Harvester of Sorrow at the FLGS

There are three friendly local game stores (FLGS’s ) in my town, although they have managed to keep their markets mostly separate.  The oldest is JC’s Comics and Cards, which sits between a record store and video store, and mostly sells comics and cards, as the name suggests.  A few games can be had there, but it is just a sideline.  The only figures they had, last I checked, are a few collectible pre-painted plastics (HeroClix, etc.).  Down the street is the newest store, Underhill’s, which specializes in board games but also carries a lot of WotC product and a few other RPGs.  They mostly carry D&D pre-painted plastics too, as well as a few odds and ends like game pieces for Zombies!!! which are sold in bags of 100.  (Yeah, I’ll have to do some zombies some time).  The third is a JAC Games, which I don’t frequent much, but the last time I was there they had almost exclusively Games Workshop products and figures.  They did not even have dice bags.  Both Underhill’s and JAC have large gaming tables in the store and I think they are doing it right.  Underhill’s even holds mini conventions (games days) right in the store!  (There is third game store that moved to a new location that is harder to get to and they have shifted to mostly card & video games which don’t interest me).  I hear that there is a gentleman’s agreement among these three not to compete for the limited slices of the markets that exists and since they are competing with Amazon.com and other online corporate welfare queens, good for them!   But if I want to buy figures, I have to go all the way to another town to Kenmore Komics & Games, which carries pretty much everything from games to comics to models and anime videos.  The RPG selection is the best in the area, and the figures are mostly Reaper and MegaMinis, two companies I do like a lot.

Anyway, Kenmore Komics is liquidating the Reaper Warlord line, and the last time I was in I got, for less than $40, this:

That is mostly undead pirates, but also a goblin pirate, two human pirates, a monkey with a powder keg, and the Overladen Henchman figure.  In the front are a skeleton playing a violin and a wraith that came with a ridiculously huge flag; I replaced it with a sword.

So, pirates may be next big project (I have a goodly number of older pirate figures still waiting to be painted, but perhaps this will get the juices flowing.

So on one hand I do feel bad about Kenmore’s loss.  I know they are losing money even if they recover the cost of the minis because these figures have been taking up retail space for a long time.  But on the other hand, a whole freaking pirate crew for well under $40!  Score!

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  1. You are lucky to have so many resources reasonably close by.

    Philadelphia’s become a wasteland for hobbyists. I long for the good old days of local hobby shops.

    • Yes, I really am. If I cast a wider net and go to Cleveland, there are a couple of good stores there too.

      The one thing I can’t find in the area is a store with any stock of old, out of print stuff, though. There was a FLGS in the nearby college town of Kent (Spellbinder’s) but the owner had to close down the B&M store and sells online only now. And when the B&M was open, I was not interested in OOP stuff…I was still in a GURPS phase. I did manage to get a few old Ral Partha orcs, and a number of Heritage figures, and even a few Minifigs from a “used minis” bin there.

      The sad tihng is Spellbinder’s would probably still be open if the owner hadn’t tried to expand and move to a better, & more expensive, location.

  2. There are three local stores: one that sells [url=http://www.banddcomics.com/]95% comics and 5% side stuff[/card], a [url=http://www.starcitygames.com]globally known CCG retailer[/url], and [url=http://www.cosmiccastle.net]my home away from home[/url]. I could probably get better prices on my GNs from B&D (or work, for that matter) and I know I can get better prices on my cardboard crack from SCG, but CC takes care of me, so I take care of them. That’s lacking in the cutthroat world of gaming.


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