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#shopsmall on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is fast approaching, and this year we’re doing something HUGE – we’re giving away a total of $1000 value in gift cards! Make any purchase on Saturday,…

5 Family Favorites For Thanksgiving

Turkey and stuffing and GAMES, oh my! This year, instead of the traditional nap between turkey and pie, may we suggest a family board game? These customer-favorite family games will…

New at Diversions!

New games are released weekly, and it’s hard to keep up! We’ve whittled down the list for you and picked some of the most anticipated games released in recent weeks. …

These Games are Practically Magic!

Autumn is one of our favorite times of year to schedule a themed game night. With so many Halloween themes commonplace in board games, there are tons of great games…

Now Hiring in South Portland

WE’RE HIRING!   Location: South Portland, ME Position: Sales Associate Position Type: Part-time with flexibility; evenings, weekends, and some holidays required Salary Range: Varies based on experience, starts at $11.00/hour Hours: 12-20 hours, permanent…

September Events

Our stores in Portsmouth and South Portland run events almost daily – board game nights, Magic: the Gathering tournaments, RPG sessions, and more. In addition to these regular events, we…

New at Diversions: L.L.A.M.A.

The Spiel des Jahres is the annual German Game of the Year award, and it’s quite a big deal in the hobby game community. Games nominated for the coveted award are…

Upcoming Events!

Our stores in Portsmouth and South Portland run events almost daily – board game nights, Magic: the Gathering tournaments, RPG sessions, and more. In addition to these regular events, we…

Join our Team!

WE’RE HIRING!   Position: Sales Associate Position Type: Permanent Part-Time & Seasonal Part-Time (evenings and weekends required for both) Salary Range: Varies based on experience, starts at $10.50/hour Hours: 10-24…

Our Picks for Travel Games

Summer = vacation! Time to relax and hit the beach, mountains, camp, lake, etc. Did you know that Diversions came about after a series of family game nights at our…

2019 Tabletop Day is This Weekend!

International Tabletop Day is this Saturday, June 1! Check out the special events going on at each location below.   Portsmouth Location | 9:00am to MidnightAll Day Gaming, 9:00am-Midnight Pick…

Marvel Board Games!

NO SPOILERS, but have you seen Avengers: Endgame yet?! Fans of the Marvel universe will love digging into the world a bit more with these Marvel board games:    …

Upcoming Special Events

If you’re a Diversions regular, you know that we love a good event! Check out the special events coming up in addition to our regularly-scheduled game nights, KeyForge and Magic…

4 Family Games Under $25

When I was growing up, February’s school vacation week meant one of two things: 1) skiing or 2) complaining about how bored we were. For those who aren’t a fan of…

Six 2-Player Games for Couples 💗

What could be better than a Valentine’s Day playing games with the one you love? 😘 Be it a friend, family member, or partner, we’ve got lots of great 2-player options. Here…

Jigsaw Puzzle Guide

Jigsaw puzzles have been a New England tradition for years. It’s very common for our customers to tell us stories about growing up with their parents working on puzzles, having…

It’s Family Game Night!

It’s a busy time of year – we’re all running around, fighting traffic, waiting in lines, and checking our lists twice.  Why not make some time to unplug, laugh, and…

10 Stocking Stuffers Under $10

These tiny games and puzzles will fit into any stocking – all under $10 each! 1. Plus Plus Building Kits: One shape, endless possibilities! Choose from building kits like unicorn and robot,…

Mensa Selected, Customer Approved!

It’s hard to know if a game is good before you play it, and even harder when it’s a gift for someone else! These titles have been playtested and approved…

Newly Released Euros

If you’re new to board gaming, you might be surprised at the variety of game styles available. A “Euro” style game (interchangeably referred to as Eurogame, German-style, designer game, or…

Games for Thanksgiving Gatherings!

Thanksgiving is next week! This is one of our favorite holidays for many reasons: cranberry sauce, relaxed family get-togethers, and board games! We’ve highlighted just a few of our most…

Upcoming Special Events

We seem to have more events than we know what to do with these days! With special releases, new games, designer demos, and community gatherings, our calendar is packed. Highlighted…

New Excursion! “The Visitor” Releases Oct 19

Our newest Diversion Excursion – “The Visitor” – is available to play starting Friday, October 19! Diversions Excursions is a self-guided puzzle-based scavenger hunt in Portsmouth, NH. Complete riddles and puzzles to…

Ghoulish Games for Halloween!

