Cakes n Ladders Sixth Birthday (Rescheduled)

It seems Covid just doesn’t like our birthday events but don’t worry we won’t let it get us down. We’re working to reschedule our birthday party event for a weekend that we’re back at Alert Level One.

You all have continued to support us for the last six years, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thanks to you we have been allowed to continue bringing the joy of gaming to Auckland for anyone who wants to play. This new lockdown meant we can’t hold our sixth birthday party this weekend, so this we’re rescheduling.

We’ll let you know when the event will occur and if we’re still licensed, with our TableTop Day cocktails “Wood for Sheep” and “Azul Lagoon” returning for more action, as well as other secret surprises to come!

To RSVP or mark your calendar, go check out our birthday event over on Facebook. Otherwise just rock on up on that weekend and join us once again for birthday board game fun times. See you then!

International TableTop Day 2021

Just like last year it seems most of the world hasn’t recovered enough for a truly International TableTop Day, however we here at Cakes n Ladders are still be able to host our own TableTop Day.

Expect the day to be full of fun and excitement, laughter and good-natured conflict. This year we’re holding four tournaments, the winners of which will receive their names on our ITTD trophy plus individual prize bags, as well as other event games throughout the day.

This year, for the first time ever the event will be licensed! Look out for our themed cocktails Wood for Sheep and Azul Lagoon.

Our tournaments for the day are King of Tokyo, Ticket to Ride, Sushi Go, and our special Cthulhu Wars tournament. We’re expecting strong competition from our returning champions!

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

In addition to the tournaments there will be game events happening: Friend of the shop and animator extraordinaire Mike Glasswell is bringing in his copy of Street Fighter the Miniatures Game for the morning crowd, and we’re working on another event for the evening crowd.

If you like puzzles then head over to our FaceBook page to check out this post and try to solve the mystery. If you do you can win free game time on International TableTop Day! (Update: The mystery has been solved, and the free game time won!)

Hope to see you all for International TableTop Day 2021 at Cakes n Ladders!

Alert level 2 (again)

Looks like level three was just the seven days as advertised. This means we’ll be open as usual (with the regular level two restrictions) from Sunday the 7th of March

Hope to see you all back again soon!

Alert level 2 (part 2)

We’ve played a lot of games in our bubble during the second lockdown but we’re super excited to be heading back to level two and Cakes n Ladders being able to open again.

We’ll be in the cafe on Saturday the 30th of August setting up for level two so if you wanted to get a sneaky contactless boardgame purchase in before we open up again on Wednesday 02/09/20 then drop by between noon and 4pm

Hope to see you all back again soon!

Get ready for International TableTop Day!

Once a year International Tabletop Day brings us back to the table to remind us why we play and to give thanks to those who make every roll of the dice exciting.

Perhaps more needed this year than in any other year International TableTop Day (ITTD) is a time to set the worries of the world aside and join with your community to enjoy the comradery found by gathering around a table and playing games!

Find the details here but all you really need to know is that on the fourth of July from 10am Cakes n Ladders is hosting the biggest board game event of the year.

Alert Level 3 Update

On Tuesday the 28th of April New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 3. This means stores can open up for contactless retail, but cafés and social gatherings will remain restricted.

So what does this mean for us at Cakes n Ladders?

This means from 28 April onwards we WILL be able to sell board games to help keep you going while remaining in your bubbles, but only via online orders. We do not have an online store, so please let us know what titles you’re looking for, and we’ll let you know what the price and availability is. If we can get the game you want, you can pay via bank transfer and we can send it to you by courier.

We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to get any game you want, but we will certainly try our best!

To be clear, this also means we WILL NOT be able to open the café for standard business at this time. Rest assured, we’ll let you know as soon as that’s possible. We’re just as eager to get back to it as anyone!

Hopefully you’re all staying safe and well. If we can help make the lockdown more enjoyable for you and yours, let us know! 🧁🎲

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