Gaming at JustPlay in 2020

Ian O'Brien

Welcome to 2020. We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!

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We're Hiring - Social Media & Marketing Associate

Ian O'Brien

Social Media & Marketing Associate (Gaming)

The Basics

We're looking for someone to manage our social media, customer communications and marketing on a part-time basis. We're a small team of games enthusiasts, and we need your help to grow and improve this very fast-moving, dynamic and interesting part of our business!

The Role

Your primary responsibilities will involve:
  • Planning, writing, and scheduling posts across our social media accounts to support product releases, events, and more
  • Creating, monitoring, and continuously improving paid adverts across platforms such as Facebook and Google
  • Growing JustPlay's online communities
  • Editing and curating content contributed by other staff members
  • Supporting JustPlay with effective customer communication
  • Helping maintain and improve our website

Skills

We'd like you to have all of the following skills:
  • Experience of both the Games Workshop ecosystem and Magic: The Gathering
  • Excellent written English and communication skills
  • Some web design, website management, or similar experience - not necessarily commercial
  • Basic Facebook, Google, or related online advertising or ad management experience
  • Solid computer skills and general comfort with technology
Skills that are a nice to have, but not a deal breaker:
  • Knowledge of some or all of: card games, miniatures games, board games, trending games, general gaming knowledge
  • Knowledge of film editing, photo editing, photography, streaming, podcasting
  • SEO/SEM experience

What We're Offering

We think we're a pretty awesome employer. We're easy going and won't be on your case as long as you're working hard. We're flexible and reasonable over most things as long as you are too. On top of that, we offer a great staff discount!

We realise that this role is unusual, and we recognise that part time doesn't necessarily work for a lot of people who might otherwise be a good fit. We're prepared to work something out to find the right person. We'd be happy for you to work odd hours if you have another job or are a stay at home parent, we'd be happy for you to work remotely if you live in another part of the country. If you're interested, get in touch and let's have a chat!

How to Apply

Send an email to hello(at)justplaygames.uk, attaching your CV and giving us as brief or in-depth an introduction to yourself as you'd like to write. Please use the title "JOB APPLICATION - MARKETING ASSOCIATE" - this is important, as our mail filter won't catch your application otherwise.

To be honest, we really only want to see your CV to get an idea of what you've done before, so the main thing we're looking for is for you to write us a sweet email telling us why we should interview you.

Applications close 31st July. We're looking to recruit someone as soon as possible for this role, so expect things to move quickly. We won't be able to respond to all applicants, so thank you in advance for applying!

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The JustPlay Cafe opens Tuesday 9th October!

Ian O'Brien

The JustPlay way has always been to strive for quality in everything that we do, and our kitchen is no exception. Chef Adam Wallis prepares all of our food on-site from fresh, primarily locally-sourced ingredients. Our dishes and sauces are homemade, our bread is from a local bakery, our meat from a local butcher, even the guacamole is made from scratch.

In addition to this, all of our dishes have been designed with the needs of gaming in mind - quick and easy to eat, not dripping with sauce, but without compromising on flavour. We've even got special oval plates so that the dishes take up less precious table or playmat space!

You can see the menu below and in-store. We're intending to expand on our menu soon, as well as bring you specials, other kinds of food, event catering and much more; keep an eye out in store and and for announcements as we're sure the cafe will be a hit and will quickly evolve. On that note, we're very keen to hear your feedback, so if you have any comments on our cafe - good or bad - please tell a member of staff.

As a special introductory offer, everything in the cafe will be 10% off until 19th October!

Without further ado, here's the menu that will be live this week (just a small note, as we're still working out the finer details of suppliers these may be subject to some small changes if we have any teething troubles, but we don't expect that that will last more than a couple of days)

 

We hope you'll come and try our food, we hope you enjoy it, and most of all we hope it makes the overall JustPlay experience even better!

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We are Hiring a Chef!

Ian O'Brien

Chef - Full Time, Permanent

JustPlay are hiring a Chef to run our newly fitted kitchen!
In the 2.5 years we've been open, we've never done things by halves. We don't want the JustPlay Cafe to be serving greasy spoon burgers and fried breakfasts; we want it to be much more than that. Our vision is to serve a variety of simple and delicious food that customers can enjoy whilst playing their favourite games. 
We are looking for someone who has a passion for creating delicious food, as well as the skills to manage a small kitchen end-to-end. Our ideal candidate will take pride in establishing their kitchen as a leader in the games cafe industry, maintaining through all aspects of the job the high standards that JustPlay are known for. 
We want the JustPlay Cafe to develop as a combined vision between us and our Chef - so if you'd love an opportunity to run a kitchen with full input and plenty of autonomy, this could be the job for you!

