Ben Calica

Ben is the owner of D20 Games.

Return of The Great “Givings” Sale-(+ holiday what, when, why)

Reasons to get one more gift from yer friendly neighborhood game store, (this one for the family):

  1. Get and give time with each other with @#%#ing screens in a bucket.  Give this gift with the “contract” to do regular family game night. All cell phones get put in a basket with “don’t bug me, I’m having fun” notification on. (Ok…that isn’t a thing, but it should be.)
  2. Still have a few great deals going on.  (Bunch of good stuff from 30-50% off, or the famous 3 d6 discount for most anything not on sale)
  3. Do some extra credit good. We are again doing the Holiday Givings Sale.  You can swap the discount you might give for a larger amount of goodies going to the Midway Shelter for families that are escaping very bad situations so they can have some fun/bonding in a very scary time.
  4. Do extra, extra credit good…local shop really, really  needs the business. I know, we are past the big pandemic emergency time, but for a lot of businesses, like ours, this is where it gets extra hard. The supports are all gone, but folks like us that are dedicated to getting people face to face, are one of the last kinds of businesses that are recovering.  We are at about 1/3 of the people coming for events that we had pre-pandemic, and are in an even bigger squeeze with the costs of what we sell going up at the same time as the prices on Amazon are going down.  (We recently bought some games on sale at Amazon because they were below what we pay for them wholesale.  Eep.)   We don’t/can’t charge for kindness, or for creating a safe and supportive place for folks (kids and other) to get together and find their people. I have done this all these years much more as an active of community/love then the big $$$ (especially in the last few years). And I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.  Many, many of you have supported us in ways that have meant more to me than I can even come close to expressing.  It means everything to me in terms of the business.
Donations to Midway Shelter
2022 Donations to Midway Shelter
2021 Midway Donations
2021 Midway Donations

 

Investing in Face to face (vs face to screen:
As we find our kids (and ourselves) getting more and more drawn into the siren’s call of the screens, it requires more and more effort to establish the patterns of seeing the smiles in each other’s eyes, not the emoji’s of them, of actually LOL (you know laughing out loud is actually better when it’s, well, out loud.).  I know I own a game shop, and my job is to sell games, but the real reason I like it is because games are a great excuse for people to connect with each other.
For parents, the sooner you can establish the regular game night, the more it will weather through the great cell battle to come.  And a big recommendation on my part is that you get a bucket/basket and make a big deal of dropping your phones in before you start. (set up an auto-response or send out a message to those trying to get through to you that you are offline except for emergencies during that time.  It’s the best way to model that there are times when it’s ok to let the flow of social media know that you are out of touch for a little bit.  It will pay off later.)  We have a bunch of games that are co-op…i.e. everybody together against the game that are good for different ages playing together.  And one of the best thing is one of the Legacy games.  These are board games that actually change with what happens every-time you play, so instead of “what will we play tonight” it becomes “what is gonna happen next?”.  A lot of these games work great for couples too.

We don’t tend to stock a million games, but we are pretty careful about the ones we pick and we have a number that we are putting in the spotlight this year that we stocked up on.

Advice gift guide for Magic/pokemon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Holiday hours (kid free late and early times..)

Here are our hours for holiday shopping for the next two weeks (So you can sneak out when the kids aren’t around):

(The following are the minimum hours we will be open…but we’ll probably be open more hour, just cause)

Monday 12th-19th, 11-4 (yep, open on Mondays for the next couple of weeks)

Tues-Thurs., 8th-22nd, 11-9 (bonus on Fri the 16th –8:15-10 for after school drop off)

Fridays 9th & 23rd, 11-10

Saturdays 10th & 17 th, 10-7

Sundays 11th & 18th, 10-8

X-mas Eve the 24th, 9-4

Xmas Day, the 25th, Closed

We have some serious sales that are going on still (till the 19th).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Events/Sales

This is gonna be our bulletin board for updating sales and events for the holidays.  But before I do that and smile and remind you that us local businesses need you guys big time to stay alive, I’m gonna get on my usual soapbox about Black Friday Sales.

