Born right here in Pasadena, Alexander is a Judge for Magic the Gathering, Commissioner for Blood Bowl, and Event Organizer for Dragon Ball Super and Star Wars Destiny. Playing many other games, Alexander describes himself as “a tabletop gaming nomad”.
Alexander has been watching Star Wars since birth. After years of rewatching the films, reading the books and collecting figures, his two passions merged with the release of the X-Wing Miniatures Game. He has since added Star Wars Destiny, Armada, Imperial Assault, as well as many other Star Wars games to his list.
Wandering into a local game store to buy Pokémon cards like many kids born in the 90’s, Alexander discovered Magic the Gathering in 2001 upon watching a game being played and buying the 7th edition starter set. He has played since then and even worked his way to earning his certification as an official judge for the game. His favorite formats are “Commander”, “Pauper”, and “Draft”.
In addition to Magic the Gathering and Star Wars, Alexander has been playing miniature wargames since 2004 when a friend dragged him down the Warhammer 40k rabbit hole. Beginning with the 4th edition starter set (Battle for Macragge) he has amassed a sizeable swarm of Tyranids.
Having never shyed away from a Games Workshop release, Alexander dove into the new Blood Bowl release and volunteered his services as a Commissioner for one of the largest Blood Bowl Leagues in the world.
Never limiting himself to a single brand, Alexander has also played miniature games from many other companies, particularly skirmish-sized games.
In his free time Alexander continues to play games and serve as Game Master to a variety of roleplaying groups.
He also enjoys painting models, building new decks, playing the occasional video game, watching movies, and studying computer networking.
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.
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!