Sunday, December 31, 2023

Hasbro Layoffs


In case you missed it, Hasbro gave about 1100 of its employees an early Christmas present by announcing their layoff off last Monday.  (See “Hasbro to Lay Off Another 1100 Employees”). From the lists of those laid off I have seen, it looks like a lot of design staff from the Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering development and promotional area, which seems silly to me since those departments are where Hasbro is currently making its profits.  Should you want to read it, here is the email announcing the layoffs from Hasbro CEO Chris Cox (copied from the Wall Street Journal):


A year ago, we laid out our strategy to focus on building fewer, bigger, better brands and began the process of transforming Hasbro. Since then, we’ve had some important wins, like retooling our supply chain, improving our inventory position, lowering costs, and reinvesting over $200M back into the business while growing share across many of our categories. But the market headwinds we anticipated have proven to be stronger and more persistent than planned. While we’re confident in the future of Hasbro, the current environment demands that we do more, even if these choices are some of the hardest we have to make.

Today we’re announcing additional headcount reductions as part of our previously communicated strategic transformation, affecting approximately 1,100 colleagues globally in addition to the roughly 800 reductions already taken.

Our leadership team came to this difficult decision after much deliberation. We recognize this is heavy news that affects the livelihoods of our friends and colleagues. Our focus is communicating with each of you transparently and supporting you through this period of change. I want to start by addressing why we are doing this now, and what’s next.

Why now?

We entered 2023 expecting a year of change including significant updates to our leadership team, structure, and scope of operations. We anticipated the first three quarters to be challenging, particularly in Toys, where the market is coming off historic, pandemic-driven highs. While we have made some important progress across our organization, the headwinds we saw through the first nine months of the year have continued into Holiday and are likely to persist into 2024.

To position Hasbro for growth, we must first make sure our foundation is solid and profitable. To do that, we need to modernize our organization and get even leaner. While we see workforce reductions as a last resort, given the state of our business, it’s a lever we must pull to keep Hasbro healthy.

What happens next?

While we’re making changes across the entire organization, some functional areas will be affected more than others. Many of those whose roles are affected have been or will be informed in the next 24 hours, although the timings will vary by country, in line with local rules and subject to employee consultations where required. This includes team members who have raised their hands to step down from their roles at the end of the year as part of our Voluntary Early Retirement Program (VRP) in the U.S. We’re immensely grateful to these colleagues for their many years of dedication, and we wish them all the best.


The majority of the notifications will happen over the next six months, with the balance occurring over the next year as we tackle the remaining work on our organizational model. This includes standardizing processes within Finance, HR, IT and Consumer Care as part of our Global Business Enablement project, but it also means doing more work across the entire business to minimize management layers and create a nimbler organization.

What else are we doing?

I know this news is especially difficult during the holiday season. We value each of our team members – they aren’t just employees, they’re friends and colleagues. We decided to communicate now so people have time to plan and process the changes. For those employees affected we are offering comprehensive packages including job placement support to assist in their transition.

We’ve also done what we can to minimize the scale of impact, like launching the VRP and exploring options to reduce our global real estate footprint. On that note, our Providence, Rhode Island office is currently not being used to its full capacity and we’ve decided to exit the space at the end of the lease term in January 2025. Over the next year, we’ll welcome teams from our Providence office to our headquarters down the road in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It’s an opportunity to reshape how we work and ensure our workspace is vibrant and productive, while reflecting our more flexible in-person cadence since the pandemic.

Looking ahead

As Gina often says, cost-cutting is not a strategy. We know this, and that’s why we’ll continue to grow and invest in several areas in 2024.

As we uncover more cost savings, we’ll invest in new systems, insights and analytics, product development and digital – all while strengthening our leading franchises and ensuring our brands have the essential marketing they need to thrive well into the future.

We’ll also tap into unlocked potential across our business, like our new supply chain efficiency, our direct-to-consumer capabilities, and key partnerships to maximize licensing opportunities, scale entertainment, and free up our own content dollars to drive new brand development.

I know there is no sugar-coating how hard this is, particularly for the employees directly affected. We’re grateful to them for their contributions, and we wish them all the best. In the coming weeks, let’s support each other, and lean in to drive through these necessary changes, so we can return our business to growth and carry out Hasbro’s mission.




A couple of thoughts:

1.       While Cox does mention increased supply chain efficiencies (which I bet still rely heavily upon southeast Asia) and increased direct to consumer capabilities (i.e. promotion and sales) there is no mention of any increase in focus on the retail part of the channel. We have already see increase focus on B2C, with an increase in monthly Secret Lair releases and Hasbro Pulse, so it will be interesting to see what else Hasbro moves into the direct channel

2.       No use of the term firing anywhere in the letter, just reductions and transitions.

3.       If a business needs to cut costs, letting staff go is almost always the first option as payroll is always “low hanging fruit” in an organization. The supply chain modifications mentioned by Cox usually take years to make, hence why we saw no rapid shifts in distribution during epidemic (“See JIT, ROE and the Pretty Overblown Trucker Shortage”)

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Star Wars Unlimited

 Fantasy Flight Games is certainly pushing their Star Wars Unlimited card game. We are going to go light on it since we have had zero interest in the game so far. They are one of the few companies to send out promotional cutomer oriented material for it in advance of the game though. Will be interesting to see how the game does

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Christmas Eve

 We are open regular hours Christmas Eve, noon to 6 p.m. with D&D at 12:30 and Magic Commander at 3 p.m. On sale are Magic Pre-release Kits and LOTR Scene boxes, both at 50% off.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Dice Calendars

 Before they go into storage until next year, you can pick up dice calendars and Pokemon calendars for half off Dec. 23. 

Also if you come in and play Pokemon between 11 and 1, we will give you a free Pokemon Prize pack. You can also get one by spending $100 on Pokemon in one purchase.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Elite Trainer Kits

 today only  Pokemon Elite Trainer Kits are 50% off

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

D20 Day

 Celebrate D20 day with our d20 sale. Buy a red canvas bag for $10, fill it to the brim, roll a d20 and take that percentage off  the contents of the bag. Castle Cards and Prefered Customer discounts apply.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Sale

 Tomorrow, December 19th. Take 25% off the Yu Gi Oh Legendary Collection and Legendary Duelist Boxes. In stock quantities only.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Amy Dallen

 sorry to see Amy Dallen was fired from WOTC. She was a producer and host on D&D Beyond, which likely mean they are 1 cutting back on the platform or 2. shopping around for less expensive talent.

Friday, December 15, 2023

WotC Layoffs

 Here is a list of a very few of the 1200 layoffs at Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast this week. According to what I can see from the list, a lot of people in their art department got axed. It also looks as if most of the tose cut came from the Dungeons and Dragons side of the company.  I hope this does not mean we will see a lot of AI gnerated art in future D&D releases.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

D20 Day

 On December 20th, (d20, get it?), buy one of our canvas shopping bags for $10 (proceeds go to Good Samaritan House), fill it with whatever you wish from the store, as long as your purchases are not falling out of the bag, then roll a twenty sided die and take that percentage off everything in the bag. People with a Preferred Customer card get a +5 and advantage on their roll.

