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Please note: due to the nature of the game and the venues, this is an 18+ event.

Welcome to Vestruvia, a land of hardship and decadence in equal measure, where safety is a luxury, and one not even the rich can afford. This is especially true tonight, as the President of Vestruvia is holding a secret ball, and it is a secret that all the wrong people are talking about. 

Secrets of a Red State is Chance & Counters' second Youdunnit. Set in the cold war battleground country of Vestruvia, where the international glitterati rub shoulders with traitorous politicians, secret policemen and rival teams of spies. Secrets will be traded, deals made and broken, and there may even be an assassination or two. You’ll need to find who has what you want, and how to get it from them - whether that’s the hottest ride, the hottest news stories, or state secrets Vestruvia definitely doesn’t want getting out. 

Don’t worry if you’re new to this sort of thing - everyone is! The experienced gamesmaster will make sure you get engaged in the game and soon you’ll be undercover with the best of them. So dust off your cocktail dress, press your dinner jacket, or pull on your best polo neck and get ready to come play!


  • Q: I don’t understand, what on earth is this? A: A youdunnit for 50 people, somewhere between a role-playing game and a murder mystery. For a little more information, check out Bristol 24/7’s review of Chance & Counters' last event here: https://bit.ly/2T44edp 
  • Q: What are the timings? A: You can arrive from 6.00pm, C&C will be doing rules around 6.45pm, and aiming to start from 7. The game should finish around 10.30, at which point you'll see who's won and lost!
  • Q: How much does it cost? A: It’s £25pp including a drink on arrival.
  • Q: Will there be food provided? A: There will be some bar snacks provided, and the venue will be offering food throughout the evening.
  • Q: Are there any age restrictions? A: Due to the nature of the game and the venues, this is an 18+ event.
  • Q: Is it fancy dress? A: Getting dressed up definitely helps! You’ll receive your role a week before the event, so you’ll have a little time to locate suitable accoutrements. In general just go for evening wear.
  • Q: I’ve never done anything like this, will I be any good at it? A: Fear not! If you don’t want a character who’s crucial to the storylines, C&C have other options. Just let them know how involved you want to get and they’ll make sure your role is appropriate.
  • Q: What do I need to bring? A: Nothing! Everything you’ll need to play will be provided on the night.

About Chance & Counters Cardiff

Having started life over in Bristol a couple of short years ago, Chance & Counters has finally spread its big, fun wings and flown over the bridge to set up shop in Cardiff. The first dedicated board gaming cafe in the city, you're guaranteed to have an absolute stormer of a time with a trip to Chance & Counters – although Wriggle won't be held responsible for any ensuing family feuds or relationship breakdowns after a heated game... Just a teeny tiny walk from Cardiff Castle on the High Street is where you'll find the Chance & Counters board game cafe/bar, housed within a stunning Victorian building that's flooded with natural light, and is full of quaint little nooks, crannies, and period features. It's a lovingly-created passion project for its 3 owners, and inside you'll find literally hundreds of board games to suit all levels of skill, interest, and attention-span. The knowledgable team help you select a game to suit your vibe, buzzing with enthusiasm as they explain the rules. And off you go – into the rabbit-hole that is modern board-gaming. As you play, stoke your creativity with a few carefully selected beers (Tiny Rebel are always in stock – hurrah!), wines or spirits, or play it safe with a juice or delicious, freshly made coffee. There's food to fuel your campaign, with a seasonal menu full of tasty treats, but ultimately Chance & Counters is all about the games, and boy have they nailed it!

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Purchase through Wriggle, get your game face on, then arrive at Chance & Counters within the window of opportunity. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler and show your unique Wriggle code to redeem your purchase. Remember to pay for any extras you buy, tip accordingly and bring friends (board-game bragging is so much better when everyone experiences your glorious victory). For the chance to win £20 Wriggle credit, leave some feedback so we can shower Chance & Counters with praise or help them improve.

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