Brooklyn shops fulfilling board game orders to meet quarantine demand

Anyone Comics in Crown Heights.
Dimitrios Fragiskatos

Game on!

As the days of quarantine and self-isolation wage on, family game nights are making a resurgence — and the borough’s comic book and game shops are filling pick-up and delivery orders to meet demand. 

“There has definitely been an uptick in board game purchases in general,” said Dimitrios Fragiskatos of Anyone Comics. “People are stuck home with their families and they are looking for ways to vary it up. I think people are tired of looking at screens all the time.”

Two Brooklyn storefronts — Anyone Comics in Crown Heights and Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg— have brought their marketplaces online and are offering same-day pick-up for those eager to get their hands on a new game. 

The same-day option is especially attractive for those hoping to get their board games by the weekend, at a time when many of Amazon’s typical two-day delivery windows are turning into weeklong waits.

The Union Street comic shop stocks mostly indie games geared towards replaying, but will also order games not in stock upon request, Fragiskatos said. Anyone Comics also carries a range of other merchandise like graphic novels and collectible figures, also available for pick-up.

“My personal favorites are indie games, things that people created themselves,” Fragiskatos said. “I think one of the things I look for when ordering border games is any hint of replayability.”

Twenty Sided Store just reopened for business on April 21 and has more than 200 different board games to choose from. Their inventory includes games for the whole family, such as classics like Clue and strategy games like Settlers of Catan. 

Both shops will also mail out orders, though Twenty Sided Store will not begin shipping until May 4. 

Anyone Comics [1216 Union Street between Rogers and Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, (347) 350-8422, anyonecomics.com] Orders can be placed over the phone Monday – Friday. Noon–7 pm. 

Twenty Sided Store [362 Grand Street between Marcy Avenue and Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 963-1578, twentysidedstore.com] Pick up days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Noon – 5 pm. (Orders must be placed online)