Yu Gi Oh

 To celebrate Christmas, tomorrow, December 15, all in stock Yu gi Oh sealed booster boxes are 25% off. Quantities are limited.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Magic Scene Boxes

 Looking for a gift for the Magic player that they haven't already puchased for themselves. Pick up a Lord of the Rings Magic Scene Box for them. It is a cool item but not one a Magic player would generally purchase. 25% off only on December 14.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Advent Dice Sets

 On Dec. 13 both of our Advent dice calendars will be on sale for 25% off. Castle cards do apply.

Oddly, we could not keep these in stock last year but have moved much more slowly for 2023.

Monday, December 11, 2023


 We have been waiting on Frosthaven, the sequel to Gloomhaven, for almost a year and our allocated copies arrived today. We also got two sets of removable stickers, allowing for replay of the game. Even at $249.99, we expect these to sell out soon as we have had customers waiting on the game for almost a year

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Magic Promo

 Through Christmas, for each $50 you spend on Magic, you will receive 1 older Magic promo card. Spend $100 get 2 cards and so forth. Quantities are limited though.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Cruella DeVille

 A letter from the writer of the new Cruella DeVille comic. We are taking pre-orders for it:

You might know me as a comic artist on titles like Marvel Action: Captain Marvel and most recently the ongoing Harley Quinn with the incredible Tini Howard. But because I love working (a bit too much) and love to tell stories, I dip my toes in the writing pool from time to time too. I also have a deep love for complicated characters, the ones that have multiple layers, the ones that switch from being good to being bad, because I want to understand the why of it all.

When I received an email from Dynamite with the opportunity to write Cruella De Vil, “YES!” was the obvious answer. First of all, getting an offer to write her felt like an incredible new challenge, and I love a challenge. But mostly, I’m deeply attached to the original 101 Dalmatians movie, and Cruella is a staple of the Disney Villains. She embodies the word FASHION, which is one of my passions. There was truly no way for me to say no.

But… What could I really write about a would-be puppy kidnapper?

Well… not to play De Vil’s advocate (see what I did there?) Cruella technically never hurt the Dalmatians. Even though she steals the show, the dogs are the main attraction and I wanted to keep this sort of canine connection with her. She has a maniacal personality and short temper which makes for really great comedy. In my head there was no way that the dogs of London would let her get away with kidnapping a litter of puppies, so of course they would try to ruin her life at any given occasion.

This is pretty much what we are focusing on in this story, it’s an arc about a desire for redemption, in a true Cruella way. Which means it’s showy, grandiose…but ultimately fabricated. Anything to better project her perfect public image, and it will fail… every time. It’s a nostalgic adventure for the people who grew up with the movie as many familiar faces will appear, but also an opportunity to extend Cruella’s story with many newcomers both human and four legged.

And the art... my gosh the ART. Miriana Puglia is truly incredible at storytelling, and body language. Every character is so dynamic and alive, they practically pop out of the page. Each dog emanates so much personality, and Cruella’s mannerism and lunacy shine in every panel.

Amusing, charming and a good amount of crazy are the three words I would use to describe this story. Each member of the team that made this book surely had to have had fun working on it, and I think readers will enjoy it too!

Sweeney Boo

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Commander Decks Restock

 Rather suprised to get in an unexpected restock of some out of print Universes Beyond Commander Decks. We got in a few displays of the Doctor Who, LOTR and Warhammer 40,000 sets Looks like 2 displays of each so get them before they are gone.

Monday, December 4, 2023

D&D Stamps

 If you have been playing D&D for a long time, you remember when players were considered the "weird ones" in the community. Now, the game has gone so mainstream that the USPS is releasing a series of stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of its release.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Lights Fantastic

  Parade got over suprizingly quickly this year and crowds did not appear as heavy as in past years. Everything was cleared out by a bit after 8 p.m. I did hear preliminary attendance figures were 20,000 attendees, making it the largest crowd in years.

We normally make the store bathrooms available to parade atendees and usually have a dozen or so people take advantage of the offer. This year only 2-3 did. People did get an early start on the Cookie Walk as we had people stopping by storly after three. We did have plenty of cookies and cider left over as I heard a couple of other locations did as well.

Saturday, December 2, 2023


 We have some $5 off coupons left so stop in on Dec. 3rd, make at least a $10 purchase and we will give you a coupon good for $5 off a $25 purchase made between Dec. 4th and December 8.

Friday, December 1, 2023

DecK of Many Things

 Accordign to this notice from WotC, the Deck of ManyThings is now scheduled to release on January 5. Appears there were problems with the quality of the first production run. If you would like to purchase one of these as a Christmas present, you may pay for it at the store and we will give you a card and gift receipt with a note giving the bearer the right to pick up a copy of the set upon release.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Lorcana Restocks

 We have plenty of Lorcana Chapter One boosters and Floodborn Decks but we are getting solicited for a restock of Chapter 1 decks and Floodborn boosters. We are getting allocated on them so want to know how much interest there is in those two items before we put an order in. Please let us know if you are interested in Chapter 1 decks and Chapter 2 boosters.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Holiday Tournament

 Join us for our annual Yu Gi Oh Holiday Can Tournament on December 3 and again on December 10th at 12:30  Bring in 5 cans of food (no tomato paste or sauce) You will receive a star card with 5 stars on it. Winner of each round played takes both stars and may turn in all of their stars at after 3 rounds for 2 booster packs per star. If you bring in highly desirable items such as canned fish, dried pasta, peanut butter or canned beans (not green beans), you will receive an extra booster pack when you give them to us. All items must have an expiration date no later than April of 2024. You must play at least 1 round before you can turn in stars. You may drop off additional food items but may not receive more than 5 stars to use in the tournament. We will have canned items here and, if you forget your cans, you may get five of them for a $5 donation.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Holiday Tournament

 The store will host its annual Yu Gi Oh Holiday Can tournament on Dec. 3 at 12: 30. Bring in 5 cans of food or $5 and we will give you 5 cans of food. Do not be lame and bring in cans of tomato sauce or tomato paste.  Beans, dried pasta canned vegetables, etc are what food pantries are looking for. We will host a 3 round tournament. You must play at least 1 round before dropping. Each round you win, collect one can from your opponent. AT the end of the tournament, turn in your cans and you will receive 1 Yu Gi Oh booster pack for each can you give us. 


