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.



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:

We look forward to seeing you back at the store!



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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JustPlay Reopening on Monday 15th June!

Ian O'Brien

Good News Everybody!

In line with government guidelines, JustPlay will be reopening on Monday 15th June and we wanted to give you some information on what you can expect.


JustPlay will be open for shopping

The JustPlay store will be open for shopping as "usual", between 12pm-6pm Mon-Fri, and 11am-5pm Saturday. These hours may be subject to some change, but this is what we're expecting.

We will of course be implementing safety measures in store, some of which we'd already implemented before the lockdown. These will be clearly displayed on a new website page (coming soon) and on posters in the shop, but will include:

  • Increased cleaning schedule with staff cleaning and wiping down contact surfaces regularly
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers for staff and customers at the entrance and around the store
  • Social distancing for all customers and staff, with visual aids to assist you in maintaining distance
  • Limit on the number of people in the store at any one time (pending government guidance)
  • Facemasks will be mandatory, for the protection of staff and other customers

We will also be adhering strictly to any updated healthcare guidelines as they are published.

For local customers, we also have a new and improved store pickup ordering feature on our website. Unlike the old method, this new feature will send you an email or text when your order is ready to pick up, and give you clearer notifications as to what's going on with your order, enabling you to order online in advance and limit the time you need to spend in store should you so choose.


JustPlay will still be closed for gaming 

Government guidelines still prohibit the opening of cafes, bars, restaurants, and similar leisure venues. We know that "games store" and "gaming cafe" falls into a grey area in these descriptions and it is certainly possible to "rules lawyer" what's written in the guidelines, but we believe it is important for safety that recreational venues remain closed. As such we will be opening purely as a retail store for the time being. The government's reopening plan says "4th July or later" for leisure-type businesses to reopen, and we'll be watching this for further developments.


New store layout

Given the above, we've decided to have a major overhaul of the layout of the store. We'll be expanding the shopping area so that social distancing can be maintained more effectively whilst browsing, and to help us with having the space to implement safe queuing. We'll post some pics as soon as we have them.

We're also going to be stocking a hugely expanded selection of hobby products - more info on this soon!


We're looking forward to getting a little bit of normalcy back, but it is important for everyone's health and safety that we do it properly and carefully. It's important for us to protect our staff and our customers, and these measures will help us do that. Undoubtedly things will continue to change rapidly as they have done in the past few months, so please do keep an eye on our blog for any updated information!



Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay


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Store Pickup (with zero contact) Now Available!

Ian O'Brien

With the slight easing of lockdown restrictions, we figured that you guys may like the option to get your hands on stuff™ same day and/or without having to pay for delivery. Therefore, as our latest "innovation" we're introducing the option for completely zero-contact pickup at the JustPlay store!

Placing An Order

Ordering is simple - just place a order, and select the all-new "Pick Up" option when choosing your delivery method:

We'll get it ready for you to pick up within the hour. Pickup will be available between 12pm-5pm Monday-Friday (as per our store opening hours). Please note that you must place and pay for your order online - there will be no facility to pay with cash or card at the store. You can of course place another order online via your phone if you get to the store and realise you missed something!

Collecting Your Order

We take Covid-19 very seriously, so we ask you to follow these simple steps!

  • Go through the big wooden doors and ring the bell - the inner glass doors will be locked. Yes, JustPlay basically has an airlock for an entryway. We planned for global pandemics when we looked at properties.
  • Let us know your order number, then step back outside of the store and close the wooden doors
  • A staff member will fetch your order and place it inside the "airlock", then return inside the inner glass doors

We'd love to catch up with you all when you pick up your orders, but we're operating on a very skeleton staff right now and very pushed for time so please don't be offended that we're not able to have a chat when you pick up your order.


Hopefully this simple offering will make things a little bit easier and more satisfying for you guys when you want to get hold of items quickly Frankly we're hoping it will also help us get back to some normalcy in terms of store sales too; as ever we appreciate your custom and thanks for continuing to support us as we figure out the best ways to serve you!

We'd be incredibly appreciative if you'd share this article (or the Facebook post or Tweet that you came here from), or otherwise let your friends and family know that is open for business

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



Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay


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Games Workshop Restocks Sighted!

Ian O'Brien

Hi Everybody,

We've just received news that Games Workshop are working on reopening their capability to supply us, and they are now allowing us to place orders with them again! I'm sure you'll all agree that this is awesome news as we were all getting a bit jittery about our Nuln Oil supplies drying up...

This means that as of right now all Games Workshop items are again available to order on the Justplay site. That includes models as well as Citadel hobby products!

We don't have an exact date on when orders will be shipping, and we'll let you know as soon as we have any further information from Games Workshop. Given that many products have been sold out for a while now and that manufacturing has probably been impacted too, we're anticipating a large rush and that many products will go out of stock quickly - place your orders now to avoid disappointment!

If you want to get regular updates as soon as they are available, you can sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter.

Happy shopping everybody, we hope this will allow you to continue your isolation projects!

With thanks to the incredible Astartes for providing the top meme of 2020!

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Same-day Delivery suspended - Royal Mail shipping as normal!

Ian O'Brien

Hi Everybody,

Just a quick update from us today - unfortunately due to the volume of home delivery requests dropping right off, combined with our skeleton staff, we're temporarily suspending our same-day delivery service until further notice.

It continues to be a very tough time to be a retail store, impacted significantly by the fact that some of our main suppliers are currently closed and so we're not able to get a lot of stock. This has in turn meant that our orders have slowed to a crawl. We're hoping that our distributors are currently working on their covid19 operating plans and will be reopening when it's safe to do so, and hopefully at that point there'll be enough demand for us to begin same-day deliveries again.

In the meantime, we are still shipping via Royal Mail with our usual speedy service. We've still got great stocks of Hobby ProductsCard Games, Board Games, and Roleplaying Games and we're still getting restocks of most of these. Asmodee/Esdevium are still trickling out new releases, Battlefront (Flames of War) are still open, as well as many other distributors so there is still plenty to choose from - and maybe now is a good time to try a different genre that you've not tried before!

With your ongoing support, we'll keep going through this crisis. Hopefully orders pick up again soon. Remember, if there's nothing that you want right now, you can pick up a digital gift voucher. If you're of a mind to, please recommend us to your friends if they're looking for something that we stock!


Thanks for reading,

Team JustPlay

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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


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), 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), 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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