Don’t let big retail (or even me) force you to give up time with yer loved ones, or a rare and well deserved sleep in, just to get out in a crowd, or stuck to a screen to buy stuff!  We will have sales, but they will last into the week after, so you can come in at your leisure.  We will be open extra hours and running extra events during thanksgiving, so feel free to come in.  We’re just not gonna stand outside your door, screaming for attention.

Speaking of the events and stuff…here is the first installment on what is going on:

 

A couple of special things this week
  1.  Magic Brother’s War Release weekend events all weekend, including Two Headed Giants Sat and Sun-using prerelease kits for extra fun
  2. D&D…special Events For experienced (16+) D&D players on Mon, Tues and Friday.  Get a chance to play at the high levels (finally) for Turkmageddon!  Limited number of players and long (5-6 hour) sessions.
  3. Event sign ups here
Lot’s of sales/deals and new stuff coming in this week—rather than just give you a few now here are a couple of places to look to see where the new stuff is updated
https://d20gamestore.com/collections/thanksgiving-holiday-events-sales
Also, we will start taking a bunch of pics of the new stuff as it comes out, as well as special sales on our Instagram account, d20gamesalameda.
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About the D&D Event
Turkmageddon

3 Days of advanced D&D*
Mon 11/21 6pm to 11–10th Level
Tues 11/22 10am-3pm–15th Level
Friday 11/25 10am-3pm–20th Level
$45 in advance/$50 at the door
*For experienced players age 16+
Limited to 8 players per table.

D20 Games is Proud to announce our first Event Campaign: Turkemageddon! Join us for three separate chapters in this holiday themed mini-campaign! Each chapter will be a concise adventure for high level characters with a contiguous story that will weave through and connect each chapter. While it is a campaign Turkemageddon is structured with a drop-in approach allowing players to decide which adventures they would like to take part in. For those who wish to play a character through all three events there will be an in-game gap of five years between each installment to allow for leveling and verisimilitude.

Monday November 21st: Vengeance Most Fowl
We will begin our story on Monday November 21st with Vengeance Most Fowl, an adventure designed for a
party of level 10 characters who find themselves caught between the machinations of a prideful tyrant and the
vengeance of an Eldritch god.

  1. Level 10 characters built with the standard array ability scores (15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8).
  2. Characters may be built with any official WotC 5th edition books. No homebrew or playtest material.
  3. A list of level appropriate magic Items will be made available before we begin play.

Tuesday November 22nd: Attack on Gourmand
On November 22nd the next adventure, Attack on Gourmand, is designed for a party of level 15 characters
captured by a colossal chef who intends to use them in his piece de resistance.

  • Characters should be leveled up to or built at 15th level with the standard array ability scores (15,14, 13, 12, 10, 8).
  • Characters may be built with any official WotC 5th edition books. No homebrew or playtest material.
  • A list of level appropriate magic Items will be made available before we begin play. Magic items
  • acquired in the previous session will not count against new magic items for this session.

Friday November 25th: Turkemageddon
In the third and final installment of the campaign on November 25th, the party, now composed of 20th level
characters, must face their most treacherous foe yet in the titular Turkemageddon.

  •  Characters should be leveled up to or built at 20th level with the standard array ability scores (15,
  • 14, 13, 12, 10, 8).
  •  Characters may be built with any official WotC 5th edition books. No homebrew or playtest material.
  •  A list of level appropriate magic Items will be made available before we begin play. Magic items
  • acquired in the previous sessions will not count against new magic items for this session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brother’s War @ D20 Games

 

Brother's War

 

 

Boys and their toys.  In this case, the all time artifact brothers of Magic, Urza and Mishra, are back and ready to tinker to the death (or crying Uncle) When they find the two stones, ancient and powerful artifacts that set their fates on crossed paths.  (Click here for the full stories)