Friday, November 24, 2023

Flood Born

 It looks as if we are all sold out of Lorcana Floodborn boosters, save for the ones that come inside each starter deck, of which we stilll have plenty. There is a chance of a second shipment in December but more lokely not until January.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023


 The store will open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. We will  have mulled cider, pumpkin pie and cookies and the following items will be on special

Buy a booster box of Magic and get a free Collectors booster

Buy a booster box of Pokemon and get a free Pikachu promo card and prize promo pack

Buy a box of Yu Gi Oh and get 2 free Tournament Packs

Spend $100 on RPG items and get a free dice set

Spend $100 on graphic novels and comics and get a free variant cover comic

Spend $50 on Games Workshop items and get a free token set

Spend $50 on Boardgames and get a free Castle Perilous die.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


 I do not know if Lorcana can retain the same level of sales long term that we are seeing now and will be interested to see what sales are like at the end of 2024. If we start seeing retailers discounting Lorcana back to the level of MSRP or below, I think you will see a lot less support for the game.

Ravesburger, the company that produces Lorcana has put a reallly low gross margin on the game, whihc makes it only wortwhile for stores to support if there is heavy demand for the product. If demand slows down, expect to see prices drop on products and much less interest in running leagues and tournaments for the game.

Monday, November 20, 2023

GW New Releases

 Releasing Dec 2, a new edition of Warhammer 40K Epic













Friday, November 17, 2023

NPR's Best Games of the Year

 NPR has a roundup of what it considers the best games of the year. Not suprisingly, Disney Lorcana tops the list but Descent and Ticket to Ride Legacy also made it. In fact, about half the games on the list come from publishers in Asmodee's umbrella.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Disney Lorcana

 We received our first shipment of Disney Lorcana Floodborn today with a street date of 11/17. Currently we have every thing in stock and are limiting customers to 2 booster boxes or 48 boosters per day, along with, while they last, one Trove and one Collectors box. We also have deck boxes, sleeves and decks but are not limiting quantities of those.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Lost Caverns Art

 NPR, yes NPR, has a discussion this afternoon on its Here and Now program on the Mezoamerican origins of the art on the Lost Caverns of Ixalan. Listen to it here

Monday, November 13, 2023

Castle Zagyg

Troll Lord Games put out several RPG books written by Gary Gygax in the early 2000s. After he did , his estate pulled the rights to his work from Troll Lord Games so the publisher cleared out what they had in stock and returned the proofs of unpublished work to the estate. After almost 20 years the parties have come to an agreement and will now bring the unpublished works into print but now compatible with the Castles and Crusades RPG system, rahter than Dungeons and Dragons. However, Castles and Crusades is close enough to 3.0/3.5 D&D that the new books ccould be used with the other system with some conversion. More never published Gygax books will get released over the next couple of years as Gygax was pretty prolific and had quite a bit of material ready when he passed away.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Game on Every Table

 We are running our annual Game on Every Table promotion. From now through the end of the month, buy a game, or other item and you may buy a second item for 50% off. We will donate your 50% off item to the local Toys for Tots campaign. Thanks for helping a kit.

Monday, November 6, 2023

D&D Documentaries

 if you want to watch a D&D documentary, PBS, surprisingly, has a pair of them.  Can Dungeons and Dragons Make You Confident and Successful? runs on PBS’ Idea Channel while you can find Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs at PBS’ Off Book.

Sunday, November 5, 2023


 Though the big two, Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder RPS get all the attention, there are a number of second tier RPGs that quietly sell, day in and day out.  At our store, that’s Shadowrun.  Released back in 1989, we’ve carried it since before the store opened, when we used to do conventions and mail order only.  One of the few times I remember seeing a crowd of gamers running  was at GENCON in 1992, when the release of the 2nd edition of the Shadowrun rules was released. FASA announced only a limited number of copies available at the show. For some reason, I was in the exhibit hall when the doors opened and watched as a couple of hundred excited games ran through the aisles towards the FASA booth, hoping to score a copy of the 2nd edition rules.  The only other time I have seen that much excitement over a game release was when TSR finally released the Temple Of Elemental Evil  back in 1985.

Since then , Shadowrun has sold steadily for us, to the point we try to keep 2 to 4 copies of the core rulebook on the shelf at any one time. The only other RPGS in the store that get stocked to that depth  are Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder RPG.  In fact, because of sales, Shadowrun and Pathfinder are the only two RPGs that we stock all of their hardback sourcebooks 2 to 3 deep at all times.  Even Dungeons & Dragons (4th edition anyhow) doesn’t get stocked that deeply (mainly because there are a lot more hardbacks for D&D than for either Pathfinder or Shadowrun).  Looking at the shelf at the moment, we have nine Shadowrun hardbacks in stock  and another 9 or 10 paperbound books.  They sell.  Week in and week out, they sell for us and justify the shelf space and inventory.  We average sales of 3 to 5 of each new sourcebook when they hit the shelves (campaign settings and adventures not nearly so well) and have to restock two to three assorted hardbacks weekly, so this is a line that really gets hurt in our store when a book goes out of print, as happens way too often with the line.  Looking at our records, we have sold 6 copies of the rulebook since the beginning of the year and this is of an edition that cam out almost three years ago.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Rarity Tournament

 Join us for a Yu Gi Oh tournament celebrating the release of the new Yu Gi Oh Rarity set at 12;30 on 11/5.  $5 entry fee, advanced format. Get 2 OTS packs per round won and a shiny new playmat if you win. One additional playmat will be given out at random.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Month of Thanks

We are thankful for you so, through Thanksgiving, every time you turn in a Castle Card, we will give you one of the following, corresponding to the category of item on which you used the card:

Magic--Magic promo card
Pokemon--Sheet of Pokemon stickers
Yu Gi Oh--Yu Gi Oh Field Center Card
Comic--Variant cover comic
RPG or boardgame--Castle Perilous Dice
Games Workshop--token set

Thank you for choosing to buy from us.

Deck of Many Things

 Due to some reason or another, the Deck of Many Things, as well as the Collector Boosters for Lost Caverns of Ixalan have been delayed. No indication from WotC as to what the new release dates are, although I expect Collector Boosters to arrive a week later or so. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween Trick or Treating.

Come in today in costume and get candy, a comic and a sheet of Pokemon stickers. Official Trick or Treating between 5 and 7 and we will have candy, comics and Pokemon then as well.


Monday, October 30, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Rarity Collection

 We got in 4 booster boxes of the 25th Anniversary Rarity collection in and will be selling them as sealed boxes for $119.99. Due to our being a OTS, they will go on sale on November 1.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Halloween Party


We are holding our annual Halloween party today. Come in and get a ticket for the 4:30 drawing. One ticket for coming in, one if you are in costume, one with your prefered customer card and 1 for each stamp you earn on your Castle Card today.

