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#1 Torresse



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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:37 PM

 ok, so I was going to respond to a post, however it was going to be way off topic, so I thought Id make a new topic.

Whats your expereince with gaming stores?


Where Im from there are three stores.

The first gaming store I went into is at a very active mall. Its ran by a father and son and have recently hired a few extra hands. All the employees are very nice, the gaming tables are great, and the products offered is wide. (its a very new store, only a few years old) 

The second is an old house turned to a comic shop. A husband and wife run it and their mother helps (not sure which one shes the mother of). Its a very friendly atmosphere, kinda feels like a hidden gem. Their selection of Warhammer items is extensive.

The third is the oldest of the three, owned by a guy, its in an old mall. Sells all sorts of games, but is mostly known for magic. 


So I walked into store #3 with my girlfriend to see what he had. My girlfriend is obsessed with the original pokemon cards and is always looking for them at yardsales and little knick knack stores. So she approached the owner and asked if he had any pokemon cards. He responded by telling her that no one plays pokemon any more and that its a dead game. she then told him she didnt want to play it, but only collected the cards. He responded by telling her that only idiots collect the cards because they lose value. I told him (in a polite way without realizing he offended my girl) that I noticed the new store ran tournements for pokemon (store #1). He immediately told me the store closed yesterday because they couldnt keep the bussiness going and the owning was an idiot.  I was shocked and saddened to hear my first gaming store closed down. 

 I then asked if he had any warhammer stuff. he then gave me a bunch of information about how it was expensive and took too long to play, and also occupied too much space, he then informed me idiots get involved in that game (I already had my army)  and noone around the area sold it.

I was sure store #2 sold it. Thinking the man never left his store much I infromed him that the store that was less then a mile from him sold warhammer items, He then bluntly called me an idiot and told me the store closed two years ago (which it did but reopened a month ago). So I refused to buy anything in the shop and left after I finished looking at his overpriced items.


I went to store #1 to see if they were still opened, which they were…. I told them about the incident and the owner laughed and said they should have a re grand opening. I also found out he had been telling lots of people they closed down.


The second store and the first store organized the very first state geek convention. (store #3 was not invited….) every gaming and/or comic store had a booth at the convention.


I goto the first store often due to the high volume of players, and make sure I buy my Xwing items. dice, paints, and whatever else I feel I need to compulisivly buy for their operation to stay up. The second store I pick up warhammer items (which they are in stock in everything I can want) They are also cheaper then the first store for warhammer items (10% off GW reccomended price).

I was at the first store Sunday, and was filming a battle report (have a few that need to be edited)  and halfway through the first move the store owner just comes up and places an y-wing and a tie fighter infront of us and said the winner gets to choose which item he wants. (though with the amount of xwing items, and getting my friend involved, I proable gave him the retail value of 10 booster packs, so he just got my opponent more hooked in the game and got me a bigger fan of the store (though I was always a fan)

I tend to be unorganized when I speak and am used to different forum setup when Im typing a long message, however this will have to due. I know it must look like  a gramical train wreck


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#2 MerryVulture



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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

 I wish I was independently wealthy enough to run a store like store 3. I would love to go to work and just read source books with no one to disagree with me, or bother me, or…

I could save time and money by staying where I am.

Store 1 sounds like a winner.

Rebel: More than most, less than some.

Empire: Ditto


#3 ShadowJak



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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

One of my gaming stores is Paladin Tech and Game in Orlando. They're small but cool and really close. However, I've noticed they can be a bit unorganized with things like comic book orders but I think that is because they are new and had hired people without the experience of working in an environment where keeping track of things mattered.

My other gaming store is Cool Stuff. They are big (a lot of you have bought from them) and have more gaming room. The people working there are cool as well but a lot of the people who hang out there stereotypical neckbeards. The beards and the fact it is a pretty far drive mean I don't really like going there unless it is to buy something that they have in stock that Paladin is missing.

There is also sci-fi city. I've never gamed there, but they have a lot of space for miniatures games. They are kind of far from me relative to how close Paladin is.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:11 PM

I live in the UK and have just one gaming store in my local. They take a little time to warm up if you just walk in off the street but once they get to know you they are very friendly and know their stuff. I do my best to support them rather than just order online to save a few pennies. They're a gaming specific store so don't do comics or other collectibles. Just the games :D 

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:38 AM

What part of orlando do you live by …UCF?