 

Magic old timers will recognize the names as being attached to some of the most powerful and interesting Artifacts in magic, and for this 30th anniversary year set, it is all about those tinkered toys.  In addition to a whole batch of new artifacts, there are 63 artifacts from all through Magic’s past in retro frames loaded through the packs

 

 

 

 

Prerelease/Release

This weekend and next, we have a plethora of sealed events using the prerelease kits from the new set. Players can get their boxes of 6 packs to open and get to build their decks starting 1 hour before each event.  Prerelease kits have six 15-card packs, 1 random exclusive promo foil rare or mythic rare from the set, and a special spindown die. We provide the basic lands, so you don’t need anything more to play.  We pride ourselves that no one here will make you feel anything but welcome (we all started from scratch at some point).  

All events are sealed using the prerelease kits.  Make your best decks and win a round, win a pack.   If we have enough players to accommodate both, we will also have competitive prize pools for the 10AM sealed events. (Competitive prize pools mean more chance to win lots of packs if you do very well, but more rounds and the chance to win no prize packs if you don’t. Better for more expert players.)

The prerelease and release events are great chances for players who haven’t gotten a chance to play in person to come to a friendly, fun event where everyone is starting from scratch and no one knows much more than anyone else yet.  We recommend if you are new, or you have a friend who is new, to play in the Two-Headed Giant events, which are two-person team events. So long as one person in the team knows how to play, you can both have fun without any pressure to know the rules right away.

Masks and vaccination cards are required.

Set Mechanics

 

 

Prototype: Each prototype card includes two sets of characteristics: First, a larger default mana cost, power, and toughness. They’re where you’d expect them to be on the card. A second set of characteristics exists as part of the prototype ability. There, you’ll find an alternate mana cost and an alternate power and toughness.

Power Stones: A Powerstone is a colorless artifact that can be tapped for one colorless mana. The mana produced by a Powerstone can’t be spent to cast a nonartifact spell, but it can be spent on anything else. This includes artifact spells, activated abilities—even ones of nonartifacts—costs imposed by triggered abilities, any costs to attack or block you may have to pay, and so only

Unearth and Meld Return: Unearth can be activated only while the card that has it is in the graveyard, and only as a sorcery. The unearthed permanent gains haste. In a lot of cases, you’ll be unearthing creatures to get in one more attack. At the beginning of the next end step, exile the unearthed permanent. If it would leave the battlefield before then, it’s exiled instead.

One card in each meld pair—in this case, Urza, Lord Protector—will tell you exactly how to meld the two. You can meld cards only if you both own and control them, and only if they’re the actual named cards. So, token copies won’t work, nor will any other copies for that matter. Basically, the backs of the cards make up a puzzle, and if you can’t complete the image of the puzzle, the meld won’t work. Activating Urza’s ability will cause the two cards in this meld pair to exile and then meld, meaning they’ll return to the battlefield as a single permanent. A single, impressive permanent.

Big Change…prerelease=Release 

This time around every product is available for us to sell from the moment of the prerelease starting.  A bit scary since we need to put out oh, so much money at one time instead of the blessed prerelease weekend to reload.

For full information on the availability of other variants, see the Product Overview.

https://media.wizards.com/2022/images/daily/en_CYMsHf9xh7.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfinity release event

Unfinity-Latest Magic Un-Fun (no…wait…acutal fun)

Experience the most illustrious galactotainment in the Multiverse at Myra the Magnificent’s Intergalactic Astrotorium of Function.

(Nope, I didn’t write it, but no way I’m gonna try and top it.)  Unfinity is the latest of the Magic the Gathering Un sets…basically the sets that they create when they’ve been drinking way too much coffee and their eyes start to cross.) The cards are usually just for fun and the only things that can be used in regular play are the extremely pretty lands.   In this case, there is a bunch of weird and wonderful stuff for commander, as well as some exceptional/unique versions of a bunch of the shock lands!

