Events

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate @ D20 Games

Well met, adventurer!

Whether you’re a returning Magic player seeking new Commander Legends for your Commander playgroup, or a Dungeons and Dragons fan looking for a new social multiplayer experience, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate has it all, and the Gate too!

Maybe you’re looking for grand heroes and insidious villains to helm your Commander decks, or the customizable Partner experience of the original Commander Legends, now with a new flavorful twist. Maybe you’re looking for loot – powerful artifacts, stunning and classic etched foils, and the popular Dungeons and Dragons special card frame, now on some of Magic’s most classic and iconic cards. Maybe you just want to have a great night with your friends playing some good old fashioned Commander.

Whatever the case, Baldur’s Gate has something for you—and so do we.

Commander Limited

Combine the laid-back atmosphere of Commander with the never-the-same-twice fun of Limited. Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is made to be played in Limited, especially in Draft, and we have a number of events for you to do so. From Commander Draft, where you take two cards at a time per 20-card pack, a format made for 4-person as well as 8-person draft (perfect for drafting and then playing with your playgroup), to Two-Headed Giant, letting you team up with your friends to take down another two-person team, Commander Legends @ D20 Games has whatever you could be looking for.

Upcoming Events:

This weekend and next, we have a plethora of limited events using the prerelease kits from the new set. Prerelease kits for Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate have three 20-card draft packs each and one special promo foil. Commander Legends packs have two rares and 20 cards each, instead of one rare and 15 cards. 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).  

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.

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is designed as a product to help get new players into the game, especially players who are familiar with Dungeons and Dragons. Wizards of the Coast has provided several resources for new players with this new set.

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

Set Mechanics

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate offers a host of new and returning mechanics which present a flavorful and fun twist on well-loved gameplay. Venture into dungeons, go on adventures, power up your Commander with a flavorful Background and more!

Choose a Background: Bring the customizable fun of Dungeons and Dragons to your Commander experience with Choose a Background! This powerful modular mechanic allows you to have one commander with ‘Choose a Background’, and one ‘Background’, both as commanders. Backgrounds are powerful legendary enchantments which grant commanders you own useful effects and abilities.

Adventures: Adventures return from Eldraine! Creatures with Adventures let you cast them as their adventure – which is a powerful spell – and then later cast the same creature from exile for some added value and fun, versatile flavor!

Taking the Initiative: This innovative mechanic combines the politics of the monarch from Conspiracy and the versatility of venturing into the dungeon from the original Dungeons & Dragons set. When you take the initiative, you take the initiative, meaning you – and no one else – has it. Whenever you take the initiative, or at the beginning of your end step, if you have the initiative, you venture into the Undercity, a unique dungeon to this mechanic you can’t venture into otherwise. This lets you choose one of the dungeon’s starting rooms, and activate its effect, or if you’re already in a dungeon, it lets you venture further into that dungeon.

Gates: It wouldn’t be Baldur’s Gate without a Gate! The fan favorite land subtype returns in a new form and with a new powerful legendary land to take advantage of these time-tested classics, and in a way that helps ensure good mana in a Limited format.

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate comes with a host of classic variants for your collection, including the etched foil legendary frame introduced in the original Commander Legends, borderless planeswalkers, dragons, and mythics, and the rulebook frame first printed in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. The full list of variant cards is available here. The full list of all cards is available here. The set also comes with four associated preconstructed Commander decks, each with a two-color face commander and alternate commander with Background. A full product overview of the set is available here.

Set booster boxes are $139.99. They contain 18 set boosters. We will take $10 off for preorders ($129.99, plus a bonus preorder promo). Preorders end on Friday 6/4. Only events and booster boxes are available until Friday 6/10, when all Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate products will be available.

Collector booster boxes are $360 each and have 12 packs + bonus promos.

 

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.

 

Poster for Innistrad Crimson Vow Prerelease events at D20 Games

Crimson Vow @ D20 Games

What wears white, wears black, and loves the reds (but does not drink…wine)?

