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Staff

Chuck RobbinsChuck Robbins – Owner

[Chuck’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.

Ignacio Franco

Ignacio Franco – Enthusiastic Hobbyist

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.”

John Villario

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

Jonathan the meek and mild with glasses. Now with cheese.

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!!!)

Robert HermannRobert Herman – Retail Supervisor

[Robert’s bio goes here]

Calendar

June 22, 2018
  • Battletech League

    June 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Casual Campaign games. Featuring all era's

    Beginners welcome.

    Materials provided.

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  • Dungeond & Dragons Adventure league

    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Dungeons & Dragons Adventure league every Friday night. Tables gather and are underway at 7pm, for more information visit: www.meetup.com/pasadena-rpg

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  • Magic the Gathering - Draft

    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Series: Dominaria

    Draft Entry - $15.00

    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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June 23, 2018
  • Flames of War: Firestorm - Tunisia

    June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Flames of War - Firestorm: Tunisia Campaign

    This is a Firestorm campaign where battles affect the campaign map and the fate of North Africa in 1943.  Recreate the battles in Tunisia and change the course of history!  The campaign is five turns, with battles for one turn played each week beginning April 14. Players participate as a member of the Allied British or US forces, or choose to take command of Axis forces, and command German Panzers or the Italians. Once selected players play a game of Cat & Mouse on the map to seize vital supply lines, encircle opposing players units all while others are attempting the same. So collect your forces, and battle it out in the deserts of North Africa for fame, glory, and prizes.

     

    Forces from any v4 Mid War book allowed

     

    71 points Main Force + 46 points Firestorm Support Pool*

     There are player commendations and awards!

     Start time is 10 am, no time limit on games.  Match-ups made at start time.

     * Each mission you will have the ability to field 1 or 2 of your support units, determined at random.  To build your Firestorm Support Pool spend 46 points and buy a minimum of 4 units.  Each unit must be legal choice for your force and may not cost more than 29 points.  Only one of your units may consist of tank teams with front armor of 5+.  Only one additional unit may consist of tank teams with front armor 3+.  A maximum of two units may be Allied Support choices.  Independent teams such as an OP must be assigned to one of your support units and are deployed only with that unit.  Command Cards may not be purchased as part of your support pool.

    For more information visit our forums.

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  • X-Wing June 'Fly Better' Tournament

    June 23, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Game Empire and the Mynoc squadron podcast present:

    $10.00 entry

    Swiss pair

    100 points

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  • Dragon Ball super CCG Tournament

    June 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Game Empire, 1795 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    $10.00 Entry

    Best two outta three. Constructed format tournament.

    Top place finishers get OP kit prizes.

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June 24, 2018
  • Pokemon Gym

    June 24, 2018 @ 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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