… In college I had the good fortune of having a freshman roommate who was a professional sci-fi geek and gamer. He introduced me on our first day together to Novel Ideas, the local Sci-fi/comic/game shop. The progenitor of today’s FLGS — Friendly Local Game Shop.
I forged a lifelong friendship with that shop-owner, a wonderful guy. That shop took more of my scarce resources than any other in the 1990’s. It couldn’t stop the bleeding, however.