Ode to My Friendly Local Game Store

Last Thursday due to the increasing numbers of cases of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, the state of Pennsylvania placed further restrictions on shops and eating establishments, placing the maximum number of occupants at 25% normal capacity until further notice. The new guidelines made if no longer feasible to operate a local cafe and game shop I like to frequent called The Game Chateau, so owners Chris and Elle made the hard decision to permanently close the store. I’m heartbroken.

The Game Chateau was a unique place, an all inclusive establishment that offered good food, fun games, and a safe place to be yourself. It was their Saturday Night 2nd Edition AD&D games presided by my friend Bernie Kovacs that got me back into playing after a long hiatus. I’ll miss the long conversations, the holiday parties, and most of all the love. Chris, Elle didn’t treat you like customers, they treated you like family. A big happy family exploring fantastic realms over coffee and cheese covered tater tots.

I just wanted to recognize Chris, Elle, and their partners Katy and Ian for all the good things they have done and will continue to do for the community they created four years ago. I wish everyone good fortune in all of your future adventures. Thank you for rekindling my interest in gaming, thank you for creating the Game Chateau, and most of all thank you for being my friend.

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