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#36826
The "Using Our Tables" Fee 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Two or three local gaming stores?

LARP's taking up SEVERAL rooms?

Why, when I live in one of the most densely populated places in America, is there such a dearth of gaming stores near me???

:(

Well for me I got to drive 30-40 minutes to get to them (and likely 20-30 between many of them with highway driving), so I don't know if some people would call that it that local. Heck when i was in college and grad school I had 7-9 within 15 minutes, and this was Freaking New Hampshire!
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#36827
The "Using Our Tables" Fee 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
The economy is KILLING local game stores. A few in my area have gone over to things like "$5.00 a month for wi-fi connectivity" and other such charges. You know, if you hang in their store, use their wi-fi, use their electricity for your laptop, or play games there but don't buy, they gotta' make their money somehow.

Free and open gaming is always best in my book, but if it's a place I like, I don't mind contributing to keeping them afloat through this crappy economic time.
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#36828
The "Using Our Tables" Fee 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
I've never been terribly impressed with the local gaming store to begin with. For the amount of stuff on the shelves, they seldom have what I am looking for (being one of the few people in the world, it seems, who finds things on the internet and then tries to buy them from a store). Their "ordering" system is to take down your information and request, and then call you IF their distributor HAPPENS to send what you want -- they don't actually TRY to get anything. And their attitudes about "customer loyalty" are much closer to a sense of entitlement than customer satisfaction.

If they'd actually posted the new policy I might have been okay with it, but instead of putting a sign on the door, or in the gaming area, or even on the tables, one of the clerks walked over after I'd been there for ten minutes and acted like I was supposed to spontaneously know about it. And then seemed to be dismayed that I would choose not to pay -- I fully acknowledge their right to charge for using the game space, but I reserve the right to choose whether I use the space for a fee, and I don't think I should be wheedled or harassed about it by the storekeepers.
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#36829
The "Using Our Tables" Fee 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
If they'd actually posted the new policy I might have been okay with it, but instead of putting a sign on the door, or in the gaming area, or even on the tables, one of the clerks walked over after I'd been there for ten minutes and acted like I was supposed to spontaneously know about it. And then seemed to be dismayed that I would choose not to pay -- I fully acknowledge their right to charge for using the game space, but I reserve the right to choose whether I use the space for a fee, and I don't think I should be wheedled or harassed about it by the storekeepers.
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Harneloot - what city are you in? I live in Indianapolis now, and there's 4 game stores within 20 min drive from me. The rooms are not that large - typically just big enough for 1 or 2 tables with 8 chairs. But segregated such that an RPG group can have some semi-privacy, or doors opened to have a bigger space for the LARPS.
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#36830
The "Using Our Tables" Fee 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Just North of Westchester County NY - Hudson Valley - in Brewster.
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