Monday, July 26, 2021

D&D

 When you come to a D&D session, if you are new, it helps to have an idea of the character you want to play. We have a number of pre-generated characters and can pull out one that approximates your wishes. If you want something that is too specific or too far off from the campaign, you will likely have to modify your choice. Remember, it is the DMs choice as to what characters are allowed in the campaign.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Munchkin

 You like Munchkin, we have Munchkin. you want to mess with other players in a game of Munchkin, we have bookmarks that will let you do just that. For every $10 you spend on Munchkin, you will receive one Munchkin bookmark to use to raise havoc with in your next Munchkin game.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

 Goes on sale tomorrow. We have single cards, draft, Set and Collector booster packs and boxes available of Set and Collector boosters as well as Bundles. As with many stores, we were allocated, much like Strixhaven, on our draft booster boxes.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

D&D

 In response to demand, we are starting up another slot of D&D on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8:30. Cost is the purchase of a $5 Iron Rations card per session. WE are limited players to 6. Players start at 5th level and may only use materials from the core print books in creating their characters. The DM has the right to approve or disapprove any character class or race that does not fit with the campaign so get here about 15 minutes early so they can look it over.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Masks

 If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask when you come into the store. Of course, we are not going to ask you if you are vaccinated or not but you are free to tell us. We have noticed COVID numbers creeping back up and, while they are not as bad as last fall, they are certainly worse than last month.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

More Orks

 The Orks have an army box coming out on the 24th. WeE have 4 of these coming.


Beast Snagga Orks Army Set
 

• A must have purchase for Ork fans
• Contains 26x brand new Ork miniatures: 1x Zodgrod Wortsnagga, 1x Nob on Smasha Squig, 3x Squighog Boyz, 1x Bomb Squig, 20x Beast Snagga Boyz
• The first opportunity to get the new edition of Codex: Orks – a 136pp Launch Edition, featuring a full art cover with no text
• Also includes 52x Datacards
• Available while stocks last
• Approx 32% Added Value

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Book of Exalted Deeds

 Book of Exalted Deeds has already been banned in Magic Arena play since the lack of a sideboard keeps the player against which it is used from responding effectively. Konami has had problems for years with overpowered or game breaking Yu Gi Oh cards but it seems a greater problem with Magic today than it used to be.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

DC Comics

 DC comics will be on the shelf later tomorrow. They did not arrive on Tuesday so will not have them on the shelf at open tomorrow.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Set

 Adventures in the Forgotten Realms booster box prices are now $129.99 for draft boosters, $149.99 for Set Boosters and $299.99 for Collector Booster boxes. Pre-release kits are $30 each or $25 apiece for 4 or more. Pre-release events this weekend are at 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday with a 2-headed Giant tournament on Sunday.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Top Loaders

 Top loaders for cards have been very hard to get ahold of for several months. We found a source that we can get them from but we would have to sell them for $12 for a pack of 25 to justify bringing them in as the source is asking a fairly high price for them. Would people pay $12 for a pack of top loaders? We are thinking "No". 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

 Sunday is the last day to pre-register for the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms pre-release. Although we are only running three pre-release events, you may pre-order as many kits as you wish. Cost of the kits is $25 each if paid for by Sunday or $20 each for 4 or more. After Sunday, they increase to $30

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Friday Night Magic

 We will start seated Friday night Magic tomorrow night at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $5, format is Standard. If you are not vaccinated and plan to come, please wear a mask.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Midweek Magic

 Just a reminder that WOTC has changed the FNM Arena program to Midweek Magic. Play a game of Magic in Arena on Tuesday or Wednesday, send us the screeenshot and we will send you a code good for some digital items.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Pre-release

 Join us for the first seated Pre-release in over a year.  Pre-release kits at the door will be $30. Pre pay by July 11 and they are $25 each or $20 each for 4 or more. We will run 3 pre-release events at 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m Saturday and a 2 headed Giant at 1 p.m. on Sunday. You may also acquire kits for Pre-release at Home. A limited number Set Booster boxes available as well. You may prepay for them for $129.99, Draft boosters for $109.99 and Collector Booster boxes for $274.99 by July 11. 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Masks 2

