LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Wherever there’s a game store, there’s a likely to be a group of gamers nearby looking to spend time with people with similar interests and have fun. Troll and Toad Games and Comics is no exception.
“Growing up, I always heard that there’s nothing to do around here,” said Steven Fouts, event coordinator at Troll and Toad Games and Comics. “I wanted to make that a false statement by providing things for people to do as an alternative to going to the movies to see something they’ve already seen a dozen times or doing something else that will get them in trouble.”
Whether it’s card games, role playing games or board games, the store hosts a variety of events to cater to almost any type of gaming interest.
“Gaming events are pretty common at any store that sells games,” said assistant manager Anthony Adkins. “Card games are the staple. People really like playing Pokémon League, YuGiOh and Magic together. We have pretty big turnouts on those nights.”
According to Adkins, the store hosts some sort of gaming event almost every day of the week. Pokemon League is on Mondays; role playing game night is on Wednesdays; YuGiOh and role playing games are held on Thursday nights; Magic on Friday nights; Warhammer, Pauper, Commander and Booster Draft on Saturdays; and YuGiOh on Sundays.
“We see people from all walks of life,” said Fouts. “Some are students, some are (husbands) and wives. There’s such a wide variety of people here who might not ever meet if they didn’t come to play.”
Adkins and Fouts pride themselves on the family-friendly atmosphere that they provide. Players, many of whom were complete strangers prior to attending regular gaming nights, can get together and have a few hours of fun.
“If someone wanted to come in and just start their own game up, we would welcome them as long as the events are family friendly and appropriate,” Adkins said.
Fouts said that not only are the gaming events a good time, it also serves as a way for families to bond.
“There’s a father that comes in with his daughter regularly and plays board games with her,” Fouts said. “They always invite people to play with them and you can tell they both are having a good time. We also have a lot of brothers and sisters that come together and play games together and with their friends.”
According to Adkins, there is a $5 buy-in associated with some events, however the fee is returned to the player as store credit after that night.
For more information on any of the gaming events, visit their website at www.trollandtoad.com or call them at (606) 877-1450.