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Dan Conley
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Hi, All! Will likely be visiting Portland sometime before too much longer as one of our sons and his wife will be moving there this summer. If our other son and HIS wife (along with our two young grandkids) move there as well, we could end up moving there ourselves!

At any rate, I'll be looking for a good FLGS in Portland. I also do some comic book reading, so I'll be in the market for a comic shop as well. I don't need one-stop shopping for both, so a separate game shop and comic shop would be just fine.

What do you recommend? My definition of "good" shops would include friendly and knowledgeable staff, a well-lit and fairly organized environment, sizeable gaming area in the game shop, and hopefully decent neighborhoods!

THANKS!
 
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Here is a good start:

http://www.rainy-day-games.com/

They also host an excellent game auction/ game day every October:

http://calendar.rainy-day-games.com/view_entry.php?id=2316&d...
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Guardian games is one of the largest in the metro area.
http://www.ggportland.com/
Rainy Day Games in Aloha is also very good and supportive of gamers.
http://www.rainy-day-games.com/index.html
Bridgetown Hobby on Sandy has a fair selection of boardgames as well as models and other hobby items.

All three support gaming special events. Portland has a large gaming contingent. Check out the upcoming Gamestorm Convention later this month as well.
http://gamestorm.org/
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I can highly recommend Guardian Games. On the whole their staff isn't "super" knowledgeable about board games (they seem to be more into CCGs and Minis than anything)(also, not everyone can surf bgg all day) but they are very nice and helpful. The store has a huge selection though and they have a discount day every other Sunday. They also have a ton of play space and even serve beer/malt beverages on many nights.

A pretty comprehensive list of everything boardgame related in Portland (stores, meetups, etc) can be found on our guild page Portland, OR, USA.

As for comics; I'm not super into them but I did buy a couple once and I went to Excalibur Comics http://excaliburcomics.net/, it seemed like a nice place. Powell's World of Books (The local new/used books megastore) doesn't have single issues but they have a ton of the reprinted bookform comics/graphic novels. In any case, if you like books at all, you should visit Powell's, it is an amazing place.
 
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Another smaller one is:
http://cloudcapgames.com/
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I second the recommendation of Rainy Day Games.

Also consider Portal Games (http://portalgamespdx.com/), which is a relatively new game shop that has opened right in the downtown area, several blocks from Pioneer Square. I've only been in the place once so far, so can't really give a recommendation one way or the other, besides noting that it seemed rather small.
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Portal Games has a pretty good size play area but a really tiny boardgame selection. They have plenty of MtG cards though if you are looking for that.

Guardian is in the central eastside industrial district but I wouldn't say it's a particularly dangerous area. It can be a little creepy at night if you go a few blocks from the shop as it's just deserted industrial area. There is usually a fair amount of activity near the shop though.

You also might check out Cloud Cap Games (http://cloudcapgames.com/), they are a really nice little shop in Sellwood. I've not actually been inside but everything I have heard is positive and Sellwood is a really nice neighborhood.
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Thanks, everyone! I'm not into CCG's anymore, having gone to boardgames and wargames over the years.

Also don't mean to be a sissy on the whole neighborhood topic! We currently live in a small Ohio village, so the thought of moving to a city of some 600,00 is pretty daunting in and of itself. surprise So, while I don't necessarily need to shop for my games in a mall, I guess I'd be disinclined to be out gaming at night if the area was TOO questionable.

Thanks again for all the help!
 
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Thought I'd post a long overdue update re. my Portland visit.

First off, I LOVE Portland! Very cool vibe all the way around. Love all the indie businesses.

We did visit the downtown location of Powell's World of Books...amazing! Their Hawthorne store is a short walk away from the kids' apartment, so I was in there three times in a 4-day stay!!!

Had a heckuva time finding Guardian Games, but we finally did. Got there shortly after they opened. Staff was pretty busy when I first arrived with CCG questions and someone selling cards, but they did get around to asking if they could help me when they could. Fantastic selection of games and a nice play space! Neighborhood is a tad sketchy, so I don't know if I'd want to be there for a real late night game session. But I certainly wasn't uncomfortable there at all.

Also visited Excalibur Comics over on Hawthorne. VERY nice fellow running the place! We were made to feel welcomed as we were nearly anywhere we went.

Guess I felt compelled to post a follow-up at this time since we just found out that our timeframe for possibly relocating to Portland has likely been moved up! If we could pull it off, we might even go THIS summer, but my wife is having knee replacement surgery next month, so that won't happen. Next summer seems like it could be a done deal.

Many thanks to all of you who chimed in here. I hope to visit those other shops on my next visit and/or once I'm a resident!
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