 Just to make it clear, you do not need to wear a mask out on the sales floor. We assume you are adult enough to keep your distance from others and not breath in their face. However, if you are in the back, that is an entirely different kettle of fish. Since kids cannot be vaccinated yet, if you are playing in an event with young players, such as Pokemon or some of the D&D sessions, we will ask you to wear a mask. If you are playing in a group of people able to be vaccinated, you will need to either be vaccinated or wear a mask. If you tell us you were vaccinated and we find out you were not, you will be banned from the store.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Masks

 We are making masks optional as of July 5th. If you are playing in events at the store where you are siting either across from or next to someone for long periods of time, we will ask you to either be vaccinated or wear a mask.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Age of Sigmar Dominion

 The Dominion set for Age of Sigmar goes on sale today. At $200, Games Workshop says it has an extra 40% more in it than if sold separately. Much like last year's Warhammer 40,000 Indomitus, this is a one shot release and stores were capped at 15 copies for initial release. Unlike Indomitus, GW says they do not plan to make a second production run for Christmas.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

OP Events

 Once we start running sanctioned events again, starting with FNM on July 9, we will be asking for proof of vaccination or ask you to wear a mask while playing. While we are not seeing any increases in infections immediately in the area, you are going to be sitting across from someone else for a significant period of time and they need to have the security of knowing that you have had the shot for COVID -19 or are going to wear a mask inorder to reduce the liklihood of spreading infection should you be carrying.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

FNM Arena

 WOTC announced yesterday that they are ending the FNM Arena program this week. Well, modifying it. Starting next week, it will be called Midweek Magic. You play between Tuesday and Thursday and send us a screenshot between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Thursday to get your code

Major changes are coming to FNM at Home! Going forward, the program will be called Midweek Magic and run from Tuesday to Thursday. There will be no event the week of July 5. Then, starting on July 13, the first Midweek Magic will run from Tuesday 8am PST to Thursday 8am PST. Beyond the name and date change, there will be no other programmatic changes.

Monday, June 28, 2021

D&D Canceled

 Our Monday DM has come down with a virus so out of caution, we are cancelling tonight's D&D session. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are still on the schedule.

Pokemon Tonight

 No Pokemon tonight since our Gym Leader is sick. Still have plenty of boosters in stock and if you stop by, we will give you credit towards one of the promo cards.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Patches

 We still have some patches left from DCC Day so come in tomorrow and for every $50 you spend on RPG books, dice or miniatures, you can select one patch.

Friday, June 25, 2021

DCC Day

 Join us for Dungeon Crawl Classics Day. Pick up a free copy of this years Adventure Pack and purchase a copy of the limited edition adventure. For every $50 you spend on RPG related materials, get one DCC patch. Play a 1st level DCC adventure from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

80-03
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!
 
80-02
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
 
80-18
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
 
90-11
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
 
65-16
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
 
65-10
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
 
65-11
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
 
21-56
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
 
21-57
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

21-58
US $4.55/CA $5.40


Dominion
  • 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.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Family Board Games

 We got in several classic style board games from Winning Moves, a company that reprints a number of older Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games. This week arrived Clue Master Detective, Yahtzee, Hi Ho Cherrio, Risk and 1980's edition Monopoly.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Friday Night Magic

 We will be starting instore Friday night Magic on July 9th at 5:30 p.m.  Standard Format. $5 entry fee. Proof of vaccination required for a seat at the table.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Masks

 We are asking you to keep wearing a mask until July 5th. Although the mask mandate has been relaxed, we want to make sure that COVID-19 numbers continue to decline, especially since we have 2 staff members with weaker immune systems as well as family members with weakened immune systems. We ant to minimize the liklihood of them getting infected as much as possible.  After July 4th, assuming numbers stay low, we will make mask wearing optional and start running in store Friday Night Magic, Forgotten Realms Pre-release and Sunday afternoon \Magic Commander.

