Covid Update 06/01/2021

Ritchie McAlley

We're in lockdown, but we're still here to serve our customers! Here's everything that you need to know about our services:

  • Store OPEN for click and collect orders only
  • Online Shipping OPEN
  • Local Delivery OPEN
  • In-store Gaming is SUSPENDED

Contactless Pickup Services

See here for information on contactless pickup at JustPlay

The store will be available for contactless pickup during our opening times.

Postal Delivery Services

It will also be business as usual for ordering from our website, with our usual fantastic turnaround time and speedy delivery!

  • Next-day Delivery via Royal Mail 24 on all orders placed before 2pm on weekdays
  • Free Shipping on all orders over £75

Local Delivery Services aka The Ritchie Express

Local Delivery will still be running. You guys have been loving this service, and as long as we have demand we will keep it running!

We will be delivering to all Liverpool postcode areas excluding L37, L39 and L40 every Tuesday and Friday between 1pm-6pm. 

Other Information

We'd like to thank you again for all of your support through these difficult times. Please do continue to use us for your regular hobby fix, your continued custom helps us keep the lights on and our staff employed through these lockdowns.

For any questions or feedback please get in touch on Facebook or Twitter, or join us on our Discord Server.

And above all, stay safe and look after yourselves - we'll hopefully see you all sooner rather than later!

 

Regards,

Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay

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Corona Virus Update - Tier 3

Ritchie McAlley

From 00.01 on Thursday 31/12/20 Liverpool moves into Tier 3.

  • The Store Remains OPEN for browsing and collections
  • Online Shipping Continues 
  • Local Delivery Continues 
  • Instore Gaming is SUSPENDED till further notice

Read on for full details of all our services

Contactless Pickup Services

See here for information on contactless pickup at JustPlay

The store will be available for contactless pickup during our opening times.

Postal Delivery Services

It will also be business as usual for ordering from our website, with our usual fantastic turnaround time and speedy delivery!

  • Next-day Delivery via Royal Mail 24 on all orders placed before 2pm on weekdays
  • Free Shipping on all orders over £75

Local Delivery Services aka The Ritchie Express

Local Delivery will still be running. You guys have been loving this service, and as long as we have demand we will keep it running!

We will be delivering to all Liverpool postcode areas excluding L37, L39 and L40 every Tuesday and Friday between 1pm-6pm. 

Other Information

We'd like to thank you again for all of your support through these difficult times. Please do continue to use us for your regular hobby fix, your continued custom helps us keep the lights on and our staff employed through these lockdowns.

For any questions or feedback please get in touch on Facebook or Twitter, or join us on our Discord Server.

And above all, stay safe and look after yourselves - we'll hopefully see you all sooner rather than later!

 

Regards,

Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay

 

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Christmas Deliveries

Ritchie McAlley

Want to make sure that you get your stuff by Christmas? Read on for our handy guide as to what we can do to help!

Royal Mail 

Royal Mail say "Allow plenty of time for posting. Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe"

All of JustPlay's parcels are sent Royal Mail Tracked 24 - the last day for arrival by Christmas using this service is 22nd December.

We will still be shipping all orders placed before 2pm on the same day!

Local Delivery Options

If you live local, we have some fantastic delivery options available to you which we will be expanding as we approach Christmas to cover even more areas than usual!

We are now taking orders for CH and WA postcodes (excludes CH3, CH6, CH7, CH8 and WA14, WA15, WA16 - sorry!) in the run up to Christmas. We'll be doing a special delivery run to these postcodes on Tuesday 22nd December to make sure that you have presents and/or Christmas supplies guaranteed for the holidays!

For normal local deliveries, here is a list of our remaining local delivery days, and the cutoff dates to make sure you receive your order on that day.

 

Opening Hours

Don't forget thatwe are still open! You can use our contactless click and collect service or pop into store to browse - check out our Christmas opening hours below.

If you have any questions about any of this please don't hesitate to contact us!

