Simon "Si" Gower is the owner and manager of the Battle Barge game store. He is a long-time roleplayer
Although plagued by bad temper and a clichéd love of coffee, Simon is a dedicated devotee of wargaming and enjoys running the store. He has a dry and sometimes insulting sense of humour, but he does not apologise for any offence he may cause to persons living or dead.
Simon runs a gaming group that convenes in the store's basement, but it doesn't convene all that often.
He created, developed and self-published the Conflict 4000 wargame in 1999, watching it rise in popularity to the stage where a big wargame publisher bought it from him for an undisclosed and pleasantly large sum of money. Simon still retains a percentage of the profits of all materials linked to Conflict 4000, and it is the revenue from this that has allowed him to raise the capital to open a game store.
Simon is currently single, but has developed a passing interest in Kate, the bar manager at the local pub. He lives alone in a flat near the city centre.
Tim is Simon's business partner and helped Simon set up the store. His role in the
company is to basically sit around in the store and read the stock. Tim calls this
Tim has an irreverent sense of humour and provides a balance to Simon's dry sarcasm. Of the pair, Tim is the more fun-loving, occasionally being on the childish side. Tim calls this "keeping in touch with his youth" and claims it is useful when dealing with younger customers.
Tim has set up a painting stand next to the store's counter. He has painted 2 things.
Tim lives with and helps care for his mother in a house in a suburb of the city.
Matt is the store's junior staff member. He is younger than the other two, and was employed to
refill stock, give out advice to the customers and generally keep the store clean. He revealled
a technical side when he created a computer program to manage the store's stock.|
Matt is the bass player in a rock band called Loganberry. They play the pub curcuit around the Midlands.
Dan is a regular customer at the store, some might say the only regular.|
He is part of the gaming group, and finds it hard to cope with the complex rules on occasion. He is probably single-handedly responsible for the store's profit margin.
Dan is probably the keenest gamer in Marby and becomes quite agitated when his fix of game store goodness is denied.
Osmond is a freelance lawyer. He was first seen trying to enforce GW's legal rules
on the store, but was splodged by Tim.|
Since then, Osmond has joined the roleplay group, claiming he would deny his existence if anyone mentioned it to anyone else. Osmond revealed that he knows about the world outside comics, and took Simon on a tour of what he called Toonspace, the network of tunnels that connect webcomics.
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