Alexander Marquez — Game Room Judge
Born right here in Pasadena, the story, whether you believe it or not, that Alexander has been watching Star Wars since birth. Exposure to boardgames began early in his life due to ‘game nights’ with his grandparents. Like most children of the ’90s Alexander got into Pokemon card games. His first visit to a gamestore was back in 2003, where a trip to get the latest Pokemon pack turned into a discovery of Magic the Gathering, and the newly released Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition. Three years later, while at summer camp Alexander discovered his next passion seeing a Codex for the Tyranid Army in Warhammer 40k.
Upon returning home he raced to the game store and picked up a boxed set of the Battle for Macragge, and sine then has added Malifaux, Guild Ball, X-Wing, Frostgrave and more to his Miniatures gaming play. Recently he added Blood Bowl, and was deeply involved in helping with the league play management here at Game Empire.
Having some experience working at other game stores helped cement a fit just in time for the new release Dark Imperium edition of Warhammer 40k where his hiatus with the Tyranids ended.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ignacio Franco – Retail
Game Empire’s newest member 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 says, “Feel free to ask me anything! I will be more than happy to help or find the answer for you.”
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.
Lance Coffing – MTG Judge
Magic runs in the family. So much so that it was how Lance was taught to read. “If you can read me the card I will buy it for you.” Words his father would come to regret… But it was a very good incentive. After devouring magic he moved on to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, then moved on to video games. Anything so long as it could get other people around and doing SOMETHING!!!
Social to a fault Lance loves to teach other people any of the games in his repertoire even before he worked for Game Empire. Getting most of his grade school playing D&D and then even the jocks of his high school playing Magic the Gathering. He headed several gaming clubs in school and if he did not have time for that would just convince one of his teachers to allow it during class!
Now, working for Game Empire, he runs the Magic the Gathering events all weekend in into the week on Mondays. Every Magic event you will find him running from the top and, if time permits, jumping into himself to try his luck. Any format, any time, any number of players. Even if the single game will take all night. (!!!BEWARE MULTIPLAYER COMMANDER ARCHENEMY PLANECHASE!!!)