Your Favorite Local Game Store(s)
Kyle T.
United States
Snohomish
Washington
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Welcome to my first geek list everybody!

Put down a game you own, when and where you bought it, and where the store is. Hopefully people can find some new game stores around them, eh? Finally, put down some comments on the store, just don't make them too mean devil
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1. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4595]
Kyle T.
United States
Snohomish
Washington
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Game: Plunder
Store: Phoenix Games
Where: Mulkilteo, Washington
When: Saturday

This was my first visit to Phoenix Games, and I liked it there. A nice selection, and wide variety of games. It came down to this or Blokus (which is an amazing game, I must say) but I knew this would get more play time with my friends and family than Blokus ever would.
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2. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:5278] [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
Kyle T.
United States
Snohomish
Washington
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Game: Zombies!!!
Store: Games Plus
Where: Woodinville, Washington
When: A while ago

Here's another store I like a lot. Good selection, though certainly more devoted to RPGs and Comics. Also a nice selection of older OOP games.
 
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3. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2879] [Average Rating:6.11 Unranked]
Phillip Heaton
United States
Springfield
Virginia
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I bought this, and many other games, at Game Parlor in Chantilly Virgina. They have a huge selection of games and almost half of the store is devoted to gaming tables. The staff is knowledgable and they have a customer loyalty point system to reward repeat buyers. I got this game for free using my loyalty points.
 
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4. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:807]
Phillip Heaton
United States
Springfield
Virginia
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I bought this game, and many others, at NoVa Comics in Springfield Virginia. They have a gaming get together every Saturday, starting at six o'clock. While primarily a comic store, the owner is a long-time gamer and will be happy to fill your order. They do have some shelf space devoted to games and they have a bunch of games that are open for you to play there, so you can see if you'd like to buy them.
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5. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:196]
Kristian
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Game: Samurai
Store: Gary's Games
Where: Seattle
When: Last Week

Gary's Games has a very good euro selection, a GREAT RPG section, and best of all a very extensive used game area. I found this game in their used section, found it complete, and bought it. They lack a good wargame section (it's there but sparse). I was a little disappointed when I called them last February(?) to see if they had any copies of Twilight Struggle and he didn't sound like he had ever heard of it. Oh well, you can't win them all, but a great store with a great selection nonetheless!
 
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6. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Friends & Foes [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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Game: LOTR - Friends and Foes
Store: Paradigm Infinitum
Where: Singapore
When: A while ago


There aren't many FLGS in Singapore, but these guys carry the gamut of miniatures, RPGs and of course boardgames. They have Eurogames but sadly, no wargames.
 
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7. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:430]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Game: I finally broke down and bought Alhambra (I can't remember the first game I got from this store, so I will go with teh last one);
Store: Game Parlor
City: DC Metro area (specifically Woodbridge for me, but they also have a location in chatilly)

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8. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:380]
Jason Woodburn
United States
Illinois
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Game: Thurn & Taxis
Store: Critical Hit Games
Where: Coralville, Iowa
When: A few days ago

Critical Hit just opened up in November. Before that, the Iowa City area had been without a good flgs for years. In the few months the store has been open, I've played more games, met more new gamers, purchased more games, and, in general, had more gaming related fun than over the past three years or so combined. A very friendly store, with dedicated staff, and plenty of space to play. Not the hugest selection, but the owner stocks the games that people in the area play, tries new things, and will order anything for you asap.
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:34]
Joel Imhoff
United States
Ames
Iowa
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Game: Powergrid
Store: Mayhem Comics and Games
Where: Ames, Iowa
When: Several years ago

Come into Mayhem and play boardgames every Sunday night, 5:00 pm till close.
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10. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:331] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Ersatz Ursatz
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Store: The Games People Play
Where: Cambridge, MA

Now, I didn't buy Settlers here, but I added it to the list because The Games People Play was the first store in the country to carry it. Even better, I live right across the street!

What have I bought there: Tikal, Citadels, Runebound, Kahuna
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11. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:856]
Brian Casey
United States
Medford
Oregon
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Game: Tsuro
Store: Rogue Games and Hobbies
Where: Medford, Oregon
When: Last Weekish

New Store in the area. Started out with a pretty intense Warhammer 40k focus, but Tikimadman and I may just have them converted soon. We now do the bulk of our game buying through them. So muc so in fact that we just gave them a list of the games we wanted (39) and they order 2 a week for us. They also have a standing discount off of retail price. We should be getting Tikal and Angkor this week.meeple
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12. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:132]
Kevin Ellingson
United States
Sacramento
California
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Game: Age of Steam
Store: Viking Hobby
Where: Carmichael, CA (Near Sacramento)
When: Jan., 2005

Viking is the FLGS with the best selection of board games in the Sacramento area. Although the store is a little small, it is jam packed with a great selection, and they are always happy to special order anything they don't have in stock. They give 10% off MSRP on board games.

I had gotten back into board gaming and was looking for Age of Steam at the time that the 2nd edition was rumored to be out, but with no definite idea when it would be out. Everywhere I looked on-line, people wanted ridculous prices for a copy of the first edition. One day, I visited this store while my older son was at a birthday party, and they had a copy of this game. You can bet I purchased it without hesitation.
 
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