What We're Playing!

Ever wondered what games the guys behind the counter enjoy in their off time? Wonder no longer! This is What We're Playing!

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Ben - Century: Spice Road

If you know me, you know I love simple mechanics in a fast-paced game, and Century: Spice Road (my new love) certainly delivers. In this hand management/card drafting game, players are caravan leaders traveling the famed Silk Road, trading spices for gold and glory. Each player can only take one of four actions per turn (establish a trade route, harvest spices, claim a victory point card, or rest to refill their hand), so gameplay is smooth and strategic with no room for wasted actions.

On top of it all, the game looks fantastic! The art is beautiful and housed on large, colorful Tarot-size cards. Played in under an hour, Century: Spice Road is one of my favorite new games, and I'm extremely excited by the sequels to come in the Century series! If you're curious about the game and want to know more, just ask me!

More on Century: Spice Road >>

 
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Nick - Star Wars Destiny

This month I am playing Fantasy Flight's first CCG: Star Wars Destiny! It is a fast paced card game that also uses dice when playing. The game brings a bunch of old favorites from the movies as well as new characters from the new movies and TV shows.

The game starts with you bringing anywhere from one to four characters to battle your opponents, from force users to bounty hunters and everything in between. Each character brings special dice to the table that have a bunch of different effects depending on what side of the dice you roll.  You also have a deck of cards you use to power up your characters in order to defeat the other player's characters.

Star Wars Destiny is a fast game that plays very easily, but is complex enough to keep you coming back for more gameplay. I really recommend it to any Star Wars fan as well as any card game player!

More on Star Wars Destiny >>

 
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Corey - Lovecraft Letter

Lovecraft Letter is a Lovecraftian twist on the classic card game Love Letter. The original is well known for being a dead simple to learn and play, quick card game that's guaranteed to have a theme that will suit anyone, from Batman to Archer and just about anything in between.

Lovecraft Letter introduces not only a new theme, but for the first time new mechanics as well! If you're unfamiliar with Love Letter, I'll give you a quick rundown. Each player is dealt one card, which will have various abilities. On your turn, you draw one card and play one card. Their abilities let you do various things like looking at another player's hand or knocking another player out of the round if you can guess the card in their hand. The last person still in the round gets a point, and the first person to an agreed point total wins.

In this new version of the game, eldritch influences from beyond can corrupt your mind and drive you insane. This leads to newfound powers though; certain cards have additional abilites that are only accessible once you are insane. These new abilities are much more powerful than their sane counterparts, however it is harder to win the game in this state. You only have to win two rounds while sane to win the game, but it takes three to emerge victorious while under the otherworldly influence.

Whether you're looking for a quick and easy new game to play, or want a new twist on your Love Letter games, Lovecraft Letter is a great addition to anyone's collection!

More on Lovecraft Letter >>

 

That's all this time around, but be sure to check back in next month for a glimpse into what's new, what's good, and What We're Playing!

This Month's New Games - Labyrinth, Mountains of Madness, Viral, and more!

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Mountains of Madness!

Based on the novel by H. P. Lovecraft, Mountains of Madness is a fully cooperative game with a pinch of real-time gameplay. We have special early access to this fantastic new title, so stop by and check it out for yourself before it's available anywhere besides your friendly local game store!

Players have to cooperate to reach the top of the Mountain and then escape safely, but you realize that the higher you fly, the crazier your teammates become! Will you work together to gather the necessary equipment and overcome your madness, or become another victim of the mountain?

 

 

Viral!

You are a deadly virus!

Viral is a two to five player game where you are a deadly virus that has just infected a patient. Your objective is to mutate and take over the host’s organs. Choose your strategy carefully, as too many viruses present in an organ will cause the Immune System will wipe all viruses. The doctors are researching a cure for you, and other players’ viruses in the body are sure to get in your way!
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Bunny Kingdom!

Play as Rabbit Lords conquering a new world on behalf of the Bunny King.

Take control of vast Territories across the New World, build Cities, and farm Resources to make your Fiefs prosper and harvest precious Golden Carrots. Don't forget to satisfy the King by accomplishing missions on behalf of his Majesty.

Each choice can bring you closer to victory, but only one of you will be named "Big Ears" by the Bunny King...
Will you be worthy?
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Star Wars Destiny: Empire at War!

Just like Spirit of Rebellion brought the characters of Rogue One to players’ games, Empire at War brings the thrilling action of Star Wars Rebels to the tabletop.

Including new characters like Mace Windu and Thrawn, no Star Wars fan will want to miss this exciting new Destiny set!
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D&D: Tomb of Annihilation!

Dare to defy death

A curse appears to be affecting everyone who's ever been raised from the dead, causing them to slide slowly but steadily toward the death they once denied. Can you solve the mystery of Chult when so many before you have failed?
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Age of Sigmar!

The Age of Sigmar General's Handbook 2017 has arrived, and with it a host of new box sets for your Warhammer pleasure!
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New Open War cards to get you gaming right away, Spiderfang Grots, Aleguzzler Gargants, Daughters of Khaine and many more await. No matter your faction of choice, we've got the starter box for you!
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Dungeon Masters Screen: Reincarnated!

This freshly revamped DM Screen provides an at-a-glance reference for the most relevant and often used in-game information, equipping Dungeon Masters of all skill levels with essential support. The interior rules content on this new screen has been revisited and refreshed as a direct result of feedback received from D&D fans everywhere.
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Munchkin: Rick and Morty!

Wubalubadubdub, Rick And Morty fans! Munchkin: Rick And Morty melds the monster-slaying and role-playing of classic Munchkin with cyborgs, aliens, demons, and other assorted gonzo dangers. Play as familiar characters and work together (or not) to defeat the greatest adversaries in the Rick and Morty universe!
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DC Deckbuilder: Multiverse Box!

Like the Multiverse itself, the DC Comics Deck-Building Game continues to expand and now there is finally a place to contain it all. Inside the DC Comics Deck-Building Game Multiverse Box, you can store all of the currently available cards with plenty of room for expansions to come!

While you're at it, don't forget to pick up the new Birds of Prey Crossover Pack!
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Codenames: Duet!

You and your partner are on a secret mission to a crowded city. Your objective: to contact 15 agents while avoiding a band of enemy assassins. You know the agents that your partner can contact safely. Your partner knows the agents you can contact safely. By giving each other one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board, you try to find all the agents before your turns run out.

