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.