These following pictures refers to Chris’s (BattleSchool) comments down below :
I visited the “remaining” of the 4 Toronto game stores today (Hairy Tarantula @ Gerrard & Yonge’s closed).
Hairy Tarantula North
This is the right place. Take the door to the right.
.. and this is what you will see on your right ..
… further down the stairs ..
The shop itself is a cavernous (big & dark) basement, focused primarily in comics and games like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic etc. However, if you turn left and go all the way to the back of the store, there are a line of racks with some wargames. Years ago I found a couple of Operation Watchtower here. Today there are less than 5 copies of GMT games (There’s a dusty copy of Nightfighter stacked up top.). The folks there thought they have a couple of ASL magazines but I think he’s confusing other games with ASL.
I know of four game stores in Toronto
- Hairy Tarantula at Gerrard & Yonge that doesn’t seem to be there anymore
- Hairy Tarantula North at Steeles & Yonge
- 401 Games at Wellesley & Yonge
- Meeplemart at Spadina & Dundas
I visited two of them today.
This is a big store. They have a second level that offers gaming space and game rentals. Unfortunately they don’t have too many wargames – a medium size bookshelf of GMT games and that’s it. No ASL.
Then I took a walk from 401 Games to Meeplemart.
Meeplemart is hard to spot from the street, you got to watch the street numbers (247 Spadina) or you will walk right by.
You want to stop at the set of office building doors right beside the first “TD” sign. It is an office building but if it’s “247 Spadina Avenue”, this is the place. Immediately after you walk through the glass doors, you will see a set of staircases on your left leading down.
Go down those stairs, it’s okay.
Folks there will greet you and asked that you check your bags at the counter. They will clip half of a poker card to your bag and give you the other half.
(I should check what companies are in this building and whether they are looking to hire…)
If you walk down the left around the counter and up ahead, you will see a couple of tall shelves with a sign saying “Wargames”.
They carry mostly GMT & Compass games but they also carry MMP, Avalanche and other lines as well. There are definitely more here (about two/three big shelves) than 401 Games. I also found some boxes sitting the floor and filed under “ASL” I found 3 x ASL Journal 2 and 1 x Turning the Tide. The guy behind the counter said “That’s because ASL sells out the quickest.”.
So here we are, I hope this allows you to find these shops quicker the next time you are in town.
By the way, on my way back home my bus passed by Hairy Tarantula North.
Looking for Wargames in Toronto? (Part 2) – I went to Hairy Tarantula North the next day.
If you play VASL with Skype and has been looking for a voice platform to replace Skype. You might want to check this out.
My opponent Will Fleming set up a server on Discord for voice comms during VASL games and text chat when hanging out.
You can install the app if you want to but you and/or opponent can run this via your browsers with no installs.
Heres the link if you want to try it out https://discord.gg/XxpxAvx
Before you ask, I don’t know what the advantages are beyond what I see on their webpage and beyond feedback from my friends. If you are young and want to try new things with us, here it is.
One of my friends look at it as “VASL lobby on steroids”.
- Gavutu-Tanambogo CG 2nd Assault Period (Night Landing), Turn 4 USMC
- ESG3 Resistance at Paderborn, Turn 2 German
- DB134 March on Marche, Turn 5 of 6.5 French
- T001 Gavin Take, Turn 5 of 6 American
Other running AAR(s)
- SP223 Road Warriors, Turn 3 of 5.5, Russian
Note : I keep about 10 to 12 scenarios & CGs running at the same time. While I play 4 of them in weekly live VASL sessions, the rest of them are PBeM. About half of my games are CGs (some playtest CGs) and the rest scenarios. I update my AARs as the games roll along and so this is a notice to my readers of AAR updates and completions.
There is a scenario design competition not too long ago: “Chimps on Computers” (a modern day version of the “Monkeys on Typewriters” competition). My ASL mentor, Witchbottles, came up with a pretty wild design where a handful of Germans tried to delay an Allied column marauding down 5 boards. Pete Shelling was the judge and Witchbottles came in 3rd.
If you want a game of manoeuvre, this is it.