There are a lot of companies out there that promote gaming in all shapes and sizes; from video game companies, to board game companies, tabletop wargaming and oh so much more. Recently, Jake and I went for a trip to Cardiff, as we were just sight seeing, but we wanted to go and find a shop as per the suggestion of a friend through Facebook. We decided to seek out Firestorm Games, a shop that’s out of the way, but within a short walking distance of Cardiff station – and boy oh boy, was it ever worth the visit?
You’ll notice the title of the article is Hidden Gem: Firestorm Games – That’s because it truly is hidden. If we weren’t told of this places existence, we probably wouldn’t have gone there and truth be told, it sort of feels like they wanted to be out of the way. Everyone there was there for one reason: To enjoy their hobbies with people who can share that joy with them. From the moment we stepped through the door, we found people playing the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, as well as people playing Warhammer, Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon TCG and so much more. There were rows upon rows of tables, with a clerk standing behind a counter, which not only sold games; but food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages at reasonable enough prices. We went there as we wanted to get a few things for our Magic: the Gathering decks, of which we probably now officially have too many decks and cards.
Whilst Firestorm Games might not be the cheapest shop we’ve ever gone into, we couldn’t help but feel at home and happy to part with our hard earned cash. We bought 14 booster packs of Magic: the Gathering, as well as a Deck Box each, a couple of d20’s, Jake got himself a Commander deck that came out recently and we also got a new game to be debuted at the upcoming GeekOut Bristol Meet in September. Boy, did my bank account ever take a hit last Saturday? However, the venue itself is really comfortable, with nice chairs and tables and plenty to see there. These images are just a few pictures of the insane amount of stock the store has and a look at the seats… And the sheer number of cards we bought there. Whilst this place wasn’t the cheapest, it certainly wasn’t the most expensive either – Pretty reasonable overall.
As a final aside, below is a map to get to this place. If you’re in Cardiff, or are planning to go there, then check out Firestorm Games and say you found out about them through this website! We’re certainly going to go again at some point, but now it’s over to you. What did you make of the extensive catalogue of games? How about the fact it’s a games venue but also a cafe and bar as well? What about the sheer size of the venue? What do you think of it being so out of the way? As always, share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Whilst you’re at it, follow Firestorm Games on Facebook and Twitter as well!