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Your friendly community gaming store for all your hobby needs!

Welcome to Athena Games – an independent, family-run gaming store based in the historic Lanes of Norwich’s fine city centre.

Our goal is simple: make gaming accessible for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to a hobby or a seasoned veteran; our expert staff are on hand with wise counsel to advise you and indulge your inner gamer and hobbyist.

Need a new board game for a night in with the family? Advice or equipment for painting your latest miniatures? Perhaps you finally want to learn the complex rules of Magic the Gathering? In that case, look no further.

In addition to stocking more games, kits, and supplies than you can shake a spear at, we’re proud to boast one of the largest gaming spaces in the East of England. Book a table to battle it out with your friends or secure a spot at one of the exciting scheduled events we hold throughout the year. The only requirement is that you’re ready for Olympian levels of fun.

But why ‘Athena Games’, we hear you ask? Who better to represent us than the Ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and strategy herself! Much like Athena, we are always looking to grow, adapt, and support our community.

Speaking of community, that’s the name of the game for us here at Athena. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to ensure you get the very best out of your hobbies! So, for all our latest news, Blog posts, and tasty special offers, make sure you…

Whether you want to ‘Catch ‘Em All’, walk the Planes, conquer the 41st Millennium, or punch it to a galaxy far, far away, we’ve got you covered.

Welcome to Athena Games.

Meet the Athena Games Team

Lexi

Lexi Athena Games
While she dabbles in the occasional wargame and match of Commander, Lexi is primarily a board game nerd with a TTRPG rulebook problem (Yeah, I don’t have time to read them all - L). She enjoys long walks on the beach with her copy of Root, evenings in to study RPG systems with a glass of wine and being emotionally destroyed by a good GM.

Chris T

Chris T Athena Games

Hello, I’m the “other” resident Chris, more often referring to myself as “Chris T”. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades kind of player, currently dabbling in Age of Sigmar, Digimon TCG and board games. Although I’ve had experience in a whole host of other games (X-Wing and the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game are still a couple favorites!)

I generally prefer the more social aspect of games compared to the competitive. I love talking about the stories and lore behind the games themselves, and will enjoy a conversation about almost anything tabletop related. I’m very approachable so please feel free to come and have a chat!

Chloe

Chloe Athena Games

Hey my name is Chloe, and much like a magpie is drawn to shiny things, I am drawn to little plastic soldiers. I am mostly invested in Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game (i.e it’s the majority of my assets) and love to paint them up! I have recently gotten into Kill Team and Necromunda, as well as enjoying Star Wars Legion!

Do other people have favourite Citadel Paints, or is it just me?

Ella

Elle Athena Games

”Greetings traveler, Khajit has many wares if you have coin”

My name is Ella. The resident critter and creature/ monster enthusiast (my favourite being dragons). My favourite games to play are RPGs, like D&D, for which I enjoy painting miniatures. I also enjoy playing and collecting the cards of the Digimon TCG.

Next to me is our resident ‘night staff’ Nilbog, our friendly goblin, who watches over our RPG section.

John

John Athena Games

Hello! I am John and I like a little bit of everything. From D&D to Warhammer, board games, painting and deck building there are very few parts of this hobby I have not touched.

While I consider myself a jack of all trades and a master of none I tend to specialize in some of the more obscure RPGs and board games but have found myself involved with competitive card games from time to time too.

If your game has an interesting world, strong narrative and/or rats in it, I am in! 

Eimear

Eimear Athena Games

Ahoy hoy, my name is Eimear and I’ve played literally hundreds of Roleplaying Games. I’m responsible for a veritable onslaught of new books on our shelves, so if you fancy trying a new system then there’s a world beyond D20s that I’d be happy to show you!

Chris E

Chris E Athena Games

Chris E is our pint sized encyclopedia of all things gaming and he does it all with a smile.   He is our resident war games expert and has recently become a Middle-Earth fan - not that we can blame him! With board games, Chris's current top picks are 7 Wonders Duel, Tiny Epic Galaxies and The Quacks of Quedlingburg.

He may not always be in the favour of the Dice Gods, but he will always be on hand with great advice and friendly demonstrations. Outside of gaming, his biggest love is a good cup of tea - just be sure to have sugar on hand as he doesn't believe he's quite sweet enough.

Harry

Harry Athena Games

Good morning, afternoon and evening to you all! My name is Harry, the self proclaimed Phaeron of all things Necron here at Athena Games. But don’t worry, I haven't worked out Bio Transference yet!

For the most part, I am a player of wargames and the like at Athena Games, playing Orks and Necrons in 40k (whilst looking wistfully at the Adeptus Custodes and Black Templars), and Ossiarch Bonereapers, Lumineth and Maggotkin of Nurgle in Age of Sigmar.

I also play Warhammer Underworlds, Necromunda, Warcry, Dystopian Wars, Crisis Protocol, A Song of Ice and Fire, a splash of X-Wing and A LOT of DnD so if you have any questions about games involving tiny plastic men, then why not give me a shout? :)

Alex

Alex Athena Games

Hey all my name’s Alex, and I’m the go-to person to talk to about our range of Trading Card Game (TCG) products. I’ve played most of the ones we sell, but at the moment I’m heavily invested in Magic: the Gathering, Digimon, and Cardfight! Vanguard. I’m always up for having a chat about a game, and give out a demo.

Mitchell

Mitch Athena Games

Hi my name is Mitchell and I am the manager here at Athena Games! Much like Sauron I have a one game to rule them all policy, and that is most certainly the Middle Earth Strategy Battle game, though of late I have been drawn to Marvel Crisis Protocol, who can say no to cyclops? As well as A Song of Ice and Fire, who doesn’t want to flay flesh right?

In my downtime I play a host of board games with one of my current favourites being Spirit Island, along with dabbling in Digimon. If you are ever looking to learn Middle Earth, or for a group to play a board game I am your man.