We also have cupcakes and cookies in the back room and casual Commander play.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Halloween Comicfest

October 28th: Come in and get two free comics from the table in front. In costume, Get one more. Get one with your Preferred Customer card and 1 for each stamp you earn on a Castle Card.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Warhammer 40K boxed sets

 Games Workshop has announced the 6 Warhammer 40K Christmas boxed sets for the year. Typically quantities on these are capped so let us know early if you want one.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023


 If you are looking for a fun 2 player board game, I strongly recommend boop. A player wins by being the firt one to get 3 cats lined up on the bed. Of course, being cats, they are always pushing each other off the bed. Great game that sold out last Christmas so, if you are interested, pick up a copy soon.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Pokemon Pre-release

Had a few people asking us about pre-release for the new Pokemon set. Unfortunately, due to our Pokemon metrics, we no longer qualify for pre-release events. The Pokemon company wants us to be running and reporting in store play but since we have no one coming in during casual play time on Saturday, we have no results to turn in. If you want us to host pre-relase events again, we need people to come in and register for Pokemon causal play so that we can submit those numbers and build up to the level where we get offered pre-releses again.

Thursday, October 19, 2023


 Our parking lot is open but you cannot currently exit it through the south end onto Marion or University as those exits are currently blocked by gas main replacement work.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Magic Play Boosters

 WOTC has announced another change in booster format. Starting with Murders in Karlov Manor, Draft and Set boosters will be combined into one booster format called Play Boosters. Play Boosters will offer the card treatments and types found in the Set booster with the quantity and assortment found in Draft boosters, essentially allowing drafting and sealed deck play with Set boosters, which was not possible before. Another change is the addition of "Special Guest" cards, a set of 10 reprint cards, thematically appropriate added to The List with new art.

Since Play boosters will debut with Murders, expect the pre-release for that set to run more, as Set boosters currently run a buck or 2 higher than draft do.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

New GW Releases


Friday, October 13, 2023


 We received one display of Lorcana Decks and one of Lorcana boosters today. We are holding the box of boosters back for purchase by those who play in our Wednesday Lorcana League but the decks are out on the shelf. Each comes with one pre-constructed deck and one Chapter 1 booster.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Doctor Who Commander

 Looks as if we  got cut back severely on our orders of the Doctor Who Universes Beyond set as we are getting 3 displays of decsk and 3 displays of Collector boosters. On sale October 13.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Banned Books

 We are seeing quite a bit of back and forth discussion on one of our Facebook posts regarding Banned Books Week. Apparently, some people are convinced if a book is challenged or banned, it contains obscene material.  That is not always the case as books such as The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Go Ask Alice and To Kill a Mockingbird rank among those that have been challenged or banned at one time or another. In the graphic novel area, both Killing Joke, for its implication of rape, and Watchment, for its depictions of violance, have both been challenged and banned. The thing about challenging a book to pull it from the shelves, is the Streisand Effect, which  causes people to do the very thing you do not want them to do. 

Thanks to the Streisand Effect,  a Tennessee school board vote to pull Maus from the shelves increased the sales of the book exponentially. We sold more copies of Maus in 2022 than we had in the previous decade.

In general, the best thing to do with a book that you find objectionable is to not read it, and not let your children read it and maybe ask someone like a librarian to look it over. Making a public spectable of it only serves to call attention to it.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

GW New Releases

 Taking orders for the below. Need numbers by 9 p.m. Monday night. Lots of new Space marines coming.



















Friday, October 6, 2023


 Want to see what Carbondale looks like  to a filmmaker making a horror/slasher film set in Carbondale? Then spend a couple of hours watching Haunt, which was actually filmed in Kentucky and shows absolutely no locations in Carbondale. Even the establishing shot, showing "campus housing", does not show a recognizable street in the city.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Doctor Who Commander Decks

 When the Doctor Who Commander Decks release on October 13, purchasing 1 deck will get you a Past In Flames promo card, 1 card for each deck purchased.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

B!F Bam Boom Comics

Met a small press comic publisher at Archon and brought in their initial line of comics. B!ff Bam Boom has 3 super team books, one space action book and one super hero book. We have 2 signed copies each of all of their books at $4.99 each or $9.99 for the graphic novel. 


Sunday, October 1, 2023

Free Tickets

As the sponsor for the fall slate of movies at the Varsity Center, we will be giving away tickets to the 7 p.m. Thursday showing of each film. Win tickets by answering trivia questions about the film. Questions will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages, with a different question going out to our email list, which you can join by going to the website at Castle Perilous

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Lotus Petal

 We still have some Lotus Petal cards left so play in Friday night's Standard tourmament and you will get one, at least while quantities last.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Games Workshop New Releases 2

 And here is the new release list from GW for Oct 14. Let us know if you want any:



















Games Workshop New Releases

 Items coming out this Saturday. Let us know if you want anything by Sept. 26








Sunday, September 24, 2023

Opening Late

 We are getting the HVAC systems replaced on Sept 25. Due to this, the construction company has asked we not have any customers in the building while they are working on the roof. We expect them to start around 7:30 and be finished by 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Pokemon 151

We have a limited quantitiy of Pokemon 151 Elite Trainer Kits available tomorrow, priced at $79.99. I see asking prices online are $110 and up, although a few have sold as cheaply as $41.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023



You like stickers? So do we. We have Wilds of Eldraine stickers free. Just stop in and ask for a set.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Lorcana League

 The second season of Lorcana play starts tomorrow night. Prizing for the first season will be given out. top player receives 2 Promo cards, everyone else receives 1. top 5 players all receive Locana Pins.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Phandelver and Below

Phandelver and Below goes on sale Sept. 19. We have both covers available for $59.99 . Be warned that there is a varnish smell to the alternative cover. Apparently the varnish used on it, as the cover is significantly shinier than the regular cover, has a pine smell. At least it did coming out of the shipping carton. We expect it will dissipate by the time you pick up a copy tomorr.w


Saturday, September 16, 2023

Wilds of Eldraine Commander Party

 Come play in our Wilds of Eldraine Commander Event on Sept 17 and get this Syr Konrad card. Players that register with their Wizards account will get the cards first, then players with Guest accounts.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Games Workshop New Releases

 New releases for Sept 23 are Orruks for Age of Sigmar. Let us know if you want any of them.



 Here is an interesting aside to Bill Willingham's announcement regarding putting Fables in the public domain. Back in th e1990s Comico published his Elemental series. When the company went bankrupt, it, and the rights to Elementals (and those of Rob Liefeld's Youngblood) were sold to Terrific Publications, which has an "interesting" track record in its dealings with creators. One of its stipulations was that, during the epidemic, writers and artists would get only half the agreed upon rate until 90% of the US population was vaccinated. You can read the whole story here.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Fables in Public Domain

 Fables, Bill Willingham's long running comic series, is now in the public domain. Willingham, the creator and owner of the series, has gotten so frustrated with DC and the way they have handled the series and his contracts with the company, that he has decided to put the entire intellectual property into public domain for you to make use as you will. Write stories using the characters, draw them, make video games featuring them, they are now your's.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Batman Day

 This Saturday is Batman Day so we are celebrating with 2 FREE Batman Comics, a limited quantity of Joker and Catwoman masks, the release of Batman Gargoyles of Gotham #1, a $1 sale on most Batman back issues and a free Batman comic with a $10 purchase.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Writing a Best Seller

 According to an analysis in the Economist there are several things to do if you want to write a best seller

Write fiction

use short sentences

Set your story in a sunny climate

Write a lot.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Drown in the Loch

 Drown in the Loch is the promo card for the Wilds of Eldraine Open House. While quantities last, play in a Magic event this weekend or spend $20 on Wilds of Eldraine product to get one Free. Limit one per customer.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Wilds of Eldraine

 Since it is after the pre-release weekend but not yet release day, we will use the Wilds of Eldraine promo packs as prizing in our tournaments, at least until they run out.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Wilds of Eldraine Pre-releases

 We had successful Friday night and Sunday afternoon pre-releases but not on Saturday. People seem to like the set but not enough to come out on Saturday for the event. As a result, we gave away extra booster packs at the conclusion of Sunday's two headed giant to thank the 4 teams that showed up for the the 2 headed giant and to encourage them to come back for the next event.

