International TableTop Day 2022

International TableTop Day might be a little less International than it used to, but in all fairness we’ve decided to make it so it isn’t just one day either. Despite the name making less and less sense each year Cakes n Ladders is still going to host an event called International TableTop Day and it is going to be awesome!

Expect the day to be full of fun and excitement, laughter and good-natured conflict. This year we’re holding five tournaments. One will be the quiz night on Friday the 24th of June (our first team event ever). Three will be held on Saturday the 25th of June with the winners receiving their names on our ITTD trophy plus individual prize bags. Finally on Sunday the 26th of June we’re running a Cthulhu Wars tournament and partnering with Dice for Hire to run several sessions of D&D.

Like last year the event will be licensed! Look out for our themed cocktails Wood for Sheep and Azul Lagoon.

Our tournaments for the Saturday are Libertalia, Azul and Dominion. We’re expecting strong competition from our returning champions and hope to have plenty of newcomers ready to contest those trophy spots.

To sign up for the D&D sessions check out Dice for Hire’s facebook page here

Hope to see you all for International TableTop Day 2022 at Cakes n Ladders!

Alert level changed!

Well done New Zealand it looks like we’re doing so well with Omicron that we’ve moved back to Orange Light Alert Level.

This is much better for Cakes n Ladders and everyone looking to relax with some board games.

VACCINE PASSPORTS
Cakes n Ladders can open normally, vaccine passports are no longer required.

CONTACT TRACING
Contact tracing is no longer mandatory, so please scan if you want to but don’t feel you have to.

SEPARATED.
Groups no longer need to be separated. This means we can start hosting events again!

STAYING HOME
We know it can be tempting to brush off a small sniffle or seemingly harmless cough when you feel perfectly fine otherwise, but if you show any signs of sickness, no matter how small, we ask that you stay home and rest up. We’ll still be here, and will gladly welcome you back when you’re back to 100%.

OPENING HOURS
Our hours of operation will be back to normal at this level. So we’ll be open 1pm to 10pm Wednesday to Friday and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on weekends

If you need a refresher on further details surrounding Traffic Light System not specific to Cakes n Ladders, be sure to check out the official NZ Government update.

Alert level changing!

Well it looks like Omicron managed to make it into the community. This means we’ve moved from Orange Light Alert Level back to Red Light Alert level

The good news is that the Red Light level allows us to be open and we’re not having any lock downs (touch wood). So what does this mean for Cakes n Ladders and everyone looking to relax with some board games?

It means we can open with only a few restrictions provided we’re using the Vaccine Passport system. So if you want to come to Cakes n Ladders then make sure you have your vaccine passport ready. Once you’re fully vaccinated you can go here to get it sorted. Cakes n Ladders is required to check vaccine passports so lets work together to make this as seamless as possible.

CONTACT TRACING
Contact tracing remains mandatory, so please scan in with the COVID Tracer App QR code, which will be posted in the shop. People are required to scan in with the Covid Tracer App AND have their vaccine passport verified.

SEPARATED.
Groups must be separated. We will be moving our tables around slightly to allow for social distancing, ensuring that different groups remain at least 1m apart, and reducing our seating to make sure people aren’t sitting too close. This means for duration of the Red Light Level we will not be hosting Feature Fridays. We will however consider keeping TableTop Tuesdays going.

STAYING HOME
We know it can be tempting to brush off a small sniffle or seemingly harmless cough when you feel perfectly fine otherwise, but if you show any signs of sickness, no matter how small, we ask that you stay home and rest up. We’ll still be here, and will gladly welcome you back when you’re back to 100%.

OPENING HOURS
Our hours of operation will be back to normal at this level. So we’ll be open 1pm to 10pm Wednesday to Friday and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on weekends

If you need a refresher on further details surrounding Traffic Light System not specific to Cakes n Ladders, be sure to check out the official NZ Government update.

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.