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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Thank you Counter Culture Games for making our board games evening at Hylands Sch such an extraordinary and successful event 🙂 lots of families enjoying playing new exciting games together and ... See more

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18 hours ago

Huge thanks to Ross Atkinson for running yesterday's Character Creation day at Dark Side Comics UK! We had a great response, and we're looking forward to some great adventuring in 2018!

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Here at Dark Side Comics till 4 then off to Hylands School - busy day

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A busy weekend beckons - but that's how we like it!
Come and see us at our Saturday shop in Dark Side Comics from 10am-4pm.
Then we're off to a fundraiser at Hylands School - all welcome for a drop ... See more

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1 week ago

My opponent for last night's game of Shakespeare. #cats #boardgames #whocouldaskforanythingmore

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Just bought Enchanted tower and Rhino Hero. Fantastic customer service, Jim was so helpful and made it really easy to get hold of the games at short notice to please the kids. Second time we have ... See more

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2 weeks ago

Four tables underway at The Ale House this afternoon: Jaipur, Herbaceous, OK Play, Dominion, Dobble and Codenames all hitting the table so far!🎲🎲🎲

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2 weeks ago

First outing for our beautiful new sign!!
Thanks so much Paul and Frances for our Xmas prezzie!!

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Open Gaming at The Ale House

So you woke up this morning and thought "Oh no! I have to wait 12 months before I, an adult, am allowed to play games again!"
Good News! Christmas may be over, but the games don't ever have to ... See more

Got a new game for Christmas and need some people to play with? Looking for a way to lift those post-holiday blues?
Our regular open gaming session at The Ale House, Chelmsford's very own permanent ... See more

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Open Gaming at The Ale House

Got a new game for Christmas and need some people to play with? Looking for a way to lift those post-holiday blues?
Our regular open gaming session at The Ale House, Chelmsford's very own permanent ... See more

Got a new game for Christmas and need some people to play with? Looking for a way to lift those post-holiday blues?
Our regular open gaming session at The Ale House, Chelmsford's very own permanent ... See more

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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!