- Paul - theSweden
I'm going on a two week vacation to Madrid and Malaga soon and wonder if there are any decent game stores to check out there?
Since I live in Sweden I assume games will be cheaper in Spain but I might be dead wrong of course.
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- Jose María Flores(terKo)Spain
In Spain the games are not as cheap as you imagine.
In this WEB www.masqueoca.com and http://elviejotercio.tripod.com, you have catalogues with the price of the games. This prices are the normal value of the games in the stores.
The physical stores that I can recommended, are near a very centric zone (Gran Via and Callao). There are:
Atlantic Bookstore: www.atlanticajuegos.com. Plaza Sta. María Soledad Torres Acosta. Wargames and eurogames.
Generation X: www.generacionx.es, Calle Luna.
And this one more far of the centric places:
INGENIUM - Ocio Inteligente: www.ocioingenium.com. Calle Bolivar 18 (Legazpi). This one is the more cheap.
Also I recommend this:
I can´t help you about Malaga.
Have a nice trip
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- Paul - theSweden
- Thanks a lot for the information.
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- Roberto MéndezSpain
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- Borat Sagdiyev(harzal)Spain
Excalibur has a new website: www.excalibur.es.
IMHO, the best shop in Madrid.
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- La Caja de Colores La Caja de Colores
Have you checked La Caja de Colores out as well?
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- David Fernandez(dfernand)Spain
I've been living in CENTRAL Madrid for quite a few years and know all the shops resonably well:
I'll focus on shops that tend to stock English version Board Games (and card games also in Madrid, note that many of these games shops have big play areas). Also note that opening hours tend to be around 10:30am-2:30pm and then 5:50pm-8:30pm (sometimes later on gaming nights). And only a couple open on Sundays (Goblin trader.es/Generacion X Puebla etc). I've ranked them in my biased way for ENGLISH VERSION BOARD GAMES ONLY with 1 being the highest. I've also as a secondary weighting included English version card games in there (Spyfall/Exploding Kittens etc), also note that I am more of an Ameritrash fan rather than a Eurogames and War Games/assembled minis board game fan
BUT I will do a Wargames mini ranking for shops at the end of this... so starting with the best boardgames shop in Madrid for English version board games...
Board Gaming Top X shops in Madrid (Ameritrash/Euro games) and some card
games considered also (ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSION BOARD GAMES THAT IS)
1. Generacion X (www.generacionx.es): These are probably the biggest stockist of English imported board games, the two main ones in Madrid are the "Calle Puebla" branch (English board games upstairs) and the "Carranza Branch" (acually on Calle Sagasta which is long and English games at the back) both 15 minutes walk from each other. I should note that there are other smaller genracionx shops in Madrid a bit further out for example Calle Elfo (good small shop) and one in Hortaleza for example they stock fewer games but you may get something different going there. The two main ones get Ameritrash games in fast and have a few war themed board games. They are big on X-Wing and such with competitions etc (but I wouldn't classify X-Wing as say a War Game so see the other list at the end of this list).
2. Atlantica Juegos: (www.atlanticajuegos.es): They have a few English Ameritrash board games and many English War boardgames, at the back they are heavily focused on Wargames / minis type games with Warhammer etc.
Calle de La Luna, Madrid.
3. Cuarto de Juegos: (www.cuartodejuegos.es): An extremely small shop but 15% of their stock is in English but boy have I picked up some gems from there: Food Chain, Mystic Vale, Thunder Alley etc. Calle de Jorge Juan, Madrid.
4. Evolution Juegos: (www.evolutionjuegos.es): A nice selection of card games and mostly Ameritrash English board games at the back. This shop is focused on Magic The Gathering and CCG quite heavily (in English also !). Calle Manuel Silvela, Madrid (Evolucion Central). There's another shop in their branch set in the North of Madrid but I've never been to.
5. Arkania Juegos: (www.arkaniajuegos.com): A few English board games and a good selection of Collectable Card Games e.g. Force of Will, MTG. Calle de Los Reyes Magos. Just south of the Retiro Park walking.
6. La Comarca de Juegos: (www.lacomarcadelosjuegos.com): They have a few English games (card boxed and board games). But I was pleasantly surprised one day when they had Andrenaline in there before the UK did !). Calle Donoso Cortés, Madrid.
