Nerd Stores

December 2, 2011

This may be hard for some of you to swallow, but I can’t sugarcoat it.

I can no longer overlook the obvious.

I have to be completely honest.

I…

am a nerd.

I know, I know. It’s pretty hard to believe. What with all the Star Wars references in posts. Well, I’ll let you in on a secret:

I’m wearing a Star Wars shirt right now. True story.

As a nerd, I have some special needs: fancy cards, multiple-sided dice, expensive books filled with stats for monsters and places that have really long, almost unpronounceable names.

I don’t really know how to pronounce an apostrophe, but those fantasy writers like to sprinkle two or three of those bastards into the name of every character. Check it out. I’ll wait.

You back?

Good.

Now, I have been to many nerd stores in my day. And yes, I use the umbrella term “nerd store” to cover basically anything comic book, collectible and gaming related.

D&S at the mall, Comic Paradise Plus near the Crack Mart, Four Horseman in Morgantown. They all count. And those are just the ones that I frequent the most.

I’ve been to some in Parkersburg and Huntington. I’ve been to one in Maryland.

Hell, we hit some pretty nice ones in New York a few years ago. I got a Space Ghost poster at one of them.

Yep… that’s the one.

I think what really draws nerds to nerd stores is the atmosphere. I have been to Four Horseman a few times with Lisa (who is a nerd, but is still really leery about embracing the lifestyle) and I think she always feels out of place.

She went to Free RPG Day with me this past year, and she really didn’t seem comfortable. She enjoyed the cupcakes, but could have done without the d20 that adorned the top.

Now, she and I have played a few dice games. I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting her in on a round of Munchkin or two, but she’s still not ready to take the steep plunge into RPG-ville.

But, she loves Star Wars (only the original trilogy; she refuses to watch the prequels), and that’s good enough for me.

As for me, I feel perfectly at home among nerd, for I am one of them.

That’s why I don’t go to football games. I’d rather hit up D&D Encounters.

I’d rather roll dice than throw a ball.

I can’t help it. It’s in my blood.

I’m sure if I had watched Rudy at the age of 7, I’d be more into sports. But, the Good Lord blessed me with a persuasive uncle that loved Star Wars, and here we are.

The posts learn in that direction.

I suppose I’ve rambled a bit from center, but that’s how these go. Now, stop reading this and go buy a copy of Hellboy at the local comic store or pop Dune into your DVD player.

Trust me. I’m a nerd.

ghjr

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This is not included in the 500 word limit.

Thanks to Tristram Salisbury for providing me with a jumping point to once again show my nerd side.

I plan on hyperlinking the crap out of this post, but not now. I’ve got to be up for work in a few hours, and I need some sleep.

Check back soon for some sweet hyperlinks, and as always… England prevails.

Truly ghjr

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