Do you have a FLGS? Do you purchase games from them?

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Do you have a favorite local game store close to you? What is it like? What is your favorite feature at the store?

Do you patronize your favorite local game stores?

Or do you consistently search for the best price online?

I’m fortunate to have 3 LGS here in Rochester. 

My favorite favorite local game store is a cleverly named establishment in the mall called “Gamez and More”. They have a surprisingly decent selection of board games (They even have copies of TI4 and Gloomhaven for sale!) and a large space with tables for gaming and MTG. Like most LGS I’m sure they make most of their money on MTG so most of the playing space and floor space is set up for that game.

Sometimes their prices for board games are pretty close to what you can find online but other times they are way off. I’m willing to pay a little bit more to support a local shop, but when the price is way off, I will definitely be ordering from Amazon. 

What do you have  around you?

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14 months ago

Living in the Twin Cities area, we are spoiled for FLGS's. With Fantasy Flight, Floodgate and Leder Games based in this area, just to name a few there are game stores everywhere. Some are doing better than others, but each of them seem to find thier niche. Some favorites of mine are the Fantasy Flight Game Center for being the cleanest and "stank-free" game store I've ever been in. And All Systems Go for having great trade in prices and selling used games that are in good condition and complete. The staff is also top notch. I also really like them because they rent games and they've saved me a lot of money over the year they've been open. 

Really, the Twin Cities is a great place to be a board game fan. Still, I'd only really buy from All Systems Go or Mead Hall (20% off the top of everything, all the time) because of the prices. Otherwise I'm pretty much a GameNerdz.com superfan.

Supporter14 months ago

I am super jealous. I know that I’m only 1.5 hours from the FFG store but that’s still a commitment of basically a day and my wife wouldn’t really enjoy that. Maybe I can tack it on during a trip to IKEA or the MoA or something 

14 months ago

Note that the place is always packed, but the food is good and if you're looking for FFG games it's a great place to go. 

Maybe one day they'll get the light rail down there and it will make things easier.

Supporter14 months ago

I’ll have to check out GameNerdz. I’ve never even been to their website. 

Owner14 months ago

We typically have them listed on the prices on our game pages, and is also Trent's favorite next to Amazon haha

14 months ago

They consistently have the lowest price, lowest barrier to free shipping and $5 flat rate shipping below that. The shipping isn't speedy, but it always gets here.

Supporter14 months ago

I order predominantly from Amazon. I already spent my $60 in fun money today! Got some more Imperial Assault stuff coming Thursday. About to start the Return to Hoth app campaign and wanted as much content as possible. 

14 months ago

Nice! My friend is the one with the IA collection. He's looking to get a fall campaign going, but he's playing as the Empire. I have a hard time convincing him to run the app campaign.

Supporter14 months ago

That’s right, you mentioned him before. How close is he to completing his collection?

The app is my only play experience- I know some people really don’t enjoy playing as empire but honestly I think it might be kind of fun. Fortunately the game is so versatile that it can be played a multitude of ways!

14 months ago

What I found playing the empire is that it was boring and I felt like a punching bag while the players had all thier cool powers and abilities. I think my main issue was that I thought it was going to be a bit like PnP RPG where I was the GM, but instead it was a head to head thing that I just didn't enjoy at all.

Supporter14 months ago

I actually really enjoy playing as the Empire.  I can see why you would feel the way you do.  But I feel like with a good villain (or whatever it's called) deck you can do fun things as well.  We also have a house rule that the rebels get to pick one ally and I get to pick one unique character (of equal or lesser value) that I can use any time I have an open unit selection.  I think it's fun and avoids having to win missions to get unique units which sometimes really sucks.

14 months ago

That sounds like a good house rule, and I'm not a fan of house rules. :-)

Supporter14 months ago

I don’t like house rules either. I prefer to play the game as the designers intended. 

14 months ago

Yeah, if a game feels like it needs house rules, I just play another game.

