A Different Kind of Entertainment

Veterans Gaming in Warwick

For most of us, a night out is going to the movies, a happening dance club, or out to eat. That can get kind of repetitious after awhile. If you’re looking for a little more to do with you nights out, come with me and I’ll take you to a place where you can be a war-hungry goblin or maybe a giant alien with a machine gun! Welcome to the world of wargaming.

Nestled in a quiet little plaza down Warwick Avenue there is a little gem of shop called Game On. It’s a cross between a hobby shop and a coffee shop – a little small, but it has a lot of character. Game tables line the back of the store, and Tim Blaney, the owner, has placed a few fold-out tables in the middle. These tables are free to use for your own pick-up game, when they aren’t in use for a tournament.

The store is amply stocked with Warhammer minatures kits and hobby paints. It also has a nice selection of collectable Magic the Gathering cards in the glass cases as well as a selection of roleplaying dice and game mats. You can even buy, sell or trade collectable game cards for store credit or cash.

At any time during the week you will find people reading books, working on laptops, or painting miniatures. After just a year, Game On is quickly becoming the place to go for collectible card and tabletop gamers. From Magic the Gathering to Warhammer 40k, the shop hosts a nice assortment of options for the roleplaying gamer.

Tim Blaney the owner has been a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast since he was 10 year old. His love for D&D and other fantasy games has manifested itself in his shop. The atmosphere at Game On is friendly and laid-back, mostly due to the shop’s staff and regulars. Tim hopes to one day expand the store into two more locations, one in the Boston area and the other in central Connecticut.

Every week, Game On hosts many different Magic the Gathering events. Tuesday and Thursday are your draft nights for Magic the Gathering. If you’re looking to start playing Magic, drafts are a good place to start. They are one of the more popular events at Game On.

For the more seasoned magic player, Wednesday’s legacy tournament and Friday night’s FNM (Friday Night Magic) are probably more for you. These are the nights when the shop’s weekly sanctioned Magic tournaments are held. On top of increasing your ranking among Magic players, Game On offers up an array of cards for prizes for the top performers in the tournaments.

Want to control and army of bloodthirsty orcs or lead your troops into battle in a heavily armored battle tank? Then you should probably check out the Warhammer events at Game On. Throughout the week you can find people locked in mortal combat with their miniatures playing on the professional-looking, custom-made battlefield tabletops. On Saturdays, Games Workshop sponsors the Warhammer 40k tournaments.

For the D&D gamer, Game On offers a couple of options. Beginning dungeon explorers and monster slayers will be happy to know that Game On has them covered with books, dice, and figurines. Typically held on Wednesday nights, two different D&D events carry players into fantasy worlds. Every other week, Game On holds an encounters game. A boardgame version is on the alternate weeks. For more information on the D&D gaming, visit www.rigaming .com

The staff makes this shop a standout. Besides being very knowledgeable, employees Frank and Javier are fun and energetic. Whether you come to play in the weekly events or sell some cards, they are more than happy to help you with your needs. What they don’t have in the store they can most likely order for you.

If you’re looking for a place to kill some extra time (and maybe a dragon or two) during the week or looking to start a new hobby, then Game On is the best place to start.

You can find Game On just off Warwick Avenue at 943 Namquid Drive
Warwick, RI 02888. Their phone is (401) 572-3390. The shop’s hours of operation are Sunday 1-9pm, Monday-Thursday 1pm-11pm, Friday 10am-12pm and Saturday 1-9pm.

Check them out online at www.gameonri.com

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