Tricks and Treats
It has been a hectic couple months here, school is back in, which means a farewell to some of our regulars, and a hello to many new ones, we expanded our in stock products a fair bit, and had yet another Magic release, this time it was Theros. That release went excellently, we tried a two day series of events and both were well attended, we are still small time compared to some of the other established stores, but we are making a mark anyway.
Soon we will have been open for a full year! Of course we are having a party, and of course you are invited, November 1st will be the anniversary day, which will have cake and a raffle in addition to our normal Friday Night events. Saturday the second will continue things with our local games showcase, this is an opportunity for local designers to show off their product to the public, if you are working on a game this is a great time to do some playtesting, if you have a finished product we'll be happy to try it out and give you some exposure.
Also this month is Warhammer 40k! We will start things off with a learn to play day on the 27th, followed by painting on the following week, and then beginning a Kill Team series of games after that, Kill Team is a very small scale style of play, almost a cross between a role-playing game and a wargame, and a good way to get into the hobby.
Magic is also not being left out, we are finally starting up the Unplugged Games EDH league! All you have to do to join is register your name with us and pay a $10 entry fee, then earn points by playing games at the store, at the end of November the top scorer will receive one of the new Commander decks being released by Wizards of the Coast this year.
In a massive break with tradition, we have a site update sooner than eight months from the previous one! I know, I'm scared too.
July went well for us, the M14 prerelease was our biggest event yet and a good time was had by all. We also had a World of Warcraft: Reign of Fire Sneak Peak event that succeeded fantastically. Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to running more of them.
Speaking of which, M14 Game Day is coming up on the 10th, this is a great opportunity to see how some of the new cards are fitting into the tournament scene, and should be interesting if nothing else. Also we are starting to see information about the next block: Theros, we will be running two days of prerelease events for this and September 21st and 22nd. There are some pretty cool plans in the works for the release events for this set, so keep your eyes open on that.
Role-Playing has been strong here, our D&D Encounters sessions remain popular, and Wizards of the Coast has been putting out a lot of very interesting stuff in preparation for the next session: Murder in Baldur's Gate. Having read some of the background and adventures, I am pretty excited as well, there is a lot of neat stuff in here and fans of the PC games will see some familiar places and faces. Forgotten Realms has always been my favorite of the D and D settings, and it is looking like they are going to have some big stuff happen, stuff which might even be altered by the players choices during the Encounters season. This will also be available in 3.5, 4th, or D and D Next.
A number of board games and so on have been popular, see the sidebars for more information on my favorite, so we have settled on Tuesday evenings as being a good time to showcase one of them every week. come by after 6PM to get in on that.
In The Good Old Summertime
Unplugged Games has been open for 8 months now, and we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us along so far by sharing their love of games and gaming with us. During that time we have expanded our product lines, become a Wizards Play Network core level store, and managed to get the AC working, so this summer promises to be full of fun.
For our Magic: The Gathering players, the news about becoming a core level store is important because it allows us to do things like get foil promo cards for our weekly tournaments, participate in the buy-a-box promotions, and host pre-release events, the last is cool because on July 13th we will be hosting a pre-release for M14! The event will start at 12PM and go until it is over, prizes and snacks will be provided, and we will be doing a Magic trivia contest throughout the event that you can win stuff at as well. In the week leading up to the pre-release we will be running learn to play events to teach people new to the game, or for people coming back after an absence, 30 card intro decks will be provided for free!
World of Warcraft players will not be left out, July 20th is the sneak preview event for Reign of Fire, the latest in the Timewalkers block, the tournament will begin at 6PM and go until completion, the format is sealed deck. Just like with Magic, we will be running a learn to play WoW day in the week leading up to the event so come on in, grab a store deck, and learn to play!