Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Party

We will have our annual Christmas party on Sunday Dec 22 with hot cider and cookies.  We will draw for over $1000 worth of prizes at 5:30 with the last tickets in at 5:45.  You must be present to win or arrange for someone to pick up your prize. How do you get tickets?  Glad you asked:

1.  Come in and you get one ticket
2. Get one if you have a Preferred Customer Card.
3. Get one if you wear a Christmas sweater.
4. Get one if you wear a Santa hat.
5. Get one for each 5 cans of usable food you bring in. No tomato sauce or Ramen.
6. Get one for each household cleaning item you bring in. Don't be cheap, it's for charity.
7. Get one for each personal hygiene item you bring in. No trial size.
8. Get one for each stamp you earn on your Castle Card on the 22.
9. Get one if you signed up as coming on the event's Facebook Page.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fantasy Flight Games Releases

For you FFG fans, here is the schedule of releases for December and January

New Releases:

WHK03 Warhammer 40,000 Conquest LCG: The Scourge
GOT108 A Game of Thrones LCG: Secrets & Schemes
SWC22 Star Wars LCG: Between the Shadows
SWI02 Star Wars Imperial Assault: Dice Pack
ADN22 Android Netrunner LCG: Order and Chaos
XC01 XCOM: The Board Game


BSG01 Battlestar Galactica
CI01 Civilization
DH20 Dark Heresy 2nd Edition RPG: Game Master’s Toolkit
MEC08 Lord of the Rings LCG: Khazad-Dum
DJ27 Descent 2nd Edition: Crown of Destiny
KN13 Ingenious

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Busiest Shopping Days of the Year

So, if you are a customer wanting to know when to avoid the crowds, or a store owner needing to plan staffing (hopefully you have already done that), here, in order are the busiest shopping days of 2014;

Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving)
December 20th the Saturday before Christmas
December 13th
December 6th (the3rd Saturday before Christmas)
December 26th  (Boxing Day in Britain)
December 21st  (the Sunday before Christmas)
November 28th Small Business Saturday
December 19th  (the Friday before Christmas)
December 14th  (two Sundays before Christmas)
December 11th  (two Fridays before Christmas)

Incidentally, if you plan on ordering anything, best to get those orders in soon. The average order last year took about nine days to arrive, according to Direct Marking Magazine, meaning any orders put in after about the 15 of December  have a better than even chance of not arriving by Christmas Even (unless, of course, you wish to spend more for speedy delivery). If you look for items much after that date, your Friendly Local Game Store will be your best bet for making sure you get that particular present.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Top 5 Nifty Additions in MLP Crystal Games Expansion

Today is the official launch date of MLP: CCG The Crystal Games booster packs! Pick some up at your favorite hobby store or major retailer, along with all-new Theme Decks, and add some new spice to your game!

Here are the top 5 reasons to get excited about The Crystal Games:

  1. "Teamwork" turns your ponies into lean, mean Problem-solving teams!
  2. Brand new Friends, like The Great and Powerful Trixie, Spitfire, and Princess Cadance.
  3. New Foes, too! From Gilda to King Sombra, the competition has never been tougher.
  4. "Prismatic" helps your crystal ponies work together to spread color all across Equestria!
  5. Over 200 new cards, including your first chance to use Spike, The Cutie Mark Crusaders, and Ponyville's muffin-loving mailmare as your Mane Character!
Join in the celebration by joining our crack packin' fun on Facebook and our Poetry Slam Competition over on Twitter. Hope to see you there!

Looney Labs Gift Suggestions

Looney Labs has some suggestions for Christmas gifts. Of course, they are all Looney Labs games

It's time to start shopping, and figuring out what to get for all those folks on your holiday gift list can be a daunting task! We are here to make things easier for you, and have come up with a HANDY-DANDY GIFT GUIDE pairing up your family and friends with the perfect Looney Labs game. No matter which games you choose, everyone is sure to have a super fun time! 

