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ChokSien Hiew
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Does anyone know any good game stores in Manila, Philippines? So far I have only found one called Hobbes at Greenbelt 3 shopping centre, but they do not sell very many German games.
 
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Ramon Garcia
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There's one in Powerplant Mall... Same level as the toy store, off to the side of the elevator. No Euros as far as I can tell. Lots of Heroscape, then mostly Monopoly and the other easier-to-find games.

I went there twice then decided to buy online instead.
 
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Thank you for the quick reply. I found one store at Glorietta called Neutral Grounds. They sell mainly CCGs though. They do have a few boardgames, not many, much less than Hobbes. But the games are a bit expensive.
 
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Ramon Garcia
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You're right, most stores will only sell CCG's, Neutral Grounds, in particular, happens to be the local distributor for Magic: the Gathering. Today I went to Toys R' Us in Robinson's Galleria, haven't been to that mall in years... They had: Twilight Imperium, Descent, Axis and Allies and a few others I couldn't recognize as well as some miniature games. Again, no Euros (as far as what I know about Euros is concerned). Sorry I couldn't investigate further as I was in a rush and just had to buy a stuffed toy for a neice's birthday. They also had a few party games and a lot of Heroscape in a separate section.

If you're going to be in country for a while, in the next few months I will be putting up a gaming store and I intend to sell more board games than anyone else as well as offer a play area. There's also a thread in the Philippines forums here from a group of wargamers with weekly games if you're interested in that: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/151497.

You'll notice by the overwhelming number of threads in the Philippines forum how popular board gaming is in the country.
 
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Thank you. Unfortunately I'm only in Manila for a short period. But I will likely come again in future. Hopefully I will have a chance to visit your game store then.

I did find the wargamers thread, but I'm not much of a wargamer. I've only played the very light end of wargames, like Axis & Allies, Hammer of the Scots. So I did not get in touch with the group.
 
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Leo Castillo
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Hey there! I get my board games from Hobbes/Landes. They're in Podium, Powerplant, Shangri-La Mall, Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Town Center, and Greenbelt 3.

Leo
 
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Thanks. I've been to the one at Greenbelt 3. They do have many games, but not that many Eurogames. Do you know whether the other branches have wider (or smaller) selections?
 
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Leo Castillo
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The store with the biggest selection would probably be the one in Bonifacio High Street, right next to Krispy Kreme. That's where I found my Ticket to Ride Marklin.

You can find Settlers, Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Cleopatra, and Memoir 44 there, among others. I saw Princes of Florence there before, thought of buying it, when I got back someone beat me to it. :-(

It's not a substantial collection, but probably the widest you can get in this country. Check it out.

Leo
 
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Kevin Bourrillion
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These stores exist, but to get to them, you have to pay 3 pesos and place your accomplice on the correct space.
 
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Ramon Garcia
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You obviously haven't been here in a while, it's actually 7 pesos now.
 
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ChokSien Hiew
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I actually went to Krispy Kreme at Bonifacio High Street but didn't realise there was a Hobbes next door. Maybe because it was in the evening. Anyhow thank you and I hope to be able to visit more boardgame stores next time I visit, likely next month.

Ramon, please do let me know (on this post) when you start your game store.
 
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Will do, but by next month, we'll only be doing CCG's in a small shop in an obscure part of town . Major shop won't happen for a while yet.
 
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Wilbert Ng
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Some members in the Pinoy based community site TabletopWars.com sells hobby games. I myself frequently buy games abroad and accept orders too. This way everyone saves on shipping cost. If you are in the Philippines and is interested, please do check out http://www.tabletopwars.com.
 
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