As you all know, I am a huge tabletop gaming nerd. I also have a passion for getting kids back into gaming. Tabletop games can teach kids a myriad of different things from math and critical thinking skills to social skills and being a good friend. As such, I am always on the lookout for more great games I can introduce to the nerdettes and that the nerdettes can introduce to their friends.
That is why I am almost always frustrated when I go into one of our FLGS (friendly local game stores). Within a 30 minute drive from where I currently sit, there is one of the largest game and comic book stores in the country. They literally took over an old grocery store and completely filled the space with great geeky items. However, in all that space there is only on row of children/family games and it is filled with mostly re-themes mass market title like The Lord of the Rings Yahtzee. They don’t carry any games from Blue Orange games or Habba, two of the biggest (and arguably best) children’s game publishers right now. In fact, there is not a retailer of games or toys within 2 hours of me that carries a decent selection of Habba games. If I want them I have to order them online.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my game stores. I believe that without local stores providing an entry point as well as a place to meet up and play, then instead of a growing hobby we would still be stuck with only Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and a million different versions of Monopoly. I just wish there was a place that I could take both my family and/or friends to get in on the next greatest tabletop experience.
Luckily, my friend Tim is trying to solve this exact problem with Golden Age Gaming. Now I wouldn’t normally ask people to help fund a project, but in this case I am making an exception for two reasons. 1. I know Tim personally and (although I am hugely jealous that he is getting to do this and I am not) I cannot think of a better person to make this a reality. His ethics and ingenuity are amazing and i am sure he will do a great job. 2. We really, really need a place for the younger generation of geeks to learn that there is fun outside of a screen. I believe tabletop gaming is one of the best options for that. Hopefully Golden Age Gaming will be successful enough to show a model to the rest of the gaming community and we can start a trend of family friendly game stores. That’s for the future though. First, here’s to getting this one store up and running.