Events

About the Pokemon BreakPoint Set…

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The newest set of Pokemon, BreakPoint, releases in February.  The second set in the Break set, it features both Mega Ex’s and the New Break cards that can be played  on top of a Pokemon of the same name to add its abilities.

  • Release Date is Feb 3rd,
  • Prerelease, Jan 30th at 10am and 2 pm.  $30 per player.  Each player gets 6 packs, makes their best deck and plays for 3 rounds.  After having a bit of fun, they turn in their borrowed energy and get two more booster packs and a special promo card.  The 10am event is run by D20 so you CAN register in advance. The 1 pm event is run by the Pokemon League folks and is first come, first served and needs to be paid in cash.

More info about the set below…

 

 

http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg/xy-breakpoint/explore-and-watch/

http://www.pokellector.com/sets/BPT-BREAKPoint

 

Oath of The Gatewatch

Here comes the newest set for Magic…Oath of the Gatewatch…the second set of 2 in the Battle for Zendikar block.  This set features a new set of mechanics that really favor playing with buddies (two-headed giants and such) as well as the first new land type in, well, ever. (Really just turning colorless mana into it’s own thing, but cool none the less)

[from the Wizards Site]
Kozilek, the Great Distortion

The battle to save the plane of Zendikar rages on.

Confronted with overwhelming odds, the Planeswalkers face a dire choice: Retreat away to safety and leave the world to oblivion, or stay at great personal risk and fight for Zendikar.

Will you stay and fight?

Oath-of-the-Gatewatch-Prerelease-BannerPrerelease the weekend of 1/16-1/17–4 events (Sat 10 and 5, Sunday at 10 and 2hg at 3…$30 pp…good for all levels of players.)

 

http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/oath-gatewatch-home

 

 

http://magic.wizards.com/articles/archive/feature/oath-gatewatch-mechanics-2015-12-28

 

http://mtgmirror.com/#/

 

Buy Advance Tickets Here:

D20 GamesMagic Countdown to 2016 Septathlon

To ring in the new year, we are doing a different magic event for every day starting the day after x-mas.

The events are.

  1. Chaos Two-Headed Giant -Sat 12/26 @4-$17.50 pp
  2. Standard -Sunday, 12/27 @ 11 am $5 pp
  3. To the Left Drafts–Draft for another player– Monday, 12/28 @ 12 and 6 $15pp
  4. Sealed-Mystery Box-Prerelease kits- Tuesday 12/29 @12 and 6
  5. Zombie Commander, Weds 12/30 4 pm and 6 pm (2 hours each) $5 pp
  6. Modern Tournament: Thursday 12/31 10-3pm $10 pp.
  7. Super FNM Draft Friday 1/1 ….FNM with Lots of extra FNM Promos.  Lottery for extra promos based on tickets earned by participating in every Septathlon event!

Bonus Raffle entry Tix for number of events you attend for the Friday FNM Goodie raffle.  Raffle items will include promo cards, playmats, Modern Masters Packs, a From the Vaults and more stuff.  The more people that come to events, the more we’ll stuff in the give away…

#of Events Bonus Tix
2 1
3 4
4 8
5 15
6 25
7 40

 

Extra Life — 24 hour Charity Event at D20 Games

Update…the event was great.  They raised over $1500 for Children’s Miracle Network.  The Nerdy Knights were very, very cool guys and we were impressed both by what they were doing, and their spirit in doing it.  Great job guys…you are welcome to come back next year.  (Oh…and a shout out to my trivia team partner who helped prove that the combo of age and beauty turned out to be unstoppable…woo hoo!!!  And good job to the second place team who ended up being a couple of our regular kid players who snuck up from behind and womped on the mostly adult crowd!)


