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Adam Baig
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Heading to T.O. next weekend, I was wondering if anyone can give me a heads up about the game shops in the Big Smoke.
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401 Games, at 401 Yonge St. http://www.401games.ca

Hairy Tarantula, at 354 Yonge St. http://www.hairyt.com

Also, there's Game Trek, in the basement of the Royal York - great selection, but high prices.
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The beauty of the above two is that they're almost across the street from each other. They also focus in different gaming sectors, but enough overlap to keep them very competetive. Both are downtown, within walking distance of the College or Dundas subway Stations on the Yonge line. Both are very well stocked with Boardgames as well. Oh to win the 6/49 and just get "one of each, to go please!"

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Also check out www.meeplemart.com

Steve is an excellent online retailer who hosts miniature and games nights at his loft space, has an excellent selection on site, some of the best prices you'll find anywhere, and convenient pick up.

He's located in the Carlaw/ Queen area; very easy to get to from downtown.

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There's a good game store underneath the Royal York Hotel on Front Street called GameTrek (wargames and Eurogames). There's a game store on Mt. Pleasant Ave called Strategy (no wargames but lots of other games) and there's a good store at Queen's Quay terminal (don't remember the name).
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Meeplemart is by far the best board game store in Toronto. If you let Steve know what you want he'll get if for you at a price that is unbeatable.
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401 games is great, I would recommend it. They have a large selection, and the prices are decent for a brick and mortar store. They also offered me some deals when I bought a large pile recently.

Meeplemart has amazing prices, the cheapest I've seen for many games, but I have only ordered online. According to the website you can only pick games up on Thursday evenings, but perhaps if you contact him other arrangements could be made.
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I just took a look at their site. The prices do seem unbeatable. Are their prices on the website the same as their prices in store?
 
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bssj4 wrote:
I just took a look at their site. The prices do seem unbeatable. Are their prices on the website the same as their prices in store?


If you are asking about Meeplemart the answer is yes.
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Leo Silenieks
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one more good option for gamers is a little game shop on the basement of the atrium on Dundas and yongue. They don't have a big selection of board games, however they are located very close to 401 and their prices are coomparable to meplemart. It's worth looking there for more popular games.
 
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I would second Meeplemart or 401 Games.
 
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leobert1984 wrote:
one more good option for gamers is a little game shop on the basement of the atrium on Dundas and yongue. They don't have a big selection of board games, however they are located very close to 401 and their prices are coomparable to meplemart. It's worth looking there for more popular games.


Only shop I know of there sells video games, do they also sell board games or am I missing something?
 
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Sorry this is a little off topic, but now I am curious. Does meeplemart actually have a storefront? I thought that it was an online vendor only.
 
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Belz wrote:
Sorry this is a little off topic, but now I am curious. Does meeplemart actually have a storefront? I thought that it was an online vendor only.

Kind of... if you go during a game night (Thursdays), you can browse his selection and purchase games. There may be other times when you can drop in, but you'd have to ask him.
 
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Belz wrote:
Sorry this is a little off topic, but now I am curious. Does meeplemart actually have a storefront? I thought that it was an online vendor only.


Good question, doesn't seem off topic to me. Meeplemart doesn't exactly have a storefront, they have a very nice warehouse style space where they hold 2 weekly game nights. They allow pickup during their game nights on Tuesday and Thursday. I had a chance to check it out recently: the space was really nice looking, there were a lot of gamers there, and they had a huge selection of games. I even found a copy of Lowenherz which is out of print and I thought would be hard to find.
 
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Thank you for the clarification. I was wondering since Adam was asking which shops he could go to in Toronto since he was down for a weekend, and a number suggested Meeplemart.
 
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leobert1984 wrote:
one more good option for gamers is a little game shop on the basement of the atrium on Dundas and yongue. They don't have a big selection of board games, however they are located very close to 401 and their prices are coomparable to meplemart. It's worth looking there for more popular games.


Are you thinking of the shop at Bloor and Yonge? If so, it's called Game and Hobby Zone‎. Unfortunately, the prices there are much higher than Meeplemart's. A $55 game at G&HZ will be $35 at MM. They have a good selection, though, and great staff.
 
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Game Shack sells like Carcassonne and Settlers and a few other very average games.
 
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Oh them! They used to be in the Lawrence/Don Mills shopping mall as well. Yeah, a small selection of more popular games, at an okay price. I'll have to check out the Atrium on Bay to see what's there.

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shaunjuan wrote:
gatylr wrote:
Leobert1984 I believe is referencing another location in the basement of the Bay/Dundas atrium
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I can't remember the name of it either ... but they have a decent selection of Euros available.

I've heard they sell board games, but have never gotten around to peeking at their selection. Regardless, the place is called Game Shack.


That's correct, sorry for the delayed reply, but indeed that's what I'm talking about, Game Shack. They do sell mostly video games but a while back I noticed they had board games there, mostly the more popular titles but usually at very reasonable prices. It may be just me, but I feel like they get more and more titles every time I drop by, so maybe they are just starting to expand their business.
 
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It seems 401 games was overflowing this past weekend

 
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401 was hosting a pre-release tournament for the new Magic set on both Sat and Sun. It gets crowded during those weekends. I buy all my board games from 401 now though (unless availability is an issue) cause they have a good selection and they let us use their gaming room every Tuesday and Wednesday night. ;-)
 
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