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The Board and Card Game Tournaments are our way to get more titles on the table for you. Most of the time these aren’t tournaments, per se, but more chances to learn and play your favorite titles. When ever possible, we want to award a copy of the game to a random participant so that you can win just for attending! Additionally, some titles have hard to find prize support of alternate miniatures, cards and promos. So the only way you can score this bling for your copy of the game is to come to store events.
Never hesitate to attend these events for lack of experience. We are always willing to teach and help you learn as you play.
More Ashes events are being planned and another run of board games coming in August!


The next set is coming! Yes Magic fans, the core sets are back and we’re bringing you tons of events to celebration. All of the Drafts, Showdowns, and League events plus the PreRelease events are coming your way starting next week!
And don’t forget to pre-order your boosters, bundles and planeswalker decks, available at pre-release special prices now!

Envoy Demo Events at Petrie’s!

Envoy is a company dedicated to bringing together the gaming industry — essentially bridging the gap between manufacturers and fans — by creating events so the games can be seen and played.

All of these events are free to play and we encourage all ages and all experiences to attend. Learn and play so you can find hidden gems that may be your next favorite title.

More are planned so please contact us and watch our calendar for events planned in August and the rest of 2018!

Formula D League

Racing fans it’s time to start your engines! 
Formula D is a high stakes Formula One type racing game where the players race simulated cars with the hope of crossing the finish line first. We run a league play game featuring multiple tracks all for fun. Join us monthly as we feature a new track each time. No need to commit to every session—just have fun!
Formula De was originally produced in 1991 and was reprinted as Formula D in 2008. After more than 25 years, it is still considered one of the top designer games ever created. We use a hybrid of both versions, utilizing boards from across the history of the game.
This has become an annual tradition for us and we look forward to hosting it again. We provide the boards and pieces—all you have to do is bring your willingness to have fun!
No reservations necessary, just show up at 6pm and we’ll get you in the race.

RPG Newsletter – June 2018

Free RPG Day is a national event that allows fans of role-playing games a chance to try out titles and receive free swag doing it! All day long we’ll have a table of RPG treasures that you can choose from (we’re asking that you take no more than 2 so everyone can get something) and then you can take part in one of the MANY games we have planned. It all happens this Saturday from 10 to 10!
Games are in blocks of 2 to 4 hours so you have the opportunity to experience a lot of games! The schedule is as follows (subject to change):



Pathfinder – Eric 10AM
Starfinder – Eric 2PM
Warhammer – JM 10AM
Warhammer – JM 3PM
Modern Age – Chris 7:30PM (Not Confirmed)
Shadowrun – Mark 10AM
Broken Sphere – Carl 12PM
Broken Sphere – Carl 2PM
Numenera – Lisa 5PM
D&D – Lenny 10AM
D&D – Lenny 2:30PM
Starfinder – Kaleb 11AM
Kids on Bikes – Brandt 3PM
Warhammer – Daniel 11AM
Fiasco – Grant 3PM
Misspent Youth – Grant 6PM
If you are a GM, we could still fit you in. Do you want to run a game? Let us know right away and we can add you in as an afternoon or evening game. All GM’s get a choice of GM gift and a copy of the free material matching the game you are running.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve moved the monthly showcase to a weekly reoccurring event. Every Tuesday at 6:30PM we run an independent RPG for a few sessions… enough to let you get a good taste of a mini-campaign before moving on to the next title.
We’re asking that you bring your imagination and your dice as we cover tons of genre’s, settings and game mechanics!
On June 29 at 6PM, as part of our Friday Night RPG, we are testing a new RPG Reality Shift. We’re needing players and are hoping to fill the table in order to get the full experience! No reservations needed, just show up!
We are starting our 15 and under campaign for the summer. Starting June 23, it will run through August every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 1 to 3. This is a kids only table but we ask that parents/guardians stay and watch younger kids. This is limited to two table with 3-6 kids per table maximum. Generally a snack break happens in the middle to help with focus at the table. If interested, please RSVP today.

Any questions? Visit our Role Playing Page for the latest updates or contact the store. RPG events at the store are managed by Cameron and JM-all questions can be addressed to them.

