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Posted on August 31st, 2012

Here we are at the transition from summer to fall, and the last long weekend hurrah for a while. Temperatures will moderate, kids will be trapped inside classrooms once again, and board game lovers will rejoice as awesome new games hit the shelves. A few of those awesome games arrived last week, and one big one will arrive next week.

Before I get into the games though, I wanted to throw out a huge thanks to Josh, our fearless Pathfinder Camp gamemaster. During the past week, Josh has taken a group of eager kids on an adventure that could potentially change their lives forever. A few of the kids were participating in the camp for a second time, so they were already hooked on the fantastic world of roleplaying games, but the other kids had never experienced anything like Pathfinder. Josh has patiently helped these newbies learn the intricacies of their character sheets, the rules of the game, and the importance of creativity and teamwork. Our playroom has not been quiet at all this week, every time we walk in we hear shouts of “I’m doing a perception check” or “Somebody help my velociraptor!” or “Doesn’t anyone have good diplomacy?”. Both camps this summer have really been fun to watch, and sometimes participate in. So thanks Josh, I hope you are enjoying it as much as the tikes are, and I hope you are proud of yourself for setting these guys up for a life of imaginative geekdom!

And now, more roleplaying-related news. After the camp this afternoon, Josh and I will continue deliberations over the possibility of setting up a few different roleplaying events. One may be a once-a-month campaign for kids, probably Pathfinder, but other systems will also be considered. The other event would be a once-a-month roleplaying evening for adults, either on a thursday or saturday evening. These nights, we hope, will be open play, where gamemasters run players through one-off adventures in any system they choose. If you are at all interested in either of these events, contact us and we can set up a mailing list, but also contact us with any ideas we may want to consider. To make these events work, we will really need some gamemasters, any out there?

Alrighty, now for the games. We sold out of our first batches of 7 Wonders Cities, Dominion Dark Ages, and the Glory to Rome Black Box yesterday, but we have more arriving this afternoon, so wait until the evening if you were hoping to pick up any of those titles for the long weekend. I have now played the 7 Wonders Cities expansion a few times and am enjoying the extras. I am always amazed at how the addition of a few minor mechanics can have a potentially profound impact on a game. The price tag of $30 seems a bit high for what’s in the box, but let’s see, so far 3 people have enjoyed the experience for a total of 2 hours, so about the price of a new movie release. But we will put in far more than 2 hours of play over the next few years or more, and we have been socializing the entire time. When looked at this way, meaningful social entertainment does not get much cheaper, unless of course you buy your copy online, which is so droll (I’ll explain that opinion in a later post). I have not tried the Dominion Dark Ages expansion yet, but I have been reading the cards and am imagining all of the really strange new ways to play.

While we are waiting for the small publishers to get their production and distribution issues sorted out to finally ship the games announced at GenCon, the folks at Fantasy Flight, the game lords of 2012, are sitting comfortably in their thrones, issuing their second massive release of the year (Descent was the first). On Thursday of next week we will have the revised edition of Netrunner in our hands. This is a re-imagining of Richard Garfield’s other great collectible card game, with Magic the Gathering being his mint game. Fantasy Flight will be adding Netrunner to its Living Card Game line though, so you’ll get to enjoy the game and not fuss with the whole collecting part. Those of you who pre-recorded this title, keep your phones close to your chests on Thursday!

Well, I thought there would be more new games to talk about, but after reviewing the email from my rep, it looks like no one wants to go up against Netrunner next week. As far as used games, the only fresh ones we’ve acquired are copies of 2nd edition Bang and the Dodge City expansion, as well as a quirky little card game called Who Stole Ed’s Pants. No new rentals this week, but we added the new Dominion expansion to the demo library.

So on to the events. Meaty Games Day was a bust last saturday, probably because everyone was out of town, hopefully the next will work out, mark those calendars now for September 29. Here’s a list of events for the upcoming week, happy gaming everyone:

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): The best darn game night in town, as evidenced by the amount of friendly smack talking and raucous laughter during last weeks game night. And much of that was over Power Grid and Le Havre, games not typically associated with the word raucous!

Posted on August 24th, 2012

Howdy Gamers! The big American tabeletop game convention, GenCon, is over, and the new games will be hitting our shelves over the next few months. 7 Wonders Cities will be in our hands this afternoon, come give our demo copy a spin if you are interested. Dominion Dark Ages should be with us on Wednesday, just in time for some game night trial runs.

