Since 2014, the store has selected a Stocking Stuffer of the Year. The games winning this honor have to meet three criteria:
1) cost less than $20
2) easily fit in a stocking
3) Be a lot of fun to play
This year we chose Antidote from Bellwether Games because it fits all three criteria. On several occasions, we have played the game at the store and players wanted to start another game as soon as they finished the first one. Add in the fact that the publisher, Bellwether Games, is located here in Carbondale and you can see why Antidote is our choice for Stocking Stuffer of the Year
What is the Stocking Stuffer of the Year? Each year we select a game that meets three criteria:
- It is fun to play
- It has a small package, the better to fit into a stocking
- It costs less than $20
The Stocking Stuffer of the Year in 2014 was Asmodee’s Timeline, a fun game that only costs $14.99 and in which knowledge of history helps but is not necessary. 2015’s choice was Love Letter, a neat little game of bluffing that can play in less than 15 minutes.
What is 2016’s Stocking Stuffer of the Year? Check back here on Monday or listen to Scott on Talk of the Town at 1o a.m. on December 12.
The pre-release for the new set of Magic, Kaladesh, takes place this weekend. We will open at 10 a.m. on Friday. Sept. 23rd and close about 4 a.m. Saturday for the first pre-release. Pre-releases take place at Midnight Saturday morning, 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon then again at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and 4:30 (or whenever the 12:30 p.m. tournament ends) p.m. All of the tournaments are sealed deck, except the 4:30 Sunday which is a two headed giant. Entry is $30 at the door or $25 for any single tournament if prepaid by 9 p.m. Sept. 21. $80 for all 4. Players entering in all four also receive a limited edition Castle Perilous playmat. See you this weekend.
The SoIl Roller Girls came to the store today and played board games, finishing with a couple of rounds of Happy Salmon:
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We have had several people asking about the Superfight card game. While we have a few of the expansions in stock, most of them and the base game are currently out of stock at the manufacturer, who expects a new printing to arrive mid-June
Enterplay has allowed the store to host the ONLY My Little Pony TCG tournament in Illinois and the only one in a roughly 300 mile radius of Carbondale. The next closest regional tournament are in Lafayette Ind. and Lee’s Summit MO. The tournament is scheduled for Noon on February 20 and costs only $5 to enter.
Carbondale’s own Bellwether Games will be here from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, offering players the chance to play Antidote, Drop Site and their soon to be released Swamped games.
With the pre-release for the new Magic set coming up this weekend and Battle for Zendikar releasing October 2, WOTC has kindly released the deck list for the Battle for Zendikar Event Decks and there is some pretty nice stuff in there.
Bellwether Games, publisher of Drop Site and Antidote, will be in the store Friday, September 11 from 12:30 to 2:30 running demos of both games as well as playtesting new variations and new games in development.
In order to try a different Modern format, we will start running Modern Peasant Magic tournament every Monday night for 4 weeks and see if there is any interest. Cost is $5.
For those unfamiliar with the Peasant format, all tournament Magic rules apply but your deck consists of a maximum of 5 uncommons with all other cards in your deck uncommon.