our journey through owning a board game cafe.
Take care everyone. We look forward to re-opening once things are under control, and seeing you all return safe and sound.
While perusing the Games List you might notice that some of the games are located in the “Vault” section. What does that mean, exactly? And why can’t you find these games when searching the shop?
Basically, those are the games that have been played the least, so we’ve put them away in back. We’ve been keeping track of which games are played for over a year now, and if you can believe it, anything listed in the Vault hasn’t been played even once in the past year. It’s a shame, really, but such things are inevitable as our library grows. Newer games will often outshine the older and more obscure. Some of them are also a bit too complex for most casual café-goers to want to have to learn, so we understand.
Whatever the reason, we’ve been running out of space for new titles and needed to clear some room, so those that haven’t been as popular have been relegated to the Vault. If you see a Vaulted game on the list that you’d like to try, that’s great! Just ask one of us, and we’ll happily grab it from the back for you and find a place for it out front again. Who knows? Maybe you playing a game from the Vault is all it needs to give it new life and get other people interested in trying it out too!
Below is the entire list of games currently in the Vault.
Adventure Time Card Wars: Ice King vs. Marceline
Axis & Allies: WWI 1914
Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game
Champions of Midgard: Valhalla/Dark Mountains
Chez Geek: House Party
Chez Geek: Slack to the Future
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
Death Wears White
Deception: Undercover Allies
Defenders of the Realm
Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields
Defenders of the Realm: Dragon Expansion
Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys
Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game
Gears of War: The Board Game
Guards! Guards! A Diskworld Boardgame
Hare & Tortoise
Kingdom Builder: Crossroads
Kingdom Builder: Nomads
Leaders of Euphoria: Choose a Better Oppressor
Lords of Vegas
Love Letter: Munchkin Loot Letter
Mice and Mystics
Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm
Onigiri Card: Everyone Loves a Rice Ball
Overlords of Infamy
Running with the Bulls
Saboteur: The Duel
Save Doctor Lucky
Star Trek: Five-Year Mission
The Stars are Right
Takeover: The New Zealand Sharemarket Game
Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents
Too Many Cooks
Town of Salem: The Card Game, NSFW Edition
Trivial Pursuit: 1980s
Trivial Pursuit: Genus V Edition
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon – A Movie Board Game
Vast: The Fearsome Foes
Wacky Wacky West
Who Goes There?
The Witches of Blackmore
Zombicide: Rue Morgue
Zombicide: Toxic City Mall
February was quite the month for new games at Cakes n Ladders! Generally we’ll have only one or two new games per week, but last month we added a whopping 14 (!!) titles to our library. This was in large part thanks to receiving a sizeable stack from Calliope Games, including half a dozen games from their Titans of Gaming series. Check out the images to scope all of our latest offerings at a glance, and click the title above each image for more information about each one. If any of them strike your fancy, come on it and have a go!
Empyreal: Spells & Steam
Everyone Loves a Parade
The Isle of Cats
The Mansky Caper
Looking for more recent additions? Check out our new games from January 2020 right over here!