New gamer hangout, Odyssey Games now open in Scottsdale

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Sorry, Candy Crushers – Scottsdale’s newest hot spot celebrates face-to-face gaming.

Hobby shop, game store and hangout Odyssey Games has gamers from all over greater Phoenix are getting ready to hone their skills – or try their hands – at some of the non-digital game crazes now sweeping the nation.

These games emphasize strategy instead of luck, and in-person game play as opposed to that done via a phone, computer or game console.

For those not quite up to speed on the gaming scene, shop co-owner Jim Bishop offers a quick summary.

“Our games basically fall into four categories,” stated owner Jim Bishop in a press release. “We’ve got Eurogames and board games including Catan, Carcassonne, Agricola, Zombicide; we’ll carry a wide selection of wargames including Warhammer 40k, WarMachine, Hordes, Infinity, DropZone, and Star Wars XWing; role-playing games including Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder and Savage Worlds, and even collectible card games like Magic the Gathering. Were also proudly bringing back some classic retro RPG games from Fantasy Games Unlimited that you can only get at our shop. It’s really exciting.”

While Odyssey Games sells many of these games as well as hobbyist gear, model sets and art supplies, Mr. Bishop explains that Odyssey offers a lot more than a retail setting, according to the release.

“We have ample table space and a Paint Bar with plenty of space for hobbyists, and we have all the supplies you need in one setting,” stated Mr. Bishop in the release. “But we also offer the social side. Come in with a big group, or come in and find one to play or paint with. It’s an all-inclusive community around here.”

Mr. Bishop, a longtime game enthusiast, co-owns Odyssey Games alongside Tom Filiaggi and Charlette Bishop, who share his passion, stated the release. Mr. Bishop is even an illustrator in the gaming industry, and all three owners offer special insight and an up-close-and-personal perspective at the gaming subculture steadily climbing in popularity in places like Seattle and Boston.

“There are a lot of people who’ve been playing these games forever, but there are also folks who are just now being reminded how fun it is to play with actual, present people,” stated Tom Filiaggi in the release. “What we give people is a sense of adventure, science fiction, other cultures, out-strategizing your friends…it’s all available here, and it’s all unplugged.”

Odyssey Games’ 3,000 square-foot facility opened Aug. 15, according to the release.

Reservations for gaming and card tables are free, and can be made by phone at 480-219-0090.

Odyssey Games Hours:

  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday
  • 11 a.m.-8p.m. Sunday

Address: 8989 E Vía Linda No. 118, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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