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Jon Smith
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I'm over in Champaign/Urbana for Easter teaching left-pondian re-enactors about rebated steel combat with a UK style. I've noticed that there are several games/comics stores within walking distance of the 'Armory' where I'm doing the training [Armory, 505 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821]... the three withing spitting distance are:

Other Realm: Comics Games and Toys 506 E Green St, Champaign, IL
Valhalla Games - more info 807 S Neil St, Champaign, IL
Dragons Table - 44 E Main St, Champaign, IL

I'm principally a board gamer and comic book geek... are any of these any good? I'm not going to have much time during the week I'm there - its pretty much all organised around getting us in, percussive education and getting out! So any ideas would be gd :o)

Thanks in advance!
 
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I read that Valhalla closed:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/144169

If you like comics & games you will probably like Dragon's Table because they share floorspace with a comic shop (G-Mart).

http://www.dragons-table.com/

Note the picture of G-Mart. Dragon's table is actually behind the store.

Don't know about the other one you mentioned.
 
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I'm over in Champaign/Urbana for Easter
Boy, that's some Easter penance! At least you're only there temporarily...

Someone else has answered your game questions, but if you're going to be stuck in Shampoo-Banana, you might as well try Papa Dell's mondo pizza (on Green Street, if it's still there). We once had one of their stuffed pies delivered to the west coast, checked on a United flight. Yup, still good!

- once lived in both C-U and Monticello (*shudder*)
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When I went to U of I there was a game/comic store on Green Street right across from Discount Den (that location is now a Walgreens) called "Fantasy Realm".

The guy who ran the store fit the sterotype of "Comic Book Guy" perfectly. He was overweight, surly, and acted like he knew everything. If you were wearing your backpack while looking at comics -- you got yelled at. If you kneeled while looking at comics on the bottom rack -- you got yelled at. If you expressed any opinion about "game X" or "comic y" you would be told why you were an idiot for thinking that. It's like the guys who wrote for the Simpson's had a hidden camera in the store.

Anyway, I know the place is long gone but I just thought I would share this.
 
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Other Realm was an awful place.

Dragon's Table is pretty much it in town, I think. The good news is, their main (and possibly only) comic shop, G-Mart, is in the same space, so you can hit both in one visit.

 
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Michael Pennisi
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Cinulph wrote:
within walking distance of the 'Armory' where I'm doing the training [Armory, 505 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821]... the three withing spitting distance are:


BTW: Don't let walking distance affect your stay in C-U in terms of where you go. Public transportation there is excellent and affordable.
 
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Dave Dubin
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Legomancer wrote:
Dragon's Table is pretty much it in town, I think.

The board game selection at Leisure Time on Mattis Ave. (across from the Kraft plant) is pretty good. Generally not quite as good as Dragon's Table, but they will occasionally have new titles that Dragon's Table has sold out of. And you can stock up on homebrew supplies and live crickets.

It might or might not be worth the bus ride out west to investigate. From the main terminal (around the corner from Dragon's Table) you can either take the 6W Orange (recommended) to Mattis and Springer, then walk .14 miles north. Or take the 9B Brown to Bradley and Mattis and then walk .30 miles south. That's during the week. On Saturday or Sunday, take the 70W Grey to Mattis and Springer and walk north.

 
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fizzix wrote:


Anyway, I know the place is long gone but I just thought I would share this.

No no, it's still there. Providing material for the Simpson's "Comic Book Guy" since...well forever.

Game selection is usually pretty low. He'd be happy to order stuff for you. Infact, dont really go if you intend to browse, the feeling presented there is that your business is not desired unless you go there buy stuff quickly and efficently and get out.

At any rate, I second the Dragon's Table having an all right selection and is the second part of the comic store gmart. Leisure time has a big selection, and has a more generic hobby store feel.

Hope your stay in CU is a positive one.
 
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Jon Smith
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Big thanks to everybody :o)

I'll definitely check out Dragon's Table... I'm scheduled in running Training session from 10-5 during each day apart from Easter day and other stuff in the evenings so I'll try and escape for short time :o)

Thanks again :o)
 
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Just to add to the Leisure Time comments..

http://www.armoredgopher.com/joomla/index.php

I believe there is a connection between Armored Gopher and Leisure Time (up to and including being the same place..I'm not 100% sure, haven't had a chance to get over there).


75 Chester St.
Champaign
Illinois
United States of America
61820

(217) 366-3266

Just some added input.

You could always come over and visit us in Bloomington/Normal, but we're not all THAT close..(1 hour)..hehe.
 
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Gryfalia wrote:
I believe there is a connection between Armored Gopher and Leisure Time

...such as a common desire to sell you some games.

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(up to and including being the same place..I'm not 100% sure,

Just over three miles of God's Own Country between 'em.

 
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Gryfalia wrote:
Just to add to the Leisure Time comments..

http://www.armoredgopher.com/joomla/index.php

I believe there is a connection between Armored Gopher and Leisure Time (up to and including being the same place..I'm not 100% sure, haven't had a chance to get over there).

What in god's name is going on with their website? Bizarre.

The content appears to have been written in Bislama Pidgin or something. From what I can make of it, I'm guessing Armored Gopher is a store owned by the former operators of Valhalla, who supposedly utterly failed to keep that store in business after the owner moved out of town. Their website makes me really, really believe that story. I like the location of the new place though, in wrong-side-of-the-tracks downtown.

 
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fizzix wrote:
When I went to U of I there was a game/comic store on Green Street right across from Discount Den (that location is now a Walgreens) called "Fantasy Realm".

The guy who ran the store fit the sterotype of "Comic Book Guy" perfectly. He was overweight, surly, and acted like he knew everything. If you were wearing your backpack while looking at comics -- you got yelled at. If you kneeled while looking at comics on the bottom rack -- you got yelled at. If you expressed any opinion about "game X" or "comic y" you would be told why you were an idiot for thinking that. It's like the guys who wrote for the Simpson's had a hidden camera in the store.

Anyway, I know the place is long gone but I just thought I would share this.

Mike, I think that guy's store died before I got there. But there was a guy that had a store on Green street that people said was the same guy who's store just went under. He was a pretty annoying guy.

Around the time that OJ Simpson was on trial, someone made a game called "Squeeze the Juice". The guys really insisted on showing us the game. You were lawyers trying to get as much money from OJ as possible. No matter how many times we told him we were "just browsing" or that we were "not interested" he insisted on showing us the game. I think that was about the last time we went in there.

Anyway, same guy?


As for Green Street, I always thought that was the curse of any new store. Anything that popped up one year was usually gone by the next. Maybe a store made it a record TWO years before going under. This was in contrast to the stores that seemed to be there since people settled in the area and declared it a town. Yet I hardly ever saw people go in or out of those stores. I used to joke that they owned the rest of the building and were living off the rent of the other storefronts.
 
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