Pokemon and Konami have not given us any information as to what their plans are for resuming in store play of their games, so for now, we will continue to Yu Gi Oh if asked and casual Pokemon play on Monday nights.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Pokemon Chilling Reign

 Pokemon Chilling Reign booster boxes, booster 3-packs and Elite Trainer Kits go on sale June 14, which by a coincidence is Flag Day as well.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Night Magic

 We plan to start in store FNM play on July 9. Since we will have people sitting directly across from one another, we will require all players to be vaccinated. WOTC has also recommended these changes to in game card handling

  • 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.
We are wanting input on what format you would like to see for FNM. We are leaning toward Standard but are open to other formats if most people want to play them.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Modern Horizons 2 Pre-release

 If you pre-paid for Modern Horizons 2 Pre-release kits or Set booster boxes you may pick them up tomorrow. Although WOTC did not provide any prize boosters for this pre-release, as they usually do, if you pre-paid for a pre-release kit we will give you a Set booster to go along with it. Only Set booster boxes and pre-release kits will be available for purchase until next Friday.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Yu Gi Oh Release Dates

 Here 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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Paycheck Protection Plan

 Well, that didn’t last long. The $349 billion appropriated for the CARES act and the Paycheck Protection Plan, which was a major component of the Act, ran out after about 2 week. Of course, it did not help that several chains, such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Potbelly Sandwich Shop applied for loans/grants under the program and received $10 million each ($20 million in the case of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, since the corporation had two different subsidiaries apply), the maximum allowable under the PPP.  Under the plan, the government considered any business employing fewer than 500 people a small business. I would wager that is 450 more than 95% of the companies in the game industry employ. With the average loan, according to the SBA, running just under $240,000 and over 1.3 million loans, at least, approved, it is no wonder the program ran out of funds so quickly. I do find it interesting that, since the CARES Act does not require the SBA to release loan/grant amounts, it has declined to do so. The only reason we know about the $10 million loans some corporations received is because they are publicly traded corporations and required by law and their charters to make that sort of information publicly available. Privately held companies and corporations are under no such requirement and have no legal obligation to do so. Several members of Congress are pushing the SBA to release the names of organizations that received CARES loans. We will see if their badgering of the SBA, which gave out more money in the past fourteen days than it had loaned out in the past 14 years, pushes the SBA to make public the names of other companies that received loans.

Meanwhile Congress is looking at putting more money into the PPP but the plan has run into an impasse  with some members of Congress wanting to just appropriate more money for the PPP as it stands, while others want to add wording to a second funding proposal that targets more new funds towards more specific parts of the economy, including hospitals , state and local governments and food assistance.  Until some agreement is reached, which will probably include adding the extra funds for hospitals and state and local governments,  we should not expect to see any more money coming immediately from the Federal Government, unless you are someone who gets your tax refund in the form of a check, in which case you can expect to see those funds show up anywhere from early May through mid-September.

Meanwhile GAMA does have its FLGS Locater up and running, as well as the updated (as of April 15) list of publisher initiatives about which the organization knows and a handy one stop page of COVID-19 resources . Incidentally, GAMA last week sent out a very nice looking email with hyperlinks to all of the publisher initiatives on its list, and publishers have reported customers taking advantage of the offers and directing money to local stores.  

Monday, June 7, 2021

Modern Horizons 2 Pre-release

We will host an At Home pre-release for Modern Horizons 2 starting this Friday at 10 a.m. You may purchase Pre-release kits for Modern Horizons 2 for $50 each as well as booster boxes of Set Boosters. All of the other Modern Horizon 2 items  will go on sale June 18th 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Chilling Reign Pre-release

Saturday June 5th, if you prepaid for the Chilling Reign pre-release you may pick up your kit tomorrow. Those who pre-registered will also receive 3 additional packs of Chilling Reign and may take up to 20 energy cards  if you with.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pokemon Partner Packs

 Got in two displays of the Pokemon Partner Packs. These come with 3 oversized cards plus two Pokemon packs. Likely will not last long as we were surprised to see them arrive. We are also taking pre-payment for Chilling Reign. $129.99 for a booster box and $49.99 for a Trainer Kit through  June 13. Limit one of each per customer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Masks

 We are still asking everyone who comes into the store to wear a mask. We have staff who have family members with compromised immune systems and would rather err on the side of caution. If COVID -19 numbers continue to fall, we are looking at ending masking about the first of July.  Thank you.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chilling Reign Pre-release

 Just a reminder that tomorrow, June 2 is the last day to pre-register for the Pokemon Chilling Reign Pre-release and save $5. Kits will cost $25 through then and increase to $30 after that. We are not running an in-store event since Pokemon still does not sanction them. We are limited players to 1 kit per person through Saturday night and will open up the remaining kits to additional sales on Sunday.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day

 We will open regular hours on Memorial Day with both Pokemon at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m and D&D at 5:30 to 8:30 . If any remains, we will extend the Yu Gi Oh Lightning Overdrive Premier event until 6 p.m.

