Ettin Games and Hobbies creates space for gaming enthusiasts

Dave Donohoo is a teacher at New Caney ISD and owns Ettin Games and Hobbies. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dave Donohoo is a teacher at New Caney ISD and owns Ettin Games and Hobbies. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dave Donohoo is a teacher at New Caney ISD and owns Ettin Games and Hobbies. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Ettin Games and Hobbies specializes in Dungeons and Dragons, a role-playing game where players create their own characters and solve mysteries, battle monsters and find treasure.
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From left: Kim Lucas, Dave Steup and Edward Gorzek play Cottage Garden. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Ettin Games has a wide board game selection, including newer games such as Everdell. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Wesley Ulloa looks at his cards during a game night at Ettin Games. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
On any given night, gamers and enthusiasts crowd into Ettin Games and Hobbies, where they find a place for adventure and community.

By day, owner Dave Donohoo works as a social studies teacher at New Caney ISD. At night, he transforms his longtime passion for games into operating the Humble gaming store Ettin Games.

Donohoo said he was first brought into ownership at the store in 2014 and has become the sole owner since the five previous owners left the business for various reasons.

“I actually make it a point now to set aside time every week to play games,” Donohoo said. “Because it’s a way to ... remember what we’re here doing and why we’re doing it.”

Donohoo said the store specializes in role-playing games, or RPGs, such as Dungeons & Dragons; cards games such as Magic: The Gathering; and a variety of board games.


Ettin Games, which opened in 2014, also has a game library of almost 500 games that anyone can come in and play for free at the many tables available, he said.

“Sometimes people just want to see what the components look like, see what the quality is, maybe look at the rules,” he said.

Donohoo said regular customers also come and play their home campaigns of D&D and other RPGs. The store also has a presence at several conventions and events in the area, often lending out games or setting up tables for participants.

As the new year begins, Donohoo said he hopes the store’s community continues to view Ettin Games as its “FLGS”—or friendly local game store.

“I think people are telling their friends and family that this is a good place to go and have fun, which I can’t really ask more than that,” he said.

Ettin Games and Hobbies

241 FM 1960 Bypass Road E., Humble

832-644-8802

www.ettingames.com

Hours: Mon.-Wed. noon-11 p.m., Fri. noon-midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.
By Andy Li


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