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Rules of Play takes board games out of "geek cellar" for Cardiff gaming day

cardiff arcades project oneEvery weekend a group of gamers meet in an underground location to swap cards and wage war against each other.

Known to games shop Rules of Play owner Michelle Davis as the "geek cellar" - the weekly table of events for collectable card games (CCG) and board games would be little known to those outside the tight knit gaming community in Cardiff.

"People think games shops are for geeks, " she says. "But those people keep the gaming community going, but it's not all about this.

"People are beginning to remember what fun board games are – everyone's got memories of board games when they were younger, but this was taken over by electronic gaming. But people are getting fed up with that now and want to do something more interactive. Electronic games are more expensive and this is a different way of spending time with the family and people are realising how much fun you can have in a box."

For this reason Davis, a mother of three herself, is marketing the shop to parents hoping they will see the economic benefits of board games over games consoles – and hosting a dedicated gaming day at Chapter Arts Centre later in the year.

"Mums and dads are seeing that if they spend £9 rather than £45 on a play station or Xbox games, they can play together rather than looking at the TV screen, and will get more hours out of it. Also the game will stay in the family for generations and be passed down – everyone has games they remember as children."

Davis opened Rules of Play, an independent board game shop, in Castle Arcade in May 2010 – and says the fact the popularity of the shop has grown while other arcades traders are reporting a drop in footfall due to a combination of the St David's shopping centre opening and persistent city centre road works – shows the reality of the resurgence in board games.

Michelle and her husband Ian bought Garlands cafe in Duke Street Arcade in 1997 after Ian, 42, was made redundant as an e-commerce manager for Principality – and they saw the independent coffee shop was on the market. When Cardiff Game put up signs announcing its closure last year – Davis knew it was time to set up another independent gaming shop as she says triumphantly "there's only room for one games shop in Cardiff".

rules of play"I went to buy Ian a game to cheer him up and we saw Garlands was for sale. We heard Cardiff Game was closing and thought it was such a shame because it really offered something you couldn't get in Argos or John Lewis. So we quickly put a business plan together."

Garlands prides itself of offering homely Welsh meals in a traditional and individual décor – sourcing most produce locally – and has consequently received rave reviews over the years.

But Davis says while Garlands is seeing a 30% drop in trade – largely due to the roadworks to pedestrianise Castle Quarter which has continued for the last 18 months – Rules of Play is seeing the market begin to widen.

"We are getting positive feedback about Garlands but it's quieter than ever. When the games shop opened and once people know we are here, they come. It's a community and people want to support it. So it's been busier than Garlands.


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