Therefore, I wanted to try and locate a store closer to the Crab Shack. You know, a quick car trip rather than an hour's drive. Twenty minutes driving time or less was the goal and Angry (the king of all Social Media and Google-Fu) sent me a link for the Gaming Goat stores in
and Elgin Schaumburg.
I asked Mrs. Crabby to accompany me. Normally I try to shield her from all things geeky since she willingly married me and truly doesn't need any more exposure to nerdom. However, I thought that another opinion might be a good idea since often times I let my inherent grumpiness cloud my thinking and judgement
Thus we first visited their
location as it was a bit closer and would be on the way home from work. Upon
entering the strip mall storefront, there was a wall of games, many banquet
tables, and the usual glass cases filled with collectible gaming cards singles
and boxes. A small group of typical gamers were hunched over a table eating and
playing something. One of them acknowledged us and provided the obligatory
spiel. I stated we were just looking and as it was Mrs. Crabby's first time in
such a store she wanted to poke about and get her footing.
I could not find what I was looking for but she picked out a fun looking card game called Gloom (that's why I love her). When we tried to check out we were ignored as the customer service person had his back to us while he was eating and his confederates who could see us standing by the register didn't deem it worthwhile to alert him. Eventually they figured it out and once he was ringing us up I inquired about the things I was looking for. Sadly, it was obvious he had no idea what I was talking about although these were really common items (FFG sleeves and Warhammer: Invasion expansions). After some explanation on my part he did state their
would probably have these. Elgin
Upon exiting the location, I asked my wife what she thought of the place. Her one telling comment was, "The place smelled like urine."
Okay, on to the
Presumably traumatized, Mrs. Crabby decided to stay in the car and not brave a second exposure. The good news was this location's interior was visually more pleasant and the storefront made better use of space. Multiple walls in the front of the store shelved a better selection of games and card games including the expansion I was looking for. Unfortunately, the customer service person was not particularly any more knowledgeable than his fellow as he had no idea FFG offered card sleeves and kept trying to sell me more expensive Magic the Gathering sleeves instead. But at least this guy wasn't eating and did mention they would match Amazon.com on board game pricing (note to self: this is good). Moreover, there were actually people other than the owner's friends playing games in the dedicated gaming area and the joint had no untoward odors.