Friday, September 1, 2023

New Warhammer 40K

 The Tyrannids are coming back for 10th edition. Let us know by Monday Night if you want any of the below ordered and held for you for Sept 9th release














Tuesday, August 29, 2023


The last time I remember seeing this amount of buzz and demand for a product was during the early years of Pokemon in the late 1990s. The big difference between the two is that it was kids primarily interested in Pokemon. Granded they brought their partents along as the parents were the ones controlling the pursestrings but the parents had litttle interest in the product.

Not so with Lorcana. We have seen far more adults coming into buy product than we have children. I would estimate aobut 80% of our customers were adults with no kids accompanying them.

Another major difference is much less instore play of Lorcana than we saw of Pokemon. We would have tables of kids, again few if any adults, come in to play in the store Pokemon leagues. We started up a store Lorcana league and, so far, it has been adults playing, no kids. 

Of course, we have also seen a marked drop off in people wanting to play Pokemon. Most of todays customers want to look for the shiny cards and trade them, rather than learning how the game plays.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

GW New Releases for 9/2

 Here are next week's new releases, this week for Age of Sigmar.  We will only order 1 of each so please let us know before Tuesday if you want one



Friday, August 25, 2023

The Happy Shop

 New All ages graphic novel releasing next February

PORTLAND, OR (August 25, 2023) - Oni Press, the multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels, will publish Brittany Long Olsen’s graphic novel, THE HAPPY SHOP. This heartwarming middle grade story will be released in February 2024.


In THE HAPPY SHOP, eleven-year-old Darcy is feeling sad and alone after she moves to a new country when she accidentally stumbles into a magical store that sells happy feelings. But when Darcy witnesses a sad feeling accidentally being sold at work, she begins to wonder. Is happiness really the only emotion people need? 


THE HAPPY SHOP shines a light on the deep importance of experiencing a whole range of human emotion, not just happy feelings, and building community with the people we care about,” said cartoonist Brittany Long Olsen.


THE HAPPY SHOP's charm is that it exists in a world just like ours,” said Oni Press Editor Grace Scheipeter. “The story features a contemporary setting with just a light touch of magic. And much of that magic is in the dynamic cartooning of Brittany Long Olsen, whose graphic novel is a delight and inspiration. It’s a perfect read for fans of the film Inside Out, Mai K. Nguyen's Pilu of the Woods, and Brenna Thummler's Sheets.”


THE HAPPY SHOP will be available in bookstores and comic shops in February 2024. 

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Gary Gygax Material

 Gary Gygax materials coming back into print via Troll Lord Games

We are very happy to announce that Troll Lord Games, in conjunction with the estate of E. Gary Gygax, and Luke Gygax, is at long last able to bring the works of the Father of Role Playing back to the gaming table!

This has been something we have desired for 15 years and something we are beyond ecstatic to make happen! For everyone here at Troll Lord Games, and for all of you out there, and for the legacy of E. Gary Gygax, this is a wonderful day.

A glorious day!

We need to show the Estate Managers the real value of this material and to do that we have already announced and launched the Pre-order for the Classic Yggsburgh Fantasy Campaign Setting. Written by Gary Gygax and first published in 2005, this classic work is full to the brim with gaming content.

This will be the original version of this work as written by Gary and published by TLG. It includes two maps, one by our Lady of Gaming, Darlene! We aren't changing anything but the Stock Code on the spine!

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

GW New Release

 Here are the new releases for Sept. 2 for Games Workshop. Please let us know if you want any ordered.






Monday, August 21, 2023


 We are currently out of Lorcana booster packs. We still have decks, deck boxes and sleeves and hope to have more boosters and Troves arriving soon.

Saturday, August 19, 2023


 Starting September 5th, due to the amount of freight we receive on Tuesdays and the time it takes to process it, we will no longer purchase or trade for items on Tuesdays. 

Friday, August 18, 2023


 I expected Disney Lorcana to sell well but not to have half a dozen people waiting outside the store when we opened this morning. So far, we have sold through a bit over half of our allotment of booster boxes and about half of our starter decks and all of our Trove boxes. Sales were similar to what we would expect on Free Comic Book Day or Free RPG Day.

There is enough interest in the game that we will start running a League for the game on Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a cost of $5 per session.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Pokemon Charizard EX Premium Collection


Coming out for Pokemon later this fall. We have 6 coming so let us know if you are intersted.

Blaze a Trail of Darkness with Charizard ex! Charizard ex burns up the oppositions lead with the cunning firepower of a Darkness-type Pokemon! Evolve it from Charmander and Charmeleon, then use its strong Ability and attack to make a roaring comeback. A full set of card sleeves helps keep your deck looking great, and after the battles done, you can put this special Tera Pokemon ex on display in the durable card protector featuring a handy magnetic closure. The Pokemon TCG: Charizard ex Premium Collection includes: - 1 etched foil promo card featuring Charizard ex - 2 foil cards featuring Charmander and Charmeleon - 6 Pokemon TCG booster packs - 1 magnetic card protector with display base - 65 card sleeves featuring Charizard as a Tera Pokemon - A code card for Pokemon TCG Live

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Dungeoneer

The Dungeoner is/was the newsletter of the Knights of the Griffon, a RPGA sanctioned club to which a number of southern Illinois AD&D players belonged. Contents of this issue (January 1987) include a discussion of werewolf lore by Scott Thorne (back in the Blue Sky Games days), magic items by Bob Tottleben and Mike Tyler, the Samauri character class by Clyde Hall and a couple of pieces of fiction with no author given.

The Hundreth Voice

From the creator of The Hundreth Voice. If you would like us to order you a copy, let us know.

"I’m Caitlin Like, a cartoonist from Portland, Oregon and creator of Dark Horse Comics’ upcoming graphic novel The Hundredth Voice. It’s a middle-grade dark fantasy graphic novel about a haunted music school, and I’m emailing to let you know preorders are now open. 


Uriel Driscoll was born into a family with an amazing gift…and a terrible curse.


