I finally made it to Area 51, and managed to infiltrate the facility. I accomplished this task with the help of my brother. Of course you may be thinking that I'm talking about the secret military base in Nevada. Nope. Area 51 is a gaming store in Grapevine, Texas. It's full name is Area 51 Gaming & Collectibles.
Here is their website. Overall, it's a nice, clean, and ORGANIZED store.
Area 51 is primarily a gaming store, but they also carry a nice selection of comics. I didn't notice any back issues, and I don't think they carry them. Since it was two days after Christmas the store was a bit picked over, but honestly I wouldn't have known if the owner ( I guess it was the owner ), didn't mention that fact. They carry mainly Warmachine, Flames of War, and Warhammer 40K. They also had some DUST. There were a couple of other miniature games, but nothing I am interested in, so I don't remember what they were. One was Dystopian something or other... The role-playing games section was kind of small, and all I saw was the beginner box for Pathfinder, ( of course there may have been other stuff ), and some of the new minis, which look awesome. I will be buying some of those. But to tell you the truth I was there mainly to check out the miniature gaming selections. They had some HeroClix as well, and I was coveting the Watchmen set.
Of course, if they don't have what you want in stock, they will order for you.
The best thing about Area 51 is their gaming area. I didn't measure it, but as a guess, I would say 50% or maybe more of the square footage is devoted to gaming tables. They have tables for CCGs, and bigger, sturdier tables for war-gaming. It's awesome. It boasts of having the largest gaming area available in the DFW area, and there is no charge to use. I think this is probably true, but I'm sure the other gaming stores might look at me funny if I go in and start measuring their gaming areas.
They also have lots and lots of tournaments and events. Check out their website for more info on that. All in all, if you're a gamer, and you're in the area ( heh ), check out Area 51 Gaming & Collectibles. I'll will be visiting the store again. On a scale of one to four stars, I would give it 3 and a half stars.
If you visit the store, tell them Zanazaz of Have Dice ~ Will Travel, sent you...