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Spring Clean 2019 is Here!

Spring is the time for our swap, trade, and sale!

For those not familiar with this event, gamers bring in their gaming related product and set up tables for sale, swap and fun. To reserve a table space, simply bring a sealed toiletry or food donation item to benefit Care & Share. Pre-registration is advised as table space can be limited.

We will also host a silent auction for some of the more prized Used Games in the Petries collection, as well as store wide sales.

And if you have games left over at the end of the night that you just don’t want anymore, then we have a donation box that goes to help with GameCon, the exclusive gaming convention for junior high and high school students held at Rampart High School this coming fall season.

You do not have to have anything to sell or swap to be a part of the event. We also encourage playing the games too and we’ll have a hot dog table too.

So come be a part of the excitement! We’ll see you then!

LEGO is at PFG!

Petrie’s is now an official LEGO dealer! Not only are we bringing in the latest mass market bricks to you but we’re also introducing LEGO club!

We are so excited to start making this popular brand available to you as part of our toy line.

And we are starting LEGO build club in June. Justin Heinlen, an educator with district 20 has volunteered to run a summer Lego camp for ages 5-15. We’ll have more information for you VERY soon. This will enable your kids to have regular access to some of the programming build kits and build challenges.

The air is static around here as we’ve been waiting to let you all in on this news and you’ll see more updates over the coming days on our Facebook and web page!

CONVENTION SEASON IS HERE

What’s that in the air? What special time of the year is it? Spring? Don’t be silly, we all know spring doesn’t happen in Colorado. No, it’s convention season. April sees a TON of conventions and we have just a few of them to highlight for you.

GameCon (April 13) is a special convention for high school and junior high students held at Rampart High School. They aim for everything but with a high focus on gaming. Art, Cosplay, Comics, Movies and TONS of games for school-aged fans happens Saturday the 13th. Registration is quick and easy and while it may be too late for this weekend, if you love working with kids and teaching games, they are always looking for more volunteers. With a Fall and a Spring GameCon, be looking for it to return around November 2019.

GameFest (April 26-28) is a festival within a festival. Starfest is one of the oldest running fan conventions in the western U.S. and over the years they have grown to add several celebrations under one roof. RoboFest, ScienceFest, HorrorFest, ModelFest and of course GameFest are all part of the greater StarFest event. This year, GameFest is bringing in gaming celebrities from both Chaosium and the H.P. Lovecraft Society, making this our year of Cthulhu! Many other guests and events are planned all weekend long so don’t miss out.

Pikes Peak Gamers(April 13) is returning for their second year. While your teenager is at GameCon, swing over to Manitou and discover not only local culture in our historic district, but also have access to more than 800 games in one of Colorado’s largest gaming libraries. All weekend access to not only the indoor games but some of the finest outdoor games as well. This is for the serious (and not so serious) gamer akin to a BoardGameGeekCon but you don’t have to drive to Texas!

Koboldcon touts an impressive line up of gaming industry celebrities plus a weekend full of events and tournaments. Get ready for an energetic twist to the gaming convention set in Colorado Springs. The hosting company,
Kobold Company LLC, is an internet-based, gamers-first organization that is dedicated to producing game-related content and organize events in Colorado.

Why you should be playing destiny!

Hello there! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a game … DESTINY!

It’s a great game for novice Padawans and veteran Stormtroopers alike. It is easy to learn and the games are quick. We want to welcome gamers into a friendly community supportive of new players.

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Whether you consider yourself a Sith Lord, a Wookie, or just a scruffy looking Nerf Herder you’ll find yourself right at home. Star Wars fans have a blast creating a team of their favorite characters. Aspiring Jedi Masters thrive in the competitive scene with the opportunity to compete in store championships, Regionals, Galactic Qualifier, Nationals, and Worlds.

Please join us every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to close at Petries. First time players receive a free deck so they are ready to play.

And now is the perfect time to join. Fantasy Flight Games just announced new organized play support for Destiny that is less about experience and how much money someone has spent on their deck and more about play experience, bringing a friend, and just showing up. See more about this great new plan at the FFG site.

Reviews
“Play you must.” ~ Yoda
“I find your lack of faith in this game disturbing.” ~ Darth Vader

Patreon Launch Party – Meet Praying for Superpowers

Praying for Superpowers is launching a Patreon page and they want you to come celebrate with them! Learn more about what they are doing in our community. Join us Saturday evening, March 30th at 6PM, for games, small snacks, and great conversation about nerd culture! If you aren’t able to attend, consider joining our Patreon to see videos before anyone else, vote on what topics are important to discuss, and exclusive content every month including swag and other perks!

A little about Praying for Superpowers: We encourage geeks to live emotionally and mentally healthy lives by empowering them to live confidently as the heroes of their stories.

