Board games, card games, war games, role-playing games; row upon row of games and miniature supplies crammed around 4 large gaming tables rented out to dice bags and their statistical probabilities.
And, someday, a place to host Dicks and Pricks® tournaments.
Of the games I have snagged these past months, I've purchased somewhere around 15.73% of them from that particular location. Give or take. That number might be shockingly low to the brick and mortar purists, but when entertainment dollars are scarce in a world of rec center youth [fill in the blank] leagues, school plays, cello lessons, traveling softball teams and volleyball academies, you have to pick and choose your battles.
I drift in and out, so I am not a 'Valued Customer' - nor do I even know if the store in question has a program that rewards the schmuck off the street by discounting 10-15% off retail. Frankly, there should be banners peppering the store with such reminders.
Because let me tell you, the typical board game these days runs you something between thirty-five and sixty-five smackeroos.
That is true. But the lower level game publishers, those that make up the meat and potatoes of the latest (and some may say greatest) Golden Age of Board Games™, took the lead of video game publishers and learned to price their content accordingly.
While I do wish to support the gentleman that runs the neighborhood game store, the sticker shock can be a tad extreme. Instant gratification and communal support is fine and dandy, but when you walk out of the store $98 lighter for Conquest of Planet Earth and Flash Point: Fire Rescue, your wife tends to question such logic in the most maddening of ways.
... Like weeks long bans of favorite intercourses. Or threatening me with having to watch Mark Harmon's hair cut.
All I could do is mutter something about her being a potential shoplifter, then try to disguise my shame by changing the subject to something she could better relate to.
... Like those socially inept kids in her class - and what those pint-sized freaks could potentially grow up to be.