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Our Staff

Anthony

Anthony A – Retail

[Anthony A’s bio goes here]

Chad McElhiney – Operations Manager, Game Room Overlord

What is there to say about Chad? He’s Awesome!

Chad was raised in the West LA area of Mar Vista before enlisting with the US Marines out of Culver City, where he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing with the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter for most of his service.

Following the Marines, Chad returned to the water trading in the LPH/LHA ships of the US Navy for Tall Ships powered by sail. Serving with the American Sail Training Association (ASTA), he spent that time teaching corporate team building, showing how California influenced global economics long before becoming a state, and conducting historical re-enactments like a modern day pirate.

Eventually Chad washed up on the docks in San Francisco where he joined his wife, and entered retail management programs before changing careers to an EMT/Paramedic. Following the birth of his son in 2015, Chad relocated back to Los Angeles.

Chad’s connection to Game Empire began long before he started playing games in the Pasadena store. Back in 1994, while stationed at then NAS Miramar, Chad wandered into a small game store in Hotel Circle in San Diego run by Chuck’s brother. A veteran of Role Playing Games and counter based wargames,  Chad even re-fought the Falkland Islands war using Larry Bond’s Harpoon war-game while in the barracks of MCAS El Toro over a weekend. Chad added to his gaming fascination with historical miniatures and began playing Napoleonic wars in 15mm.

Email Chad at chad@gameempirepasadena.com.

Chuck RobbinsChuck Robbins – Owner

[Chuck’s bio goes here]

Ignacio Franco

Ignacio Franco – Retail

“Iggy” was raised in East Los Angeles, and credits his family’s emphasis on taking care of each other as the most important aspect anyone can do.

Pulled away by curiosity and soul searching, Ignacio found his love for hobbies while in Texas at a store called “Madness”. It was the community of that brick-and-mortar store that drew him in, more than the games, and when family matters drew him back to California he looked for another store to call home.

He is proud to say, “I am part of the great family of Geeks, Gamers and Nerds of Game Empire!”

His  main areas of expertise include Magic the Gathering, Warhammer 40k and Pokemon, but Ignacio is also an avid role-player and now, as a member of the Game Empire staff, is adding historical miniatures as well as spectacular board games to his playing repertoire. He also instructs during Hobby night, and runs Keyforge events.

He says, “Feel free to ask me anything! I will be more than happy to help or find the answer for you.”

John Villario — Retail

A seasoned veteran  of Magic the Gathering (CCG) and an avid enthusiast of Legend of the Five Rings (CCG and RPG).

John’s preference is miniature games ranging from the skirmash styles of Infinity the game, as well as more mainstream battles like Warhammer 40k, Warmachine, and Hordes. He also really enjoys Battlecon a boardgame that brings tactics, strategy, and ferocity in 2D style fighting.

If games are scarce and players are few, John ventures in painting his miniatures and keeping up-to-date on the latest collectable card game news.

Jonathan Gutierrez — Retail

Jonathan the meek and mild with glasses — now with cheese.

Born and raised in southern California, Johnathan discovered non-computer gaming right here at Game Empire on a distant Newbie Night (our organized Tuesday night gaming) long ago.

Quickly falling for Star Wars Imperial Assault among other Star Wars games, Jonathan began learning miniature painting and has since added Warhammer 40k and Star Wars Legion to his line up.

Occasionally still popping by for Newbie Night with his wife, his favorite games include Pandemic, King of Tokyo, and Epic Spell Wars.

His love of Star Wars makes him a perfect choice to co-ordinate and manage Star Wars Destiny events here at the store.

Ask him about what games would be best for you and your friends & family!

Kaylin – Retail

Kaylin is a newbie to the gamer world and is slowly adding more and more board games to her already burgeoning list.

A budding broadcast journalist, she has studied at UC Santa Cruz and is furthering her journalism passion at Pasadena City College.

Currently, Kaylin has immersed herself in the World of Rokugan with the Legends of the Five Rings card and role playing games.

Go get ’em, Kaylin!

Robert HermannRobert Herman – Retail Supervisor

[Robert’s bio goes here]

Calendar

March 24, 2019
  • Pokemon Gym

    March 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Learn to play with our staff, Tournament follows.

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  • Magic the Gathering - League

    March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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March 25, 2019
  • Age of Sigmar Battles

    March 25, 2019
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    battle for the 9 realms with Warhammer Age of Sigmar

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  • Magic the Gathering - Draft Format

    March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Guilds of Ravnica series.

    $15.00 Entry

    Want a way to play that offers a level playing field and lets you check out new cards at the same time? Then a limited format like booster draft may be for you. Unlike constructed formats, where you arrive with a carefully constructed deck ready to play, limited formats allow you to build a deck from new cards as part of the game.

    At the start of booster draft, each player opens a booster pack and picks a single card. (Don’t show the other players what you pick!) Then everyone passes the rest of their pack to player on their left, each player then picks a card from the pack they just received before passing again. This process continues until all the cards in those packs have been drafted. Then each player opens a second pack, but this time, you pass the pack to your right. After all those cards are drafted, you do the same with the third pack, passing to the left again.

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March 26, 2019
  • Warhammer 40k - Game Night

    March 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Grab your forces, and battle for control of our tables. Whether you're just starting out, or practicing for the latest tournament.

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  • Keyforge Sealed Tournament

    March 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    $15.00 entry.

    Prize support dependent on number of participants.

    In the Sealed format, each player receives a new deck at the tournament, usually by purchasing it from the hosting retailer. Players do not open their sealed decks until the official start of the event, and players are encouraged to wait to register the decks to their Master Vault accounts until the end. After opening their decks, players are given a few moments to read through and familiarize themselves with their contents, then the tournament begins.

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  • Newbie Night

    March 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Free entry.

    Each week Game Empire offers up a few different games, where our experienced staff teach the rules, and allow you to try it out.

    So come down and expand your gaming experience, meet new people, and try before you buy.

    Game titles for that week are featured on our Facebook page Monday evening.

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