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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 11:30 #252068

I know i've been more of a lurker than a poster here for the most part, but I always do enjoy the quality of discussion that occurs in these parts. You do an excellent job of separating the great games from the also-rans. I also know that you guys are pretty down on the Cult of the New, and buying games in general, but if any of you are in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and want to buy games,* I'd love it if you could come by my store.

There's a chain that has been growing in northern Illinois, and expanding elsewhere (MN, NV, TX, UT). It's called The Gaming Goat and sells at prices comparable to Coolstuff and Miniature Market, but it's brick and mortar only. I've known the CEO since back in 2011 when he had just one store in my hometown, and the company has grown dramatically. It used to be all about magic and EDH, but he has since shifted to a tighter retail focus and just making it easy to find and buy the games that people want.

The Gaming Goat
726 S Milwaukee Ave
Gurnee, IL, 60031

www.facebook.com/TGGGurneeIL/

(Not far off of I-94. Some people end up in weird spots from their GPS, but it shares a strip with a Dominos on the corner of Milwaukee (21) and Manchester).

*Or even if you don't want to buy games. I'd like to put some faces to screen names, and always enjoy discussing games.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 11:36 #252069

if i come, it's only to desecrate that bunny pinata thing
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 11:37 #252070

Black Barney wrote:
if i come, it's only to desecrate that bunny pinata thing

They're 14.06 at the local mexican grocery store, and I already cut a hole in the back of this one's head.

In all seriousness though, what I want to do with it is get at least an 8-person pod for a draft of a game, toss the packs in there, and then break the piñata as a team while people rush to grab their X packs for the draft. It's very sturdy paper mache, so in my mind it will break and the cards won't really get damaged.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 13:01 #252082

Best of luck in the new venture! I'll drag my wife up there when we visit her family out there.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 13:23 #252083

That's awesome, congratulations! The only decent game store I know if in the Chicago area (I live in Addison) is Games Plus in Mt. Prospect.

Gurnee is a bit of a long drive for me to be a regular customer, but maybe I'll stop in some time on my way up to Milwaukee to pick up my daughter from college.

Best of luck!
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 21:00 #252113

It's dank as fuck!!! Or at least it appears to be.

So happy for you, Jim. I know you prefer James, but at this point, you're the FUCKING CAPTAIN OF YOUR OWN ENTERPRISE.

I'll be there next month z
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Aug 2017 23:23 #252119

Good luck dude!
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 04 Aug 2017 01:18 #252123

the_jake_1973 wrote:
Best of luck in the new venture! I'll drag my wife up there when we visit her family out there.

Thanks everyone!

If anyone is trying to see me there, I work Sun-Thursday right now; it's the other guy there Friday/Saturday. He's more of a CCG guy than I am, although I have experience with MtG and Pokemon.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 04 Aug 2017 11:30 #252136

Bit of a hike for me, but helps that you're right off 94! I promise to make a pilgrimage soon.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 03 Nov 2017 15:43 #256971

Looks like I'll be up in the area-ish in McHenry working at a client Sun - Tues. I'll track you down!
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 05 Nov 2017 08:05 #257039

Sounds great! I'm there all three of those days. 12-8 Sunday, 2-10 M/Tu.

Not sure what you like to play; aside from Wednesday, the dedicated board game night, things are often slow enough for me to chat, or perhaps even play a short game.

Sometime today (Sunday), two of my lifelong friends (who are brothers) are coming. Got no idea on the exact time though. Monday night is when I'm trying to get MtG Modern to happen. I have a super budget Red deck that you could play in it with. I honestly don't know if it'll fire though. Tuesday is a night that we sometimes have some X-Wing players. There's also a Starfinder group on Tuesday night, but I think they might be taking this week off. On any given day, there's a very high chance that at least one group of 2-4 friends will come hang out and play Commander (EDH) in the store. I have 4 decks that I've been playing around with. I'll make sure I have something fun on hand these days- like my X-Wing lists that are ready to go and maybe we could play. Not sure what your favorite games are. With the exception of Sunday, I'd say the slowest times are usually 4-6 PM.

Business has been slow the first couple months; if these first 4 days are any indication, November looks to be MUCH better.

I've been told that the guy over at Hero's Edge in McHenry is pretty cool. Mostly a comic and MtG shop in more the old model of stores. Do not go to Snap Keep Games unless you want to get creeped the fuck out. One of the owners is a known pedo.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 05 Nov 2017 09:04 #257042

November and December should be the months that will float the store good luck!
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 05 Nov 2017 09:38 #257047

Yeah, I'm going to do a marketing and partnership/ school push in the coming weeks leading up to Black Friday. There's a promotion that the company wants to do in all the compliant stores on Black Friday, but I want to make sure I have good traffic by then.
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I opened a game store north of Chicago 05 Nov 2017 10:22 #257053

Im buying all my games here from now on!
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