Thursday, June 24, 2021

Magic Play Modification

 WOTC has recommended but not required, the following play modifications during a game of Magic. We have not decided if we will implement them yet when we return to in store OP

Stores also may, if they so wish, modify the rules of Magic play to minimize player contact with other plyers. Of course, said modifications must comply with local laws. WOTC provided examples of such play modifications as:

Players may only shuffle or cut their own decks

Cards must remain on the owner’s side of the table when control is changed

Cards attached to cards owned by other players should not physically touch

Mechanics that require an opponent to search a player’s library, hand, or graveyard are performed by the owner displaying that zone to the active player without cards changing hands

Essentially, it appears that it that stores may implement any change in the rules of play that would prevent one player from touching another’s cards .

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Power of Immediacy


. Immediacy—when the customer buys a product at a brick and mortar store, they get to use it immediately. When the exception of digital media and PDFs, everything else purchased online takes time to reach them, anywhere from a day to a month or better.  I was just checking out a Kickstarter produced by a local publisher and backers will not receive the game until next March. Even modeling miniatures with a 3D printer takes several hours to complete

Sunday, June 20, 2021

RIP Andrew Hackard


On a somber note, Andrew Hackard, the line editor for Steve Jackson Games Munchkin line passed away this week from  glioblastoma , an aggressive form of brain cancer.  I did not know Andrew Hackard well but I met him several times at various game industry functions and found him gregarious and enthusiastic whether it was discussing Munchkin, other SJG products, Ravenloft or any other topic . If you have played a game of Munchkin in the past decade or ever ventured into the realm of Ravenloft, which he helped keep alive during the years it was out of print say a silent “Thank You” to him the next time you play.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Age of Sigmar Dominion

 We had 9 of these on pre-order but GW is notifying stores that they may be allocated so if you want a set, let us know ASAP:

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Dominion
• Strictly available while stocks last
• Containing 2 full armies of Stormcast Eternals and Orruk Warclans Kruleboyz
• All 60 miniatures in this set are push-fit, and includes:
• 21 Stormcast Eternals: – 1x Yndrasta the Celestial Spear, 1x Lord Imperatant with Gryph-hound, 1x Knight-Vexillor with Banner of Apotheosis, 3x Praetors, 1x KnightArcanum, 3x Annihilators and 10x Vindictors
• 39 Kruleboyz: – 1x Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof, 1x Murknob with Belcha-banna, 1x Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot, 1x Killaboss with Stab-grot, 3x Manskewer Boltboyz, 10x Gutrippaz, and 20x Hobgrot Slittaz
• Includes the new 360-page, hardback Warhammer Age of Sigmar Core Book
• Also contains a 24-page narrative booklet, and Warscroll Cards and Allegiance Abilities for all the miniatures in the box
• Approximately 200% added value

US $199/ CAN $239

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Core Book
• A 360-page hardback core book for the brand new 3rd Edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar
• An essential purchase for any and every fan of Warhammer Age of Sigmar
• Includes background, new and updated rules and new ways to play - the best edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar yet!
US $65/ CAN $80

General’s Handbook Pitched Battles 2021 and Pitched Battle Profiles

• Contains 2 books: 96-page hardback ringbound book and 34-page softback booklet
• Updates all points for all units in all armies for the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar – an essential purchase
• The essential Matched Play companion for every Warhammer Age of Sigmar fan interested in competitive tournament play
• Contains 12 brand new Battleplans for the 2021 season of competitive play, as well as 14 double-sided tokens which includes all-new Battle Tactic tokens
US $40/ CAN $50

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Path to Glory Diary
  • 152-page faux leather effect book, that allows Warhammer Age of Sigmar players to track the progress of their armies over their Path to Glory campaign
  • Contains enough pages to track the results of over 70 Path to Glory games, from 4 different Armies
US $35/ CAN $40

Realmscape Objectives Set
  • Contains 6x brand new, multi-part, plastic miniatures for use as Objective Markers in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar
US $50/ CAN $60

Combat Gauge
  • Ideal for measuring crucial in-game measurements.
  • Measures 3" x 1" along two edges with the remaining edges respectively measuring 0.5" and 2"
  • 3mm thick metal, with a beaten gold-effect finish, with the Warhammer Age of Sigmar logo and icon
US $25/ CAN $30

Realmscape: Ghurish Expanse
  • Contains 2x double-sided gaming boards, for use in the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • Each measures 30" x 22.4"
  • Ideal for games up to 1000 points, this product is a multiple purchase item for games larger than this
US $50/ CAN $60

Base: Orruk Flesh (12ml)
  • A pale green Base paint
  • An essential colour for any Orruk or Ork collector
  • A great purchase alongside the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Dominion box
US $4.55/CAN $5.40

Base: Hobgrot Hide (12ml)
  • A tan like ochre Base paint
  • An essential purchase for those customers wanting to replicate the new Hobgrot Slittaz
  • A great purchase alongside the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Dominion box
US $4.55/ CAN $5.40

Base: Thondia Brown (12ml)
  • A yellow-hued brown Base paint
  • A great base colour for those looking to add variety to the fabrics and leathers of their miniatures
  • An essential purchase alongside the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Dominion box

US $4.55/CA $5.40

  • Direct tie-in novel to the new Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Dominion box set Related products:
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Dominion

Friday, June 18, 2021

Yu Gi Oh release Dates

 here, according to Konami, are the release dates for Yu Gi Oh products for the rest of the year:

Egyptian God Deck: Slifer the Sky Dragon/Egyptian God Deck: Obelisk the Tormentor                 6/18/21

King’s Court                                                                                                                                       7/9/21

Slifer, Obelisk, Ra accessories                                                                                                            7/30/21

Dawn of Majesty                                                                                                                                 8/13/21

2021 Tin of Ancient Battles                                                                                                                 9/17/21

Battles of Legend 2021*                                                                                                                     10/1/21

Structure Deck: Cyber Strike                                                                                                              10/8/21

I:P Masquerena accessories                                                                                                               11/5/21

Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1                                                                                                                 12/3/21

Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm                                                                                                   1/21/22

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Modern Horizons 2

 We have Modern Horizon 2 Set boosters, singles, Bundles and Pre-release kits available at open. We are waiting on our shipment of draft and Collector boosters which we expect to arrive tomorrow. Our main shipper did not get our order out on Wednesday for arrival today, but we should get them in tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WOTC Metrics

 WOTC made this announcement today. Basically, if stores want to increase their allocation of pre-release packs and other materials, they have a year from the Forgotten Realms release to get numbers us. Metrics, in WOTC speak, is the number of players at events:

Metrics will only be counted in the U.S. to start, but other regions will follow.
Beginning with the AFR Prerelease on July 16, metrics will be counted in the U.S. Other regions can expect to have metrics counted again shortly after play suspension is lifted in that area. We will continue to provide updates about the status of in-store play globally as they occur.
You will have a full year to build up your metrics starting from the date metrics begin counting in your region.
During that grace period, promo and product allocations will be based on either the metric snapshot from Q1 2020 or your live metrics. After that period, only your live metrics will be used to determine allocations.