GameCon X was a success!

Last month we saw the return of GameCon at Rampart High School, a local con that happens twice a year specifically for high school and junior high aged kids. This is one of our favorite events as it establishes one of our core components: community involvement. There’s such a great sense of comradery among those running the event and the kids attending demonstrate a constant joy and excitement all day long.
According to the GameCon leadership, GameCon X on was a huge success:
  • We had nearly 500 students and spectators from more than 70 schools across the Pikes Peak Region and beyond!
  • We had more than 150 adult and student volunteers assist in the running of games and set-up!
  • We served 175 pizzas!
  • We had an amazing array of tabletop games, including dozens of roleplaying games, board games, miniature war games, and collectible card games.
  • We had excellent community partners, including the Pikes Peak Library District, Petrie’s Family Games, Gamer’s Haven, GalaxyFest, Sheath Comics, AmtGuard, and more.

If you would like to volunteer for GameCon XI, on  November 10, 2018, let Cameron know so he can begin communicating what Petrie’s will be supporting the next time around.

GenCon 50 – Day 3 part 1

Today was when many of the late attendees arrive and it got even busier. We did our best to get in as many demos as we could and for presentations, Jake took in Fantasy Flight’s Flight Report while Cam attended TCG Player’s report.

For FFG the only piece of news that hadn’t already broke was their new miniature game set completely in the Star Wars universe called Legion. Otherwise it was a confirmation of the new reprint of Twilight Imperium, West End’s Star Wars, and several of the up coming expansions and new product. They did finally confirm the retail date for L5R will be the first week of October.

Additional buzz surrounded the news of Endeavour getting reprinted but not by Z-Man but rather by Burnt Island Games.

Cam demoed a Kickstarter called Outlaws: Last Man Standing. Each player has western characters that stand so the opponent doesn’t know which one is which. Through various special powers, players manipulate positions while trying to deduce where the opponents characters are hiding. There are three ways of winning: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Good is having your governor get elected; Bad is having your hitman kill the opponents governor; Ugly is arresting a hitman attempting a kill with your marshal.

Don and Cam found a fun bluffing game called Cake Duel. The premise is sheep attacking other sheep to get their cake but watch out for Wolfie, the wolf in sheep’s clothing trying to get… cake. It plays a little like Liar’s Dice mixed with Love Letter, and is made up of only about 20 cards. The packaging is amazing and overall we’re looking forward to the whimsical art and simple design to show up in retail very soon.

There’s a lot more but it’s late so we’ll do more tomorrow.

GenCon 50 – Day 2

Exhaustion. After just 1 day of carrying around bags of product and computer equipment I believe there is a level of exhaustion that not even DisneyWorld can bring to a body. Golf ball sized knots in both shoulders now exist where bag straps hung yesterday.

The number of people that a sold out GenCon consists of is indescribable. We arrived for the early entry to the first day of the product room and found ourselves in this line. Keep in mind that this is JUST the early entry people and this line wrapped around the event room—just so folks could get to product first at full price. This is the gamer’s equivalent of “Early Adapters” and what we frequently refer to as “Cult of the New”. At one point, one of the line guards “threatened” us by saying if we didn’t have proper tickets or stay in specific boundaries, they would ship us off to Germany. After weighing shopping for games against historical castle tour in Germany, both of us considered the threat better than the benefit, but we stayed in line anyway seeing as we had to be back in Colorado on Monday.

The size of the vendor room is massive. And the overall selection is enormous. Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the industry, you find Bob Ross: The Art of Chill game. This is the game where “Happy Little Trees” and helping “Clouds Live There” is a game mechanic.

Jake attended the Paizo report which was mainly about their new sci-fi universe Starfinder (which is available now). While this isn’t news they confirmed that Starfinder has a pathfinder-like society, and adventure paths which are scheduled for every other month and about half the size. The Alien Vault is their Monster Manual with about 30 different player classes plus monsters, making this a manual for both players and GMs. A miniature line is planned by Team Ninja and it will include both iconic characters and ships.