Featuring classic Codenames gameplay and compatiblity, this is a great addition to any gamer's shelf!
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Smash Up: Big in Japan!

Smash Up is back after a vacation in the far east, and it brought all new factions like you’ve never seen before! Unless you, like, watch TV or movies, or read comics or something. But who does that?
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D&D Spellbook Cards!

This deck of spell cards are an invaluable resource for any magic-user. No more flipping through pages of spells in the rulebook!
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Downforce!

Bid! Race! Win!

Tires screech. Gears shift. Drivers push their million-dollar cars to the limit. The difference between victory and defeat could be a single card.

Downforce is a restoration of Wolfgang Kramer’s classic. For nearly 40 years, this card-driven racing game has been the delight of gamers and families. Known by many names – Top Race, Daytona 500, Cleveland Grand Prix – it's brought to you now as Downforce.
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Heroclix: The Mighty Thor!

The Mighty Thor calls down the lightning in his triumphant return to Marvel HeroClix! Discover new characters, weapons, and more in this colossal booster release!
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Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium!

Hellas & Elysium is the first expansion for Terraforming Mars. It features two new game boards which can be played instead of the main game’s Tharsis map, including new features like Olympus Mons!
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Captain Sonar: Upgrade 1!

In Captain Sonar, up to eight players take on roles manning a submarine in a fierce battle against rival players. This expansion adds new elements to your games, including five new scenarios, two brand new weapons, and different ways to play the Captain and Radio Operator roles.
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Arkham Horror LCG: The Path to Carcosa!

Pull back the curtain

A new theater production is coming to Arkham all the way from Paris. But you've uncovered a dark history...

In The Path to Carcosa, it becomes your task to uncover the secrets of this unusual play. Its two scenarios kick off the campaign with a trip to the Ward Theatre and an invitation to the formal dinner party after. But with every answer you gain and clue you uncover, you only fall deeper into mystery and madness.
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Labyrinth: The Board Game!

Will Sarah manage to defeat Jareth and his Labyrinth, or will the Goblin King turn little Toby into a goblin babe? You have thirteen hours to find out! Play with up to four friends in this fun family board game based on the classic Labyrinth movie by Jim Henson.

Labyrinth: The Board Game is finally back in stock! Stop by and pick up your copy before we run out again!
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Century: Spice Road!

Players are caravan leaders who travel the famed silk road to deliver spices to the far reaches of the continent for fame and glory. Each turn, players decide to buy spices, establish a trade route, fulfill a demand, or rest. The player who fulfills the most valuable demands by the end of the game wins!

Century: Spice Road is now back in stock! Don't miss out on this one again!
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Urban Shadows!

The city just got darker...

Urban Shadows is an urban fantasy roleplaying game where you’ll play characters struggling to survive in a dark urban environment drowning in supernatural politics. The game focuses heavily on the gritty drama and tense violence that we see so often in works like The Dresden Files, Angel and Supernatural.

We had a blast hosting our Learn to Play of Urban Shadows, and we hope those of you who attended enjoyed it as well! For anyone who missed out on a copy of the book, or has ever been interested, we've stocked up so drop by to claim yours!
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Stone Age!

In Stone Age, you take on the role of a human in a bygone era. Beginning with archaic tools, you collect wood, stone, and gold to attain higher levels of knowledge and build sturdier structures. Through diligence and insight, you can forge your way through the early days of recorded history and build the foundation of human civilization.

The long out-of-print Stone Age is finally back on shelves! This classic is a great introduction to the heavier side of board gaming.
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Descent: Journeys in the Dark!

In this board game, one player takes on the role of the treacherous overlord, and up to four other players take on the roles of courageous heroes. The heroes embark on quests and venture into dangerous caves, ancient ruins, dark dungeons, and cursed forests to battle monsters, earn riches, and attempt to stop the overlord from carrying out his vile plot.

Descent is back in stock! Stop by to pick up your copy before it's gone again!
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September 2017 Newsletter

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September has arrived, and we've got plenty in store for you this month!

Modern PPTQ Bilbao!

PPTQ Bilbao is here, and with it comes the return of the Modern Pro Tour! This is our first Modern PPTQ in a year, and we're bringing it back in a big way.

First place wins a playset of ALL 10 FETCHLANDS! On top of that, two packs of Modern Masters 2017 are going in the prize pool per entrant. You don't want to miss this one!

 

Fantasy Football!

Football season is nearly upon us, and we're inviting you to join Top Tier's first fantasy football league! We'll be hosting an in-person draft at Top Tier, complete with big board, player stickers, and free pizza to kick off the season in style.
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Urban Shadows!

Stop by and learn to play this exciting urban fantasy RPG system to change up your roleplaying routine! In Urban Shadows you’ll play characters struggling to survive in a dark urban environment drowning in supernatural politics.
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Mountains of Madness!

Mountains of Madness is our Game of the Month! Based on the novel by H. P. Lovecraft, Mountains of Madness is a fully cooperative game with a pinch of real-time gameplay.
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Star Wars Destiny!

If you've ever been interested in Star Wars Destiny, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. Pick up a two-player starter set during this Learn to Play event and get a free booster!
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After you get a start at our Learn to Play event, tune up that list and get your dice ready to roll for our monthly Destiny tournament!
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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar!

Welcome to the Age of Sigmar Doubles Tournament! Grab a friend and get to building, with 1000 points per player for a total of 2000 points. Any factions may ally for the purposes of this game.
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Heroclix!

This 400-point modern age constructed tournament is the perfect opportunity to build your best list and battle it out for glory and a Dormammu Colossal!
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Magic: the Gathering!

A Modern PPTQ isn't all we have on the plate for Magic this month. Ixalan is right around the corner, and that means prereleases! We're running midnight, noon, and evening events on Saturday, and if you think you've got the guts to call yourself an Ironman, it's only $75 for all three Saturday prereleases. The Ironman with the most match wins across all three wins an entire booster box of Ixalan! Stick around and bring a friend for our Two-Headed Giant prerelease on Sunday as well!
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With the release of Ixalan, we're saying farewell to Battle for Zendikar and Oath of the Gatewatch. Join us for one final throwback draft before they're gone!
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Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon are rotating out of standard (and our hearts) as well, so drop in again the next week for your last shot at this draft format!
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Join us for the release draft of Ixalan! Each participant will receive a special foil Launch Weekend promo (TBA) in addition to store credit to top finishers.
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Make sure you get a little practice for the prerelease in the form of one last Hour of Devastation draft before the new format arrives. Then stick around until midnight to get your prerelease on! 
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Join us for our monthly Playtest Challenge for Legacy! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style!
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Never played Magic before, need a Magic refresher, or want to introduce a friend to the game? Show up to our one day only Magic Open House to get a crash course! New players and their teachers will receive a free fully-playable Welcome Deck featuring cards from Magic's most recent set, as well as a promo.
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Star Wars X-Wing!

