I had the good fortune to spend a day in Copenhagen with my family. It was the first
trip to this intriguing city for any of us. In the morning, we took the
kids to the Aquarium, and they were entranced by the hammerhead sharks (among
other things). After lunch, my wife wanted to take the canal tour, so we spent
a relaxing hour floating along, going under bridges, and seeing lots of interesting
sites. After that, it was my turn. I wanted to visit the local gaming store. While
we managed to turn a 15-minute walk into a half-hour walk, not including the
drink break, we eventually found it… our should I say ‘them’.
walking into Faraos Cigarer, I knew I was walking into a special store. It was
big, and positively crammed with games. My first stop was the role-playing wall.
And I do mean ‘wall’. A giant shelf, fifteen-or-more feet high, and nearly the
width of the shop, it had everything. The only downside is that I could only
reach about 40% of the books on the wall! (In fairness, even their tallest
customers are going to need a ladder for some items).
the other side of the shop they had a section of discount games and used/collectable
games, including more than a few rarities (priced appropriately). I took
advantage of some of the cheaper options, picking up a couple of the out-of-print
Fantasy Flight, Warhammer 40,000 RPG Books. I also found a 3rd Ed GURPS book that I have wanted for a
while, in near-mint condition!
my wife entertaining the kids, I knew I was on limited time, so I ran around
the shop a bit like a headless chicken. I only skimmed the board games, knowing I didn't have space to carry any of them back, but soon I realized something was
missing – miniature games! When I made my purchases, I asked the guy at the counter
if they carried any mini games and he said – they were in their other shop,
just around the corner!
in with my wife, she insisted that I take a look at this new store, even though
the kids were getting hungry and tired. I’m so glad she did. Although the
second store wasn’t quite as big, it was just as crammed with goodies. One wing
of the store was devoted to collectable card games, the other to miniature
games. As expected, this was dominated by Games Workshop, but had a good
selection of other stuff as well. They even had a chunk of my own games! I’m hoping
that means they are popular and not that they bought in a bunch they couldn’t
store also had a downstairs gaming area reached by a spiral staircase in
the middle of the shop. I picked up a few items from this shop as well, which I’ll talk
about in later posts, and had a quick chat with the guy at the counter. It was Magic
night, and he was a Magic guy, so he didn’t know much about mini-games played in the store,
other than they happened sometime.
they also have a comic store in close proximity, but I didn’t have time to
check out it.
if you put those two shops I did see together, it might just be the best gaming
store I have ever seen. I feel like I have a little unfinished business
exploring them, and I know what I’ll be concentrating on next time I’m in
Copenhagen (I do also want to check out the National Museum).
** Curiously, if you took a guess at the translation of the store name, you would probably be close. It apparently means 'Pharaoh's Cigars'. There must be a story behind that name.