Upcoming Events (July-August 2020)

Lockdown is behind us (hopefully for good!), and we’ve been back in business proper for over a month now. After successfully pulling off our own International TableTop Day festivities, we’re now looking forward to more upcoming events! We’ll be releasing more information for each of these events as they get closer, but for now we just wanted to give everyone a brief look at what we’re currently planning.

Feature Friday
Feature Fridays have been a recurring weekly event at Cakes n Ladders for a while now, and we plan to keep them going, but they’ll be moving from weekly events to fortnightly, with the next one happening this week, on 17 July! Check here for more information about Feature Friday. During the off weeks for Feature Friday we’re looking into starting a new fortnightly event…

Teacher Friday
We’ve got such a massive library of games that it’s inevitable some will be played more than others, and it’s honestly a shame to see some amazing games be neglected because they’re perhaps less popular, or their rules take longer to wrap your head around. Enter: Teacher Fridays. We’ll aim to spotlight these games, putting an emphasis on learning new games that aren’t played often, if ever. The first Teacher Friday will be Friday 24 July, where we will be teaching the delightful co-op game of burnination and consummate V’s, Trogdor!! The Board Game. Keep watch on our social media for more details to come!

TPK Tuesday
Another returning favourite will be Total Party Kill Tuesdays. These low-commitment RPG one-shots were always well received, but obviously had to be put on hold during the COVID-19 lockdown. We’re happy to announce that TPK Tuesdays will be back in action from next month. New and returning adventurers alike can look forward to the next session on 4 August. More details on TPK Tuesdays can be found here.

International Cat Day
Some of you might be familiar with our dedicated Cat Shelf, packed to the brim with cat-inspired games. We’re feline excited to make the most of those games next month to celebrate International Cat Day. This purrfect holiday falls on a Saturday this year, 8 August, so we’ll be highlighting the games on that shelf (and others that won’t fit!) all weekend. We’re talking Meow, Action Cats, Purrrlock Holmes, Rat-a-Tat Cat, Exploding Kittens, Cat Capers, and even a special Feature Friday of The Isle of Cats. Mark it on your calendar right meow!

Winter Onesieland
That’s right, one of our favourite annual traditions is coming back once again. As in past years we’ll be offering special discounts for anyone who comes in to game on the weekend of 15-16 August wearing a onesie, so make sure you’ve picked your cosiest and comfiest for the occasion! More details to come soon.

Cakes n Ladders turns 5!
Save the date! We at Cakes n Ladders will be celebrating our 5th birthday on 27 August, so keep your eyes peeled for more information to come about our birthday celebrations the weekend that follows (29-30 August)!

Any dates, times, and events are all subject to change, especially as this year has been anything but predictable, but we’re going to try our best to bring these and more fun events to Cakes n Ladders to keep you entertained throughout the latter half of the year. Thank you as always for your continued support!

International TableTop Day 2020

As with many social events around the world this year, standard International TableTop Day festivities didn’t exactly go as planned. By the time COVID-19 had struck Geek & Sundry hadn’t yet updated their official TableTop Day website from last year, as it still features assets for ITTD 2019. We don’t have official word from them, but it certainly seems like in a time of global lockdowns and social distancing, they opted to just skip the event for 2020.

Thankfully for us, our team of 5 million in New Zealand adhered to the government’s guidelines to flatten the curve of infection, and for several weeks were even able to boast zero active cases nationwide! These efforts brought the country down to Alert Level 1, allowing us at Cakes n Ladders to still be able to host our own TableTop Day.

Cakes n Ladders poster for International TableTop Day 2020 and list of events

The day was full of fun and excitement, laughter and cheers often erupting from tournament tables. As usual we held three tournaments, the winners of which received their names on our ITTD trophy plus individual prize bags, as well as other event games throughout the day.

Our tournaments for the day were Zombie Dice, Rummikub, and the Azul trilogy, with returning two-time victors Rob, Nat, and Darryn all trying to get their names on the trophy for a third time. Darryn won the Zombie Dice match and became our first three-time champion, eternally cementing Nat’s ire for him.

Winner of Zombie Dice tournament holding trophy Winner of Cthulhu Wars tournament holding trophy Winner of Rummikub tournament holding trophy Winner of Azul tournament holding trophy

The other winners, whose names went on the trophy for the first time, were Becka (Rummikub) and Tim (Azul), with Brendon emerging victorious in our special Cthulhu Wars match.

In addition to the tournaments there were two other game events happening: Friend of the shop and animator extraordinaire Mike Glasswell brought in his copy of Nemesis for the morning crowd, and in the evening we welcomed Alayn Clint back to the shop to play an updated version of his upcoming game Upkeep. We trialled Upkeep pre-lockdown, before the game’s Kickstarter was launched; said Kickstarter was more than successful, earning more than double the original goal, and it was great to have another go with Upkeep for TableTop Day!

Zombie Dice participant posing after a good turn group of players playing Cthulhu Wars group playing Rummikub Azul finalists posing before their face-off flyer for the game Upkeep

We continue to be blown away by the support we’ve received since re-opening, and cannot thank you all enough. Our games collection is still growing, giving you more and more reasons to come back. Plus Feature Fridays and TPK Tuesdays will be starting back up regularly soon, and we’re brainstorming more themes and events to celebrate in the future. Spoiler: our next event may or may not include onesies.

Thank you all for coming out to International TableTop Day 2020 at Cakes n Ladders! With or without Geek & Sundry taking charge, we’re already looking forward to ITTD 2021!