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 Post subject: Local Games Shops
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:06 pm 
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I was trying to find a store last weekend and couldn't find a nice easy list.

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Wargames Workshop - Northampton (Mainly Tabletop, Some boardgames)
Wargames Workshop - Milton Keynes
Avon Toys - Leamington - (Boardgames)
Escape Games - Coventry (Boardgames/Warmahordes)

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 Post subject: Re: Local Games Shops
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:13 am 
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are they just for local people?

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 Post subject: Re: Local Games Shops
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:36 am 
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I can't speak for either of the Wargames Workshops, but here is my brief opinion of Escape and Avon.

Escape Games, now to be found upstairs above the Wow Asian Supermarket in City Arcade. When we visited had very little stock but they did have some difficulty with their lease during the move meaning they missed the Christmas trading period so I suspect that their orders are going to be a little light for a while. The selection they had was not terrible, though the only thing I found of any real interest to me was the latest 7 Wonders expansion and Lee was out of luck trying to find any Agricola extras. The staff seem very enthusiastic but probably have more experience and knowledge of tabletop and RPG then board games, choosing to rely mainly on BGG reviews and ratings for their recommendations. They do still have a couple of their large tables though so would probably be a good place to go for half a day of war games if that's your bag.

Avon Toys was an unknown to both of us, and all I had to go on was a half-remembered conversation with Paul Cocks about a shop in Leamington that sold proper board games. From the street you could be under the impression that Avon Toys is a toy shop. Which, well, it is. But head upstairs and they have a room dedicated to board games and they had a much better selection that Escape was offering. They don't really do much tabletop but they do have a couple of racks of GW products. I didn't really look at the pricing so couldn't tell if you're better off going there or heading round the corner to where GW certainly used to be (I don't know if the Leamington store is still open though). Also good for jigsaws, kids fancy dress and toys.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:58 am 
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And we can shortly add Shadow Games to our little list of local stores. Exciting times.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:13 pm 
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Avon Toys are very good - and do 10% off for Warwickshire gaming clubs if you ask - although you foreigners shouldn't technically get that ;)
Mostly board games but stock X-wing and some 40k stuff. Castle Trains in Warwick is the other half of the business and stock more 'modelly stuff' trains (shockingly enough...), scenery, some historical inc warlord and FoW. It's good if you have kids as you can pretend you're going to look at the lego - does cost more though as you tend to have to buy them so lego to not tell Mummy about the bag off stuff in the boot...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:20 pm 
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Ragnar The Destroyer wrote:
don't forget shadow games rugby!

Will add it when it opens

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:54 pm 
Where in Rugby will shadow games be? And when will it be opening?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:56 pm 
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There is a post in Public General Chat that should answer your questions, if it doesn't then the up and coming owners are replying there too.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:36 pm 
Thanks, i don't know how i missed it


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:52 pm 
Thanks for the update on Avon Toys above. Paul is right that "foreigners" strictly should not get the discount, but we are always flexible with gamers so you can make money go further.... :D

Just a quick clarification as well that GW prices are in the region of 5-10% less than in GW itself and we only increase our prices when we order new stock in so often you can find more obscure (or less popular) things even cheaper. We are expanding the range of other historical (inc warlord and FoW) and fantasy over the next couple of months. A games table is now available (currently free to use) most days of the week just ask a friendly member of staff for availability and bring a friend for a game or two.

For gamers, a tuck shop is available or as Paul will know, there is a good local bakers across the road that does some excellent coffee, cakes, sandwiches etc! Come along at the right time and they also have a girl standing outside with a tray of samples :lots of love:


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 Post subject: Re: Local Games Shops
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:29 pm 
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Ok as we are in the local area myself and a friend have just started a business manufacturing a number of products.

Mostly lazser cut but by the end of this month we will be stocking

Laser cut bases
Laser cut movement trays
Acrylic rulers

and to come a line of buildings in 28mm, and RPG dungeon plans in wood and starship plans in acrylic together with walls so you can build 3D plans.

No name for business yet and website coming soon, but we have a same day turnaround for postage if we get orders before 3pm on weekdays.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:32 pm 
Would you be looking for somewhere to stock your items, as we are very interested in helping build and grow the local gaming community. We would really like to stock locally produced gaming products. Should you be interested then please contact us at shadowgamesstore@gmail.com


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:45 pm 
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Arthurpendragon wrote:
Ok as we are in the local area myself and a friend have just started a business manufacturing a number of products.

Mostly lazser cut but by the end of this month we will be stocking

Laser cut bases
Laser cut movement trays
Acrylic rulers

and to come a line of buildings in 28mm, and RPG dungeon plans in wood and starship plans in acrylic together with walls so you can build 3D plans.

No name for business yet and website coming soon, but we have a same day turnaround for postage if we get orders before 3pm on weekdays.


I'm liking this idea muchly. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:52 pm 
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Time Scale Miniatures (TSM) coming soon.


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