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Spirit Games evolved from Spirit Racing and Entertainments back in the 70's - this in turn came from Phil's Triumph being taken to race meetings in a VW microbus by the owner of Spirit Disco. After all the records were stolen at a gig, Phil bought the equipment with a view to resurrecting the disco and for use by Sally's older brother in his band. After his racing bike was also stolen the equipment had to go, the road bike was used on the track but that too had to go to finance the production of the game Strat-ops in a wholly unsuccessful attempt to make some money. The first shop, set up in Croydon in 1984, was initially a by product of promoting the next game, Starsearch, and a somewhat autobiographical game was produced shortly after this - Shoestring Racer. Tiny batches of all three games are still occasionally produced upon request, Phil still takes a Triumph round a race-track a couple of times a year, and Sally's brother still plays in a band, so we are doing our best to provide some continuity in the bewildering modern world

Following a move to the fine town of Burton upon Trent (which consists mainly of breweries), a second shop was opened in 1988. Four years later the early Nineties recession, plus a Games Workshop and a Virgin Games both opening around the corner, put paid to the Croydon shop. With board games going out of style most of them also went out of print, so the remaining shop was heavily reliant on roleplaying and wargaming, which did not quite add up to enough trade - in the nick of time Magic: The Gathering arrived, and kept things going until the board game revival led by Settlers of Catan. Within five years the shelf space needed for all the board games had increased from 5 feet to 100 feet, and 114 Station Street was added to give us enough room. Another 5 years on, and 115 Station Street became available, so we expanded sideways and moved out of 98, life being much easier in one big shop than in two little ones on opposite sides of the road. With no further room for expansion, we just keep cramming more stuff in somehow.

 

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