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Guest Author | 07/20/2022 | Downtown Corvallis, Family Friendly

Game on!

On a quest for something different for you and your party to do while in Corvallis?  Love game nights? Fantastic! Corvallis is your destination, with a variety of appealing choices for fun times, day or night!

How about trying some unique, immersive, interactive, or tabletop game experiences? These places offer distinctive options, from card games to escape rooms to playing a character in a whodunnit murder mystery over dinner, playing with puzzles or board games or retro video games to delving into the fantastic fantasies of tabletop RPGs.

1. Conundrum House

Conundrum House is a one-stop club for all things mysterious and adventurous. You can stay and play or take games home with you. Join the membership program and access the extensive rentable collection of tabletop games, including board games (check out the CLUE collection), RPGs, puzzles (some are vintage, with mysteries written by murder mystery authors), and dinner party mysteries in a box. A new feature is their event space, "The Saunders Room," a perfect setting for your next dinner party - featuring the murder of the Great Sage, Rosemary N. Thyme!

Conundrum House is located at 460 SW Madison Avenue, on the second floor. The entrance is in between Castor and Splendid Barre.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

2. Escape Corvallis

Each of Escape Corvallis' five rooms has a theme with its own challenges. New to escape rooms? Start with their Got Brains room, which offers a zombie outbreak theme. The Repository of Extraordinary Challenges (REC) room has a steampunk vibe, Happy Hour feels like Las Vegas, and Spy’s Safehouse will have you rescue national-security information just in time! The newest room is great for kids' parties, created for 6-10-year-olds. This room features a secret door, and when the kids solve the puzzles (with hints as needed), it opens to the party room!

Escape Corvallis is located at 301 SW 4th Street, Suite 280, on the second floor with the ground-level gated entrance.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

3. Kontraband Retro Games

Do you love video games? Kontraband offers games for almost every console and a variety of peripherals. This retro game store beats the mass chain competitor on trade-in prices. While they specialize in vintage games, don’t be fooled - they also sell current titles (which the sales team will tell you they’ve tested to make sure the games are fun).

Kontraband is located at 425 SW Madison Avenue, Suite C, across the street from Conundrum House. The entrance is through the lobby you’ll see next to Starbucks and Ryko.

Learn more on their website and Instagram.

4. Kraken Cards

Kraken Cards, owned by game supply manufacturer Inked Gaming, features an open space where gamers can gather or compete in friendly events with their community. Play card games such as Magic, Pokemon, My Hero, Flesh and Blood, and more. In addition, the front of the store sells sports cards, collectibles, board games, playmats, sleeves, deck cases, memorabilia, and other gamer gear.

Kraken Cards is located at 114 SW 3rd Street, across from Wise Cracks Café.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

5. Matt's Cavalcade of Comics

Walk in, and you’ll instantly know Matt's Cavalcade of Comics is different from all the rest with its massive collection of comic books - both mainstream and by local artists - and the walls filled with Funko Pops, possibly the largest collection in the state. Looking for a D&D game to join? Ask, and they’ll guide you. They also offer board games, cards, and random items appealing to "the geek in all of us."

Matt's Cavalcade of Comics is located at 2075 NW Buchanan Avenue, across the street from Fred Meyers.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

6. Pegasus Games

Pegasus Games has been in business for 21 years, and Marc, the owner, has taught people how to play Magic and other games for 25 years, garnering him a loyal following. Aside from the over 300 board games available, you’ll find an extensive Warhammer collection, miniature figurines, and play space. Marc says that if there is a game he doesn’t have, he will reach out to other local stores to find it for you.

Pegasus Games is located at 1100 SW 3rd Street, next to Papa’s Pizza in South Corvallis.

Learn more on Facebook.

Gamagora Geekhouse

Gamagora Geekhouse has been renovating its space and promises to open when everything is set. It looks to be a combination "geek store," coffee shop, and members-only lounge. No wonder all the other game store owners are excited about the upcoming opening of this hot spot - who knows what they will dream up over a special concoction!

Gamagora Geekhouse will be located at 108 SW 3rd Street, one door north of Kraken Cards.

Keep up to date on their website and Facebook page.

Article and photos by Stacey Newman Weldon. Gamagora Geekhouse logo via Facebook. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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