Whether you ally with the Empire or side with Scum and Villainy, test the mettle of your ships in our Wave Eleven Tournament for Star Wars X-Wing Minis!
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Pokemon!

Get your standard deck ready and join us for Top Tier Board Games' Fall League Cup on Saturday, September 30th 2017!
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Warhammer 40k!

Grab your best models and get those dice ready to roll, because it's time for another Warhammer 40k tournament! This ITC-sanctioned 2000pt tournament will pit you against your fellow 40k players for guts, glory, and store credit.
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Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Join us as we battle it out for the next chapter pack in the Game of Thrones Living Card Game!
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What We're Playing!

Ever wondered what games the guys behind the counter enjoy in their off time? Wonder no longer! This is What We're Playing!

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Ben - Unearth

Well folks, this month I've been delving into an exciting new game from Brotherwise Games: Unearth! Its sharp geometric artwork drew me in immediately, but the deceptively thoughtful gameplay truly amplified the experience. And considering how badly I lost, it says a lot that I couldn't wait for round two!

The game itself is fairly simple: you play as a tribe of Delvers seeking relics in lost cities from long ago via a bend-your-luck dice placement system. Each die represents one of your delvers and rolling them provides different effects. The great part is that no matter how “well” you roll, there is always a strategic benefit to further your plan. Roll low, and you're adding resources toward building wonders. Roll high, and you're competing with the best of them to claim ruins.

Each path to victory is viable and can mix in interesting ways to maximize your end of game point totals. Add in the special delver cards you gain while exploring, and you'll find that Unearth harbors some serious complexity beneath its colorful surface. We have a demo copy at Top Tier, and I highly recommend giving it a go as soon as possible!

More on Unearth >>

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Nick - Arkham Horror: The Card Game

I have been playing Arkham Horror: The Card Game.  Arkham Horror is a Living Card Game as well as an RPG.  The game follows you and your friends as you uncover evil plans of cultists as well as fighting monstrous creatures from beyond the veil.  What I like about the game is that you create your character by making a unique deck that you will use for the game. As you complete tasks and progress through the very deep story line you gain victory points that you use to purchase additional and more powerful cards to add to your character's deck.

What I love about the game is the great story it tells. With the core set you have three scenarios, and once you have completed them, there are expansions that bring you even farther down the story. Every month Fantasy Flight releases a Mythos Pack that is another chapter in the story line.  Another thing that I like is that the characters have lasting effects from previous encounters with monsters and taking injuries. I have really enjoyed this game a lot and couldn't recommend it enough. With smooth game play and the ability to play with 1 to 4 players it is a great time and a great price for a ton of fun!

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Corey - 7 Wonders

I played 7 Wonders for the first time a few weeks ago and all I could wonder was "How in the world have I never played this before?" This game is simply incredible and I've been constantly asking people to play it since. Seriously, ask me about it next time you see me. I might even play a round with you! 

The game plays out in a series of Ages, in which you draft cards to build your city. Buildings (cards) can be simple resources like clay pits or stone quarries, or other more advanced constructs like barracks to create a mighty military, a temple to cultivate culture in your city, or an observatory that supports scientific advancement. Some cards are free - usually basic resources like wood and ore - while others often require resources or gold to build. Certain cards reward you with gold when you build them, but one potentially lucrative method for obtaining gold is having desirable resources that your neighbors need. Players can pay each other to "borrow" resources they might need to build their city, but only from the people directly to their left and right.  The same applies to military conquest: you can only attack the players next to you.

Each player is also attempting to build a Wonder for the ages, which usually rewards victory points along with some in-game benefit like extra military strength or free resources. Each stage of a Wonder must be built in order, but this can done at any time. In fact, certain Wonders benefit from being completed early, while others work better late in the game. Don't worry if you don't complete yours though, as this is not required to win the game.

After three Ages the game ends and each player adds up their victory points, which can be acquired in many different ways, and the player with the highest total wins! Maybe you decided to focus on military and culture, while another player across the table attempted to gather as much gold as possible and construct their Wonder. Watch out for the player who took all the science buildings, because those points add up quickly! Whatever your chosen path to victory may be, I definitely recommend giving this game a try. If you do, come talk to me because I'd love to hear what you think about it!

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That's all this time around, but be sure to check back in next month for a glimpse into what's new, what's good, and What We're Playing!

This Month's New Games!

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Starfinder!

The long wait is over. Starfinder is finally here! This science fantasy roleplaying game, set thousands of years in Pathfinder's future, is fresh off the press and available at Top Tier today!

We've got Core Rulebooks, GM Screens, Combat Pads, Adventure Paths, and just about everything else you could need to get started right away!

 

 

Kingdomino!

Dominoes with a kingdom building twist.

Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game!
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Terraforming Mars!

Tame the Red Planet.

Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources, and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water. As terraforming progresses, more and more people will immigrate from Earth to live on the Red Planet.

Will your corporation lead the way into humanity’s new era?
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Unearth!

Reclaim forgotten glory.

Long ago, your ancestors built great cities across the world. Now your tribe of Delvers must explore forests, deserts, islands, caverns, and mountains to find these lost cities. Claim the ruins, build places of power, and restore the glory of a bygone age.
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Gobblet Gobblers!

Tic-tac-toe with a twist.

Test your memory and appetite for laughs with this easy to learn and quick game of strategy. Just line up three of your Gobblers in a row to win. But watch out! These Gobblers are hungry for fun…and other Gobblers.
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Caverna: Cave vs. Cave!

Build your cave. There's no time to lose!

With only two pairs of helping hands, you stand at the entrance to your new cave dwelling. There is much work to do!

The nearby tribe is doing better than you and this cannot stand. Carve your way deeper into the mountain and create a cozy cave. Gather grain, flax, and building materials. Mine for precious metals and become wealthier than you, or your rivals, ever dreamed!
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The Networks!

Welcome to the TV business.

You are the owner of a new television network. All you have are three awful public access shows, a small amount of cash, and endless ambition. Plus it looks like you’re not the only new TV network in town...

