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    After close to decade in Istanbul (Constantinople) I am moving for work back to the US. I will be in Elko, Nevada, and I was wondering if any wargamers are active in the general region.

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    Woof, headed to the high desert, eh?  I’m afraid you’re going to be in a bit of a gaming wasteland which would probably entail long drives to get a game in.  A couple of years from now I’ll be just a 12 hour drive north of you in Northern Idaho.  I know there used to be a small Con in Boise but have no idea if it still exists post-covid.

    How did Elko become your destination?

    edit: I may have been presumptuous, it appears there is a comic shop, a tabletop games store and a boardgame café in Elko!  Looks like you just might be able to find some people to play with, though probably the more mainstream games.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Avatar photoSane Max

    I hope you are right Darkest Star – It would be a real blow to find oneself with nobody to play against or even talk to about one’s hobby. Reminds me how lucky I am to live in a small country sometimes. I note the place has a college, which would be a hopeful sign of at least someone interested in playing something…..

    OP, Out of interest – was there much Hobby Action in Istanbul?

    Avatar photoPunkrabbitt

    I know there is a decent Warhamster 40,000 scene in Elko; a couple of my old gaming buddies  moved up there years ago.

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    Academic Market is tough, especially if you are coming back from outside the US. Great Basin College offered a good position, so I went for it over other less great options.

    I knew about the comic store, but not the tabletop games store , is that Troll Cave? Also the cafe (if you can also pass that name that would be cool).

    Not a 40k player, but might start a small force just as a way to recruit people to historical gaming. Probably I could get people to be interested in SAGA, and from SAGA one can move to more stuff.

    My initial plan was to use my courses to get some war-gaming action, but this would not work badly.

    Thank you all, this is better than I initially thought. Getting a game in once a month, or once every three months is more than enough for me.


    Avatar photoSteve Johnson

    Good luck with the move and of course on the gaming front too.

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    is that Troll Cave?

      Yes indeed, and the other place is XP Gaming And Cafe across the river/tracks.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."


    Thank you, much appreciated!

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    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley

    … Not a 40k player, but might start a small force …

    Start of a slippery slope methinks!

    Good luck with the new start.


    Oh I have been on this horse before. Pretty much my wargaming started with Arifix and Hero-Quest, then I was the only one to look to DBA (bought a nice Essex French HYW army), but none of my friends cared (lost that Army 🙁 ). RPGs for a long while, then Dawn of War comes out, and all my friends are now up for starting 40k (I wanted Fantasy). 40k for five years (IG, and then I moved on to historicals. If I have to do a 40k army I will need blood-oaths from the others that they will play some historical for me. The only thing is that I would have to dabble again in 28mm, and I much rather not (orienting to 15mm even for Saga)

    Avatar photoSane Max

    40k is still, to me, a grim slog of a game. I love the built-up 40k lore, but couldn’t bear playing it again – maybe lure in players with ’40k’ and then play Grimdark Future’ ? a much better game to actually play

    Good Luck!

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    That’s a good option.  Or you can go RPGlite and play In The Emperors Name or something similarly quickish playing and just bolt on the 40kness.

    15mm really is a great scale for just about anything.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."


    I mean, I do not care even about the lore anymore. Historical and Historical themed fantasy (Glorantha, Harn) are more to my liking. But sometimes you need to make sacrifices for the greater good.  I know very well how hard it is to wean people to historicals from 40k. One option that worked to a point was SAGA, another might be Bolt Action (I do not like it, preferring Lardies stuff, but CoC might be a hard sell).


    Anyway, we will see what we shall see.


    Well I made it here. If you around and what to talk gaming hit me here. Troll Cave Games is within walking distance for me.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    Woot, have fun!!!

    Avatar photoThe Red Hobbit

    I’ve passed through Elko Nevada a few times but never thought to stop and check the gaming scene.  The basque food is excellent though and I certainly miss the outstanding bison steaks.


    Hi Red Hobbit. Need a car and a salary to try those, but yeah everybody tells me the food places area actually quite nice. The gaming scene is actually bigger than I thought it would be. It supports one omics and game store, and two gaming clubs spaces. That is three more places than we had in Statesboro Georgia (even though Galactic Games and Comics was paradise)

    Avatar photoThe Red Hobbit

    Always great to hear smaller towns have great gaming scenes.

    BJ Bull Bakery always had great pies and they were open fairly early, The Star Hotel had enormous portions and some great steaks.  Can’t go wrong with any of the Basque places in town, have fun and enjoy it!

    Avatar photoPatrice

    That’s one of them educational surprises you sometimes get on wargaming forums, although not related to wargaming at all (please Mike be lenient).

    Basque places in town, have fun and enjoy it!

    I’ll probably never go to Nevada but I never knew there was a Basque community there (I’m not Basque but I’m interested to hear about such things). 😉



    Yeah, I was surprised as well, but then it makes sense, in that Basques had reasons to leave Spain, and had traditional cultural skills that were perfect for the heavy ranching areas of northern Nevada.

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