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Thursday, April 29, 2010

So You Want to Wargame in North Carolina: Sci Fi Genre Review

For the past few days, I've been without the cord to upload pictures from my camera to my computer, which has made updates a little tricky.  Instead, I'm going to start up a little feature I was planning:  So You Want to Wargame in North Carolina!

There are quite a few of us who crisscross the state for tournaments of the Warhammer Fantasy variety, and there are people who do so for 40K as well, among other games I'm sure.  What I wanted to do was to share my experiences from each of the venues that I've traveled to while playing Warhammer.  Let's give this a go, starting with the home store, Sci Fi Genre.

Name:  Sci Fi Genre

Location:  3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd. Durham, NC 27707

Phone:  919-490-7900

Website:  www.scifigenre.com/store

Forums:  http://z6.invisionfree.com/Scifi_Genre_Forums/index.php

The Store:  Sci Fi Genre is one of the largest stores I've been in for this market, and they carry the stock to fill their space.  There's a little bit of everything in the store, but there is specifically a ton of wargaming stuff.  Games Workshop and Privateer Press stuff get a lot of attention, but smaller ranges like Malifaux, Anima Tactics, Flames of War, and Confrontation, among others, all have shelf space.  Painting supplies are plentiful, and even products that you'd normally have to order online such as the Army Painter line are represented.  If SFG doesn't have something, they can order it for you, usually at a pretty significant discount.  The staff is friendly and helpful.

Gaming:  Wargaming night is Tuesday night at Sci Fi Genre, and there are typically about ten tables worth of folks playing various games.  40K and Privateer Press games are represented, as well as Malifaux, and there is a particularly active Warhammer Fantasy group there.  Tournaments for 40K and Fantasy alternate months, with announcements as to upcoming events listed on the forums (and on the top of this site).  Tournaments are well run, but do not factor in soft scores. 

Nearby:  Piper's Deli is in the building next to Sci Fi Genre, and is one of my favorite places to eat.  Try the burgers, as they have been voted top in the Triangle for good reason. 

Overall:  It's great to have a stable, successful store such as Sci Fi Genre nearby.  Tournaments are regular around here and a lot of fun, and the crowd is great.  Come on by!


  1. It's been a while since I've been out there, but I've been to a few 40K events at SFG.

    Link to batrep for one of them in 2007:

    It's a good place, the locals were friendly, and pretty well organized. It was a bit tight table-wise. Good times. I'd be very happy if someplace similar were to open locally.

  2. They actually bought most of the store next door and knocked out walls to expand, so the store itself is almost twice the old size. At Grail Quest this year, we had room for forty-six at the tournament. It was good stuff.

  3. I think my favorite aspect is having Piper's next door.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series!