This week

Saturday, Clash of Arms will be in to demonstrate the War is Hell Series Card Game: The Hell of Stalingrad. Demo will start at 5.

Tuesday is Classic Battletech at 6. This Sunday is the first day of the Battletech RPG.

For the Magic players, there is no draft on Wednesday and Friday will be Two Headed Giant.

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, May 8th will be Legend of the 5 Rings day. A single price will include a standard deck, a deck constructed by one of our advanced players and as many freebies as we can get to you. Details coming soon.

Sunday, May 23 is the Flames of War Tournament. We will be a regional qualifier.

This week

Tuesday: Magic in the afternoon. 6:00 open board games. 5:00 WoW TCGs.

Wednesday night, the figure painters will continue to laugh at my attempts to paint my RoboRally figures.

Thursday, we will be playing Legends of the 5 Rings.

Friday, starting at 6:30 we will be running Magic. Most of our players are interested in arriving and starting earlier, so we will be trying that.

Saturday
12:00 Blood Bowl
5:00 Hell in Stalingrad
6:00 Open Gaming

Sunday, the FOW Escalation League is at 1500 points. Battletech RPG at 1.

FOW results

While Chris was training a new player, Colin and Pete fought (2,7). Then Bob and Gary slugged it out for 5vs3.

  • Bob 31
  • Colin 30
  • Pete 30
  • Gary 26
  • Rich 26
  • Chris 25
  • Butch 19
  • Tom 14
  • Carl 13
  • Alex 13
  • Charlie 7
  • Nick 6
  • Ken 6
  • Erik 5

Mystery Express – quick review

Last week I got a chance to play Mystery Express a new game from Days of Wonder. The one sentence description is “like Clue on a train.” While that is the jumping off point, it takes it to the next level.

Instead of 1 set of cards for suspects there are 2 sets. To rule someone out, you have to see both in one turn (or know where they both are). For most of the game, cards shift hands and are then placed in a player’s discard pile. The same is true for the method, motive and location cards. This means that you need to pay attention during other people’s turn to see where cards you give out end up.

The fifth element to solve for is the time of the murder. There are 3 sets of time cards and instead of being in player’s hands, they are shown to you quickly using different methods. If you are a good card counter you can solve it easily.

While I found it enjoyable, I discovered that it is a bad game to play while running a store. If you don’t watch the others’ turns, you will lose track of where cards end up and won’t be able to solve for all five elements. This is a game to sharpen your deductive powers and manage your time. I’d give it a strong 7 out of 10.

FOW sneak attack

Since Butch can’t make it this weekend, he and Colin snuck in a quick game to start the 1500 point armies.

Final score, Colin 5, Butch 4. This puts Colin in first place.

This week

Wednesday, this will be the last time we use Worldwake for a booster draft.

This Saturday, the EPGS will be here all day. Feel free to come out for war games and board games all day long.

This Sunday, the Flames of War Escalation League goes to 1500 points.

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, May 1st Clash of Arms will be in to demonstrate the War is Hell Series Card Game: The Hell of Stalingrad. Demo will start at 5.

Saturday, May 8th will be Legend of the 5 Rings day. A single price will include a standard deck, a deck constructed by one of our advanced players and as many freebies as we can get to you. Details coming soon.

Sunday, May 23 is the Flames of War Tournament. We will be a regional qualifier.

This week

Tuesday: Magic in the afternoon continues. At 6 we will be starting open board games – if you have a request for a specific game, feel free to ask. The World of Warcraft TCGs players will also be in on Tuesday night.

Wednesday night, the figure painters will continue to laugh at my attempts to paint my RoboRally figures. The last Worldwake Magic Draft will be this week.

Thursday, we will be playing Legends of the 5 Rings.

Friday, starting at 6:30 we will be running Magic. Most of our players are interested in arriving and starting earlier, so we will be trying that.

Saturday

  1. 10-10 EPGS – war games and board games all day
  2. 12:00 Blood Bowl

Sunday, the FOW Escalation League is at 1500 points.

This week

Sunday at noon is the pre-release tournament for the new Magic set, Rise of the Eldrazi. The $30 fee gets you 8 booster packs, promo cards, free pizza and prizes. Prizes will be awarded at the rate of 3 packs for each 2 people that register.

Speaking of magic, there is a new promotion for Friday Night Magic. For each new player that has never been to the store before, you will receive 3 punches on your booster card. Bring in three people for a free booster pack.

Saturday is Shadowfist Saturday. Shadowfist is the Hong Kong cinematic action card game. Games starts at 1.

Competing for your attention will be the Warmachine Mk II Demo going on at the same time.

Saturday evening, Chris has promised to bring his open copy of the new Days of Wonder game, Mystery Express.

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, May 1st Clash of Arms will be in to demonstrate the War is Hell Series Card Game: The Hell of Stalingrad. Demo will start at 5.

Saturday, May 8th will be Legend of the 5 Rings day. A single price will include a standard deck, a deck constructed by one of our advanced players and as many freebies as we can get to you. Details coming soon.

Sunday, May 23 is the Flames of War Tournament. We will be a regional qualifier.

This week

Tuesday: Magic in the afternoon continues. At 6 we will be starting open board games – if you have a request for a specific game, feel free to ask. The World of Warcraft CCGs players will also be in on Tuesday night.

Wednesday night, the figure painters will continue to laugh at my attempts to paint my RoboRally figures. No Magic Draft this week.

Thursday, we will be playing Legends of the 5 Rings.

Friday, starting at 6:30 we will be running Magic. Most of our players are interested in arriving earlier and starting earlier, so we will be trying that.

Saturday
*12:00 Blood Bowl
*5 or 6 as the crowd filters out, we have open board games. The game cabinet is full of interesting things, and you can feel free to bring your own. We continue to have a growing crowd for games.

Sunday, the FOW Escalation League is at 1200 points.

FOW Results

The Fallschirmjager suffered losses while defeating the Russian Strelkovy (Colin 5, Gary 4).

The British ground the Strelkovy to a stand-still for an inconclusive victory (Butch 3, Gary 3).

Rich 26
Bob 26
Chris 25
Colin 25
Pete 23
Gary 23
Butch 15
Tom 14
Carl 13
Alex 13
Charlie 7
Nick 6
Ken 6
Erik 5

We like Evil Hat

Evil Hat Productions is releasing The Dresden Files RPG. Because they are cooler than your average company, they have a special deal with us. If you stop into the store and pre-pay for the hardcover version of the game, we will give you the current draft version of the game in a PDF file. So, you can have the rules now, and the hardcover as soon as it comes out.

How sweet of a deal is that?