Many of you have heard of the Star Trek Borg Cube for the new role playing game and while it has been building up as the thing of legends we can confirm it does exist. This is the master set of sets for anyone that love Trek, role playing or both. The box acts as storage for miniatures books and dice, plus the out shell comes off to act as your GM Screen. Additionally, all the print and app materials look and act like a Next Generation Data PADD.

Since this is the 50th anniversary, one of the exhibits is a reenactment of the very first Geneva Convention. And before you think that means a small room with two folding tables in it, let me say that they went out of their way to find several of the old-guard and gather together a museum of monument break-throughs in gaming. The museum guides are gentlemen who have some personal investment in the industry—including our own Gary Adkison—and it was obviously assembled with great love and care in the middle of the Colts football stadium.

Rather than explain the full experience in words, I’ll let the photos do the talking:

A tribute to Gary Gygax and a replica of the Horticulture Hall where the first convention was held.

The original French game that would later be known as Risk

The original prototype board for “Dungeon” the classic D&D board game

A limited edition of the internal only black cover 3.5 edition D&D. These were given to employees only

This is the school notebook of Jonathan Tweet, the future author of later editions of D&D. It’s fun to think of him as a dreaming D&D player before he became the influential figure he became.

1st edition Catan

The first Civilization as well as many key publications from throughout the years

GenCon 50 – Day 2 Prologue

Day 2 was filled with L5R goodness, a better surveillance of the various events and games, plus a walk through of the replica museum of the first GenCon (as part of the anniversary). However, the short story here is that the 700+ participants L5R tournament started 4 hours late (!!) and we just got our first meal of the day at 10:30 pm. Not expecting to do much but sleep. We’ll write more in the morning.

GenCon 50 – Day 1

Cameron here. This is the first stream of thought post live from GenCon 2017.

We arrived in Indiana and survived the first day of GenCon #50. Plenty of the Petrie’s regulars are here and several Colorado gaming regulars that many of you would know from Gamefest and local podcasts. It’s like a little reunion of sorts.

Oh, here’s a picture of Don on a Catan Sheep.

I spent most of the day at the retailer and educator seminars. Won’t bore you with the details on most of those but I have some ideas to improve our Magic singles and our Store Library. More on that in the coming weeks as I assess if the ideas work in Petrie’s.

The big topic of discussion is Fantasy Flight’s redo of Legends of the 5 Rings. I’ll let you troll the internet for the various reviews out there but to keep it short, most of what people are saying is that it exceeds expectations, keeps what fans of the original wanted kept and streamlines most of the rules. Tomorrow is the big day and Jake will be playing in the first L5R tournament. I’ll get you details on his results.

Here’s a photo of Don wrangling a Catan Sheep.

We ran into the folks of the Boardgame Corner and are looking forward to spending time with them. They are one of the shows from the Dice Tower family of shows and are from Fort Collins and regulars of Gamefest.

Shortly afterwards we ran into some of the regular LCG players from Denver and regular attendees at Petrie’s LCG tournaments, plus some of the minds behind The Art of Warcast, a podcast out of Denver that focuses on the new L5R. They are also judging in the L5R tournaments so visit their podcast to hear them after they are no longer under their non-disclosure agreement of the starter set.

Later we were able to try Iello’s new title “Mountains of Madness” the cooperative based on the Lovecraft novel of the same name. It’s part adventure game, part party game with a resource management element reminiscent of a Forbidden Island/Desert thrown in for added stress. The party game element comes from madness cards that are progressively given to players as they make their way up the mountain. These madness cards can be anything from “Look under the table at the beginning of each round (Paranoia)” to “Repeat everything you say twice”.

As for news and announcements, there wasn’t much of that today but we’re expecting a lot tomorrow. Jake went to the Paizo presentation, so we’ll have some of that for you (mostly news about StarFinder which will be available at Petrie’s this week). Also, Fantasy Flight’s announcement that they will do an anniversary reprint of West End’s original Star Wars role playing game.

The one thing I keep getting asked the most is whether L5R will be available on the retail level at the same time as the GenCon release, and that is finally answered as ‘no’ but we expect it to happen in the next couple of weeks.

We’ll talk to you more tomorrow.

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