Anthony A – Retail
Anthony was born and raised in the humid heat of Miami, FL. Both he, and his brother gained a passion for gaming at an early age, and began hosting game nights with their groups of friends.
Striking out straight from high school, games were both a respite from his troubles and a means of socializing on a budget.
After a few years, Anthony finally took a chance on himself and auditioned for Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; where he studied Electronic Production & Design. There he built a small community of D&D players; many of whom have gone on to become Dungeon Masters for their own groups.
After his studies, Anthony decided to road trip to LA with a few friends. He was excited for the change of pace and for a familiar summer warmth. He’s since started a new Role Playing Game community amongst his west coast friends. Game Empire became a meet up spot for him and his group. He even purchased his first 40k units inside these very walls.
If you run into him at the store, feel free to ask Anthony about role playing games or board games (he owns over 40 of them). You can even teach him about a game he’s not familiar with. He’s ever the student.
“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. Iggy began the transition from retail to the game room by instructing during Hobby night, and running Keyforge events. When Chad announced his departure, Iggy was happy and excited to carry on the professional and positive experience to the community.
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.
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!
Dr. Nicole Rubins, “Nicole” had a previous government career developing computer systems that are still in use today. She has lived in many states and foreign countries
Nicole created her first Bridge bidding system at age 11 and wrote Bridge playing computer game in 8th grade. She has played every card game in Hoyle’s Official Rules of Card Games. She has a Doctorate in Podiatry.
Nicole started playing role playing games (RPG) the day Eldrich Wizardy was released. Once she owned copies of every RPG in print. She plays historical simulation games for the for insights into history.
Sandy Grossman — Retail
Sandy was raised in Pasadena on a steady diet of Connect Four and Monopoly. It was only after he discovered Dungeons and Dragons in high school, though, that his love for tabletop games really took off. From there he graduated to board games and Magic: The Gathering (although his interest in the latter waned when he realized he really wasn’t very good).
After high school, Sandy began college in Portland, Oregon, where he was introduced to Cosmic Encounter and got involved with far too many RPG groups. After a year of playing three sessions a week, he left the gloom of the Pacific Northwest and returned to California.
These days, his favorites include Diplomacy, Betrayal, Codenames, and nearly any roleplaying game he can find.