We are still accepting pre-registration for the Pokemon Chilling Reign Pre-release on June 5th. $25 until Wednesday June 2 and $30 after that.

We are also still taking prepayment for Modern Horizons 2 until June 6th.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Lightning Overdrive Premiere Event

 We are still running the Yu Gi Oh Lightning Overdrive Premiere event this weekend through 6 p.m. Memorial Day. $20 gets you 5 boosters, a limited edition Field Center card and a ticket for a chance to win one of two playmats, a promo card or a Flaming Vortex Wall Banner. Indicate on your ticket which of the items you would like to win if your ticket is drawn and give us contact information or contact us after 6 p.m. Monday to see if you won.

You may enter multiple times  and have multiple chances to win.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Yu gi Oh Lightning Overdrive

 We are running the Yu Gi Oh Lightning Overdrive Premiere event this weekend through 6 p.m. Memorial Day. $20 gets you 5 boosters, a limited edition Field Center card and a ticket for a chance to win one of two playmats, a promo card or a Flaming Vortex Wall Banner. Indicate on your ticket which of the items you would like to win if your ticket is drawn and give us contact information or contact us after 6 p.m. Monday to see if you won.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Top Social Media Platforms

 Every semester for my Principles of Marketing class, I have my students survey over 1000 Southeast Missouri State Students regarding their social media use, so If you want to reach a college student, these are probably the best platforms to use. Unfortunately, unless you make your messages compelling, they are likely going to swipe right or ignore them. After all, just because you put the message out does not mean anyone will read it. So here they are in order, along with some comments as to why:

1. Snapchat--used to keep in contact with one another. For a lot of students has replaced texting. Very easy to ignore advertisements though

2. Instagram--People like looking at pictures. Much more so than text only

3.  TikTok--not even on the radar last year. Now a very popular way to spend time. Has replaced YouTube for a lot of students

4.  Facebook-Viewed as used by parents and grandparents. Students don't use it as much for them selves and a number only keep accounts active because their parents and grandparents do.

5. Twitter--not visual. Lots of text and can be hard to follow.. Viewed as primarily used for news. Easy to lose the context of messages.

Discord was also referenced but was not referenced enough to reach the top 5. Linked In is also used but primarily for job searching so if you are trying to reach college students, Snapchat or Instagram are probably your best bets.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pokemon Chilling Reign

 Chilling Reign is the next Pokemon set releasing. We will host the premiere event starting June 5th. Players may preregister for prepay up until June 2 for $25 per kit. After that the price increases to $30

Monday, May 24, 2021

Yu Gi Oh Hidden Arsenal

 Releases November 19th 

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Hidden Arsenal - Chapter 1 Box Display (8)       

Learn the legends and experience the story from the beginning with Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1! It’s been over a decade since the Hidden Arsenal era began, and now,

Duelists can obtain historic cards from the first four Hidden Arsenal sets like they’ve never been seen before and learn the stories behind them in this epic collection!

Bolster the Ice Barrier strategy from Structure Deck: Freezing Chains with even more “Ice Barrier” cards! Flood the field with the army of the Ice Barrier!

Fortify your Fabled Deck with many core cards integral to any Fabled strategy! Capitalize on discarding cards from your hand and gaining powerful effects! Make sure

to utilize the new “Fabled” cards that were featured in Blazing Vortex!

 

With tons of new additions in Ghosts From the Past, Dragunity Duelists won’t want to miss this chance to find some of the most sought-after “Dragunity” cards from

the Hidden Arsenal era. Unlock the legend of this powerful WIND-Dragon Synchro strategy!

 

Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1 also features:

        Worms… FROM SPACE!!!

        The Allies of Justice who fight against them!

        The normally peaceful Naturia!

        The proud dinosaurs known as the Jurrac!

        And much more!

All of the cards in the original Hidden Arsenal series were either Super Rares or Secret Rares, but in Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1 many of them can be obtained as Ultra

Rares! Each box will have 2 standard Ultra Rares and 4 colorful Ultra Rares. The entire Ultra Rare pool is available in blue, green, purple, and the standard gold.

Each Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1 box will contain one of several special collectible dice. As a special bonus, Duelists can also learn the legends of the Hidden Arsenal

world! Each box will come with an insert detailing part of the Hidden Arsenal story, officially available in English for the first time!

