New tabletop gaming shop and café opens on Poole Quay with official launch this weekend

Realm Runner Studios is celebrating the fourth release of its fantasy card game Achroma and the opening of its new store on Poole Quay.

The Achroma shop and cafe, at Dolphin Quays, opened on November 5th with the grand launch scheduled for this Saturday November 19th.

Realm Runner Studios, an independent, self-funded studio in Poole, was founded in 2019 by a group of friends who wanted to bring something new and progressive to collectible card games.

Their first product, Achroma: The Curse of Curdle Hill, was released late last year.

Set somewhere between Pokémon and Magic The Gathering, Achroma has attracted a diverse player base.

Tens of thousands of Achroma cards have been sold and over a thousand app users have signed up.

Tabletop gaming fans can visit the gaming shop and cafe to view and purchase the Achroma products on display.

They can also play the game and hang out with other like-minded gamers.

The store also acts as the HQ of Realm Runner Studios with the Achroma team working out of location meaning they are on hand to answer any player questions.

Regular weekly game events are lined up with other special events scheduled in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

Weekly events include:

  • Wednesday Kids Club: 3-6 p.m.
  • Thursday Game Night: 7pm-10pm with weekly prizes
  • Friday Night Heroes: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the Achroma Heroes format
  • Saturday free play: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special events include:

  • Saturday, December 10: Achroma Tournament
  • Saturday, December 17: Achroma Christmas Bash

Jack Constantine, co-founder of Realm Runner Studios, said he hopes the new Achroma store will provide a long-sought meeting place for players in the region as well as an inspiring base of operations for the team of Realm Runner Studios.

He added: “Achroma is all about getting together with friends, socializing and having fun.

“Our new boutique is the embodiment of this.

“A space where you can gather with your friends, enjoy a game, relax on the couch and chat over coffee.”

Players young and old are welcome to attend the grand opening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Billed as a celebration, Realm Runner Studios says it’s a chance for Achroma’s thriving community to come together, play and hang out.

There will be prizes for Achroma-related cosplay, a raffle, special offers, and demos with the team for anyone who wants to learn how to play.

  • The Achroma store is based at Unit 27 Dolphin Quays, The Quay, Poole, England, BH15 1HU.

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