Like any thriving board-, card-, and RPG-game shop, Williamsburg’s Twenty Sided Store houses a strong stock of imaginative goodness: European-style family and strategy games like Settlers of Catan and Agricola; grittier dice-and-death pleasures like Descent and Eldritch Horror; war games and miniatures and RPG tomes and everything you need to conduct the grandest of space, elf, or historical battles on your kitchen table. But what makes Twenty Sided a critical hit is something all too rare in geek retail: It’s a singularly inviting shop to visit, browse, and play in, even for the merely D&D-curious. The staff is not only knowledgeable but also welcoming, and the playroom in back — so often the inhospitable weak spot of an otherwise promising game shop — is bright, clean, and stocked with excellent games (and healthy snacks!). The nice folks of the Board Game Society meet Thursday nights; the rest of the week, more specialized groups roll their bones, stack their decks, and dream new worlds together.
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