Ode To RiverQuest

It’s been six months since I graduated from college and there are times I miss being a student. Having Sunday relaxing days while I study for an exam or getting coffee and walking around town. One college memory that has stayed with me is my gaming marathons at my college game store River Quest Games. Unfortunately, I was alerted by a Facebook status that River Quest would be closing its doors permanently, and hearing this news left me feeling sad and nostalgic. I wanted to reflect on how much River Quest meant to me.

[Image is a screenshot from "River Quest Games" The message is as follows:

"I've heard you either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain. For those that know me, I am far too comfortable wearing a cape to be anything other than a hero. It is because of that, and with a heavy heart, I am announcing the closure of River Quest Games. I started RQ because of a passion for Magic and games, and that passion is burning just as fiercly. However, due to circmstances beyond my control, River Quest Games will be closing. I know there will be many feelings related to this announcement so I encourage you to come talk to me if you have any qestions and I will do my best to answer them. What does this mean logistically? River Quest Games last day of operation will be December 18th 2017. Although things didn't work out quite like I anticpated, I do not regret anything. There are so many people and experiences I have in my life because of River Quest, and for that, I am so thankful. My love of Magic and gaming will live on, and I hope we will find a way to continue to play and game together".]
Photo was taken from River Quest Games Facebook Page

I started attending River Quest two years ago after my best friend got a job there. I was pleasantly surprised by all the employees who were nice and relaxed. The owner does a great job of creating an accepting environment for all gamers. I also learned how to play Star Wars Destiny at a pre-release event River Quest hosted.

[Three dice lined next to each other. Two dice say RQ Games]
Souvenir dice from River Quest! Photo was taken by me.

As a broke college student, I never felt pressure to buy anything. I wish I could have supported River Quest more, but going to college is expensive and I was often living paycheck to paycheck. I drove to River Quest two weeks ago and I was surprised by how there weren’t as many people in the store. It made me sad to see that there were fewer people gaming.

I’m thankful for Riverquest and how I could hang out with friends, play Magic or the occasional board game and unwind after a tough week. One message I want to reiterate is to support your local game store! I wish I could have supported River Quest more to prevent them from closing its doors. Local gaming stores need your business. Plenty of customers will buy from Amazon or Target, but to get the absolute best customer service, it’s best to shop local.

3 thoughts on “Ode To RiverQuest

  1. This was so nice to read. I want you to know that every thing you did supported River Quest!

    If it wasn’t for RQ, I never would have met you or so many other people that impacted my life in a way words will never describe.

    RQ closing is not a loss, but the end of good book. The characters will live on and the story will continue off the pages…

    Thank you BB!!



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