Hi everyone – Essex will be subject to Tier 2 restrictions from Wednesday 2nd December.

For us, this means we will be able to reopen the shop for retail purposes, which is great. In fact, we’ve decided to open late (8pm) on Thursdays and Fridays in December.

During the previous period of Tier 2 restrictions, we also had a couple of tables available for booking for single household groups. This time, however, we have decided not to offer instore gaming at all, at least during December. This keeps things simple and lets us focus on getting loads of great games out into the wild for Christmas! We will reassess the situation in January and see what the infection rates are like then.


So, to sum up:
We’re open for Retail Only, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm (8pm Thursdays and Fridays), Sunday 11am – 4pm

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

We have launched our online shop. It’s a bit earlier than we were planning, so it may not have all the i’s dotted or the t’s crossed, and it might take us a little while to adapt to this new way of working, so thanks in advance for your patience. 
This is going to be a tough winter, and we will all need to do what we can to look after ourselves and each other. Eat well, maintain your sleep patterns as best you can, stay in touch and take regular physical and (this is where we can help) mental exercise.


We’re online, you can collect from the shop. As we don’t want to stretch the postal services any further than they already are, we will also deliver. Delivery in the CM1 and CM2 postal areas will be free, but we can also deliver within 10 miles of Chelmsford for a small charge (to cover our fuel costs). For customers further away, we will deliver by courier

We fervently hope to be welcoming you back into the store when the situation has improved. We know how important it is to have a place you can go to that is neither home nor work, and we love looking after you all. 
And not just us – please consider supporting your local independent stores during this time, and tell your friends about them too.

See you all on the other side, folks. Take care.

Take care, and look after each other,

Jim and Beth.





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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.

here 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!



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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.