Upcoming Events:

All events are sealed using the prerelease kits (6packs, plus foil mythic or rare randomized promo card).  Make your best decks and win a pack, win a round.   If we have enough to do both, we will also do competitive on Sat am (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.)

Seating will still be more limited to keep things covid safe.  Masks and Vax cards are required.  Can’t have the under 12 year old’s  play yet, but we are getting close as they get a chance to get vaxed as well!!  The prerelease and release events are great chances for players who haven’t gotten a chance to play in person to come to a firendly, fun event where everyone is starting from scratch and no one “knows” much more than anyone else yet.  The best event for new players are the two headed giants.  These are two person team events, so as long as one person knows how to play, the other can get as much as they need from them, without feeling any pressure to know the rules right away.

Poster for Innistrad Crimson Vow Prerelease events at D20 Games

Innistrad Crimson Vow is the 2nd in a 3 block set! (been a long time for that).  If the last went to the wolves, this one goes to the vamps, including the (undead) man himself.  The Big Bad is taking a backseat to the Big Vlad.

Here are the mechanics for the new set.

Return of Drafting @ D20

Hey folks….

A few event updates of significance..

  • Return of drafts for FNM
  • Two Headed Giant on Sat moves from 3pm to 4pm start time.
  • D&D is coming back…

 

Return of Drafting for FNM:Starting 10/22 we will experimenting with doing drafts again for Friday Night Magic.  We’ll be pulling out the plastic tablecloths (the ones we used for birthdays) so we can sanitize them in between rounds, and we will have everyone sanitize hands before they start drafting (and have a no drinks or anything that will get hands next to a mouth during the drafting process).  If I think this is going well, this is what we will do from now on.

We have also raised the price of the drafts to $20. (The packs have gotten more expensive and we have a much more limited number of players we can have for the events so we really need every dollar we can to start to clime out of the joy and fun of last year).  But I’m going to do this. For all of our old players, if you also were pushed to the limit from last year or just can’t afford the price increase, tell us at the counter and we’ll let you keep doing the old $15 for at least the next few months.

Two Headed Giants moving from 3-4 on Saturdays:

We’re shifting the time for the two headed giants back to the old time of 4pm, so it returns it to being more of a date night, evening fun activity. This really is one of our favorite events and we will be doing it consistantly to get it back up and running.  (Still have to have the 12+ age limit, but as soon as the vaccination for the younger folks comes in, we’ll happily open the doors to let them back).

D&D in person is starting back up:

This Sunday (10/24) is going to be Dan’s return to DMing events in the store.  The time will be 2-7 and will be limited to 7 players.  This event will be a 4 session run and should be good fun. This is for players with some experience playing, not a first time event. $20 pers session (and if you want to come to all 4, probably best to get tix in advance)

We will be doing a Dungeon  Crawl into an Abandoned Dwarven Keep . Players Should Create a Level 5 Character using Standard array or the pound buy system in the players hand book.  Players will have standard starting equipment as well as any 1 Uncommon Magic item of their choice.  Any Player resources and books printed by Wizards of the Cost will be allowed including unearthed arcana.”

Starting in about a week we will start doing Weds D&D and after that, late night Saturday

Pokémon:

Pokémon continues to be in extremely short supply.  We are continuing to let 12 and younger kids buy 1 pack a day at the old 3.99 price so they don’t get totally overrun by the adults who are snapping everything up. I’m sorry for not having preorders for all the higher end stuff, but we don’t know until the last minute what will come in.  If you want Pokémon gifts for the holidays, I really reeaally recommend getting them now. The supply chain is truly messed up and hits this stuff hard.

Hope to see you this week and as always…seriously thanks for shopping local.

Ben

P.S.  We will be spreading out sales/offerings over November so we don’t have to get people to waste part of their vacation running around shopping.

