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.
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 – Game Room/Events Coordinator
“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!
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!