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COVID-19 (The Coronavirus Pandemic 2020-2021)

Business Update:

Last revised: 5th January 2020

Lockdown III: Revenge of the Pandemic

5th January to mid-February 2021

Under UK Government legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as non-essential retail, the shop is once again closed to the public.

  1. Business Hours remain 10am-6pm (7 days a week)
    • Customers are not allowed into the premises.
    • The Games Room/Tables remain closed to the public.
  2. Shopfront/Kerbside Collection is available during business hours
    • Try to avoid 2-3pm, as this is the most likely time slot for outgoing post.
  3. Local Deliveries (EX1-EX4, after 6pm)
    • NOTE: There may be some exceptions.
      I hadn't previously realised quite how far the EX2 postcode extends.
      I may also deliver to EX5-EX6 (and even Honiton), depending on exactly where and when I would need to travel.
    • We still don't have a solution where the website automatically distinguishes between collection, local, and national deliveries.
      For orders under £29.95 the website will add P&P unless you contact us in advance.
  4. Mail Order continues uninterrupted
    • NOTE: We are experiencing packaging supply problems
      There is a shortage of cardboard, leading to a shortage of boxes, forcing people to use larger boxes (and more filler), so now there is a shortage of void fill... All on top of the fact that people are posting more parcels than ever before.
  5. All staff are back on furlough for the foreseeable future

---Steven @ Clifton Road Games, Exeter

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Mail Order / Local Delivery / Click & Collect

Mail Order
... remains unaffected. Phone or order via the website and we post things out. Even during lockdown, we are able to post things on most week days.

Local Delivery
... within Exeter, I am offering to drop things off after work (usually between 6pm and 7pm). Postcodes EX1-EX4 (usually EX5 and EX6 as well, but please check before ordering). Local deliveries don't necessarily need to meet the £30 minimum for free delivery but there is currently no way to configure the website to accomodate this automatically. Please contact the shop directly.

Collection
... works best if you phone your order. We can issue an invoice (via PayPal) for payment online (via PayPal account or Credit/Debit card). We prefer that you do not simply use the online shopping cart if you intend to collect.

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In-store Gaming

The games room/tables will remain closed until further notice.

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CRG Recommends

This started with a short list of recommendations, originally posted on Facebook, primarily aimed at parents with young children and not necessarily much in the way of time, access or budget with which to source suitable games. The Simple Games link below focuses on these more traditional games involving playing cards, stones, dice, readily available rules, and boards which can be easily made or printed.

The second list references specifically 2-player Games, because so many people will be 'at home' without access to their regular gaming group and wanting games with a lot of replay value suitable for just two people (including one perhaps not-quite-so-hardcore gamer).

Gateway Games are tried and tested entry-level boardgames for 3 or more players. Some of these also work well as 2-Player games.

Future Games is a bit more of a personal project. The intention is to highlight some games that we would like to do more with in-store once we can return to hosting games events. It's a combination of personal interests, games that already have a small local following which would welcome more players, plus a few that I just feel deserve more group attention than they currently seem to have.

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