Seattle gaming links

Here are some resources and links to local meeting spots, mailing lists, game stores, and conventions in the Pacific Northwest. Let us know about any we missed!

Clubs and Hangouts

  • AFK Tavern: Located: 1510 41st St, Everett, WA 98201.  Yep, an actual tavern by gamers, for gamers.
  • Cafe Mox: (206) 436-0540.  Located: 5105 Leary Ave NW (Ballard neighbourhood), Seattle, WA  98107.  Attached to Card Kingdom;
  • Metro Seattle Gamers: (206) 781-0047.  Located: 1600 West Armory Way, C106, Seattle, WA 98119.  The premier game club in Seattle.

Mailing Lists and Forums

Stores

  • Arcane Comics & More : (206) 781-4875. Located: 5809 15th Ave NW, corner of NW 58th St, Seattle (Ballard neighbourhood); hours: 10am – 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • Avatar Games: (425) 303-9080. Located: 4330 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA
  • Blue Highway Games: (206) 282-0540. Located: 2203 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109. Board games, card games, family games.
  • Card Kingdom (formerly Berserk Games): (206) 523-CARD.  Located: 5105 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA  98107 (Ballard neighbourhood).
    Comic Book Cafe: 425-778-3747, 1-866-55-COMIC. Located: 19715 Scriber Lake Rd., Suite A, Lynnwood, WA 98036. Comics, RPGs, miniatures, cards, etc.
  • The Dreaming: (206) 525-9394. Located: 5226 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District). Comics and RPGs, nice indie game section, one gaming table.
  • Dreamstrands Comics: (206) 297-3737. Located: 115 N. 85th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Mostly comics.
  • Ernie’s Games: (425) 424-0500/ Located: 17705 140th Ave NE Ste A-14, Woodinville, WA 98072 (across from the Park & Ride).
  • Fantastic Games & Toys: (425) 775-4871. Located: 22617 76th Ave. W., Suite 204, Edmonds, WA 98026. Located near the Ranch 99 Market behind Payless Shoes, on the second floor on the south side of the complex.
  • The Game Matrix: 253-583-9708. Located: 8610 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tacoma area; RPGs, CCGs, Miniature Gaming, Board Games and hobby game supplies.
  • Gamefest: 425-391-8171. Located: 605 E. Sunset Way, Suite 100, Issaquah, WA 98027. Board games, strategy games, etc.
  • Games Plus: (425) 485-7295. Located: 12637 NE Woodinville Dr, Woodinville. Has a large back room and the owner is willing to host games to around 11 pm or so.
  • Games Plus Too: (360) 658-1644. Located: 17306 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 19, Arlington, WA 98223-4707.
  • Gamma Ray Games: Located: 411 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122. The space is fantastic, open and airy, with a cool “gaming loft” for open gaming. The stock is mostly Euros at the moment, but owner Eric Logan was really interested in hearing about what cool indie RPGs he should be stocking.
  • Gary’s Games and Hobbies: (Local): Alas, Gary retired. Thank you for a long history of supporting the gamer community!
  • Games & Gizmos: (425) 497-9579. Located: 8912 161st Ave NE, Redmond WA, 98052. Large gaming area with several tables.
  • Golden Age Collectables: (206) 622-9799. Located: Pike Place Public Market, Seattle, WA 98101. Mostly comics, small RPG section.
  • Green Lake Games: (206) 922-3146 Located: 7509 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Aurora/Green Lake neighbourhood). Play space for 30 people, with a selection of over 800 board games and over 300 RPG books.
  • Half Price Books: 206.547.7859. Located: 4709 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105-5602. Also stores in Bellevue, Everett, Lynnwood, Redmond, Tukwila, Tacoma, and Seattle (Capitol Hill). Have an RPG section.
  • Olympic Cards & Comics: (360) 459-7721. Located: 4129 Pacific Ave, Lacey, WA 98503.
  • Oroboro Games & Books: (425) 558-9181. Located: 545C 156th Ave SE, Redmond, WA. Formerly Coyote Games.
  • Otherworlds: (425) 640-2214.  Located: 203 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA  98020.  Specializing in fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, vintage horror, used books, board games, role-playing games, and fashion, and mostly handmade merchandise supplied by local artists. Strong steampunk focus.
  • The Panzer Depot: (425) 823-8201. Located: 11630 Slater Ave NE #5, Kirkland, WA 98034. Primarily miniatures games, models and accessories.
  • Rainmaker Games: (206) 618-8801.  2006 35th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98199-3949 (Greenlake neighbourhood).
  • Seattle Wargaming LLC: (425) 583-6652.  1715 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102.  Tabletop wargaming, CCG and boardgames. 1000sqft of gaming space.
  • Snapdoodle Toys: (425) 408-0021.  Located: 7330 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028.
  • Third Place Books: 206-366-3333. Located: Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. Mostly new and used books, small RPG selection; adjoining area has huge number of large tables.
  • Uncle’s Games (Bellevue): (425)746-1539 . Located: 15600 NE 8th Ave., Suite K10, Bellevue, WA. Located at the Crossroads Mall.
  • Uncle’s Games (Redmond): (425) 497-9180. Located: 16507 NE 74th St., Redmond. Located in the Redmond Town Center.
  • Wandering Havoc Games: (425) 609-4527.  Located: 514 State Ave Ste 207, Marysville WA 98270.
  • Zanadu Comics (U District): (206) 632-0989. Located: 1307 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105. Mostly comics.
  • Zanadu Comics (downtown): (206) 443-1316. Located: 1923 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Mostly comics.