As for other games from the show, it looks like Fantasy Flight and Asmodee Editions owned Indianapolis. Soon we’ll have the Fantasy Flight re-releases of the fantastic Netrunner and Merchant of Venus games, as well as the X-Wing miniatures game and an interesting looking new coop game, Legend of Andor. I was secretly rooting for a new game from Asmodee Editions, Seasons, to be a hit, and it looks like all of the reviewers were very pleasantly surprised by it, so we’ll keep a strong eye out for that one. The innovative story-telling game, Of Mice and Mystics, by Plaid Hat Games, also received great response. (Notice, I have no links for these games on our website yet, I’m really tight on time today, so check out the publisher websites or boardgamegeek.com to find out more about these titles, or any others I mention but do not have a link for).

Sadly, the other major publishers had ho-hum or no news. AEG and Z-Man largely forgettable titles, but we’re really hoping they turn out better than first impressions suggest. Mayfair announced that Star Trek Catan will be a Target store exclusive for the first 18 months, so please send hate mail to them if you have spare time. Mayfair currently offers a reduced price Catan to Target and recently went exclusive with a single distributor, so it seems they are turning their back on the friendly local game stores that put them on the map to begin with, and they are not alone unfortunately. I guess that’s what you have to do when you are all out of great ideas (Ouch, did I just write that, I mean all of it as a challenge Mayfair!). Thankfully, while the big boys are sacrificing reputation for short term profit, the smaller publishers are rising to take down the comfy old dogs, so expect a slew of great innovative titles coming from publishers all over the country. There are too many games to list, but we’ll keep you posted on their arrivals, and thanks to a regular customer for coming to the shop and showing some photos of what he saw at the show.

We do have a few other new games not specifically related to GenCon releases. The new edition of Glory to Rome has arrived, and it sure looks sleek, come check out our demo of this well-regarded classic by the designer of Innovation. Another Asmodee Editions game that the reviewers have been praising will hit our shelves this afternoon, Libertalia. Again, we’ll have a demo because we love pirate games, and the press on this one is pretty darn good.

 

 

Now on to the upcoming events, starting with one of my favorites, Meaty Game Day, this Saturday starting at 4pm. Here are more:

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): The best darn game night in town, as evidenced by the amount of friendly smack talking and raucous laughter during last weeks game night. And much of that was over Power Grid and Le Havre,  games not typically associated with the word raucous!

Fresh Used Games: Carcassonne Base Set with the River, Settlers of Catan Traders and Barbarians

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Hello everyone and happy Friday. Thanks to everyone who visited last saturday and helped make the Passport event something special. Hope you enjoyed the sweet music in front of the shop, we have Kirsten to thank for getting all of that set up. As awesome as it was, its nice that she’s done with it so I can have my fishing partner back. Alrighty, on to the games.

For those who missed the facebook posts last week, we now have copies of D-Day Dice and Village in stock, as well as copies in the demo room:

D-Day Dice is a cooperative game where your dice rolls determine how well you advance along 1 of 8 different battle maps. I’ve enjoyed the first 2 training missions solo and am anxious for more. Despite the beautiful but unfriendly rulebook, D-Day Dice looks to be a great and somewhat meaty dice game.

Village was just awarded the Kennerspiel des Jahres award, which is given to games that are typically too complex for a casual player but still play in a 2 hours or less. Village definitely has a number of decisions to make every turn, but still offers a very swift experience. I like the reverse worker placement mechanic, where you remove a skill cube from a location to use that locations action, as well as the necessary death of your family members throughout the game. Well worth a try, and the rulebook makes learning the game a breeze.

That is about it for new releases, but we are very excited to have a few more demo games courtesy of our Ravensburger representative. We highly recommend trying Asara, which is now set up on the back demo table; It is beautiful, easy to learn, and hits that sweet spot of being thinky but not too much. One of the designers is Wolfgang Kramer, the designer of one of our all time favorites, El Grande. He’s pretty good at making conceptually easy games with lots of strategic depth. Another demo we are excited about but have not tried yet is Seeland. Again, it is beautiful, and Kramer was involved. Look for it in the demo room.

Upcoming Events:

Pokemon League: Every Saturday from 10am-Noon we host a very casual meeting of Pokemon players. Bring your cards, play, trade, and earn free goodies.

Magic Gathering: We have changed up the Saturday Magic the Gathering events. We’ll now be hosting a meeting time every Saturday from 5-7pm. Tournaments will be arranged if attendance permits, but the primary goal of the events is to foster a community of casual players. If you want hardcore, there’s about 5 other shops in town. We want to provide a time and place to just play the game with some good folks.

