You are reading

“Good Games NYC” Opens on Broadway, As New Owners Take Over Shuttered Tabletop Game Store

Good Games NYc (photo courtesy of Kevin An)

March 15, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

A new tabletop game store has opened on Broadway, replacing a similar game store that closed last month.

Good Games NYC opened at 42-11 Broadway last weekend under new management, replacing The Geekery. The establishment is now owned by Astoria resident and lifelong gamer Kevin An, along with two business partners.

The store will sell many of the same items that The Geekery offered, including collectible card games, board games, and role-playing games. The establishment, unlike The Geekery, will offer more games for children and for less-experienced gamers. It does not sell video games.

One of the store’s more popular games, according to An, is Magic: The Gathering, a strategy card game that involves battles between wizards that use spells or artifacts, found on cards, to defeat their opponents.

Other popular games include Pandemic, a cooperative game where cards inform players of diseases that have wiped out certain regions and players have to work together to eradicate them; and Egricola, a European board game where players are farmers and work to expand their farms and feed their families.

The shop, which has weekly gaming tournaments scheduled on its website’s calendar, sells its games in the front of the store and has an ‘open play’ section in the back where there is space for up to 50 gamers at a time. 

“We want to make sure that all players still have somewhere to play; a space they can feel comfortable,” An said.

Employees are also available to teach customers how to play a game prior to purchase, as a way to encourage new gamers to get interested.

“We offer help for people who don’t necessarily know where to begin,” An said of his gaming shop. 

The store, just like the Geekery, wants its focus to be tabletop games.

“Video games are great too, but when you’re playing a board game you have to interact with people and use strategy to work together,” An said. “Even if you’re playing a video game online and speaking to people, you’re usually still solitary. These games encourage critical thinking.”

The new shop will also be participating in the Shop Small Astoria Spring Retail Crawl, a Spring sale promotion with 17 participating businesses that will take place from March 22 to the 24.

Customers receive a “passport” that gets signed by each participating store they buy items from. Customers with signatures from five or more stores are entered into a chance to win gift cards from all participating stores ($400 in value).

Customers with eight or more stores win a “swag bag” with goodies and coupons to participating stores and other local Astoria bars and restaurants. Good Games NYC has contributed a $30 gift card and logo pins and other merchandise to the prize.

Good Games NYC is open seven days a week: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on from Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin An)


email the author:


Click for Comments 
Thomas Buckley

I think the age of game stores is just about over. I see this business closing in about a year.

Skip Seglipse

Board and card games are as popular as ever. Whether or not this business survives isn’t an indication of the health of the genre as a whole.

There are plenty of thriving game stores around the country. The Geekery HQ itself was around for three years before this change of ownership, and the place was always packed for events.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Southeast Queens man arraigned on weapons charges after cops search his ‘ghost car’ near LaGuardia Airport: DA

A Hollis man was criminally charged after police discovered a cache of weapons in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was pulled over for driving a “ghost car” with obscured license plates in East Elmhurst near LaGuardia Airport during the early morning hours of June 12.

Judd Sanson, 27, of Jamaica Avenue, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with multiple counts of weapons possession, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem and other crimes after the arsenal was found in his SUV.

‘Ghost car’ driver arrested in East Elmhurst after traffic stop reveals weapons, threatening note: NYPD

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst discovered an arsenal of weapons in a ghost car they pulled over on Ditmars Boulevard and 86th Street in East Elmhurst early Wednesday morning.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey held a press briefing at the 110th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what the sergeant and three officers from the 110th Precinct public safety team found when they pulled over a black Ford Explorer at around 1:30 a.m. because it had blacked-out license plates.

Henry ‘Hank’ Krumholz, stalwart pioneer of Queens LGBTQ Pride, dies at 73

Henry “Hank” Krumholz, a pioneering gay rights activist in Queens, passed away on Sunday in his Flushing apartment at the age of 73.

Krumholz played a crucial role in the establishment and success of the Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade, which is held annually in Jackson Heights. He joined the parade’s sponsoring organization right after its inaugural event in 1993 and continued his involvement for decades. His passing came just a week after this year’s parade on June 2, marking its 31st anniversary.