Bishop Games has now been open for the last 6 months.
We’ve been lucky to have over 1000 different patrons, visiting our bespoke board gaming lounge.
Its always a relief to know that an idea you’ve been working for so long is worth a damn. Although the concept of a board game lounge is not exactly a new one (we took a lot of our inspiration from the fantastic Thirsty Meeples in Oxford) there’s always the worry that there might not be the demand for your service that you think there is.
Enthusiasm for Board Games, as well as more in-depth tabletop role-playing games, is on the rise. Over the last few years, thanks to industry spokespeople like Will Wheaton, other YouTube ambassadors and the armies of contributors to online forums, the hobby has turned from a niche activity to one that has settled firmly into the mainstream.
This is good news for people who own lounges such as ours, as well as those looking get into board games for what might be the first time. There are now more ways than ever before to find a game that is right for you and there are thousands of passionate players out there who are more than willing to help you out!
Now that we have an idea of how busy we are going to be over the next 6 months we can start putting plans into motion that have been put on the back burner for some time. Top of the agenda has to be the window situation.
Although we’ve tried hard to create a cosy atmosphere for our players to be able to relax, there were a few components, of the 3 rooms that we refurbished, that didn’t get the complete makeover that they desperately needed. The windows that, as far as we can tell, had not been replaced since the building was erected, fit into the shabby chic look of our interior but did a very poor job of keeping the cold out.
Now that we’ve seen the heating bill for the last few months, we’ve put brand new windows right at the top of our agenda. Luckily, a regular customer of ours put us in touch with Allerton Windows who look to be a great fitting firm. We’ll be aiming to install double glazing that match the style of each room, so we don’t offset all the hard work done by the designers.
Because of the time that it will take to complete the works, we’ll have to close the shop for a couple of days. As much as it could be fun to provide our role-playing gamers with a chilly, immersive atmosphere to play in (especially for those still embroiled in the Return to Hoth expansion of Star Wars Imperial Assault!), we wouldn’t want any of our customers to catch a cold!