Snatch up the best Shows with the most popular Stars and the most lucrative Ads, get enough Shows of the same Genre to make your network stand out, and be the player who best utilizes the powers of the handy Network Cards to pull in viewers.

Whose network will get the most Viewers and win the game?
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Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar!

Warhammer 40k is booming this month, with tons of new models and accessories to herald the introduction of its eighth edition. We've got new codexes, Primaris Space Marine models, and Nurgle models as well, to fit any playstyle or army!

 

Don't worry, Age of Sigmar players, we haven't forgotten you! We have new Start Collecting boxes, including Fyreslayers, Beastclaw Raiders, and the Daemons of Slaanesh.

 
 

 

Lovecraft Letter!

A mind-shattering journey...

You’re not trying to gain affection from the Princess. You are trying to eliminate your rivals for power as you seek to understand the cosmic horror that lurks just beyond what we foolishly call “reality”.

Will you accept madness as the price that must be paid for Knowledge Man Was Not Meant to Know? Or will you attempt to hold the shreds of your sanity together in the face of eldritch nightmares attempting to enter and destroy our world?
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Plague Inc!

Infect the world.

Plague Inc: The Board Game is a strategic game of infection, evolution and extinction based on the smash hit video game Plague Inc. Each player is a deadly disease, evolving unique symptoms to customise their pathogen as they compete against each other to infect cities across the globe and be the first to wipe out humanity!

The game is easy to learn and fast to set up, but experienced players will love the strategic depth and tactical options available.
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Heroclix 15th Anniversary!

Heroclix is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with new and exciting models!

The latest through our doors are the 15th Anniversary Elseworlds Starter Set, Boosters, and Wonder Woman Colossal, so be sure to stop by and check them out!
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The Fox in the Forest!

The Fox in the Forest is a "trick-taking" card game for two players. Cards are played from hand to win tricks. Special character cards such as the Fox or the Witch have unique abilities that activate when they are played, such as forcing the opponent to play certain cards.

But don't win too much, or fall to greed like so many before. 
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Legendary: X-Men!

The Legendary: X-Men expansion consists of almost 400 all-new cards from the world of the Uncanny X-Men!

This expansion is the largest yet, and includes such favorites as Psylocke and Banshee. Even Beast makes an appearance in this giant expansion! Fans of the Legendary Deck-Building Game won't want to miss this one.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Link Strike Starter Deck!

Catch the next wave of Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters with the Link Strike Starter Deck! Link Monsters let you bring a brand-new level of domination to your Duels by mastering not just how you play your cards, but where you play them too!

Arrows on the Link Monster are the most important feature because they point out the Monster Zones on the field they are linked to. Depending on their effects, a Link Monster could gain ATK for every monster in a zone it points to, or protect any monster in a zone it points to from being destroyed. The possibilities for Link Monster effects are endless!
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Call of Cthulhu Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos Magic!

Here are gathered spells drawn from over thirty years of Call of Cthulhu supplements and scenarios. Each spell has been revised for the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition game, including optional Deeper Magic.

Packed full of advice and guidance on diverse matters including spell names, elements of spell casting, magical components, and astronomical considerations. Plus flawed spells, ley lines, folk magic, and the magic of the Dreamlands. Use this grimoire as a resource, a play aid, and as inspiration when designing scenarios. This is an essential supplement for Keepers of Arcane Lore.
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Dungeons and Dragons: Demon Cults and Secret Societies, and Icons of the Realms!

Demon Cults & Secret Societies brings 13 nefarious organizations to your tabletop game, each with its own sinister agenda. Their plots range from the conquest of nations to daring heists of the greatest of treasures, from redefining the nature of truth to extinguishing the sun itself!

Be sure to stop in and pick up a few Icons of the Realms from Tomb of Annihilation as well to spice up your tabletop!
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Munchkin: Deadpool - Just Deadpool!

The Merc with a Mouth is crashing the party in this hilarious new expansion! Munchkin Deadpool – Just Deadpool adds katanas, kittens, explosions, and a lot more to Munchkin: X-Men Edition. With 35 new cards, Marvel's funniest anti-hero comes to life as he joins the monster-slaying, treasure-grabbing, role-playing action of Munchkin, the card game. Danger! Excitement! Deadpool!
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Drinking Fluxx!

Fluxx is turning 21, and they're celebrating by publishing Drinking Fluxx! With rules that are always changing, Drinking Fluxx will keep you on your toes and shake up any adult party. You've never played a drinking game like this before!
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Final Fantasy TCG: Opus 3!

Opus 3 of the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game introduces brand new characters from the world of Final Fantasy to the game!
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Eldritch Horror: Cities in Ruin!

Violent earthquakes contort cities to unrecognizable ruin, unrelenting typhoons eradicate coastlines, and deep below the Earth something ancient stirs. Shudde M’ell, The Cataclysm from Below, approaches with destruction and ruin as his heralds.

Cities in Ruin sees four new investigators face the brink of madness to battle Ancient Ones, and introduces a slew of new monster and encounter cards to the world of Eldritch Horror. And what's more, new Ancient One Shudde M’ell’s presence brings a destructive twist to the game in the form of the Disaster deck.
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Kingdomino - Game of the Month

Kingdomino is a mix between dominoes and a kingdom builder with a set-collecting element. Each player starts with a castle, then takes turns choosing tiles to add lands to their kingdom. The better tiles have higher numbers, and the higher the number of the tile you choose, the later in the next turn you’ll be able to choose your tile.

The object of the game is to connect as many of the same type of tile as you can, together with crown tiles that allow you to collect points, and end the game with the most points. But be careful which tiles you choose, because similar to dominoes you must connect a matching end of your new tile to your existing plot of land.

If you’re stuck with a type of land that you don’t already have (maybe because you chose the best tile last turn and ended up with the last pick this turn) that tile simply can’t be added to your kingdom, and you won’t get any points for it. Plan carefully, think ahead, and consider your opponent’s choices as well to ensure you rule the best kingdom!

Kingdomino is simple enough for children to learn and play, but with enough complexity to keep veterans coming back. It’s also super quick to pick up and get a game in, taking an average of 10-15 minutes including learning how to play your first time!

Kingdomino is our Game of the Month! Each Thursday night during our Board Game Night, we'll have this fantastic game set up and staff on hand to teach you how to play, so come on down to check it out and give it a go yourself!

