Well it is finally starting to feel like Christmas. and with a bit of white fluffy stuff on the ground it should really look like Christmas. We want to wish all of you a very merry holiday and hope that you get to spend some quality time with friends and family this season.
Oh that’s right, we won’t even make it to Christmas, today is supposed to be the end of the world because the Mayan calendar maker got tired. Well, better live it up, or better yet game it up. In fact, we were supposed to have a very nice strategy game called Tzolkin based on the Mayan calendar in stock by now, but in true board game publisher style this game about the end of the world won’t be available until after the world actually ends.
One of our main distributors must really believe in the end of the world nonsense because they were unable to provide us with a fairly substantial order we placed midweek. Gotta love the big dogs with exclusivity deals who know for certain that they do not have to work hard to maintain your business. Anyway, I’m hoping that one of our smaller distributors can pull through to help us stock the shelves for the weekend, if so they will absolutely see more of our business, don’t want that big dog to get too overweight now do we. Still, our shelves are emptying as fast as they get loaded, so it would be a good idea to get some shopping in early.
Holiday hours: we will be opening at 10am all weekend and staying open until probably 8pm tonight and Sunday. We have a game night planned for saturday night so if folks show up we will be open for business until about 10pm. Monday, Christmas Eve, we are planning a 10am-2pm schedule.
OK, some very exciting new games arrived this week. I had been hoping for that Mage Knight expansion this week, but we won’t see that until after Christmas. Still, the list below is very thrilling indeed.
Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients: A year after the release of one of the hottest games ever comes an expansion loaded with more of everything: more races, more technologies, more goodies on the board. This add-on got 5 thumbs up after a play session Wednesday night, and confirmation that the game won’t be played without the expansion now that they own it.
Descent: Lair of the Wyrm: Another long-awaited expansion to a fantastic game. This expansion adds more heroes and monsters, but also adds more quests that get added to the main campaign in the base set as rumors that the heroes can track down. This is hands-down the best board game dungeon-crawl type game currently on the market, so more is great. We only have a few of these left in stock.
The Hobbit Card Game: Martin Wallace is on a streak with games based on TV and movie franchises. He follows up his surprisingly good Dr. Who card game with this little trick-taking game based on The Hobbit. We had a chance to play this little gem wednesday night and are again impressed with the Wallace mind. This is a pretty straightforward trick-taking game, but with a semi-cooperative twist. Multiple good characters play against one or two evil characters, and the winner of a trick distributes the trick cards according to his or her character abilities, possibly hurting or healing other characters. So the goal is to defeat good or evil, which does not always equate to winning tricks. A very fun light card game, and a steal at $10.
Star Wars Card Game: Oh my goodness, this is one sweet looking card game, and it is the real Star Wars, not that nasty bit of lunacy George Lucas spit out recently. From what I have read, Fantasy Flight could have a huge home run with the new game design by simplifying the deck customization process. You see, the Living Card Games are amazing, but they require so much commitment to deck construction outside the game that you may as well start collecting Magic cards again. With the Star Wars Card Game, you won’t have to choose every card in your deck. Instead, you build a set of 10 or more objective cards, and thos objective cards determine the composition of your player deck. Less time building and more time playing sounds like an excellent direction for the Living Card Game series.
Legends of Andor: And yet another new Fantasy Flight game I’m dying to play. This fascinating cooperative fantasy adventure game has flown a bit under the radar, and it is hard to tell whether it will be a hit or not, but I am always a sucker for dudes with swords on a map with mountains and forests. What Fantasy Flight has done with this game is try to get rid of reading rules before play. Instead, the design tries to copy that of a fantasy adventure video game, where you learn how to play as you play. Trade in your copy of Skyrim for some cash and put it towards this beauty.
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.
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.