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Only One within 30 Miles of Altoona - Review by Bob L | Gatehouse Games

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Only One within 30 Miles of Altoona 11/17/2007

Though Gatehouse Games is popular for many local hobby enthusiasts its the "only" game store of its kind in the general area. In local Altoona no game stores exist though at one time The Ye Olde Hobby Shoppe (one time very popular) was the gamers corner store. As a matter of fact since the closing of the Altoona News Stand in the early 2000's which also sold gaming materials and the Ye Olde Hobby Shoppe also now defunct the only other locality in the area to purchase gaming materials such as dice, books (including the popular Dungeons and Dragons & Warhammer Fantasy) etc, is at Nittany Line Hobbies in State College, Pa. Well many may give Gatehouse the proverbial thumbs up I give the proverbial shaky hand sideways. This games store because of its vicinity to Altoona is the only one of its kind in business. There have been several attempts by local hobby enthusiasts to open other games stores but the market does not allow it since Altoona doesn't support a large gaming base. Other than Juniata Cards located in Altoona which sells all the popular trading card games no suitable business exists in the vicinity to offer Gatehouse any competition The Positives are that Gatehouse does know a thing or two about Fantasy Wargaming with Warhammer and other similar "Modern" games but their knowledge base on older wargames and out of print material such as AD&D, Palladium Games, exotic RPG's are at a minimum. For older material help go online. If you want wish to buy wargaming material and pay a loot for it then visit Gatehouse Games in Duncansville, Pa. Other than that the Amazon.com and Ebay.com work just fine. more
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