If you believe that a family that plays together stays together, it’s time to beeline it to one of Portland’s awesome game stores. Full of board games, role-playing games, designated areas where you game in the store and more, these shops are a gamer’s dream come true. Read on for our picks where you can get your game on.
photo: Carrie Uffindell
Cloud Cap Games
This bright and cozy store, located in Sellwood’s antique row, has a solid selection of games and puzzles for ages six and up, including strategy games, role-playing games, party games and collectible card games. There are also several tables for in-store play, a kid’s area and regular events.
Pro tip: Try before you buy with Cloud Cap’s game rental system. Rentals are $5/3 days and $10/week.
Hours: Mon., Tues. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
1226 SE Lexington St.
Other World Games & Comics
For imaginative, strategic and puzzle-solving Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure and Euro board games (as well as many classic and mainstream games), head to Other World Games & Comics. They also carry games appropriate for youngsters and host a variety of kid-only events, including Magic and Dungeons & Dragons camps (ages 10 to 14).
Pro tip: The weekly Board Game Night is free for all ages.
Hours: Mon.-Wed., noon-8 p.m.; Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
6350 SW Capitol Hwy.
photo: Cloud Cap Games
Portland Game Store
Inside the only game store located on the north side of town, you’ll find board games, card games, role-playing games, strategy games and miniatures games lining the walls. Into miniature painting? Get comfy at one of the store’s long tables meant for game play. They even provide snacks and bevvies to keep your little gamers fueled. All ages are welcome, but be sure to check their site for specific events that suit your kiddos’ interests.
Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 2 p.m.-midnight; Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. noon-8 p.m.
922 N Killingsworth St.
Rainy Day Games
Since 1998, the folks at Rainy Day Games have welcomed families of all ages to its 3,600 square foot store filled with board games, card games, miniatures games, role-playing games, jigsaw puzzles and disc golf. While older kids will probably get more out of the store, there is a children’s section dedicated to gamers as young as four years old. There’s also a cozy play space lined with tables and a good number of events each month.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m.
18105 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy., Aloha
photo: Rainy Day Games
Red Castle Games
In a cheerful, renovated industrial space in Portland’s Foster-Powell neighborhood, Red Castle offers a strong selection of kid’s games, many of which are focused on learning and/or developing dexterity. This is in addition to their wide variety of classic board games, collectable card games, role-playing games and tabletop miniature games. There’s also a comfortable play space, daily events, a game rental library and games available to play for free in-store.
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 2-10 p.m.; Fri., noon-midnight; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
6406 SE Foster Rd.
The juggernaut of Portland game stores, Guardian Games is home to over 30,000 games and 12,000 square feet of space. You’ll be sure to find something for game-enthusiasts two years and older, such as board games, card games, role-playing games, LEGOs, video games, miniatures and more.
Pro tip: The store has more than 50 gaming tables, 700 demo games that are always free to play in store and a jam-packed events calendar.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-8 p.m.
345 SE Taylor St.
photo by Guardian Games
Time Vault Games
This 1,500 square foot store in downtown is geared mostly toward Magic the Gathering and caters mainly to kids 15 and older, but it does have other tabletop and card games for younger ages. There’s seating for over 50 players and more than 25 different board games that are free to checkout. Magic the Gathering tournaments are offered every night of the week, usually with 12 to 30 players.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m.
1224 SW Broadway St.
What are your favorite game stores in Portland? Let us know in the comments below.
— Carrie Uffindell