Christmas-loving coworker
You can hear her jingle bell earrings coming from a mile away, and she loves her festive holiday sweaters! What could be better for her than the brand-new Holiday Fluxx? All the festive imagery of the holidays packed into a fun-filled game that's always changing. We recommend busting out the eggnog when you teach her how to play.

moody TEENAGEr
Teenagers are tough to shop for, but we'd be willing to bet they know and/or love The Walking Dead! Give them the gift of Zombie Fluxx, and they can have fun trying to prevent the Zombie Apocalypse!  

precocious tween
Tweens are smart, quick, and love FUN. They will LOVE Loonacy! The fast-paced energy of this awesome matching card game makes it impossible to not have a blast playing it....and it's great for younger kids, too! Heck, it's even great for big adult kids!

weird uncle
He has eccentric tastes, and he doesn't care who knows it. You know he watches Monty Python's Flying Circus every chance he gets, why not give him a game he will love? Monty Python Fluxx will take him to a land of crazy knights, silly quests, and killer rabbits! 

doctor who fan
Time travel is hot, and you're sure to have a few Doctor Who fans in your inner circle. Chrononauts is a game that will allow them to change history and collect cool artifacts! Feel free to give them bonus points for wearing a bow tie or long, brown coat. 

sci fi geek
Star Trek? Star Wars? Or maybe they're into Guardians Of The Galaxy? IT DOESN'T MATTER. If they like sci fi, or space-related things, they will LOVE Star Fluxx! Click on the image way up top to watch Wil Wheaton play with his friends!

party host/ess
You're headed out to a festive party - you don't want to show up empty-handed! Sure, you could bring wine...but so will everyone else. Bring something uniquely awesome that EVERYONE at the party can enjoy: the superfun party game, Choose One! How well do you really know your friends? You might be surprised! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

KrosMaster Arena and King of New York

The weekend of December 13, we will have a couple of really cool events. On December 13 from noon to 4, we will have a representative from Japanime Games in demonstrating Krosmaster Arena. Come learn the game and take home a cool promo item.

Then on December 14, we will have a qualifying tournament for the King of New York Nationals. Come destroy New York, get spiffy promo cards and the winner gets a seat at this summer's King of New York National Championships.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

3 Things For Which I Am Thankful

Since this is the season in which we traditionally give thanks, not that we shouldn’t do it the other 11 months out of the year,  I wanted to point out four things (aside from health, friends, chocolate, etc) that make me thankful:

1)      WOTC finally pulled the plug on Kaijudo. Yes it was a good game. Yes, I know at least one store did really, really REALLY well with it. However, for every store doing good with it, I can point to 25, including us, that did not. Not for want of trying though, either on WOTC or on our part. We received more promotional material for Kaijudo than we did for Yu Gi Oh, Pokemon or Cardfight Vanguard combined. We ran events almost every week that the same 4-5 people attended but product sales were infinitesimal. Now, I hope, WOTC will take the promotional dollars it poured into Kaijudo and spend them promoting Great Dalumuti, Gullotine, Acquire or some of the other great boardgames in its catalog. Unfortunately, even now I can hear some marketing genius at WOTC say, “You know, if we just did this with DuelMasters…”.

2)      The Bits ‘n Mortar program.  Bits ‘n Mortar doesn’t get nearly enough publicity as it ought but this consortium of small RPG publishers still has their program in place, allowing registered brick and mortar retailers to give a PDF of their products to customers when said customer purchases a hard copy of the RPG.  We have customers who purchase Crucible 7 and Arc Dream RPG products specifically from us on a regular basis specifically because we participate in this program.

3)      Munchkin (and Steve Jackson Games). The base Munchkin game still sells reliably week in and week out over a decade after it first released.  Unlike some other game lines (cough-X-wing Miniatures, DiceMasters-cough), Steve Jackson Games manages to keep the almost the entire line in stock through distribution and, although they have run special sets through Target and Barnes and Noble, I have not seen them participate in any deep discounting or “Buy One, Get One Free” silliness such as appeared on the Target website last week.
And since ‘tis the season for giving:
4)      The “TableTop Bump”. Though the TableTop bump was more like a hiccup in season 2, it seems to have returned for season 3, though not to the levels of season 1. Most stroes reported Tokaido hard to find and our sales of Forbidden Desert increased significantly with the uploading of last week’s episode. Seemingly any TableTop show with either  Anne Wheaton or Felicia Day proves especially strong in selling the featured game as they play off Wil Wheaton so well.