Well, it’s sad to say, but New Game in Town will be leaving DeKalb. Unfortunately, the stress and time commitments involved in order to run multiple locations is taking its toll, and I find that I must make one of the most difficult decisions of my life. Including my first stint in DeKalb at Legends & Lohr (the original comic book/gamestore of DeKalb), I’ve dedicated 8 years of my life to this town’s gaming/comic book community, and I simply can’t thank you all enough for the experience. I got into this business for one main reason, to create an environment where people can feel they belong, especially groups that often don’t feel like they belong anywhere, and can come together and have a good time. I certainly hope I’ve done that for all of you and helped to bring a little fun into our corner of the world.
Sadly, for a few reasons but mainly stress related health issues, it’s time for me to downsize and move on. We will be keeping the Dixon location open, so of course you are all invited to come by and hang out if you’re ever in the area, or perhaps you might even go out of your way to make a special trip out there even; we will have many awesome special events after all. I hope that I can bring the same thing to that location that I’ve done here in DeKalb, and I thank you all again profusely for everything. You all mean more to me than you’ll probably ever know. Making the decision about which location to close, as I said, was incredibly difficult, but many factors involved lead me to this decision I now share with you.
NEVER FEAR!! THE SPIRIT OF THE TRULY LOCAL GAMESTORE OWNED AND OPERATED BY A TRULY LOCAL PERSON WILL LIVE ON!! Greg Havlik, one of the best employees I’ve ever had (the Spock to my Kirk one might say), has made the courageous decision to take over and keep the spirit alive! Where New Game is moving on, Kelpie Games will be taking the reins and riding this wild horse ever forward. I wish him nothing but the best in this endeavor and look forward to seeing the community continue to grow, evolve and thrive. Check them out on facebook.
On a more personal note, there are a few people I’d like to take the time to thank directly. Of course I have had an amazing staff that has done incredible things for me, the store and the community at large. Playing the role of Scotty & always keeping the ship running, sometimes on duct tape, paperclips and chewing gum, James Hayes has been an amazing person to work with and hang around for these years. This ship simply would not have operated anywhere near the capacity it has without him. Piloting the way well enough to be both Sulu and Checkov, Swifty has been irreplaceable in helping me keep both locations on course. The Bones of it all has been Jeff Jett, master of all things non-Magic or other CCGs & singly-handedly making HeroClix happen as well as being instrumental in the comic book and board game side of things. And of course Tom DeLeon, the new kid on the block, many thanks and much appreciation for helping us through this transitional period.
Shout outs to the staff of the past as well. Sean Farlee continues to play a vital role in helping the Dixon store move forward, and has become a staple in the DeKalb community. Billy Nichols will always be remembered and forever missed, as he propelled us into the future with online sales and away trading. Zach Gerrard and Jeff Raun both played important roles in getting things going and moving in the first place and will always be remembered and appreciated. Thanks to Reed Hartmann and Christ Kallas for stepping up when extra tourney help was needed. Joe Walls is one of the greatest ‘behind the scenes’ people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and be around and continues to help keep the Dixon location alive. And of course, Court Schuett gets huge props for saving the shop on so many occasions I can’t even imagine the absolute disasters that were avoided because of him. THANK YOU ALL SO SO SO MUCH!!
But not just to the staff, so many members of the community were also irreplaceable and so important to New Game in Town. Shout outs to Greg Chyson and Andrew Karolus for keeping the minis crowd going when I knew almost nothing about that market. Stuart Helm, Kris Muller and Brad Bound all get many thanks for Game Mastering all things role playing, always fun and a pleasure working with you all. Mike Venditti and Rocky Allen were awesome with our monthly Pathfinder crowd; thanks so much for that!! Aaron Tymec and Hayden Ross were amazing at helping us bridge gaps and were always instrumental in board game events at outside locations, as well as always being ready to extend helping hands. Thanks and much respect to the NIU Comic Book Club; all so much fun to have on Wed nights! And most importantly, thank you to all the community that truly made this the best game in town!!
The DeKalb location will stay open through the month of May, with our last day being Sat, May 30, our annual Customer Appreciation Day. This website with then transfer over to the Dixon location, so everything on our event calendar for May is the DeKalb location, then June and beyond will be the schedule for the Dixon location. Kelpie Games will take over the DeKalb location the first week in June. What a long strange trip it’s been!!