Family Game Day: Sunday is for families of all sizes and ages. Grab a game from our library or bring your own.

Wednesday Game Gathering: Good people and good games, mainly modern strategy. Ages 15 and up preferred.

Pathfinder Camp: The last week in August, Josh will run a final adventure for young heroes! We have lowered the price, so check out the page and let us know if you want a spot.

That’s about all for this week folks. I have added a big game called Giants to the rental shelf that looks very cool. Our used game section has been decimated by the laser beam focus of smart shoppers, so bring in those dusty closet fillers and we’ll work out a trade. Have a great weekend!

Posted on August 3rd, 2012

So the big news this week is the Sellwood/Westmoreland Passport event this Saturday, really a huge neighborhood street fair. We’ll have a music stage right in front of the shop with some great bands. We are also having a big sale all day saturday and some giveaways for the tots, so you’ll have plenty of reasons for hanging out at the Cloud. Definitely cruise the whole neighborhood though. Check out the acoustic music in front of Nectar, with a local 10-year old singing and playing, among other musicians. Also head over to the Wells Fargo where you’ll find some artisan booths. Make a day of it, and possibly a night of it because if we have any energy left and if anyone is interested we may stick around for some gaming.

As for game releases, the big deal this week is the Descent 2nd edition conversion kit. The main game was released a few weeks ago, and it is rapidly becoming the new standard for dungeon adventure games. The conversion kit allows owners of the 1st edition set and all expansions to convert their monsters and heroes to the new edition rules. I owned the first edition, hated it, sold it, and now I’m really regretting that decision. Luckily, there is enough in the second edition base set to keep me busy for many moons.

Speaking of dungeon questing, we want to encourage anyone with a youth interested in fantasy roleplaying to check out our second week-long Pathfinder camp page. The first camp was a hit, and Josh has graciously agreed to run a second week at the end of August. We know the price is high, but the gamemastering and youth management skills of Josh are worth it. The kids will also go home with about $50 worth of product so they can play with friends and family at home.

Other than that, we are still running our regular events this coming week: Pokemon League Saturday morning, a Magic draft tournament Saturday evening, and the Wednesday game gathering.

Oh, we also received a big batch of trade ins, so our used game shelf is stocked with great games in perfect condition, here’s a list of the new additions:
Ra, Tigris & Euphrates, Warhammer Invasion (with 20 expansions), Pandemic, Thurn & Taxis, Vegas Showdown, Save Doctor Lucky, dixit Odyssey, Take It Easy, The Golden City.

Finally rentals and demos. We have one new rental this week, K2, well worth a try. Our Ravensburger rep also just dropped off some cool demos: Asara, Seeland, FITS, & BITS.

Happy gaming!

Posted on July 27th, 2012

Hello gamers, summer keeps on trucking, and our air conditioning unit keeps on dripping, just water thankfully. And the poor thing has to work overtime on game nights, gaming brains can pump out some serious heat.

The first major announcement this week is a bit of a sad one. One of our fantastic loyal fans, Cameron, is leaving town next week to pursue some very sweet career opportunities for both his wife and himself. If you’ve met and gamed with Cameron, I’m sure you’ll agree that he is an outstanding guy, a tough competitor, and a joy to play games with. We will miss him. We have already missed his wife at game nights for many months now, but she has a good excuse. We wish Cameron, his wife, and their new family member the best as they embark upon a new strategic course.

The good news is that we will all have one more chance to face Cameron at the game table this Saturday at Meaty Game Day. Starting at 4pm, head over to the shop for some lengthy strategy games. Sure, you can always play the games with more reasonable play times, but the last Saturday of each month is a chance for those who like a nice heavy duty game to meet up and dive in. We’ll have the demo copy of Descent 2nd Edition for use, and we can pull a few of our somewhat meaty games out from the private cellar, such as Merchants & Marauders, Ascending Empires, Mage Knight, and Ora & Labora. We also have the new expansion for Alien Frontiers available for preview, and with the expansion, Alien Frontiers borders on a meaty game with a 3 hour play time.

Since there are no noteworthy new releases this week, I’ll just highlight some upcoming events next week. First off, we’ll be trying to run another Magic the Gathering draft tournament with the 2013 core set next Saturday at 5pm. Rally some friends for this, we’re trying to reach critical mass to kick these tournaments into high gear. And don’t be frightened, our Magic players are pretty awesome helpful humble folks.

