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John Sheppard
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Can someone make a recommendation? Traveling from Seattle and want to find agood place.
 
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Mindy G
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Are you looking to shop or play, or both?

ETA: The Portland Guild has a good list of weekly gaming events and stores
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/60
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Max Maloney
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I recommend Guardian Games, close to the center of town.

www.ggportland.com
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Robert Beachler
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Really depends on what area of town you'll be heading to but Guardian Games is good stuff as are Red Castle and Cloud Cap. My closest local shop down here in Wilsonville is Hobbytown USA and the owner is a big game guy and has a solid selection. When a buddy got many of his games stolen out of his car the owner Jesse let him replace a lot for cost. That is the epitome of "F" in friendly.
 
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Rob "Bodhi" Wolff
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Parroting what others are saying -- it depends on where, in Portland, you'll be.

But if you're looking for more than your average game store ...

... I absolutely adore Guardian Games. Licensed play area (which is nice when you want to play with just adults), added bonus in that they have Guinness available, and a very solid library of games to play.

Pretty much everything you're looking for in your gaming experience can be had at Guardian.
 
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Brian Brokaw
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If you are going to be in the west suburbs, I would highly recommend stopping at Rainy Day Games:
http://www.rainy-day-games.com
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Dale Braun
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+1 for Rainy Day Games!
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Paul K.
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Huge supporter of Guardian Games (plus until the 31st you can get 30% off basically anything in the store - end of the year Inventory Reduction Sale). I live on the east side, so I've only been to Rainy Day Games once, but it was quite a pleasant experience as well. Portland is really a great town when it comes to boardgaming!
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Erik Stanfill
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My faves are Cloud Cap Games, Guardian Games, Bridgetown Hobbies & Rainy Day Games.
 
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Guardian Games is great - they've got the best inventory in town. If you're looking for pick up games, the Guardian crowd can be a little ... specific (read: CCG obsessed).

Cloud Cap has become my favorite for actually playing. It's a friendly crowd with a focus on Euros, family games and on newly released games.

I've also been to Red Castle and Rainy Day - both are very friendly with a good stock of popular games.

Each of these is in a completely different part of town. Portland is more a composite of communities than it is a big city. These aren't suburbs in the traditional sense, but actually distinct communities within the Portland greater metropolis (actually all of these are pretty close in driving distance to downtown with Guardian being the closest).

I'm sure whichever one you wind up at will work out great.

Enjoy!
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John Sheppard
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Thanks everyone! We ended up at Guardian Games where not only was there a large selection of games, but as we discovered, a big reduction sale. It was only 20% while we were there, but went to 30% the next day. We ended up getting out of there for $170. Also, the staff there were exceptionally helpful, going out of there way to look things up for us. I'd definitly go back there again.
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I'm from the Twin Cities where we have a gobload of game shops. I travel a ton, and always make an effort to stop into local shops to see the vibe/scene of the town I'm in. When I visited Portland I stopped by here and they were throwing a 21+ "beer/pizza/games" night that made us tempted to stick around instead of going about our touristy plans because the energy was so cool.

We plan to come back into town this year for Rose Fest, and you can bet we'll be stopping by there again to say hi. Great gang of people, and one of my favorite game shops in the country.
 
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I found Space Alert in the used section at Guardian Games when it was damn near impossible to find (this last August). My wife and I were visiting Portland and Seattle for a week and I just happened to hit up Guardian on the day that someone had traded off their copy of the game to the store. Half the staff and random passerby's all told me just how lucky I was to find it. It was at that point when I fell in with love the place meeple

Can't wait to go back when I move there!
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John Sheppard
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attilathejund wrote:
I found Space Alert in the used section at Guardian Games when it was damn near impossible to find (this last August).

I suppose I should have mentioned that we too found an "impossible" to find game at Guardian. We've been hunting for The Kids of Catan for our now four year old for a while. For a while it seemed a used copy from the UK was about our only hope. Now that I've just looked it up on BGG as part of writing this, I see there are several US copies in the marketplace. Anyway...found it new at Guardian Games. Woo-hoo!
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