Friday, July 31, 2020

Rise of the Duelist Premier Event

We are hosting the Rise of the Duelist Premier Event this weekend, formerly called a Sneak Peek. Unlike in the past, your $20 tournament entry gets you 5 booster packs of the new set and a chance to win a mini-rise of the Duelist pad or a promo card. With each tournament entry, we will give you a ticket for the drawing and a random Speed Duel pack. We will do the drawing for the mat and promo cards after 6 p.m. on Sunday and post the results on the blog and Social media. You will have 24 hours to claim your prize. If you do not, we will draw again for it.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Magic Double Masters Promos Delayed

Got an email from WOTC today announcing that the promo cards for Magic Double Masters have been delayed. We will keep track of those who purchase a box of boosters and make sure that you get your promos which should arrive the following week.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

9th Edition Warhammer 40K Starters

Games Workshop announced today three starter sets for 9th edition Warhammer 40K:  Recruit, Elite and Command. Recruit is the basic set and the two more "advanced sets" each contain the contents of the less expensive set with additional components. None appear to contain as much as the Indomitus set does. We do not have release dates or prices yet.

Remember, 9th edition rules are available for free online and, according to GW, all of your 8th edition codexes remain compatible with 9th edition, at least for now, so don't go and dump all of your 8th edition books in a rush to buy 9th edition materials as they will remain viable for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Double Masters

Due to confusion on Scott's part, the cut off for prepayment for a booster box of Magic Double masters is 6 p.m. on August 2. Price is $299.99. After the 2nd, the price will go up to $399.99

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pokemon Darkness Ablaze

We have the pre-release kits in for Darkness Ablaze and are selling them as tournament kits for $25 until July 31. With each kit, you get an additional 3 booster packs from the set. Starting August 1, the price will go up to $29.99 per kit.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Indomitus and Double Masters Orders

If you want to get a set of Indomitus for Warhammer 40K or a second set, they ship to arrive this December and we can take pre-orders for them with a $20 down payment until 1 p.m. July 27. We submit our orders at 2 p.m. so have to have numbers in by then.

9 p.m .tomorrow is the cutoff to order Double Masters booster boxes at our $299.99 price. After 9  p.m. tomorrow our price per box goes up to $399.999

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Set Boosters

WOTC announced Set Boosters coming with Zendikar Rising. It is a new type of booster with the chance, by my counting, to get up to 5 rare cards in one pack. Each pack contains a rare, a foil which could be a rare, 2 Showcase cards, which could also be rares and a 25% chance of getting one of 300 cards from The List, some of which could also be rare cards. Very doubtful you would pull that many but seems like there is a chance.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Old Tin Barn

The Old Tin Barn Bar, located out in the Mississippi Bottoms west of Gorham, had someone come in who had tested positive for COVID-19, knew he had tested positive, lied to the staff of the bar about it and now, the bar is shutting down for two weeks while the staff tests to see if he infected them and they clean the bar. If you test positive, stay home and for Pete's sake, don't lie about it just so you can enjoy a drink at your favorite watering hole. His enjoyment costs the bar two week's worth of revenue. We were shut down for a month and laid off most of the staff. It is not fun. We are reopen and have most of the staff back on duty and do not want to have to shut down again.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Magic Double Mastters

Magic Double Masters releases August 7 and Brian and Isaiah say they have not seen a bad card in the set yet. We are taking prepayment on the set for $299.99 until 6 p.m. on August 2. After August 2nd, our price per box increases to $399.99. With each box, while they last, you get 2 Buy a Box cards, Wrath of God and Chord of Calling,  two random promo cards from our backstock, and one random promo pack. We only have 12 boxes of Double Masters coming and 2 VIP boxes at $149.99 so lock in a box while you can.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


We are cancelling Friday's D&D game again, simply because Sydney cannot get here to run the game. She should be back next week and Wednesday and Friday D&D sessions will get back to normal.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Indomitus Pre-orders

We are taking pre-orders for the second run of the Indomitus box set for Warhammer 40K. I fyou want a set, which will arrive in December, leave us your name and phone or email and a $20 deposit by Sunday July 26 as we have to submit our orders for the set on July 27th.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Transformers TCG Cancelled

Continuing its track record of not producing a second successful trading card game (see X-men, C-23, Simpsons, Netrunner, Duel Masters Xena, etc), WOTC announced today the cancellation of its Transformers Trading Card game. Writing for the game was on the wall as I pointed out last January  However, fans of the game still plan to keep it alive, rather like the Highlander TCG, with fan generated content and cards.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

D&D Rescheduled

Unfortunately, Syd is still out of town this week and will be unable to run D&D on Wednesday and Friday. If anyone would like to run a one shot game on either night please let us know, otherwise we will have to cancel both nights.

