My family and I flew out to Minneapolis for the wedding of a good friend of mine. Whenever I'm in a new city I like to keep an eye out for the local game and hobby shops to see how the locals do things, but game shops being few and far between I'm rarely rewarded with discovering even a "hole-in-the-wall" store with a few GW Space Marine boxes. This trip turned out to be a gold mine. I spotted Source Games and Comics on the way to the rehearsal dinner. "Yeah! It's huge! You need to check it out!" my pal remarked when I mentioned it to him. I was able to sneak in a quick visit between wedding events, and he was right.
The largest game store I've visited was The Game Parlor in Chantilly VA, but Source outclasses it. This place is huge, a wide and extremely long store, one side devoted to comics, the other to games of all types, with a large open gaming area with a dozen tables in the rear.
|A view from the front of the store, comics on the left, games to the right.|
The store was bright and clean, and the staff was ready to help. I was surprised at the amount of historicals they had in stock as well. A full aisle dedicated to Flames of War, but rows and racks of Old Glory, Peter Pig, and a large number of historical rules sets for sale.
|Historicals, the near shelf full of various rules, the far set dedicated to FoW, |
historical miniatures extending to the back of the store.
The gaming area was a hive of activity with a number of card games and RPGs in full swing, but I spotted a collection of wargame terrain ready to go as well. What a store! Minneapolites, you've got quite a gem on your hands!