For several years my cousin, Peeg, has used the phrase "The Nerd Store" to refer to any shop specializing in role playing games and related paraphernalia (miniatures, dice, boards games, etc.). Recently I had the chance to visit The Nerd Store in my area, Unique Gifts and Games.
The owners, Ken and Kathleen, are a husband and wife nerd couple, each with their own section of the store. The husband's portion of the shop contains standard gamer faire. The variety of RPG books and card/board games is decent, but their selection of oddly shaped dice stands out. Should I need to add a status symbol to my collection, I now know where to go to get that new d20. The wife's side of the store is a bit more, er, interesting. Not my cup of tea, but they can certainly hook you up if you're ever in need of some incense, healing crystals, or books on the occult.
As is typical for The Nerd Store, they have a large space in the back of the store set up for gaming. The day I visited, a guy was setting up to run a house rules game depicting Battle of Helm's Deep. He had a several feet high, foam version of the fortress and literally several hundred miniatures arrayed on the table. It was impressive to see, but at this point in my life not something I'd want to spend 5 hours playing. They seem to have fairly active Warhammer and Warmachine/Horde groups, but no d20 System games on the store calendar. I guess the Nerd Lunch crew is now old school when it comes to RPGs.
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