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mike hibbert
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Wahay! I'm coming to the US next weekend (21st Oct) - 5 days in New York and 5 in Boston, so where's the best place to get some games??

What are the best stores around - I'm really going to need some retail therapy so while the current Mrs H is buying up most of Bloomingdales, I may as well make myself scarce and visit some game stores!

Also, I fancy taking in a Football game or Basketball, how would I go about getting some tickets - or is that booked up months in advance?

Cheers

Mike
 
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I'll let the current New Yorkers answer that end of the question (I haven't lived there in over a decade).

As far as Boston Game Shops, the 2 I would probably check out are:

The Games People Play, located in Cambridge (right across the river near Harvard Square).
Danger Planet, located in Waltham (10-15 minutes outside the city).

You might also want to throw up a post on the Unity Games Group. http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Unity_Games/

There are lots of local gamers in the area that would probably welcome a visitor if you wanted to play in addition shop.

As far as the sporting events, Professional Football in both cities is likely sold out. The exhibition/pre-season is just starting for Basketball, so cheap tickets are likely available in both cities. You may be able to find a college football game with tickets available.
 
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Hey Mike,

There are two FLGS that are worth checking out in New York City:

1) Compleat Strategist
http://www.thecompleatstrategist.com/
11 East 33rd Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
212-685-3880

2) Neutral Ground
http://neutralground.com/
122 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-633-1288

Both have relatively high prices, but are still fun to browse. Compleat Strategist is a smaller store, but is packed to the gills with stuff. Compleat probably has a better eurogame selection, plus a bunch of minis/rpg stuff. Neutral Ground is much bigger, with a huge space to play games, but a lot of people playing CCGs.

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As for football and basketball:

1) Football tickets are very hard to get. There are only 8 home games per season in football, and most teams sell out the entire stadium in season tickets, so you can't just buy a single game ticket. However, I have successfully purchased football tickets on EBay, but they are expensive. You should check the shedules for the Giants and Jets, and look on EBay for tickets, but they will not be cheap. Not sure what price you were expecting but it'll definitely be over $100 per ticket unfortunately. Football is great but not enough games to make it really afordable.

2) The basketball season doesn't begin until November unfortunately (http://www.nba.com/knicks/schedule/). You could go to a "preseason" game, but those aren't quite as exciting since they don't matter, but it's still maybe better than nothing.


Have a great trip
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Definitely go to the Compleat Strategist in New York (there's one in Boston, too, but New York's has far more to choose from). Knowledgable and friendly. The New York one is within walking distance of Madison Square Gardens (if you're seeing a game there), some of the major shopping areas like Macy's, and the Empire State Building.

Link to their page with locations:
http://www.thecompleatstrategist.com/index.asp?PAGEACTION=CO...

In Boston, besides the Compleat Strategist, check out The Games People Play on 1100 Massachusettes Ave (also known as Mass Ave if someone gives directions) in Cambridge. It's within walking distance of the T-stop (the train system in Boston, the best way to get around there) for Cambridge Square on the red line (I can't remember if that's the exact stop name or not, it might be Harvard Yard, too? It's been a while.) and you get to see the Harvard area along the way. Very scenic, especially in the fall (and there's some non-game shopping there for the wife too). Not as large a selection as New York's Compleat Strategist, but friendly staff, nice atmosphere, and specialists in the game Go.

Have fun!
 
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Welcome to America! For the sports tickets try www.stubhub.com. It's a website where fans who have tickets for games, but cannot go, sell their tickets. It's often less expensive than trying to by tickets through ticket agencies. If you have a choice go with a football game!
 
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gpren wrote:
Welcome to America! For the sports tickets try www.stubhub.com. It's a website where fans who have tickets for games, but cannot go, sell their tickets. It's often less expensive than trying to by tickets through ticket agencies. If you have a choice go with a football game!

When I was in NY I got Yankee tickets this way and it worked fine. I also visited the two game stores mentioned and they were well worth checking out.
 
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1) Adam Smiles had a good idea with college football, that may be the way to go. College football can be very high caliber if you see a good school play, and should be easier to get tickets than a professional game, and cheaper. Since I don't go to a school with a particularly good team, maybe someone around here can give more info on seeing a Boston College game or something like that, and on ticket availability.

2) If you want to play games too, there are two clubs in NYC that I know about that may or may not line up with your dates. There is a NYC Boardgame & Cardgame Meetup every other Thursday from 6pm to Midnight that meets at Neutral Ground (http://boardgames.meetup.com/23/). This one probably doesn't line up with your dates unfortunately though because the last meeting was October 5th and the next one is October 19th, followed by November 2nd I believe. The other club is one I started a few years ago at Columbia Law School, but is now about half-columbia, half-everyone else, so it's pretty open. We meet every other Friday from 7pm to Midnight up at 116th Street and Amsterdam (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/csss/). We meet on the alternate weeks of the Neutral Ground club, so our meetings are October 13th followed by October 27th. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there.

Finally, the recommendations of Stub Hub are definitely worth checking out for tickets, but personally I've found better deals on EBay myself.
 
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Thommy8 wrote:

Both have relatively high prices, but are still fun to browse. Compleat Strategist is a smaller store, but is packed to the gills with stuff. Compleat probably has a better eurogame selection, plus a bunch of minis/rpg stuff. Neutral Ground is much bigger, with a huge space to play games, but a lot of people playing CCGs.


Yeah, you aren't going to find internet prices at any local places, but it's still probably going to be cheaper than shipping overseas. And I don't mind paying full price to retailers with good attitudes (just helps increase the hobby which increases the demand for games which increases the number of games to choose from).

The Compleat Strategist has something about becoming a member and a discount on their website, I'm not sure what that's about, but it might be worth checking out before you leave.

Have a great trip!
 
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Slightly OT, but if you are going to do some touristy things in NYC, might I suggest the Top of the Rock (http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/). Ever since 9/11, the Empire State Building has taken over full duties of those desiring to see the skyline from way up high.

Rockefeller Center recently opened a new, open air observatory that is simply stunning (especially at night)... and a lot less crowded.
 
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FLGS:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/120302
http://www.gamestoredb.com/
 
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fun to check out other game stores,

but if you know where you're staying, order online from a US retailer and have them ship to the hotel you'll be staying at. Then you save on the online order, save on shipping, and take advantage of exchange rates.

have fun,
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Thanks to all that have replied, I will certainly have a look at the stores you suggest!

It's a shame we are unlikely to be able to see a game (football or basketball), but never mind, I'm sure there will be loads more stuff to see!

I like the idea of the Rockefeller centre at night - so will have to go there!

Thanks all!

Mike
 
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Hey there
I am gonna come at NY at 8-18/4/2015

Any suggestions of stores or gamming nights its was accepted.
I also check out that on this thread.
For something new or if you want something from Greece gm me.
I am coming with empty baggage
 
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