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Posted on Sun, Apr 18, 2010 : midnight

Gaming Locations: Where to buy, rent and play

By Renee Tellez

Ann Arbor District Library
5 locations: Downtown Branch, 303 S. Fifth Ave.; Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr.; Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.; West Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave.; Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive.
Main number: 734-327-4200. Hours: Mon., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Borrow games, music, movies and books. Check website for gaming events.

Ann Arbor Gaming Group
They meet twice weekly, in the Ann Arbor area (usually at one of the local coffee houses) for strategy gaming, plus special events. They play a wide variety of games, with particular emphasis on German and Cheaper-style games (we have several companies' worth of playtesters and demo team members participating). Meetings are usually Wednesday or Thursday evenings, with other opportunities as noted. This is not a pay-dues, vote-on-officers, meeting-minutes kind of club; just a group of people who likes games and enjoys the social interaction, the challenge of learning new games, and a relaxing night of friendly gaming! For more info, visit them on Yahoo!

Blockbuster Video
Movie and video game rental. Some used available for purchase. 4 Locations:
2248 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-769-1920.
2601 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-747-6220.
2547 Ellsworth Rd, Ypsilanti, 734-528-4590.
1305 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 734-429-0182.

Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St., Chelsea, 734-475-8732. Hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day): Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. In the event of severe weather warnings, call the library before visiting. Summer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed for holidays and early on some holiday eves.
Borrow games, music, movies and books. Check website for special

Chuck E. Cheese's
2655 Oak Valley Dr. , Ann Arbor, 734-222-1003. Pizza and games. Hours: Sun.-Thur., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. A great place to let kids of any age free to run, jump, climb and play on the games, rides and attractions Chuck E. Cheese's has to offer. From the coolest video games and high tech simulator rides to their special attractions and kiddie rides for the little ones.

Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine St., Dexter, 734-426-4477. Borrow games, books, movies and music. Family fun events, including making Lego creations, drop in Wii gaming and Rock Band.

Digital Ops
525 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-994-1595. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-10 p.m.; Fri., 3 p.m.-Midnight; Sat., Noon-Midnight; Sun., Noon-10 p.m.
• Monthly Memberships available, $30. Instantly gets you 10 hours of play, $5 off all passes and $4 hours.
• Also offering computer repairs.
• Gaming and competitions. Equipment, Games, & Rates: Microsoft XBOX 360 + Live Accounts, Nintendo Wii, AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Processors, 6600GT - 6800 Video Cards, 1024MBs DDR Memory, 80GB Western Digital SE Hard Drives, Abit NF7 v2.0 Motherboards, Sennheiser PC 150 & FlightCom Headsets.
• Regular weekly event: A2 Build Bunker, Maker Meetings: Build Night! The weekly (adult crowd) Thursday gathering, 7:30 p.m.-whenever! Bring a project, an idea, a proposal, parts to strip, some food, or just your smiling self.
• Saturday Afternoons, 2-6 p.m., ages 13-16, everything Maker related.
Call or email for the latest game list.
Pricing: $5 p/hr; Weekday Half Day (5 hours) pass: $10; Weekend Half Day (6 hours) pass: $15. Check website for special High School rates.

EB Games
Store #4565. Briarwood Mall (JC Penney side). 606 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, 734-761-5293. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. New and used games and equipment for sale. Check website for the latest shipments.

FUN 4 ALL Comics - Games
2742 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, 734-434-7440. Hours: Mon. & Tues., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 12-6 p.m.
Offering a wide selection of comic books, graphic novels, card games, miniatures games, board games, comic book figures & statues, and much more! Fun 4 All hosts in-store tournaments, including Magic: the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures, HeroClix, Star Wars Miniatures, and much more.

Special Events:
• Sundays at 1 p.m.: Yu-Gi-Oh Hobby League, constructed Yu-Gi-Oh play, fun for the kids and the entire family. Top finishers win additional booster packs. Entry fee: $6.36 includes play and booster pack.
• Fridays at 6 p.m.: Magic: the Gathering Friday Night Magic Event - Booster Draft Magic play, Top finishers win additional booster packs. DCI points awarded. Entry fee: $14.

Check their website for complete schedule -

Games Workshop
Paint Creek, 2086 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-482-4449. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 2-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-9 p.m.; Sun., Noon-6 p.m.; Closed Mon. & Tues. Gaming and Hobby shop.
The largest and the most successful tabletop fantasy and futuristic battle-games company in the world. The major brands are Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. In addition, they hold a global licence from New Line Cinema for a tabletop battle-game based on director Peter Jackson's BAFTA and Academy award winning film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

4 Locations:
• State St. Crossing, 6889 State Rd., Saline, 734-429-0801
• Huron Village, 3225 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-973-2941;
• Cranbrook Village, 878 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Ann Arbor, 734-668-1400;
• Roundtree Place, 2423 Ellsworth Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-973-2941
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. New and used games and equipment for

Get Your Game On
709 Packard St., Ann Arbor, 734-786-3746. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat., 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Everything game related sold from miniatures, to video games, to board games, to collectible trading card games! Event Hosting for video game tourneys, RPG Space, etc.

