|Fantasy Flight Retailer Spotlight | Published 16 June 2011|
Our Fantasy Flight Retailer Spotlight features stores across the United States who reach out to their customers in unique ways. Last week we introduced you to a North Carolina-based retailer; today we’re traveling to Ohio and highlighting Matthew M. Fay’s store, YottaQuest!
YottaQuest offers its customers unparalleled service, great events, and plenty of atmosphere. Let’s hear from Matthew!
A great selection
Located in the heart of downtown Mt. Healthy, YottaQuest, LLC has served the greater Cincinnati gaming community since the summer of 2004. The name was created because “yotta” is the largest accepted metric prefix, denoting a factor of 10 to the 24th power, or septillion, thus YottaQuest means nearly endless adventure! The dream for YottaQuest has not changed to this day, though we’ve gotten a lot better at our job over the years, and are always trying our hardest to please everyone. We strive to provide a great selection of games and stock, and grow a great Events Center for the gaming community.
YottaQuest’s staff is well trained and enthusiastic. The store is clean, bright, and has plenty of space for gaming and enjoying all of the wonderful games that we have. YottaQuest carries a wide selection of board games, with over 2000 different titles in stock, including the complete line of Fantasy Flight Games. We have over half a million Magic: The Gathering singles in stock as well, and a huge collection of old boosters and sealed product from across Magic History. Roleplayers are excited when they notice bookcase after bookcase filled to the brim of games from nearly every genre and system. We also buy and sell a large amount of board games and roleplaying games, and are proud of our selection of rare and hard-to-find games. Comics and miniature games enthusiasts have nothing to fear, as we have plenty of products for those lines as well. With army upon army, boxes and boxes of back issues, bookcases full of graphic novels a-plenty, and even a case of pre-owned miniatures from a variety of systems, there is literally something for everyone.
Activity every night
Our regular game nights are an opportunity for players to come in every week and enjoy their favorite game/hobby, whatever that may be. Mondays and Fridays we have Magic: The Gathering events and these nights are filled with both pro and casual players alike, but everyone is guaranteed to be friendly. This spot is also shared on Monday with our A Game of Thrones players, a quickly growing group of individuals who love to share with everyone how great the game is, and has converted many a Magic: The Gathering player.
Tuesday and Saturday nights are board game nights, and these are a blast. We are also the location for the Greater Cincinnati Board Gamers Meet Up Group as well as the Cincinnati Go Club, both of these groups help introduce both dedicated and casual gamers to the best new and classic games.
Wednesday nights are for HeroClix as well as several different roleplaying games, giving players and GMs a chance to meet and play in a public place for several games before moving to one of their homes. Thursdays are for the Pathfinder Society, as well as an open night for card gamers of any type. Living Card Games are played next to Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon is a common sight as well.
Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for big events, which can be anything. For example, our All Day Board Game Affair in which we host several long all day games starting in the morning such as Twilight Imperium or StarCraft. Additionally, the tables are reserved all day for board games.
Celebrating the community
Other events include Free RPG Day, where we will have 21 games running throughout the day. With many different systems and all characters pre-generated it lets anyone just walk in and try a game. Sometimes the weekend will contain previews of things yet to come, such as our Magic: The Gathering pre-releases. We’ve done various board game pre-releases such as Mansions of Madness, Resistance, Scrum Brawl, Small World Underground, and more. We also provide demonstrations and tutorials such as our YQ101’s. These YQ101 events pair newcomers to a game or genre with experienced players in a social, community-building setting. This way the newcomers are not only introduced to a game and its mechanics, but to other players as well who they can have fun and learn with.
We have a large supply of demo games that we offer to customers for Board Game Night and we bring these to all of our community events as well, such as the Cincinnati CosPlay at the Main Library, the Celebrate Mt. Healthy Festival, and other local church events. Working with our customer base using sales as well as special events, we have raised food for our local Food Bank and gifts for Toys for Tots. We have helped our local schools run Game Nights, teaching both students and teachers alike that board games can be a lot of fun and educational too.
The first look
The FFMC has been a boon to customers and staff alike. Customers are amazed at the information available and the staff has learned great selling points for several games. We look forward to announcements of additions to the Media Center, and use these to get a good first look “inside” a product.
So if you’ve never been to YottaQuest, I hope we have convinced you that it’s the spot to check out in Cincinnati. Whether you’re looking for that perfect game, or a guaranteed great time, YottaQuest has you covered. Thanks and game on!
Thanks, Matthew! Make sure to keep watch for our next Retailer Spotlight article.
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FYI - this is the Game of Thrones LCG center for the Cincinnati meta. The employees are all really great, and there is always something going on. And yes, as the article mentions, we are trying to convert all the MtG players into AGoT players instead!
I visited this store when had training in Cincy. The players truely matter at Yotta Quest and they keep the store well stocked of goodness.
Make sure this store is on your wish list to see.