Pacific Northwest Conventions

  • AmberCon: dedicated to the Amber Diceless RPG, held annually in Northern Oregon.  (November)
  • Astronomi-Con: the largest independently run Warhammer 40,000 Tournament in Canada, with an annual event in Vancouver, BC.  (June)
  • ConFusion: Gaming convention in Victoria, BC.  (October)
  • Crypticon: A horror convention in Everett, with a gaming track.  (June)
  • Dak-kön: Vancouver Island gaming event, focused on role-playing.  (February)
  • Dragonflight: Yearly Seattle area tabletop gaming convention.  (August)
  • Emerald City ComiCon: Primarily comics, but has some tabletop gaming.  (April)
  • Enfilade!: Miniatures wargaming convention (Memorial Day weekend, May)
  • Eugene Game Gala (EGG): Board games day in Eugene, OR.  (February)
  • Fandemonium: A celebration of fandom near Boise, Idaho.  (August)
  • Game Design Expo: For game industry pros, students of game design, and everyone passionate about games, Vancouver Film School’s Game Design program organizes this yearly event. Focus on electronic, computer, and console gaming, in Vancouver, BC.  (February)
  • GameOn: New board game convention  in Issaquah.  (February)
  • GameStorm: gaming convention in Vancouver WA (the one near Portland, OR) — now includes Indie Hurricane! (March)
  • GAMEX: the University of Oregon Gaming Club’s annual Gaming Extravaganza, in Eugene, OR.  (May)
  • Go Play NW: A convention for people who like to design, run, and play independent role-playing games.  (June)
  • GottaCon: New game convention in Victoria, BC.  (February)
  • Just A Game Con: Very inexpensive gaming convention in Corvallis, Oregon.  (April)
  • LAN Party NW: Western Washington’s LAN of choice.  (Quarterly)
  • Northwest Classic Gaming Expo: Held in various cities depending on the year
  • NorWesCon: primarily a science-fiction convention with some RPGs and cosplay — famous as one of the rare conventions in the area that includes full-bar private parties (Easter weekend)
  • OryCon: Science-fiction convention in Portland, OR (November)
  • PaizoCon: Anual meetup organized by Paizo Publishing.  (June)
  • PAX (Penny Arcade Expo): Primarily console, video and PC gaming, but has a growing RPG section. (Labor Day weekend, September)
  • PDXLAN: Semi-annual LAN event in Portland.
  • Portland Retro Gaming Convention: annual convention to support the hobby of classic video game collecting (September)
  • RadCon: Sci-fi/fantasy and gaming convention held in Pasco, WA (Presidents Day weekend, February)
  • Rustycon: Science-fiction and fantasy convention in the Greater Seattle area (January)
  • Sakura-Con: Anime convention, primarily cosplay and contests but has a gaming section ranging from electronic to tabletop. (April)
  • SteamCon: Revolves around the steampunk genre.  (October)
  • VCon: Science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in Vancouver, BC. (October)
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7 Responses

  1. Could you add this group to your fine list of links?

    http://www.meetup.com/saga-starwars/

    Puget Sound Star Wars Meetup – we currently have two games running Monday nights at Third Place Commons. We’ve been going strong for several months now.

  2. I added it — thanks for the link, Tim!

  3. Can you add our game store to the list above?

    Green Lake Games (Aurora/Green Lake): (206) 922-3146 Located: 7509 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103. Play space for 30 people with a selection of over 800 board games and over 300 RPG books.

    Thanks so much!

    -Dan Tibbles
    Owner
    Green Lake Games

  4. Added, thanks Dan.

  5. Heads up that Dragon’s Lair in Bellevue has closed shop.

  6. Also, Ji Dian Station LARP hasn’t been active for a few years now.

  7. Thanks for the updates, Amber!

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