While his family all have superb singing voices, they are doomed to lose their gifts at the height of their success!


Invited to the exclusive Aisling Academy, run by his own mysterious grandfather, Uriel finds the curse is the least of his problems: horrible accidents keep befalling the students, ghosts roam the halls, and Uriel isn’t sure he can sing in the first place! And if Uriel can’t find a way to break his family’s curse, he’ll have to leave his new school, and his new friends, forever…"

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Gen Con Theft

 If you have heard about the $300,000 Magic theft at GenCon, you may have heard that the Persons of Interest desinged a boardgame.  Here is the link to a description of the game, released back in 2015

Friday, August 11, 2023

Pokemon Trading

 Although we are going to continue running causal Saturday afternoon Pokemon Play, we are also going to encourage people to bring in cards and trade with each other, no play required. Of course, as has been our policy for years, you can only trade cards. Unless you have a sales tax license, you can not sell cards to other people while in the store.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Commander Masters Box Prices

 We adjusted the prices on our Commander Masters booster boxed downward some. A Collector Booster box is now $299.99, a Set booster box is $549.99 and a Draft booster box is a bargain at $399.99

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Magic In 2024

 Here is a rundown of what to expect for Magic the Gathering in 2024

Ravnica Remastered

Murders at Karkov Manor

Fallout Commander Decks

Outlaws of Thunder Junction

Modern Horizons III

Assassins Creed Commander Decks


Duskmourn House of Horrow

Innistrad Remastered-2025

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Star Wars at GenCon

 One of the highly useful things about Gencon is to get a feel for how various games are doing. Since Gencon is the largest game convention in the US, what people player there give a pretty good indication as to how the game is doing, on average, througout the country. 

Cases in Point Disney Lorcana and Star WArs. Disney Lorcana had people lined up and waiting for 14 hourse, a line of them sleeping in the hall overnight, which is something GenCon has chosen not to allow in the past. That indicates a lot of interest in Lorcana, at least initially. Wheter the game will have legs is another matter but I would expect to see great sales for it for the first release.

On the other hand, Star Wars play was prtetty minimal. Atomic Mind has an extine event hall rented out for playing the various Star Wars games, with space for a couple of hundred players. On Saturday afternoon, the peak playtime of the entire convention, over half the tables were empty. Couple that with stores discounting Star Wars Shatterpoint to get it off their shelves and the Star Wars line does not appear to have a strong future.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Magic Releases for 2024

 Just announced at GenCon is Magic Fallout. Rather like the Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks, WotC will release 4 Fallout themed Commander Decks in March of 2024

Releasing in the first quarter of 2024 will be Murders at Karlov Manor, a detective themed set

The second quarter will see the second Standard legal set of the year, Outlaws of Thunder Junction, a fantasy western themed set that first saw concept art release in 2022.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Lorcana at Gencon

 It looks as if Ravensberger did not anticipate the demand at Gencon for Disney Lorcana as people waited 14 hours in line for the opportunity to purchase the game, only to have the company open up another exhibit hall, sending the people who had waited in line back to the end of the new line. In addition, Ravesnberger's registration system for demos of Lorcana, which let you leave with a Lorcana promo, now selling for over $100, allowed one person to register for multiple demos, allowing them to attempt to garner multiple promos. Once Ravensburger realized this, they wiped the entire system, forcing those people who had registered properly to have to go back and register again.

The company was also limiting purchases of Lorcana to one and attendees' badges got punched to show they had already made their one purchase. Here is what was available at GenCon and we should have limited quantities of these available on the 18 with a tournament on the 19th

Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter Booster Pack – $5.99 each (Limit 24 packs/1 display. Total display price: $143.76)

Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter Starter Decks -$16.99 each (contains 1 Booster Pack) Amber/Amethyst (Limit 1) Ruby/Emerald (Limit 1) Sapphire/Steel (Limit 1)

Captain Hook, Elsa, or Mickey Mouse Card Sleeve Pack (Limit 1 design) – $9.99

Captain Hook, Elsa, or Mickey Mouse Deck Box (Limit 1 design) – $5.99

Maui, Maleficent, or Mickey Mouse Neoprene Play Mat (Limit 1 design) – $19.99

The Queen or Stitch 10-Page Portfolio ( 4-Pocket Pages, Limit 1 design) – $19.99

Thursday, August 3, 2023

One Ring Sold

 The 001/001 One Ring card has been sold by the finder to musician and Magic Player Post Malone for a reported $2 million. Since Malone apparently agreed to pay Canadian taxes on the sale, the total price is somewhere closer to $2.6 millioin

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Commander Masters Pricing 2

 We will have Commander Masters packs, boxes and Commander Decks on sale this Friday. you can read the pricing for individual packs here.  Prices for boxes are:  draft booster box $549.99, Set Booster Box is $724.99 and a collector booster box is $299.99

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Commander Masters Pricing

 Figured out the pricing for individual Commander Masters booster packs.  Draft packs will cost $19.99, Set booster packs will run $26.99 and Collector Boosters will cost......$79.99.  Priciest I have ever seen a set, save for the 30th Anniversary Box, which WOTC sold for $999 and online retailers sold for up to $1800.  Pricey.

Monday, July 31, 2023

Obsidian Flames

 We will not host a Pokemon Obsidian Flames pre-release. Apparently since no one has been coming in to play Pokemon in the store, we had no players to report and Pokemon will only tolerate that for so long. It was not just us. I read of several stores not getting offered Obsidian Flames pre-releases If you want us to be able to host pre-releases, again so that you can get the cards and extra boosters early, you need to come in and play here or at least sho up and give us your Pokemon ID  number so we can register you and show Pokmeon that we do have players here.

Sunday, July 30, 2023


 In case you missed it, Lloyd Rich, better known in Carbondale as TimeLloyd, passed away July 16.  For 25+ years, TimeLloyd was a familiar sight around town, wearing multiple layers of clothing, even when the weather dictated otherwise and riding his beloved fringed bicycle. For someone who used the bicycle as much as he did, he never seemed to develop great control of it, as anyone who saw him wobbling inthe Lights Fantastic parade can attest.

He would often show up at the store whenever we held giveaways. One time, for a Halloween drawing, in order to get an extra ticket, he came in dressed as normal but brandished a prop Doctor Who sonic screwdriver, saying he was dressed as a Time Lord. What could we do? We gave him the ticket.

He suffered a couple of falls within the last five years, which made him far less mobile and the last time I saw him about two years ago, he appeared confined to a wheelchair.

Visitation is 9 a.m. on August 5 at the Newman Center, where he often attended Mass, with a funeral mass at 10 a.m.

