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Top Ten Reasons to go to Phoenix Comicon 2014

Are you ready for some games, comics and drama? I know I am! In fact this will be my first year working at Phoenix Comicon and I’m excited to meet all the new people associated with the Con. I’m also interested to see what the full four day experience is all about.

For those of you who haven’t been to Phoenix Comicon,  I always encourage you to go and check out the event. It’s not all about geeks and comics anymore. There are celebrities from mainstream TV shows, authors, game tournaments and so much more!

Here are my personal top ten reasons to go:

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Choose your Gaming Poison Part 2

So, you’ve already identified your local game store’s specialty. This is really important as it will  play an intricate part in how busy the store is and what types of gamers like to hang out there. So what’s the secret to a successful game site with the right type of players?
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Choose your Gaming Poison, Part 1

I was talking with a fellow Meetup  member this weekend and he asked me,  “What  is the best store to host an RPG at?” I couldn’t help but smile and nod back to him as I fully understood his frustration. We were sitting  in the middle of a store that was hosting MTG Grand Prix qualifier event and we had to shout at each other just to carry on our conversation over the attendees.

It also made me realize that not everyone knows how to pick the right game store for their events. This can really make or break your game. Not all game stores are created equal and I’m going to show you exactly how to evaluate each for your gaming pleasure.

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Gotham City Comics Review

Gotham City Comics & Coffee
46 W. Main Street. Mesa AZ, 85201
(480) 649-3065
Store Hours:
M-Th: 11am – 9pm
F: 11am – 11pm
Sa: 11am – 11pm
Su: 11am – 6pm

First Impression: 

I would say this is more a Comic store than anything else. However, it’s a comic store that serves LATTES AND GAMES ON THE SIDE! Seriously, whoever came up with this idea was a complete genius. This is the store I’ve been dreaming of all my life!!! They have cushy couches in the front and then about midway through the store they have their neatly organized comic collection. Once you get to the back of the store you’ll see the area for gaming and watching films. I seriously can’t get over what they’ve done with the space in this store. It’s open and inviting, yet much like a Transformer it can be morphed into what the store needs. Dr. Who night?? Sure! Just arrange the couches. MTG night??? Clear the couches and add the tables.

So if you haven’t been to Gotham City (Ha! That will never get old) before you should visit them soon.

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Pop Culture Paradise Tempe Review

Pop Culture Paradise Tempe
715 S. Forest Avenue. Tempe, AZ, 85281
(480) 557-6640
Store Hours:
M-Tu and Th-Sa: 11am – 10pm
W: 9am – 10pm
Su: 11am – 6pm

First Impression: 

Walking into Pop Culture is kind of like walking into a small cave. Immediately I felt claustrophobic and that remained an ongoing theme as I browsed through the store. Pop Culture’s Tempe location carries a little bit of everything. I saw shirts, toy collectibles, comics, board games, RPGs, and the basic TCG’s here. However I felt like they weren’t really strong in any single category but don’t get me wrong that doesn’t mean I won’t go there again. I feel like the store just needs a good reorganization and direction. Otherwise their staff was very friendly and you can order most anything you need here. In fact I’ve ordered several comics from them in the past and had great service.

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