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Aether Revolt – D20 Set Central

Things are revolting in Kaladesh….(ok…that was bad) Tezzeret has come to town and turned things into a different kind of party.  The second set of the Kaladesh block takes the playful world of Kaladesh and revolutionizes it. (Ah man…the Dad puns are just forcing their way out today..)   Here is a bunch good links to give you the scoop on the new set…


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Ajani Unyielding
Spoilers
Aether Revolt Story….

 

 

 

 

D20 Hot Game List…

D20 Hot Game List:
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    Harry Potter Deck Building Game

    Harry Potter Hogwart’s Battle-Cooperative Deck Building Game: We’ve sold through 3 orders of this great cooperative deckbuilding game that has you take the role of Harry or his buddies to battle to keep the minions of he who should…well you know the rest, from taking over different locations before finally defending the school itself.

  • Evolution,Evolution Flight, and Evolution Climate Change.  The first Evolution is one of our staff picks, a great game where you are trying to evolve the most species, eat the most food, or go carnivore  eat the most of your opponents
  • Star Trek Ascendancy…an amazing game where
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    players chose one of (currently) three factions from the Star Trek myhos and go exploring the galaxy in their own particular, how do you say, style. (The Federation gets their success from exploration, the Klingon’s can, literally, not back down from any chance at glorious combat, and the Romulans, slip around, not letting you know which way they decide to go.

  • The Pandemic folks have a slate of 3 great offerings beyond their normal great coop “Let’s keep the world cured and happy, despite itself” race against unpredictable time game.  Pandemic Iberia just came in yesterday.  And Pandemic Cthulhu is a great variation that  uses the same game play pattern, but somehow feels like a whole new, and very fun game.  And then there is probably my fav. game from last year, Pandemic Legacy.  Legacy games are this new concept that basically says “what if what happened in the board game we just played today stuck with the game forever…like the board changed, the rules changed, the world changed.” It’s not only super fun, but is one of the best games ever for building a regular game night.  There are twelve sealed packets or boxes in the game that get opened each subsequent time you play, so instead of “what should we play tonight” you get “man, what’s going to happen next?!?”  Just great…
  • Seafall: So speaking of Legacy Games….the next game from the one of the co-creators of Pandemic Legacy’s next game is a legacy game on the high seas.  We only have two of these in stock, so call if you want one.
  • Web of Spies:  So out of the blue, the creator of this game dropped one off to see if we might want to Image result for web of spiescarry it.  That I called him back as soon as I could and ordered twelve, should give you a notion of how much we liked it.  This is a blend of Star Realms like deck-building with a Risk like hunting down of the five spies of each of your opponents.
  • Kill Doctor Lucky:  This is a great game that was out of print until the creator finally hammer-locked the rights back from an utterly disengaged publisher. It’s the exact opposite of Clue….take a minute and let that process. 😉  Yep, instead of trying to find the homicidal miscreant, you are trying to get alone with the wandering doctor where no one can witness your evil doings and grab those honors for yourself.
  • On top of all those, there are new versions/add-ons for
  • And honorable mentions to:
    • Fuse
    • Dr. Eureka-A fast and fun game where the “pour” can inherit the game….(it’s a great Dad pun….just gotta know the game)
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    • Legendary-Firefly and Big Trouble Little China
    • Mice and Mystics (back in stock)–great self running D&D game
    • and, yes, Apex…a well reviewed Dinosaur based Deck building game.

 

Magic Commander 2016

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Four color commanders are a’ coming!   The new Commander 2016 Decks are coming out this week and they are creating a lot of excitement.  The big new mechanics are Partner, where two Commanders who both have Partner can be picked as if they were one to be your Commander.  Place one or two in play at a time.

Undaunted makes more the merrier, getting cheaper to cast  for each other player in the group.

The decks will cost $35-40, or all 5 for $140.  And they will come with a coupon for $2.50 off one of our Zombie Commander events ($5) on Sat the 12th and Sun the 13th.