Watch live video from RiddickulousRants on www.twitch.tv

So here’s the scoop.  This group of players, who call themselves the Nerdy Knights contacted me to ask if we’d be willing to stay open for 24 hours to play games in the store.  After the echos of the initial laughter faded, it turned out that they do this every year as part of a nationwide event for an organization called Extra Life, that has groups like them all across the country do these game marathons to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network to give money to a bunch of Children’s hospitals.  After making sure they were legit, I dusted off my cot and gave them the thumbs up.  Taking care of each other is a big part of what the store is about, and building in some taking care of others has been a goal of the

How this works.   From 6 am Saturday to the same time on Sunday, the Nerdy Knights will be here, playing games, streaming on the net and gathering donations.  Side by side with that we will be having tables dedicated to everything from Table-top board game Speed Dating, to Special Magic tournaments.  D20 will donate the space and games for use in the events.  Events with packs (ie Magic) the store do at a hugely discounted rate so any profit (and most of the $) will go to the charity.

Also, there ARE volunteer opportunities to help out.  These include Speed Gaming Game Masters (people who know some of the board games well and can help people get a taste of the game super fast), Twitch Chat Moderators, Sound Mixer Tech, Set-Up and Clean-Up, Promoters to help spread the word and bring in people. If we have the people, we’d love to set up table for folks to learn or improve at Pokemon and Magic on Sat am and afternoon who would then donate to the charity.  (And yes for some of kids/teens, this  does count as community service for those kids who need to do that for school. –Quick note…don’t just do this to check off a school requirement…do it because it is a good thing to do, and come prepared to really work.  We won’t sign off any forms for those who don’t come with their a-game attitude and do great work. )

The events (big time subject to change)  Check here for the latest updates and schedule.  NOTE…being here either before or during the after hours (after 9pm) is only for the volunteers or the participants in events. (Ok…you can donate a cover charge just to watch….whatever brings in more donations for the kidlets.)

Events for the public to Participate in so far:  (We will add more as we get more volunteers to run them.)
On Demand…
  • Zombie Conspiracy: Bring any number of friends in for this two hour Magic Draft/beat on your buddies fest.
    • Cost-$8 to D20 and  $10-15 donation to the charity.

2:00pm- 7:00pm

  • d20 Games – Speed Dating with Board Games
    • We’ll Set up 4 tables with some of the best new games and some of our all time favorites.  Play for 1/2 hour and we will then play musical chairs (literally) to see where you end up next.  $5 donation per game tix ($10 for 3, and $25 donation for 10–enough to play the whole time.)  If you love a game and want to stay at the table, you can use two tix to stick around for another 1/2 hour.  Have fun, meet people, and win goodies at the table, including promo’s, snacks, and discounts.  (Volunteers can earn one ticket per hour they volunteer for the event.)
    • Cover-1 ticket per game session. $5-1 ticket, $10-2 tickets, $25-10 tickets

7:00pm – 9:00pm

  • West Coast Team – Nerd Trivia.
    • 5 rounds of 10 questions each. Each round will be a different category and will have prizes at the end of the round. At the end of the final round the team with the most points will go into a lightning round to win the Trivia grand prize provided by NKRN
    • Categories will include Star Wars, Nintendo, Pokemon, Comic books, and others
    • Teams of a max 4 people – Cover- $20/team

9:00pm- 11:30

  • D20 After Dark-Adult only games
    • Tables set up with Games of a more adult nature (ahem…)–see above for details
    • Cover Donation $15
  • D20 Adults only Magic Draft….Modern Masters 2015!!!
    • Cover-$15 to D20 (we will subsidize the rest of the cost of the packs) plus $15 Donation to the store

Community Service Jobs
 
  • Speed Gaming -Game Masters – for the speed dating-sequel version of board games we will need one person with each board game to teach the players how to play.
  • Twitch Chat Moderators – people watching the twitch chat during the event to bring in the participation of the online community. Tasks will include helping running the online raffles and monitoring the online portions of live events (I.e. Trivia, Cards Against Humanity, etc)
  • Sound Mixer Tech – preferably someone with experience or can easily be taught how to run a small 12-channel mixer to make sure audio and music is played throughout the stream appropriately. Typically students in the drama department in schools will be ideal for this
  • Set-Up and Clean-Up – for the evening before and morning after we can use 2-3 extra hands for setting up and taking everything down once the event is taken care of
  • Promoters – Someone standing outside and encouraging community engagement by handing out the fliers and trying to draw people in

Zombie Conspiracy – A D20 Special

Zombie Conspiracy is A D20 homebrew special game.  We took Conspiracy, Wizards special multiplayer drafting set, and blatantly messed with the rules to make a game that is perfect for 3-6 buddies who just want to spend a couple of hours cheerfully womping the heck out of each other without all the waiting between rounds and not getting to play with yer buddies of regular magic.  Conspiracy was a cool idea, a draft format that not only was designed to play with 3-6 people all in one big group, but also had cards that messed around with the draft.

