The Art of the Gaming Dojo

The Art of the Gaming Dojo

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

Denver is diverse in it’s geek population. Today we talk to Junae Bennett, Grand Master at the Gaming Dojo: Rocky Mountain Geeks (RMG): What’s your involvement with The Gaming Dojo? Junae Bennett (JB)I am the owner of The Gaming Dojo RMG: Tell us briefly about The Gaming Dojo. JB: The Gaming Dojo is a place for all gamers to come and collab in a non hostile environment.I want to bring all gamers together from Cards Against Humanity to Call of Duty. RMG: You’re a relatively new gaming lounge, when did you open? JB: We opened in July of 2015 RMG: How did you choose The Gaming Dojo as the name? JB: The Gaming Dojo has a significant meaning because there is where you come to be schooled and get better. I also run an after school program that teaches kids problem solving, critical thinking and coding through video game. It is a true Dojo. RMG: How would you describe The Gaming Dojo? JB: The Gaming Dojo is a friendly competitive gaming environment where anyone can come and feel welcomed. We welcome everyone of all ages. RMG: What inspired you to have a game lounge? JB: The Gaming Dojo came about because I wanted to know more gamers and I also wanted to give kids a place to get the gaming experience. Not everyone can afford the next gen systems and I want everyone to be invited into the gaming culture despite their financial status. RMG: How many people work at The Gaming Dojo? JB: Tell us about them. It’s just Junae Benne and a few volunteers every now and then. RMG: Why did you choose Aurora, CO to base the lounge? JB: I live in Aurora and I care about the community here therefore, I wanted to uplift it with a gaming lounge. RMG: What makes The Gaming Dojo different than other area gaming locations? JB: The Gaming Dojo is different from other gaming locations because it’s based on the community and it’s needs. We have our after school program for youth to not only entertain them but educate them. We also have free movie nights with free popcorn every month. We love to see people have a good time. RMG: What is your favorite game at the moment? JB: My favorite game at the moment will have to be Mortal Kombat. I get super hype about it every time I pop it in. RMG: What are some of your goals for The Gaming Dojo? JB: We would love to see more people and more community involvement. We would also love more opportunities to support the gamers and people of Aurora and then branch out to other cities. RMG: You’ve stated that one of your goals is be a place, “where gamers of all ages can come and interact in a non hostile environment.” How are you ensuring that? JB: During the day time we invite gamers from about 8years old to come through however, after around 10pm it’s a 21 and up crowd....

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Where will the newest game store in the Denver metro area be opening?

Where will the newest game store in the Denver metro area be opening?

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

We’ve got a store spotlight for you this week as we interview the owner of the newly minted Funtastic Games, Corey Pemberton. RMG: What’s your involvement with Funtastic Games? CP: I am the owner/operator. RMG: Tell us briefly about Funtastic Games: CP: Funtastic Games is the newest game store to come to the Denver area. I sell board, miniature, card, RPG and educational kid games along with puzzles and some toys. I will have a store front for sales and a separated Gaming area to come and play any game you would like to share with friends, family or meet new people to game with. I also have a large private room for parties or even RPG Adventures! RMG: You’re a brand new store, what are the dates and details of your grand opening? CP: I will be opening on Saturday Nov. 28th and my Grand Opening will be on Saturday Dec. 5th. At the Grand Opening we will be open from 10am – 10pm, There will be free food from 12pm-3pm, (menu will be listed later on my Facebook page), Game Demos all day including popular board games, great new miniature games, and some D&D/Pathfinder games. And of course a nice DISCOUNT for everyone that wants to swing by and check out my new store. RMG: How did you choose Funtastic Games as the name? CP: Funtastic Games is just one of those names that stick in your head and you cannot shake it out. I am a game store that is looking to cater to 3 different types of groups the biggest being Families, second is young professionals and third, of course, hard core gamers. So I wanted my name to bring out the type of Funtastic Family FUN that I [want] my store to become. RMG: How would you describe Funtastic Games? CP: FUNTASTIC!!! RMG: What inspired you to have a game shop? CP: I have been a huge gamer for 25+ years and when I moved back to my home state of Colorado I decided that it was time to open my own business and have some fun again doing something that I loved to do. RMG: How many people work at Funtastic Games? Tell us about them. CP: Just one at the moment (Me), with some family help, my wife is my CPA and my two boys will be helping out as needed to run demos and anything else I can get them to do. RMG: Why did you choose Lousville, CO to base the shop? CP: Louisville is a great location for many business and personal reasons. I love the North Denver area and wanted to live in the Longmont area, I have always wanted to live on the front range. As for business reasons the Louisville/Lafayette/Boulder area is one of the fastest growing areas for families and when it comes to Game stores it...

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Store Spotlight: Adventurer’s Quarter

Store Spotlight: Adventurer’s Quarter

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

For our first article, Rocky Mountain Geeks interviews the the new Arvada, Colorado game store, Adventurer’s Quarter. We talked with Jacob, one of the co-owners and this is what he had to say. How did you choose Adventurer’s Quarter as the name? Adventurer’s Quarter is a district in the town of Waterdeep in the Dungeons and Dragons setting. Rick and I met playing D&D, so a quarter of town where fellow adventurers could meet up seemed like the perfect title for what we wanted to create. How would you describe Adventurer’s Quarter? We’re a game store focused on teaching new games, making even the most daunting looking games fun, and keeping the community stocked with the type of games they want to play. What inspired you to have a game shop? Rick’s been playing RPGs and board games for decades and has always wanted to create a nerdy place to meet new folks; while I worked in the game industry and played as many tabletop games as I could find. Together we felt our combined knowledge could create something awesome for Colorado gamers to enjoy since there were so few options in the area. How many people work at AQ? Who are they? Just two right now, Rick and myself. We’ve got some great volunteers coming by for specific game nights to demo and run events like Magic and Munchkin. Why did you choose downtown Arvada to base AQ? We wanted a game store people off the street could feel comfortable walking into and Arvada has a lot of folks walking by all day; some who have played games before and a lot of new folks just looking to learn. What are some of your goals for AQ? Ideally we’d love to be a reliable source for your local gaming needs, whether it be for new releases or classic games. Eventually we’d love to serve food and drink on the premises and make our store as much a destination as it is a location to grab games. What type of gamers frequent AQ? We’ve got a lot of casual gamers just looking for space to meet new people. There’s also a slowly growing miniature wargaming crowd, playing Infinity, Warhammer and Warmachine, who are super enthusiastic and love to show off their armies. Our Magic: The Gathering playerbase is very laid back and takes the competition in stride win or lose. Anything specific you’d like to mention? We’re always open to events being held at the store, so drop us a line if you need a gaming space to raise awareness or just have a good time. For instance: October 20th the Everitt Middle School is raising money for their music department and we’ll be playing games all day to that end! What are your regular store events? Monday – Modeling and Painting Night: 5-8pm Tuesday- Board...

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