August 2017 Newsletter

August is almost here, and that means summer is coming to an end. It's still hot as ever though, so come cool off with us at Top Tier!

You asked for it, and you got it. Boards & Brews is back on the menu at T-Bones!

We'll be hanging out with the T-Bones crew and the folks of Slowboat Brewing Company to bring you an unforgettable night of board games and craft beer. There's a $5 cover at the door, and after that the night is yours!

We'll have tons of games from our board game library on hand, from Cards Against Humanity and Superfight to Betrayal at House on the Hill and Ticket to Ride. Play co-op or crush your friends, we've got games for every style!

 

Kingdomino!

Kingdomino is August's Game of the Month! Each Thursday night during our Board Game Night, we'll have this fantastic game set up and staff on hand to teach you how to play, so come on down to check it out and give it a go yourself!
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Heroclix!

We're giving you a chance to put your new 15th Anniversary figures to the test. This 300-point modern age constructed tournament is the perfect opportunity to build your best list and battle it out for glory and a Dormammu Colossal!
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Masks!

Stop by and learn to play this exciting superhero RPG system to change up your roleplaying routine! No materials necessary, and players of all experience levels are welcome.
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Age of Sigmar!

Welcome to Age of Sigmar: Skirmish - tense, small-scale battles between warbands of brave warriors vying for unimaginable power! Bring a few good models and fight for glory!
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Yu-Gi-Oh!

Are you ready to get your hands on a few packs from the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! set? How about an entire box? This is your chance to show you are the top duelist, so get your deck ready and compete to win a full box of Code of the Duelist!
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Pokemon!

Burning Shadows is officially standard legal, so bring your best deck and see how it fares against the rest of the field in this $5 constructed tournament!
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Magic: the Gathering!

Join us for our competitive Hour of Devastation Game Day on Saturday, August 5th at 2pm! Survive Nicol Bolas' wrath and finish in first place to win a box of Hour of Devastation and the Mastermind Playmat! Looking for a more relaxed environment to try out your new cards? Come out to our free Game Day on Sunday, August 6th at 12pm for another shot at the promos and Mastermind mat!
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Commander 2017 is just around the corner! Join us for a free tournament to snag a second deck! Try out those decks exactly how they were made and enjoy Commander in a relaxed, casual environment.
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Modern Masters is back! Join us for this special draft replacing our normal FNM draft on Friday, August 18th.
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Join us for our monthly Playtest Challenge for Legacy! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style! We'll be handing out store credit to Top Finishers, and offering a bump up for buying cards to remove playtest cards from your deck.
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Star Wars: X-Wing!

We're shaking things up this time with an X-Wing Draft Tournament! Players take turns choosing pilots from a pool, then add upgrades from their own collection to form a 100-point squad and battle it out in swiss rounds!
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Board Game Night!

Stop by and join us for our back-to-school board game night! We'll have a selection of our favorite games set up and ready to play all night. We'll be gaming all night, so drop in whenever you'd like for a game or five.
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RuneWars!

It's time to get a RuneWars Miniatures Game tournament on the books! Join us for this tournament using the Encounter Guide I from the RuneWars Challenge Kit.
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Game of Thrones Card Game!

It's time for Oberyn's Revenge. Join us as we battle it out for the next chapter pack in the Game of Thrones Living Card Game!
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Star Wars: Destiny!

It's time for Star Wars Destiny, so tune up that list and get your dice ready to roll for our monthly Destiny tournament!
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What We're Playing!

Ever wondered what games the guys behind the counter enjoy in their off time? Wonder no longer! This is What We're Playing!

Ben - Shadow Hunters

This month the name of the game is Shadow Hunters from Z-Man Games, and it's one of my absolute favorites! I love a game that scales to fit your playgroup, and few do that better than this anime-styled mystery survival game. It plays between four and eight players and actually excels the higher the player count becomes!

Players are all trapped in a danger-filled forest and serve one of three factions: the evil Shadows, the Hunters who track them, or the poor neutrals caught in between. Each player assumes the secret identity of a character within one of those factions with their own stats, win conditions, and special abilities. Players then roll dice to acquire equipment and weapons to defend themselves as well as clues to help them deduce their fellows' identities. The goal? To find out who your allies are before your enemies find you and satisfy the win condition on your card! These conditions can range from defeating all Shadows to collecting specific equipment to even being the first to die.

The game is simple enough to introduce new players to tabletop gaming but complex enough to keep board game veterans on their toes to the very end. Stop on by Top Tier, and I'll be happy to show you why Shadow Hunters is one of the best large-party games out there!

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Nick - Hour of Devastation Draft

I have recently started playing Magic the Gathering Hour of Devastation draft. I haven't played in a draft in about 3 years and I must say this set is great to draft!!

Magic the Gathering has a way to play called draft. You take 3 packs of cards and in a group you all open one pack. You take one card and pass it to the next person and have one pack passed to you for you to take another card. You do this till all packs are open and you have drafted 45 cards. With those cards you make a 40 card deck and play in a tournament to maybe win some prizes and a free FNM promo card.

I really like the aesthetic of this set. The whole Egyptian vibe is really cool and all the mummies are great! I had a blast drafting mummies and cards that turn into mummies. The whole set is full of fun cards and cool abilities. I totally recommend drafting this set.

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Corey - Kingdomino

Kingdomino is a board game that’s a mix between dominoes and a kingdom builder with a set-collecting element. Each player starts with a castle, then takes turns choosing tiles to add lands to their kingdom. The better tiles have higher numbers, and the higher the number of the tile you choose, the later in the next turn you’ll be able to choose your tile. The object of the game is to connect as many of the same type of tile as you can, together with crown tiles that allow you to collect points, and end the game with the most points. But be careful which tiles you choose, because similar to dominoes you must connect a matching end of your new tile to your existing plot of land. If you’re stuck with a type of land that you don’t already have (maybe because you chose the best tile last turn and ended up with the last pick this turn) that tile simply can’t be added to your kingdom, and you won’t get any points for it. Plan carefully, think ahead, and consider your opponent’s choices as well to ensure you rule the best kingdom!

Kingdomino is simple enough for children to learn and play, but with enough complexity to keep veterans coming back. It’s also super quick to pick up and get a game in, taking an average of 10-15 minutes including learning how to play your first time! This is definitely going to be a solid addition to my board game collection that I think will regularly sit near the top of the stack.