So here is the thing….We really liked the idea of Conspiracy…but when we played it there were a couple of things that just weren’t that much fun.

The first problem we found that was that as much fun as it was to play, if you spent all that time drafting a cool deck and got knocked out in the first ten minutes, it didn’t just make you “ah, I’ll get you back” mad, more the “don’t sleep with both eyes closed anymore, because I will kill you in your sleep” mad.  Second was what we call in Commander, the Fluffy Bunny Syndrome….people tending to hang out, doing their best “Don’t mind me, I’m just a harmless little bunny” impressions, trying to be the least threatening person at the table while waiting for enough stuff to come out to do their alpha strike.  Boring….

Enter Zombie Land—How our version works is that you get points for knocking out other players and if you are knocked out then, well, you rise from the dead and come back in.  We’ve played it a bunch and it works great.

How it works

  • 1 point for each other player you knock out.  You get a bonus of one if you never get knocked out.
  • If you get knocked out, you pick 2 lands to put in play and then take 3 rebuilding (no attacking or interacting with other players) turns and come back in. (If your turn comes up before you are back to rebuild, skip it until it comes back to you so other players don’t have to wait.)
  • Being milled out does not count as a kill unless you directly force the player to draw that last card.
  • The game goes on for 1-1:30 hours, depending on players preference (and how long the store is open.)  Players with the top half scores get bonus packs from a pool of 1 pack per player.

 

About Conspiracy.

Conspiracy Video

What are the Cards?

The Mechanics of the new set

You can’t have a good conspiracy on your own.  And that is the secret sauce to the special Magic set , coming out on June 6th.  This draft -centric, multi-player set is all about what we can do for, er, to each other.   This is a special set, much like Modern Masters, with limited initial qualities, though they say that there will be some reprinting after (we are being wary..squirreling away our boxes to let people play with until we know the score.)

Messing with a Draft: Drafting is one of the most fun things you can do in magic. And this set takes the standard “get 3 packs, open 1, pick a card and pass to the left/right” and tosses it in the blender.  One of our customers described it beautifully by saying that it “broke the 4th wall” of a draft, and I think that’s true. In this set, there are cards that start the game during the draft itself, letting people mess with each other as the draft is going on.  (BTW…all Conspiracy drafts are casual format–will of WOTC.)

Battle For Zendikar @ D20 Games

Hey folks,

The next set of Magic cards is (almost) here.  Battle for Zendikar is a return to one of our all time favorite settings, Zendikar, a lush world where even the lands come alive to defend against one of the all-time scary set of uber-monsters in all of Magic, the Eldrazi (the race that featured creatures that would make Godzilla look like a pet hamster such as Emarkul, the 15/15 protection from every color beast that is still the biggest and baddest critter in all of Magic.)

This epic struggle features the lands coming alive to help out, and with it comes the favored full art lands in every pack.  As if that wasn’t enough, there are super rare lands that aren’t actually from the set, the Expedition lands.  These lands are special full art versions of the Fetch and Shock lands.  If you happen to be lucky enough to pull one of these super rare beauties, make sure to sleeve it and keep it safe.  It looks like they will be selling for between $100-300 each, depending on which one.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  One of the big rules of the store at D20 is treating each other honestly and fairly.  I’m super proud of how people treat each other here, so I just want to remind people of something that will have almost everybody shaking their head in agreement:  We treat trading unfairly with someone as the same as stealing.  If you know that someone has a card that is worth a lot, trade with them the way that you would want to be traded with.  Honesty is doing the right thing when you probably won’t get caught and it is just you who make sure you are a stand-up guy.   So (and this is to our jr. members especially), remember that if you aren’t sure, you never have to make a trade.  And if we find out that there have been serious “take advantage of” type trades, it is not ok.

