Goodtime Games is the product of all the fun times we’ve had playing with friends. In many ways, this is their pet-project too (and we hope we’re still doing them proud!) We opened our doors for the first time back in July 2020, right after the first COVID lockdown ended. Since then, we’ve built up our team to 5 members of staff and began selling games in-store and through our website.
We’re really excited to continue introducing more people to all of the crazy variety that modern board games have to offer. Our library is built to showcase that variety; from family favourites, modern classics, cult hits, to up-and-coming indie numbers and high strategy brain-busters. We know that building your own board game collection can get pretty expensive. In fact, we see cost as the biggest barrier to people discovering board games. Our café is designed to give people access to a massive library of games for around the same price as a pint of craft beer or a posh coffee, with plenty of discounts available for our regular enthusiasts through our membership model.
We’re all staunch believers in animal rights and so our menu is meat-free and ethically sourced. We use single-source coffee from a local roaster, and try to minimise the amount of plastic that we use as far as possible. While we’re trying our best, we know we can do better on this front – a chaotic year of pandemic and brand new business has resulted in us not progressing as well as we would have liked. Where we can, we try and make use of local suppliers and businesses. We pay all of our staff the same, Real Living Wage regardless of age and status within the company.
For us and millions of others, board games are a fantastic way to lose a few hours in a casual setting (that’s not the pub!) They’re just perfect for getting away from screens and connecting with friends and acquaintances. We designed Goodtime Games to the perfect spot for a lunchtime escape, after-work drinks, an evening of entertainment, or just a place to enjoy some downtime with friends and family. Whether you’re a complete beginner, casual player or a seasoned strategist; we’ll have something for you from our huge collection.
– Tom, Melissa & The Goodtime Games Team