“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.” H.P. Lovecraft
Despite the obvious relation to the upcoming holiday, this quote hit home this week because we are definitely feeling like a strange, far place. With another game store opening in a few weeks in a much more accessible location for many, our little shop is starting to feel even farther and stranger than it has before. We definitely want to thank all of you who come from distant corners of the city, and outside the city, to visit us. We greatly appreciate your business and want to continue to make your journeys worth the extra effort and gas.
Now you may not think of our shop as strange, but compared to other game stores, we are freaks. We do not sell single cards for collectible card games, we do not carry miniatures games, we do not carry the snack variety of a mini-mart, and posters of unnaturally endowed females or bloodthirsty wizards do not adorn our walls. These are all standard fare at a ‘normal’ game store, and there is nothing wrong with that, but it means we are a strange sort of game store, for better or for worse. In the future we will be trying to incorporate some of what you’ll find at more typical game stores, but at the same time striving to remain an oddity amongst game stores. Don’t worry, the puerile fantasy posters will never adorn our walls.
So, if you are searching for horror in a strange far place, we are the place to be this weekend. Our saturday game night is gathering steam for a horror theme, and a Mansions of Madness game will be happening this Saturday at 4:30pm. Seating is limited for that one, so let us know if you would like one!
Now, on to the new games, of which there are a few:
Eclipse: Yep, it is back, unfortunately we are already sold out. We are hoping to have more next week so stay tuned.
3012 Card Game: Here is another shot at deckbuilding, this time with some Munchkin-style help or hurt your buddies during monster attacks. While the Munchkin reference is apt, this game is designed to be far more strategic. Many new elements make this very interactive deckbuilder sound interesting.
Dr. Who Card Game: Here you go fans of the show, a Martin Wallace designed game. Most fans of the show will have no idea who Martin Wallace is, but trust me, he makes some darn great games. I am not a fan of the show, but I still want to play this game to experience the design. Luckily, sir Wallace made the game for a general audience, so non-gamer fans should be able to enjoy this one.
Farmageddon: A Kickstarter darling, this lighthearted interactive card game looks like a winner for all ages and inclinations. Essentially, you are trying to reap some big harvests from shared fields, without your opponents playing action cards that hurt your efforts. Sounds like a good-old fashioned card game, but with some entertaining personified vegetable artwork.
Diceafari: This is another Kickstarter project that should make a great family experience. You get to create a map in the shape of an animal, then roll dice to move around the terrain and snap animal photos. Nothing too complex here, but a very nice one to challenge some young ones. Look for this one on the rental shelf.
Meaty Game Day, Saturday @ 4pm, featuring Mansions of Madness: A time to gather and play some longer heavier games. Bring your own, or we have some at the shop.
Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.
Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.
Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.
Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!
Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.
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.