 

 

 

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Commander (2016 Edition)

Commander is an exciting, unique way to play Magic that is all about awesome legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic multiplayer games! In Commander, each player chooses a legendary creature as the commander of their deck. They then play with a 99-card deck that contains only cards of their commander’s colors.

Commander 2016 Mechanics

By Matt Tabak The Magic: The Gathering-Commander series of products, the latest of which is appropriately called the 2016 Edition, gives players a great way into Commander. Each 100-card deck is ready to battle. But it also gives experienced Commander players all sorts of interesting new options for their existing Commander decks, plus innovative hooks to inspire new decks.

 

Commander (2016 Edition)

The Card Image Gallery is updated every day with the latest card previews. Commander (2016) releases on November 11, 2016.

 

Win with Grace, Lose with Style, Play for fun…The rules of the store and The Elections… (Or, don’t listen to them, listen to me…)

Win with Grace, Lose with Style, Play for fun…The rules of the store and The Elections… (Or, don’t listen to them, listen to me…)

I can’t believe I need to write this, but clearly I do.  The election is about to happen, and regardless of the outcome, it’s important to know that not only have the people running acted in ways that we shouldn’t emulate, that honestly, if they’d been in the store, we would have had a little private chat about the rules.
pic-of-d20-store-rules(I actually work hard to keep politics out of the store….there are certain issues, particularly those with deeply held personal beliefs, that once you start engaging in, it becomes hard to see someone who disagrees with you as anything beyond someone who is “other”, and this is a place for treating each other with respect so we can have (gasp) fun with each other.  I’m not going to change that policy now.  I have my own preferences, but I won’t push them on anybody.)
    • No Bad Language:   This rule extends beyond just swearing, but to smack talk in general.  Basically anything that is aimed at the purpose of making someone else feel uncomfortable, unwelcome or to attack their self-worth or self-confidence is just not ok. It doesn’t do anything besides make the other person like you less and poisons the ability to talk with each other and have fun.  Sure we compete and do our best to win, but none of that requires or is benefited by being mean.
Given that, I do feel like I need to say something about one aspect of all of this.  The idea of  elections is to choose people, in the case of the legislators (the law makers) who will act on our behalf to make the laws that will allow us to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And in the case of the president, that person is the citizen that we choose to act on our behalf in making sure those laws are enforced, in being our face to the world, to act when disasters happen, and to protect us and those we feel need protecting on our behalf.  They are both part of the check and balance of power on each other, come up with by our founding fathers who saw just what went wrong when all the power was in the hands of one person with the kings that ignored the will of the people, or with the will of the people when the passions of a moment turned them from people to the mob, as happened in France, who’s persecuted turned to persecutors, filling baskets with the remnants of their vengeance.
    • No Roughhousing or unwanted physical contact:  Not a place for grabbing, hitting or physically hurting other people.  (And no, if another player says that they will pay to get you out of trouble if you go and hurt someone that is annoying them, you’ll both get kicked out.)  Hurting someone, or encouraging someone else to hurt someone is utterly unacceptable.
The law makers are supposed to be our avatars….working together on our behalf, and the President should be the best of us, the person who we most trust to do the right thing when the clock is ticking and to lead and inspire us.
    • Good sportsmanship:  If you win or you lose, reach across the table, shake hands and say good game.  Those who do will have fun every-time, not just when they win, and get a chance to learn and get better.  Nobody wants to play or even be around someone who comes up with excuses why they didn’t win, particularly before the match even begins.
There has been behavior that has happened, over and over again in this campaign that, far from inspiring us and giving us things to aspire to, is so bad that if it happened in the store, I’d have to pull someone aside and have a quiet talk about treating each other with respect and trying to work things out.    For my young players, who’ve done so well at bringing out the best in each other, at turning away from teasing, name-calling and bad sportsmanship, know that for many of us adults, we are also looking in disbelief at presidential candidates who act with the language of frustrated little kids.
In terms of our Senators and Congresspeople, if we just wanted to have you vote on party lines, not actually talk with each other about the merits of each law, we can do that.   You guys can sit on the side, writing petitions, and we’ll vote from home.  Or we can just send one of those pecking water bird toys that hits the same button over and over again.
There are a lot of things wrong with the system at this point. Hidden money making it so our representatives need to give access to those with bigger pockets, often over doing the right thing for those of us who elected them. Legislators living in such fear of being singled out and attacked by their own parties, that the idea of reaching out to the other side and talking things through puts them at real risk.  Would any of us act that way?  Do we want those who are acting for us doing that?  (Here is an amazing video about what has happened over the last 50+ years in congress)
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But what we have to do is remember that the system was set up by some pretty smart people, (people like us), who tried to figure out the best way to do things and to set up systems of checks and balances that would keep things stable while they were working, but allow for changes (amendments) if something was clearly not working the way that they intended.  If you get frustrated, remember that, and then work to understand why and make things better.
And one final thing.  Every one of you that comes to the store on a regular basis, behaves better then what we are seeing in front of us.  So if that little voice inside says, “this isn’t a good person to try and be like”, pay attention to it.  You’ve been part of creating a good an welcoming place at D20, so as far as I’m concerned. you are doing good so far.
Ben
P.S. For those of you who are voting, I won’t suggest who you vote for, but would ask one thing:  None of this is as simplistic as it is portrayed.  Don’t get stubborn in either direction because of what someone else tries to tell you to do.  Take the time to really look at the candidates and decide who you want to represent and act for you for the next 4 years once all the ads are done and it is just working at the highest pressure, most intense job in the country, and who you would least like to see in that role.  We’ve seen from previous elections that they are not all the same and who is there has real and lasting consequences for all of us. And go and vote….