Zombies and monsters and werewolves, oh my…. These are the themes board games are made of! Halloween is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family and bring your…

Gateway Games

Most of us grew up playing board games as a rainy day activity, or maybe something to do on long car trips. Monopoly, checkers, The Game of Life, and Battleship…

And the winner is…

What makes a board game great? Is it the mechanics? The artwork? The theme? Originality, playability, composition, well-written rules? Is it the quality of the materials? What about box design?…

NEW: Diversions Excursions!

We love scavenger hunts that are filled with puzzles and riddles, and we wanted to bring one to Portsmouth….and so Diversions Excursions was born! Diversions Excursions are outdoor scavenger hunts…

So…What’s the Best Game?

We often are asked “What’s the best game,” and as much as I understand this question, it’s impossible to answer. That depends on so many factors. You have to consider…

Summer Game Day: Details Announced!

We LIVE for big game days at Diversions. When you get together a room full of people who share your love of gaming, the energy is wonderful! In South Portland,…

Portsmouth Used Game Sale

June 2 & 3 Our used game sale is the perfect opportunity to make room on your shelves for new games! Bring your games to Diversions and we’ll sell them…

Portsmouth Children’s Day – May 6!

Children’s Day in Portsmouth is coming up on Sunday, May 6! Join Diversions and other downtown merchants during this family-friendly festival! Local merchants, organizations, and volunteers offer activities and entertainment…

STEM Games!

Play is a vital part of childhood development, and incorporating STEM games into your children’s playtime will encourage an interest in these important topics, while still providing a fun and…

International Tabletop Day: April 28!

Details have been announced for International Tabletop Day! Both locations are offering all-day gaming from 9am to midnight, free food, a raffle to raise money for a local community organization,…

Hop into Spring with Easter Basket Goodies!

Shop local for your Easter baskets! Fun fiddle toys, pint-sized playing cards, and tiny tabletop games are perfect for bunny-believers of ALL ages.  Here are some of our favorites: Rory’s…

New and Restocked Items

Are you tired of winter? Ready for warm weather and flip flops like us? Well spring is in the air at Diversions! We have new kites from Melissa & Doug…

Got the Winter Blues?

It’s the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going and work on a puzzle with some hot cocoa, or set up a snow-day game! Want to get out…

New Portsmouth Events!

With the new year brings new and improved events! We have updated our Portsmouth event calendar – your favorite events are still there, along with some new options! Be sure…

Holiday Hours

Thank you for choosing to shop with Diversions this holiday season! We will remain open our standard Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm and Sundays 10:00am to 6:00pm.   Both stores will…

Tote Around Town

Join us in our Portsmouth location on Saturday, December 9 for Tote Around Town 2.0, when local businesses are offering great promotions and events for a festive shopping experience you…

#ShopSmall

#ShopSmall and support local business on Small Business Saturday, November 25! To thank you for skipping the big box stores and staying close to home this holiday season, we are offering…

Improved Rewards Program

Are you part of our Rewards Program? We hope so, and we’re making changes to make the program better for you! Effective January 1, 2018 you will now earn a…

Holiday Open House!

Join us for a special event: Diversions is hosting its first ever Holiday Open House, at both locations!   During this event only, we’re taking 10% off the entire store,…

Spooky Games for Halloween!

Looking for something spooky and scary to play on Halloween? We’ve got you covered! From zombies to vampires, monsters and haunted houses, we have the game for you: Cauldron Quest…

New Releases!

September has been a great month for new game releases! Arkham Horror: The Card Game brings new scenarios, investigators, and cards into play with The Path to Carcosa; The newest Star Wars:…

Are You a Rewards Member?

If you belong to our rewards program at our Portsmouth store, be sure to stop in on September 16, 2017. As a “thank you” for supporting Diversions in Portsmouth, we…

Games as Education?

Board games provide a number of benefits for growing minds! Early development such as number and shape recognition, sequencing, turn-taking, and eye-hand coordination are all involved in games such as…

Now in Stock: Joking Hazard

From the creators of Cyanide & Happiness, Joking Hazard is an awful game of comics that will have you rolling with laughter! If you’re a fan of Cards Against Humanity,…

South Portland Store Tour

We now have a store tour up on Google for our South Portland location! Check it out!

