Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Season 2 Episode 4 - Cute Cat. What's Its Name? (Part 2) - 9-17-14

Hello!  We are back again, and I want to keep going with the story of customers that just piss me off.  Before I get to this week's doozie, I want to remind everyone that I am primarily a writer before anything else, and writing this blog is just what I do.  I don't write any of this to be vindictive, or to be sensationalist, or whatever.  I write this because I want to share my story.  My life / story isn't always fun, and I tend to do / be around controversial things.  This blog will definitely end up as a book when it is all said and done, and if I ever really get the urge, perhaps a 'Big Bang Theory' meets 'Clerks' type sitcom.  I am mostly interested in conveying the truth as I remember it; that is pretty much all I can do.

Okay.  With that out of the way, we can talk about the topic for today, and today we have another thief.  It is not quite the same as the culprits in last week's entry, because that situation was a bit more ambiguous, and was handled as such.  No, this time we got the thief dead to rights, right on camera, stealing our stuff... only it was a little too late.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Season 2 Episode 3 - Cute Cat. What's Its Name? (Part 1) - 9-7-2014

It has been a very long day today, my friends.  It was long because my days are always long, but also because I had to deal with some very difficult customers.  Even about 5 hour later, I am still fuming, and it actually brings me to a topic that doesn't get a lot of attention - annoying customers.  (The title is a reference to Kevin Smith's 'Clerks'.  The cat's name is Annoying Customer.)

Don't get me wrong, I love all my customers.  Some of the kids have been coming since day one, and a lot of the people I've met are super cool.  There are three specific interactions that will illustrate my point, and two of them involve theft, so you can see that I am not talking about my honest customers who may be slightly annoying.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Season 2 Episode 2 - One-Year Anniversary

Well, it is official!  We are one year old here at Gamers Link Chicago!  It's been a rough year, and there are definitely some sexy emotional scars amongst us, but here we are, still standing!  There's a lot to report, so let's get to it!

Season 2 Episode 1 - Gen Con; a Year Later

It has been a while since I etched anything in the annals of The Link Adventures.  Things got pretty rough for me during the winter, but now things are mostly better, and its time for a new season of the blog.

It's been just about a year since we opened the doors of Gamers Link Chicago, and it really came full circle this year with Gen Con.  If you remember from the first episode of season 1, Eddie went to Gen Con and came back with a lot of stuff.  Made some connections and friends and all the other things that gregarious folk do.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Episode 13 - Magic Competition - 1-22-2014

This is where we pick up the story of Gamers Link Chicago, but it does occur to me that some of my readers might not actually know what Magic: the Gathering is.  It is kind of hard to describe Magic in a simple way, because it is basically a way of life for a lot of people.  It is very similar to Poker, especially when it comes to the professional circuits, but it definitely has a highly-stylized fantasy setting that spans over twenty years.  Yup, the game has been around for 20 years, longer than a lot of the people who come to my store.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Episode 12 - Lords of Warhammer - 1-11-2014

As promised, we are going to discuss our next big selling game for Gamers Link Chicago: the Games Workshop games - Warhammer Fantasy Battle, and Warhammer 40K.  As I mentioned in a previous episode, Eddie and I met at a Games Workshop store, so we are both coming from a point of being very strong with this game / hobby.  My specialty / interest lies mostly with WFB, while Ed is a pretty staunch 40K player.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Episode 11 - The Magic Man - 1-11-2014

The previous episodes were about the opening of the store, and the trials / tribulations therein.  They also dabbled in the back stories of the Gamers Link Adventure, but it occurs to me that you might not know who I am.  Let's just say this is an 'about the author', with an intent to get everyone up to speed.