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Atomic Empire


3400 Westgate Dr
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 490-7900
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Photo of Mike Guanci Mike Guanci
Jun 16, 2019 5

My favorite shop in the area. Prices are cheaper than other stores for board games and accessories. Tons of space for gaming, lots of comics and they will happily order something that’s not in stock. The best added touch is beer on tap! I’m also a new MTG player and their MTG events are great for players both new and old. Looking forward to my next visit!

Photo of Jen Ren Jen Ren
Jun 14, 2019 5

Wonderful place to purchase games. Well packed, promptly shipped, timely updates via email and always correct. They have reasonable prices and free shipping if you purchase over a certain amount. I adore this business and definitely shop here above even Amazon for my board games.

Photo of Angel Angel
Apr 28, 2019 5

My girls enjoy going her to purchase their card games and their board games. They have a great selection that is hard to find anywhere else. If you can't find it on the shelf just tell the staff and they will order it for you or stock the shelf with it. They also have a nice selection of D&D stuff. There is huge area in the back for gamers to set up and play... no appointment need, just meet your friends there and hang out. They also have a bar where they serve drinks of all kinds. Come and join in on the fun or bring your own fun!

Photo of Jake Kunkel Jake Kunkel
Jun 12, 2019 5

Great spot for comics, board games, and general geek paraphernalia. Highly knowledgeable staff and a friendly atmosphere. If they don't have it in stock, they'll order it for you at no charge and typically cheaper than you can find on your own. That said, their stock is extensive.

Photo of Melissa Redick Melissa Redick
May 15, 2019 5

Very cool place to get comics and all kinds of merchandise from all your favorite SciFi shows and games and comics and they really just have a ton of stuff you have to check out. They can order it if they don't have it in stock. You can check their website as well. Also they have events there all the time. Also I have seen a snack bar with lots of drinks and snacks. Which comes in handy if you are going to be participating in a tournament or just thirsty while u shop. So go by there and have fun shopping and seeing all the awesome stuff they have.

Photo of Stacie Sanchez Stacie Sanchez
Jul 5, 2019 5

Great selection of games at reasonable prices. They offer lots of opportunities for people to meet up and play games like mtg. If you're a miniature painter, you can find paints and miniatures here too!

Photo of Jonah Orr Jonah Orr
Aug 15, 2019 5

Friendly staff with a great boardgame, table top game, and comic collection. Everything is at the best price in town and often significantly better than online. If they do not have something in stock, they are happy to order it. Events are run almost nightly, just check online for the most recent calendar updates.

Photo of horace Baldrey horace Baldrey
Aug 6, 2019 5

Lots of merchandise of a great variety. Clean place and friendly helpful staff who were knowledgeable of products and games. Large spacious area for gameplay, and events. I highly recommend going here for figures and games and to hang out with friends. Might try to get some of my d&d group to go with me to an event sometime.

Photo of Katie Kelly Katie Kelly
Jul 9, 2019 5

I’m not much of a board gamer but the few times I’ve been has been great. It’s always been with frequent players. Cheap snacks and drinks and great variety of games and comics. They also have a private room that’s great for parties and you can just leave a food/drink tab open.

Photo of Jayme Winans Jayme Winans
Sep 13, 2019 5

Best Comic Book Sub Service Ever. Ive Been very pleased with the service and selection from Atomic Empire. They exceed expectations in both customer service and quality/condition of books received. The site is by far the easiest online comic book subscription to operate and understand. I can only imagine that the brick and mortar store operates under the same standards. 5 stars!

Photo of Patrick Mitchell Patrick Mitchell
Sep 5, 2019 5

Always a smile, always a hello. Great people to talk to and a great place to meet your friends for a game night. Friendly culture and lots of help and advice. Best gaming store in the area.

Photo of Garrett Petruzzi Garrett Petruzzi
Sep 11, 2019 5

I'm from Greensboro and I wish we had anything remotely close to Atomic Empire. The selection is incredible... They obviously have customer service down to the point. Friendly, knowledgeable, outstanding experience from out of town. I will be back!

