Building community through games

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Charlie Gottlieb and Ross Hamann, owners of The Gaming Goat in Oak Park, are passionate about the same thing: games. Not video games, which are most often associated with gamers. Their store at 440 S. Ridgeland specializes in selling board games, card games and miniatures.

The Gaming Goat, says Gottlieb, is "technically" part of a franchise chain based in Elgin. The Oak Park location opened about 7 months ago at the end of May.

Since then, the store has become a part of building community in Oak Park around games.

"I really like the aspect of meeting people when you play the board games," said Hamann, in a recent VOP-TV video profile of the game shop owners.

Every week The Gaming Goat hosts different events, including free demo sessions where non-gamers can come play any time they want. Gottlieb said the store is thinking of adding regular events on Thursdays and Saturdays soon.

Gottlieb admits that if you are not a gamer, coming in to the store may be a bit intimidating. But never fear, Gottlieb said that he and Hamann are very open, friendly and willing to answer questions to anyone unsure about anything.

Gottlieb said he's really enjoying the games Netrunner and War Machine right now — the latter game allows you to paint your miniatures. The Gaming Goat will be hosting a Netrunner Tournament Jan. 4, 2014.

Find more information about The Gaming Goat and their upcoming events on their Facebook page.

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