Each Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1 box contains a total of:

        1 Secret Rare

        6 Ultra Rares (2 standard Ultra Rares, 4 colorful Ultra Rares)

        30 Commons

        1 Hidden Arsenal Storyline Insert with Game Mat

        1 Special Collectible Dice

Friday, May 21, 2021

Force of Will Pre-release

 Similar to WOTC's recent pre-releases, we are running an At-home pre-release for the new Force of Will set, Assault on the Demonic World. You can get 1 prerelease kit of 6 boosters and 2 promo cards for $30. If you get 6 kits, you will receive 1 playmat. If you get all 12 kits you will receive two playmats, as well as all the boosters and promotional cards.

We hope, by the time of the release of the next set, to safely have in store releases.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

WPN Update

 Here is an update on handling events from WOTC

Beginning May 28, we’re temporarily enacting the following discretionary WPN in-store event policies. These policies are supplemental to the overarching WPN Terms and Conditions . They are optional, temporary, and should only be applied in accordance with local laws and regulations:


1. You do not have to run in-store events. Running in-store events is voluntary and you will not be penalized in any way if you choose not to.


You should only host in-store events if you are able to do so safely, legally, and responsibly. Events reported during this period will not count towards your play metrics.


Q1 2020 metric snapshot will remain in place until further notice. All scheduling options for Prerelease, including in-store, via webcam, on SpellTable, and at-home will count towards future Prerelease allocations equivalently.


We will inform WPN members before any events begin counting towards play metrics. At that time you will have a full year to rebuild your metrics. We will then base promo and product allocations on whichever is higher between your live metrics and the metric snapshot. Theros Beyond Death will be included in Prerelease allocation determinations until two Prereleases have occurred where metrics are counted.


2. You may impose additional health and safety requirements for entering your store and/or events.


WPN policy normally requires that WPN events are open to anyone allowed in your store. Under the WPN Discretionary Policy, this has been temporarily changed. You may impose additional entry and player requirements that you judge as necessary to provide a healthy and safe environment for play. As a friendly reminder, it is up to you to ensure compliance with applicable local laws and regulations when making these decisions.


3. You may modify Magic: The Gathering tournament rules and procedure as needed to provide a safe environment for play and ensure compliance with local health guidelines and regulations.


You are allowed to make good faith modifications to tournament rules solely as they relate to providing a safe play environment. You are responsible for ensuring these modifications comply with applicable local laws and regulations. It is up to you to determine what modifications, if any, to adopt, but here are some examples of what is allowed:


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

4. You may host in-store events for private groups.


You may offer private events for groups. You may also host off-hours events. This pertains to all event types, including WPN programs and non-programs. Any private event you host should always follow the WPN Code of Conduct and comply with the basic terms of your WPN membership. You must provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive play environment for all customers, including minors.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Masks Still Required

In the wake of the CDC's announcement regarding the relaxing of mask wearing, Carbondale has rescinded its mask ordinance. However, since several of our staff have family members with very compromised immune systems, we will continue to ask that you wear a mask while in the retail section at the store. Also, since our D&D games have players of all ages and the younger ones have not had the opportunity to get vaccinated yet, D&D games will still be played masked.. As time goes by, we will reevaluate the situation but believe asking people to continue to wear a mask will help protect the staff, and your health. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

 Van Richen's Guild to Ravenloft releases tomorrow. If you preordered a copy, you may pick it up when we open at 10 a.m. If you didn't we still have copies of both the Alternative and regular covers available.

We have seen a lot of interest in this book, likely because of the player content it provides.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

D&D Openings

 In case you are looking for some D&D , we do have openings for the table on Saturday evening from 5;30 to 8:30. Our regular DM will not be her on Saturday but we are looking at having a substitute DM in to run a one shot game. We will not have a game on the 29th as our DM will run our monthly painting workshop from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Card Supply problems

Wondering why you cannot find toploaders except at 4 to 6 times the regular price online and virtually nothing here in the store? According to the manufacturer, it is primarily due to the demand for PPE. Seems toploaders and much personal protective equipment are made of the same type of plastic so the plastic that would normally go into card supplies instead winds up  in PPE, causing the shortage.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rental Games

 In case you want to look at the list of games we have available for in-store play or for you to rent to take home for a week, you can find the list here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Van Richten's Guide

