Specialties Games, Toys & Gifts

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Our visit to Specialties Games, Toys, and Gifts in San Angelo last Saturday was really fun. San Angelo is a small town located in west Texas that’s mostly known for Goodfellow Air Force Base and Angelo State University. We had heard about Specialties from other gamers that used to live in the area and had recommended that we check out the store. They were right.

George Bell and his wife, Linda, have built a really great store that not only caters to gamers and their families but to anyone looking for quality, cool toys and games that can’t be found on the shelves of the giant big box stores.

We were immediately treated to a warm welcome when we walked into the store. George had been anticipating our visit and a bunch of local gamers were excitedly waiting for us to arrive. We visited with everyone for a while and then got down to some gaming! Some of the gamers were already fans of Castle Panic and Bears! and were eager to try out Bloodsuckers for the first time. We started up a vicious vampire battle and before you knew it, we had new fans. As new players arrived at the store, we introduced them to Bears!, taught them how to defend a castle from Orcs, and how to cast spells in The Wizard’s Tower. We even signed several copies of our games for happy gamers.

The Bears! tournament was an epic close finish and left many players retelling the story of their final pairings. Check out the video for a fun look at this unique store and all the fun we had. Speaking of videos, local blogger Rick Perez from Let’s Level Up! joined us for some gaming and later in the day we spent a few minutes together in front of the camera giving him a quick interview about our tour and future plans. We’ll have a link to that video posted soon.

When we finally ended the night, we said goodbye to our new friends and headed out to a yummy dinner at the Cork and Pig Tavern. We had a great time in San Angelo, and we’ll definitely come back to this big, little town that was so darn friendly. From here, we’re off to Lubbock, where we’ll be at Mad Hatter’s House of Games on Saturday, June 29th, starting at 7:00p.m.

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Whose Turn Is It? Games Gets the Fireside Treatment

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We haven’t lived in Austin for a year and a half, and wow has it changed! Stores replacing stores, demolition and building everywhere, and 2 new game stores! We wrote previously about Mothership, and now we’re happy to introduce Whose Turn Is It? Games. We actually met the owner, Patrick Hanschen, at GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas this past February and were thrilled to add his store to the tour schedule. The store is nicely laid out, and a gaming space the same size as the store is 2 doors down. A rather large gaming group meets there every Sunday to play new games and socialize. We had a great time meeting everyone. The Bears! tournament was particularly fun. Lots of laughs! Can’t wait to get back and play Dead Panic with them!

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Tribe Austin Visit

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We visited Tribe Comics and Games on June 8th, hitting another one of our “early days” stores in Austin. When we first launched Fireside Games, Justin went from store to store talking with retailers to get them excited about Castle Panic and learning everything he could about the business. Continue reading Tribe Austin Visit

Dragon’s Lair Austin Visit

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On June 5th we got to make our first visit to the new Dragon’s Location in Austin. Now, the Lair is an old favorite of ours and we’ve been there many, many times for all sorts of events. However, they recently moved to their fancy new location and we couldn’t wait to check it out! Continue reading Dragon’s Lair Austin Visit

Houston Meetup!

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Tomorrow we’re heading for Houston and what will be one of our more unusual stops on the West by Southwest Tour so far. We’ll be at the Cafe Express on 3800 SW Freeway, Houston, TX, 77027 where we will join the West U Tuesday Boardgame Meetup group for our usual mix of demos, free giveaways and rowdyness.

It’s still free for everyone to attend, but this time we won’t be in a game store!


In This Episode, We Visit the Mothership!

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Last Tuesday, we hopped in the Fireside minivan and headed to north Austin to check out Mothership Books and Games. Mothership is one of the newest game stores to appear in Austin, and it’s also one of the more unique ones. Half hobby game store, half LAN center, Mothership is covering all the bases when it comes to fun stuff. Continue reading In This Episode, We Visit the Mothership!

Rogues Gallery Visit

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Just off of I-35 in Round Rock there’s a great little comics and games store called Rogues Gallery. We’ve known Randy, the owner, for several years and they’ve always been good to us. In fact, Rogues Gallery was one of the very first places we ever ran demos of Castle Panic. Continue reading Rogues Gallery Visit

WXSW Tour Hits Dallas, Waco, and Coppell

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After a brief hiatus to get some files off to the printer, we’ve started up the West by Southwest tour again. This leg started off in Texas, and on Saturday we were off to the Dallas area at Madness Games and Comics. Continue reading WXSW Tour Hits Dallas, Waco, and Coppell

TableTop Day is Almost Here!

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This Saturday will be International TableTop Day and it’s going to be crazy big. There are thousands of events planned all over the place and Twitter is buzzing with people getting their game day plans finalized! You can check it out on the TableTopDay website, or if you’re going to be anywhere near Tucson, Arizona, just come hang out with us! Continue reading TableTop Day is Almost Here!