We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and we hope you have the day off and the rest of the weekend to share with family and friends. We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Of course it is Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, but we’ve also got Pokemon at 10am on Saturday, Meaty Game Day at 4pm on Saturday, and then Family Game Day all day Sunday. It may get a little tight in the shop at times, so bear with us and we’ll do our best to maximize the play space and shopping space.
On both Friday and Saturday, we are participating in the awesome Portland-wide Little Boxes event to encourage small business shopping for all of your holiday needs. You probably won’t find high-def TVs for $20, but you also won’t get literally walked on by people who already own 5 TVs. What you will find is a great bunch of shops all over the city selling unique items with great service. You also benefit by shopping at multiple stores, after the first Little Box you hit, you will receive 10% off at all others! Furthermore, and I cannot stress the magnanimity of this enough, you can enter a raffle without even making a purchase, but shopping does earn you more entries. It is worth browsing one of the shops just to get in on the raffle because there are some amazing prizes to be given away, still no hi-def TVs though. Definitely check out their website for more info, pick up a brochure at any participating shop, or just ask us. And don’t forget that you will receive triple Supportland points as well, which may seriously earn you some rewards so do not take it lightly. I know all of this may seem a bit more complicated than fighting parking lot traffic and storming into the crowds at a Big Box, but we are talking about many ways to get some great FREE stuff, won’t find anything free at the big boys, except maybe some stress and bruises.
For new games, we have one that we played for about 3 hours straight on Thanksgiving called Escape from the Temple Curse. In that 3 hours, we played countless games, because every game takes exactly 10 minutes, plus set up and post-game analysis. Escape is a cooperative, real-time dice rolling game where up to 5 players are trapped inside a Mayan temple and have 10 minutes to get out. This is a game that has to be experienced to be understood, and experienced multiple times because the first try is a wild scream fest since you have very little idea how to go about it. After more plays though, you realize that a much calmer exploratory approach is required to win on the harder levels. Now I’m the guy who loves long quiet brainy game affairs, so I thought I would hate Escape despite the awesome Indiana Jones theme. Well I absolutely love this game, it relies on a completely new set of gaming skills and it is absolutely enjoyable by a variety of ages and tastes. I’m gonna try and get it set up on the demo table along with the soundtrack so you can see what I’m talking about.
Alright, grab a hearty breakfast (I highly recommend our local Bertie Lou’s eatery, fantastic stuff), then casually stroll through Portland’s wonderful small businesses. If you have time and interest, join us for one of our weekend events, listed below. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. Check out our guild forum for planned games, 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.
Friday Afternoon Magic (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. Unfortunately, Pokemon USA has stopped sending promo cards, so we will now charge $3 per day per person to maintain prize support. Fortunately, this will result in everyone getting much better prize 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.