Skipton Board Gamers Are Certainly Not Bored Gamers!
To some, ‘Table Top Gaming’ conjures up images of dusty copies of Scrabble and games of Monopoly that last days, however, to many, Table Top Gaming is a revived and continually expanding hobby. Since 2013, worldwide board game sales have been increasing annually, with thousands of new card and board games being released each year. Many have described this revival as a ‘Golden Era’ for table top gaming, with better and more interesting games and mechanics being created all the time. In a world where multimedia and online connection is dominant, table top gaming is a unique way of bringing people together to socialise and form new friendships. Over the last few years, Skipton has developed a thriving table top game community of its own.
Strange Games is an independent game shop in Skipton which sells a wide range of board games, card games and miniature war games. Since opening its doors on March 22nd 2014, it has become the go-to place for table top gamers across Skipton and the surrounding area. Strange Games not only sells games, but also has three tables in store where friends can meet up and play their favourite games whenever they like. They also organise regular gaming events such as board gaming night every Wednesday evening, and Warhammer games every Sunday.
We asked Stuart, the owner of Strange Games to tell us a bit about why he opened the store.
‘Since the Skipton Toy Masters closed down in 2014, I was looking for a job and realised there was an opening in the market for a shop dedicated to the card games and board games that I, and many of my friends loved when we were growing up. I decided to open Strange Games to provide the games we love to the Skipton community as well as providing a fun and friendly environment to play card games and board games. Three years on, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. Not only have we managed to build a successful small business in Skipton, but we have grown a community of gamers who come in regularly and who have found many new friends and hobbies through the store.’
Strange Games is open 6 days a week (closed Tuesday) and is situated on Swadford Street in Skipton. You can find out more information on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/skiptonstrangegames/
Table Top Champions
Table Top Champions is a monthly tabletop gaming club that welcomes all gamers to meet and share their love of games. Originally started in December 2016, it has grown rapidly to include some 25-30 regularly attending members, and a wide range of board games to play.
At Table Top Champions events, people are encouraged to bring their favourite board games to play or lend to other people throughout the night. They typically have around 20-25 board games available for people to come and try out and offer free tea and coffee, a tuck shop for drinks and snacks throughout the night and a pizza run!
It was created by two Skipton gamers, Nick Smith and Tom Dunn, who developed the idea on the way back from a tabletop gaming convention in Bradford. Drawing inspiration from similar gaming groups in Keighley and Otley, they organised the first event before Christmas 2016, and it was an instant hit with the table top gamers of Skipton and nearby areas. They said that their future plans for the group include providing areas for table top wargaming, inviting local game designers to come and play testing their latest games and building a bigger board game library for the group to enjoy.
Table Top Champions occurs on the first Saturday of every month from 18:00 until 23:00 at Champions Church in Skipton. You can find out more information about upcoming events on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TableTopChampions/