  

Kaladesh @ D20 Games

 

  kaladesh-prerelease-medium-2About Kaladesh:  A few years ago, Wizards had the foresight to remind everyone that people are more then they are portrayed, by creating a world inspired by some of the historical spectacle and invention of the Middle East.  The result is Kaladesh,  a land of master craftsmen’s creations and invention, where mechanical beasts battle great ships that fill the sky, echos the days when the Islamic Golden Age lead the world in innovations of science, art, mathematics, craftsmanship, and other creations of brilliant and open minds. (Ok…I’ll admit that as a dad, I love when the fun also brings a bit of learning, and more important, a more open perspective.  We have a lot of people painting simplistic pictures of a group that consists of 1/3 of the world.  I try not to bring political options into the store, but if you have to think about people in groups, there is never a time when getting a more rounded view of their heritage is anything but a good thing)

The set also features a set of special treats.  Just like the super rare Expedition lands from Zendikar, that created special foil versions of some of the most popular lands from the history of magic, Kaladesh introduces the Masterpiece: Inventions.  A set of some of the coolest artifacts from all time, from Crucible of Worlds to an amazing version of the Commander staple, Sol Ring.

If you want to take a look at all the cards in the set, click here, or if you want to do a simulated opening of bunches of packs or do test sealed or drafts to get familiar with the set, click here.

Kaladesh prerelease Sept 25-26.  Boxes on preorder for 99.99 till sept 15, $109.99 till 9/21. $119.99 after that.  The set releases Friday, Sept. 30th, and we will be open at midnight on the Thursday before to give folks their boxes if they want.  

Buy Prerlease tickets here

Saturday. 9/23
10 Am–Kaladesh Prerelease
4 PM-Kaladesh Prerelease

Sunday- 9/24
10 Am–Kaladesh Prerelease
3 Pm-THG Kaladesh Prerelease

Kaladesh Prerelease Kits…6 booster Packs, Special foil Promo card and limited edition life counter die

The cards in this set reflect the Inventor’s fair that is taking place, with a special focus on artifacts and those that create them.  There are extra abilities, such as vehicles, that are mere inert artifacts until other creatures lend their power to crew them and bring them to life.  There are creatures who come into play creating (either adding to their own strength, or creating little artifact creatures to help them out. And there is a new kind of energy, not mana, but special counters that can be spent at any time to help power up lots of tricks and abilities.

