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!