Scott M.
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Hello My brothers across the pond!...

I will be traveling on vacation in the next few months to Edinburgh and Dublin.

What game stores are in each of those cities i should visit. Actually i would like to now of any stores in each city so i can research ahead of time if they have something in stock that i cant seem to get here in the USA w/o paying an arm and a leg for in shipping.

THANKS!..
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Buy online and get delivery to your hotel would be my suggestion. Shipping inside the UK (no idea about Ireland) is cheap: £4 or £6 ($7 - $15) will get you one to three or four games. Next day delivery sometimes, two days mostly.

You could maybe bring some stuff with you and do a trade

Edit: there is a wiki somewhere listing all UK online stores. I was hoping to link to it - but I can't find it!!!! I'm sure someone else will post a link though*. You will find most games more expensive over here though, I think. But doing a trade with stuff that's prohibitively expensive over here (like the AoI Maps in the BGG store because of shipping) could work!

*Having said that, try boardgameprices.co.uk - they link to most of the best online stores.

Edit2: Try posting in the 'England' forum too.

Edit3: found it: https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/UK_faq
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I was in Dublin a few months ago and there is a place called Gamer's World (gamersworlddublin). It was decent enough, and while I did see plenty of modern-era board games, it wasn't anything you couldn't easily get here. I think enoon's suggestion may be the way to go if you're looking for hard to find stuff.
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Nothing to do with boardgame vendors but I highly suggest spending ample time outdoors in Edinburgh. Tons of fantastic sights and experiences from hiking Arthur's Seat to the Royal Mile area, the castles and on and on.

And if you venture off the beaten path you never know what you will find....
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jacob4408 wrote:
... I highly suggest spending ample time outdoors in Edinburgh ...
Not if you want to meet Scots. It rains most of the time, so they stay indoors. When when it IS sunny, being Gingers, the British Government has decreed that they must avoid harmful UV and stay stay indoors until sunset ... what nearly won the Independence referendum was a pledge by the Scottish Nationalist Party to offer free sunscreen on demand from March to the end of October to anyone born in Scotland.

When they do come out in the dark, please note that not everyone wearing a skirt is a woman ...

Haggis shooting is great fun. You can hire a shotgun and go for a day to the hills. Make sure you tell the hirer exactly where you are going, as some Haggises have their left legs shorter than their right (and the others vice versa), so you need a specially-designed shotgun to hit them as they can only run in one direction (clockwise or anticlockwise) around the hilltops. If you take a clockwise gun to an anticlockwise colony or vice versa) you'll never hit one, and the locals will all be laughing at you as they have their tea in their Bothies. A good Ghillie will help you bag a few ... he'll probably take you to see Mr Morrison or Mr Sainsbury.
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jacob4408 wrote:
Nothing to do with boardgame vendors but I highly suggest spending ample time outdoors in Edinburgh. Tons of fantastic sights and experiences from hiking Arthur's Seat to the Royal Mile area, the castles and on and on.

And if you venture off the beaten path you never know what you will find....
Oh yes, We are absolutley doing the Royal mile. Also got a castle tour to Alnewic (hogwarts). And a day up in Sterling.
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There is Black Lion Games www.black-lion.co.uk/ in Edinburgh. I can't say the selection there is fantastic! Also the Games Hub https://www.facebook.com/GamesHubEdinburgh if you want to meet some gamers and play something. There's also a new shop near there, specialising in figures I think, but I haven't been there so am not sure.

There are a couple of games shops in Glasgow and a new one in Hamilton if you happen to be going in that direction. But I have to say that I would focus on history and scenery, not games shops as you probably have more of the latter and less of the former in your home country!!
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I've been to Edinburgh a few times, most recently the year before last, and it certainly is well worth seeing! Edinburgh Games Hub is very pleasant, a good little board game cafe. Black Lion Games is a small FLGS, nice but unlikely to have much you couldn't get easily at home.

If you're doing the Royal Mile, something I discovered last time I was there is The Real Mary King's Close -- a tourist attraction that's a bit different and tells you quite a bit about Edinburgh's history.

In Dublin, Gamer's World is also small, nice but unlikely to have much you can't get at home. Apparently there are gamers who meet every Tuesday in Thomas Read's pub on the corner of Dame St and Parliament St (I haven't been so can't comment). Those 2 places are not much more than 5 minutes' walk apart, and in between is Temple Bar, a heaving tourist den. If you like beer, check out the Porterhouse on Parliament St, which is a pub and microbrewery!

As enoon mentioned, buying online might be cheaper, and more likely to have something you can't easily get in the US. Ginger Games in Northern Ireland will probably have cheaper postage to Dublin, whereas Games Lore or BoardGameGuru have bigger selections.

Posting in the forums for Ireland and Scotland might get you more up-to-date information!
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Hi Scott,

Don't have much advice for the gaming side of things, but I was in both cities a few months ago.

Walking around Edinburgh is a joy, if you're physically up to it. Like Mark, I also recommend Real Mary King's close - it was quite enjoyable and is right on the royal mile. While expensive, you could spend all day in Edinburgh Castle. Dublin Castle is also an amazing tour. I hope you have a great trip!

-Brendan

 
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