 

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Open at midnight Thursday Oct 1st to pick up booster boxes and fat packs.

Zendikar Expeditions

Ulamog, the Ceaseless HungerBattle For Zendikar Prerelease @ D20 Games

 

One of the all time great sets, Zendikar is back with a (for) vengeance.   The invading Eldrazi…the crew of supersized god-like bad guys that gave us such cards as the all-time king of “Oh…you didn’t just cast….”, Emerkul!  And this is a land known for, well, Lands.  YeEmbedded image permalinkp, the Zendikar  lands are back! (“Why yes, I did first pick a foil basic land from this pack”)  Not only are these full-art beauties are a must for any well dressed deck, but the return of the Landfall mechanic means that just playing a land can do anything from buffing up one of your guys to having another pop out an extra 5/5 creature!
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

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The Great AC fundraiser….We get cool!

For those of you who have been to the new store, you know it is great, but has one big flaw….in the immortal words of Kiss Me Kate….It gets Too Darn Hot.  We are looking to be both green and cool blue by putting in solar power on the roof to get the temp to stay as cool as our players.

So, since running a game store is more of a public service then a fountain of excess cash, we are reaching out to our community to raise what we need to get this problem fixed for all of us.

First thing we are doing is we have a real (and soon virtual) donation jar in the store.  Were giving people tickets to thank them for their donations, and I’m going to kick in some good stuff based on how much we raise.   The drawing to give away the goodies will be Aug 23rd (Ben’s Birthday).  Here is a partial list of what we will contributed to the thank you gift drawing.  $1-1 ticket, $5-6 tickets, $10-15  tickets,  $20-35 tickets, and $50 or above will get you double tickets.

 

Amount Raised Item(s) Added Met?
$100-200

From the Vault: Angels (1)

Pokemon Charizard EX Box

YES!
$200-300

From the Vault Annihilation (1)

From the Vault Angels(1)

Pokemon Mega Absol Ex Box

$300-500

Dragon’s of Tarkir Release box (2)

From the Vault Annihilation (1)

Commander Decks (3)

Pokemon Tin (choose from any we have)

Free Drafts (3)

$500-750

From the Vault Angels (1)

Commanders (3)

Pokemon Ex or Mega of your choice from what is in stock

$1000 Birthday party for 6 kids ($250 value)
more TBA
$1500

Dual Deck Anthologies (1)

From the Vault Annihilation (1)

From the Vault Angels(1)

More TBA

$2000 Garruk’s Axe!!

 

 

 

Family Games for Firefigher’s July 4th Weekend

Family Games for Firefighters:  Play a game with yer family and help bring some fun to our firefighters.  We all know that being a firefighter is hours of waiting around interrupted by intense, sometimes life-risking actions.  We want to give some of our favorite games to our firefighters, to reward both family play and the boys and girls in red, we will set aside 10% of each tabletop game sold this weekend to use to give goodies to our firefighters.
Great 4th of July choices for family games include:
Smaller games:
  1. Cover your Assets-our favorite family card game
  2. Hanabi–a co-op card based fireworks building game with the twist that the  only player who can’t see your hand is, well, you. 😉
  3. Love Letterthe most interesting card game you’ll ever play with a hand size of 1 and only 15 cards in a deck.
  4. Spot it--great fun for all ages
  5. Boss Monster-Get rid of all the pesky heroes that keep trying to invade your Dungeon.  JUST Released this month– Boss Monster 2!
Super fun for big groups (5 and up):
  1. The Werewolf Games
  2. The Resistance and Avalon
  3. Bang (The Walking Dead and Halo Versions)
Cooperative games (Everybody vs the game…not each other):
  1. Castle Panic:  Keep the monsters from knocking down your castle…great for families (siblings).    New expansion just came out: The Dark Titan.
  2. Forbidden Island and Desert: Complete the quest before the Island sinks from under you or you get buried under the dunes.
  3. Pandemic.  Keep the world safe and healthy. (a lot less creepy then it sounds…even my 11 year old daughter loves it.)  New expansion here as well:  State of Emergency.
  4. Xenoshyft:  Starship Troopers-style deck-building game where you and your space marine buddies try and keep the hoards of increasingly bad-___ aliens from overrunning your base.
  5. And in honor of our Firefighers— Flashpoint, the co-op game of keeping the day from going up in smoke.
And finally:  Just plain great games.
  1. Betrayal at the house on the Hill:  Just scary enough game where you and your friends explore(and create) the creepy house until one of you suddenly is chosen by the game as the Betrayer, and it becomes them vs. everybody else in the game to complete a secret mission.  WAY fun.
  2. Five Tribes:  New game…Mancala meets 7 wonders meets Settlers of Catan.  On of those games that gets better each time you play it.
I vastly applaud those who have been making the effort and even succeeding at getting there to be more face to face time, and less face to screen. 😉

