I wrote a long time ago about the creepy/crappy only game store in my area. In the years I've been blogging another has opened its doors.
I've been wanting to start another game, meet new people, get more practice at setting up a sand box from the very beginning. I'm kind of an introvert, though, or as my mother puts it "a stick in the mud," so offering to DM a game open to anyone that wants to sit down was a little scary-making for me. But I finally went to the shop yesterday and inquired. Here's what I found:
The store owners would have to vet me by playing in a demo game I'd run. No sweat, if it were my establishment I'd want to do the same. Also, don't see why they wouldn't enjoy a game of mine.
Players have to pay $5 a night to play, or donate cans of food, or buy store product. Aaaalright, I can understand where they're coming from but it puts a damper on the open game table aspect of it, especially for young folks. It makes me almost want offer 20 bucks a night myself just so anyone interested in playing with me could.
I have to be playing a game they sell. Do you carry Labyrinth Lord or Swords & Wizardry? Haven't heard of those. I looked at the rpg book section 1/2 Pathfinder, 1/2 4e. Part of me wanted to say, "You realize most of these books are already destined for the bargain bin by the fact that 5e is coming out?" But I just said "Thank you," and walked out. : (