Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shoplight: Rockin Rooster Comics & Games

Fighter's Shoplight is a subproject that aims to distribute information regarding local shop and play spaces.

Rockin Rooster Comics & Games
Location: 5000 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
Opened: 2 January 2007
Rockin Rooster Comics & Games was founded in 2007 by Rick Brooks, former manager of Comic Book World Cincinnati, who broke off from the chain to establish his own shop. It was established with the help of his friend Rocky Carwood, who would later leave the partnership; his shoes would be filled by Dave Jackson. Originally a comic book shop, tabletop gaming entered the store just following its opening as the owners sought to branch out, with HeroClix and Yu-Gi-Oh! being among the first merchandise adopted. In accordance with its customer-centric philosophy--described by Jackson as "giv[ing] them a reason to come back"--the store has adopted different products primarily based on customer interest. Rockin Rooster was one of the earlier stores to import Cardfight!! Vanguard, having stocked it since its original Japanese release, and later on making the jump to English releases in December 2011.

The store has multiple play spaces, with both upper and ground floors available for play. Rockin Rooster's local cardfighters show exceptional strength, with several of them having placed inside the top 32 and top 16 in the 2012 Chicago regional tournament. A variety of decks see play here, with Shadow Paladin, Granblue and Nova Grappler making regular appearances, alongside more popular clans like Gold Paladin, Narukami, Oracle Think Tank and Kagerou.

Rockin Rooster has been supported by Bushiroad since September 2012. While previously it held weekly tournaments every Saturday beginning at 3:00 PM, in September 2013 this was moved to a new time. Tournaments are currently held on Fridays at 6:00 PM. Each tournament has a $5 entry fee; promo cards and materials are regularly distributed to participants. For more information, check Bushiroad's official shop listings for North America.

Additional Images

Rockin Rooster's ground floor play space, taken 29 September 2012.
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