It’s odd to see a strip mall parking lot overflowing with cars on a beautiful Saturday.
Step inside the Fantasy Shop in St. Charles and the serene summer weather gives way to a loud hum of enthusiastic voices. At one table, people ask if anyone has wood for sheep. At another, half a dozen calm people suddenly point foam-gun silhouettes at one another’s heads then break into giggles. Everyone is hopped up on the seemingly limitless variety of sugary snacks.
“This is amazing,” said Jennifer Keith, a visitor from Missoula, MT. Keith and her husband play board games at home so she decided to stop in the Fantasy Shop to see if they stocked anything new.
“I’d never heard of Game Day before,” she said. “The store staff told me everyone was friendly, so I thought I’d give it a try. What do you know? I’ve been adopted by these guys.” She waved at a quartet of gamers in their 20s.
Game Day began six years ago as a failed trivia night.
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