Closed for quarantine

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.

Quarantine Begins

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.

Into the Vault!

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
Arkham Horror
Axis & Allies: WWI 1914
Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game
Carson City
Champions of Midgard: Valhalla/Dark Mountains
Chez Geek: House Party
Chez Geek: Slack to the Future
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
Cunning Folk
Death Wears White
Deception: Undercover Allies
Defenders of the Realm
Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields
Defenders of the Realm: Dragon Expansion
Dice City
Dino Dice
Dungeon Petz
Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys
Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game
Gambit 7
Gears of War: The Board Game
Guards! Guards! A Diskworld Boardgame
Hare & Tortoise
Infernal Contraption
Kingdom Builder: Crossroads
Kingdom Builder: Nomads
Kingdom Quest
Leaders of Euphoria: Choose a Better Oppressor
Lords of Vegas
Love Letter: Munchkin Loot Letter
Madame Ching
Menu Masters
Mice and Mystics
Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm
Morels: Foray
Movie Plotz
Munchkin Quest
Onigiri Card: Everyone Loves a Rice Ball
Overlords of Infamy
Penny Press
Puerto Rico
Rocket Race
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
Termination Incorporated
Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents
Thief’s Market
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
Vampire Empire
Vast: The Fearsome Foes
Wacky Wacky West
Warhammer Quest
Warhammer: Diskwars
Who Goes There?
Winter Tales
The Witches of Blackmore
Zombicide: Rue Morgue
Zombicide: Toxic City Mall

New Games – February 2020

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!

Action Zone
Action Zone board game

Ancestree board game box art

Capital City
Capital City board game box and cards

Cockroach Poker
Cockroach Poker card game box art

Dicey Peaks
Dicey Peaks board game box and components

Empyreal: Spells & Steam
Empyreal: Spells and Steam board game box art

Everyone Loves a Parade
Everyone Loves a Parade board game box art

The Game
The Game card game box art

The Isle of Cats
The Isle of Cats board game box art

The Mansky Caper
The Mansky Caper board the game box art

Night Clan
Night Clan card game box art

ShipShape board game box art and components

ShutterBug board game box art and components

SpyMaster board game box art

Looking for more recent additions? Check out our new games from January 2020 right over here!