Geek Impressions: Your Local Game Store
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Lexington
Kentucky
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I am curious to know what game stores in other areas are like.

Without getting into the politics of where people should spend their money, please add an entry to this geeklist describing your local game store.

In the entry, please provide a link to the store's website (if applicable) and describe the gaming scene there.
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1. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fifth edition) [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1878] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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Lexington
Kentucky
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Although there are other game stores in Lexington, The Rusty Scabbard is the one the most people would refer you to. The store is tucked away in the corner of an older strip mall that shares space with Big Lots, a gas station, and a few other shops.

The store does not have a website. Here is a link to their google maps page.

Although the store carries a variety of games, minatures, collectible card games, role-playing supplies, and other related mechandise, I get the impression that the store caters mainly to the role-playing and Warhammer community. Whenever I enter the store on the weekends, there are always a few diehard Warhammer fans in the back of the store debating the relative merits of their respective armies.

On Wednesdays, a local meetup group run by Indhra plays boardgames at the store. According to their group website, attendance has been growing. The group plays a wide variety of games and documents game night by taking photos. The meetup page has several galleries. Before the group took off, I attended one or two game nights at the store. Although I had a good time, I prefer playing at a home where you can be yourself, eat good food, sit in comfortable chairs, and there is good lighting.

Overall, I find the store useful for the odd purchase and I drop in from time to time. However, the store is a bit dingy and uninviting and I don't always feel welcome or like I fit the target market.
 
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2. Board Game: Guzzlin' Gators [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
United States
San Mateo
California
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My FLGS in San Mateo, CA is Gator Games. http://gatorgames.com/

Things they do right: they offer weekly specials of 10-20% off, have a Twitter feed and a weekly newsletter. They also have an online store with used games.

Things they do wrong: Their store needs reorganizing, there are large amounts of store space that are under-utilized. Boardgames are in the front part of the store, but unfortunately, that's where they hold Magic and other CCG events. So there are times when you'd like to browse, but the area is filled with CCG'ers. (Nothing against CCG players--I just wish they had their own space.
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3. Board Game: Warriors of Japan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:6106]
Luke Morris
England
Faversham
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GAMESTORE BANESTO - Nagoya


Just a few minutes from Kurokawa subway station in Nagoya lies this charmingly small store run by this gentleman:
Masayuki Nakano
Japan
Nagoya
Aichi-pref
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Who is awesome.
He's a big cycling fan so we chat about any recent pro races and he's happy to offer opinions on his surprisingly decent selection of games. He also has an extra store room so if you don't see what you want, then he may still have it (I got Leader 1 and Space Alert even though they weren't on the shelf).
His English is good enough for us to get through simple-ish conversations though I should keep working on my Japanese!
Prices are reasonable (maybe not for non-yen earners with the current exchange rates!), especially considering he's a small, specialist store importing games from Europe. A number of games are the German version but he also carries English language games. He inserts Japanese translations into the games for his Japanese customers and has played many of the games he sells. There is also a shelf of Japanese brand games.
I would go over there more but whenever I go over there I end up spending my money!
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4. Board Game: Singapore [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:8905]
June Hwang Wah
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The most well-stocked game store in Singapore is Paradigm Infinitum.

It is located at Orchard Emerald, along Orchard Road, the shopping mall strip in Singapore. If travelling by train (called MRT), alight at the Somerset station.

Staffed by friendly people. Relatively well-stocked with Euros, but slightly lacking in wargames; howevger they will take orders for stuff not already in stock.

http://www.pi.com.sg/
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: 1830's Pennsylvania / Northern California [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
The Count
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Sacramento
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Viking Hobby (Sacramento)

This is from John's article (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1888352#1888352)

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6. Board Game: Millennium [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12530]
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Wurtsboro
NY
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The largest game store in Central NY is probably Millennium Games in Rochester (http://www.millenniumgames.com/) A nice selection of a variety of game types (Euros, RPGs, wargames, Magic, lighter games, etc). Lots of gaming space in the back, lots of events.

A little further east is Play the Game, Read the Story in the Carousel Mall in Syracuse, NY (http://www.playthegamereadthestory.com/) Perhaps the most "sanitized" of the area game stores, tries for family curb appeal since it's in a mall, but still a good selection of games and comics, and playing tables in the back. Their organization scheme eludes me, I rely on going shelf by shelf.

Heading south on 81, there is Jupiter Games in Vestal, NY (http://jupitergames.net/). Smaller than the others, but it has a lot there, and is well organized. Store copies of games that are always available (some stores tuck them away when it's not board game night), and there are tables in the back.

There was (is?) a small game store in Ithaca, Providence Hobbies, that has been having tax trouble (http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20091012/NEWS01/9101...). There's also a store on the Commons named Alphabet Soup that has a family focus, and some games like Settlers of Catan, Empire Builder, Blokus, etc. Ithaca also has a comic book shop with a few games in the back, Comics for Collectors (http://www.comicsforcollectors.com/).
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7. Board Game: Zombie Plague [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3256]
MK
United States
Coshocton
OH
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Zombie Planet

Albany, NY




Here's ours, Zombie Planet in New York's capital. (No, the capital is not New York City, even if they act like it is.) Zombie Planet caters to a wide range of geek interests - they not only have a large stock of CCGs and board games





they also carry tons of RPG materials



painting supplies and miniatures



and the second floor has many shelves of comics



as well as a nice, clean gaming space.




Okay, it's clean as long as there's no gamers actively making a mess.

They do not carry much in the way of war-games, unless you're counting Memoir 44 and House Divided in that category. There's no stock of old Avalon Hill games hidden away here.

I don't buy a lot of games these days - I have been trading much more than buying - but the few games I've bought, I've bought from this FLGS and not online.
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8. Board Game: Gem Quest [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:14185]
Luna Lovegood
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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There are a few board game stores in Cincinnati, but my favorites are Yottaquest and Boardwalk Hobby Shop.

Yottaquest (http://yottaquest.com) has a great selection of board games. They also carry RPG stuff, minis & paints, and comics, but I'm not really into that stuff, so I don't know if their collection is good or not. Certainly looks impressive enough to me. They've got several tables in the main room for gaming, as well as a back room, and a basement I've never seen. The board game group meets there twice a week, and I know they also host RPGs, wargames, Pokemon tournaments, you name it. There are always people there just hanging out. It's a fun place. And they've recently painted a Cthulu mural on the wall in the bathroom, it's pretty cool.

Boardwalk Hobby Shop doesn't have a website, but it's located in Mount Lookout square. It's got a much smaller selection of games than Yottaquest does, and they don't host gaming or anything like that. But their model and paints selection I'm told is one of the best in Cincinnati. And the guy that owns the place is great. If you're looking for a game that he doesn't have, he writes it down, and next time you go in, it'll be on the shelf. I always make sure to stop by every once in awhile and throw some purchases his way.
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9. Board Game: HeroClix [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1773] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Paul Nowak
United States
Greenville
Michigan
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Jack at Rookie's Sportscards Plus in Lowell, MI defies the stereotype of game store owners.


(That's him in the middle of the geek-babe sandwich)

In addition to the obvious sports cards (with an incredible history of pulls) and comics, Jack manages to cram a ton of games into his relatively tiny store.

Gaming events are held at a local pizza place, and have included Settlers of Catan tourneys as well as the ever popular Heroclix.

Jack also maintains a "wooden nickel" loyalty program where you get a wooden nickel for every $x purchased, and you can cash them in as store credit.


Website: http://www.rookies-sportcards.com/

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