Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Halflings Hideaway: First Impressions

For most of my life, I've lived in an area that wasn't very accommodating to those of a more geeky persuasion. Recently, however, this has started to change. In the last year, a number of comic/game shops have opened in the East Texas area. There's Three Suns Unlimited and The Nerd Cave in Longview, Geek World in Tyler, RC Comics in Kilgore, and Dungeon Crawl Games in Mt. Pleasant. Yesterday, another store opened in my hometown of Gilmer: Halflings Hideaway.

Located along the edge of town, Halflings Hideaway Games is a store that focuses on board, card, and roleplaying games. Although I've only been there once so far, I already like the atmosphere of  the place. One thing that can ruin any game store is an unwelcoming atmosphere. Thankfully, the owners of Halflings Hideaway seem very friendly and welcoming. I actually played a short game of Dixit with one of them and had a blast. 

The store also has a very large floor space, which is always nice for a game store. I love how the placed the tables between the wooden counters, allowing those who are using that table to have their own little area to work with. They also have a good amount of product, especially in the board game department. While I wish they had a few more roleplaying game products in stock, they items they did have were rather varied and weren't just Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder (which is always nice and helps show people there are more games out there). Also, this store just opened and will probably gain more product as time goes on.  

If you ever find yourself in the Gilmer area, drop by Halflings Hideaway. Pick up some games, play some games, and support this store. Also, for those of you who might be in the area this Friday and Saturday, they will be hosting a gaming event in honor of International Tabletop Day. It will last from 12 pm on Friday to 12 am on Saturday. They'll be demoing numerous games during that time period. One of those games will be the Pathfinder Beginner Box, which I'll be GMing from 6 to 9 each day.