New Games and Perks

Happy 2014 everyone, it has taken me a bit of time to recover from the holidays and get my fingers working on a blog post. But here I am, with a few very exciting changes to announce, one sad on though.

Our awesome employee and friend Chris has left his post at the shop for the alluring city of Los Angeles, and for love. He will be missed of course, but he has also already been replaced. My lovely wife Kirsten was gunning for his job for years, so I guess he’s lucky he got out with both knees intact (last time we went to the beach she was practicing some one-legged kick moves on derelict pier pillars). Anyway, she is now with us full-time, so next time you’re in, ask her what her favorite Stefan Feld game is.

Now before I discuss the other major change for the new year, I want to mention that one of the biggest US publishers of European strategy games dropped multiple titles on us this week, titles that originally debuted at one of the largest tabletop gaming expos in the world, the Spiel in Essen, Germany. So far we have only had the chance to play one of them, Tash-Kalar, another fun one from Vlaada Chvatil, but we are working diligently to get rental/demo copies ready for play. Also dropped this week were the expansions for the Firefly board game and the Pathfinder Card Game. Here are the new Z-Man releases in no particular order:

  • Russian Railroads
  • Bruxelles 1893
  • Tash-Kalar
  • Carcassonne South Seas
  • Glass Road

Whew, lots of great stuff to play, they will definitely be hitting tables at our game nights.

And, speaking of game nights, it is finally time to announce phase 2 of our Punchcard system. As many of you know, we initiated a pay-to-play system back in June of 2013 to help us control the overcrowding on game nights. Well, it has worked, and most folks we talk to appreciate the change.

For Phase 2, we’ll be doing something far less contentious than Phase 1: punchcard holders will now enjoy 20% off the purchase of a single new game while attending the game nights. That’s right folks, it is time to up the ante, level the Portland game-shop playing field, and offer our community of players a perk for getting punched. And yes, your game night punchcard credit can be used toward the purchase.

So get your lists ready folks as we enter a new era.

Cheers everyone, time to prep some new rentals.

Posted: January 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm
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