I have to admit I am a bit impatient for the arrival of Fourth Edition D&D. In fact I have already pre-ordered the three book gift set from Amazon.com. I am probably going to pre-order Keep on the Shadowfell, the preview adventure from them as well. I am that impatient for Fourth Edition to arrive.
Needless to say, when I read Wizards of the Coast's was going to be working with local games stores throughout the country to offer Fourth Edition demos, I was psyched! I quickly checked the list of participating stores to find the nearest one.
It's in Carbondale.
In retrospect, this should not be all that surprising. After all, I am not aware of any pure gaming store left in the area. My Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) is actually a comic book shop that has some game books in the back. They are much more interested in hosting comic related events then they ever would be in a D&D demo.
We used to have several pure gaming stores in the area, but they have disappeared one by one over the years. Probably due to the fact that it is a niche market and that local stores cannot compete with the price discounts offered by big online retailers like Amazon.com.
Considering this, my first paragraph seems ironic.