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About Boardgames.ca


The online store boardgames.ca began as MISSION: Fun & Games, a family-owned (a mom and pop and two tot) store that opened in 1990. MISSION: Fun & Games is now located in 4800 square foot location on highway 2 in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

PHONE: CALL US TOLL FREE: 1-866-379-1055

HOURS: CLICK ON CONTACT LINK ON TOP RIGHT OF SCREEN

FIND US:VISIT www.missionfunandgames.com for details about the retail store. PLEASE NOTE: retail store prices and the online store prices and not always the same. Some items in store may be less, some may be more, and when there IS a price difference, they are not matched.

How We Began

When we started in 1990, MISSION: Fun & Games was a video game and movie store, dealing with the rentals and sales of VHS movies and Nintendo, Sega, and Gameboy games. John Engel, Tracy Robertson (now John's wife), Dan Matheson and Glenn Turkington built the store from scratch in the small vacant lease space in a strip mall on the south side of st. Albert. When Magic the Gathering was released in 1993, MISSION: Fun & Games took a leap from their current niche, and was the second store in the Edmonton area to carry it. They immediately began running events in the vacant space adjacent to the store and as the CCG category grew, the store became more a game store than a rental store. In 1996 the time came to move to a larger storefront and also give up the rental business entirely. This second location was 1050 square feet, and we had the space to begin carrying miniatures and role playing products also.

Only 13 months later, we moved across the parking lot to our present home, taking two 1200 square foot bays, and now adding even more board games, miniatures, and role playing to our selection. In February of 2004, another bay next door became available and we cut a hole for a door to the adjacent space. This became our main gaming area where tables and chairs are permanently set up. There is also a showroom for chess, poker, Go, mah jong, backgammon and cribbage in the new space. A special room for role playing and other unique use, about 8 by 12 feet, was set aside and renovated for use by roleplayers in the new space as well.

The Mom and Pop and Two Tot Shop

When the store began, John and Tracy had been dating each other for a few years. John proposed to Tracy on a Scrabble board during a game on his birthday, and they married in September of 1991. They now have two daughters, Christa and Sharlene. Tracy is the avid role player in the family, while John is the nutcase board gamer. They both enjoy playing a lot of trading card games and classic games. John enjoys miniatures games, and occasionally role plays, and Tracy is vice versa. Sharlene and Christa are influenced by both their parents, and so are both avid boardgamers and love to role play like their mother. Christa and Sharlene enjoy playing Pokemon competitively as well. Sharlene, Christa, and Tracy all pitch in to help run the store significantly.

The Pokemon PT Cruiser!

In 2004, Mission: Fun & Games was the only Canadian entry in a huge contest run by Nintendo. All hobby game stores in North America were invited to participate in the Pokemon themed event. The efforts of John and his family and friends, about 400 hours worth, went into a massive promotion they called T.E.A.M. Day (Tournament Event Aqua Magma) and they were extremely happy to be awarded the first place prize, which was the choice of either a Hawaiian vacation for 2 for 6 days with a rental car and $500 cash, or a PT cruiser that had been custom painted half red, half blue, with Pokemon signage and decor. The Engels chose the car!

Boardgames.ca Today

In the fall of 2004, a young couple was in one weekday looking at board games. John chatted with them as he does most of his customers, and discovered they were not only avid gamers, but very talented website designers. Shawn and Rebecka's company HighlyInspired, and John began working immediately to redesign the new website you see today, with on-line shopping, tied into the store's point of sale program. The website went live May 31st, 2005 at 5:30PM.

The Staff of MISSION: Fun & Games



John Engel
Store owner. 51 years old, tall, stark, and geeksome, John has a personal collection of 1500 + board games and card games. And no time to play them...hence the store logo, "so many games....So Little time".

Tracy Engel
Tracy works part time at the store and has a great interest in Role Playing as well as board games, card games, and some CCG's such as Magic & Pokemon. She is a registered GM and often runs campaigns at the store.

Christa Engel
Christa helps out around the store with daily duties form inventory to til transactions, on an occasional basis, as she is now in University. Christa plays all kinds of games

Sharlene Engel
Sharlene is now the most senior employee. Her daily duties range from inventory to til transactions, store decorations to website data entry. Sharlene came in 6th in her age category in the 2004 Pokemon CDN Nationals, and played in the Pokemon World Championships in San Diego in 2005 finished 34th..