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Neil Barman
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Hi,

I'll be traveling to Portland, OR in the next couple of weeks and would like to check out a games store or two there. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Ideally I'd prefer if they were downtown, but if there's an exceptional one I'd drive out of town a bit for it. (ie. I've heard rumors of a great one - Rainy Day Games - in Aloha, OR west of Portland but it's a fair drive out of downtown. However, if it's great, I'd go.)

Anyway, any recommendations that people may have would be most appreciated.

Thanks!
-Neil
 
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Ryan Smith
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As someone who lived in Beaverton (West side of Portland) I will HIGHLY recommend Rainy Day Games. Our gaming group used to meet there once a week on Monday's, and I didn't miss a one for about a year.

And really, it isn't that far from downtown, just head west, get on Hwy 26 and drive through the tunnel, 8 minutes later on 26 you will take the 185th street exit, drive down 185th for 6 minutes or so and take a quick left on TV highway, there you are!

Beaverton/Aloha really isn't that far from downtown, unless you are trying to do it at rush hour (the tunnel can get kind of ugly).
 
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Jeremy Clifford
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I also recommend Rainy Day games... and you should check out Amazing Stories in Vancouver, WA

http://amazingstories.biz/

And there is also Ancient Wonders in Tualatin, OR (not far from Portland)

http://www.ancientwonders.net/index2.ivnu

 
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True Blue Jon
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I hear the thrift stores in the area are really good.
 
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There are not any game stores downtown. Other than the ones already mentioned, there's also Bridgetown Hobbies on 33rd and Sandy. It's probably the closest to downtown by actual distance.

http://bthobbies.com/
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Guardian Games is downtown-ish.
 
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Guardian games is as close as you'll get to a "downtown" store. It's almost under the Burnside bridge and probably just a few minutes of driving from downtown. They have a very good selection of new and used games. Lots of Euros and a few wargames along with miniatures, CCG's, and RPG stuff.
 
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HazMatt wrote:
There are not any game stores downtown. Other than the ones already mentioned, there's also Bridgetown Hobbies on 33rd and Sandy. It's probably the closest to downtown by actual distance.

http://bthobbies.com/

I'll heartily second Bridgetown Hobbies. Guardian Games and Rainy Day Games are good stores, but Bridgetown (or Military Corner for us life long Portlanders) has the most knowledgeable staff by far. And they have a great selection, and they're a FLGS that's weathered at least 30+ years in the business.

I don't buy a whole lot from brick and morter stores these days, but Bridgetown almost always gets my business when I do.

And it's easily accessible from downtown by bus.
 
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quozl wrote:
I hear the thrift stores in the area are really good.

No, Portland thrift stores are awful. We all go to Vancouver, WA for all our thrifting...
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For boardgames in general, I would strongly recommend Rainy Day Games. It has the best selection of Eurogames, family games, and "Ameritrash" that I've seen locally. Its only weakness is that its selection of wargames is minimal.

If you're interested in minis or RPGs, you might want to check out Bridgetown Hobbies. They carry a better selection of RPGs than the other stores I've visited, have (I think - I don't pay a lot of attention to minis) a marginally better selection of the more popular minis games (e.g., Games Workshop), and carry minis and rules for a number of less popular games. They're also the only store to carry anything resembling a decent selection of wargames.

Guardian Games is not bad, but not nearly as good as the other two stores. Its main advantages are that it's almost downtown, and that it's the only one of the three to carry much in the way of used games.
 
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Hi Neil!

Welcome to PDX! If you want to come play with some Portland Geeks while you're in town many of us play at Guardian Games every other Sunday (the next one is Aug. 24th) and every Thursday at the Lucky Lab. (Both are close to downtown.) You can find more info (like times and exact locations) at this meetup link for Portland gamers:

http://boardgames.meetup.com/306/

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artfuldodge2 wrote:
No, Portland thrift stores are awful. We all go to Vancouver, WA for all our thrifting...

Yeah, come to my house for thrifting.
 
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Walt Mulder wrote:
Guardian games is as close as you'll get to a "downtown" store. It's almost under the Burnside bridge and probably just a few minutes of driving from downtown. They have a very good selection of new and used games. Lots of Euros and a few wargames along with miniatures, CCG's, and RPG stuff.

+1 - and it's where the Portland Board Gamers group meets every other sunday for gaming. Lots of fun.
 
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If you're going to be here for a couple of weeks drop in on some of the local game nights and show us some of those sneaky Canadian moves!
 
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