Joe Prindle cares a lot about games and even more about keeping kids free from bullies. Brass City Games, at 217 W. Washington St., in Round Lake, is somewhere where kids and young adults can hang out, meet people and play games without being bullied. Prindle is the owner and answered some questions about the new game spot with Lake County Suburban Life reporter Kyle Stephans.
What sort of games are played?
We play magic cards, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Warhammer, and Dungeons & Dragons. Mostly card and board games, along with role playing games.
What is the age range of kids?
The youngest kids we have here are in the seventh grade, and the oldest are in junior college. I would say from 12 to 20 years old.
What made you decide to open Brass City Games?
Me and my partner Shane L. Miears are both avid gamers and we pretty much opened it out of a labor of love. Besides, we noticed that there was no type of place to play these games around and we wanted a safe place to host them without being made fun of by 'the cool kids.' But, everyone here is cool also.
How do you create a bully-free play zone?
We foster sportsmanship and teamwork. We also have a set of rules on the wall with the first one being respect, but we really just want everybody to be themselves and have fun. But sportsmanship and teamwork are rules we foster. We take bulling very seriously and are proud to do our part to help kids be kids. My partner and friends from Gamers HQ are trying to remove the stigma from the word nerd and to use it as a term of belonging to our group.
Brass City Games is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; 3:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 3:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 10 p.m. aturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.