Innistrad Midnight Hunt Release Weekend Events…

Hey folks,

People are starting to (slowly) feel more comfortable stretching their in person legs and coming back to the store for in person events.  This weekend we are doing the Release Weekend events for Innistrad Midnight Hunt.  We’ll still be giving out extra promo’s and goodies to those who venture out to see us.  Oh, and we changed the age who could come to 12 and up, since we belatedly figured out that was the age that we can get the vaccine. (Vaccine cards and Masks are still the required way of the world)

We are having events

Innistrad Midnight hunt

More info about the set from Wizards…

https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/innistrad-midnight-hunt-prerelease-primer-2021-09-15https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/innistrad-midnight-hunt-mechanics-2021-09-02

 

D&D Epic One shot, Modern Horizons 2, and return of THG Fat Pack wars!!

Hey folks…

This weekend we have 5 most excellent events that we are gonna hold in as safe a way as possible and with all sorts of bonus goodies for those who attend, including a Special D&D event one shot event on Sunday.:

  • Modern Horizons 2 “Prerelease” (Sealed event using the prerelease kits that we’ve been holding since covid started), $60 in advance, $65 at the door.Friday 8/27 @  6:30
  • Two Headed Giant/Fat Pack Wars returns!!!  Sat 8/28 @ 3pm (We bring out the mystery box, and each team has a player reach in and pick a surprise pack for whatever Fat pack/bundle they get to use to build their decks together.) $30 in advance, $35 at the door
  • D&D Epic One shot, Lair of the Dracolich (up to three parties at different tables come from different places to try and survive to defeat something that will take all of them cooperating.)  $60 in advance, $65 at the door.  Extremely limited seating (only 18 max)

 

13+ and Vax cards required for all(and masks still)
As we’ve bemoaned earlier, a whole mess of people who’ve been talked into proving they have the freedom to lemming off of a cliff, have put us back to needing to be ultra careful.  To attend events here safely, you must bring proof of vaccine (and still wear masks).  I don’t mess with this stuff at all, so we will be very strict about this.  And I hate it means that the 12 and under kids can’t participate yet.  Really hate it. (probably why I’m extra grumpy about this.)

I know for me, going out to an event felt fairly nerve wracking, in delta land.  So we really will be extra careful.  Therefore, we’re gonna treat snacking like smoking….need to step outside if you need to breath outside a mask.

The good part…Goodies (10th anniversary style)

So everyone who attends events this weekend (and for as long as I feel like it), will get a ton of bonus goodies, from special promo magic cards for the magic folks, to mystery dice sets for the D&D participants.

 

Need to put 12 and under (unvaccinated) events on hold. (GRRRR)

A sucky decision to make:

I’ve been struggling with this for the last week, but a call with my competitor (friend) over at Games of Berkeley finally settled it.  It really bugs the hell out of me, but we have to put doing in person kid events (12 and younger), on hold for a while.  (I mean it really bugs me..it isn’t fair at all. We are still doing the 13+ vax events. )

The big problem is that the kind of events we do are designed to get people face to face for a while.  It is why we are having an extremely strict policy of proof of vaccination to attend the events, and even than, making the events smaller so there is more space between folks.  The numbers are that the breakthrough cases that end up in hospitalization or worse for the vaccinated is less than .004% .  The number of cases for the 12 and younger is way higher, but still small.  The problem is that the Delta variant is both insanely more infectious and delivers way more bad stuff per punch. (Like those scientific terms?)

Not inviting Covid to play.

And then there is the Antibiotic factor.  So remember how your doc says it is super important to take all of your Antibiotics when you have an ear infection or whatever of a thousand things that is good for?  The reason that they say that ain’t for you…at least not today.  It’s because they need to make sure that none of the bad guys are still sticking around, because they reproduce at an enormous rate, and in among those that survive are some that learned to thumb their nose at that antibiotic.  So next time they show up in someone, the meds don’t work anymore.  You don’t wanna give them time and body to reproduce enough to learn.

