Sunday Shopping TripFiled under: Uncategorized;
Decided today to hit up the local game shop and buy some stuff. New RPG, dice, whatever, I’d know it when I saw it. I love our regular place, but I figured this time I should check out some other stores in the area. I live in a major metropolitan area after all, there has to be plenty of game stores around Providence right?
All I can say is “wow”. After spending an hour online checking for game stores I found five shops. Spending the day driving around to check them out, I found most of them to be gone. Just gone, without any indication of how long it had been. In one memorable case the entire plaza the game shop was supposed to be in was boarded up and abandoned.
For years I’d been hearing about the decline of tabletop gaming and the local hobby shops, but I don’t think I really realized how bad it had gotten until today. I spend most of my time on the internet you see, and there tabletop games are alive and well. Therein lies the problem apparently – most game sales are online these days.
Personally, when I buy a book, I like to look through it first, read parts of it, see if I like the writing whatnot. It’s impossible to do that buying books online, you have to buy the product sight unseen. Unless, that is, you pirate the book first to see if you’ll like it before you buy it. If you do that though, you’ve already got a copy of the whole book, so you might as soon not spend the money.
Has digital distribution helped this whole degenerative process along? I dunno, it’s just a thought.
Anyway, on the positive side there are two perfectly good game stores I recommend if you’re near the Rhode Island / Mass area.
This one has been the standby for me and most of my gaming friends in the area for a few years now. It’s clean, got a friendly staff, a TON of games, gaming paraphernalia, and gaming merch. It also carries the Order of the Stick and Knights of the Dinner Table comics if the other stuff didn’t sell you.
This is the new one that I found today. They are a nice shop also with a friendly staff, a decent game stock, with a nice varied comic selection as well. I found myself a nice copy of All Flesh Must Be Eaten just in time for The Walking Dead to start back up.
Quality places the both of them, I heartily recommend them. Here’s hoping they stick around for a long time to come.
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