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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!

November 2018 is Going to Be GREAT!

Welcome to Thanksgiving! We have so much happening this month in celebration of families and the season of spending time together. First, November 10 is a HUGE day of events and sales. Not only is it the next GameCon at Rampart High School for your high-school and junior-high aged gamer, but it’s also Ravnica weekend, the first time D&D fans can visit the worlds of Magic the Gathering in a role-playing universe and while the role players are playing Magic, the Magic players can too! We’ll be hosting a 4-booster draft for the card lovers where they can win exclusive lands available nowhere else. But if you are a card player that doesn’t play Magic, we’ll be hosting the KeyForge PreLaunch, the new collectible deck game from Fantasy Flight and Richard Garfield.

And while that is happening, it’s National Neighborhood Toy Store Day! Our focus this year for NNTS is Blue Orange Games. Come by and see some demos from Blue Orange and get a chance to win games, gift certificates, and other goodies while supplies last. We’ll also have Blue Orange products on sale plus these great offers:

  • Buy any PlusPlus product and get a bonus PlusPlus bag for free! (while supplies last)
    • Spend $20 and get a free Fidget Spinner; Spend $30 and upgrade to a free LED Spinner; Spend $40 or more and upgrade to a DC Superhero Spinner!
    • Ravensburger, HABA and WonderForge brand Kids Games are all 15% off.
    • All Character Kites and Delta Flyer Kites are buy 1 get 1 half off.

All of these offers are available only on November 10

For Thanksgiving we will be closed on November 24 and 25, but we’ll be open on the 26th with even more great sales. We’ll be announcing those soon!

And while I know it’s a little early to talk Christmas, be on the look out for more information involving our Santa and Gingerbread day on December 1! This is one of our all-time favorite events and you won’t want to miss out on all the great activities and fun that we have.

Wrath & Glory – Play with the Designer

On November 3rd you have the opportunity to come play Wrath & Glory: Warhammer 40K the brand new Role Playing with the lead designer, Ross Watson! This is a unique opportunity to play the game with the designer who brought it to market. Ross knows the universe of 40k and the Wrath & Glory system in a way few can. And as a bonus, bring your copy of Wrath & Glory so Ross can sign it!
Why come play Wrath & Glory? Explore the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium as you have never seen it before. Die-pool mechanics guide the story as players explore the Imperium Nihilus, a region of space cut off from the light of Terra. Play as Space Marines fighting along the soldiers of the Imperial Guard and the priest of the Adeptus Ministroum as they attempt to carve order out of the Gilead Sector. If the game interests you, pick it up for your home group and explore the Dark Imperium through these lenses or as Eldar, Orks, and Chaos.

X-Wing Store Wars

Our exclusive Petries X-Wing team, the Starbursts, made a trip to Denver to represent your store at the Store Wars event. Multiple teams showed up representing their home stores. While we didn’t win the tournament we had a lot of fun and ultimately, that’s what it’s all about anyway, right?

Thanks to Wendy, Jason, Stuart, Daryl, and Matt for making us proud.

Here are some photos from the event.

MAGIC TRADE CHANGES COMING

Magic constitutes the greatest volume of traded-in used product in the gaming-hobby industry. Articles all over the web compare it to an unregulated stock market, experiencing drops and gains that would make Wall Street itself run in fear.

Recent trends have made it necessary for us to reassess our numbers. Starting in October we will be changing our percentages and we wanted to give you as much advance notice as possible.

Card for card trades remain the same. For each card traded in, you receive 60% for Magic cards in the store for other value cards (does not apply to bulk commons, uncommons and lands).

Commons and Uncommons will also stay at 2 for 1—for every 2 commons you trade in, you may take any other common in the commons boxes; similarly for every 2 uncommons you trade in, you may take any other uncommon in the commons boxes. We do not price out these cards individually, although any common or uncommon that exceeds a dollar is put into the “value card binders” and treated like a rare card.

For store credit, 45% of the value of cards traded in can be applied to your account to spend on product. And finally, for cash, 30% of the value of cards traded in will be paid out in cash.

Currently we are closed to buying cards. We do this on occasion to catch up on work loads or if we’re at our budget for buying. So please check back with us on a monthly basis.

All numbers are rounded off to the nearest dollar when assessing how much credit or cash is received.

If any of this information is confusing or concerning, please contact us and let us know. 

CS BOARDGAMERS MOVES TO GOOGLE GROUPS

The Colorado Springs Boardgamers has recently moved to using Google Groups. For many years they have existed over on Yahoo. Yahoo Groups had become cumbersome and it was important to create continuity before things completely died off. This is a trial run, and there may be other changes depending on how successful google groups is for the community.

The associated Google Calendar has also been created.  You can configure the Calendar to personalize event notifications, and of course all CSBG Calendar subscribers will see the events you posted covering the wide array of board and card game events all over the city.
You do need to apply for permission to see the group but with three moderators currently working to make the group as active and verbose as possible, response time should be minimal.
The CSBG exists as a loose confederation of former strangers that enjoy playing all kinds of board games. The primary function of the group is to get players talking to other players and setting up gaming opportunities. [There are] two public monthly sessions, but there are many other chances to play.

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn League and Casual Play

We’re bringing Ashes to you as a monthly event starting in August. Every 1st Saturday at 10:00 am. We want to bring new players to the game as well as to serve as an event where players already in love with the game can practice and play. If you want to learn to play, we have you covered—there is no need to bring or have any of the cards. For everyone else, bring your favorite decks and prepare for battle.

Ashes is a card game from Plaid Hat Games, originally published in 2015. It uses traditional deck building design mixed with dice all wrapped up in a package of some of the most beautiful artwork in gaming history.

From the publisher: Players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world. These characters are the great saviors of their civilizations. Before they came into existence, the humans were plagued by monsters like chimeras that took away their lands and forced them to live in walled-off cities. When the Phoenixborns came, they fought off the chimeras and freed the lands for humans to take over once again.

But the time of peace was short-lived. A prophecy arose that if one Phoenixborn was able to absorb enough Ashes of others, they would ascend into full gods and take mastery over this world. This, as well as humans’ greed for land, fueled the War of Ashes. The great cities now fight among each other, each one of them with a Phoenixborn at its helm, and you will decide who will rise and who will fall to ashes.

Family Summer Game Packs

One of the memories I have from childhood revolves around the summers I was stuck in a cabin or trailer in the mountains without any electronics and most of the books in my possession already read. My sister and I spent hours replaying games over and over. We’re talking about the classics of family games but also the best of Hoyle’s use of a standard poker deck.

Party games, Kids games, Card games… these are the staples of road trips, camping trips and the best companions to full-on boredom. With the electronic revolution, these situations rarely come up in our lives now, but we’d like to help you out for the similar moments you MAY have for the remainder of the summer.

We’ve combined packs of family, cards, party and travel games wrapped together in packs and no matter what the actual selling price, they are all just $25. Each bundle has a minimum of 5 titles and each one has at LEAST one game of renowned fame or high ranking.

X-WING STORE CHAMPIONSHIP

Once again, we had a record breaking attendance at our X-Wing Store Championships this year. We want to thank everyone that attended and hope we see you all return again soon!

Asa Graff (1st Place) Flew 2 A-Wings, 2 X-Wings and a Sheathipede Shuttle
Jon Connely (2nd Place) Flew Soontir Fell in a Tie Interceptor and Cpt. Chearno in a Decimator

Here are the highlights from the day in pictures.

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