In this case, the body is the whole country/world. The more people who let covid have a place to grow and transmit, the more chance for mutation occurs, and suddenly something shows up that can get past the vaccination protections.  That is why getting vaccinated if possible isn’t just about the person, but not helping the virus a breeding ground for more, scarier versions.  The delta variant is, unfortunately, a perfect example of that.

Blowed up plan:

I thought that by separating the kids from the adults, and making sure the kids wore masks, that we’d be able to make sure that D20 didn’t do anything to provide a way for the virus to get more hosts to party down and grow in.  But the Delta variant changed all that.  It all but guarantees that if we have a set of unvaccinated kids sitting close enough to play, that it will show up and it will spread.  So we are thrown back, at least for the unvaccinated kids. It is totally unfair and sucks, and is unfair.  I’m gonna cancel and refund all the kid friendly events for now.  But I will do this as what I can do to make up for it.  Any 12 year old or younger who wanted to play in any of the “prerelease” events can buy a kit to take home to play with their buds, and I will add an extra prize pack to the order, as well as a random promo card that they might have won if they were here.

You guys know how I feel about you, and this is making me equally sad and angry to have to do this.  I’ll get you guys back in as soon as we can do so safely…. (grr)

D20 Games 10th Anniversary Events start Aug 6th…

Ok, somehow, some way, we not only made it to 10 years of me having the store, but we also managed to survive last year!!!  So in August, we are gonna party like it’s… (ok..a little like it was last year, cause we are having to go back to masks indoors).

Big note…we’re gonna keep the events sized nice and small to make sure everyone has plenty of room, so sign up fast, cause these will go quickly once everyone knows they are there. If we have a lot of people who can’t get in, we’ll add more events if we possibly can.

Oh…and one more thing before we move onto the “what are we gonna do for the 10th anniversary month”.  We did finally get the bigger loan (eep).  But that means that we are really in need of some great people to help us do some major improvements for the store.  That includes installing a serious skylight/vent in the place, a great interior design/set design person to help us make the place interesting and gorgeous, and an electrician that can handle a very confusing bit of upgrade on an ancient system.  (If you know of any great electricians that also love magic, I’m willing to do some amazing bits of barter so we can make it happen.)  We also are looking to do some high quality after-school programs, so we are looking for great people who can run D&D adventures for kids, and someone to potentially run a chess program.  These are D20 kids we are talking about, so we are really looking for top notch folks, and we will be doing full livescan/background checks.

So what are we gonna do?
  1. Magic–Every weekend is a prerelease that we missed last year.  (we have more than we can stick into only one month, but this’ll get us started.  We are gonna do 13+ events, Jr. events, and events that are carefully mixed.  Fun, sure…but also keeping safe.  And we are gonna do giveaways for just a ton of promo cards…all winners this month.
    We are gonna bring back one of our all time fav events, Two Headed Giants.  This team version of Magic is perfect for buddies, couples, and parent-kid combos.  It is a great way to get to share something that you (or your potential partner) loves in a very low pressure kinda way. These will be Saturdays, Starting at 3 pm.  These will be with each of the “Prerelease” events till the last of the month when we do the higher cost Modern Horizons 2 events.  For that THG Sat, we are gonna bring back one of our all time most popular events, Fat Pack Wars.  (Each team has a member reach into the mystery box and pull out a pack that matches with a Fatpack from up to 7 years ago.  We make sure the number of packs reaches 10, and they open all of those to make their two decks to play together.  These could be Born of the Gods to Strixhaven…its all up to the fickle fingers of whoever pulls the pack.) (we will be bringing back single sales in the next week or so.  We are also looking to start playing modern, commander, and standard as well, but those will start in a bit.)
    (Oh yes…in terms of FNM…we are gonna hold on drafts until the safety settles down.  In its place will be the sealed events.)
  2. Pokemon…We are just working on getting packs in stock for the kids to buy that aren’t snapped up by the adult collectors.  We will bring back the Pokemon league in a month or two when it is safe.
  3. D&D..we will start doing regular events again after this month, but we will do some special events for the anniversary, including a special all day event on the last Sunday of the month.  This will have 4 tables of adventurers all working to an epic battle together at the end of the event.  We did this once before, but it was back in 2013, so I think we are good to repeat it. 😉  We are also extremely well stocked on dice and D&D goodies that have been sitting there, waiting for people to come back in the store and find them, including full dice made of actual gemstone/semi-precious stone.
  4. Board games... oh my do we have a bunch of games we’ve saved up.  We will have some serious quick sales on games from Cover your Assets to Gloomhaven.  Keep an eye on Facebook and the D20 Twitter feed for our equivalent to Blue light specials.  (if you’re a kid, ask your parents.  If you are a parent and don’t get the reference, don’t tell me so I won’t have to admit my age. 😉  We will also be having a used board game mega sale, as well as a return of the mystery game loot bags.