Farewell TimeLloyd. So Long and thanks for all the fish. Carbondale was a bit more lively with you here.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Commander Masters

 Good lord the prices are crazy online for Commander Masters. At the price a number of sellers are charging for a booster box, they are making little profit. I can only assume they got ahold of large quantities of boxes, opened what they needed for singles and are dumping the rest to cover some of the money they owe on the purchase.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Learn to Play sessions

 We are going to start offering learn to play sessions of Magic and Pokemon, to complement our Monday night Learn to Play D&D.  Thursday night from 5 to 6, we will have a Learn to Play session of Magic from 5 to 6 p.m. and Saturday we will teach people how to play Pokemon from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

GW New Releases

 Looks like new War Cry items releasing on August 5. Let us know if you want any on the release date so we can make sure we have them.




Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Gary Gygax Day

 Tomorrow is Gary Gygax Day so we have some of our collection of Dave Trampier Wormy panels on display as well as a number of early issues of Dragon Magazine.

Take 10% off all instock D&D books that are not behind the counter and get a free D&D DM log.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Broken Glass

 If you are driving the alley that runs behind Castle Perilous, La Unica, Electric Larrys and Indigo Lounge, be careful as there are a couple of broken beer bottles in the road behind Indigo. We plan to sweep them up tomorrow if they are still there so drive carefully for now.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Fall D&D Releases

 Below is the list of D&D releases for this fall, as of right now. Please let us know if you want any of them held for you:

August 15th Bigby Presents Glory of the Giants

September 19th Phandelver And Below:  The Shattered Obelisk

October 17th Planescape Adventures in the Multiverse

November 14th Deck of Many Things

Saturday, July 22, 2023

DCC Materials

 Sicne we have plenty of left over Dungeon Crawl Classics materials, you can stop by tomorrow to pick one of the free items and/or purchase one of the limited edition rule books and modules. After that, we will pack them up to list on eBay for those not lucky enough to have a locally particpating DCC store.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Playtest Cards

 WOTC for whatever reason, has introduced a new treatment for some cards, "playtest". It is a versionof a tournament legal card that is not tournament legal. WotC put some playtest cards in 2021's Mystery Boosters, which also were not tournament legal. From the markings on the card it appears these will appear in a Secret Lair set at some time or another.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Yu Gi Oh Lost Art

 Dark Magician Girl is one of the most, if not the most, popular cards in Yu Gi Oh, so I expect strong demand for the new Magician's Salvation Lost Art Card, featuring her.  You get one with each $30 spent on sealed Yu Gi Oh product but we only have a limited quantitiy.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

One Ring Tax Bill

 According to this, the "One Ring" card was opened by someone in Toronto, Ontario. Assuming they get the full $2.2 Million CA that has been offered by a store in Spain, they would be lliable for a tax bill of about $530,000. Under Canadian tax law, half of the selling price of the card would be taxed at about 53% but they would get to keep the other half tax free. Yeah, it is quite a chunk of money but still a pretty good return on an investment of about $50 or so on the pack of cards.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Mother Nature

 Jamie Lee Curtis (yes, that Jamie Lee Curtis) has co-written a graphic novel based on an idea that has perculating in her head since she was 19. We are taking pre-orders now if you are interested and the book releases August 9.  You can watch a preview of the book, Mother Nature, here.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Gary Gygax Day


Gary Gygax Day is July 27th. To celebrate, we will put some of our Dave "Tramp" Trampier Wormy artwork on display. Most of the time this art is kept in storage so this is a rare opportunity to see the art of one of the early TSR artists. We will also display early issues of Dragon Magazine, give out one free RPG item per customer (2 to those with the Preferred Customer Card) and take 10% off all new and Used D&D books and supplementary materials ( including 3rd party books).  You can get one more free RPG item for 3 stamps you earn on your Castle Card on the 27th.

Friday, July 14, 2023

GW New Releases

 Releasing 7/22  If you want any of the items below, please let us know by Sunday evening as we will put orders in on Monday. We will have limited quantities available of the Space marine Librarian, Tyranids, Starter Set and Ultimate Starter Set.













Thursday, July 13, 2023

New Pokemon Releases

Releasing tomorrow will be the

Annihilape EX Box contains 3 foil cards and 4 booster packs

Pokemon Battle Deck- one each of Chien Pao and Tinkaton

Pokemon Frist partner Accessory Bundle -contains a deck box, storage box, deck protectors and a playmat.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

East Asian Comics Glossary

 In case you have every wondered about what the various terms used by East Asian, primarily Japanese, comics, here is a handy glossary. You will note that the term hentai is missing from the list as it refers to more hard core sexual titles, which Pengiun Random House, the source of the list, does not sell.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023


 If anyone is interested in playing HeroClix, we have someone who has moved into the area interested in playing and have prize support available for games.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Used Boardgames

 We have added a number of used boardgames to our selection and to the list on the store website These are not in the eBay store since most of them would cost us too much to ship across country.

Friday, July 7, 2023

Warhammer 40K New Releases

 Releasing next Saturday




We can get a maximum of 5 of Lion El'Johnson  and 3 each of Commander Farsight and Boss Snikrot on inital release so if you want one, on the 22, let us know as soon as possible. One Commander Farsight is already spoken for.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

LotR Magic Celebration

 The Lord of the Rings Magic Celebration runs July 7 through July 9. While quantities last, register for the event in Eventlink using code YQV8J5J or give us your Wizards account email and we will register you. Purchase 2 Jumpstart packs and you will recieve a set of 3 Lord of the Rings dice and an Elven Planeswalker dicebag. We only have 30 sets of these though and you do have to have a Wizards account to particpate.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Comic Sale

 Our $1 comic sale was okay but apparently the holiday made it more difficult for people to get in for the event. We will have another one next month so keep an eye on our blog, store calendar and social media sites.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Declaration of Independence

Scott read the Declaration of Independence aloud at the store today. Here is a link to the reading if you want to listen. About 9 minutes long. Hope to recruit other people to help read next year.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Warhammer 10th Edition

 The rule books and index cards for Warhammer 40,000 10th edition went on sale today so if you want one of the rule books and do not want to shell out $250 for the Leviathan boxed set, now is your chance. We were limited to one of each of the bundles of index cards for each of the main army groupings so we have multiples of cards for armies such as Space Marines and Orks but only 1 for smaller armies such as the Thousand Suns.

