Wednesday, February 12, 2014

D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 12

Day 12: First store where you bought your game supplies. Is it still there?

The first place I ever bought gaming stuff was at Amazing Heroes in the Valley Hills Mall in Hickory, North Carolina. The store has been gone for years now (this is the most info I could find on it), but I have some good memories of that place.
  • It was the place my dad took me to buy my first miniature, for that human warrior I talked about earlier this month.
  • It was the place where I purchased my first Rifts book, after I convinced my mom that even if she was convinced that D&D was of the devil, this RPG had a warning label on the inside cover, so it was safe. To this day, I'm not sure how or why that argument worked.
  • It was where I purchased each of the core 3rd edition D&D books when they were released.
  • It was where I went at least once a month to see if they had the newest Dragon and/or Dungeon Magazine... and I was always mad when somebody had picked up the last copy right before me. Sometimes I'd get lucky and Media Play would still have a copy left, but it wasn't often.
Amazing Heroes closed sometime during my college years. I didn't go for a while, and then one day I stopped in and the only thing left of the store was a set of super hero murals on the wall outside. Even those didn't last too long. Now there is a First Health Center in the mall where the comic shop used to be. 

Does it make me a bad person that I for a long time I wished a medical facility would go out of business so a comic store could take its place? Luckily, my wish didn't have to come true, and The Dugout opened just down the street from the mall. True, we've had some other local game stores in between, but none ever lived up to how cool Amazing Heroes was until The Dugout opened... and I don't think anyone would argue that The Dugout has stolen the show in the Hickory area.
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