Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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

The very first place I bought games of any complexity was a proto- or ur-HobbyTown USA, but not D&D. I recall two specific places c. 1978 that fascinated my creative mind so much, I recall very specific things about both.

The first was "Hobby Store" in East Point, GA near the then Fort McPherson, HQ of FORSCOM (and other commands). "Fort Mac," I grew up calling it, also had the library where I first checked out James F. Dunnigan's The Complete Wargames Handbook: How to Play, Design and Find Them—great book, by the way, and online for free reading. The Hobby Store had models and a lot of Avalon Hill games. But the dioramas are burned in my mind.

The second place was I think a hobby store in old town Decatur, GA, not a painful drive from my grandparent's place and a store my Dad would take me too. More Avalon Hill games and models. Airfix models and so much more, including a massive slot car track in the back, winding amid the old open ceiling and columns of the c. 1930s building.

Yet where I bought my first Mentzer Red Box? Couldn't tell you. Where I was buying a lot of my games though in the late 80s was Dragonware Hobbies in "Old Towne" Conyers, GA.

Sadly, all these stores are closed today.

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