7.Goblin Trader: (www.Goblintrader.es): Ok before you flame me this is perhaps the biggest gaming shop (Calle Fuentes, Madrid) in Madrid and it's good BUT I'm focusing on English Board games mostly and there are a few but they are in a minority. They have some English MTG stuff there also. Now on the subject of Wargaming and minis (Malifaux, Warhammer, Infinity etc) .. this is the NUMBER ONE shop in Madrid for Wargaming and minis, go down stairs and you will be VERY impressed. Also it has a big gaming play area. Calle Enrique Fuentes (main branch). The other branch I've been to once, it's smaller, I think it's called Goblin Trader Norte, around the Ursula area (can be a little dogdy at night if you stray from the main roads !) but very good, I picked up some scenery there for wargaming, some Warhammer 40k also).
8. Arte 9 (www.arte9.com) :. Board games down stairs, almost all in Spanish though. They have some Warhammer and they are good on Magic The Gathering also I noticed and have a play area. Calle Doctor Esquerdo, Madrid. I think they have a smaller shop in the Center which oddly seemed to have more English version board games when I last looked Calle de la Cruz, Madrid (www.arte9cruz.com).
8.5 Padis: (www.padis-store.com): Ouch !!! I missed out Padis .. a very good shop for Fantasy Flight Games collectables and card games in general they have Netrunner / Game of Thrones LCGs in English and in Spanish. Also
they have the odd English board game for example Doomtown and expansions plus they can can get you Ameritrash games in store if you pre-order them.
9. Quimera: (www.quimeraminiaturas.blogspot.com.es):
They have a few English board games but this shop is mainly focused on Wargaming e.g. Warhammer, Flames of War, Warlord Games, Infinity etc in English ! Calle de Jorge Juan, Madrid
10. El Mono Araña: (www.elmono-araña.com): A nice shop just a little outside of the center of town, upstairs they have a nice small selection of English Ameritrash games). I even noticed Conan by Monolith selling there the other week so respect for that.). Calle Peñuelas, Madrid.
10. 100 doblones (www.100doblones.com) Ok this is an interesting one but worth checking out. It's actually not a high street shop but it's bang in the center of the city and it's more like an apartment cramed with board games, I wonder if it's excess stock from other shops, I'm not sure. But you could pick up some gems there in English language version. Also NOTE it's important that you ring up the guy before you go there as sometimes he is not in, it's like an apartment in Spain so he'll buzz you in. Make sure you get his apartment no. before you go to avoid confusion. Also he often has more stock than he lists on his site. Calle Montera, Madrid.
11. NAIPE Juegos (www.naipejuegos.com/naipejuegos.php) More of a traditionalists board game shop (wooden chess sets etc) but they have some English board games, I think I noticed Axis & Allies and I picked up Formula D from there. Calle de Meléndez Valdés, Madrid.
12. Metropolis Center: (www.mtgmetropolis.com): OK before you try and flame me again note that I would say that this is the number one collectable card games shop in Madrid with Magic The Gathering etc, you can buy individual cards or complete sets, it's really great for that and has a nice big play area but for English board games, there are only the odd few. Calle Espejo, Madrid.
13. Mi Tesoro: (www.mitesorojuegos.com) Ok, this is a bit out of the way (not central) and small but worth checking out if you got the time and can get there in car or public transport. I picked up Splendor and saw Roboralley there a couple of years ago which I didn't see anywhere else.
Calle Marroquina, Madrid.
14. Zacatrus: (www.zacatrus.es): A fantastic shop for SPANISH language boardgames Ameritrash etc but I would say that only around 2% of their games or less are English version. These guys are important though they helped publish the Spanish version of 10 To Kill for example. Calle de Fernández de los Rios, Madrid.
15. Don Juego y Don Puzzle S.L.: (www.donjuego.es) More of a traditional games (wooden or otherwise, poker cards etc) shop they had a couple of Ameritrash English games. Calle de Alcalá,Madrid
16. J de Juegos: (www.jdejuegos.net) I've never been in so I shouldn't comment but I am including it for completion purposes. Looks similar to say NAIPE Juegoes.. correct me if I am wrong. Calle de Menorca, Madrid. I think they have another shop outside of central Madrid in Alcobendas but I have never been so maybe worth checking out.
