Board Games, RPG's, Collectible Card Games, Melissa & Doug, Puzzles, an Annual Board Game Convention, and so much more Adventure to be found at Great Escape Adventures!
Have you ESCAPED lately?

Escape Rooms *Arnot Only*
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Community FLGS ~ About Us

Great Escape Adventures is a family owned tabletop board game store with a passion for adventure and a heart for community.

My wife and I grew up in Horseheads and Corning, NY, and have 3 children.  We went on a family “out west” vacation many years ago where we happened upon an escape room.  At the time escape rooms were popular in Europe, but we had never heard of them.  So we traveled an hour out of our way to play…having no idea of what to expect.  We failed miserably that first time, but we had such a great experience that we couldn’t stop talking about it for the hour drive back to our hotel!  Jen suggested we build one for our community, and a year after returning home we designed our first immersive escape room at the Arnot Mall!

Ken loves board games, so we added a board game “gift shop”, procured some tables for community play, and began to build a board game lending library.

Today GEA has grown to 4 community locations across the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate and Western, NY, and has thousands of board games and accessories available.

We are so excited to be a part of offering something healthy and fun for the communities we grew up in.  Many across the country have also shared with us that they do not have an FLGS near them, and they are thankful for GEA being their “local” game store.  We are thankful for your support.  Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful community of people.

We look forward to catching a game with you!  ~ Ken, Jen, and family

Play Games at GEA!

4 Locations in Upstate & Western, NY:

Walden Galleria – Buffalo, NY
Parkway Plaza – Vestal, NY
Shops at Ithaca – Ithaca, NY
Arnot Mall – Horseheads, NY

We invite you to join the GEA Discord to connect with other players, and to stay current with announcements:

Our tables are provided free of charge 7 days a week for all to come and enjoy their favorite game, or play one from our lending library.  Feel free to bring your lunch.  Tables are first come, first serve.

Events – Join others for casual and “casually competive” organized play in games catered to play with a community. Since each store varies, you can find a calendar for each location on the drop down above.

Current games vary by location and may include, Disney Lorcana,Warhammer 40k, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Battletech, and more…

Escape Rooms

We have an ESCAPE ROOM at our Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY, location.

Currently this is our only location, and the Mark Twain Escape Room is our most current escape room adventure. We are always working on something behind the scenes and have future dreams for more!

An ESCAPE ROOM is a fully immersive adventure game where groups of up to 8 people work together to interact with objects and clues to solve ciphers, riddles, and puzzles within a full size room or series of rooms.

The objective of the game is to attempt to solve the mystery and escape the room in under 60 minutes.

Have you ESCAPED lately?

Great Escape on the Lake 2024

August 21-25th, 2024

GPS: 3648 Lamoka Lake Rd, Bradford, NY 14815

We are an annual fun-for-the-whole-family board game convention and geek adventure camp on Lamoka Lake in Upstate NY. There are different activities for all ages (we rent out an entire summer camp for the event)! In addition to tabletop games, LARP, and RPG’s, other activities include axe throwing, zip lining, climbing wall, boating, tubing, canoes and paddle boats, ropes course, nature trails, archery, archery tag, miniature painting, crafts, and more. Feel free to bring your own boat or enjoy the camps boats!

A unique convention located in the very heart of the Finger Lakes on Lamoka Lake in Upstate NY. We’re just 15 minutes from Watkins Glen and central to many wineries and lakes such as Seneca, Waneta, and Keuka!


The Community Board Game Network is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization that utilizes board gaming, adventure, and creativity to add value to local communities. Check us out on Facebook:

Geek Life,
Board Games,
and Adventure!

Our focus is to enable community connection in creative ways such as Board Game Conventions and meet-ups, Community Organized Play, “Live” Real-World Escape Hunts, and Escape Games of all types; including Adventure-themed Leadership, Team Building, and Educational Workshops.

Community Board Game Network events are intentional about nurturing a family-friendly environment that is mutually considerate of all people. Our desire is to add life-giving events to people and communities.

Community Board Game Network derives its funding from event admission fees, donations from “rounding up to the next dollar” at your participating FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store), raffles, and corporate sponsors.

Funds are primarily used to add value to local communities by creating and sponsoring local community events, keeping ticket costs affordable to attendees, and providing a reward system for GM’s volunteering to lead at community events.

THANK YOU for Partnering with us!
Life is beautiful. Let’s adventure together!
Ken & Jen Yentzer and family, Founders, Community Board Game Network


Visit Great Escape Adventures at any of 4 community locations in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate & Western, NY

Arnot Mall – Horseheads, NY
The Shops at Ithaca Mall – Ithaca, NY
Parkway Plaza – Vestal, NY
Walden Galleria – Buffalo, NY

Please e-mail us for online order inquiries, and other correspondence:

As a family business, we endeavor to personally respond to each email within 24-48 hours.  Please feel free to reach out.  We would love to hear from you!

Our friendly staff can also be reached by phone:

Arnot Mall   (607) 873-7108
Ithaca Mall  (607) 319-4520
Parkway Plaza  (607) 296-4387
Walden Galleria  (716) 800-7389

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