IKEA: Making gaming great again

In case you were unaware, there is currently a Petition for IKEA, on Change.org, to make an affordable multifunctional table for gaming.

Started only a week ago by Brad Smokely, his IKEA petition has over 19,500 signatures.

There have been many attempts either by private companies or by Kickstarter to develop a high-quality multi-functional table for both dining and gaming, but most have been out of the price range of most of the community.

IKEA is a  leader in multi-functional furniture at affordable prices, and it is the hope of the petition that IKEA will take notice and fill this gap thru their international stores. The gaming community is already a heavy user of IKEA’s KALLAX product as it is an efficient way to store and display their gaming collections. 

An affordable multi-function gaming table designed by IKEA would not only be an incredible addition to their line of products, but would also be an essential item for people who play card games, board games, and tabletop Wargames.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

Joining forces…

The Man Cave is pleased to announce that we have joined up with Nerdai as a content contributor.


Nerdai is a group of gamers based in Dublin, Ireland. We produce podcasts, videos and run the Nerdai site (which can be found here!) which hosts reviews and articles based around games and other such nonsense. Nerdai are an open group and thus, are always looking for new people to get involved.

On top of this Nerdai run a weekly gaming evening
every Tuesday in the Thomas House Bar at 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Nerdai also run the annual Non Con, which is a weekend event dedicated to all types of gaming.

So if you get a chance, why not give one or all of the links a click, and as the saying goes ‘Like and Subscribe‘… Seriously, Like and Subscribe, otherwise I’ll have to send The Night Lords to your house.

Until next time.

– from The Man Cave

Gamersworld, Dublin

Situated in Dublin City Centre, on Jervis st you’ll find Gamersworld. The largest store in Dublin City Centre that’ll meet all your gaming needs whether that’s tabletop wargames, board games, card games or accessories.


A picture of the front room of Gamersworld. Where all your gaming needs can be met whether that's a tabletop game, a board game or a card game.

Open 7 days a week, with a number of gaming clubs and groups based out of Gamersworld there’s always a game of some sort to be had. Some of the games played here are Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine, Hordes, X- Wing, Star Trek: Attack Wing, Magic: the gathering, Yu- Gi- Oh and Pokemon.


Just some of the modelling supplies and other game systems that Gamersworld supply.

The staff of Gamers world are friendly and helpful. Always willing to offer advice and suggestions for games and accessories.


Just some of the board games Gamersworld stock.

If your looking for something that Gamersworld doesn’t currently have they are happy to order it in for you.


Gamersworld carry a great selection of Privateer press items.

The evening times can be quite busy in Gamersworld and gaming tables fill up quickly but for a minimal fee you’re able to book a table for the evening.


The gaming room of Gamersworld. Where everyday people get together to play their tabletop, board and card games.

So if your in the city centre why not drop by, have a look around, maybe even pick up a game.

Gamersworld, 1 Jervis St, Dublin 1
PH no: (01) 804 4540

Opening Times:

Monday : 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday : 11 am to 10 pm
Wednesday : 11 am to 10 pm
Thursday : 11 am to 10 pm
Friday : 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday : 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday : 11 am to 6 pm

So what is there for me part deux…

Next we shall touch on card games. Most Card games fall into 2 types, a Living Card Game (LCG for short) or a Collectible Card Game (CCG).

In a LCG packs of cards are released on a regular basis. In these packs players have access to all the cards for that release.

In a CCG, again packs of cards are released on a regular basis. In these packs the cards a player gets are a lucky dip. Where players may have to buy multiple packs in order to obtain the cards that they want.

The most known and widely played card game is Magic: The Gathering. Some other card games include Android: Net Runner and Privateer Press’s High Command (based on their tabletop game).

Very basically 2 or more players would choose a faction or deck of cards choosen from a pool of cards. In most card games there is a resourse element where some cards are used/ spent in order to put other cards into play. Certain cards have certain abilities, powers or strengths that you would use either to attack your opponent or to complete an objective.

Some of the attraction of these types of games comes from:

* Building the deck of cards you would be using.
* Creating synergies between cards/ abilities.
* Card games by their very nature are competitive.
* you enjoy collecting.

– from The Man Cave

Buying in…

So in our last article we touched on the cost of buying into gaming. Now we’re going to touch on how to do it as cheap as possible.

* Check with your local store. Some stores sell second hand games at a reduced price.

* Ask people at your local store. Most people that play tabletop games have two or more armies/ factions. They may be willing to sell one to you either in part or in full. The bonus of this option is you usually get an army that’s fully assembled and either fully or partially painted.

* The Internet. It might seem a little bit of a D’uhh but it’s some times over looked by people starting. Site’s such as Ebay and gaming forum’s will always have something for sale .

* Facebook. There are many different gaming group pages on Facebook. All you have to do is join the group and ask.

These are just a few thoughts off the top of my head but I’m sure there is plenty more options available.

– from The Man Cave

It costs how much…

So after your trip to your local store you might be deciding on picking up a game… And then you see the price.

Part of you might be thinking “feck that, i’m not spending that” and that’s understandable.

A good board game nowadays will cost roughly between €30 to €100.

A starter box for a tabletop game will cost roughly between €20 to €50.

And a starter box or core set as they are sometimes known as for a card game would be roughly €20 to €40.

And that’s not counting any expansions or add on’s. Sounds dear, doesn’t it.

So lets put things into perspective and i’ll use myself as an example.

I rarely have a drink, my partner has a drink twice a week. So we’re going to do a bit of maths.

My partner has four cans of Coors on her weigh in night (she’s a member of Slimming World, it’s a weight loss club) and a bottle of wine at the weekend which totals about €16 a week/ €64 a month.

I go to my local store once a week. It costs €5 (depending on the day and time. My local store charges €5 for a table after 6pm weekdays but tables are free at the weekend) . So that’s €5 a week/ €20 per month. I’ld usually buy something once a month for about €15 – 30 (depending on what i’m buying for). So my spending is at most €50 per month on gaming.

That’s a difference of €14 in my favour. How much do you drink? How much do you spend on drinking or something similar. Making you think yet? My partner won’t see that money again. Whereas i have something to show for it and will be able to use/ play with it for some time to come.

So when you look at things in my example is it really that dear?

– from The Man Cave