Thanks for all of your support during this difficult year, and we hope you all have a great time with your family and friends this festive season!

 

Ritchie, Ian and Team JustPlay

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December Reopening

Ritchie McAlley

Hi Everybody,

JustPlay will be OPEN for in-store shopping from Wednesday 2nd December. Gaming will also be OPEN; full details in this article!

We will still be open for contactless collection, and we'll still be shipping postal orders as usual, so you can continue to shop with us from home.

Contactless Pickup Services

See here for information on contactless pickup at JustPlay

The store will be available for contactless pickup during our opening times.

Postal Delivery Services

It will also be business as usual for ordering from our website, with our usual fantastic turnaround time and speedy delivery!

  • Next-day Delivery via Royal Mail 24 on all orders placed before 2pm on weekdays
  • Free Shipping on all orders over £75

Local Delivery Services aka The Ritchie Express

Local Delivery will still be running. You guys have been loving this service, and as long as we have demand we will keep it running!

We will be delivering to all Liverpool postcode areas excluding L37, L39 and L40 every Tuesday and Friday between 1pm-6pm. 

Gaming Reopening

Our tables are available to book once again. We ask you that you follow all current government guidelines when arranging your games.

Please read about our current Covid-secure practices here before booking.

Bookings are open now reserve your table here

Other Information

We'd like to thank you again for all of your support through these difficult times and what are sure to be further difficulties as we head towards Christmas. Please do continue to use us for your regular hobby fix, and remember us for your Christmas present ordering (and tell your friends and family where to get your pressies too - we even have gift cards if they don't know an Ork from an Orc). Your continued custom helps us keep the lights on and our staff employed through these lockdowns.

For any questions or feedback please get in touch on Facebook or Twitter, or join us on our Discord Server.

And above all, stay safe and look after yourselves - we'll hopefully see you all sooner rather than later!

 

Regards,

Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay

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Spelltable - Getting Started

Sam Milner

Introduction

Magic Players! (been a while since I’ve been able to say that!)

Last Thursday we launched our community focused ‘JustPlay Magic the Gathering Show’ and with it announced that the fan favourite commander league is starting again next Wednesday! 


If you tuned in you would have seen me and Ritchie singing the tunes of Spelltable and announce that this stay at home league will be run via the website, so let's take a look and delve into the realms of the spelltable.

What is Spelltable and why Spelltable is amazing?

Spelltable boasts that it is ‘remote magic made easy’ and they aren’t wrong! Spelltable is the first app designed by magic players that’s sole use is for Magic the Gathering to be played remotely. So let's take a look at what all the hype is about.


1.This is the main play area, as you can see each players, name, commander and life total are always visible. You can only ever change your own life total and if you forget what a player’s commander does you can hover over the name and the commander will pop up!

2. A great feature in Spelltable is the inbuilt card checker. If you are a little unsure of a particular card just click on it while it’s on the battlefield and Spelltable will show you what the card does! Not only is this practical it keeps the flow of the game going as it removes the need for any interruption. It also keeps a history of cards checked if you ever need to double check something yourself.

3. These are all of Spelltables options, while not necessary to fiddle with they include things like changing the layout of the play area or changing something in the settings so you can suit it to your playing style!


How to create and play in a game using Spelltable

Now that we’ve taken a look at the basics and how a game will look let's have a look at how you would make or join a game using Spelltable.

1. Each game has a ‘pod manager’. This player will need an account, once they have one and log in they should see the following.


2. All this manager needs to do is click ‘Create game’ and give it a name. 

3. This will then create a link which should be shared with the other 3 players that want to take part in the game. 

4. The other players follow the link, choose what webcam they want to use and they're ready to go. It couldn't be simpler! 


The technological side.

Spelltable is amazing because it’s simple and easy to use but you might be wondering how you would be able to get that perfect birds eye view position for your game with an ordinary webcam? Here are some tips. 