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That's all this time around, but be sure to check back in next month for a glimpse into what's new, what's good, and What We're Playing!

This Month's New Games!

Dice Forge!

Greetings, mortal! Stories of your heroic deeds have reached us even here in the divine realms, and we now offer you the chance to ascend to the rank of demigod!

Dice Forge is a resource management dice-rolling game for 2-4 players with a unique twist - the dice crafting mechanic allows players to buy new faces for your dice so you can upgrade and customize your dice to your liking. Gain resources to upgrade your dice and buy cards, with the ultimate goal to gain more Glory than any other competitor.

Dice Forge is our Game of the Month, and you can stop by any Thursday night this month during our regular Board Game Night where we'll have Dice Forge set up and staff on hand to demo for you!

 

 

Masks!

A new generation of heroes

Masks is a tabletop roleplaying game in which you play young superheroes who are growing up in a city several generations into its superheroic age. Halcyon City has had more than its fair share of superheroes, superteams, supervillains, and everything in between.

You play members of the fourth generation, young adults trying to figure out who they are and what kind of heroes they want to be. The rest of the world is telling them what to do, but they’ll find their own path amidst the noise. And kick some butt along the way. After all, what’s the point of being a hero if you can’t fight for the things you believe in?
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Star Wars: X-Wing!

New starships to join your forces

The eleventh wave of starship expansions for the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game is finally here! Whether you side with Scum & Villainy, fight for freedom with the Rebels, or prefer to uphold order with the Empire, there's sure to be a ship to fit your style.

The Auzituck Gunship's shields and hull combine with the reinforce action to make a resilient addition to your Rebel fleet. If you're looking to keep those pesky Rebels in check, look no further than the TIE Aggressor, whose many upgrades allow you to handle any situation that comes your way. Looking to do some damage? The Scurrg H-6 Bomber's hefty complement of upgrades has you covered.
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Not Alone!

You are not alone...

You are part of an unfortunate expedition in search of life on an unknown planet, where your ship has crash landed. As you look around to get your bearings, you notice the silhouette of something observing you...

Not Alone is an asymmetrical game, with one player (the Creature) playing against the other players (the Shipwreck Survivors). Shipwreck Survivors explore the surface and try to avoid being hunted down by the Creature until help arrives. The Creature aims to hunt down the Shipwreck Survivors and assimilate them into the planet's biomass. 

Can you escape to freedom or will you be forever bound to the planet?
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Batman: Almost Got 'Im!

Can you catch the Dark Knight?

The villains of Gotham City have gathered for a poker night and to share stories about the time they nearly dispensed with that troublesome caped crusader, Batman. Little do they know that the Dark Knight is in their midst, disguised as one of their own. Will the rogues be able to suss out the bat in their belfry before he clandestinely subdues them?

This variant on Werewolf-style deduction games adds a poker element, where players must craft poker hands to activate their special powers when the lights go out.

Can you determine who's your friend...and who's the Bat?
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RuneWars Miniatures Game!

The Rune Golems Unit expansion features two Rune Golem figures, one sculpt new to this expansion and one identical to the sculpt found in the Core set, as well as eight upgrade cards to help you build your army anyway you choose. Crush the enemies of Daqan beneath your feet with the Rune Golems Unit expansion.
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The Carrion Lancers Unit Expansion features two Carrion Lancer Plastic Figures, one new and one identical to the core set, to expand your legions of the undead. The expansion also features eight new upgrade cards you can use to destroy your enemies.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge

The greatest duels in history

The Battles of Legend: Light’s Revenge special booster set brings cards from climactic Duels seen in multiple Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series to print for the very first time and combines them with championship-winning cards from real life!

Previously only available to those who finished at the top of the leaderboards in high-level competitions, Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn makes her first public appearance since 2016! This value-packed set includes this and other tournament staples sure to supercharge your deck.
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Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction!

The gloves are off and the gauntlets are on!

Implements of Destruction is Boss Monster’s first expansion since Tools of Hero-Kind to feature the popular Items cards! Items attach to Heroes as they come into town, granting them powers and bonuses and making them much tougher to slay.

Implements of Destruction features 5 new Bosses and 24 new Items, and includes Explorer Items for your 5-6 player Boss Monster: Crash Landing games!
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Blue Rose!

An RPG of romantic fantasy

A decade ago Blue Rose shook up the RPG scene with its vision of romantic fantasy and inclusive gaming. Now the world of Aldea returns in a new edition using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE), the popular rules that power the Fantasy AGE and Dragon Age RPGs.

This beautiful, full-color book contains everything needed to create and tell stories of heroic envoys of the Sovereign’s Finest as they protect their homeland of Aldis from threats like the shadowy Kingdom of Kern and the fanatical Theocracy of Jarzon.
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Urban Shadows!

The city just got darker

Urban Shadows is an urban fantasy roleplaying game where you’ll play characters struggling to survive in a dark urban environment drowning in supernatural politics. The game focuses heavily on the gritty drama and tense violence that we see so often in works like The Dresden Files, Angel and Supernatural.

The rules for Urban Shadows are based on Apocalypse World, an award winning RPG by Vincent Baker that also fuels games like Dungeon World, Monsterhearts, and Sagas of the Icelanders. The mechanics push the story forward toward exciting and unexpected ends; your actions are resolved with minimal rules and maximum drama.
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New Dragon Shield Sleeve Colors!

We've got fresh new sleeves for you to protect your cards in style. Check out the new Matte Jet, Matte Umber, and Matte Mint sleeves and pick up a pack for yourself in your preferred color!
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Hour of Devastation!

Unleash your endgame

Nicol Bolas has returned in Magic: the Gathering's latest expansion, and he's brought down devastation upon the plane of Amonkhet!

Whether you're looking to get started with a Planeswalker Deck, beef up your collection with a Bundle, or just pick up a few Booster Packs, we've got you covered!
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New Dice and Dice Bags!

We've got a huge new selection of dice and dice bags courtesy of FLGS Distribution! With fantastic new colors such as Antiqued Parchment (pictured above), Green Galaxy Glitter, and Alien Slime Striped, any dice fanatic out there will surely want to stop by and browse our selection.
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Scythe Metal Coins!

This is a special one straight from the Factory for all you Scythe fans out there - special metal coins for your game!

You'll definitely want to check these out for yourself. This is an instant upgrade for any copy of Scythe, and will definitely add some style and make your copy stand out from the crowd!
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Call of Cthulhu: The Two-Headed Serpent!

