Childs’ Play Grand Opens!
By Nick Rogers
Somewhere on San Antonio Street, lurks a building, inside which people of various ages stare at one another across the table, taking great risks and muttering in strange tongues.
This building, however, is not a creepy church, but New Braunfels’ first (and long overdue) gaming store.
Childs’ Play Games and Geekery is where gamers (the non-video type) can go to shop, play and commiserate with other gamers. The store is the creation of Sarah Childs, who has been into gaming since she was teenager and now works toward building a gaming community.
“When I moved here, I noticed that there was a bunch of stuff in Austin and a bunch of stuff in San Antonio, but there were no game stores in between,” she said.
Although Child’s Play has only been open a little more than a month, Sarah has been establishing a gaming community here for some time by taking her game savvy around town.
“I have partnered up with Bosses Pizza for the past couple of years, and I would have events there about once a month or every other month,” she said. “I have worked with other businesses, as well. Of course, I vend at the conventions and work the playrooms.”
At Childs’ Play, Sarah carries games for almost every age and nearly every situation. She is the gaming expert, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Sarah can match the right game for the right occasion because she has intimate knowledge of her stock.
“There are so many games I like and I know how to play almost every game in the store,” she said. “A couple of my current favorites are Cartoon Network’s Crossover Crisis. Another that has come out recently is Seven Wonders Duel, which is great strategy game.”
Sarah also had great praise for Fluffy Bunny Tea Party, a card game where each player tries to sabotage the others with desserts, while being painfully polite, win or lose. This is great training for those who are thrust into royalty, sent to girls’ boarding schools or become political wives.
Importantly, Childs’ Play is not simply a place to buy games, but also a place where gamers of all faiths meet.
“We are developing a community here,” she said. “You have somewhere you can go, meet other people and socialize.”