Photo of Christina Waters Christina Waters
Nov 2, 2019 5

Massive store. Half is set up with an awesome selection of merchandise, the back half is full of tables for group gaming. They also apparently host gaming events, which is very cool. I went there looking for a Pathfinder book I couldn't find elsewhere. The staff was extremely helpful in finding it for me, giving me pricing of stuff and even placing an item on hold. Even better, I bought the book I was after for cheaper than any of the online retail listings and like $5 cheaper than the market price on the back cover!! I definitely intend to return!

Photo of Victor B Victor B
Nov 7, 2019 5

Ordered the ever-elusive set of Invincible Minimates from them last year. They came quickly and in mint condition. Will be trusting these guys with all of my collectibles needs from now on.

Photo of Alicia Arceneaux Alicia Arceneaux
Sep 21, 2019 5

This store is great! It's got a great stock of something for everyone: comics, board games, card games, miniatures and painting supplies. There's also a huge area in the back for playing table top and board games. We'll definitely be back!

Photo of Aldantler Aldantler
Dec 19, 2019 5

I had ordered a comic online that I couldn't find anywhere else. Very quick shipping and arrived in perfect condition. Definitely gonna add AE to my list of places to check for comics I'm looking for as well. It's great knowing they do online orders & shipping. Much appreciated!

Photo of Brennan Roark Brennan Roark
Jan 1, 2020 5

A very wonderful store. The staff are polite and kind, they have a good selection of MTG singles and products, more "miniatures" paints than I've ever seen in one place. (Seriously, you could paint an entire 40k setting and never run out of new, vibrant colors.) They have a great selection of Board Games, Tabletops, and Miniatures. They have almost every cold drink you could think of, from Beers, to Hard Ciders, Soda Pops, and even Minute-Maid Juices. They have large Areas for Tournaments, D&D Campaigns, and Casual Play. 10/10 I love this place.

Photo of Derek Meyers Derek Meyers
Dec 29, 2019 5

This store is HUGE! Big retail variety, from card games to board games to all sorts of RPG & miniature games. Private gaming rooms are available too! Friendly & knowledgeable staff. The store is very well-maintained & well-stocked.

Photo of Ashley Asuncion Ashley Asuncion
Jan 17, 2020 5

I was struck by how clean and organized this store was! Very easy to find what you're looking for and even stuff that you didn't intend to find. The use of space is expertly done with the retail in the front, and plenty of gaming space in the back. Also love the fact that there's snacks, local craft beer on tap and bottles and cans! Staff is SUPER friendly and socialable. This is truly the paragon of what game stores should strive to be.

Photo of Katie Humburg Katie Humburg
Jan 31, 2020 5

Lots of fun! Great selection in minis, card games, board games, and geeky gifts. Magic tourneys are well run and fun, and the staff seems driven to make sure your experience is fun. Highly recommend them.

Photo of Bailey Falzone Bailey Falzone
Feb 3, 2020 5

Awesome selection of everything you can think of. Comics, mini figures, games galore! My dad, brother and I come here all the time. Their events are also the bomb! The turn out is amazing and never a disappointment, fun for one or a big group and everyone is welcome!

Photo of Chris Moore Chris Moore
Jun 3, 2019 5

Great shop with tons of gaming space, a very diverse selection of products, helpful staff and last but not least, beer on tap. Nothing like a tasty beer while getting some games in. Highly recommend this shop if you're in the area!

Photo of Bryan Bryan
Jun 26, 2019 5

This is the best gaming and comic book store I have ever seen. Amazing store. I wish I lived on the East coast because of the store. Sadly I was just visiting.

Photo of The Great Wasnak The Great Wasnak
May 2, 2020 5

Always the apex of customer service and all at very reasonable prices. Atomic Empire has earned the loyalty of its current customers for the same reasons new customers should seek it out. I certainly hesitate to spend my money at their competitors because of how well their store and staff have treated me as an individual consumer and also facilitated the local gaming community at large. Long live the empire!

