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Miguel Melo
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Hi,

According to the internet, there appears to be 3 or 4 boardgames shops in Utrecht within 50 or so meters of each other which is quite cool.

I'm going to be there next Friday, but only shortly before 6pm, so I won't be able to visit them all to compare stock and prices (why oh why do Dutch shops close so early every day except Thursdays? devil) so I'm curious... if you had to pick ONE shop, which one should I go to?

Which one has best prices? And which one has better game diversity? (I'm undecided on what I'm going to get once there)

Many thanks in advance!
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My choice would be Never-Never-land and the Joker, NNL because I know the owner better (he's about my age) where, the Joker is an old(ish) shop (with an owner about 20years older) and sometimes a bit more busy because of the fact that he sells more Magic.
the opening times are quite normal for shops that don't have a large number of employees (NNL is run by the owner and his wife/girlfriend)) and because of the size there's not a lot of gaming going on (both shops are small) so no real need to open up for more costs that might not be recovered.

the Joker has a lot of second hand games and a better diversity, prices are about the same I guess.


and welcome to Utrecht, it's a real nice city I hope you'll ejoy your brief visit
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Miguel Melo
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Thanks for the tip - I've actually been to Utrecht last year, it is indeed a lovely city!

Last time I was there, I wandered into Fantasy Hobby Games (where I bought an Ascension game) and thought it was a really nice shop (any thoughts on this one?). Looking at google maps, both the Joker and NNL seems to be just across the canal from FHG, so I should be able to find them all quite easily.
 
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Jaap K
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The Joker is actually opened till midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to play games.

Have fun in Utrecht!
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Adriaan
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NNL sells dutch-only games though, with a few exceptions
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Miguel Melo
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ppaddo wrote:
NNL sells dutch-only games though, with a few exceptions


Ah... alas, that's a bit of a deal breaker for me. My Dutch is, essentially, non-existant...
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The Joker has 2 owners, actually. They're both very kind, totally focused gaming and customer service. Downstairs (next to the canal) there are tables and benches. Often people play Magic there, but they're meant for trying out the games they sell.

I'm not sure about prices of the Joker or the other 3 (there are 4 now?!), I can't imagine they differ much. I do know the Joker tries to focus on 'originals', so where most game shops would sell Catan in Dutch, the Joker would sell it in German.
 
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Maarten D. de Jong
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ppaddo wrote:
NNL sells dutch-only games though, with a few exceptions

That would be quite a deviation from when I was there last (a year or two ago). The store then also sold international editions which contained Dutch rules... So best to check for language independence.

In my memory, the two shops complemented each other beautifully. TJ was for the weird and odd products ('outside top-500'), while NNL was for the regular games ('in the top-500'). Both stores have a large selection: TJ has a large used games selection, and I remember that many years ago I even spotted a lonely copy of Antiquity on a top shelf. That copy has 'vanished' long since, though meeple. NNJ at some point had Icehouse stashes, which is quite gamey stuff, so to speak. But yes, if you make a purchase at NNJ, you will get the edition containing the Dutch rules

Basically the shops are so close to each other that I never visit one without visiting the other. I hadn't known that there was a third game store across the canal, though... Interesting meeple.
 
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Joker, Nevernever, Labyrinth and Subcultures makes 4, and all within 200m distance.
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As i recall correctly, when i was there last year, subcultures sells english games too. It is downstairs, along the canal.
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robbin 1 wrote:
As i recall correctly, when i was there last year, subcultures sells english games too. It is downstairs, along the canal.

Correct. http://www.subcultures.nl/
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Miguel Melo
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Oh, man... I got my work cut out visiting all those shops. I'll try to make it on Thursday instead to have more time to look around that lot.

It's impressive that over in Portugal, where I'm from, it's so difficult to find a half-decent boardgame shop in ALL OF LISBON and you guys have 4 within 100 or so meters...
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Maarten D. de Jong
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Only in Utrecht, though; and that they are so close to each other is a clear aberration in any universe. In Amsterdam there are two shops only, and they are not close to each other; in the Hague there are two; in Rotterdam there is not a single one (to my knowledge).
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cymric wrote:
Only in Utrecht, though; and that they are so close to each other is a clear aberration in any universe. In Amsterdam there are two shops only, and they are not close to each other; in the Hague there are two; in Rotterdam there is not a single one (to my knowledge).


There is a second shop in Amsterdam? I only know of De Gamekeeper.

Also, I clearly need to make a trip to Utrecht.
 
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Het Paard Schaak & Go in the Haarlemmerstraat, near the Haarlemmerplein, carries a big collection too.

Before they were shut down by weird bankrupty schemes, Scheltema carried a few games; and there is a store devoted to sports on the Ceintuurbaan, near the Ferdinand Bolstraat (the one which is in a state of semi-permanent construction on the new Noord-Zuidlijn) which has a small collection on sale. I don't count these two as proper game stores, though.
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Rotterdam has Gamers of the West, but it's near Rotterdam Blaak station
 
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Never Never Land definitely has both Dutch and English games in stock.
 
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Miguel Melo
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Just to let everyone know, I ended up going looking for games in Utrecht today. Visited Fantasy Hobby Games, the Joker and NeverNeverLand (Sub Culture was already closed ). Really nice people in all of them.

After a lot of deliberation ended up buying Small World and 7 Wonders in NNL. Other games also caught my eye, but since I want to get my kids into board games, I opted for these faster, non-language dependent games. Hope they (and I) like them

Many thanks for all the tips!!
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Utrecht is the best place in the world. I want to retire there.
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any other stores other than Gamers of the West in Rotterdam that you guys know of?
 
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There's a Games Workshop, I think.
 
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Hi guys

I'm visiting Utrecht next week,
and I've known there are
Neverneverland, The Joker, Subcultures and Fantasy Hobby in Utrecht.

I just wondering if there are some other new board game shop ?
or some shops in neighboring cities(about 30-min. bus distance)?
 
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Arnhem is 35 min away by train and it has two stores: Vendetta (just opened a few weeks ago, relatively small and no webshop yet) and De Dobbelsteen.
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the_vinman wrote:
Arnhem is 35 min away by train and it has two stores: Vendetta (just opened a few weeks ago, relatively small and no webshop yet) and De Dobbelsteen.


Thanks Vincent
I'll check them out!
 
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Games Workshop recently opened up shop in Utrecht if that's your thing. I believe they are in the 'zakkendragersteeg'

Fantasy hobby is called 't Lab nowadays, it's located on the opposite site of the Joker.

Vendetta also has a gamecenter in Hilversum , which is around 30 min with the bus/train
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