We strive to engage our audience with content that is relatable while enlightening them to the deeper meanings, messages, and intricacies hidden within nerd culture. Our content will entertain viewers, giving them many opportunities to laugh. We hope our viewers are encouraged knowing that they are valuable, and their struggles are worthy of attention and care. Our goal is to empower our audience to be the heroes of their stories and confront their villains confidently and with allies by their sides.

MEET OUR INFLUENCERS

Gaming and fandom is a large part of American culture. As a community center, we want to celebrate aspects of the hobby outside of just browsing the latest titles. We are partnering with a few local groups to bring you the first in a planned series of programs, all approaching the hobby in different ways.

The first is one that we’ve been partnered with for a long while now. Iconic is a podcast focused on 13th Age hosted by our role-playing manager, JM Defoggi and regular event hosts Nick and Mark. This is a monthly show not only for those curious about 13th Age but in RPG’s in general.

Second, we are now working with “Praying for Superpowers” a podcast that discusses topics from Magic the Gathering to Time Travel. The PoS guys are on a mission to pull all the things we love into an on-going discussion of why these elements of story and culture appeal to us and how we can use them enrich our lives and the lives of those around us.

Finally, we have the Guild of Gamers, where event host Robert and our own woman-behind-the-scenes JD review up-coming titles, cover a major store event and even give you demos of current titles. This is a semi-monthly program that will be hosted on our Youtube channel.

This is not counting the various writers and reviewers that are also part of the Petrie’s family… we’ll talk about them in the coming months.

Altogether we have so many talented and excited people that make up our community that it would be a shame not make you aware of their efforts. Take the time to check them out, and if you like what you see/hear, let us know. We’re excited to see what more comes our way to help you feel like you’re part of the Petrie’s community even when you’re not at the store.

Couple’s Dessert

The Couples Dessert is this weekend, February 2nd at 6pm, and we are almost sold out! This is the event where you bring your favorite person, while we bring you the best in two-player games and do so while serving you carrot and cheese cake.

We have a few special events planned including two prototype games going to Kickstarter soon. Additionally, get a chance to see a few titles not even available on the retail market yet!

This is our 8th Dessert and we hear nothing but positive responses from those that attend. Due to the nature of the event, we can only take 20 couples so be sure to reserve your spot by calling the store today!

 

Keyforge Starting on Tuesday Nights

It’s a hit! The newest card game from Fantasy Flight Games sold out city-wide and had sold out attendances at release events. This original game is easy to learn but so much deeper to master.

This is the world’s first Unique Deck Game, created by legendary designer Richard Garfield, two players step into the roles of mighty Archons, racing to forge keys that unlock the Crucible’s hidden Vaults. Leading their diverse teams, filled with followers from three of the Crucible’s great Houses, the Archons must gather Æmber, stave off their opponent’s progress, and ultimately be the first to open a Vault and gain its incredible knowledge. With a vast array of creatures, artifacts, and abilities and over 104 quadrillion possible decks, every deck is completely one-of-a-kind, and no two battles will ever be the same!

We’ve been getting calls every day for the last two weeks asking for an opportunity to play your unique decks. So starting this coming Tuesday we’ll host casual KeyForge starting at 6pm. Then, just as we do with all our FFG Living Card Games and FFG X-Wing, we will have a larger tournament or special event at least once a month on Saturdays. More on the Saturday events coming soon.

Story Teller Day

Today we host the annual Storytelling Day, so named because this is where we pull out the games and activities for families to interact with each other through imagination and laughter. We’ve been doing this event for nearly 8 years now. Each year we add different games and events to the schedule of events but one game in particular has taken the front stage. A small independent story telling game by the name of “The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men.”

This game is unique in that every player builds their character for the group story out of cookies and candy. The character is of course a cookie and the decorations given to the cookie determines the character’s abilities. These abilities are then used to play out a story of the Christmas cookies and their quest to make it to Santa’s sleigh where they will be whisked away to the North Pole. But along the way there are a lot of pit falls for the tiny Gingerbread: cats, the dark place behind the fridge, the runaway train under the tree… so many things can happen on such a dangerous quest.

Tables for The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men start at 10, 11, 12, 1 and 3. Space is limited and there is a cost of $6 for this event only. Every thing else happening is free.

We’ve also got other planned events but the most important one is a visit from Santa himself. The magic Santa will arrive at 11am and be with us until 1pm. Come get your photos taken and have some cookies and beverages while you play some games and help us assemble our Christmas puzzle.

Oh! And every family that attends, gets to put their names in the drawing to win a Ravensburger Advent Calendar or the Christmas puzzle. So it’s worth it drop by even just to say hi! See you then!

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