I started playing strategy games at a very young age with my dad and my younger brother. It was the thing that we did together. In fact, Christmas for us was a box of magic cards and drafting the rares.
As I got older, I ventured into more things – D&D, Warhammer, other CCGs so much more that would take up this entire page to list. I lived in a few different places and have got to experience all types of game stores. From the one small room up to a 15000 sq ft mega store that had all the play
space and all the things.
For me gaming has been always the thing that I do in my spare time, and when I want to de-stress. It has allowed me to meet and become friends with a lot of great people over the years. And of course, at the center of all that is all the Friendly local game stores that I have frequented.
Game stores have long been the place to meet and play with friends new and old. Most times it is even easy enough to meet someone new and pick up a game with them, and soon enough you will have another new friend.
The gaming world functions much like a tribe in this way, and game stores are the common ground where gamers come to do battle and/or conquer foes with other members of their tribe.
So what then is the impetus for a gamer to start their own store? To be honest I don’t know many gamers that wouldn’t do it if given half a chance. Which contributes to a lot of the inconsistencies in our industry, but that’s for another time.
I have been very fortunate to be a part of a community/tribe that chooses to come and spend their evenings and weekends playing games and creating fellowship at the store I opened. It is after all the reason I started this project in the first place. The community is my “why.”
I plan to use this blog space as a way to let people know about upcoming products, convention/tournament reports, and to talk about some things taking place in our industry. I look forward to comments and feedback, but mostly I hope you see this and come in and ask to play a game with me. Because after all, that is why I am doing this.