A Year in Review at Gameology
I know it’s cliché to say this is the best year we have ever had, but it really has been. With our move to the new location in the latter half of 2018, Gameology was given the chance to expand like never before. The new location is bigger and better than any other, and the series of great releases in gaming have made this year exceptional. 2018 has been amazing for our community. The strength of our numerous gaming crowds has continued to grow in ways we couldn’t have imagined. I can hardly wait to see what 2019 will bring.
All our regulars know the transition to Upland was a good one, but most people do not know how it came to be. Here’s a little background: Two and half years ago, we had the location in Montclair next to a 24 Hour Fitness. It was constantly flooding due to holes in the roof of the building. The sewage lines were completely clogged and the landlord was not willing to do repairs on them. The lease was coming to a close and we had exhausted months of renegotiations with no real results. The landlord stalled to the end of the lease, and suddenly we found ourselves with only a week to move out and find a spot. Needless to say, that’s how we ended up in the last location. It was the only place we could get keys for right away. With only a week to work on it, we discovered it had a huge electrical safety issues that had to be fixed for us to even open our doors. To be honest, I have no idea how the building did not burn down prior to us getting there, and I can only imagine that it was dumb luck that kept it in tact before then. We spent the week fixing that problem instead of trying to renovate, since the dangers it presented were more glaring than the cement floors. It was only a two year lease so we stuck it out (as you all know) until a better location could be found.
I spent six months looking for the perfect spot after things had settled. We happened to have it fall upon us in mid-May this year. The Upland location had affordable rent and enough square footage to expand our retail operations drastically. There was also plenty of space for gaming tables, which is something we wanted to capitalize on when we finally settled in to somewhere permanent. It took a few weeks to nail down the contract and then construction began. You may not know this, but we spent hours (and quite a bit of money) knocking out excess walls, tiling floors, cleaning carpets, building tables, and painting the walls. The result has been a space that can appeal to table top gamers of all kinds—with plenty of TCG tables, Board Gaming space, RPG grids, and a completed War Gaming room. I feel it is important for everyone to know this tale in order to better understand how much I value the support our customers have provided us with over the years, and how much I wanted to make sure they felt rewarded for it.
This year also saw some amazing releases. Magic had a flurry of great sets, Dominaria, Guilds of Ravnica, and Ultimate Masters all touched equally on innovation and nostalgia. Warhammer Age of Sigmar saw its Second edition release, and we finally have Beta rules for Sisters of Battle! The board game community saw some massive hits with The River, Fallout, and Codenames XL. D&D 5.0 saw a ton of new play in store, with multiple groups requesting space in our private room, in addition to our free-to-play space in store. I haven’t even talked about X-Wing 2.0 and the myriad of other games to release this year as well. One of the last major releases of 2018 was Keyforge, which made a new genre as a “unique card game” with preconstructed decks. You can read about that more in an article Andrew wrote not too long ago.
2018 had a lot going for it and as we enter 2019, I have a lot of hope for the gaming community. Happy New Year everyone!
~ Kevin Gaffuri