Saturday, July 18, 2020


We have opened up three tables in the back room for gaming. They are all six feet apart and we will wipe them down with food service grade sanitizer after you finish using them. Currently they are booked for Monday,  Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoon. If you would like to use them at any other time, please contact us via phone, email, FB messenger or Twitter to make sure they are available. We REALLY want to minimize the chance of anyone contracting COVID-19 here but also want to give you the opportunity to play with a small group of people you know.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Double Masters VIP Edition

In case you have interest in the even more expensive Magic Double Masters VIP Edition, WOTC has posted some information about it here.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Jumpstart Specifics

For those who are not quite sure what Jumpstart is, here is a primer.

Jumpstart takes the best parts of limited and constructed Magic and fuses them into a dynamic, innovative play experience. Grab two boosters, shuffle them together, and you're ready to go!

Each Jumpstart booster includes 20 cards. All 20 cards fit a theme, and most themes have multiple variations — enough to make 121 possible 20-card lists inside any given pack. Lands are included, so two packs are all you need to start battling.

Jumpstart Key Features
※ Some of the basic lands show off magnificent art, printed here for the first time.
※ One in three boosters includes an extra rare.
※ It's loaded with reprints — almost 500 of them.
※ Jumpstart introduces 37 cards to the game.
※ It's closely tied to Core Set 2021 — they share a lot of content — but Jumpstart is a stand-alone product.
※ All cards are legal in Eternal formats (Legacy, Vintage, Commander)
※ Some extra-special "Mythic Rare" themes have only one possible card list.
Pack contents:
  • 1 Pack Summary card
  • 20 cards based on one of 46 mechanical or archetype synergies

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


Small shipment of Jumpstart arriving on Friday and by small we mean small. Only 1 and one half boxes available for sale. More arriving in a couple of weeks.

Vampire the Masquerade Comic

A new Vampire the Masquerade comic, based on the RPG hits the stands later this summer. Here is some info about it from the publisher, Vault Comics:

Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth is the official Vampire: The Masquerade comic, adapted from the World of Darkness universe under license from Paradox Interactive. Vault's team worked closely with the World of Darkness team to create a canonical extension of the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, set in the current game continuity during the era of the Second Inquisition. The comics explore new settings, but everything--plot, story, and characters--are all firmly rooted in the world of the RPG. Indeed, the comics include official Roleplaying Supplements, allowing readers to play characters, settings, and scenarios from the comics in their Vampire: The Masquerade games.

ISSUE #1 SYNOPSIS: When Cecily Brine, a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla, takes a mysterious younger vampire under her wing, she's dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer's afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to the Masquerade? Meanwhile, an Anarch coterie investigates a mysterious killing.

Tim Seeley is the critically acclaimed writer of dozens of comics, among them Hack/SlashGrayson, and Money Shot. Dev Pramanik is best known for his work on Paradiso from Image. Tini Howard is best known for her work on Marvel's X, she is co-writing the back-up stories with her husband Blake Howard. Nathan Gooden is best known for his work with Brandon Sanderson on the epic fantasy graphic novel series, Dark One, also from Vault.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Indomitus Orders

According to the latest from Games Workshop, we can take pre-orders for the second shipment of Indomitus up until July 27. Sets put on pre-order by then will arrive sometime in December.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Indomitus Box Set

Just got an email From Games Workshop announcing they are dong additional Printings of the Indomitus set. The company though it had produced enough of the set to fill demand and were caught flat footed  They announced about an hour ago that they will do a second print run of the set. However it will ship later this year and we do not know when yet. If you are interested, let us know by July 30th and we will put you on the list. Copy of the set are selling for over $400 online but you can still get it for $199.99 but we do need your pre-orders as GW is doing a print to order run.

We are not sure when the second printing will arrive except that it will come before Christmas.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Talk of The Town

Scott will be on Talk of the Town tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. to discuss Free Comic Book Wednesday and Free RPG Day. Tune in or stream later and learn how you can get free comic books and role playing game supplements this summer

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Indomitus Sold Out

We have sold out of our pre-orders of Indomitus, the new box set for Warhammer 40K 90th edition. If you already pre-ordered a copy with us, we have your copy on hold. We will try to get additional copies, though, so if you want one, leave your name and contact information at the store and we will try to get you a copy.