1. If you are able to position you webcam in a way where all players can see your game board then that's perfect and super simple!

2. Many players (myself included) use a phone arm, the one I would personally recommend can be found here as it's perfect for that clear birds eye view. 

3. There are a number of apps that will allow you to use your phone as a webcam for your laptop or desktop, depending on what phone you have I would recommend. 

Android - Droidcam  

Apple - EpocCam

To use these apps make sure they are downloaded on both your phone and your desktop, use the phone app to connect it and you are good to go!

Conclusion 

I hope this guide has been helpful and I'm excited to see you all next Wednesday for some commander action. Book your tickets here


Stay awesome, stay safe, 

Sam.

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November Lockdown Update

Ritchie McAlley

Hi Everybody,

Per new Government guidelines, as a non essential retail store JustPlay will be CLOSED for instore shopping from Thursday 5th November. The store will still be OPEN for collection though, and we'll still be shipping postal orders as usual, so you can continue to shop with us as you normally would!

 

Contactless Pickup Services

See here for information on contactless pickup at JustPlay

Our opening times will reflect when the store will be available for collections. You can also get in touch with us via our usual customer service channels during these hours.

 

Postal Delivery Services

It will also be business as usual for ordering from our website, with our usual fantastic turnaround time and speedy delivery!

  • Next-day Delivery via Royal Mail 24 on all orders placed before 2pm on weekdays
  • Free Shipping on all orders over £75

 

Local Delivery Services aka The Ritchie Express

We will also be bringing back our Local Delivery Service just £1!

We will be delivering to all Liverpool postcode areas excluding L37, L39 and L40 every Monday and Friday between 1pm-6pm. 

Existing Orders

If you have any store pickup orders currently open with us that you would like to have shipped instead, please contact us.

 

Other Information

No delays are expected on any upcoming releases, with all major distributors still trading as usual. 

We'd like to thank you again for all of your support through these difficult times and what are sure to be further difficulties as we head towards Christmas. Please do continue to use us for your regular hobby fix, and remember us for your Christmas present ordering (and tell your friends and family where to get your pressies too - we even have gift cards if they don't know an Ork from an Orc). Your continued custom helps us keep the lights on and our staff employed through these lockdowns.

For any questions or feedback please get in touch on Facebook or Twitter, or join us on our Discord Server.

And above all, stay safe and look after yourselves - we'll hopefully see you all sooner rather than later!

 

Regards,

Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay

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Temporary Gaming Facilities Closure

Ian O'Brien

Hi Everybody,

Due to the new rules that came into effect in Liverpool in the early hours this morning, JustPlay's gaming tables are now temporarily closed and all in-store play and events are cancelled. Opening hours will be updated to reflect this. The store is still open for business as usual, serving all of your gaming and hobby needs!

Whilst Liverpool Council's Website states that Covid-secure venues (which as anyone who has visited the store will know, we are, and have been since) are exempt from the new rules, the government website on new Liverpool rules which were published with very short notice lastnight make no such exemption. Therefore, due to the large fines for businesses that break the rules, we have no option but to close our tables whilst we seek further information on this confusing guidance.

Any in-store event that you've paid for which is affected by this will be transferrable or refundable as you prefer. Contact us at your leisure to get this sorted. There's no time limit on this, though, so feel free to just ask to knock it off your next purchase or a future event entry at the time if you prefer!

We hope that you continue to support us and shop with us, even though you're unable to game with us right now. We lose a significant amount of our custom when we're not able to open for gaming, so we'd love you to continue shopping as you normally would, it would help us out a lot!

Regards,

Ritchie, Ian and Team JustPlay

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Covid19 Update: The "Rule of Six" and in-store play

Ian O'Brien

Hi Everybody,

Our in-store play and covid19 page has been updated to reflect the government's latest guidelines and the "rule of six", so we thought we'd just take a moment to explain how this will work for our events.

