CLOSED. POSSIBLY FOR GOOD.
Here’s the immediate situation. As of right now, under advice of our lawyers, Armored Gopher Games is closed for at least the weekend, if not the foreseeable future. Though we thought we had the situation well in hand for an (almost) seamless hand-off to the original owners, Tim Adams and Jamie Fender (a.k.a., Squirl), and their partnership, we hit a roadblock with the discovery of a tax lien against the business and could not continue forward with that sale. We are working within the system to get that lien lifted, but the amount of time it will take to do so is in flux at this point. It could be as early as Monday afternoon, or much, much longer.
To that end, Heather and I wish Tim, Squirl, and the rest of their group much luck in their future endeavors. Go nuts, guys… Sorry we couldn’t get it worked out on our end.
To the rest of the C-U Gaming Community… While we are not entirely dead in the water yet, I will be the first to admit that my heart is not in it right now. It takes passion to run a game store, and while I had that passion at one time, this last 12-18 months have beaten me up emotionally more than any other time in my life. Those close to us know the bulk of the details. I won’t repeat them here. Suffice to say that outside of a few positive things, if the events that happened in 2016 to me were to somehow magically disappear, I’d be okay with that.
Some people have talked about crowdfunding and donations, but the truth of the matter is that even if all the financial issues were to magically fix themselves, I really don’t have it in me to continue. I need a break. So I am taking one.
What’s next for GopherDave? Who knows? I will be taking a break from the gaming community for a bit to see if I can get my own head right, reconnect with my wife, and see if I can find my hobby again. While it is looking like we will be in the area for the foreseeable future, without the store tying me down, we are no longer anchored here. My job search may take me to other places, and for once, I can say “yes” if something feels right without having to worry about location. It’s kind of a nice feeling to have.
So… to the Urbana-Champaign gaming community, and the Gopher Mafia in particular… Thank you for a wild ride. It’s been eight years of triumphs and trials… doubts and victories… losses of friends and new beginnings of children born with dice in their hands… Eight years of celebration and change… Change I was inflexible enough to flow with, and thus… here we are…
[NOTE: Those of you with consignment items within our store, those have been safely tucked away. Beginning Monday afternoon/evening, once I know more from our lawyers, I will be in contact to get your items back to you and to make arrangements to settle up any credit that we can at that point. Thank you for your understanding.]