Indianapolis truly is a mecca for all things that geeks embrace. Many of the previous posts have featured new and exciting things we have discovered in one of our treks to Indy to seek our geek. Be it Gen Con, Awesome Con, Indy Pop, Indiana Comic Convention, or others, there is always something that can get you involved with one of your passions. The reason that so many fantastic conventions come to the heart of the Midwest, is because Indianapolis residents embrace their geek like no other city across the US. Entering the mix recently, are two new gaming stores to the Indianapolis landscape. Both stores are meeting the challenges in this industry and helping to fill a void in their respective neighborhood.
Our first, Hero’s Emporium
, brings a great neighborhood game shop to Broad Ripple Village. The brain child of a gaming couple, Hero’s Emporium is a full service gaming store. As one of the owners, Claire, describes, their goal is to provide a location that can serve the needs of its customers. They have adjusted their inventory and gaming calendar as the demand increased for different titles. She reports that Pathfinder has been extremely successful in their shop and the events calendar has expanded to accommodate the interest. Since this is a new store, the owners are really receptive to adding any game that folks are passionate about. For example, the store has an official game emissary for Golem Arcana and hosts demonstration and gaming nights for this new miniature game. Also, they have active sessions for My Little Pony collectible card game on Saturdays. They host Friday Night Magic tournaments as well as Dungeons and Dragons, and an entire slate of board and other dice games.
Down the road in Mooresville, White Flag Games has moved into serve the needs of that community. Born from a gaming group that truly outgrew the house of the host, the store seemed like the logical progression to serve the needs of their group. This group is dedicated to their passion for board games! They have weekly inventory coming in for anything and everything that their customers are interested in. There is ample gaming space for organized tournaments or a spontaneous pick up game. The store supports game play for Magic The Gathering, Pathfinder, HeroClix and more. The store is running on the steam provided by the three owners. In the words of Joe McNeil, one of the store’s owners, “A new store is like a baby, it needs a little attention”. To this end, the owners are pouring the proceeds back into the store for this first year. It is this kind of dedication that turns passion into a success story.
Both of these new stores are worth a stop and provide their customers with a chance to find that new game that is just waiting to be played, More importantly, they bring a gathering place to their communities for gamers of all ages and skill levels. Enjoy!