Goodtime Games

Goodtime Games is a brand new board games café on Burton Road, West Didsbury (Manchester). We’ve created a cosy, chilled-out space where groups of all ages can gather to play our huge selection of board games and enjoy tasty vegetarian/vegan snacks and light-bites alongside locally-roasted coffee.
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Proper Update Amidst “The Bad Times”

Hey everyone! It's about time we gave you a proper update on the café. First of all we'd like to put out a huge thank you to all friends/family that have helped with the renovation before we all went into lockdown! And of course, thanks to all our lovely well-wishers and supporters on here and other platforms.

Because of the pandemic (and general uncertainty) we've made the decision to hold off on the Kickstarter until it's clear that things are returning to normal.

This is because we want to deliver on our promises right after the fundraising campaign ends. It wouldn't feel right to not be able to reward people for backing us straight away.

Renovations are coming along nicely. We've prepared this little video to show off our progress so far.  

We hope you like it!  

- Tom & Melissa

We <3 Wood

The old pine scrubbed up reasonably well for a first pass! We're working hard to keep the project alive amid all the chaos. #staysafe out there! #rustic #renovation #boardgames #manchester #withington #didsbury #goodtimegames

Oh dear.. plenty to do! #bobthebuilder

We've got the keys and are slowly turning 212 Burton Road (formerly The Stove Room) into a 10/10 board gaming venue in #Didsbury / #Manchester.   We've got our work cut out for us but we're slowly getting there! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter launch (soon™) and plenty more updates to come.  

- Tom

Plans & Deets

Check out the images below for some more details on 212 Burton Road. Our new address and our plans for the building and layout.

We think the crooked walls and cosy size will lend itself really well to a board games cafe. Hopefully, we can even keep a log burning stove to keep it nice and cosy in the winter!

- Tom

Proposed Frontage
Interior Plans

New Board Games Café in West Didsbury CONFIRMED! Board to death of waiting for updates? Wait no more!

Location: West Didsbury

Wow... yeah, so we're a bit behind on schedule... still delighted to tell you that we've finally got our lease for the board games cafe! Hooray!  

Goodtime Games Manchester will be opening at 212 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LW as soon as possible.

Formerly "The Stove Room", the building has a lot of character with sash windows, stained glass (and loads of crooked walls!)  

It's surrounded by lots of other lovely places worth checking out including a load of pubs for post-game fun and a fantastic bakery that's just across the road.  

We've got plenty of renovation work to do, which we expect will take at least a month (or two...) We're very happy with our choice of location, even if it wasn't our first choice (sorry Withington!)

We hope to see you there soon.

- Tom

Merry Christmas! Hope you like juicy-updates…


Hello lovely followers and Merry Christmas! ???? Here's our obligatory Christmas post (with a few juicy updates…)

We've been busy little beavers behind the scenes, mainly sorting out a lease. We're very hopeful that in the first weeks of January we'll have an address, yay!

I've been fiddling with our kitchen equipment and we've designed a 'working draft' veggie menu that we hope you'll like the look of! ????

In case you didn't already know... we're a veggie board games café, but everything on offer will have a vegan counterpart for our animal-loving friends.

There'll be a good few tweaks and ye ol' switcheroos before we open; but we think we've got the general look and feel down.

See you on the other side of 2020 when we're all a few pounds fatter!

- Tom

Draft Menu
Draft Menu

#Goodnewseveryone! We’re delighted to announce… ????

...that initial funding has been secured for West Didsbury's first independent board games cafe has been secured!

We've had our loan approved, so we can go ahead and crack on with the project. We'll be launching a Kickstarter further down the line, once we've done most of the hard work in setting up the location and legal stuff.

- Tom & Melissa

Funding secured!
good news everyone!

It’s High Noon! Two-player games for friends & rivals.

When Tom and I went out to teach English in Taiwan, we knew we weren’t going to be able to bring any bulky board games with us!   Fortunately, a quick Google search showed us that there were a few board game cafés nearby.

We couldn’t wait to try them out, but I was concerned knowing we would have no hope of deciphering Mandarin-only instructions… Fortunately, our favourite spot, called Joy and Gathering had a decent collection of English games. It was the perfect spot to wile away a warm, rainy day.

When we couldn’t coax our friends to come along with us, we had to settle for some boyfriend-girlfriend rivalry! Here are our favourite games for two…


This modern classic card-trading game delivers a wonderful blend of tactics, risk and reward. Playing the roles of two merchants in India, you and another player head to the “market” to trade in silk, spices, camels, silver, gold and rubies. The game is played in three rounds and can be finished in less than thirty minutes, with the richest player winning. It’s a simple concept with plenty of depth. We loved the artwork on the cards as well, the pace of the game and the quest for camels!  

The Mind

Half card-game, half …thought-experiment? Whatever it is, it’s a great example of easy to learn but hard to master! In the deck you’ll find 100 cards numbered 1 to 100. After a handful of these are dealt out to you and another player. Without any communication, you take turns placing your cards down in ascending order. Sounds easy right? It’s not. As you progress through the levels, you’re both given more cards, and the difficulty ramps up forcing you to burn through lives and ‘ninja stars’ which let you both discard your lowest number. We love this little game and think it’s best played in a pair rather than in a group. Great for a short blast of fun to round-off or begin your gaming session with.

7 Wonders Duel

Across three rounds (or ‘eras’), players build up their civilisation and battle it out head-to-head in this intense two-player version of the classic ‘7 Wonders’. There are twelve unique and powerful wonders in total, with seven up for grabs in each game. The game expertly combines chance and strategy elements through the well-illustrated card deck that forms a ‘tree’ as you play – with half the cards left face-down. It takes about thirty minutes to play- perhaps forty on your first play-through. This does mean that you can push for a ‘best of three’ if you’re a sore loser (looking at you, Tommo). Games can certainly take a bit longer if you’re less impulsive, so it’s worth setting a timer for each turn so you’re not pondering whether to focus on military, scientific, economic or cultural advancement for too long. All in all, it’s a great little game and well-worth learning.  


Is a popular spy-themed ‘cryptic clues’ game. With a set of twenty-five words in front of you, you provide your teammate with clues which help them safely complete their mission, through selecting the right words. One careless word and you could land your agent in deep trouble! Code Names is great in a group setting, also fun in pairs as you work a fine-tooth comb through your vocabulary.  

Monopoly Deal

This game turns the family classic Monopoly on its head, and is worlds away from the slow, soul-destroying experience that is losing a game of monopoly! Right now, it’s our go-to travel game because it requires very little in the way of space or setup time. This small-scale version is simple, portable and very addictive. It is better in groups of three but still very playable with two players, and definitely pairs well with an alcoholic beverage or two. There are always twists and turns throughout a game and despite luck often being the deciding factor in who eventually wins, it’s quick and fun enough that none of it matters! It’s not perfect or particularly well-balanced but we still play it enough that it has to be on this list!


7 Wonders: Duel

Monopoly Deal


The Mind

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