Info for Pokemon Prerelease and Earlier time for Date Night Magic….

Hey folks-here’s the scoop.

Date-Night-MTG

Magic Date Night:  Saturday Night….NEW START TIME  OF 4;00…not 5:30….and pizza is included in new price ($25) (less external food options.  Pick up is by 8:30 at the latest (I’m taking my guys to see the Avengers.)

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Pokemon Roaring Skies Prerelease event is this Saturday morning May 2nd.  Here’s the deal.  We provide the space, but it is run by the Pokemon league folks, and as much as they would like to, they can not do preregistration for the event.  They’ve been allocated stuff for about 26 players. so it will be first come, first served, with registration starting at 10:30 am.  It is $30 (cash directly paid to the organizers).  Each player gets 6 packs of the new stuff to make their best decks with, plays a few rounds, and gets two more bonus packs when they return their land at the end.  We WILL be doing our version of this event for the release the next week, so if you can’t make it,  don’t want to risk not getting in, or don’t make it before they sell out, you CAN sign up in advance for the RELEASE event the week of the 9th (I started doing this for every new set after the first time when I had to watch a small parade of teary eyed kids…the Dad in me couldn’t take it).

There WILL be standard Pokemon League side by side with this event since we have the added space…

Parent to parent happy kid tips:

  1. It is not competitive and is good for all levels of players
  2. It will be a full house, so kids should either have parents around or be comfortable with that type of scene (as should you).
  3. Make sure they have food or $$ for snacks (please make the food both clean finger and rug friendly…I put in our human sized chessboard rug myself…)
  4. To avoid the sad kid syndrome…let them know that if they don’t make it into this one, that we will have a special one the next week for the release where they will get the same number of packs, but where you can sign up in advance so you are guaranteed a spot.  Let them know that not everyone will get in and that you will give it a try.  (See me if this happens….I can provide great words of comfort that come from someone who is not their parent, and is therefore much more heard.  I know…my kids treat me like the wah-wah voice of the Peanuts cartoons as well.)
  5. Make sure they have a box or ideally small bag to keep their stuff in…with name on it.  Every time we  have kids leave a pile of good cards on a table and get very upset when someone else picks them up.

This is for the Release event on the 9th….NOT FOR THE PRERLEASE on the 2nd.

Dragon Throne, Khans Release Promo Card

Kahns Release Weekend Events

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So here is the dealeo with Events for the Khans Release weekend for Khans.

(Kahn’s online Practice Drafter)

  1. Thursday at OPEN at Midnight to buy first boxes (12:01 actually…since the release is Friday Sept. 26th.
    Dragon Throne, Khans Release Promo Card
    Khans Release Promo card

    We will open at ~10 pm for a little pre-midnight Zombie Conspiracy.

  2. Friday:
    1. Release day: Boxes ($119.99, Boosters 3.99 per pack, buy 6 get one free), Intros decks ($15.99-17.99), and Fatpacks ($39.99-one bonus pack) .
    2. 7 p.m. Friday Night Magic.
  3. Saturday
    1. 1 pm…Kid’s Draft (and Non kids draft depending on signups)
    2. 4 pm...Two-Headed Giant ($17.50 pp)
  4. Sunday
    1. 11 am-Kahns Sealed tournament ($25 pp)

After it dying out for a while, interest in the league has popped back up because of how much people are enjoying Khans.  Stay tuned…

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