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Conspiracy: Take the Crown- Multi-Player Draft-O-Mania

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We’re playing a ton of Conspiracy with our Launch Party

It’s BAACCKKK….This special version of magic is specially tuned as mutant hybrid of the “everybody starts out evenness” of Drafting with the “I get to play with/ whomp on my buddies” group play of Commander.  This time its adding a couple of new mechanics:

  1. Goad (the ability to provoke another creature to attack)
  2. Melee (rewarding spreading the love by adding +1,+1 to a creature for every opponent you attack that turn)
  3. Council’s Dilemma (where each vote really counts, since each vote does an effect all by itself)
  4. The Monarch, not the butterfly, but a king of the hill style crown that gives all sorts of goodies,  but gets taken away whenever another player takes a successful shot at ya.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown Cards

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Statistical Magic Draft Simulator

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Conspiracy Take the Crown Mechanics

Cool New Games in the store….

Great New Games in the Store…

  • Kill Dr Lucky:  
    The exact opposite of Clue, this stylish classic self describes as “The Family Game of Cold Blooded Murder”  I played it with it’s creator, who had been fighting for years to get it back from a publisher that let it sit unprinted all that time, and it was great fun.  The turns bounce around as players try and put themselves in the right room that the wandering Dr. Lucky will come to when none of the other players have line of sight to see them do the dirty dead. There’s more, and even a variant with Dr. Lucky’s dog(or cat) wandering around to mess things up, but in general…Thumbs up big time for this one.$39.99 and great for the whole family who doesn’t mind getting their hands on the candlestick in odd drawing room. 😉
  • Brix:  The best Tic Tac Toe variant since Niya.   Think Connect 4 with pieces that contain one of each color glued together.  Good two player game…simple to understand…tricky to play.  $19.99
  • Dr. Eureka:  Simple 2-4 player game where pattern matching meets dexterity as you compete to rearrange colored balls in 3 different test tubes to match the next revealed pattern first. Surprisingly addictive and can work with all ages. $19.99
  • Fuse–Ben’s new fav.—A 10 minute high speed coop puzzle game for 1-5 players.  Very, very fun. $29.99
  • Here Kitty Kitty. a 2-4 player game of kitten acquisition from the same couple who created perpetual favorite, Castle Panic. $25.99here kitty kitty game box
  • Star Wars Rebellion-2-4 player game. Basically Star Wars hide and seek with Battle Stars. $99.99. (also very fun.)
  • Halo Fleet Battles–Extremely highly rated miniature battle game great for any serious Halo fan.  We only have two of these in stock. $129.99
  • Firefly Flux….we have special bonus promo cards for the first 10 copies sold.

Eldritch Moon – D20 Take on the second Innistrad set…

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Emrakul, the Promised EndSo…the clues are revealed for Innistrad and guess who’s coming to dinner under the Eldritch Moon?  Turns out the shadow that’s been darkening Innistrad’s skies is the biggest, baddest card character ever in Magic, Emrakul!  To fight against this over-sized scourge,  some of the Legendary Angels who live to protect will combine to create an Eldrazi Angel of their own, and on the other side, Liliana, the last Hope has come back to prove that the best way to take down a big dog is with an army of ants, or in this case, hoards of Zombies.  When the bad guys are the good guys, you know things have gotten intense.

The Second (and final) set in the land of  Innistrad, a land where Vampires, Zombies and Horrors, try and hunt down humans, who grab their pitchforks and stand side by side with the Hero’s Spirits and Angels who fight on their side.Liliana, the Last Hope

 

 

The new mechanics from the wizards of the coast website.