I live in South Orlando and sci-fi is closer to me then any others. CS i go to to pick up purchases but they are very indifferent to peole there and 90% of the people there are Magic players. If you come out Today  or any other tuesday to Sci-Fi i will be there along with about 20 other gamers and we play X-wing and almost any other FFG game.

#6 ShadowJak



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:41 AM

Natesroom said:


What part of orlando do you live by …UCF?

I live in South Orlando and sci-fi is closer to me then any others. CS i go to to pick up purchases but they are very indifferent to peole there and 90% of the people there are Magic players. If you come out Today  or any other tuesday to Sci-Fi i will be there along with about 20 other gamers and we play X-wing and almost any other FFG game.



I live in Avalon. At CS, it depends who you talk to. It looks like they hired a lot more people since I played magic a couple of years ago.

What time on tuesdays are people usually at Sci-Fi? Is it during the day or in the evening?

#7 Natesroom



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:22 AM

Evening 6 to 9… it started with 4 and it got to about 25 now its usually 16-20 (revolving) if your there we might break out Xwing!

#8 Rogue 9

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:30 AM

Black Knight Games in Hamilton Ontario is my place to get away. It is definatley a more relaxed atmosphere then some other games stores Iv'e been to. There aren't  that many power gamers or rules lawyers, and with working full time, married and a 2 year old, I want to play a fun relaxing game when I do manage to get out.


We have a great community with a wide variety of games played. Anyone in the area should check it out. I highly recommend the place.

#9 MilesD37



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

 this reminds me of stores i've dealt with, store #1 reminds me of my FLGS, very friendly staff… and that alone with get my business! 

#10 kmanweiss



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:27 AM

I hate you all!

My nearest FLGS is 3 hours away.  I'd be happy to have a unfriendly LGS.

#11 qwertyuiop



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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:20 AM

I have 6 stores within an hour of me, and one uh.. secret shack.
Not bad for upstate SC.  
There's a magic shop that has enough tables to host a fairly massive tournament.

#12 Dullspork



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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:06 AM

In my area of Western MA there's a veritable cornucopia of games stores. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting one (and I own two of them).

It's so weird. The only other place that I've been that has this density of game stores is Seattle and this area is pretty far from being like Seattle.

#13 UndeadToast



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Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

Gaming in Eastern North Carolina is mostly dead! We have 2 stores in Greenville. The 1st is pretty much exclusively card game based. The owner says he is trying to branch out into more miniature based games but his only other employee kicked me out for trying to run X-Wing demos. I was told the store was for card gamers only and I should go across the street to the other store in town because they play miniature games there.

That would be fine if the other store in town had any idea what he was doing. He carries Warhammer exclusively. While he dabbles in other games from time to time, he refuses to support them in any way.

My best friend runs Gatehouse Games in Duncansville PA. I will save up and drive 8 hours to purchase items from 'my local game store'. I am a loyal customer and love supporting my local shop but not when they are blatently unwilling to expand into new areas of bussiness. For now I stick to playing at my house with a couple of friends.

If anyone from Raleigh or anywhere else in NC reads this and has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them

#14 ReaverRandall



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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:05 PM

 I just have to chime in because I feel like our LGS is pretty darn awesome. 

I live in Auburn,AL and the local HTUSA is where we game.

Lots of Magic…

Lots of Flames of War…


The owner Steve is pretty laid back and you can game pretty much whenever. Super easy to do business with and I feel like he likes to see us come through the door even when we don't buy anything. Matt is the Game Specialist there and always does his best to keep us updated on what is coming out and when it will be there. We have been excited about FoW for awhile and did do some WoW when it first came out but i have to say that X-Wing is the most fun I've had in awhile. Simple to learn but has some depth and really fun to play even when you get your butt kicked.

 If any of you guys live near Auburn then don't be afraid to come on over on a Saturday and get in some games! 

We usually start around noon central time and will either be playing X-Wing or FoW or both.

If you like Magic then come on over on Friday that's when all that stuff goes down.




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