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20 Best Places to Absolutely Geek Out in Buffalo & WNY

City Guide, Hobby, Shopping, Things to Do

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Written by Nickolas Schuessler

Published on October 28, 2021
Photo courtesy of Pulp 716

Buffalo is a good place to be if you’re interested in a lot of things, including food, beer, theater, art, learning new things and plenty more. One thing we can’t forget on that list – geek culture! From board games and comic books to magic cards, video games and tabletop roleplaying games there are so many places to explore this nerdy subculture locally.

Read on for a long list of spots to embrace your inner geek!

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#1: Iron Buffalo

656 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY 14226 / (716) 541-0336

“We’re a locally-owned and enthusiast-operated small business located on the edge of Amherst and Buffalo, NY. Iron Buffalo is a place for people who love all that is geekery to come together and drink coffee.”

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#2: Dragon Snack Games

3908 Maple Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226 / (716) 833-0740

“Buffalo’s full line Hobby Game Store”

#3: Gather and Game

205 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / (716) 342-2823 / More Info

“We’re working to give back every bit as much to WNY as all of you have given us by creating a space that is truly welcoming to all, builds stronger community connections through a shared love of gaming and is built on an ethos of sharing joy and fun.”

4. 3D Comics

32 Central Avenue, Lancaster, New York 14086 / (716) 860-7837

“We will have NEW comic books available for purchase every Wednesday. Our store will have graded comics, custom art Funko Pops, lithographs, limited edition prints, and statues for sale. Look out for more in-store events, artists, monthly giveaways, and MORE. Thank you so much for being a part of our new adventure!”

5. Dark Forest Games

196 Oliver St North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / (716) 866-3874

“Dark Forest Games, specializing in Magic: The Gathering, board games, and hobby supplies.”

6. Collector’s Inn

3107 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14217 / (716) 873-8633

“Buffalo’s source for comics, trading cards, games, and action figures. We have experts in games and comics, buy and sell. Open every day! Largest browsable selection of Magic and Pokemon cards. Largest variety of games in town. Always getting in fresh comics, new and old! We run the most events out of any store in the greater Buffalo area for various games.”

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7. Heart of the Game

85 S Rossler Ave, Buffalo, NY 14206 / (716) 939-3456

“Heart of the Game is a Family Friendly Local Gaming Store and Gaming Destination! We specialize in Retro and Modern Video Games, Trading Card Games, Tabletop/Board Games, Role-Playing Games, Miniature Wargaming, and Gaming Supplies and Accessories!”

8. MTG Mana Bar

287 Oliver Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / (716) 695-2051

“We hope The Mana Bar becomes your one-stop shop for all things MTG! Browse our huge collection of singles. Sell the cards you no longer need directly to us for either cash or store credit. Building a new deck? Send us your entire decklist.”

9. Casual Dragon Games

136 Walnut St, Lockport, NY 14094 / (716) 201-1147

“Creators of Island Dice, Zombie Sheep, and BRYGS with more on the way.”

10. WNY Gaming, LLC.

140 Pine St Unit 18, Hamburg, NY 14075 / (716) 777-4299

“Western New York’s/Buffalo Area’s One-Stop Shop For MTG, Pokemon, Board Games, Keyforge, and Dungeons and Dragons. The Best Selection, Latest Singles, Books, Minis, and Booster Boxes. Don’t Fall for the imitators, Come to the Best!” 

11. Oogie Games

Locations:

  • (716) 832-GAME (4263) / 2889 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • (716) 298-GAME (4263) / 2406 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

“We Buy, Sell, Trade & Repair ALL VIDEO GAMES from Atari to NES to PS4! We guarantee more for your trades than the place with the initials “GS”!!”

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12. A Cardstore

4016 Union Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14225 / (716) 713-1184

“For decades our local Buffalo-based shop has specialized in comic books, collectibles, cards, and gaming!”

13. Queen City Bookstore

3184 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214 / (716) 833-6220

“Located in North Buffalo on Main St. We are now open on Sundays!  We have new comics, graphic novels, back issues, horror mags, we offer consignment sales, special orders, subscriptions, and supplies!  Also, have kid-friendly comics!”

14. Gutter Pop Comics

1421 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, New York 14216 / (716) 436-4806

“Comics & More”

15. Cosmic Comics and Collectibles LLC

3637 Union Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 / (716) 288-7707

“The only comic book super-store in WNY.”

16. Halley’s Comics & Games

1144 Oliver Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / (716) 695-6138

“Comic book store. Locally owned since 1985. Current & back issues, Toys, Graphic novels, Models, Comic supplies & posters! HOLD SERVICE & SPECIAL ORDERS!”

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17. Empire Comics

1069 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, New York, 14220 / (716) 695-2051

“Whether you’re a diehard collector or simply a fan of superhero movies, Empire Comics is an emporium of comics, new and vintage, from all your favorite franchises, genres, and authors! Located in South Buffalo, we cater to the general public as well as comic, graphic novel & gaming enthusiasts & collectors who trade and buy comics for pleasure.”

18. Pulp 716

Locations:

  • Pulp 716 at Gateway Harbor: ​31 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY / (716) 389-0821 / More Info
  • Pulp 716 in Historic Lockport: 45 East Avenue, Lockport, NY / (716) 389-0821 / More Info

“Coffee, Comics, and Bubble Tea! Thousands of new comic books, toys, and games. Ranked the #1 bubble tea shop in New York by Wemadethatpartup.com.”

19. Dave and Adam’s

8075 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 / (716) 626-0000 / More Info

“Dave & Adam’s retail store carries a wide selection of trading cards, autographed memorabilia, team gear, and Bills and Sabres apparel. As a Corporate Sponsor of the Buffalo Sabres, Dave and Adam’s works with many of the athletes to host various player signings throughout the year – giving customers the chance to meet and obtain autographs from various members of not only the Sabres but the Bills as well.”

20. 1811 Comics

56 East Spring Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 / (716) 631-2424

“1811 Comics is located on the second floor of the Mill. Come browse new and vintage comics, toys and collectibles, or pose for photos with one of our life size super hero statues. Newly released comic titles are out for sale Wednesdays at 10 am. We are always buying comics toys and collectibles. Contact us via Facebook for more information.”

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/nickolasschuessler/" target="_self">Nickolas Schuessler</a>

Written by Nickolas Schuessler

Nick is a Buffalonian, born and breed in Clarence. He has a BA in English Literature and a passion for community.
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