Next Saturday is also the annual Sellwood/Westmoreland summer festival, formerly known as the Passport event. The whole event has been overhauled this year to be more like a street fair/party. We are going to have a live music stage right in front of our shop, and we will have a big sale on both new items and items we recently had to pull from our demo library to make room in there for new additions. Check out the event website for more details, and mark your calendars, this will be a great day to walk the entire area and check out all that is happening.

Finally, we want to give a huge full plate thank you to Josh for running our first ever Pathfinder Camp. He did a great job of leading a group of four 10-15 year-olds into a dangerous dungeon for four straight days, 4 hours a day. I am always amazed at how kids at that age can be intensely involved for 4+ hours with a roleplaying game. The kids all had a great time and went home with some sweet swag, including dice with dice pouches, a figurine, and either a hardbound book or a beginner box. Josh has agreed to run another camp in August if anyone is interested, so check the website for details. Thanks again Josh, and we hope all the players are now running adventures of their own at home!

What We’ve been playing: Lords of Waterdeep, Alien Frontiers, Descent 2nd Edition, Merchants & Marauders, Castles of Burgundy, Charon Inc., King of Tokyo, Friday.

A few used games came in yesterday: Stratego Star Wars and World Without End.

I will also be adding a bunch of new games to the rental shelf. I’ll be working at getting them rental ready today, so they may or may not be ready to go by the time you read this. This also means that some of the current rentals may need to get moved to the used area, so stop by the shop later today or tomorrow, or check the facebook page to see what got moved. Here’s a list of the new rentals:

Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, A Few Acres of Snow, Flash Point Fire Rescue, Nightfall, Elder Sign, Tales of the Arabian Nights

Posted on July 13th, 2012

Yikes, Friday the 13th! Be careful out there, maybe its a good day to come stay safe in the shop and play a game with no sharp pieces.

And appropriately, the big new release this week is the 2013 core set for Magic: The Gathering, in fact, most shops have been running tournaments since 12am this morning. We won’t have our products until this afternoon, so get some sleep then come check us out. We will be getting some new Deckbuilders Toolkits, which is a fantastic product for those just starting to explore the world of Magic or those who want a jump start on the new set. We will not be having any tournaments this week to celebrate the release, no reason to compete with the hardcore card shops, but next Saturday evening we will hold our first M13 draft tournament.

Sadly, we have no new board game releases, and I’m guessing that the Magic release has something to do with that. Luckily, the German Game of the Year committee did not let the Magic juggernaut overshadow board games, and they announced their choice for both the game of the year (Spiel des Jahres) and the advanced game of the year (Kennerspiel des Jahres). For game of the year, Kingdom Builder gets the badge, and while I have not played the other nominees, I am very pleased with the jury’s choice, as I have explained previously. This is the second time that the American designer Donald X. Vaccarino has won this award, his first being for Dominion, so congrats Donald, keep pumping out the good ones (Infiltration and Nefarious are two of his recent good ones, probably not award winners though!). As for the advanced game of the year, A game called Village won the award, which is awesome because now it will see wider distribution in the US. The only advanced game of the year nominee that I had played was K2, which I really, really enjoy (ask for a demo if you are interested), unfortunately its price makes it completely unmarketable.

Events this upcoming week are limited to our Pokemon league this Saturday morning and our regular Game Gathering this Wednesday evening. Pathfinder camp begins next week and we are all full, but if you are still interested let us know and perhaps we’ll run another in late August. We’ve also still got the Descent 2nd edition preview copy in the shop, so ask at the counter if you want to fondle and play that beauty.

Have a great summer weekend everyone!

Posted on July 6th, 2012

Hello everyone, and happy sun. We have a great weekend coming up with both a Magic draft tournament (Avacyn Restored) and, drum roll please, previews of Descent 2nd edition! The wait for 2nd edition Descent has been long, but from what we’ve seen so far it has been well worth it. I was not a big fan of the original Descent due to its fiddliness, but I am excited to experience the story and campaign driven 2nd edition with a refined ruleset. So if fantasy is your thing, stop on by this weekend to geek out.

Speaking of fantasy geeking, Small World Realms released this week, but unfortunately we will not have it in our hands until next week due to the holiday shipping schedule. Realms is an add-on to Small World that brings modular map tiles to the game, as well as story-based games that rely on accomplishing specific goals rather than just grabbing up territory. Sounds very interesting, so more on that next week.

