New game shop adds more fun for Valley

Jerry Barringer at his new shop, Sabre and Cannon Tabletop Games, shows the board games called, “Missile Command,” modeled after the Atari video games Saturday, Oct. 21. (Photo by Laura Mancuso, Illinois Valley News)

It’s time to grab your dice, get some friends together and head on down to Sabre and Cannon, Cave Junction’s new tabletop gaming store and club!
Longtime Illinois Valley resident Jerry Barringer held the grand opening of his new shop, Sabre and Cannon Tabletop Games Oct. 7. This unique addition to the Illinois Valley offers a variety of classic, collectible wargames and sci-fi adventure games for sale within the main store, but there are several additional features that are sure to delight a wider variety of customers.
For a small annual fee, gamers of all types can become members of the Sabre and Cannon gaming club. Members receive a 10% discount on all in-store purchases, and if they like, they can sit down at the tables inside of the establishment and play something that they have brought with them or something from the store’s vast library of playable games. Monopoly, Clue, Candy Land, Risk, and Apples to Apples are just a few of the titles that you’ll find here. In addition to the game library, members will be able to enroll in the club’s annual chess tournament, and they are also able to access the two fully stocked figurine and model painting stations, should they choose to bring their own models and figures to paint.
In a world where gaming has become enmeshed with technology, Sabre and Cannon may seem like a bit of an unusual pursuit, but Barringer hopes that his shop will provide a friendly, fun and safe place for people of all ages. He explained in an interview, “This shop is a labor of love for a hobby that I’ve been involved in for nearly 50 years. I would like to pass it on to future generations. I want to encourage not only a passion for tabletop gaming, but an interest in history.”
Barringer also wants to encourage adults who grew up playing board games to join the gaming club, adding, “Remember, you don’t quit playing because you grow old, you grow old because you quit playing.”
Sabre and Cannon Tabletop Games is located at 219 S. Redwood Highway, and is open on Thursdays from 12-6 p.m., Fridays from 12-7 p.m., Saturdays from 12-8 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month from 12-6 p.m.