Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to Counter Culture Games! Our aim is simple – to bring people and games together.Board games and card games have changed a lot over the last 20 years, and up and down the country thousands of people are rediscovering the joys of tabletop gaming.

Let us help you become one of them!

No, not like Monopoly

If you think that board games are about arguing over Monopoly or studying complicated Chess openings, we have great news for you; there’s so much more to modern games.
There are games for everyone – adults, families, children, small groups, large groups, two people, chatty people, quiet people, deep strategic thinkers and people who just want a laugh with their friends.
There are long games, quick games, huge games that sprawl across the table, small games you can take on holiday, games you can play in teams, games you can play as one team, games for any situation!

Take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to find out more!

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic is a hugely successful game that introduced the idea of cooperative games. In a cooperative game, the players are not playing against each other, they are playing as a team against the game itself. Either everyone wins, or everyone loses. In Pandemic, the...

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Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride looks more like what most people think of when they think about board games. It’s got a big colourful board for everyone to sit around and lots of little trains for each player. But there are no dice, and once again, no one is eliminated before the end...

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is almost as well known as Catan. It was first published in 2000 and is still going strong. It’s like a modern take on dominoes, but with much more colour and charm. Inspired by the medieval walled town of Carcassonne in France, the game is about building...

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Catan (or Settlers of Catan)

Catan (or Settlers of Catan)

Catan (formerly known as Settlers of Catan) is the most popular and well known of the new generation of board games. It came out in 1995 and has sold millions of copies across the world. The aim of the game is to build villages, roads and cities across the almost...

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More than just a shop

We sell a range of modern board and card games, delivered to your door, but we’re more than just an online shop. We’re not just about selling things – we want to introduce you to a new hobby, a way to meet new friends and keep your brain active!

Interested? – Take a look at the shop to see what’s on offer!

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The Monopoly Myth

We’ve met a lot of great people over the last few days, and had a lot of great conversations about board games. One thing has become very apparent – a lot of people are still living under the impression that board games are like Monopoly. I call this “The Monopoly...

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It's hot out there - why not join us for a cool San Pellegrino and quick game or two?
Catan, Smallword, Patchwork, Takenoko and Tumble Tree have all hit the table today!

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Timeline Photos

Have you heard the news about board games yet?

It's not just Monopoly and Cluedo anymore!

Come and explore our library of games and find out why gaming is one of the UK's fastest growing hobbies! ... See more

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Time for a #FridayShoutout! - Chelmsford Drama Centre is the creation of Leanne Johnson and her partner James Christie, both of whom I've known for many years from our time at CTW.

What Leanne and ... See more

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The always pretty, always infuriating Sagrada. Is there any other game so pretty and also so frustrating?

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LUPUS UK - The National Charity for People Affected by Lupus

Best wishes to Counter Culture team member Paul Howard, who is running the Norwich Half-Marathon today to raise money and awareness for Lupus UK.
It's just one of 10 (!) half-marathons he's running ... See more

LUPUS UK is the national registered charity supporting people with lupus, assisting those approaching a diagnosis and funding research and specialist nurses

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To the family that purchased Loopin Louie this afternoon - we've found some components that should've been in the box! We can keep them to one side for you, or if you let us know your address via ... See more

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Time for this week's #Fridayshoutout and it goes to Chelmsford Theatre Workshop, Chelmsford's local amateur theatre company.

One of the great things I've found about the shop so far is the sense of ... See more

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Flyers and cards (from the always fab AB Marketing Services) that make it look like we know what we're doing!

Let us know if you would like one for your staff room, notice board, youth club, ... See more

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We found this token on our floor, and we're not sure which game it's from.

We could go through every box on the shelf individually.

Or we could ask the Internet.

Any ideas?

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📣📣📣Newsflash! For the second week of the Easter holiday, we will be opening at 10.00 am!📣📣📣

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Try before you buy

We don’t just sell games, we want to help you find people to play them with as well. That’s why we are organising game events at various venues around Essex. We know that the best advertisement for our games is the games themselves. That’s why we’re taking our collection of demonstration copies on the road for you to try them out for yourself. Take a look at our calendar to see if we’re coming to a venue near you. If not, why not get in touch with your suggestions? We’ll try to arrange something.

Check out our events page, and get in touch if you’d like us to visit your town!