You know the look: that drool-drizzling, eye-glistening, slack-jawed glaze that sweeps over your otherwise effervescent pre-teen or teenager's face when you are desperately trying to wrest control from Final Fantasy LXXVII or Pikachu Goes Poo or whatever mind control device is hot this week with the thumb-flicking set. May we offer some respite? Try board games. No, not bored games. You'd be shocked to know that part of the reason why your sweet little vid-head spends so much time alone in front of the screen is that he or she can't find a pal to play with. Take the kid to Great Hall Games. The gorgeous displays of every form and fashion (boxwood! clamshell! birdseye! walnut! ground stone & resin!) of chess, backgammon, and Go will hypnotize as well as that TV tube – as will the fascinating array of miniatures for collecting and virtual battle. Plus, GHG has been cultivating its own culture of gamers with regularly scheduled events and an ample playing room.
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