Manchester game store seeks to prove Dungeons & Dragons are not “just for boys”

Manchester game store is promoting inclusiveness to prove that Dungeons & Dragons is not ‘just for boys’.

Fan Boy Three, in Manchester’s North Quarter, has been a firm favorite since it opened in 2004.

On their website, they describe themselves as “a friendly local game store, board game cafe, and award-winning organized game center.”

Dave Salisbury, who runs the shop, said: “My mom told my friend Angela that D&D is ‘just for the boys’.

“Well, not here. Not for seventeen years. I was thrilled to run one of the most inclusive anti-guardian stores in the world.

First invented in 1974, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game and has enjoyed lasting popularity among board game enthusiasts over the years.

The store is based in the North Quarter (Image: Instagram: Fan Boy Three)

However, there has been more of a revival in recent times with the company behind the game, Wizards of the Coast, which purchased the rights to the original creator TSR, estimating that there are currently 40 million players worldwide. , with new runners up 25% per year. over the year.

The game has generally been more male-dominated in the past, but Fan Boy Three is hoping to change that perception and open the game up to all players.

Dave added, “Because the game is for everyone. And you know? If you keep the door closed you’re not a guard at all – you’re a wall guard with a hole in it.

The store was voted UK’s Favorite Board Game Store 2019 by UK Boardgaming Trading and Chat.

They organize different nights during the week for various game campaigns including War Hammer, Yugioh, and Magic.

Do you want 2Chill?

There are monthly beginner sessions for those looking to play D&D, as well as a regular Wednesday slot.

Although before Covid, the store filled its capacity of 128 people most nights, it now has slightly different rules, although it is taking steps to return to normalcy.

The store’s website said, “Humans need to socialize, and here at Fan Boy Three, we believe nerds love science and therefore will do so in a safe and appropriate manner.”

For those who wish to play with their friends, customers can rent tables in the game library. You can even get your money back for table fees if you buy board games on this day.

There are different game nights throughout the week (Image: Instagram: Fan Boy Three)
There are different game nights throughout the week (Image: Instagram: Fan Boy Three)

Paul Lockett on Google Reviews said: “A fantastic place. They can meet all your gaming needs. No video games here, just good ol ‘games taking on games. Whether you like board games, role-playing games or various card games, everything is there.

“They have regular gaming events in the evenings and on weekends and everyone is welcome. The staff make you feel comfortable and very helpful and make your visit a memorable one. I highly recommend this place, A Credit to Manchester.

Boris Duggan added: “I really enjoy playing D&D here every week. The space is great. The staff are fabulous. The return of coffee is greatly appreciated.

“My table of players is only fighting Withers in the Tomb of Annihilation, which might improve them …”

Fan Boy 3 is located at25 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 1EL.

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