Geek Culture in Joburg: Where to Get Your Geek On

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Wanting to host a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, pick up some comic collectables, or perhaps trade your Pokémon cards? If you’re nodding along, you’re likely seeking a geek culture space that’ll allow you to delve into your passion and connect with some fellow enthusiasts. These spaces often foster a tight-knit community full of people just as enthusiastic about your hobbies as you are, and while most have been around for ages some might’ve flown under your radar.

What’s on in Joburg’s resident geek, Chris Cuningham of Studio Djembe, shares his favourites here.

Comic Warehouse

For the comic collector looking to get a missing issue, pick up a new graphic novel or a life-size statue of Batman, look no further than Comic Warehouse. This giant supply store covers all your geeky wants and needs as well as just being an awesome space to marvel at all the collectables from your favourite franchises such as Harry Potter, Star Wars and more. The staff are all just as addicted to pop culture as you are and are happy to help you hunt down anything you’re looking for – even that one volume of One Piece manga you just can’t seem to find anywhere.

When: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm | Sun 8am-4pm
Where: 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Website: comicwarehouse.co.za

Nexus Hub

For Tabletop gamers, Nexus hub comes highly recommended with loads on offer. Nexus hosts weekly leagues and tournaments for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic the Gathering as well as Dungeons & Dragons events and board game evenings that allow you to test out board games in store. The venue offers everything from a LAN Section to an events hall and even a cafe. Even if you’re just a casual geek you can join for quiz nights or just enjoy the space with an awesome community of all types of gamers. 

When: Mon – Thu 10am-5pm | Fri 10am-10pm | Sat 9am – 6pm | Sun 9am-3pm
Where:  21 Harley St, Ferndale, Randburg, 2194

Website: nexushub.co.za

Cracker Zac’s

Looking for a more mature or even nostalgic gaming experience? Look no further than Cracker Zac’s, the perfect spot for over 21’s who want to enjoy a fun night out playing games.  Blending together classic and modern gaming, this hot spot includes a bowling alley, augmented reality darts and a fully equipped retro arcade. Alongside its upscale bar serving premium drinks, Cracker Zac’s also offers a delectable selection of pizzas, perfectly complementing the gaming experience.

Whether you’re planning a fun night out with friends or seeking the perfect venue for a birthday or special event, Cracker Zac’s will provide an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, competition, and good vibes.

When: Mon – Thu 10am-5pm | Fri 10am-10pm | Sat 9am – 6pm | Sun 9am-3pm
Where:  The Fun Company, The Zone@Rosebank, Mall 177, Oxford Road, Johannesburg

Website: crackerzacs.co.za

Timeless Board Games

Are you a board gamer looking for something new, but you want to test it out first? Timeless Board Games offers exactly that, with their library of over 1000 exciting games you can sign up to rent and exchange. A monthly membership provides not only the chance to rent games but also comes with perks like free shipping on your first order and discounts on products from their store.

Timeless Board Games also hosts events that allow players to get together, meet up and play games with others in the board game community. There are a lot of games on offer from classics to new releases but, of course, you are more than welcome to bring your own favourites to play as well. Bring some friends to play King of Tokyo or meet some new ones over a game of Catan. It’s a great and welcoming space for new and old players.

When: Mon – Sat 9am-3pm | Sun 9am-1pm
Where:  Timeless Board Games, 11 Chopin Road, Buurendal, Edenvale

Website: timelessboardgames.co.za

Geek Culture in Joburg: Sad Robot

Sad Robot

Started by selling individual Magic The Gathering cards, Sad Robot has become a vibrant hub for tabletop gamers. With a spacious venue capable of accommodating up to 60 participants, this shop offers a welcoming space for tournaments and events. While Magic The Gathering remains their main focus, they boast a great selection of tabletop and trading card games, including popular titles such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Weekly events cater to everyone, from Magic tournaments to Dungeons & Dragons sessions and board game nights. Whether you’re looking to compete or keen to delve into the world of DnD, Sad Robot provides plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow players and enjoy your favourite games. Plus, with a dedicated area for DnD games, you and your party of adventurers can embark on epic quests in a comfortable setting.

When: Mon-Wed 9am-8pm | Thur 9am-5pm | Fri 9am-10pm | Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Where:  Shop 11, Ereene Center, Cnr 2nd Street and, 4th Ave, Marlands, Germiston

Website: sadrobot.co.za 

Are you ready to get out there?

These are just a few of the amazing geek culture spots in Joburg and the wider Gauteng area, each offering its own unique experiences and opportunities to meet new people. As geeks and gamers ourselves, we encourage you to get out there and explore, to find these spaces that align with your passions and interests. Whether you’re drawn to the world of comics, trading card tournaments, or getting the squad together for a night out, Joburg’s geek culture scene has something for everyone. 

So much like a DnD campaign, embark on your journey, discover new realms, and forge friendships with an awesome community at these geek culture spaces. The adventure awaits!

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