PORT RICHEY — Dave Growney has been gaming for as long as he can remember. Three generations of memories inspire him daily in his position as gaming manager at Yancy St. Comics.
It started with games of chess, spades, pinochle and Yatzee with his parents, continued with games of Dungeons & Dragons as a teen and as a father, helped him bond with his kids, all of whom play a variety of role-playing, card and board games.
For the first time since the gaming department at Yancy St. Comics formed last summer, Growney and wife Janece are planning activities for the second International Tabletop Day, a gamer holiday created by geek celebrities Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to encourage folks to unplug and play games together.
The International TableTop Day 2013 was a huge success with 3,123 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet. Even researchers in Antarctica were playing. This year, Growney will add his event to the thousands already registered at www.tabletopday.com for April 5.
“I’m celebrating Christmas here,” Growney said. “This is the foundation of what we do in one day.”
For a $5 cover charge, Pasco gamers can participate in a four-game tournament starting at noon. Players will compete in King of Tokyo, Small world, Munchkin and Smash up and accrue points by placement.
The top three finishers will receive store credit vouchers to buy games and accessories. It’s possible the tournament games will change depending on what games Growney is able to get in stock from publishers to sell to players.
Other games that will be available outside of the tournament for more casual play include Forbidden island, Dungeon Command, Dominion, Star Wars X-Wing, Evil Baby Orphanage, Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game and Settlers of Catan.
All games for sale will be discounted during the event.
“I think it’s great to celebrate a social interaction like tabletop gaming,” Growney said. “There’s more interaction with other players rolling dice at a table than sitting at home with a joystick in your hand.”
Growney hopes to introduce newcomers to the gaming community that Yancy St. Comics has brought together. While it’s great to have people shopping in the store and buying products, it’s more than that, he said.
“We’re not here to see through one another,” Growney said. “We’re here to see one another through. We are a place to feel safe and have fun. The mall can be that. This store is that.”
Outside of special events like Tabletop Day and Free Comic Book Day, Yancy St. Comics provides nearly daily activities with open gaming nights, Dungeons & Dragons sessions on Wednesdays and Friday Night Magic tournaments.
Yancy St. Comics is inside the Gulf View Square mall, at 9409 U.S. 19. For more information about their Tabletop Day event, call the store at (727) 817-0888 or visit its event page at http://www.tabletopday.com/item/yancy-street-comics/.
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