The world needs heroes, now more than ever

The Two-Headed Serpent is an action-packed, globe-spanning, and high-octane campaign set in the 1930s for Pulp Cthulhu. The heroes face the sinister conspiracies of an ancient race of monsters hell-bent on taking back a world that was once theirs. 
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Game of the Month - Dice Forge

Greetings, mortal! You have ascended into the divine realms, and here, among the celestial islands, your mettle shall be tested with the utmost rigor. Only the mightiest heroes shall pass all challenges and craft their own destiny, rising to become a demigod!

Greetings, mortal! You have ascended into the divine realms, and here, among the celestial islands, your mettle shall be tested with the utmost rigor. Only the mightiest heroes shall pass all challenges and craft their own destiny, rising to become a demigod!

Dice Forge is a resource management dice-rolling game for 2-4 players with a unique twist - the dice crafting mechanic allows players to buy new faces for their dice so you can upgrade and customize your dice to your liking. Players each start with the same two six-sided dice, and at the beginning of each turn all players roll their dice and add the indicated resources to their resource pool, which is tracked on a player board.

There are three types of resources - Sun Shards, Moon Shards, and Gold. Gold can be used to forge new die faces so that every time you roll your dice, you're maximizing your potential resources. The four main types of die faces to forge are progressively higher numbers of Gold, Sun Shards, Moon Shards, and Glory Points. The player at the end of the game with the most Glory Points wins the game, so don't neglect these!

Sun Shards and Moon Shards are used to Perform Heroic Feats, or buy cards that have special abilities to help you in your quest for Glory. Each card has a Glory Point value associated with it that is immediately added to your total, as well as some other useful effect. Some cards only give you a large amount of Glory, while others return a small amount in addition to their effect, for example allowing you to reroll your dice every turn or forge one of the special die faces like the 3x multiplier that can only be accessed through these cards. To perform a Heroic Feat (buy a card), move your pawn to the island with the card you wish to buy. If another hero already occupies that island, they are ousted and returned to the starting area. Heroes who are ousted receive a Divine Blessing and are allowed to roll their dice and apply the subsequent effects, so be careful and choose your Heroic Feats carefully!

Each turn, all players roll their dice and apply the effects of the dice. On their turn, the hero can then move their pawn to a spot they have the resources for and buy the upgrade or card of their choice, then the turn passes to the next player. Once each player has taken a turn, the round ends. After a set number of rounds depending on the number of players, the game is over and the player with the most Glory Points ascends to the rank of demigod and wins! 

Dice Forge is our Game of the Month! Each Thursday night during our Board Game Night, we'll have this fantastic new game set up and staff on hand to teach you how to play, so come on down to check it out and give it a go yourself!

July 2017 Newsletter

July is almost here, and we've got a packed month for you! Check out what's in store below:

Warhammer 40k Escalation League sign-ups are now open!

This league is designed for players of all skill levels to grow a new or existing army, develop a better grasp of the rules, and overall enjoy a fun event for Warhammer 40k. The league will run from 300 to 1200 points over the course of twelve weeks, with rounds lasting two weeks each. Players must field an army for the duration of the event with at least one matching faction keyword (e.g. Imperium, Chaos, etc.).

Ever thought about jumping in to the vast world of Warhammer 40k? This is your opportunity! Buy a Start Collecting box and you'll have enough models for the first round, with plenty of time to build up your army between rounds. In addition, all league participants will receive 15% off all Warhammer and Citadel products for the duration of the league! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get started with this incredibly fun hobby!

That's not all! For the veteran players out there ready to get this new edition started, we're running an ITC-sanctioned 40k kick-off tournament before the start of the Escalation League.
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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar!

Don't worry Age of Sigmar players, we've got you covered too! We'll be starting a veteran Escalation League the week after the 40k league begins. The league will run from 1000 points to 2200 points over the course of twelve weeks, with rounds lasting two weeks. Players will select a single Grand Alliance and field an army from that Alliance for the duration of the event. Army composition may change from round to round, but a player may not switch armies entirely. Participants in this league will also receive 15% off all Warhammer and Citadel products for the duration of the league, so don't miss out!
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Interested in starting a little smaller? Check out our Age of Sigmar Skirmish tournament! Players build a warband of a few good models, and fight in tense, small-scale battles for power and glory!
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Wargame Newbie Paint N' Take!

Newbies, vets, and the curious are all welcome to paint some models on Paint N' Take day! Participants will receive 15% off Warhammer and Citadel products. Bring a friend and buy a Start Collecting box each and we'll give you another $15 EACH to spend on any models, brushes, or paints! That's a great deal, so don't miss out!
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Pokemon!

Pokemon trainers, you won't want to miss the Pokemon Sun & Moon: Burning Shadows Prerelease! This is your chance to get your hands on new cards like Necrozma-GX and Tapu Fini-GX before anyone else! The Saturday event will be a normal prerelease where each trainer receives an Evolution Pack and four Burning Shadows packs to build their deck. On Sunday, we're holding a Team Battle prerelease where trainers pair up with a friend and compete together!
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Star Wars X-Wing!

If you're interested in joining an Escalation League but prefer the world of Star Wars, fret not! We're holding an X-Wing Escalation League as well! The league runs from 60 points to 150 points over eight weeks, and participants receive 10% off all X-Wing minis for the entire league.
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If you want a bit of a warm-up before the escalation league, we've got a Wave Ten Tournament the week before! First and second place get to pick out a ship to take home, so don't miss your chance!
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Magic: the Gathering!

Join us for the Hour of Devastation prerelease and get your hands on the newest Magic set a full week early! Entry is $30 and puts you into our tournament, where you'll face off against opponents of the same rank and fight for a chance at extra packs! Do you have what it takes?

There's a midnight prerelease on Friday night so you can be among the first to try out the new set, but if that's not for you be sure you're here at noon Saturday and again Saturday evening! Think you have the guts to be a Prerelease Ironman? $75 gets you entry into all three Saturday events, and the Ironman with the most match wins receives a free Commander Anthology!

