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I'm going to be in Cambridge, MA next week, close to MIT, for training. Are there any convenient game stores near there? I won't have a car, so walking distance is preferred....

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The classic store is "The Games People Play". I remember paying $48 there for a brand-new copy of McMulti back around 1985, when there were no stores in the US selling this kind of games.

It's a full-price FLGS, but it's definitely worth a visit. Here's a link:

http://www.thegamespeopleplaycambridge.com/
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There's also the Compleat Strategist across the river in Boston (201 Mass Ave.) - maybe a 20-30 minute walk from MIT (or take the #1 bus). Realtively small store and I haven't been there in years but they had a nice selection of wargames among other fare.
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There's Pandemonium at Central Square. It's great for Euro type games.

If you are doing training and have some time off, Wednesdays are board gaming at Pandemonium, from about 7 till 11 and Fridays at MIT, 7 till when we want to quit, generally 12-3, or never if we're playing titan.

If I remember correctly, there's also one in Coolidge Corner too. I haven't been to that store in a while, and don't remember the name, but they do board gaming at the holiday in every other tuesday I believe.

Those two, plus the two previously mentioned are the board game stores I visit. if you want CCGs, there's Your Move Games in Davis Square. It's also home to Battle Ground, I hope I got the name of the game right.

that should be enough for you to get your gaming fix I hope!
 
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Oh, About walking distance, most things are T-accessible, meaning that you can use the public transport system to get to these places. Get a t-map at one of the stations, most likely Park, Kenmore, Downtown Crossing, or South Station. None of these stores are more than about a 5 minute walk.
 
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skink wrote:
There's also the Compleat Strategist across the river in Boston (201 Mass Ave.) - maybe a 20-30 minute walk from MIT (or take the #1 bus). Realtively small store and I haven't been there in years but they had a nice selection of wargames among other fare.

Thumbs up to the Compleat Strategist. Not only do they have a good selection, but they're very helpful and knowledgeable.
 
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I'd say Pandemonium and Compleat Strategist are your best bets. Very good selection and great customer service. Games People Play has a nice selection, but I (and others I know) have had numerous customer service issues with them.

Compleat Strategist lacks good evening hours though. Plus, Pandemonium is closest/most accessible from MIT (#1 bus to Central Square or Red Line to Central Square).
 
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In Waltham you have Danger Planet. great store.
 
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Rappak wrote:
if you want CCGs, there's Your Move Games in Davis Square. It's also home to Battle Ground, I hope I got the name of the game right.
Battleground

They also have a moderate selection of boardgames, RPGs, and such in their store.
 
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That's pretty much the list. All great places (for different reasons).

Right near by (and all easily accessed w/o transfer from bus or T from MIT):
The Games People Play
Pandemonium
The Complete Strategist

A bit farther away:
Danger Planet
 
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Prestonisnormal wrote:
In Waltham you have Danger Planet. great store.

Yep, and gaming every evening. Check out their website (included above somewhere). Not super convenient from the MIT area but you can take the commuter rail (Fitchburg line, outbound from North Station in Boston) to the Waltham stop and it's about half a mile down Moody Street. There must be a bus, too.
 
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Do any of the above mentioned stores actually discount their games at all? I'm taking a trip next week from Boston, MA up through Portland ME and I'd love to stop at some of these stores.

I'll stop regardless, but put special emphasis on any that might potentially offer a good deal.

Thanks!
 
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Pandemonium has a 25 dollar store credit when you buy 250 dollars worth of merchantdise. I think Your moves does have something, but I completely forgot, I think a 10% discount if you spend 100 dollars.
 
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The one in Coolidge Corner is www.eurekapuzzles.com. I've never visited, but I get the impression from the website that they aren't strictly gaming, but also lots of puzzly things too. But they appeared to have a fairly nice selection of the right kinds of games too. So, ymmv. Check out the site first. (Coolidge Corner would be Red line at Kendall/MIT in to Park and switch to the Green line out ... B or C? I forget: http://www.mbta.com.)

As far as Your Move Games in Davis goes: it's not much of a destination shop for tourists unless you are looking for something in particular and you've called ahead and they have it. Small euro selection. Pretty extensive Warhammer selection though. http://www.yourmovegames.com/
 
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Coolidge corner is C line, which is the Green line.
 
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I'm in the Boston Metro area just off the Turnpike so this is a great thread to help me figure a quick trip to get to Pandemonium and the Strategist.
 
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Dujo wrote:
The one in Coolidge Corner is www.eurekapuzzles.com. I've never visited, but I get the impression from the website that they aren't strictly gaming, but also lots of puzzly things too. But they appeared to have a fairly nice selection of the right kinds of games too. So, ymmv. Check out the site first. (Coolidge Corner would be Red line at Kendall/MIT in to Park and switch to the Green line out ... B or C? I forget: http://www.mbta.com.)

I stopped by Eureka a few months ago when I went back to visit Boston, and while I definitely would have loved it had it been around when I was going to school in the area, I don't know if it's really a "destination" store. It's very small, with no playing area, but the staff was helpful, and they had a pretty good selection of games, mostly Euros.

Also puzzles and such, but I sort of ignored that.
 
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Rappak wrote:
Pandemonium has a 25 dollar store credit when you buy 250 dollars worth of merchantdise. I think Your moves does have something, but I completely forgot, I think a 10% discount if you spend 100 dollars.

Your Move also gives you a 25% discount if you have them order something that's not in stock, that they don't ordinarily carry. That was a couple of years ago, they may have changed policies since then. And obviously it doesn't help people passing through. :-)
 
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Rappak wrote:
Oh, About walking distance, most things are T-accessible, meaning that you can use the public transport system to get to these places. Get a t-map at one of the stations, most likely Park, Kenmore, Downtown Crossing, or South Station. None of these stores are more than about a 5 minute walk.

The kids and I had a great time yesterday pretty much riding the T starting a block away from Pandemonium at Central Square (Red Line) riding to Park and transferring to Green Line (Riverside route) west to Hynes station and then a short couple couple blocks south to the Strategist.

Pretty cool train trip for everyone. I grew up NYC subway and I've only seen trolley-style trains (on the Green Line) in Toronto. Cool ride - open air on the bridge over the Charles, too. We (Queens) New Yorkers are all familiar with always riding under the river and my Manhattan to Brooklyn trips were almost never over the lower east side bridges (Coney Island trips we under the river to on the F line).

Anyhow, it might've put me in the mood for railroad games because I was ogling Age of Steam expansion maps and I don't even have the game yet. My kids and I were treated very friendly at both stores. Lunch was at Spike's burger joint on Boylston (off of Mass) looking at the fence off of Rt. 90.
 
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