Colorado Springs Game Store and Cafe a Gathering Place for Gamers | Culture & Leisure
In second grade, two boys became best friends. The following year, they started playing Dungeons and Dragons together.
And they never really stopped.
A few decades later, friends Jared Scriven and Clay Fuchs turned their lifelong love of games into a game store / cafe called Dungeons and Javas in Colorado Springs.
It hasn’t been all fun and games so far, however.
The couple, along with Scriven’s wife Candus, opened Dungeons and Java in May 2020, enduring months of business downturn due to the pandemic.
But people showed up. They rented games from the store library. They bought sets for Christmas gifts in hopes of helping her stay open.
And that’s the case.
Every day Dungeons and Javas fulfills their goal, which was not possible last year. The store has a full list of weekly events, including a Sunday family board game night and a regular Colorado Springs Board Game Club reunion.
People also come randomly when looking for a place to play a new game or paint Dungeons and Dragons figures.
Scriven said they run events through Zoom, but it just wasn’t the same.
“It was obvious during COVID what we were missing,” he said. “What I love about the game is meeting up with your friends, laughing and having conversations.”
As people are able to do it again, they are looking for dungeons and Javas.
The location off Austin Bluffs Parkway follows the movement of similar concepts like Board Game Republic in Denver.
And, yes, it is a dream place for gamers, whether they are friends or strangers.
Inside, a corner of the walls is painted to resemble a stone dungeon. You have the choice between rows and rows of games.
Tables, which Scriven calls “ultimate game tables” are set up in the store, along with play mats and cup holders.
Often times you will find bands playing Magic the Gathering, the card game. Or you might find Scriven playing a game called Zombacid.
There is also a VIP game room with a digital card library and the ability to play music and sound effects.
And, to fill those cup holders, there is a menu of coffee options called “potions” and themed in Dungeons and Dragons.
So far, these details have helped build a community.
“We wanted to have a game store where everyone feels welcome,” Scriven said. “And be that place where people can go and be with their friends.”
And it’s a different experience than playing games at home.
“When you actually go to the store to play games, it allows you to disconnect and get away from everything that is going on in life,” he said. “It’s like an escape.
Now that Dungeons and Javas has survived its first year in business and the pandemic, Scriven has said he looks forward to the sequel.
“It’s like, okay, what’s the next level?” ” he said. “How can we make this even better? “