Bringing the best hobby gaming experience to Brooklyn.
Building a hobby game store in Brooklyn. I can vividly remember playing shoots and ladders. I didnt play a ton of board games in my childhood but I do remember taking intense joy from them. I experienced a variety of hobbies growing up and was exposed to all kinds of hobby shops. My father was an avid train and boat model enthusiast so we were regulars at Boardwalk, in Cincinnati Ohio. My dad was a kibitzer and that afforded me the opportunity to roam the store. I remember there always being an amazing selection of board games, roleplaying games, model kits, and modeling supplies. I built 1:72 scale models of World War II fighter planes like the German BF-109 Messerschmidt, the American P-51Mustang and the British Supermarine Spitfire. I collected many role playing books while in grade school. D&D, Shadowrun, and Recon were all there and I scoured them taking in all of the artwork. Making dozens of characters and vividly imagining settings, I drew maps and loved creating adventures in my head. 1990, In high school my best friend and I decided we needed to race and the best way we could do that was with 1:10 scale RC cars. I raced on and off road cars for a couple of years at our local shop (12 miles away). With another friend I found out about this game called Warhammer 40,000. 2nd Edition came out while I was in high school and I gobble one up. Table top strategy games wasnt really what Boardwalk did so their selection wasnt great but I was able to get the last ever box of plastic beakies (space marines with pointed face masks on their helmets) from the store, which I promptly painted and created my own chapter, Rolling Thunder. I loved the open ended universe of 40K. I eventually had my own characters, my own force organization, short stories about my famous warriors and later in college a poorly done website about the chapter which never went live. 1994, upon entering college, my 40K miniatures got packed away and my gaming life shifted to D&D and PC games. Away went the RC cars with most of my gaming gear as my parents moved across several states. At Ithaca College, I knew the guys with the keys to the computer labs, so on a Saturday we would get in there and load up Doom 2 or Marathon. Weekly I would pass by the local store and drool over all the cool games and models, unfortunately I dont remember ever being engaged in conversation by the shop owner. My group had a great game of Star Wars roleplaying which we ran into all kinds of trouble there was a great deal of influence from some of our favorite movies: Sneakers and Ghostbusters. My junior year was the best role playing campaign Ive ever been in. It was a RIFTs time travel campaign and we went everywhere including into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle world (yeah I dont know what its called). What a blast, I developed my closest friendships from that time. 1998, After graduation I was off to see the wilds of the world. Sowing my oats at the beach and on the slopes. Not much gaming, but checking in a game stores when I was close by. 2000, New York City was the next stop on my journey and I didnt intend to land here but here I am. Most of my gaming since being here has been around Games Workshop and videogaming. I have amassed and sold many armies and through moving and starting a family I have struggled to play or even model but its there and always will be. In 2007, I started thinking about what I would want to have in my local games store. So, in fits and spurts I have built a business plan for Game Brooklyn what I hope it will be a place where every gamer can have fun, engage with like minded gamers, and aspire to get more from their hobby. I now have two children, one 4 years old and on 1 year old, I want them to enjoy gaming as much as I do as a social activity, a learning opportunity, and an artistic endeavor. I hope to prevent stereotypes or social pressure keeping them from any activity they enjoy and with that confidence they will be able to more successfully tackle the world. Not until after college did I become an avid reader. I used to run in a different direction but I have found reading to be an extremely important part of my life. I use google news and The Huffington Post to keep up with whats going on in the world but reading of both fiction and non fiction has opened my world in the last 12 years. I mention my reading habits here because to me it is directly related. My interests in fiction are vividly portrayed in Neuromancer and Stranger in a Strange Land. And my ideas about the world come through in Physics for Future Presidents and 1984. Some of my favorite authors have been Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Robert Heinlein, and Thomas Sowell. Please check out my Shelfari page here (link) if you would like to friend me I will always enjoy a good book suggestion.