Photo of Bradley Parrish Bradley Parrish
Jun 18, 2020 5

Great prices and fast shipping. Have already ordered miniatures from them a couple of times and I am always left highly satisfied. I look forward to visiting the physical store one day soon.

Photo of Randy Dennis Randy Dennis
Jul 6, 2020 5

This place is honestly amazing. I called 6 other card shops in the Raleigh/Cary area, and none of them had the product I was looking for. Atomic Empire had many copies of what I was looking for so I took the trip out to Durham to check out the store. It was hands down the largest and most well stocked card/game shop I've been in, and the pricing was extremely competitive. I spoke with multiple very knowledgeable staff members and was introduced to the community that they've built there. Despite it being a longer drive for me to get to, I think Atomic Empire will become my go to card shop when I need anything

Photo of Jason Fountain Jason Fountain
Jul 4, 2020 5

Great experience! They were able to get a hard to find item for a board game that the game manufacturer would not have back in stock until the end of this year, and at a cheaper price. Came in great condition and arrived rather quickly, ordered it late on a Wednesday afternoon and arrived Friday the following week. Great online support any time I had a question. I will definitely order from them again and recommend them to anyone else!

Photo of Maddie Adams Maddie Adams
Jul 20, 2020 5

Great selection in store and even more expansive online for pickup/delivery. The store was huge and very clean. The games were ordered alphabetically, which was nice if you are coming in wanting something specific, but my suggestion would be to organize the games by category (cooperative, strategy, RPG, etc.). A game store I love in Maryland organizes this way and it is much easier to browse games similar to what you like. Overall, prices are VERY reasonable and customer service was great. They seem to be taking Covid seriously and all the employees had masks on. I will be coming back for all my nerdy gaming needs.

Photo of Sean Callot Sean Callot
Aug 15, 2020 5

Excellent staff and selection of games, paints and accessories. Wide selection of comics and game books, too! Best comic and game store in the Triangle, and if they don't have it, they will order it for you and even ship it!

Photo of Ted Krenkel Ted Krenkel
Aug 22, 2020 5

A great comic and game store. Great prices in the boardgames. Will shop here again.

Photo of Mariah Hensley Mariah Hensley
Sep 9, 2020 5

I am an online customer. I stumbled across the store while looking for comic books and decided to give it a chance after seeing all the good reviews. I'm so glad I did! The books arrived early and in great condition. Just placed another order with them and will use them for the preorder of the next volume for my comic books.

Photo of Max Bernard Max Bernard
Aug 31, 2020 4

An online store turned physical enduring in its niche by being the only game store within a 10 mile radius of my lodgings. Thankfully, it also happens to be a very good option, filled with opportunity and staff willing to engage it's populace. I plan on coming here weekly to engage in the discussion, events, and work that can be gained here.

Photo of Bradley Parrish Bradley Parrish
Sep 18, 2020 5

Update- On top of their amazing prices, this store knows how to properly package a book so it doesn't get damaged in shipping. The place I use to order from always had the books arriving with bent corners or spines. Since switching to Atomic Empire for my pre-order needs, every book has came in perfect. It really shows the care they take to ensure you get your product in perfect condition Original- Great prices and fast shipping. Have already ordered miniatures from them a couple of times and I am always left highly satisfied. I look forward to visiting the physical store one day soon.

Photo of Wilfredo Santos Jr Wilfredo Santos Jr
Sep 12, 2020 5

Best hobby store I've ever been to. Amazing location, great customer service. Before the virus, best place to host and play any kind of table top games, from CCGs to RPGs. If you like buying stuff online, don't. Support this amazing store. It has very competitive prices and if they don't have what you need they can order it for you. I can't wait for this crisis to be over so that I can go back there and play some games. Please support this great brick n' mortar store.

Photo of Blayze Garvin Blayze Garvin
Oct 13, 2020 5

I'm super impressed with Atomic Empire. Everything came on time and in one piece. Website is excellent and easy to maneuver. Thank you! And will be ordering from you guys in the future. Keep up the great work, especially in these challenging times.