First the simple changes, following government guidelines:

  • You must only attend the store in groups of 6 or less
  • You must not play or socialise with people from other groups - social distancing rules apply as usual.
  • We require fully up-to-date contact information from you by law if you are playing in-store, so please make sure your account on the website is up to date (including name, address, email address, and phone number)

How does this impact events with pairings and multiple rounds?

We understand that events may still go ahead with numbers of people greater than 6 partaking in the same activity, as long as groups within that activity are limited to a maximum of 6. Therefore, effective immediately, all of our events will have some simple structural changes to accommodate this. Here's a couple of examples:

Magic events will be played within swiss pods of 6 people, with prizes distributed on a per-pod basis.

Warhammer Tournaments will be paired within groups of 6, with the overall winner of the event being decided using usual tiebreakers.

Magic: Commander Wednesday nights will still operate as usual, except both games on the night will be played with the same 4-person group

Check your events or consult with the staff member running the event for further info.

In Summary

These simple changes will keep events mostly intact and you'll still get largely the same tournament or event experience that you would have had before. All these changes do from a gaming point of view is slightly change the scoring dynamics and prizing, but in these unusual times we're sure you'll agree that being able to play and enjoy yourselves safely is the most important thing!

As ever, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or feedback via the usual channels.

 

Regards,

Ritchie, Ian and Team JustPlay

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Weekly Commander is back!

Ian O'Brien

Hi Guys,

Initially when we reopened the store after lockdown, we decided not to put on any weekly events, as we wanted to see what impact having the store open would have with only casual play taking place. We wanted to see how the new layout and safety measures would work for customers and staff, and decide if we were happy that our store was meeting Covid-secure guidelines. We're happy to announce that this has gone really well, and the procedures that we've implemented have been well understood and followed. In addition, the government guidelines have evolved, and we now feel that we're able to safely open for card gaming whilst adhering to the guidelines.

Initially we will be welcoming back our Magic the Gathering - Commander players on Wednesdays starting 2nd September, and the store opening hours will be updated to accommodate!

To maintain Covid safety and ensure that adequate distancing is possible, the event will be capped at 16 players each week and places must be booked online in advance - there will not be any tickets available "on the door". Games will be played on our 6x4 foot tables to ensure a covid-secure 1m+ distance between all players. Masks will be mandatory, as always. Please read our Covid guidelines and make sure you stick to them - our staff will be enforcing them rigorously.

You can find more information about the events and book your tickets here:

https://justplaygames.uk/products/commander-weekly-1

We look forward to seeing you back at the store!

 

Cheers,

Ritchie, Ian, and Team JustPlay

 

If your game or event isn't on our schedule yet, please be assured that we're working as quickly and as safely as we can to get back to normal. We'll post more updates as soon as we feel we can safely add more events to our calendar!

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Increased Store Opening Hours for MORE GAMING!

Ian O'Brien

Hi Everybody!

We're happy to announce today that from next week, Thursday 30th July, JustPlay will be once again be open until 10pm Thursdays and Fridays and 10am-6pm Sundays.  These extended hours will also see the return of the much-beloved Paul Scott to the store (did you know he has a Twitter account?), and we're looking forward to having him around again!

Many of you have asked for these changes, and we heard you. If these hours work out well and we have a good turnout, we'll look at extending hours on other nights too until we eventually get back to "normal" opening hours.

Remember, though, that this is still an incredibly tough time for retail and we're no exception. We want the store to be open longer hours for you to use, but that can only happen if you use the facility that you've asked for, so please take advantage of it!

How about a little teaser to finish off? With the pending release of Indomitus and 9th edition Warhammer 40,000, we're soon going to be announcing a very special Warhammer 40,000 Crusade campaign, so get your armies ready! We'll also be announcing competitive leagues for both Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 and more events as capacity allows. It's been a real dark age for gaming over the past 4 or so months, and we're looking forward to blowing the cobwebs away and getting some games in, we hope that you are too!

 

Thanks for reading,

Team JustPlay

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