Your most beloved FLGS!
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Admit it - even in times of cheap online stores, ebay, amazon, et al. it's still nice to have a good shop nearby, with a decent selection of old and new games, where you can talk with the owners or some customers, and even set up game nights to play with others.

Many of us have one or more of these Friendly Local Game Shops, with a nice atmosphere, and a great deal of games of all kinds.

Tell me about YOUR most beloved FLGS.

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1. RPG Item: Das Schwarze Auge: Abenteuer Basis-Spiel (1st edition) [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2125]
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When I started delving deeper into the world of games, especially roleplaying games, back in 1993 (March, 4th), this little shop had just opened its doors and soon I found myself being a happily returning customer!

LIMBUS SPIELE in Bremen (Germany) is small, but still has a great amount of games, both old and new, the owners are real geeks and friendly, too! So for me, this is it!


Limbus Spiele
Michael Warnke & Wolfgang Maue GbR
Osterstrasse 15
28199 Bremen
Tel.: ++49 (0)421 - 556133
Mail: info@limbus-spiele.de


Wolfgang & Michael, the owners

http://www.limbus-spiele.de

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2. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:370]
Uncle Ralf
Netherlands
Amersfoort
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Here's the Spellenwinckel in the heart of Amersfoort. Originally surrounded by several kid-stores, but all but this store died because of lack of interest.

Great store, with a wide variety of games, games-workshop, and able to order anything they don't have in stock. The owners are very nice, and will always take the time to explain games to you. They will say it when you are about to waste your money to a bad game. They don't care about the money, all they care about is boardgames.

They even have a webshop
http://www.spellenwinckel.nl/
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3. Board Game: Tally-Ho [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:13003]
John Bandettini
United Kingdom
London
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Well it used to be Tally Ho games in Finchley. mainly because they were the main distributor of Avalon Hill games in the UK. So they always had the new games first. It used to be so exciting when a batch of new releases arrived.

Nowdays Leisure games are the best FLGS in London, but as my friend runs a FOLGS I don't go there very often. though I did get the full set of 1825 games from them.
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4. Board Game: Kokorin Kastel [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
United States
San Mateo
California
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Game Kastle in San Jose, CA



http://gamekastle.com/

They have a very well organized store with stock that spans the whole gaming scene: wargames, Euros, miniatures (both fantasy and historical), CCGs, and RPGs.

The also have two rooms with gaming tables that are available for use without any fees.
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5. Board Game: The Outer Limits [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
Everett Warren
United States
Marietta
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The Outer Limits, in Waltham MA, has been my FLGS since the late eighties.

Unfortunately, for the past dozen or so years, I've lived more than 300 miles away from it.

Still friendly, not quite as local.

I've been to a few shops in this area, but not one has ever replaced it.

Until my mom moved away from eastern MA, I'd still visit Steve whenever I came up for a visit, but it's been more than 3 years now...
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6. Board Game: Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:9615] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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Mainly Toys in Mt. Eden, Auckland wins best toy store in the local consumer-survey almost every year. And with good reason: it's a kid-filled, stroller-friendly, old-school boutique of toys that does as good a job as any of creating that 'wonderland' feeling that kids should get when they go to a toy store. Books and wooden toys heavily outweigh plastic crap.

Two years ago, the owner Diane (also a member of our game group), rebuilt the attic of the store into a Game Loft. She's got games on tables for playing, a comfy sofa, and all the latest releases. There's no game-specific website, but all I've ever had to do is email her to have something set aside, and then go pick up the game.

Diane's shop is the model of what a community toy shop should be, and she's made it a gamer-friendly place, as well.
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7. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:237]
Erich Vereen
United States
Leland
North Carolina
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Cape Fear Games (located in Wilmington, NC) opened after acquiring the gaming remnants of another game store or two. They haven't even been open a full year yet, but it is fast becoming a hang out for gamers of all types.

They run tournaments every week for the CCG crowd as well as playing host to the current Warhammer 40k season. They host demos for board games and miniature wargames of all kinds. They have a large area open to anyone who visits, and they even have a few computers and an XBox360 for hourly rent.



It's where I joined the board game group I play with, and they are very attentive to the needs and requests of their customers. The staff is very friendly, even joining in games when they can. Definitely a great place to play!

[Edit] Plus, their logo is a goblin holding a sword and shield. Love seeing that guy as you drive down Oleander Drive ^_^

[Edit Part 2] Added a few pictures. ^_^
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8. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:573]
Chad Winter
United States
Salt Lake City
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Game Night Games in Salt Lake City, Utah is a fantastic store with a great environment for in-store gaming. They specialize in Euro and war games and have recently opened up a seperate section for nifty toys. The store frequently hosts tournaments and open gaming. The staff is very friendly and extremely knowledgable - whether they're dealing with seasoned gamers or curious newcomers.