April 29: Tabletop Day!

It’s that time of year again! Spring is in the air and games are on the table. We have a lot to celebrate at this years’ Tabletop Day – it’s…

Learn & Play, Tournaments, & More!

Have you checked out the events at our South Portland store yet? If not, March is a great month to start! We’re offering a Learn & Play for Takenoko, two…

Game for Ciara!

Join us at our Portsmouth location on Saturday, February 4 for a charity game event! We’re raising money for 9-year old Portsmouth-resident Ciara, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain…

New Events in Portsmouth for 2017!

Our Portsmouth location is changing things up for the New Year! Beginning in January we are introducing Star Wars Game Night every Wednesday evening to play some of the most…

Holiday Hours

Our normal store hours for both locations are Mondays through Saturdays 9am to 9pm and Sundays 10am to 6pm. Additional holiday hours below: Thursday, November 24: Closed Friday, November 25: South Portland…

Eternal Masters Draft!

Join us for this special event! We are holding a one-time draft for boosters from the Eternal Masters box set. This event will cap at eight players. Signups for this…

Diversions Game Day in Portsmouth!

Announcing our 2nd annual Diversions Game Day on Saturday, September 3rd! This year’s event features: All day gaming from noon to midnight: We’ll have room for over 50 people to…

Now Hiring at our Portsmouth Location!

Location: Portsmouth, NH Position: Sales Associate Position Type: Part-time with flexibility; evenings and weekends required Salary Range: Varies based on experience, starts at $10.50/hour Hours: 18-28 hours, permanent   Job Overview: At Diversions Puzzles &…

July’s Games of the Month

The thing about the board game hobby is that there are too many games and not enough time. Even games that are super popular and have been out for a…

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun, unique events coming up soon at both locations! In Portsmouth, try out our Magic: the Gathering Hybrid Sealed-Draft Format event on May 21 or our…

Now Hiring at our Portsmouth Location!

Location: Portsmouth, NH Position: Sales Associate Position Type: Part-time with flexibility; evenings and weekends required Salary Range: Varies based on experience, starts at $10.50/hour Hours: One position available for 12-16 hours per week (seasonal through…

Tabletop Day & South Portland Opening!

April 30 is a big weekend for Diversions! Here’s what’s going on… Portsmouth April 30 is Tabletop Day! Join us in Portsmouth from 10 am to midnight for all-day gaming,…

Business Booming at Diversions!

Seacoast Media Group’s Paul Briand wrote this great article about Diversions! Check it out here!

Come Celebrate International TableTop Day 2016!

This is the 4th year we’re doing Tabletop Day. It’s an all day event for people to come together and play board games around the globe. We have a lot of…

New: Learn & Play

Our newly revamped Learn & Play series is the perfect chance to try out some of the most popular games! We’ll provide a full teach and then set off into…

Shadows over Innistrad Pre-Release!

Welcome to the Magic the Gathering: Shadows over Innistrad Pre-release! Click here to sign up at Eventbrite to guarantee your spot! PLEASE ARRIVE TO THE EVENT PRIOR TO 11:45AM. This…

We’re headed to South Portland!

We have exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that Diversions will be opening a second location in South Portland, ME this coming spring! We’re looking forward to a super fun…

We’re hiring!

Location: Portsmouth, NH Position: Sales Associate Position Type: Part-time Hours: Ten to 20 hours per week, variable. Ability to work some days, evenings, and weekends required.   Job Overview: At…

Check Out TableTopics

TableTopics are always one of our best-sellers. These little boxes of thought-provoking questions are perfect for parties and family gatherings! Great Conversation Starters The Perfect Ice Breakers A Thoughtful Gift…

Metal Earth Models – Star Wars

We are fully restocked on Metal Earth Models, including lots of Star Wars options! Manufacturer’s description: These DIY Metal Earth models start out as 4 inch (ICONIX are 6 inch)…

Late Night Gaming!

The first Saturday of each month is late night gaming at Diversions Puzzles & Games! Bring your own games or choose games from our rotating library of strategy and family…