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What's your FLGS like?

Premium User

I'm sure this has been brought up on the forum before, but just because it's been on my mind recently..

Does anyone live near any really great FLGS? The ones around me are okay in terms of stocking games and (in pre covid times) providing an area to play games, but I think they largely fail to be "friendly." Usually the only time anyone ever speaks to you is if you approach them with a question.

I bring this up because over the weekend, my fiance and I did some traveling and went into 3 game stores. One of them was similar to ours back home - large selection of games but the staff barely even noticed us. Another was a really great board game cafe that had an enormous selection of games to play. Add to that a friendly staff more than willing to help suggest games based on our interests and of course boozy milkshakes which is always a plus. The last one just had a very inviting atmosphere and the staff was so nice, I wound up purchasing something just to support them. I really wish places like the last 2 stores existed around me! The cafe in particular I could see myself frequenting all the time if I lived closer.

How are the game stores near everyone else?

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Owner3 months ago

Mine is a small subsection of a relatively large comics and games store (all generations of video games, vinyl records, comics, etc). The selection of games is pretty good. There's zero interaction with the staff unless you ask questions, which I don't mind. But the price is at 100% MSRP and the used section never has great games. So I never feel the draw to purchase games there since I have a very limited budget. Hard to buy from them when I know I can save ~$20 easily online, and when I don't have someone I have connection with there. It's probably a good thing too, because it would have been way too tempting :)

Premium User3 months ago

Haha! I guess not being tempted is one way to look at it. 

3 months ago

I have one really close by, but as much as I want to give them my business, I'm not their target market.  The guys there are cool and helpful, if not especially sociable.  The store has a nice play space, holds regular game events, and hosts a quarterly flea market for people to buy/trade games from/with one another.  Sounds great, right?

The problem is, they don't have the games I'm interested in.  Apparently, what sells well in this area are CCGs, war games and ameritrash games.  I have some games that fall into those categories, but I mainly prefer euros and my FLGS has a very limited selection of those.  They could order games for me, of course, but that's something I can do cheaper and quicker myself in most cases.  They're running a business, of course, and need to stock the products that allow them to keep the doors open, so I can't really fault them, but it is disappointing.

I was in Las Vegas a couple months ago visting a friend and we went to a FLGS (The Gaming Goat) near him and I was blown away by the selection.  They had at least 2 dozen games from my wish list is stock and the guy working there was friendly and knowledgeable.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) I was flying back home and didn't have room in my luggage for any more games.  Otherwise, there's no telling how much lighter my wallet would have been walking out of that store.

Premium User3 months ago

The flea market part sounds pretty cool! Sucks that the selection isn't anything you're interested in. That Vegas store sounds sweet. Just found out about Gaming Goat from's comment. I woulda found a way to check another bag LOL

3 months ago

The flea market is indeed cool (though it's on hold these days due to covid) and I've bought and sold a few games there.

I'm pretty envious of my friend having access to The Gaming Goat.  There are actually a handful of FLGS near enough to me that I would drive to them if they were worth it.  None of them even come close to GG though.

As for the flight, if it had been the difference between checking 1 bag or 2 bags, it might have been worth it.  In my case though, it was the difference between checking 0 bags or 1 bag.  I didn't feel like 1) standing around baggage claim if I didn't have to and 2) praying that the handlers didn't damage a new game.

Premium User3 months ago

Yeah I can see why checking games on an airplane would give you pause especially with how they handle everything else. But you could carry them on considering you'd have no need for your wallet afterwards... :P

3 months ago

Still no room, unfortunately.  I went to Vegas to visit a friend and play board games, so my two carry on items were already full of the games I had brought with me.

3 months ago

There are a couple not too far away from me. The closer one has a better selection of games, in my opinion. I've only been once, though. In terms of price, it seemed like the smaller games were at a decent discount off MSRP, and the bigger ones were at or close to MSRP. In terms of friendliness, the guy working there didn't say a word to us until we approached the counter. So while he was polite, I don't know if I would go so far as "friendly". I have messaged them a couple of times on Facebook asking about their stock, and both times they were responsive and friendly.

Premium User3 months ago

Yeah I don't understand that approach to running a store/staying in business. Especially since they already have to compete with lower prices online. The one by me lets you play games as I mentioned but we were confused that they didn't even charge you to do so.

Supporter3 months ago

My FLGS?? non-existent... LOL

Premium User3 months ago

LOL oof. I guess an unfriendly FLGS...UFLGS? is better than none..

Supporter3 months ago

I really don't mind to much.

Supporter3 months ago

I have a Gaming Goat as a FLGS and price wise it is awesome!  20-30% off retail always.  The staff has bad days and good days.  There is one guy that's super friendly and one girl that's friendly most of the time but has off days.  It was much easier to go in and do what you wanted to do when life was busier.  Now when you're the only one walking into the store it's a little strange feeling.  They need some music playing or something, it almost feels like a library.  But... with everything it offers it really is a great spot.  Even better when we aren't in semi lock down.

Premium User3 months ago

I've never heard of those but that sounds awesome. Usually you expect to pay retail always at local shops. Do they have an online store?

Supporter3 months ago

And yeah, I'd never be able to shop at a FLGS (at least not often) if they didn't offer a discount.  I just don't have the disposable income lying around (as much as I wish I did, haha).

Supporter3 months ago

They actually just launched their site last week... they are adding games all the time (their full collection isn't up yet).

Gaming Goat Denver

Premium User3 months ago

Thanks! I'll have to check it out. And of course in person if I'm ever in Denver