But what really sets Game Night apart from other stores is the attention they give to their customers. They have an outstanding customer rewards program which has cultivated a loyal base of clientelle and has kept me returning as often as possible for years now. I actively avoid shopping online (or anywhere else) thanks to the way they treat me at Game Night and enthusiastically send any purchase inquiries I receive from new gamers their way.

http://www.gamenightgames.com
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9. Board Game: Totally Awesome [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
Chris Ferejohn
United States
Mountain View
California
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Just Awesome games in San Francisco.
http://www.justawesomethewebsite.com/

They've recently relocated to the West Portal neighborhood which is really near to me. They have a policy of allowing customers to open a game to take a look/try it out (and if not bought, that will then become the store copy). It's not a huge store, but they've done their best to make gaming space available, and host a number of regular events, including "adult" gaming on Thursday nights to which one may BYOB and a monthly playtesting night where budding game designers can bring their prototypes to be praised/beaten on.

The owners, Shane and Erik, are super nice and energetic, very candid about their own honest opinions of games, and are always happy to open/demo a game for a customer. Their selection is not as quite as good as the other SF gaming store (Gamescape), but there's plenty of stuff there I want, and more to the point I value the services they provide enough to be willing to make purchases from there despite having to pay MSRP + CA sales tax.
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10. Board Game: Chez Goth [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:5400]
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Sweden
Göteborg
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In Gothenburg [Göteborg], Sweden, you can go to Spel i Focus-Card Collector and buy games!



http://www.spelifocus.se/

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11. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:793]
Jon Grey
United States
Los Angeles
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Dicehouse Games in Fullerton, CA.

It's the first FLGS I found and the only one I go to. Friendly staff, decent prices, tons of games and even more geeks. I intend to sit down and play a game or two here one day.



http://www.dicehousegames.com/

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12. Board Game: Bosconian-D [Average Rating:4.88 Unranked]
William Hostman
United States
Alsea
OR
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Bosco's Comics & Games
Anchorage, Alaska



www.boscos.com

It's a one stop geek shop. Anime, Manga, Games, Sports, Comics, Toys. Gaming room.

Owner is a eurogamer.

Two locations (used to be four!) and a quasi-affiliate in Fairbanks.
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13. Board Game: Cat & Mouse [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:17359]
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Springfield
Illinois
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Cat and Mouse Games in Chicago, Illinois (Bucktown).

I stopped by while on a visit to my sister in laws house. Great selection, decent FLGS prices, really good kids section, and friendly staff (who are also BGG geeks). I can't wait to visit my sister again soon.

2212 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL 60647
773-384-4454
 



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14. Board Game: Fantasy Forest [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:12517]
 
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Milwaukie
Oregon
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Mine is Bookery Fantasy in Fairborn, Ohio. Eric and John have been kind enough to allow us to have our B.B.C. (Bookery Boardgaming Club) meetings at the store every other Sunday for well over a year now. They could not be more welcoming! They are also SUPER-helpful when it comes to ordering items you want and recommending things you didn't know you were looking for!

Across the street is The Bookery, the "original" store that deals primarily in comic books. So you can truly get your Geek on by simply crossing the street! The Fantasy (gaming) side also has books and action figures, etc. in addition to a LARGE selection of all sorts of games!

Many thanks to Bookery Fantasy! These guys really stand out, especially in the area of friendliness and customer service. We all have stories of those "other" game stores that take the "F" OUT of FLGS. They may be LOCAL, but friendly some of them are not. Not a concern at Bookery! Thanks, Guys!
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15. Board Game: Littlest Pet Shop: Hideaway Haven Game [Average Rating:4.82 Unranked]
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Gamers Haven
www.screamingdragon.com
6639 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44130-3810
(440) 845-9978

I travel for my work and try and stop in at various shops around the country. I found this place to be very well stocked, reasonably priced and the owner was a great guy.


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Others I've found very useful...



Uncle Games
www.unclesgames.com
Redmond Town Center
16507 NE 74th St., Redmond, WA
(425) 497-9180
*Extremely helpful staff, spent hours explaining games and teaching me rules.

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Game Masters
3439 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-2444
(412) 367-4414
*Great 'mom & pop' shop. Would love to live closer to spend more time here.

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Nan's Games & Comics Too
2011 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098-4805
(713) 520-8700‎
*Had a great selection. Retail pricing.
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Boardwalk Hobby Shop
Neighborhood: Mt Lookout
1032 Delta Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 871-2110

*Great selection and well organized. Retail prices but I'd support them if I lived closer.
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16. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1089]
Goran M
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Zagreb
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Land of Magic is Croatian only serious board game shop.
They have 8 stores in total, spread out evenly over the major cities in the country.
http://www.landofmagic.hr/hr/prodavaonice/

This is the website, however, there its Croatian only and has no webshop either (there is a notice that its coming soon though)

PROS would be good area coverage and very friendly staff

CONS would include high game prices and limiting choice of games + inavailability to order something that they don't have or plan to get
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17. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1028]
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Seattle
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www.bluehighwaygames.com

I even did a geek list dedicated to my friendly group that gets together each Friday and Saturday to play with their extensive library of games.

