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D&D Blog Hop: Day 12

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 12, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 12: First store where you bought your gaming supplies. Does it still exist?

I remember two stores where I bought my D&D supplies. Sadly, neither of them no longer exists in brick and mortar form anymore. The first place was a toy store near my house called Johnny Joe’s or something like it. They had a small shelf with some basic D&D supplies and a few of the old school adventures (back while they were still new school in the ‘color-in-your-dice-with-a-wax-crayon era)). Every few months I had to decide how to spend my allowance money: G.I Joe figures or D&D stuff? I must admit that “The Real American Hero” usually won that battle- hey, G.I. Joe helped me to know stuff and umm, that was half the battle right there.  Yo Joe!

When I got into my teen years Johnny Joe’s had closed and I then had to ask my mom to drive to an actual completely game store called Crazy Egor’s. This place had shelves of dice and racks upon racks of D&D, Warhammer, and board games I had never even heard of before. There was no Candy Land at Crazy Egor’s or even Monopoly and any Risk was a different version with cooler tokens.

Crazy Egor’s was a staple in the American gaming scene for decades. He would regularly attend Origins and Gen Con, his was one of the first websites that sold gaming materials – I remember looking him up when I was in college. He moved his store out to the further suburbs of Western New York and it was harder for me to frequent – especially living out of town, it was too far to visit even when I did come home. But the last time I went out to his store he was packing up things to bring with him to Origins. I also found out two things: the first was that he had attended high school with my uncle, the second was that due to his health after 30 years he was permanently closing up the brick and mortar store.

I’m happy to say that he still operates an eBay site and he still has a huge selection – especially of old school hard-to-find games and gaming materials.  Please check it out if you’re looking for OOP gaming stuff: http://stores.ebay.com/Crazy-Egors

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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  1. FullovStars says:

    Games Workshop in Manchester (UK) Arndale (Mall) – before it went exclusive Warhammer & The Model Shop on deansgate. Both are still there 32 years later,(GW has moved around within the Centre (Mall) ) although neither have sold roleplaying supplies for over a decade or so. In my early teens I was more a wargamer and couldn’t understand why you would pay so much money for a slim book (dungeon) and sooooooo much money for the rulebooks (AD&D hardbacks), even though over the time I probably spent way more on my warhammer armies. It wasn’t until someone else bought the red box set that I was persuaded to try D&D and after that I never looked back.

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