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28 April 2011 @ 11:41 am
Gaming...NEED  
After Jessica's doc appointment today, I stopped off at my local games store. I've been looking and trying to find a geek store around here, but, Newport News being what it is, I haven't had much luck. Still, I got a line on what appears to be as close as I'm gonna get, and it was right down the street from her doc.

Anyway, walked in there just after it opened, and got to talk to the owner. Nice guy, very personable. Ended up just chatting about the state of gaming and gamer players for a good 20+ minutes (short version: it's not cost effective to stock shelves full of RPG books anymore, but CCGs are gold mines). Speaking of RPGs, there was one rack of 4th ed. D&D books...that's it. That was a bit on the disheartening side, but understandable (this is not a place with a big geek subculture...or ANY geek subculture, really). He did say that one of the other stores (there are three in the chain) had a twice weekly 4th ed. game night, but it's not exactly close by. Still, he was open to the idea of my putting up a notice that I was looking for a game group or possibly willing to start one, and was even open to the idea of it being held at the store. Not sure I'd want to do that, I like not having to watch my language or material, but I'm not against the idea. It's a moot point at the moment, regardless.

So, all in all, while the shop isn't what I wanted, it's probably as good as I can hope to get in this town. We'll just have to see.
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The Sniper in Dragphasmaphobic on April 28th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I recommend getting Skype, a webcam, and setting up some long distance gaming with people you already know. I've done it many times, and it's a great way to feed the need.

Plus, Skype gaming has the added side effect of cutting out a lot of chit chat BS. The skype games I've played have been some of the most fulfilling gaming experiences I've ever had. Two-hour Skype sessions have frequently been more awesome and game-tastic than four or five hour sessions IRL.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 28th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I have Skype and a webcam, but the Skype gaming thing has not worked well, in the past. Besides, the group I'd be trying to connect with, well, let's just say it would be a challenge.
air_n_darkness: mythosair_n_darkness on April 28th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's getting harder and harder to find locally owned and operated (or even moderately franchised) gaming stores. Even when I was working in one, RPGs and even non-mass market board games and minis were getting harder and harder to sell.

In the case of the board games, internet stores were severely undercutting prices. In the case of minis the costs of materials was driving costs up badly. As for RPG's...

People would come in, take a book off the shelf and use it to make a character. They would scan or copy entire books and pass them out to friends or upload for "peer sharing." (I can not tell you the number of arguments I had about this.) The people who would/will spend $30-50 for a nice hardbound or even $20 for a softbound book are in the minority. I mean, look at the popularity of the Nook, Kindle, and the like.

A lot of small press (and heck, even large press. White Wolf comes to mind) are going to a strictly PDF format for their "publications." It frustrates people like me who have issues reading on a computer screen, or like to make notes and such in their books. Heck, the few e-books I've bought, I usually wound up printing out, and the one I never got around to printing? I lost in a computer crash years ago and it's no longer available.

Good luck getting a group together. I know how much you miss it. *hugs*
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Gun Monkeyarchmage on April 28th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
And besides, it's a dying art. not dead, of course, there are still kids coming to it and loving it, and that makes me smile like a natural 20 crit roll. Still, though, as the consoles have risen, the gaming market has waned. Gaming takes work,and less people are wanting to put that work in. besides, there's no save points, no health and mana potions, no flashy menus or CGI cutscenes.

Imagination is dying.
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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 1st, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Hmm... according to Google Maps, that is about 45 minutes away, give or take. Damn good to know, thank you!