Are you planning an upcoming event and want some kind of extra 'pizzazz' to make it memorable?
Perhaps you're hoping for a new, fully inclusive workplace team-building activity? Or maybe you're in charge of the events programme at an arts centre and you want to offer your customers something different...
Our board game experiences in Cardiff, Bristol and beyond are designed to bring the fun of gaming to you, whether it's at your wedding, your corporate event, your school, your library - wherever!
The story so far
We've been delivering our gaming experiences for a long time, spanning across every industry from NGOs and charities to weddings and corporate conferences. We've delivered the break-out session at the annual Mensa Conference, formed part of the 'after hours' programme at Techniquest, brought fun & team bonding to organisations like NHS Wales, Monzo and Cardiff University - and those are just a few!
Over the last 3-4 years or so, we've run our gaming evenings at pubs and bars around Cardiff and Bristol; all borne from our original, long-standing #BoardGameBar (Cardiff's very first), averaging over 50 guests at every event.
We've been honoured to be the entertainment at 3 wedding receptions, a 50th birthday party, children's holiday clubs, and seasonal events at Halloween and Christmas.
We've been the port of call for schools running their own games days and board game clubs, and helped libraries further their reach and bring new audiences into their spaces. And throughout it all, the common thread is you - our customers, and your love of gaming, of trying new experiences, of supporting new ventures.
As always, we want to say a huge thank you for your support. Without your bookings and recommendations and continued patronage, our gaming experiences wouldn't have seen the success it has - so we're genuinely grateful.
How we run our bespoke gaming experiences
Gaming experiences bring people together - even when it's competitive! Board games are undeniably the best way to encourage co-operation, interaction and team building, and that's what fuels our events.
At your bespoke gaming experience, our games teachers will arrive with all the necessary rich and diverse array of games for your group, tailored perfectly for your event. They can range from social deduction, co-operative, adventure, party, strategy - everything you can think of.
We manage and organise the entire experience, wherever it may be. We can come to you or any appropriate venue you'd like.
Our expert, bilingual* games teachers are the magic that 'make your event happen'; your dedicated experience organisers! They bring along plenty of games tailored to your attendees, recommend games for groups, teach game rules, facilitate the smooth running of your event and pack everything away at the end too.
*A fyddai'n well gennych i'ch digwyddiad fod drwy'r Gymraeg? Gallwn ddarparu tîm cyfrwng Cymraeg i chi - dim problem o gwbl!
And, of course, if you have any special requirements or queries, we'll do everything we can to accommodate those.
How we can help you
Our board game experiences can be booked as a standalone event, or used as part of an existing event - we're flexible.
For corporate and charity clients, board gaming is the perfect 'break-out' session for fun and relaxation. It's also great for fundraising events, adding value and a memorable activity for guests.
Schools and pupils benefit through the educational benefits of board gaming; games are a driving force for strengthening team building and co-operation skills, whether as part of the mainstream curriculum, Inset Day programmes and or other 'fun-ducational' learning sessions.
Board gaming events are also ideal for libraries that want to offer something new their users will love. Gaming is great for families, drop-in events and regular sessions.
For commercial, hospitality & retail businesses who want to offer regular gaming events, our board game experiences can help you offer something different for your customers, new and old.
Lastly, hosting a board game experience gives you marketing ammunition you can shout about. It offers value and extra incentives for attendees, and it adds a unique 'edge' to any event.
What our clients say
“Cardiff University’s Widening Participation team has worked with Rules of Play many times during our Discovery Project sessions and our summer schools. We have been very pleased with their professional and friendly service every time and look forward to working with you again in the future!”
Luke Merchant, Cardiff University
"We look forward to our monthly Rules of Play nights as much as the customers do! We constantly get comments on how much the customers enjoy the nights and they are excellently run by knowledgeable and engaging staff. We would highly recommend Rules of Play's board game experience as a fun event that is guaranteed to bring in new and repeat custom to any suitable business."
Dai Dearden, The Grange Pub
"Our wedding guests had great fun! The board games were a real hit with all ages. It made our day to see everyone enjoying exciting games together!"
Becky Boyd, wedding client
"Rules of Play was the perfect complementary addition to Chapter’s core programme of events - it brought new audiences into the venue whilst matching Chapter’s ethos."
Abi Lawrence, Chapter
"We used Rules of Play for an office social and they were fantastic! Our host was funny, knowledgeable and super passionate about games and they were able to choose the right games for different group sizes. Will definitely be using again in the future!"
Harriet, Space Manager at Monzo
Contact us to book your own bespoke board game experience
If you're interested in hiring us & hosting your own tailored gaming event, we'd love to hear from you - email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with our team or phone us on 029 2022 1695 and speak to Ian.
We need your help!
To focus our offering and make sure we're delivering the best gaming experiences possible, we'd really appreciate you filling in our survey below.
Our customers are hugely important to all our ventures, so that's why we're keen to hear your thoughts on board game experiences.
To say thank you, one lucky survey responder will win a FREE board game experience for your workplace, school or family member!