Hollywood Video
Movie and video game rental. Some used available for purchase. 3 Locations:
2360 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor, 734-668-0600.

Labyrinth Comics & Games
324 S. State St., Ann Arbor, (ground level entrance is located between Expresso Royale Cafe and Noodles & Company). Regular Business Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Noon-9 p.m.; Tues., Noon-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., Noon-Midnight; Closed on Sunday.
Comics, table-top miniature games, card games, role playing games. They carry comics, graphic novels, Magic: The Gathering, role-playing games, board games, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40k, and much more. They also buy, sell and trade comics and games.
Special late night gaming on Tuesday Nights. Check website fore more details.

Pinball Petes
1214 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-213-2502. Arcade, located downstairs. Featuring "old school" pinball and arcade games to the newer, interactive type games, pool, air hockey. Fun for all ages!

2675 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, 734-434-2838. Miniture golf, games, batting cages and more. Great for the whole family. Group rates and memberships available. Every Tuesday is all-you-can-play-day. Super Saturday: From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., you can play all the miniature golf you want, receive 20 game room tokens, and a small pop, all for only $7.00 per person!
Summer Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-Midnight; Sun. Noon-11 p.m. These hours are subject to business and weather conditions. Batting Cages close at 10 p.m. and in wet conditions. Fall hours start Sept. 8.

Tree Town Toys
Traver Village Shopping Center, 2611 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-929-6545. Hours: Mon.-Wed., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Easy access and free parking. Specialty toy store featuring thousand of toys and games, redwood and cedar play structures, and strollers and baby gear. Online ordering available. Special store events, featuring crafts, storytimes and game nights. Visit them on Facebook or

Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-998-1413. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. They sell comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, manga, action figures, statues, dvds, t-shirts, posters, art prints, and tons of stuff from Kid Robot, StrangeCo, Critterbox, and Toy2R.
They also feature a "Mightly Board Game" Schedule:
  • Family Games (Free!), Sundays 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Drop-in Gaming (Free!), Sundays 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Featured Game Night (Free!), 20% off Featured Titles!, Wednesdays 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • HeroClix (Clix needed to play), Saturdays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Visit website for featured titles, new shipments and events.

Ypsilanti District Library
3 Ypsilanti Locations, main phone number 734-482-4110. Closed on holidays, see website for additional info.
5577 Whittaker Road. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Lego Nights, Tues., from 6-8 p.m. Construct magnificent buildings, vehicles, or animals out of your imagination and legos! Check library website for more info.
229 W. Michigan Ave. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed on Sun. Tuesday is game night!, from 6-8:30 p.m., drop-in, Free. Play Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Uno, Sorry, Twister and other fun games. Also Teen Gaming Thursdays, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cruise into the library and play a variety of games on Wii and Playstation 2. Snacks provided. Check schedule.
8975 MacArthur Blvd. Hours: Mon. & Wed., 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wii Gaming on Wed. nights, 5-6 p.m., Games include: Wii Sports, Big Brain Academy, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and Mario Kart.
Borrow books, music, movies and games. See website for other events.

Video Game and Gaming Systems also available for sale at the following locations:

2 Locations:
215 N Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-761-8557.
3100 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, 734-434-0200.

3 Locations:
5645 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-222-0301
3145 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-997-3901
3825 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-973-1210

2 Locations:
2000 Waters Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-996-0700
3749 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-975-4396

Toys "R" US
3725 Washtenaw Ave. (Arborland Mall), Ann Arbor, 734-973-2850.

2 Locations: • 2515 Ellesworth Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-434-7950
• 7000 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 734-944-1053



Thu, Apr 22, 2010 : 11:39 a.m.

I always try to do my business at Get your Game On. Nice people and a nice place.

Hans Masing

Fri, Aug 28, 2009 : 8 p.m.

Tree Town Toys ( has a game rental program as well. In fact, they have a rent to buy which is pretty keen!

Renee Tellez

Fri, Aug 28, 2009 : 11:35 a.m.

Thanks, I'll add you to the list! :)

Maggi Idzikowski

Fri, Aug 28, 2009 : 11:32 a.m.

Don't forget the Ann Arbor Gaming Group! We meet twice weekly for strategy gaming, plus special events.