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Nathan Fuller
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My wife and I are currently thinking about making a move from PA down to NC. Specifically we are looking in the Raleigh area with a focus near Cary, NC. I was curious what the board gaming scene looks like down there. We got to check out a couple stores on a recent trip and things looked pretty good. How is the gaming community/group situation? Where we live there are a couple options, but most of the bigger groups are close to an hour away. Based on what I saw it looks promising. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge they can share? Thanks!
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nlfuller77 wrote:
Hi,

My wife and I are currently thinking about making a move from PA down to NC. Specifically we are looking in the Raleigh area with a focus near Cary, NC. I was curious what the board gaming scene looks like down there. We got to check out a couple stores on a recent trip and things looked pretty good. How is the gaming community/group situation? Where we live there are a couple options, but most of the bigger groups are close to an hour away. Based on what I saw it looks promising. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge they can share? Thanks!


I used to live out in Cary, but recently moved out to Smithfield where the gaming scene is nonexistent. But in Cary it wa great. The Gamer's Armory is located in Cary, has a decent amount of table space, and with a minor discount (mostly 10%). The board game side of it is a little small, but they have a decent library of games to play and a weekly game night. Game Theory is located in Raleigh. They have lots of tables space, a weekly game night, and a smaller library of games to play. But they have a customer discount program. 5% when you spend $250 I believe, and I recently reached 10% which is nice. They are msrp, but they have a huge selection of games, and get a lot of new releases in. Atomic Empire located in Durham is the biggest. Tons of table space, with a bar and game library. Also have the biggest discount, of 20% and a huge selection of games. I love Atomic, but now they're 1.5hrs away, which isn't feasible. But only about 40 minute if you're in Cary and well worth the drive every once in awhile.

There is also a store in Garner, Event Horizons. But I can't recommend them. They sell over msrp, but also have their store displays right amongst their customer's playing tables. Which makes a really busy, cluttered experience.

If you're looking for meetup groups. Check out Triangle Game Night. You can find them on facebook. They have events in Raleigh, Durham, and the Dave & Busters in Cary every week.
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nlfuller77 wrote:
Hi,

My wife and I are currently thinking about making a move from PA down to NC. Specifically we are looking in the Raleigh area with a focus near Cary, NC. I was curious what the board gaming scene looks like down there. We got to check out a couple stores on a recent trip and things looked pretty good. How is the gaming community/group situation? Where we live there are a couple options, but most of the bigger groups are close to an hour away. Based on what I saw it looks promising. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge they can share? Thanks!


Nathan,

You are coming to a target rich environment. First, you are in the backyard of The Geek Allstars Podcast and The State of Games. There is also two incredible game shops in the area. The one nearest to you is the Gamer's Armory and they have events all the time, I get their emails. Then in Durham, Atomic Empire is also a game store. I haven't had the opportunity to visit that store but Dan and Chris talk about it on their podcasts.

Then down the road, you have Epic Gaming Podcast and their meetups and events in Winston Salem area.

If the beach is calling, which is about 2 hours away, there is Cape Fear Gaming in Wilmington, NC

And if you want to drive 2.5 hours to Charlotte, you got a bunch of us in that area.

There are two small local conventions in the Charlotte area in the fall, MegaMoosecon and MACE.

Head over to The Geek Allstars guild for more info https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/1294

Good luck with whatever you pick
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Whitney Baker
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Nathan,

I live in Durham (about 40 minutes down the road from Cary) and can +1 the recommendations for Atomic Empire, Game Theory, and Gamer's Armory. There are also several active local meetup groups, including a traveling library that meets at bars called Triangle Game Night and some less 'formal' groups -- at least in Durham -- that run several local game night meetups.

We also have a couple conventions every year ranging from the stereotypical large anime convention (Animazement) to a newer, gaming-specific convention (Playthrough) and smaller conventions that tend to have game rooms, like Illogicon.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'm happy to help!
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I have family I visit in Cary and it's a great place to be if you are a gamer. Very welcoming people, several public game nights.
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nlfuller77 wrote:
Hi,

My wife and I are currently thinking about making a move from PA down to NC. Specifically we are looking in the Raleigh area with a focus near Cary, NC. I was curious what the board gaming scene looks like down there. We got to check out a couple stores on a recent trip and things looked pretty good. How is the gaming community/group situation? Where we live there are a couple options, but most of the bigger groups are close to an hour away. Based on what I saw it looks promising. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge they can share? Thanks!


As a sidebar, the Game Designers of North Carolina guild (for board game design) has a large presence in Cary. If that's your thing, you can check us out. Game Designers of North Carolina

And I echo the recommendations for Gamer's Armory in Cary and Atomic Empire in Durham. Those are my main stores.
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Another recommendation for Game Theory in Raleigh and Gamer's Armory in Cary. Both are excellent stores with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Board Game Nights are Tuesdays at Game Theory and Wednesdays at Gamer's Armory.
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I host game night in my home, but just chimed in to say welcome to the area. It's a great place to live.
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I can't speak for Smithfield, but if you are willing to drive into Wake County you'll find something fun.

Start here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1650983645154606/

Welcome! We have all the cardboard here. We are glad to have you!
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If your here the end of January you can come to "Who's turn is it anyway"

https://whoseturn.org/

Thought I posted this earlier but it must not have taken
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Hey! Welcome to Raleigh-Durham [if you do move nearby]!

I live in the area, and I checked out the Atomic Empire Monday night scene a few days ago. I had a very good time; the people were very friendly, welcoming, and inclusive. I intend to attend every Monday I can get over there.

However, it might be a bit of a long drive for you, depending on where you expect to be located in relation to I-40.

If I can be of any help or can give you more details about Atomic Empire, feel free to send me a message!
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Hey Nathan, Hope you decide to move to NC!
Most of the best stores have been mentioned already. I do want to put in a +1 for Atomic Empire. It may be a bit of a drive but worth it. They have open board gaming every Monday Evening.

For groups you can connect here:
The Triangle Strategy Games Meetup Group
On Meetup and Facebook

The Triangle Area Board Gamers
On Facebook

Cary Stra-tee-gery Board Gaming Meetup
On Meetup

Cary Board Games Meetup
On Meetup

There are more with crossover on some, but this list is a good start.
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Charles Bochan
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So glad I saw this thread. My wife and I are also moving to NC and, luckily, our jobs land us right in this area. Hope to see some of you folks soon!
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I was happy to see this thread as well. I'm moving to Holly Springs in July. I'm neck deep with home selling and move prep, but when all that settles, will be looking forward to jumping into the gaming scene.
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Welcome to all you new Triangle-ites!
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