The Role

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing food for JustPlay customers
  • Creating and maintaining exciting menus
  • Sourcing ingredients and dealing with suppliers
  • Ordering and Stock Control
  • Creating and managing an HACCP-compliant process
  • Adhering to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety
  • Managing a small team
  • Shift Work as appropriate 

You must have the following:

  • 1+ years experience in a similar role (references are required)
  • Level 3 Supervising Food Safety for Catering or equivalent qualification
  • Reliable, flexible and punctual
  • High standard of written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with technology - we're a tech heavy company!

The following would be beneficial:

  • You are an active gamer with some knowledge of what JustPlay does!
  • A full driving license

What We're Offering

This is a full time permanent role circa 38 hours per week with opportunity for overtime. We're very flexible and accommodating and if you're working hard for us, we'll work hard for you.
We think we're a pretty awesome employer. We work collaboratively rather than in a "top down" manner, meaning that we want our staff to have a say in how things should be done. This goes doubly for this role where you will have a large amount of input into every area of managing the kitchen.
We offer a hefty staff discount on gaming products.

How to Apply 

Send an email to hello(at)justplaygames.uk, attaching your CV and giving us as brief or in-depth an introduction to yourself as you'd like to write. Please use the title "JOB APPLICATION - CHEF" - this is important, as our mail filter won't catch your application otherwise.
Applications close 31st August. We're looking to recruit someone as soon as possible for this role, so expect things to move quickly. We won't be able to respond to all applicants, so thank you in advance for applying!

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What's New: 21-4-18 and beyond!

Ash Gavin
!DOMINARIA PRERELEASE!

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New Releases 29/1/18!

Ash Gavin

Players, welcome back! Lots of new releases to be excited about this week, including a bunch of stuff we've all been waiting ages for. 

 

Warhammer 40,000 isn't slowing down, and I'm starting to suspect it never will. The golden boys are back at the top of the charts for another week in a row, with Vertus Praetor air support and Custodes Wardens taking the Elite infantry slot.

 

As if that wasn't enough, the Thousand Sons codex is finally here! This is awesome news, the first time the Sons of Magnus have ever had their own Codex, and now they can go toe-to-toe with their Codex-having enemies across the galaxy. 

Speaking of galaxies - I'll get the hand of this segue thing soon - Star Wars: Armada gets some much-needed reinforcements. The Profundity and Chimaera expansion packs are finally coming! Just in time for Regionals, which I'm happy to announce, has sold out! It's going to be an awesome day, especially for those of you who bought your tickets in time...

The Star Wars: Destiny LEGACIES Launch Pack and the RIVALS draft kit are both on their way as well. The force is unbelievably strong with these two sets, and we'll be throwing each one their own dedicated event day! More details on that to follow. 

 There was something else I had to tell you... Something about a shop... 

 

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New Year, New Games!

Ash Gavin
The first releases of 2018 are upon us! Fans of Netrunner and Dragon Ball, rejoice!

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New Releases This Week! (11/12/17)

Ash Gavin
We've been given special permission from the Inner Circle to let you know that the Dark Angels are available to preorder this week! Hurry, before this post gets redacted.. or worse...

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This week's new releases (4/12/17)

Ash Gavin
This week is a massive one - plenty of fun stuff from Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight, Bushiroad and all your favourite board game producers!

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JustPlay's New Staff Member, More Opening Hours, More 40k!

Ian O'Brien

Hi Guys - as you know we recently decided that we needed to recruit a staff member (before we've even been open for a year.... cool!). We had a lot of amazing applications from awesome people and we were bowled over by how many people saw our little store as a great opportunity for a role. Unfortunately, we were only able to hire one person (as much as we'd have loved to hire you all) but after some very difficult decision making we think we picked the right man for the job.

So please everyone, put your hands together, and welcome Shaun Wright to the JustPlay team!

 

Shaun brings with him a wealth of experience in wargaming and hobby. He's played many games over the years but his primary game has been 40k, which he's been playing for 15 years. He's also done some streaming work as well as working on video production for Multiplay (who run the UK's biggest LAN series, Insomnia) and so brings a host of other related skills too.
Once Shaun is up to speed, we'll be opening Wednesday nights in addition to our existing opening hours, with Wednesday night being our new Warhammer 40,000 night (although as ever - come along and play whatever you want!). Stay tuned for more details! We're also planning to add Monday openings as soon as possible which means that we'll be open seven nights a week for your gaming needs.
With more opening hours, the addition of 40k to our already extensive list of games we offer, and Shaun joining us to make this all possible, this is a very exciting time for us and we hope it is for you too!
See you soon,
-Team JustPlay

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