Game release news, however, is really dominated this week by two BIG re-releases: King of Tokyo and A Few Acres of Snow. Because of limited distribution, we are still trying to fill all of our preorders on these titles, but we should have a few extra copies of King of Tokyo for sale this weekend. Sadly, A Few Acres of Snow won’t be available until next week, and even then we’ll only have a few copies. If you would like either of these games let us know, because once this batch is gone we will likely not see them again until next year. Yes, these games are really that awesome! We have King of Tokyo for rent, and with an appropriate bribe I can pull my Few Acres off the private reserve shelf.

One new rental this week: Survive: Escape from Atlantis

Finally, our used game shelf is extremely thin right now, so if you have any games gathering dust, bring them in for some credit. See our web page for full buyback details.

Have a great weekend!

Posted on June 29th, 2012

Well the heat is on folks. We’ll be hauling the heavyweight room cooler into the shop as soon as we get enough hands on deck. Until then, things might get a little swampy in the shop, but we’ll do our best to keep the breeze moving through. Now is the time to truly test your mettle at the game table. How well can you manage your resources when the heat is on?

Oh, before I forget, we will be open normal hours all next week. Independence Day does fall on a Wednesday though. Game night is still happening, but maybe we’ll end it a little early to go watch some light shows?

As for new product, we’ve got another slow week, thank goodness there are plenty of great games already. We did get in a new batch of Lego Minifigures though. Our restock of activity books also arrived with some perfect items for the summer travel plans: dot-to-dots for all ages, Sudoku books, and great adventure maze books.

On to the events. . . . .

Meaty Game Day: It has been a long month, but finally the last Saturday is here. So bring your heavy duty games to the shop tomorrow starting around 4pm. We know that sometimes it can be tough to decide which meaty games to play, so bring your favorites and maybe we’ll decide the winner with a game of CandyLand!

Descent 2nd Edition Previews: I was not a huge fan of the original Descent, mainly because I did not want to sink hundreds of dollars into all the expansions that truly made the game great. But I have to admit that I am pretty excited about the new edition since it packs so much more into one box, at a lower price, and with a refined rule set. If all goes well we will have a preview copy of the revised version by next weekend. We currently have organised games scheduled for Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8 at 1pm. If you have any interest in fantasy adventuring, give this game a try. Imagine a board game version of Dungeons and Dragons, but with a really mean gamemaster!

Avacyn Restored Draft Tournament: Next Saturday, July 7, is Magic the Gathering tournament time. This will be the last tournament with the Avacyn Restored set before the 2013 core is released, so come throw some angels into battle!

 

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

Well, for gamers, the big news this week is the return of Eclipse, a sleek space empire building game. Eclipse is categorized as a 4X game, which means the game involves eXploring a map, eXpanding your empire, eXploiting planets, and eXterminating your opponents. Generally these types of games fall into a more American style classification because of their reliance on combat and tons of plastic pieces. Eclipse, though, feels much more like a European game, and one that relies heavily on sound financial management.  Many of our regular game night attendees now own this game and will gladly play it, so if you are at all interested, stop by early on a Wednesday night and ask nicely.

For those not interested in lengthy empire building games, there are really no worthy new releases this week. However, we have plenty of amazing games in stock to meet your needs, some of which we were able to play this last week. 7 Wonders with the leaders expansion made it to the table, and I was reminded of how immensely satisfying this game is for such a quick experience. Kirsten and I enjoyed some Dominion with a few folks at the game gathering, and as usual, Kirsten’s intuitive feel for this game left her with far too many provinces and the win! I also played Ticket to Ride and Small World this week, both excellent lighter strategy games, and they are set up on our demo tables if you’d like to know more about them. Finally, Donald Vaccarino’s new games, Nefarious and Infiltration, are good social games that rely on predicting your opponents behavior, and being a bit mean. Oh, and Castle Panic is an enjoyable cooperative game with knights and trolls, it was also the featured game on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop last week, so check it out.

Well, that’s it for the games, on to the Events:

Meaty Game Day (June 30, 4-11pm): Wow, it is nearly here, we have to wait so long for our last saturday event when the month has so many saturdays. If you like your games rich, juicy, and lengthy, this is the day to park your rear in the shop. I personally cannot wait cuz I love the long ones. TC will be running a Twilight Imperium: Rex game at 4pm, and I would like to get in some Mage Knight around 7pm if anyone is interested. But please bring your favorites and play a round of Candyland to see who gets their game to the table.

Twilight Imperium: Rex (June 30, 4pm): This is a reskin of the old Dune game, not the massive Twilight Imperium 4X game. Join TC as he wheels and deals his way toward ownership of the emperor’s throne!

