What is the Hickory Game Shop's mission?
As cheesy as it may sound: to help bring the awesome world of designer board games to the general public, not just gamers. In my short experience as a "board game nerd" (about 10 years) I have found that there's a lot of people out there who would love designer board games but either a) don't know they exist or b) they don't know where to begin and feel out of place at a typical game store. Hickory Game Shop is here to help with that.
If you are a "gamer", you will find that HGS has a well thought out selection, stocks some of the greatest games out there, and gets some of the best new releases.
If you are someone who loves Monopoly but wants to try something different, we can help you find a great game without any condescending attitudes because you don't know how many parsecs it took the Millennium Falcon to make the Kessel Run.
So, how many parsecs did it take the Millennium Falcon to make the Kessel Run?
Twelve. Twelve parsecs.
Do you have a physical store?
Yes! We are located at 1131 9th Ave SE in Hickory. That's just off of LR Boulevard at the Dollar General.
The online store says you're open today until 11:59pm. Is that correct?
No. In order to be able to accept pick up orders after hours, the online store has to "think" that we are still open. I know. It doesn't make sense.
What if I order after hours?
If you place an online order outside of regular business hours, your order will be gathered and prepared during the next business day. I will contact you when your order is ready.
Do you order games for people?
Absolutely! If there's a game you want that we don't have in stock, we can most likely get it for you and have it on hand in just a few days. We place orders every Tuesday. Just give us a call, send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill out the contact form on the website.
What is a "designer" board game?
Without going into all of the nuances and details some may discuss or you may not care about, a designer board game is generally a much more developed board game than, say, Monopoly or Sorry!. Don't get me wrong. Those games are great in their own way, too. There's a reason they've stood the test of time. Designer games, however, usually provide a much more thought out and immersive game-play, or a very detailed theme, or a really unique mechanic of some sort, or beautiful artwork, or some combination of all of the above. You can usually find the name of the game's designer right on the cover as well, hence the phrase "designer board games". If your interest gets piqued, you may find yourself beginning to follow certain designers and watching for their new releases. Just like you may follow a favorite author or musician.
Designer board games range anywhere from fast, simple card games to in-depth, detailed strategy games. Many designer games are no more difficult to learn than any other "typical" board game, either. That's the cool part! There's an entire world of designer board games out there with a game for everyone's taste and playing style. There's a designer "Monopoly" or a designer "Uno" that's just waiting for you to discover it. At the end of the day if you enjoy the game, then it's a great game. Whether it's Monopoly or Power Grid. The designer board game world is a treasure trove of great games for everyone.
What if I don't know what to buy and/or I'm new to designer board games?
That's part of the reason we carry the stock that we do. If you're not sure what to purchase, you can rest assured that every game in the HGS inventory is considered to be great in some way, shape or form. You can't go wrong with any of them. We're also glad to help provide some guidance if you'd like.
If interested, you'll also find waaay more information than you ever dreamed possible if you check out www.BoardGameGeek.com. It's the Holy Grail of board game information.
How do you choose your game inventory?
We try to only stock games that are considered great by a large number of board game fans, not just by us or our gaming pals. In fact, some games we carry may not particularly be our style, but we try to carry something for everyone. Remember, though, if we don't have it - we can get it.
Where are you located?
HGS is located at 1131 9th Avenue SE in Hickory. Turn beside the Dollar General on LR Boulevard and look to your left - there we are!