Friday, July 10, 2020

In store OP Cancelled

Just received notice from WOTC today that they have canceled all in-store official play through the release of Zendikar Rising at least. This goes along with the indefinite cancellation of all in store organized play by Konami for Yu Gi Oh and, as far as we can tell, for Pokemon as well.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jean Rabe on Her Newest Book

Onetime head of the RPGA, back in the 1990s, Jean Rabe now concentrates on her writing, here is info on her latest Piper Blackwell mystery

Sheriff Piper Blackwell’s first-shift dispatcher is a geek. He collects comic books, likes roleplaying games, and he’s darn good at collectible card games … he competes on pre-release night. He’s called Zeke the Geek, embracing the nickname and making the department a more colorful place. He even has a hand in solving some of the crimes, as he’s a computer nerd and uses his skills at the young sheriff’s request.
I’m a geek, and that’s why I put him in my Piper Blackwell Mysteries. I embrace my geekiness. I started playing D&D on a regular basis in college (1979 if you’re curious … I’m an old geek). I collected comic books for a lot of years, too. Collectible card games? I played for a while, but didn’t wholly embrace them; I’d rather fight dragons by rolling twenty-sided dice.
Zeke got to shine in The Dead of Summer, the Piper book I released last year. Much of the action took place at a comic shop that looks a lot like Scott Thorne’s on the inside. Scott and I go back a lot of years.
This summer, in The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge, which comes out July 15, Zeke gets to show off his dispatching skills. The night dispatcher, Teegan, who has been with the department for 15 years, gets a chapter all to herself. She’s not a geek, she’s a goth. Dresses a bit like Morticia, likes to attend conventions, dyes her hair funky shades, and she wears the kind of sandals I favor. Yeah, I’m sprinkling bits of myself in the book. Write what you know, eh?
But they’re minor characters, brightening the grimness of the mysteries and murders the department solves. They keep my fiction from getting too dark and dreary. They let me lighten the gory details. It’s a big responsibility my dispatchers have.
With great power comes … you get the idea.
I’ve been playing with ideas for the next Piper book, where my goth dispatcher will get a bigger role. But I’ve a supernatural legal thriller to tackle first, and I’ve got this outline with dinosaurs in it. I think I have too many stories to tell.

About the book: Sheriff Piper Blackwell’s three-day vacation with old Army buddies ends in tragedy. At the same time, a vile hate crime along a county road enrages her department. Their forces divided, Piper and her deputies must solve both cases before tensions boil and threaten the rural fabric of Spencer County, Indiana. Only eight months on the job, the young sheriff must weave together clues to uncover both a killer and a secret that could scar her soul.

“Piper Blackwell is a smart and capable small-town sheriff, a thoroughly modern woman who leads a colorful cast of characters in this entertaining read. Well-crafted and suspenseful, THE DEAD OF JERUSALEM RIDGE adroitly threads the needle between Cozy, Procedural, and Action-Thriller. Jean Rabe's fans⸺both old and new⸺won't want to miss this one.”
⸺ Baron R. Birtcher, multi-award winner, and LA Times Bestselling author

About the author: My home is filled with dogs and books. Lots of dogs and books. I wear worn out sandals to work every day. I'm a mystery writer living in a tiny Midwestern town that has a gas station, a Dollar General, and a marvelous pizza place with exceedingly slow service. I am always working on a new project or three. I have forty-some books published in the fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy and mystery genres. But I'm concentrating on mysteries now. In my spare time I dabble in roleplaying games and boardgames. And at every opportunity, I toss tennis balls to my cadre of dogs.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cape Comic Con

The store will set up at Cape Comic Con this Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday. Sunday depends on how good sales are on Friday and Saturday. If you come by to see us, please be sure to wear a mask.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Secret Lair Theros Stargazine

In case you missed out on the opportunity to order the Magic Secret Lair Theros Stargazing set, we do have two of them available at $299.99 each. If you cannot afford to make the purchase all at one time, we do offer layaway programs for 10% down.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Warhammer 40K 9th edition

Games Workshop launches the 9th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 on July 29th. We have already locked in our preorders, which are tied to the quantity of the Indomitus boxed set we order, so we will only have a limited number of rulebooks, chapter Approved books and War Cards available o the 25th  If you want to be sure of getting one, put in a pre-order as it will be 1st come 1st served. We have 4 rule books, 2 War Cards and 6 Chapter Approved books arriving.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Regular Hours

Since we are starting Pokemon on Monday nights from 5 to 8 and have D&D going on Wednesday and Saturday night, we have decided to start staying open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Still please wear a mask though.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Jumpstart Release Date

For those of you interested in JumpStart, the release date has been pushed back to July 17 . We expect the amount of product we will receive to be allocated for the first shipment.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Free Comic Fourth

Just a reminder we will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow and close at 6 p.m. We have two tables of slightly damaged comics in the front room. You may come in and take two books for free, 1 more if you have a Preferred Customer card, 1 for each stamp you earn on your castle card and 1 for each can of Purina 1 dog or cat pate canned food you bring in.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Warhammer 40K Edition

According to Games Workshop, we should see the release of the new edition of Warhammer 40K Crusade (AKA 9th Edition) on July 25th. You will probably have the list of new releases before we can officially post them.

Secret Lairs

We received 4 sets of the Secret Lair Enemy Coloured Fetchlands. We were supposed to receive them for release on June 12 but they got delayed so we were able to put them out upon receipt. 4 sets on sale now.