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.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
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
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
. 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
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
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:
Friday, June 18, 2021
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
Slifer, Obelisk, Ra accessories
Dawn of Majesty
2021 Tin of Ancient Battles
Battles of Legend 2021*
Structure Deck: Cyber Strike
I:P Masquerena accessories
Hidden Arsenal: Chapter 1
Legendary Duelists: Synchro Storm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
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 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:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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
Sunday, June 13, 2021
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
Friday, June 11, 2021
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.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.