MELD

Meld cards are a twisted departure from the double-faced cards you know, love, and fear. Two cards melding together into one big monster. (Fur levels vary.) Here are Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison:

If you own and control Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison, they’ll both be exiled and become this:

Well. That’s disturbing. There are three pairs of meld cards: Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison, plus two more you can read about in other articles on DailyMTG today.

Hanweir, the Writhing Township is one permanent represented by two cards. It behaves like any other creature does. It can attack and block. It has abilities that work. It can be enchanted or equipped. You can put counters on it. And so on. You can think of it as one big card while on the battlefield and you won’t be wrong. It’s one creature, so a single spell that says “Destroy target creature” takes out the whole permanent. If you’re asked to sacrifice a permanent, you can sacrifice Hanweir, the Writhing Township.

The differences kick in if it leaves the battlefield. Wherever that permanent goes, both cards go, and they each turn front face up again. So if it’s bounced to your hand, you get Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison back in your hand. If Hanweir, the Writhing Township is put on top, on the bottom, or in a specific place in a library, the cards’ owner chooses their relative order. Anything that performs actions on the cards after they leave the battlefield does so on both cards. In fact, the first thing I thought of when working on meld cards was Journey to Nowhere. How would that work? Imagine my surprise when I saw this in the file:

In this case, Hanweir, the Writhing Township is exiled, becoming Hanweir Battlements and Hanweir Garrison face up in exile. Later, both cards are returned to the battlefield, each with a +1/+1 counter. Of course, they’ll probably meld again pretty soon, and those counters will disappear. Maybe you really can’t go home again.

Like double-faced cards, meld cards have the characteristics of their front faces everywhere except the battlefield. They also can’t be turned face down. But remember that meld cards aren’t double-faced cards, so they can’t transform.

We’ve taken some steps to avoid shenanigans and some confusing situations. To successfully meld two cards, you must also own and control both of them. If you own and control Hanweir Battlements, then you gain control of a Hanweir Garrison owned by an opponent and activate the ability of Hanweir Battlements, the two permanents will just stare at each other uncomfortably.

Additionally, the two cards must be the actual cards. That means that copies won’t work. Token copies especially won’t work. But be careful—the ability of Hanweir Battlements has no problem exiling itself and a copy of Hanweir Garrison. But they won’t meld, and you won’t return either one to the battlefield.

There’s a new checklist card to cover all the meld cards. Checklist cards are convenient substitutes for your meld cards to make sure they’re indistinguishable from the rest of your deck. (You can also use opaque sleeves to accomplish this, or use both sleeves and checklist cards!) Before the game, just mark which meld card you’re playing with, and use the checklist card in the deck. You must have the real meld card with you—just don’t mix it up with your sideboard.

Each card is good on its own, but if you manage to get them together…Avacyn help us all. Oh, um. Never mind. Awkward.

They’re puzzle pieces. Do the thing. Kick butt.

EMERGE

Oh, did I mention Eldrazi popping up everywhere? Let’s put it this way: don’t be shocked if tentacles sprout from your best friend’s face. Emerge is a new ability found on some powerful late-game Eldrazi that lets them hit the battlefield ahead of schedule…not that the Eldrazi know what a schedule is.

You can always cast a spell with emerge by paying its mana cost as normal. If you’ve got seven mana available, you have yourself a shiny new Eldrazi Hippogriff. But if you’ve got a creature to sacrifice, say this Dawn Gryff (ooh, Flavor Judge win?), you can use the emerge ability.

Let’s walk through casting a spell with emerge. As an additional cost to cast Wretched Gryff, you sacrifice Dawn Gryff. Now you’re paying the emerge cost ({5}{U}) instead of the mana cost ({7}). But you get a further discount: the converted mana cost of the creature you sacrifice. That’s three, so now you’re paying only {2}{U} to cast Wretched Hippogryff. Quite a deal. The discount you get can’t affect the colored mana part of the emerge cost. So even if you sacrifice a creature with converted mana cost 8, you still pay {U} to cast Wretched Gryff.

