Mar 312013

Come and join us for some games on 14th April, from 3-6pm, in what may actually be springtime. Of course, we’ll be playing safely indoors anyway, in The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker pub near Angel. We’ll have a few new games to try out, and a couple of old favourites to let everyone relax. We’ve got Mask-A-Pony, a nearly topical game about the perils of a long supply chain where meat products are involved. We’ve got A Herald Approaches, where you play a noble lineage and develop your own coats of arms, all in the name of claiming to be the most closely related to old people with lots of land to inherit. And we’ve got Stratego-go-go, the game that balances tactics, strategy, and trying not to shout your secret plans to the rest of your team…

And of course, we’ll also have a panoply of smaller games, such as Ninja, Standoff, Danish Clapping and more.

The larger games will start at 3pm, but we will be at the venue from 2pm, so feel free to come down and either play some small games, grab some lunch (the food is rather good), or just hang out.

Please pick up a free ticket here, and you can find the Facebook event here.

Hope to see you there,

Toodle pip,

The Haberdashery Collective

P.S. If anyone has favourite games they’d like to request we run, do let us know, we’re happy to oblige.

 Posted by at 7:50 pm
Mar 052013

Good day to you all.

In attempt to control the future, we thought we’d announce the dates of our next few events well in advance, rather than shortly before the day. The general principle will be that we shall have an event on the second Sunday of every month, alternating between board games one month and live games the following month. Now, there will be exceptions, such as this month, where we will be playing board games on Saturday 30th March instead, for reasons that we’ll talk about soon, but the confirmed dates for your diaries are:

  • Saturday 30th March – board games
  • Sunday 14th April – live games
  • Sunday 12th May – board games
  • Sunday 9th June – live games
  • Sunday 14th July – board games

We’ve also hopefully settled on a regular venue, so we will be at The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker near Angel tube for all those dates.

We will of course announce the individual events as usual as we get closer to them, this is just for those of you who like to plan ahead.

Hope to see you there,

Toodle Pip,

The Haberdashery Collective

 Posted by at 12:40 am
Nov 182012

Join us for an afternoon of games on Sunday 2nd December at The Islington pub, from 3-6pm. We’ll have Viking Monopoly as the headline event, where you get to choose between a life of pillaging or one of building, with supporting games such as Adventure Capital, and almost certainly some Ninja, Gargoyles and Blind Duelling to top up the fun. For those who want to be early, we’ll be at the pub from 2pm, so we can play some small drop-in games before the main event. The pub also does nice food (pizzas and sharing plates), so you can fuel up beforehand for an afternoon of games, and there will be a some acoustic music in the evening for those who’d like to hang around. We will of course be around for a while after 6pm to talk about games and listen to feedback.

The event is free, but we ask that you pick up a ticket from here so we know how many people are coming.

Toodle pip,

The Haberdashery Collective

P.S. If anyone has favourite games they’d like to request we run, do let us know, we’re happy to oblige.

You can find the Facebook event here.

 Posted by at 7:29 pm
Sep 262012

Join us for an afternoon of games on 14th October at The Wilmington Arms from 1pm. We’ll play a little Ninja and Gargoyles to warm up, then get everyone’s blood moving with Angrygrams, before getting stuck in to the warring factions in Local Politics. With a few other games to fill the moments between the main games, we hope you’ll enjoy our entertainments.

This is a free but ticketed event, please acquire your ticket here. There will be an entirely voluntary donations jar on the day to help with the venue hire cost.

Also, we’ll be posting profiles of some of our games, including these ones, so stay tuned if you want some insight.

Follow us on Facebook as The Haberdashery Collective, and join the event here.

Hope to see you there.

 Posted by at 6:02 pm
Jun 172012

Greetings once again,

We’re back with another chance for us to entertain you with our diversions. Join us on 8th July from 1pm in Willesden Green for Garden Games, which will indeed be in a garden if the weather is good to us, or inside if not. We shall be playing small games such as Fairness Inc., with its feigned innocence and backstabbing, and Adventure Capital, with its startup speculation and press manipulation, to start the afternoon. Once sated on those, we shall move on to something a bit more hearty, such as East India Company, where you can hone your skills at trading and smuggling, or maybe Stratego-go-go with its bluff and tactics. We’ve also got a couple of in development games that may see an outing, but we’ll see what the day brings.

If you’d care to join us, please grab a ticket here so we know you’re coming, and perhaps join the Facebook event here.

Toodle pip,

The Haberdashery Collective

P.S. There’s another of Hide&Seek‘s Sandpit events tomorrow at the Southbank Centre, and while we’re not running anything, there will be Haberdashers there to enjoy it

 Posted by at 4:56 pm
Apr 062012

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, automata and time travellers,

The Haberdashery Collective is proud to present another in our series of spectacles, bringing you the best in modern play. Join us on 21st April from 2pm for Spring Spectacular, an afternoon of delightful fripperies. Begin with some amuse esprit to tempt your palate as our group of debonair thrill seekers gather, then pit your cunning scheme against your opponents in Stratego-go-go, dazzle your rivals with your lexicographical skill in Angrygrams, and enjoy an early preview of the recently discovered parts for persons of the mechanical persuasion in Automata Assembly.

If this intrigues you, you may acquire a note of introduction from here.

Should these activities fail to sate your appetites, we may well have something more for you on 6th May, we shall report back.

Toodle pip,

The Haberdashery Collective

You can find the Facebook event here.

 Posted by at 10:23 pm
Nov 302011


Saturday 17th December, 1pm-3pm, near Brick Lane

While others are battling through the shopping crowds, you should come and join The Haberdashery Collective for some wintry fun. It’s not quite the solstice, but if you squint…

Warm up with a twist on an old favourite with Blink and You’re It, put your tradecraft to work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Haberdasher, then combine your covert skills with a touch of martial bluster in Stratego-go-go. Finally, we’ll retire to a hostelry and listen to tales of your victories. Maybe a saga will be sung…

 The event is free but ticketed, get your ticket here.

These games will involve walking around a busy place, and perhaps some ducking behind scenery, so please come dressed appropriately – high heels are risky, coats are probably useful, and fluorescent colours have been known to reduce your stealth…

The location is outdoors, so we will be subject to weather. We’ll run in light rain (or snow!), but cancel for anything less pleasant. Cancellations will be notified by email by 10am on the day.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us — and we hope to see you there!

Facebook event

Image P1000687 by suln used under a Creative Commons licence.

 Posted by at 7:43 pm
Oct 272011

Welcome to The Haberdashery Collective‘s first London event!

Newsflash: This event is now free of charge! However, you must still register for a ticket, see below.

Please join us on Saturday 5th November at 12pm in Central London (somewhere near London Bridge — exact location to be confirmed via email closer to the day) for a playtest…

Come and enjoy the bustle of the marketplace, sometimes physical, sometimes abstract. Find comrades and evade potential watchers as you attempt to get information from the insider to your contact in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Haberdasher; and trade goods across the seas as the East India Company opens new markets, and in no way uses its influence for its own ends* in Schooner or Later.

* Rumours of smuggling in this game cannot be confirmed or denied, it is policy not to comment on speculation.

This is a ticketed event, please go to to register for tickets.

These games will involve walking around a busy place, and perhaps some ducking behind scenery, so please come dressed appropriately. The area is mostly sheltered from weather, but is outdoors, so unless it’s pouring we’ll go ahead. Cancellations will be notified by email by 10am on the day.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us — and we hope to see you there!

Facebook event

 Posted by at 9:24 am