We will be drafting the set for the next weeks until Brothers War, and doing two headed Giant on Saturdays starting at 4 (3 to get packs and build).

The new mechanics include Attractions, Wordplay, Dice,

Stickers (yep, real stickers) and,

of course, Hats!?!

Fortune Teller Attraction
Attraction

StickersStickers

Hat
Wearing a Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Masters 2022 Events

Double Masters 2022 is the 2nd masters set with all the old school goodies at twice the rares per pack.  The set is chock full of over the top goodness, and we’re gonna do draft and sealed events with it before the price follows the other Master’s sets and makes it too much. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streets of New Capenna: Where Family Means Business

Wealth. Power. Prestige. Offers you can’t refuse. You can find it all on the streets of New Capenna – as long as you watch your back.  The latest Magic set, Streets of New Capenna, is filled with 3-color goodness (or badness in this case) in the form of five feuding crime families:

  • THE OBSCURA (WHITE-BLUE-BLACK)  “Information is Power”
  • THE MAESTROS (BLUE-BLACK-RED) “Crime is an Art Form”
  • THE RIVETEERS (BLACK-RED-GREEN) “Always Finish the Job”
  • THE CABARETTI (RED-GREEN-WHITE) “Fun isn’t Free”
  • THE BROKERS (GREEN-WHITE-BLUE) “Read the Fine Print”

Each of these five families is headed by a powerful demon lord, offering you power in exchange for your loyalty. But beware: there is always a price to pay in the Gilded Age-inspired city of New Capenna. Each family offers its own unique and powerful mechanic. The question is – whose side will you choose?

Upcoming Events:

This weekend and next, we have a plethora of sealed events using the prerelease kits from the new set. Players can get their boxes of 6 packs to open and get to build their decks starting 1 hour before each event.  New Capenna is a faction set, so you will get one of the five faction kits. Faction kits have 5 normal 15-card packs, 1 random exclusive promo foil rare or mythic rare from the set, and a special 15-card faction pack which you can only get in the prerelease kits. We provide the basic lands, so you don’t need anything more to play.  We pride ourselves that  no one here will make you feel anything but welcome (we all started from scratch at some point).  

All events are sealed using the prerelease kits.  Make your best decks and win a pack, win a round.   If we have enough players to accommodate both, we will also have competitive prize pools for the 10AM sealed events. (Competitive prize pools mean more chance to win lots of packs if you do very well, but more rounds and the chance to win no prize packs if you don’t. Better for more expert players.)

The prerelease and release events are great chances for players who haven’t gotten a chance to play in person to come to a friendly, fun event where everyone is starting from scratch and no one knows much more than anyone else yet.  We recommend if you are new, or you have a friend who is new, to play in the Two-Headed Giant events, which are two-person team events. So long as one person in the team knows how to play, you can both have fun without any pressure to know the rules right away.

Masks and vaccination cards are required. Players must be 12 or older.

 

Ledger Shredder ConnivesConniving Ledger Shredder

Streets of New Capenna’s five crime families each come with their own unique mechanic, which reflects their theme and fantasy:

  • The creatures of the devious Obscura can connive, which allows you to draw, then discard cards and grow their creatures to put yourself in a more advantageous position (plus putting on a + counter).
  • Discerning Maestros spells can have an optional casualty cost, which allows you to sacrifice your underlings – sorry, your loyal creatures to copy the spell a second time.
  • In with a blaze and out with a crash with the Blitz
    In with a blaze and out with a crash with the Blitz

    Rough-and-tumble Riveteers creatures get the job done quick and dirty with their blitz costs, which gives them haste and lets you draw a card when they die, but requires you to sacrifice them at the end of the turn.