Using emerge doesn’t change when you can cast the spell—during your main phase when the stack is empty, unless the spell has flash…somehow. It also doesn’t change that the spell was actually cast. Wretched Gryff’s card-drawing ability works either way.

ESCALATE

The fight on Innistrad is intensifying, and the people are scrambling to bring every weapon possible to bear on friend, foe, and former friend with tentacles coming out of face. To encapsulate this, we have escalate, an ability that lets you get the most out of some modal spells. What’s a modal spell? It’s an instant or sorcery that offers you a bulleted list of different effects. Like this one:

Instead of the default of choosing just one of the modes, escalate cards act like a menu of devastation. If you pay just the mana cost, you choose one of the modes. If you pay the mana cost plus the escalate cost, you can add a mode and get both modes. Of course, not all escalate cards have just two effects. For ones with three effects, you can also pay the mana cost plus the escalate cost twice to get all three effects. For an additional $1.99, we’ll throw in a side dish.

You choose modes as part of casting the spell, and once you choose, you can’t change your mind if something happens in response to the spell. If you cast a spell with escalate and choose multiple modes, the effects will happen in the order printed on the card. Additionally, you choose the target for each mode separately (if that mode requires one). So, Borrowed Malevolence’s two modes could target the same creature or, far more likely, different creatures.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_wp_text]

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So I shoplifted as a kid. An open letter to my D20 kids about shoplifting..

“I couldn’t understand how I went from feeling such a good feeling of being clever and getting away with being better then the system to having what felt like a physical pit in my stomach and a flush of shame that I was convinced would never, ever go away…”

The other day, we caught some kids figuring out how to scam the card machine at the store.  These weren’t bad kids, but it didn’t even occur to them that they were stealing, or if it did, they didn’t draw the line to the wrong of it.  So I decided to pull out a story that I’ve only told a few people about what happened with me when I shoplifted at about the same age that these kids did.

Stealing and shoplifting are a fact of life for a store like D20, and what you would only know if you actually did the books at the end of the month, is that while the stealing is a fairly small percentage of our sales, so is the profit that we end up with each month, and that little bit of stealing here and there, really hurts us a lot.

But that is never my first thought when we catch someone stealing, particularly a kid.  I know, from personal experience, that moment in time can be the point where someone chooses what kind of person they want to be.  This is the time when …

Eternal Masters–Sooo Much good stuff

Eternal-Masters-Events-card-2Really, they reprinted that!!” Eternal Masters (releasing 6/10/16) is the third set in the limited print run Masters series, this time bringing back some of the best cards from the eternal formats (cards from before 8th edition, special editions, and those that got banned because they were just too good.)  Like there predecessors, these packs won’t come cheap, and will almost definitely go up and up in price over the next year, but we will do our best to allocate them for playing over just buying boxes.

Before you ask, no there are not duel lands or power nine in this set.  Wizards has been good to their promise never to reprint those items on the so called Reserve list, but short of that, this set looks beyond amazing, with a shocking number of some of the best cards in all of Magic, from arguably the king of Planeswalkers, Jace the Mindsculpter, to Mana Vault, Sensei’s Divining Top, and even Force of Will, these packs are just, well, packed with goodness.

Boxes will pre-sell in VERY limited quantities for $349.99 ($339.99 for regulars).  And we will do a number of special events.  For the limited events, to make the more affordable, we will offer player the option of taking $10 off the event price if the opt to take any prize packs they win in regular packs rather then Eternal Masters packs. (Obviously, BEFORE they look at their deck pools).  Events will include:

  1. 6/11 FNM-Drafts @ $40($50 with Eternal Masters Prize Packs) 
  2. 6/12 Two Headed Giant at $50/60 per player
  3. 6/13 Sealed Tournament $70/80
  4. Plus we will be doing a Tuesday Night League.  $75 to Start, and $11 a week for a new pack (four weeks) or $110 for the whole event.  Players report the weeks match results by the end of each Tuesday and get their new packs when they come in on or before Tuesdays.

 

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