All kidding aside, we are incredibly grateful for people having helped us make it through all this.  Now we will really need your business on the regular as much as possible so we can truly survive, and pay off the loans etc that let us make it through. And it really is important to try and keep the family/friend game night as much as you can.  For those of us who are fighting the battle of keeping people face to face, not face to screen, it was a tough year.  But there were some cracks in families starting to see each other again, so I’m a big advocate for turning the night you toss the cel phones into a basket and play together into a regular habit.

(If you need to make room at home for more games, consider donating them to the women’s shelter or any number of the hospitals, etc.)

I’ve missed the hell out of seeing you all!
Warmly,
Ben (yer store owner dude)
Here are some of the events coming up this Month…

 

 

 

In person events starting in August with 10th anniversary celebration!

Tenth Anniversary Magic events…We’re gonna do the #$^#ing prereleases that we missed while we where bunkered up last year!  I’m also gonna be cracking out just a ton of promo cards and other giveaways.  The events are gonna be a lot smaller than they used to be, also to keep everyone safe.  Buy Tix here…

Because of the new variant restrictions, we decided to wait till the first week of August  to open up to in person events.     It also means that for the next month we are going to separate the vaccinated (13+), and the can’t be yet (12 and younger).  (And yes..you need to bring the vaccination card for confirmation. I know it is being overly cautious, but D20 will be a safe place, whatever we need to do, and hopefully people will figure out how to do the right thing sooner then later. Also mask mandates are back, so crack ’em out, wash ’em out and take ’em out (to us).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Magic Open House Sun, July 1st

Full Art Promo Guttersnipe
Promo Guttersnipe while supplies last

Magic Open House is mainly about bringing in new players to introduce to the game, and D20 Games is a great place to do it.  On Magic Open House day, Players can stop by  for fun, casual play that includes learn-to-play Magic events, free Welcome Deck tutorials for new players. It is a light and fun event.  And if you are one of those new players, you are super welcome.  Magic is a great game, (there is a reason that it’s stuck around for 25 years.)  It does take a good mind to master, but once you get the basics, it’s all in the cards.  (How to play magic) (More How to Play Magic)

(Depending on who shows up, we’ll do a mini how to play magic class at ~11)

Players who participate in any aspect of the event (bring a friend, play in the tournament, or buy one of the Intro Decks)  receive a promo card, and the new players will receive a Welcome Deck. A casual League-style Standard tournament at 12 noon.  Entry to that event will be $5 and everybody will win a pack, PLUS a bunch of extra promos that I’ll scatter around to reward the brave new folks and thank those experienced players based on how much they are doing to help the new players feel welcome.(Experienced/regular players…this is a chance to pay it forward, and we need ya to help make new players feel invited and welcome.)

Image result for core 2019 intro decks

BONUS—Get a chance to buy one of the new Core 2019 Intro decks two weeks early!  Supplies are limited.  And we’ll throw in an extra booster pack with any other intro or challenger deck bought that day.

 

Scroll to Top