  • The sociable Cabaretti trigger their alliance effects whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control.
  • Finally, the disciplined Brokers offer your permanence shield counters – counters which prevent one instance of damage or destruction, and are then removed.
    Disciplined Duelist is protected by the Shield Mechanic
    The shield always takes the first hit

Streets of New Capenna comes with a host of new and decadent variants to bring a gilded feel to your collection. The full list of variant cards is available here. The full list of all cards is available here. The set also comes with a number of special, exclusive new legendary creatures available only in set and collector boosters, themed in the popular Innistrad plane. A full product overview of the set is available here.

Set booster boxes are $139.99. They contain 30 set boosters and one exclusive premium full-art box topper. We will take $20 off for preorders ($119.99). Only events and preorders are available until Friday 4/29, when all Streets of New Capenna products will be available.

Finally, for you Commander players out there, there are five new Commander preconstructed decks that have been released alongside the set. each representing one of the five crime families. Their full decklists can be found here.

We hope to see you soon for the release of Streets of New Capenna. If you have what it takes, I’m sure  me and the boys can make it worth your while.

 

IMPT: Suspending in store play/events for ~a month

Damn….this really bugs the hell out of me, particularly since we were finally able to start opening for kids events, but I can’t figure out anyway for people to sit across the table from each other with a version of the virus that seems to have a flipping cloak of invisibility and only needs a whisper to get people sick.  I know it is a much lest deadly version, but I still gotta do what I think is the right thing, even if it costs us business that we need.

Grrr…. don’t know what this means for the next magic prerelease, but we’ll figure it out.  Stay safe and cough into your sleeve.

D20 Holiday Hours and Sales-Pokémon In Stock!!

Updates:

  • Holiday hours
  • Great stuff for the last minute adds and stuffers with two great bonues..one for you and for you to get some extra good done.
  • We hid away some great Pokémon so it could be here for gifts, not only snatched up by the hordes.

Hours for the holiday will be: (note hours update to the update…)

12/23 open till 10 pm. (door will be closed cause it’s closed, but knock and come on in.
12/24 open 10 till 4 (well probably be open longer, but folks tend to stop shopping by then.  If you need last minute things, give the store a call, We’ll answer as long as we are there.
12/25 Closed (happy holiday)

Sale stuff: Both for Gifts and for playing together during the annoyingly rainy holiday.  (Dreaming of a wet xmas? Don’t think so..)

Two fun things:

  1. Once you commit to your purchase, you get to roll 3 D6 and get that as a bonus discount.  (We’ll make anything below a 10 into 10, to make sure it is always at least that much.)
  2. You buy and we give too (Every $50 spent, we will give $10 worth of games to the Midway Woman’s Shelter*

(*Many women need to leave in the middle of the night, often grabbing what they can.  We find games that will be good for giving some mental respite and maybe a bit of fun for families in a frequently intensely tough situation. )

We have a bunch of great games both to add under the tree, and for fun things to do in the rain over the holiday that don’t involve mind melding with screens. (preview hint…on the first, I’ll be lobbying for people to build face to face family/friend game time into a regular weekly thing…with phones in a bucket for a couple of hours a week.)

Pokémon in stock..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D20 Holiday Sales -Thanks-GIVING sale and Loot bags are back and…

This holiday we are doing three things.

  1. The return of our Giving Sale (buy and we donate games to the Midway Woman’s Shelter*.
  2. Mystery Loot Bags are back, and full of better stuff than ever.  We got a bunch of great games from some of the stores that weren’t able to hang on by their fingers through covid that will go into making some truly great  game loot bags, either at $60 or $100 each.  Magic and D&D loot bags as well…check this space for more
  3. Special prices on selected great board games In Store…
  • Gloomhaven $89.99 down from $139.99
  • Stuffed Fables -$49.00 (down from $69.99)
  • Lord of the Rings: Journeys into Middle Earth-$79.99 (Down from $99.99)

All deals are limited in number, not so much on time…they will be good through Dec 17th

Holiday Games

(*Many women need to leave in the middle of the night, often grabbing what they can.  We find games that will be good for giving some mental respite and mabye a bit of fun for families in a frequently intensely tough situation. )

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