Supporter14 months ago

Yeah, I can see how that kind of goes against the grain a little bit. The app definitely fixes those problems because the computer is the bad guy, not you! Although sometimes the AI in the app is not very strategic and can be easily manipulated.

On one mission Darth Vader appeared and was set to take us out, but we were able to confuse his instructions and sort of game the system to slip away. Which was still fun, but kind of made Vader feel like sort of a cartoon villain. But that would not have happened were Vader controlled by a human.

Once I finish all the app content I am excited to try Redjak's Automated Imperial Variant Extended (RAIV Ext) which is a print and play card set that essentially turns the app into decks of cards that you play against. I've been reading the rulebook for it and the people behind it did a fantastic job! 

14 months ago

Where can I find this?

Owner14 months ago

I'm similar to Phil where I do have a local game store but it's hard to justify purchasing from there when I could get nearly twice the number of games from a better selection online.

Owner14 months ago

I have one here in San Luis Obispo, CA (SLO) called Captain Nemo Games & Comics. Mostly focuses on retro and new video games (think classics like Sega and Super Nintendo, but also featuring latest consoles like the Switch), vinyl records, and a large section of vintage comics. They do have a board game section but for only 2-3 shelves. The front counter area (on the game side of the store) is mostly for CCG's and minies for games like Warhammer. As with most of these LGS, I'm guessing these two make up the most revenue for the tabletop section. They also have a room reserved for board game meetups and MTG tournaments, which I've never attended.

If they had a bigger lineup of games and more friendly staff/dedicated staff for board games, then I think it would give me enough of a reason to support them from time to time. Most of their games are much more expensive compared to online though, where they are around $10-20 more expensive than Amazon prices. As someone with a tight budget for games, I can't justify spending there when the board game section doesn't seem to be much of a priority for the store.

So for now, I usually leave it to comparing prices here :)


Supporter14 months ago

I only get $60 per month for board games so I’m on a tight budget too. Unfortunately that means I can’t really pay more for games, even if the purchase helps a local store. 

Supporter12 months ago

I have one about 10 minutes from me. Great selection and events. Moderately friendly staff but very knowledgeable about all kinds of games. I have wanted to support them but my games budget is so meager that I've spent it for online purchases where they are cheaper and I can get credit toward future purchases. 

Supporter14 months ago

So I go between my FLGS and Amazon.  I'm basically searching for the best deal.  I'd say that I'm on a $200 or less budget a year for Board Games so I have to really make sure I get stuff I really want and at the best price.

I'm so lucky though because while one of my FLGS sells everything at full MSRP (which is too bad because I just don't have the money to spend there), my main FLGS is The Gaming Goat.  TGG offers everything at 20-30% lower than MSRP and honestly matches or does better than Amazon most of the time.  I was fortunate enough to be able to grab their last copy of Root and Root: The Riverfolk Expansion for a very good price.  I think the base game was $40 and the expansion was $25. I do feel blessed with that.

So sometimes games can run even cheaper at TGG than Amazon.  But always gotta keep budget in mind.

I wish I could drop tons of dough at my local FLGS all the time.

Supporter14 months ago

Holy Smokes! That’s quite a steal! I really think Root would play well with my game group. Just can’t find it anywhere! 

Supporter14 months ago

I actually have a couple stores I will shop at regularly and one that I'll do now and then.

I have one shop across the street from where I work.  So I'm in there fairly often when I go for coffee.  Their prices are a tad higher than what I can get online but usually with $5 - $10 so if I see something want I'll but it there. It's mostly convenience.

There's another store on the way to my parents that has an amazing selection. Their prices are also ok but the fact that I can walk in and buy pretty much anything on my wish list when I feel like it really makes it tempting. 

Finally there is a store about 1/2 hour away that's a restaurant/gaming store.  Their prices are excellent so the temptation there is the price is good plus their food is good.

Tons of stores within about 30 minutes of me but those 3 are standouts.

Supporter14 months ago

That sounds pretty awesome! It’s great that this hobby is spreading and growing.