Card Kingdom is not your stereotypical gamer’s den with old carpet, fluorescent lighting and the lingering smell of damp clothes. It’s nothing like that, in fact. It’s well-lit, with shining wood floors, and friendly, upbeat staff.
In addition to carrying what seems to be every tabletop game imaginable – including elaborate war battle games I don’t understand – Card Kingdom has a room dedicated to games and toys for young children. There is also a nice little puzzle room where there is always a puzzle in-progress that customers can work on. There are tables throughout the store for people to set up and play their games right there, right then. There is a tournament room for big, all-day events, and two private rooms for parties.
The attached cafe and bar, Cafe Mox, is pretty good. The menu is small, but I like their ciders quite a bit, and the food is filling. At typical meal hours, the cafe can be very busy, so I try to go between lunch and dinner if I plan to eat. The staff encourages people to bring their games into the cafe, so people might sit at a table for a long time. There is even a whole wall of games behind the Card Kingdom cashier; just by asking, anyone can borrow a game to try out in the store and then return, for no cost.
I keep coming back because the selection is terrific, and the environment is fun!