Pathfinder Roleplaying Camp (July 17-20, 1-4pm): Ever wanted to weild a sword or powerful magic, then crash a goblin party and take all their loot? Well, if you sign up for the Pathfinder camp, you’ll get that chance. But beware, I think gamemaster Josh has far more dangerous beasties than goblins lined up at the dungeon entrance! See the website for full details, and RSVP for a seat.

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition mini-adventures: Ian just stopped by yesterday with a proposal to run 2 afternoon D&D sessions for ages 12 and up. I’m still working on a web page with full details, but if you are interested come by the shop or give a call. Ian is very interested in running a mini-adventure for adults too, so get the big geeky gang together.

Descent 2nd edition Preview Weekend: This is going to be awesome! We have been selected to run preview events for the revised and reprinted Descent game, which means we’ll have a demo copy in the shop a few weeks before the official release! If you don’t know about this game, think epic dungeon crawling board game where you team up with other heros against a wicked overlord who gets to control the monsters and throw various nasty obstacles in your way. Currently, we have 3 game sessions planned, so reserve a seat and get ready for some good old fashioned Ameritrash fun.

Recently added used games:

Citadels, Torres, Axis & Allies Pacific, Ramses Pyramid Lego Game, Hellas, Medici vs. Strozzi, Hera & Zeus, Bang, T-Rex, Lord of the Rings cooperative board game

 

 

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Finally, school is out for everyone today! Congrats to all the grads out there, and of course all the dads. If you need any last minute gifts for either group, we will do our best to set you up with something special.

If you need to get your gaming fix this weekend, we’ve got a few special events planned for Saturday. First off, it is free Role Playing Game (RPG) day, which means, guess what, free stuff, primarily in the form of quickstart rules and mini-adventures for various RPG systems. And we are very excited to have a whole afternoon of Pathfinder, experienced gamemasters will be in the shop from 1pm-7pm, so come be a hero for an hour or two!

We are also running a Magic the Gathering, Avacyn Restored draft tournament this Saturday at 5pm. Our tournaments are very, very casual, so if you have any experience with Magic, come play with some good folks and have a chance at some prizes.

New Arrivals

Nefarious: Another Donald  X. Vaccarino (aka, Mr. Dominion and Kingdom Builder) game, this time you play as a mad scientist attempting to invent outrageous items, all while trying to guess what your fellow scientists are trying to do in their laboratories. Looks like another game with more social elements than either Dominion or Kingdom Builder, more along the lines of his just released Infiltration game.

Fortress America: A needlesssly expensive reprint of a game that occupied many of my summer high school days, but I do remember scraping money together with my buddies to buy this game even back then, so maybe the price is in accordance with inflation? Anyway, it is a great game in which America is under attack on three fronts. Play as the Americans and defend against hordes of invaders, or play as one of the invaders. This game has some nice stuff going on, like surprise action cards, a massive laser attack option, and the ability of the Americans to call standard citizens to arms. If there is any kid left in you, this game is awesome!

Dominant Species (reprint): A very popular game about evolving your particular critters to become the dominant species at the end of the game. And believe me, that and game scoring matters A LOT, but most people aren’t aware of it during the first 6 hours. Cool theme and some interesting player interactions make this a nice rich experience.

Buckyballs & Buckycubes: Buckyballs are back, they gave us an offer we could not refuse. The price has shot up due to Chinese rare earth prices, but if you want a set you no longer have to go to OMSI to get them, though OMSI is not a bad place to have to go. And while supplies last, every Buckyball purchase comes with a free book of awesome modeling ideas.

Upcoming Events

Free RPG Day: I mentioned it up above, but stop on by for some adventure and free goodies.

Avacyn Restored Draft: Also mentioned it above. $15 entry fee gets you 3 packs for the draft, a chance at more packs as prizes, and everyone will walk with some door prizes.

Twilight Imperium: REX: Mark your calenders and reserve a seat, Emporer TC wants to fight to regain his throne. June 30, 4pm.

Meaty Games Day: Get ready to park your rear for many hours, because folks will be bringing some heavy duty games to play. June 30, 4-11pm.

Descent 2nd edition: We have been selected by Fantasy Flight Games to host a preview weekend of the rerelease of Descent, an epic fantasy adventure game, now with campaign rules included. Mark your calendars for July 6-8. TC is already gearing up to run a game or two on Sunday, July 8, starting at 1pm, so reserve a seat. We should also have games running that Friday evening and Saturday. Check the website or facebook page for updates.