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I live in pennsylvania, usa and it seems like this state is a deadzone for warhammer players and stores(both affiliate and official). There are only 2 official stores in the state (pittsburgh and philadelphia) which seems like a tiny amount when you look just south into maryland which has a huge amount of stores for a relatively small population and area to cover. We are one of the most populace states in the nation so this seems absurd, and almost everyone that lives here is a civil war nut so it would seem like a perfect match for tabletop gaming but it just doesnt seem to have taken, or the people are all holed up somewhere.
The few people I have talked to from PA either 1)Don't play the same brand of game(Reaper minis,etc) 2)Play GW brand but don't play the right version (ie I play 40k, they play lotr/fantasy) 3) Aren't interested in driving anywhere near me and expect me to come all the way to them. With the attitude of #3 I consider it not even worth the drive if that is how the relationship starts off.
I used to play with my group of friends at around the time of 40k 2nd edition until just before 3rd edition. We had this very nice affiliate store 3min from my house with tables set up for us to have tournaments and such on with very nice terrain handmade by the owner (he also had plenty of armies to choose from if you didnt have one built up yet or wanted to try another). The sad thing is that he died shortly after I found the place and it closed down (I think his son sold it or something). Now it is a boring tourist trap that sells crappy civil war souvenirs. My friends stopped playing due to economic reasons (although I have been trying hard to convince them to get back into it because prices are so cheap on ebay) or they are busy with other hobbies/obsessions like WoW or D&D(I play(ed) both of them and still have time to paint up my minis).
I've gathered quite a sizable chaos marine army from ebay and am quite busy assembling and painting, so it would be a shame to not use it. If I can't find any players I might just paint it up nicely and sell it for a profit but I'd much rather use them for actual games.
I think my only option at this point is playing online or going to a major tournament somewhere far away and being rusty and getting my butt handed to me at the cost of a large entry fee and a lot of gas money. On top of that I've been to both pittsburgh and philadelphia and I would love my life if I never went there again (dirtiest, most vile places I have been to in my life full of angry people looking to fight and broken bottles all over the sidewalk to do it with) I'd love to find a group of players that wouldnt mind meeting me halfway so no one would have to drive too far, or find a cache of players in my area that I didnt know about.
I'd love to hear any ideas/suggestions/etc to solve this crippling lack of warhammer support in my state.
Edit: I just realized this may be better off in the meet-ups/club section, if that is the case I apologize and please feel free to move it.
Last edited by paregoric_HAL; August 1st, 2009 at 08:06.
You failed to tell me where in PA you live! I also live in PA (Carlisle), and have a fairly steady gaming life.
In the Harrisburg Area, look for a rogue trader named "The Adventurer's Guild". They host frequent tournaments. Right now they have a monthly tournament for their WHFB players with turnouts of about 16-18 people at each one, for just $10. They have a thriving 40k section, and also offer non-gw games and card games such as L5R.
If you live further north, there's a MASSIVE rogue trader in Pittsburgh. I attended a competition there once. I believe that the building used to be a nightclub or something, based on the way the floor-space is used. This store is so big that they actually keep a limited selection of Forge-World models in stock at all times. They host enormous tournaments are dwarf the Harrisburg store with ease.
I haven't been to an official store in years since the one in Springfield VA was closed down. I've gone to the Battle Bunker in Baltimore, which is almost worth the drive, but I prefer to hang out at the Guild. They're a tight-knit group in there, and you can find all kinds of help. Rich (the manager) will even give discounts for people who purchase enough stuff at once. That might help your financially stretched friend get a new army.
I also have a small group of 4 friends based in Carlisle who would be willing to play, about 20 years old. We focus mostly on Fantasy, but we all have some 40k armies to throw down with:
Chaos Space Marines
We also have some Necrons, Tau, play BattleFleet Gothic, D&D, and a small flight game similar to AI called Canvas Eagles. If you are local, and willing to take some time to make friends, we have plenty of soda, occasional cases of guiness, and rockband.
CaptainSarathai is correct. Being from Carlisle and Harrisburg Myself, I concur.
AG is the best place to go to find local freindly gamers for 40k, bloodbowl and many other games. THe store recently moved to a better location and Rich, the owner is a great guy to get along with. I haven't been in the store myself recently, but i know the store is going strong, and many of my friends i nthe area still game there weekly.
There is another gaming store, in York, (can't remember the name offhand) he sells comics and 40k box sets, and has a few tables in the back.
In the central pennsylvania area, there is a massive ammount of 40k players, many of them with large garages filled with gaming tables and shelves of scenery. A few of my friends dotted along the path from Carlisle to harrisbur (lemoyne, camp Hill, mechanicsburg) all have at least one table set up for gaming in their home.
if you're not in the central PA part of the world, you can find other gaming groups in the area, but you need to research and look for them. drive around, find stores or places that sell items for the game you play, if they don't his up comic shops, and ask for a bulletin board, put up an ad, you'll be suprised how many people in PA play 40k or at least have an army gathering dust.
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
I live in gettysburg, so Harrisburg isnt too far away. I got a pm from someone in reading that had formed a fairly large group in berks county so I may join up with them (my army still isnt 100% completed, I could play some smaller games but nothing above 500-750). It is good to know there are people closer by though.
Like I said there have been affiliate stores closing down like crazy around here and after they went I kinda got cut off from anyone that played so I sold my army and quit for a while. Now that I'm slowly finding new people I actually have a reason other than the love for the hobby to keep my army.
Also, as I said in my post, I abhor Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and refuse to go there ever again unless it is to collect an inheritance or to watch them burn to the ground. If I go to any huge GW tournaments it will have to be in Maryland unless they open a new official store.
Last edited by paregoric_HAL; August 11th, 2009 at 21:37.
For what it's worth, the Philadelphia store is in Franklin Mills mall. It's just a mall in the suburbs like any other mall. Not like the old store that used to be on South Street 15 years ago.
Not that I would bother driving all the way from Gettysburg to play there anyway.
Ugh, south street. I used to drive to philly to visit a GF that lived in the frat house area (can't remember the exact street). Took me about 2.5-3hours to get there and had to listen to drunk idiots yelling/fighting outside all night while trying to sleep. Being someone used to seeing trees and greenery everywhere it really killed me to spend any sort of time there with the broken glass on every sidewalk and litter everywhere. Both cities have some interesting/beautiful wall art, but they have just as much ugly graffiti sprayed everywhere.