 Pre-pay for your Van Richten's Guide, either standard cover or limited edition by Sunday May 16th and get a free set of dice at the time you pay.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Best Months Ever

 

I find it rather strange that, in the midst of an epidemic, a large number of still operating game and comic retailers have reported that this past March was their best March ever in terms of sales with a number commenting it was their best month ever in terms of revenue.  Here, sales increased over 110% from March 2020 when Illinois started its lockdown. We had to close to foot traffic on March 21 as the state deemed us a non-essential business, and boy that hurt, both in terms of sales and emotionally. After all, who wants anyone to get called non-essential?  The store wound up down about 25% from 2019, making it comparatively easy to beat March 2020’s figures and post a triple digit sales increase. However comparing March 2021 sales to March of 2019 showed an increase of just shy of 60% with March 2019 our best March ever.  In fact, March 2021 proved our best month ever, up double digits over any other month in the store’s history.  So how come?

Stimulus payments—A number of stores attributed their increased sales to the stimulus payments incorporated into the COVID-19 relief bill. Although that doutless had an impact, we started seeing noticeable sales increases of 20-30% better than the average day, even pre-pandemic, the first week of March. The stimulus money did not start hitting people’s bank accounts until mid-month, with some people reporting their received it within two days after the bill got signed into law on March 11th. Still that was over a week after stores started reported outsized sales increases. While the money definitely had an impact during the latter part of the month, it does not account for the increase in sales during the first half and 2020’s stimulus money had hit customer accounts too long ago to account for this sales surge.

Tax refunds—People who had filed early did start to see tax refunds flow into their accounts and that extra money always sparks a surge of spending. However, customers started getting refunds in February and March just as they do every year, so there is nothing different about their filing this year that would account for the sales surge. In fact, the IRS has pushed back the due date for this year’s income taxes to May 17 so procrastinators and those who use a paid preparer (who, based on my experience take longer to file than doing so yourself) have even longer to delay filing and getting their refund.

Pokemon and MagicPokemon sales has been ridiculously strong for the past several months and the release of Shining Fates followed by BattleStyles a couple of weeks later  really juiced revenue, especially for those stores that had bulked up on their  orders and received large allocations of both sets, with gift boxes selling for two to three times MSRP on the aftermarket. Similarly, TimeSpiral Remastered proved in high demand, with a number of stores selling out of their allocations on pre-order, meaning none hit the shelves, even as cash hit the store bank account.

Spring—After winter and a really nasty late February, people seemed to respond to the really nice weather and just wanted to get outside and go someplace. We saw an increased amount of foot traffic during March and almost all of those customers left with an armload of boardgames, rpg books or a sack of TCGs.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition

 GW announced the Third edition for Age of Sigmar for later this summer. However, in the release, GW specifically said that, while the core rules will get reworked, all of the current Battletomes will remain usable with this edition.

Superboy Comics

 For you comic book collectors, we purchased a collections of about dozen boxes of comics including about 30 Supeboy comics from the late 1950s and early 1960s, as weell as a number of Bronze Age Adventure and Superbox books.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

New GW

 The Necromunda items below will go on sale this comic Saturday. Unfortunately, unless something changes we were capped at 1 each so let us know quickly  if you want any

Necromunda: Hive War

• This Necromunda starter set provides customers with everything two people need to start fighting brutal battles in the underhive of Necromunda
• Contains an up to date beginner friendly rulebook, two 10-person gangs of existing Citadel Miniatures from House Escher and House Delaque, 36 pieces of terrain (11 Zone Mortalis Columns and Walls, 25 Barricades and Objectives), all the relevant accessories needed to play, and all at a great price!
• With Necromunda: Hive War there’s never been an easier way to play!
• Approx 68% added value!
 
(300-08)
US $150/ CAN $180
For sale in your shop on Saturday 5-15-21


Escher Weapons and Upgrades
  • Features
  • Multipart plastic kit
  • Hobbyists can arm their Escher gang with some of the deadliest weapons available to House Escher and have additional customisation options such as heads and arms to create a truly unique gang
 
(300-74)
US $25/ CAN $30
For sale in your shop on Saturday 5-15-21


Goliath Weapons and Upgrades
  • Multipart plastic kit
  • Hobbyists can arm their Goliath gang with some of the deadliest weapons available to House Goliath and have additional customisation options such as heads and arms to create a truly unique gang
 
(300-75)
US $25/ CAN $30