So Phoenix is gone.
That's ... that's hard for me to deal with. The place had been a second home for me for more than a decade.
Thank you, Brian, for making it such. Your store was always welcoming and safe. I hope all of your future endeavors achieve as much success as Phoenix did.
Some folks at the last Game Night Anniversary Potluck were a bit confused, however.
"Eric," I was asked, "How can this be the 14th Anniversary of Game Night when the store hasn't even been open 13 years, yet?"
And the answer is simple: Game Night started in my apartment, before Phoenix Games existed. Back when Brian was still the regional manager for the Wizards of the Coast stores.
And now that Phoenix is gone, Game Night is moving to my house. Well, other than those folks up North who have found other Game Nights ('Round the Table in Lynnwood and Zulu in Bothell are both about to experience an influx of really great people).
I don't expect it to be huge. I'll honestly be surprised if we have more than just Steph and I for the first few weeks (at least), but I'm going to do exactly what I did 14 years ago:
Wednesday Evenings, my home is open to people I know who want to come play some board games. And people that my friends trust enough to invite.
I have games. I have tables. I have chairs.
I'm home by 7:30 - which, I realize, is a late start time on a weeknight. But Game Night has always been a late thing.
Need an address? Let me know. I hope to see you here.