Every Wednesday evening (starting around 7pm), Park Avenue Comics & Games holds their weekly game night. It’s very informal, but a lot of fun. This past summer, when Daniel discovered there was a new comic store just blocks from our apartment, he made it his personal goal to become friends with the owners. Considering the fact that he is now employed by these people, I think he has succeeded. The store is owned by Matt and Jessica Phillips. They are two of the nicest people I have ever met. Daniel and I are frequently invited to their lovely home on Saturday nights to play even more games, and usually to enjoy a few…beverages.
Tonight we played Pirate Fluxx for the first time. The first time we went to the comic store for game night, we played Zombie Fluxx. We ended up purchasing the game because it was so much fun. If you’ve never played a Fluxx game, try it out. There are a number of variations on the original, including, but not limited to, Jewish Fluxx, Martian Fluxx, Monty Python Fluxx and Eco Fluxx, in addition to the two versions mentioned above. We also played Killer Bunnies, which is one of my current favorites, and there are a number of expansion decks for it. I did not participate in Monsterpocalypse tonight, but I have in past weeks. It’s a confusing game and sometimes I think Matt just makes up rules on the spot. The problem is that the manual is practically in a different language, so I cannot verify this. You have to learn a whole new vocabulary to play that game. But, once you get the hang of it, it is fun. We have also played games like Settlers of Catan and Zombie Ninja Pirate, as well as others. Settlers of Catan is my favorite game, by far. Daniel and I bought the 2-player version, Rivals for Catan, and play it frequently.
In addition to weekly Game Night on Wednesdays, they also have Magic Night on Thursdays (also at 7pm), if you are into that sort of thing. Daniel and I are not. This is also very informal, but every Thursday evening, when Daniel and I walk down to the store, there is always a large crowd. Occasionally, they hold Magic drafts. I have no idea how these work, but I’ve heard they are pretty laidback and fun. If you’re looking to meet some new fellow Magic players, I suggest attending Magic Night.
They also have the largest selection of Kidrobot merchandise in the greater Rochester area. Although I personally struggle to understand why people collect them, they do look pretty cool, and this store has an impressive stock of Dunnies, Chumps, The Simpsons, Futurama, various Kidrobot zipper pulls, and plush toys. Last Friday, they held a Kidrobot trading event, allowing people to come and try to trade any duplicates they had acquired. This was only the second trading event they have held so far, but I know they will plan another one soon.
Of course, Daniel’s favorite part of the store is the comics. They have a huge collection of both current and back issues. They also carry graphic novels and manga. Having a comic store right here on Park Ave has made gift-getting an extremely easy task for me, since he collects practically anything related to Spider-Man. In the past I have surprised him with such issues as #40 and #90 of The Amazing Spider-Man.
So, if you want to check out some new games, to build up your Magic deck (am I using this lingo correctly?), buy a new Dunny, or if you just want to look through some comics, then I suggest you visit Park Avenue Comics & Games. You can also find them on facebook and twitter.
I did not have the opportunity to take a photo of the storefront this evening, but one will pop up on here eventually. For right now, I will leave you with this photo.
Park Ave Fest, July 2010
This picture was taken last summer outside of the store. Matt is in the Robin costume.