17. La Flecha Negra: (www.laflechanegraminiaturas.com) this is a Wargaming miniatures HEAVY gaming shop but worth a mention. Not many (any!) boardgames in there though such as Talisman though ! Calle Jorge Juan, Madrid.
18. Tienda ITACA: (www.tiendaitaca.com) . This is a small shop which is very HEAVY on Magic The Gathering in English also)with frequent games etc Their website claims to have some board games (mostly all Spanish) but when I went there and asked over a year ago they said they had no English board games. That may have changed since I went there last. Calle de Andres Mellado, Madrid.
19. Games Workshop (www.gamesworkshop.com): Again don't flame me for this .. I have all the latest Warhammer 40K stuff etc. But they don't stock non Games Workshop boardgames. Games Workshop will be probably focusing on boardgames more after having the GW license returned to them from Fantasy Flight Games recently so this will probably move up the ranks. Excellent cervice in the 2 shops I went to though. Calle Andres Mellado, Calle Duque de Sesto, Calle Panama, all 3 in Madrid
Also honourable mentions go to non physical shops, (Web site and Online ONLY with the business around the Madrid area):
Mas Que Oca: (www.masqueoca.com), they stock quite a few English version board games online on their web store, also they are important as they help publish Spanish versions of games such as KeyFlower.
Tablerum: (www.tablerum), ok mostly Spanish versions of Ameritrash games which is a pity for me BUT when you get lucky and an Ameritrash game is mutli-language e.g. Zombicide these guys were fast to get the stock in and good to deliver locally.
War gaming Madrid (central) Top x shops. (WITH BIAS TOWARDS ENGLISH LANGAUGE WAR GAMES - typically with minis)
Now I promised to rank the physical shops in terms of WAR GAMING also (note that the list above was more for Board games / card games with an Ameritrash bias) so here are the top in Madrid (in my opinion). Also learn that I am not a big War gamer, Warhammer 40K, Malifaux, Warmachine and Hordes, Infinity and Kings of War are the ones that I own and am not planning on expanding my collection on those. So for War Gaming in Madrid (and I am considering their in store gaming areas not just stock):
1. Goblin Trader (massive play area and minis focused e.g. Warhammer, Malifaux, Warmachine / Hordes, Warlord Games, Dropzone Commander, Flames of War, not many war board games though).
2. Quimera (large(ish) gaming room downstairs, lots of Warhammer, Flames of War, big on military themed minis and scenery etc)
3. Atlantica Juegos (Great stockist of War minis, many historical minis and possibly the largest Wargaming BOARD GAME section in Madrid but no play area for gamers visible).
4. Games Workshop (they're great if it's a GW product only and if that is your bag then straight to rank no.1 instead !!!).
5. La Flecha Negra / Arte 9 (Fletcha negra has minis almost 100% for war games .. historical and fantasy, no WAR BOARD GAMES in sight), Arte 9 tends to have some Warhammer stuff in stock for wargames
not much in the way of board games that are war themed.
6. A mention must be made of Generacion X for which the Calle Puebla branch and also the Carranza branch (also on Calle Sagasta) have small but interesting sections with board games that are WAR THEMED !
And that is all. I apologise if I have left someone out in CENTRAL MADRID or made any errors.. note that I do not cover physical shops outside of Central Madrid in the suburbs (for example Majadahonda) as I've never been to these places but feel free to disagree with my rankings and include other shops just outside of cnetral Madrid and throw your opinions in there or just plain correct me and I will edit this post.
As a final note I must mention the great online stores that Spain has to offer, which are great if you just can't get to the physical stores. I would advise you make small orders first to figure out how good delivery is in your local area and then take it from there.. I won't mention my favourites for Madrid but many can be found advertised via general board gaming websites these being:
www.labsk.net (look to the left under heading "Tiendas amigas")
www.muevecubos.com (look under heading "Tiendas Patrocinadoras" or perform a search for a game you know and look at the results for online stores that stock that item).
www.darkstone.es (look under heading "Colaboradores")
Enjoy ... !! dfernand
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