Mom gamers are awesome!

Nothing teaches kids better than leading by example. Parents who game have a d20 better chance of rolling awesome progeny!

Nicole Wakelin of D6 Generation fame (as well as Total Fan Girl and billions of other online ‘zines) co-authored a wonderful concise article for which captures the essence of Fair Game and why we opened the store. It’s a quick read and I encourage you to take a moment and check it out:


*Tap tap tap* is this thing on?

How do you shut him up?

Happy 2015 everyone! A quick note to let you all know that I will be speaking on WGN Radio today (3-Jan-2015) at 1:30pm! Bill Moller (  has graciously offered to let me come on and talk about my gaming passion. With any luck, I won’t say anything too dumb or blurt out something inappropriate (they use a 3 second delay, right?).

You can listen online right here:


Gamer parents – check it!


Adventure Maximus is one of those games which belongs – dare I say it? On every gamer’s shelf. Most certainly if you are raising kids and want to introduce them to role playing games.

In a nutshell Adventure Maximus takes a lot of the back-end story creation away from the game master and uses a very simple card based mechanic to lay out the adventure and player creation. Each game session (Adventure Maximus does not really have a ‘campaign’ option) involves player creation, adventure layout and the actual role playing.

We’ve never had a full game last more than 90 minutes – and that is with multiple encounters.

Monsters, settings and rewards (TREASURE!) are all randomized using the cards, so the GM can concentrate on having fun – making some stuff up (“fluff”) and enjoying the experience. There is almost no preparation necessary – one can open the box and be rolling dice in 15 minutes.


For my kids, it was a natural fit – the cards dictate the situation, while the rules define the foundation. For the adults I’ve watched play, it was a nice light-weight game session without any min/max nonsense or challenging of rules.

Got kids? Have fond recollection of RPGs? Do yourself a favor and check this game out.




Dice – what are they good for?

Another BoingBoing post goes into depth on the use of dice in gaming. A very cool read about one of our favorite mechanics in board games.

Roll away:

(and yes, I really enjoy BoingBoing)


A short review of the new Monster Manual

Monster-Manuel-Cover-Art-782x1024-680x890You know the game industry is on the right track when game reviews start showing up on mainstream blogs. Here is a nice succinct review of the latest edition of the venerable Monster Manual:

BoingBoing review of the new Monster Manual


Girls and Games – a match made in Downers Grove


Thursday, October 2nd is Girl’s Night Out in Downers Grove – the annual event geared towards the ladies.

If you find yourself shopping in DG that night, be sure to drop in at Fair Game and check out what we have to offer. From serious to silly, we have games to fit any occasion or group.

You don’t even have to be a girl!


Ride your bike to your FLGS day!








Ok, so not really a thing – but if you are planning on coming out to the store today (Sunday, July 27th) be aware that the best method of transportation would indeed be a bicycle.

After a five year hiatus, Downers Grove has yet again become a destination for bike racers far and wide. The Prairie State Cycling Series comes to our town and revisits one grueling criterium. All day today the cyclists will be orbiting downtown – it’s a great event to spectate. In fact, the sprint to the finish will start right in front of our store!

Be aware however that parking in town will be scarce at best. Limited access to the parking garage will be granted between heats – but may fill up completely.

If you are a fan of cycling, or at all interested – I strongly suggest coming out to watch. And stop in to say “hi”at the store!


Thanks and a review

Hey all,

Thank you SO much for making our first (but not last!) Fair Game garage sale a complete success! It was a lot of work, a bit harrowing, but a lot of fun! We will certainly do it again next year.

On a completely unrelated note, I came upon a nice review of a great cooperative game that my family has really taken a liking to – Flash Point Fire Rescue. Have a look!



June is garage sale month!

If you have games gathering dust in the basement, why not set them free and refresh your collection at the same time? Fair Game will host a garage sale weekend on June 14th and 15th. But instead of rusty tools, baby clothes and 8-track tapes, all you will find at our sale is fun!

If you are interested in selling your underused games, bring them in anytime after June 9th along with a completed sales form you can find here. We will be putting the games out on Saturday, June 14th. Any games not sold on Saturday will be put back out on Sunday, June 15th for half price.

All sales will be collected by Fair Game and credit issued to the owners. All unsold games not picked up by June 23rd will be given to charity.

This is our first year doing this, so we may be a bit inefficient at first – but we think it will be a great event, and a perfect way to find a new home for those neglected games.

Import reminders:

  • Fill out the sales form before bringing in your games
  • We will accept your items starting June 9th
  • All funds will be given to the sellers in the form of store credit
  • Unsold items not picked up by June 23rd will be donated

Turn off your TV and turn on your brain!

Turn off those screens!Don’t let Screen Free Week get in the way of having fun! Reconnect with your kids, while disconnecting from high tech – by playing a board game. Fair Game has a variety of games to fit any interest, genre, group or age. Come in during Screen Free Week, May 5th – 11th, and try out one of our demo games (our library has hundreds!) – bring your whole family. We will  find a suitable game for you that everyone will enjoy.