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Events at Dark Matter Cafe

Dark Matter Events, our sister company organises events at Dark Matter Cafe in Durham throughout the week. From Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic to many others. We are an official Pokemon Centre, Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament and Wizards of the Coast (for Magic and D&D) Venue, and one of only a hand full in the North East! This makes event nights really busy! 

Mondays

Game Night
6pm – 9pm
FREE
Dark Matter Cafe presents Game Night, Come and socialise and join in in GAME NIGHT!!!! Play from over 8000 retro and current computer games on a variety of consoles, from Spectrum, Xbox, PS3, SNES, Mega Drive, or bring your laptops or Nintendo DS and play on LAN. Anything can happen on Game Night from challenges… and much more.

£3 Gaming Tournament Entry (optional)

Tuesdays

MTG Draft Night – BOOK NOW
6pm – 9pm
£12 – incl. booster prizes
Dark Matter Cafe presents MTG Draft Night. 3 Booster Draft in pods of 8, you need nothing but land, and the rest is cards you pull from fresh out of the box boosters! Format changes every time. This is a fortnightly event.

Cosplay Workshop
1pm – 8pm

Wednesdays

YuGiOh! Night – BOOK NOW
6pm – 9pm
Last entry at 5:45pm (booking is recommended)
Dark Matter Cafe presents YuGiOh Night. £4 incl. booster prizes
A swiss duel format competition with a prize fund depending on turn out from Novice to Advance welcome.

Dungeons and Dragons
6pm – 9pm

Thursdays

Pokemon Night – BOOK NOW

6pm – 9pm
Last entry at 5:45pm (booking is recommended)
Dark Matter Cafe presents Pokemon Night. £4 incl. booster prizes

A swiss duel format competition with a prize fund depending on turn out from Novice to Advance welcome.

Fridays

Friday Night Magic the Gathering – BOOK NOW
6pm – 9pm
Last entry at 5:45pm (booking is essential)
Dark Matter Cafe presents FNM. £4 incl. booster prizes and promos
A swiss duel format competition with a prize fund depending on turn out from Novice to Advance welcome. Recommended for 12+ this is our busiest and one of our most friendly events. With promocards as prize support and Planeswalker points up for grabs, this is an official Wizards Santioned Event and you will need a DCI Card to enter, which can be obtatined from the Wizards website, or talking to a member of the team. 

Prereleases

We also run Pre Release Events for all the above Trading Card Games, which you will be able to check out on our latest events section of the website.

Event Notes

Post 6pm during events a minimum of £5 spend will apply to all those not playing with the exception of parents or guardians of under 18s but staying in Dark Matter Cafe. This is retained at the till from point of entry, until used. If it isn’t used the minimum amount is still retained and is not transferable to other evening events.

Please Note
All event nights are capped to 26 players max, FNM fills up more or less immediately, so please book spaces in advance, by calling in to DM or emailing us, if you are unable to attend please let us know so we can sell your space.

*Parents and guardians of under 18s are free, however includes no food or drink.

We operate with 3-5 team members on an evening with CCTV and 3rd party security on call for your safety.

As we are a friendly welcoming venue to new and old players and players of all ages, and backgrounds, we operate a strict no tolerance policy to aggressive, abusive, derogatory, bullying, or intimidating play. Where as we would never ban players unless actions were threatening to anyone or Dark Matter Cafe, offenders may be asked to take a short break from event nights. 

As we try our best to be fair on all players, we ask that players who are consistent in winning, rotate their decks to make it fair for other players to have a chance. This does not mean turn up and don’t win, if by rotating your deck you still win, this is within our rules and thus is acceptable that your winning is down to skill set, which can be beaten should players up their game. This ruling is so high priced decks aren’t consistently in play, as financial commitment for some players is without reach. Dark Matter Cafe, makes our events informal and encourages the use of events for deck testing and informal play, with prize incentives available, consistent winning competitive play is to win prizes for players own financial gain is not considered fair play within this venue.

As FNM is becoming so popular we are considering making it a first come first served basis, where by we do not hold spaces without payment. I’d rather it not come to this, as it would make it a little more complex, however if players reserve a space and do not attend on a regular basis this may have to be an option.

If you have any questions please come straight to Lindsey or Dan by emailing us on here or call in and see us, we are more than willing to help.

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