Have a look below:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3361/3479323101_bb43d8465c.jp...
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18. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1835]
Wouter Dhondt
Belgium
Anzegem
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I love going to the Outpost in Gent. PC gaming, boardgames, RPG, miniature games, ... You can play anything. And I know 50% of the people so I can walk in anytime and play a game. Also cheap and great beers (Vedett, Duvel and Karmeliet!), and the food is nice as well.

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19. Board Game: Fun House [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Glassboro
New Jersey
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All Things Fun
Berlin, New Jersey



This is my FLGS and also where I game at every Wednesday night. They have a very nice variety of board games, comics, puzzles, toys and a lot more. The owners Ed & Dina and their employees are the nicest most helpful people you could meet. I couldn't ask for a better place to play or purchase my games.

You can check them out at www.allthingsfun.net

You may even see me over there on the forums or their live webcam.
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20. Board Game: Slacker [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Lewis Goldberg
United States
Bonnots Mill
Missouri
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Slackers, in the St. Louis area. This chain of stores focuses on console gaming, as well as vinyl records and comic books. In the last year or so they have been building quite a nice little selection of euros, and even poking into wargames a little with Memoir 44 and A&A.

We've been shopping there for years for the other stuff, and now have yet another reason.

http://slackers.com/


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21. Board Game: Pangolin Pandemonium [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Ian Toltz
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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Pandemonium in Cambridge, MA

My FLGS of choice for many years, even if I've never considered myself local to it... I am actually very close to it, but driving in the Boston area feels like more of a schlep than it actually is, kind of like a wind chill factor for distance...
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22. Board Game: The Return of the Stainless Steel Rat [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:7092]
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I'd been out of gaming for a number of years while establishing a retail business of my own (it is a tremendous amount of work, you really do have to put everything else on hold) but always really missed the hobby. After becoming re-obsessed with gaming in the end of last year thanks to a birthday gift from my gf of a beautiful copy of DungeonQuest, and subsequently discovering this site and rpg.net, I decided now was the time to get myself back in.

So, where to start? First of all I needed to find me some gamers.

I remembered well all the uncomfortable/awkward/negative shopping experiences I'd had going to gaming shops pretty much my entire life. Not that they were all bad, but the bad memories tend to linger, y'know? Some of those memories were the result of bad customer service, others just the general culture of the shops. All of which was perfectly fine when I was 16 and completely out of my mind about gaming. But I'm in my 30's now, I'm busy as hell, just dipping my toes back into the hobby... I'm just not going to put up with silly nerd pecking order stuff like having my choice of gaming system mocked at the register anymore.

I own a retail business of my own, I want to support someone like me who is busting their butt doing something they love. I want to funnel my hard-earned dollars into financially helping make them successful. I want to become a loyal buyer and a regular member of that community. I'm sure the people who own Amazon are great folks but I've never met them and never will, and while I like the service they provide, buying from a place like that to me is completely without soul.

So I went to check out every game store in the greater SF Bay Area. And I do mean greater! I didn't care if I had to drive farther or cross multiple bridges to do it, once I found the right store that's where I was going to be shopping from now on. I was looking for something elusive and magical. A shop full of friendly enthusiastic people, tons of things to spend my money on, and an environment oozing a confident, easy charm with lots of style. A place that would make returning to gaming truly a glorious life experience.

Thank you Endgame in Oakland, California for being that store. You are everything I was looking for. Your staff is wonderful. Your shop is beautiful in more ways than I can count. You have helped re-ignite my love and have even gotten my girlfriend visiting your store without me on several occasions to purchase surprise games to bring home too. I could not be happier.



http://www.endgameoakland.com
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23. Board Game: High Bohn Plus [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Katy Wickman
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Macomb
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I grew up with Games Plus in Mt Prospect, IL only a few miles from my home and never realized how truly spoiled I was. I thought all games stores were this awesome, and it took moving out of the area to realize just how rare they were.

They have auctions twice a year where geeks can bring in old items to auction off. They host game days and tournaments. And they've always been really friendly and have a great selection.

http://www.games-plus.com/
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24. Board Game: Charmed: The Source [Average Rating:4.11 Unranked]
 
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Since moving to the Minnesota Twin Cities area, The Source is your one-stop shop for games, comics, anime, books, miniatures, RPGs, . . . You get the idea.

If you're just looking for games, though, Games and More in the Valley West Mall in Des Moines, Iowa has the best selection of boardgames I have ever seen for an FLGS. I try to stop in whenever I'm in Des Moines. Absolutely fabulous selection.
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