Gift guide for the board game enthusiast on your list

Is there someone on your list who just loves throwing the dice and moving Meeple around the board? Whether it's beating Cthulhu, stealing from Smaug or building the longest train, stop by one of these Toronto-area board game stores to find just what you need.

Kaiju Games Ltd

290 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1C6

Located on the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and The West Mall, in the heart of Etobicoke, Kaiju Games offers the biggest selection of in-stock board games in the GTA. Try a new twist on an old favourite with Dr. Who and Mass Effect Risk games or The Wizard of Oz and The Legend of Zelda Monopoly games. Board games, card games and accessories neatly line the walls in this clean, brightly lit store. Dozens of free demo games are on hand for you to try.

X Planet Games & Hobbies

5170 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 1E3

A short jaunt from Toronto, in Mississauga, you'll find board games, miniatures and accessories in this inviting store with cheerful orange and green walls, wood floors, multiple tables, and big, comfy chairs to plop down and game in. New releases available at the store include Tokaido and Smash Up – both great board games for families on your list – and Abyss for the strategy game lover.

Friendly Troll

5298 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5P9

Located on Yonge Street, at Ellerslie Avenue in North York, Friendly Troll is easy to find – just look for the green sign with the big red dice. Consider picking up Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pandemic Legacy or Roll for It! for those who love to toss the dice, or the award-winning Five Tribes: The Djinns of Naqala strategy game. Watch for the many game nights and tournaments held at the store.

Planet Ex

12-815 Major MacKenzie Dr E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9X2

Walk in through the door guarded by Superman and Batman in beautiful Richmond Hill, and, along with board games, you'll find shelves stacked with role-playing games, comics, collectibles, statues, models and clothing. This store was The Best of Toronto Reader's Choice Winner in 2014. Check out the classic board game Settlers of Catan for the family, Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 for the World War II buff or The Simpson's Clue for fans of the show.

Legends Warehouse

643 Chrislea Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L 8A3

Easy to access from highway 400, Legends is a warehouse open to the public, so you can find anything you seek for the board game enthusiast on your list. Check out new arrivals like Risk: Game of Thrones, Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans and The Undercity. If you can't decide what to choose, you can attend regular board game nights and events six days a week to help you.

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