Towards the end of April I had the great opportunity to attend my first ever renaissance faire. Ever since I was young I’ve wanted to attend one of these events. Growing up, I read countless books on knights, medieval warfare, and the history of the world during medieval times. When I first moved to Texas I learned about the event called Medieval Times and I went as soon as I could. It was a great time of delicious food, amazing acting, and spectacular knight battles.
Something I was wondering if I’d see at the renaissance faire we attended – the Scarborough Faire for those wondering (it’s in Waxahachie, TX) – were games. I’d wondered if we’d get to see any old-time games, or even something modern dressed up in an old costume. After walking around four a few hours I’d stumbled upon the latter.
East Wind Games is a company that operates mainly via the web, but they do have a physical location located within the Scarborough Faire. In fact, the location in the faire is their only physical location! I walked into the shop and was amazed at the large selection the company had on their shelves. Compared to other stores at the faire East Wind had a much more appealing setup. There were custom dice, pirate dubloons, dice bags, and just about every game you could think of – even recent releases!
The people working the store were really nice, and each dressed in an awesome costume. I had a chance to meet the store’s owner and he filled me in a bit on how the company operates. They believe in supplying gamers with anything they need, as well as keeping the integrity of their gamine experiences as authentic as possible. That’s why you can find wooden dice, pirate accessories, and much more to help bring your games to a new level. That intrigues me, because as a model painter and terrain-maker, I love bringing games to life.
You can check out East Wind Games on Facebook, Twitter, and on their official website. If you find yourself on their website you can buy from their large selection, grab some accessories for your games, and even see what’s the latest and greatest in the tabletop community. I think it’s great that the company has found a way to share both their love for cosplay and their passion for gaming to wrap it up in a way that not many others have. It was a delight seeing East Wind at the Scarborough Faire, and it’s definitely going to be a shop that I visit each time I attend the faire. Check out some photos below from the store, and be sure to check them out on their various media outlets!