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Des Lee
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Hi guys,

I'm an Australian planning a trip to the US in October. We will be driving a big 5-week round-trip loop from LA, via Las Vegas, Zion and Bryce Canyon in Utah, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona, Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego and Anaheim.

Board games are pretty expensive out our way (by way of example, Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride would retail at about the $70-80 mark). So I thought I would check out some gaming shops while I'm over there and grab a few games if they were cheap enough (and if I have the luggage space on the way home!!)

Does anyone have any recommendations on shops they like around those areas? We would be spending most time around Anaheim, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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Little Shop Of Magic
4160 South Durango Drive
Las Vegas‎ NV‎ 89147

This is my local game shop. Their prices are higher ($30ish) than what you will find on line and they do not price match. On Saturdays they have open game night and anyone can come in with their own games or without and jump in on anything with an opening
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Hi Stephanie, thanks for the tip! Google Maps tells me that it is about 20 min drive West of the strip (we are staying at the Signature @ MGM Grand, and will have a car). Anything else out that way that is worth a look? Looks like it's practically on the way if we do a day trip out to Red Rock Canyon or something?
 
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Gamer's Inn - http://www.gamersinnaz.com/home in Mesa, Arizona and Game Depot http://www.wargames.com/store/27/tempe/game-depot in Tempe, Arizona are easily the two best game shops in the Phoenix area and are just 15 minutes apart. Ben and Dave are both great store owners and have a great selection. Plus there is always a crowd around to play games with.
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San Diego: http://www.gameempire.com/NEWGE/index.php
Los Angeles (Pasadena): http://www.gameempirepasadena.com/
Los Angeles (Montclair): http://gameologyshop.com/
Anaheim area (Garden Grove): http://www.brookhursthobbies.com/

Also check out this thread:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/294366/flgs-of-the-usa-a...
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p4warrior wrote:
San Diego: http://www.gameempire.com/NEWGE/index.php
Los Angeles (Pasadena): http://www.gameempirepasadena.com/
Los Angeles (Montclair): http://gameologyshop.com/
Anaheim area (Garden Grove): http://www.brookhursthobbies.com/


Ummm, yeah. What he said!
Of these, Game Empire is the best place to go to play board games.
If you're just interested in shoppping, Brookhurst has a very good selection and often discounts stuff a bit beneath MSRP.

Brookhurst Hobbies is very close to Anaheim.
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I can definitely give you a nice list of things on that side of town but it greatly depends on what you're looking to do. Red Rock Canyon will be nice in October. Lots of hiking options and horse trails there. Mt. Charleston is only an hour north which will be really nice in October and has great hiking options and horse trails as well.

Red Rock Casino will be nearby. They have a cute pastry shop inside, a movie theater, and nice dining options.

If you're just looking for games.. that's the only store I know of but I also haven't looked around either. I DO know that there is a meet up group that meets every Tuesday evening.
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Thanks for the suggesions, all I will keep them in mind on our trip.
 
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Gameology no longer actively supports board games, so I would avoid that.

The Realm Game & Comics in Brea is very nice, and the owner, Jonathan, is a class act.

http://therealmgames.com/

Edit: I mention The Realm because it's pretty close to Anaheim. If you're going to be at Disneyland (a pretty safe assumption) then you would only be about a 10-15 drive from The Realm.

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lordrahvin wrote:
p4warrior wrote:
San Diego: http://www.gameempire.com/NEWGE/index.php
Los Angeles (Pasadena): http://www.gameempirepasadena.com/
Los Angeles (Montclair): http://gameologyshop.com/
Anaheim area (Garden Grove): http://www.brookhursthobbies.com/


Ummm, yeah. What he said!
Of these, Game Empire is the best place to go to play board games.
If you're just interested in shoppping, Brookhurst has a very good selection and often discounts stuff a bit beneath MSRP.

Brookhurst Hobbies is very close to Anaheim.


Brookhurst Hobbies is awesome! They've been around for a long time. And there is a good Thai restaurant right across the street. Or if you want fast food try the El Pollo Loco.

Red Rock Canyon is worth 1/2 day or so of hiking. Bring water.

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paulamala wrote:
Red Rock Canyon with worth 1/2 day or so of hiking. Bring water.

I'd be interested in hearing more about this. Perhaps in another thread?

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Zeede wrote:
Gameology no longer actively supports board games, so I would avoid that.
Cameron


How do you mean? I was in there a couple weeks ago and they were still selling them and offering play space for them.
 
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For "Phoenix", there is also Imperial Outpost

 
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Brookhurst Hobbies is definitely worth a visit. They have a good selection.

I went to Gameology a month ago or so and the game selection was pitiful. The shop has really gone downhill from what it used to be (under the previous management).
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Here's an idea to cut down on cost: Order from an online retailer, www.coolstuffinc.com or www.boardsandbits.com, and time the delivery date and location with your trip. You'll get free shipping after about $100. For reference, the games you mentioned Ticket to Ride and Settlers are only $30 to $35 online. Hope this helps!
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p4warrior wrote:
How do you mean? I was in there a couple weeks ago and they were still selling them and offering play space for them.

Yes, they do sell board games, but none of the employees play them.

They mainly subsist on card games like Magic and Yu Gi Oh, with a smattering of Warhammer.

Just go to Game Empire in Pasadena to see what Gameology used to be like; a game store with a diverse selection of games to choose from, and employees (and an owner) that care about board games.

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Elocution Safari wrote:
Here's an idea to cut down on cost: Order from an online retailer, www.coolstuffinc.com or www.boardsandbits.com, and time the delivery date and location with your trip. You'll get free shipping after about $100. For reference, the games you mentioned Ticket to Ride and Settlers are only $30 to $35 online. Hope this helps!


I just started looking at prices. Good suggestion, Anthony!! Looks like B&B or CSI have prices that are anywhere between 50% and 60% of the BEST prices I can get here in Australia! I think I'm going to load up and order about $200 worth of games to be delivered to our hotel in Las Vegas....
 
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i see a recommendation thread coming...
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losfp wrote:
I just started looking at prices. Good suggestion, Anthony!! Looks like B&B or CSI have prices that are anywhere between 50% and 60% of the BEST prices I can get here in Australia! I think I'm going to load up and order about $200 worth of games to be delivered to our hotel in Las Vegas....

Cheers! Have a great trip!
 
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