Game Store Quest!: Dallas, TX

Hey hey. A couple of weeks ago I attended BGG Con 2019 (find my thoughts on the event here) in Dallas, Texas. Common Ground Games was just a quick detour along my way from the airport to the show’s new location (which was lovely, by the way) so I decided to drop in.

Common Ground was clean, well-lit, well-stocked, and staffed by knowledgeable people. I enjoyed browsing through well-organized sections of board, card, and tabletop games, accessories, and paraphernalia. I found some unique and interesting titles, including two games I didn’t believe to be available except on the 2nd hand market. They even had meeple throw pillows and metal meeples.

I appreciated the layout of the store – the merchandise area felt a little cramped but I think this was just because there was such a large selection in a relatively smallish space. It was organized by genre and it was neat to see games with similar-feeling titles laid out together. I appreciated unique sections of the store, like an endcap display of prototyping supplies, or a selection of aftermarket upgrades and organizers, both pictured below. They also hosted a large selection of children’s games.

They also had a very large library of demo games and a decently sized play space, which featured several walk up tables where games were set up, ready and waiting for players.

This store was fun to visit and I was surprised and pleased to find a couple of games I didn’t think I would be able to find so “easily”. I also liked getting to see (in a store) some of the more unusual items, like the metal meeples and the prototyping supplies. I enjoyed browsing their large and well-organized selection of games and gaming supplies/accessories. I liked that they laid out games in their play space and, if so inclined, one could just walk up and begin playing right away. I would definitely recommend stopping in if you’re ever in the area.

If you would like to see more pictures from this trip, or from any of my travels, follow me on Instagram at @sarahmtrager


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