Friday, June 30, 2023

One Ring

 According to this, the 001/001 serialized One Ring card has been pulled. I have read a expressions of concern that the price of the LOTR Collector Boosters will drop after it was pulled. Given the prices of other cards in the set, I rather doubt that we will see a collapse in prices immediately. I know the store would take a couple of displays of Collector Boosters should they come available.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Catan Hawai'i

 Catan Hawai'i arrived today. New scenario for Catan. Requires both the main game and Seafarers of Catan in order to play. Features a much smaller landmass to develop but fishing becomes a very important component of the game

Sold one already so expect to see it show up at a Gaming with Gary session in the near future.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Social Deduction Games

 Apparently games such as Blood on the Clocktower, Werewolf, Secret Hitler and Good Cop Bad Cop have gotten prevalient enough that they now have their own game category: social deduction games. In a social deduction game, one player takes on a role in which they attempt to harm the other players or prevent them from winning, while keeping the fact that they are doing so secret. This has been a part of gameplay for a number of years as games like Shadows over Camelot and Saboteur come to mind but the genre has gotten popular enough to warrent a name finally.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Pokemon 151

 The Pokemon Company just announced Pokemon 151, a box only set releasing in September. This will follow. This set will follow the format of the Pokemon Go and Pokemon Celebrations sets in that there will be no individual booster packs available for sale. Booster packs for the set will only be availalbe in Elite Trainer Kits and gift boxes, unless retailers opt to break open those sets to sell boosters individually. The set is expected to release Sept. 22 2023.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Improving Free RPG Day

 Do not use the cover of your product to send people to your website to buy your product. This ought to be self-explanatory, but for at least one publisher included in this year’s selection, it wasn’t. It’s OK to mention your website on your giveaway but, for Pete’s sake, tell people to look for your product first at their local game store THEN tell them to go to your website. Putting a bold notice on the booklet directing people to your website when I am going to the trouble of promoting your product guarantees a trip to the recycling bin or, as we did here, a removal of your product’s cover.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

LOTR Magic

We sold out of the LOTR Collector boosters today as well as the Starter Sets. Bundles sold out earlier this week. We still have 1, that's one, Commnader Deck and are expecting about 1 more case of those to arrive. We still have draft and set boosters and should see restocks of them and the Starter sets later this summer but no more Bundles or Collector boosters

We still have a number of the Pre-release or Limited Play kits as well and customers get a foil 30th Anniversary card while quantities last.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Ultimate Invasion

 Marvel is relaunching the Ultimate Universe, which the publisher originally created back in the 1990s as a grittier Marvel Universe that introduced Miles Morales as Spider Man and more violent versions of Marvel characters, best illustrated by a panel in Ultimatum in which, having killed her, X-men foe the Blob starts eating the Wasp. that scene still resonates with Marvel fans that followed the Universe. Eventually, Marvel wound it down and brought some of the most popular characters, such as Morales and a black Nick Fury, into a relaunched Marvel Universe.

Jonathan Hickman is a good writer, as he showed on is Fantastic Four run, but I am not sure where they are going with this. In a meeting to present the concept to retailers, it appears the writers and editors may not be sure either as most of the questions were met with a variation of "We really cannot discuss that". 

Anyhow, the first issue is on the shelf now if you want to pick up a copy.

Monday, June 19, 2023

Tales of Middle Earth pre-release

 Magic Tales of Middle Earth pre-releases all ran smoothly this weekend, though turnout was light compared to past pre-releases, especially on Friday. We had 9 people in for Friday compare to the 18 to 24 we have had in the past. Saturday has been light as well in the past so the 9 people that showed for it were not particuarly suprising.  We did have 2 teams show up for the 2 headed giant on Sunday. However, we may move that until later in the day for the next pre-release and run another sealed deck tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday instead.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

More Quick Start Rules

More of this years of this year’s offerings for Free RPG Day should include quick play rules and pre-generated characters in their booklet. Pazio is well enough known to their target markets that they could use this year’s offerings as a teaser for upcoming products.  Since almost all of the other offerings fell into the category of “I’ve never heard of this” RPG, having introductory rules helps should potential customers what to expect from a full fledged version of the game. Oh, and be sure to clearly indicate on the cover this is a quick start set of rules for your game. I didn’t realize the Numenera adventure  had rules included until the day was half over.

Thursday, June 15, 2023


 If you are a miniatures painter and collector, Next time you are in the store, check out the paint racks. We have restocked the Games Workshop, Army Painter and Vajello paints and supplies and restocked the D&D miniatures wall with over $2000 worth of figures. Only a few Aasimar figuers though and almost no Dragonborn

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Free RPG Day One per Box

Unless you are Blue Panther and contributing dice trays, dice towers and dice cups, or Off World Designs and putting in a t-shirt,  both of which are pretty costly, send out just one item per box is a waste of your promotional dollars and my time and table space. I am not getting things in the kit for me to look, I expect stuff in the box to come in a large enough quantity that a reasonable number of people coming in for the event will get one. I buy the box for the express purpose of giving away the books in it, not to look at your sample and decide if I am going to stock it in or not.  You should look at this as a promotional opportunity to get a teaser for your RPG into as many of my customer’s hands as you can.  Pazio, Magpie Games and Renegade all provided lots of copies of their products and lots of customers will go home with them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Games Workshop's Confusing Business Model


Games Workshop, meanwhile, has a significant business model which, for the life of me I do not understand. Most new releases get announced the week before the release date, which has been on Saturday for most of the past decade. Especially on highly anticipated releases, there are often caps on the quantity a store can order. The recent Kill Team Ashes of Faith set had a cap of two units on it. While we had to turn away a few customers that wanted one, I shudder at thinking about how stores with much larger Warhammer 40,000 customer bases dealt with the customers they had to turn away.

The problem here is another supply chain snafu, this one self-created by Games Workshop though. By not announcing releases with a reasonable amount of lead time, stores do not have enough time to determine how much interest there is in the new release with customers only having about a week to find out about it. More lead time would allow us and GW to better judge product demand (I am still sitting on copies of Dominion).  With Leviathan, we have no idea what is in it or what it will cost, making budgeting funds to purchase copies pretty difficult, especially after just having paid for Pokemon : Paldea Evolved, Shatterpoint and Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle Earth.  Retailers knew about those and could allocate funds. With Leviathan, stores are flying blind.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Lord of the Rings Tales of Middle Earth

 Current offer for the 001/001 One Ring card is $1000000 as long as it is turned over to Dave and Adam's Card World by July 17. I assume so they get maximum publicity out of it. Meanwhile, Dan Bock the "Black Lotus Guy", has made an offer in a Facebook group to beat the "highest offer from a a reputable source". Meaning I guess that if someone pulls the card, they can expect to get at least $1000001 for it.

Saturday, June 10, 2023


 Due to unplanned for demand GW capped orders of the Leviathan boxed set starting Monday afternoon so stores putting in orders for the set Tuesday or later this week had their ordered capped somewhere between 3 and 9 copies. We put our order in early enough that we will receive all 15 copies we have on pre-order.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Knight Terrors

 DC is suspending publication of most of its regular line of books for the Knight Terrors series this summer of 2 issue mini series. We still have a copy of the Free Comic Book Day preview of the series if you want to take a look at it before deciding which books in the series you want to order. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Leviathan 2

 Here is some more information on the new Leviathan Boxed set. It contains 72 miniatures and the new rulebook, which will be the only place to get the rulebook until it releases later this summer

Monday, June 5, 2023


  Put in our pre-orders for the Warhammer 40,000 Leviathan boxed set today. We only get one shot at ordering them so ordered 15. MSRP is $249.99 and, like the previous big boxed set Dominion, there will not be a second production run. We already have 5 copies presold, so if you want one, let us know as soon as possible. Release date is June 24th.