[Travel] Shopping for Geeks in Johannesburg – Part 1
With the excitement over the FIFA World Cup 2010 growing, I thought it appropriate to start a series of posts/guides for the geek/gamer traveling soccer (that’s what we call it) fan. Today, I’d like to begin with Outer Limits, located in Melville, Johannesburg.
I don’t think I’d be wrong in stating that the Outer Limits chain happens to be one of the more influential forces in the South African gaming scene, be it on the convention scene or the organising force behind various types of games/tournaments. The Melville branch, I believe, happens to be their flagship (you’ll also find them in Cape Town and Pretoria).
The staff at the Melville branch are friendly, talkative and knowledgable of their stock (don’t you hate it when the staff don’t know anything?), though I think all of them hate Cape Town (just on principle).
The store stocks the usual assortment of figurines, statues, war gaming gear, trading card games, board games, geeky apparel, role playing games, books, manga, comics and graphic novels. Of course, my biggest interest lies in their role playing stock. Whenever I peruse their bookshelves, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a true reflection of the role playing scene. Outer Limits has a large supply of older books, but very little of the newer stuff (though you can order anything, should you require it). Maybe it’s just a supply chain issue, or maybe South Africa’s filled with grognards.
I really like the play area at Outer Limits – it’s on the veranda, almost spilling onto the roadside. The walls in this area are covered in fantasy-themed murals and offers players a wonderful view of all the fast food joints across the road (I think that this promotes faster play in tournaments with time-constraints). Sorry, I didn’t manage to get any pics of the murals (maybe next time), as I visited the store during the middle of a card tournament and I think the flash of my camera made them a bit skitterish.
Overall, I think that Outer Limits, Johannesburg, is one of the more important stops on the South African geek store circuit. Plus, when in Melville, be sure to get a pizza at the Ant!
P.S. Yes, I know that the post title sounds like some sort of human (geek) trafficking report. Sorry for the disappointment.