If that's not enough for you, bring a friend Sunday and throw down Two-Headed Giant style! Whatever your preferred method, this set promises to be a great one, so don't miss out!
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Welcome to the second iteration and continuation of the Commander Banlist League (CBL)! Help shape the banlist for Commander at Top Tier Board Games by submitting and voting on cards!
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Join us for the release draft of Hour of Devastation! Each participant receives a special foil Launch Weekend promo in addition to normal prizes. Draft Weekend continues on Saturday, replacing our normal Standard tournament!
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Join us for our monthly Playtest Challenge for Legacy! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style! We'll be handing out store credit to Top Finishers, and offering a bump up for buying cards to remove playtest cards from your deck.
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Never played Magic before, need a Magic refresher, or want to introduce a friend to the game? Show up to our one day only Magic Open House to get a crash course! New players and their teachers will receive a free fully-playable Welcome Deck and a premium foil full-art Amonkhet basic land.
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Once you get a feel for playing Magic, come on back for the Starter League! Open three boosters, build a deck, and add more boosters each week! Bring a friend who's new to Magic and receive your first week's booster free!
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Heroclix!

The 15th Anniversary of Heroclix is upon us, and we're celebrating by giving you a chance to win a Dormammu Colossal figure! We'll play sealed with the new 15th Anniversary set and the winner takes home the figure!
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Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Whether you've already taken down your Store Championship or this is your first foray into competitive territory, Regional Championships are your next step on the quest for glory! This is the next level in competition and prestige. These exclusive events offer players a chance to test your skills against the best players in your region and compete for awesome promos, playmats, and a precious first-round bye at a National Championship.
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If you're looking for a bit of a warmup for the Regional Championship, join us for our Chapter Pack tournament for a chance to win the newest Chapter Pack free!
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Guild Ball!

Coaches, are you ready to prove your worth on the pitch? Whether you're just here to play ball or you like to fight dirty, grab your dice and your favorite guild, and join us to battle it out for glory!
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Star Wars: Destiny!

Star Wars Destiny is picking up steam, so tune up that list and get your dice ready to roll for our monthly Destiny tournament! Entry is $5 and we'll be handing out Promos to First and Second, as well as store credit to top finishers and a pack per match win, so don't miss out!
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What We're Playing!

Ever wondered what games the guys behind the counter enjoy in their off time? Wonder no longer! This is What We're Playing!

 
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Ben - Unlock! Escape Adventures

Ever since College Town Escape Rooms ran a custom room for us at Top Tier last Valentine's Day, I've been hankering to find a similar experience with less legwork (What can I say? I'm lazy). So what do I find? Unlock! Escape Adventures. Boom. It's an escape room in a box, and I love it.

You have 60 minutes to solve a string of observation and logic-based puzzles via a deck of clues. Much like a real escape room, you begin (either alone or with up to five friends) in a “room” with a series of mysterious objects and a mission. A free downloadable App times you, gives hints when asked, and provides a space to enter each code you discover as you progress. Mistakes will be made of course, and what I love is the time penalties stacked upon you with too much guessing and not enough mental gymnastics. Each error cuts three minutes off your total clock, and once it hits zero, you lose. Buh-bye. Better luck next time.

But hey! No shame in that. I lost my first time, so we just fired it up and began anew. Unlock! currently has three adventures available, and I hear they're cooking up more, so check it out!

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Nick - RuneWars Miniatures Game

RuneWars is a game set in the Runebound universe, the same setting as Descent. The game is a fantasy miniature based army game where humans and undead battle over control of the battlefield and its riches! With later expansions that are coming in the next couple of months, elves and another mystery faction will be added to the game. The game has rank and file units as well as heroes, monsters, and all manner of other things used to fight over objectives or just outright kill your opponent.

Since I first saw the preview of the game a year ago I have been super excited to try this game. After owning and trying the game I was not disappointed in the least!  The game took everything I loved about Warhammer Fantasy and X-Wing and smashed it all together! From upgrades and heroes to rank and file combat.

Something that drew me to the game was the cool miniatures. I never liked any undead miniatures until I saw the Waiqar (undead faction). I had all of the box painted up and ready to go in under a few weeks. The flow of the game is very fast and easy which is another reason I love to play this game!  I love this game and can't wait for more expansions to add to it! I hope more people will try it out and get into the immense world of RuneWars!

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Corey - Warhammer 40k

Warhammer 40k is a miniatures wargame set in the far future of the year 40,000. Due to vast, galaxy-spanning conflicts between such factions as the Eldar, Space Marines, and Chaos Daemons, a seemingly eternal war rages across all of known space in the wreckage of civilization. 40k brings those battles to the tabletop for you to recreate with your friends. You can assemble, customize, and paint your models to your own liking, meaning no two armies are alike.

I’ve wanted to get started in 40k for a long time, but that price tag was always so daunting. Well, with the release of the new 8th edition ruleset we’re doing an escalation league that starts small (and cheap!) and allows me to build up my forces over time, so I figured there’s no time like the present. I started in miniatures with Guild Ball about a year and a half ago due to its low entry cost, small scale, and fun back-and-forth style of play. My experiences with Guild Ball have only strengthened my desire to play even more miniatures games, and this new edition of Warhammer 40k was the perfect opportunity to pick it up!

My first army is going to be Daemons of Tzeentch, the Chaos god. I was drawn to them because of their trickster nature and, to be honest, because the models just look great. Whether I stick with them or move on to completely different armies, I’m looking forward to many great games of 40k in my future!

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That's all this time around, but be sure to check back in next month for a glimpse into what's new, what's good, and What We're Playing!

This Month's New Games!

Yamataï!

Queen Himiko has tasked every builder in the kingdom with a prestigious mission: build the capital of Yamataï and make it the jewel of the archipelago. Your task: surpass your competitors and build the most prestigious city of them all, using resources from the fleets that travel through the kingdom. However, you are not alone in competing for Queen Himiko’s favor… will you manage to surpass your opponents?

In Yamataï, players compete to earn prestige points using different strategies. Clear the different islands of the archipelago to recruit powerful specialists that will assist you, or use the resources carried by the boats that navigate between them to construct buildings on the islands! And, if you’re skilled enough, try creating prestigious buildings such as high temples or rare torii.

We've got early access to this fantastic new title, so you can own a copy before anyone else. Don't miss out!

 

 

Ethnos!

Unite the Scattered Tribes of Ethnos and Lead Them Into a New Age!

Ethnos is a mythical realm filled with creatures big and small. As the last Age ended, war and revolt left the inhabitants without someone to lead them into their future. Players must call upon the support of giants, merfolk, halfings, minotaurs, and other fantasy tribes to help them gain control of the land. After three ages of play, whoever has collected the most glory wins!

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Oh Captain!

Who can you trust?

Oh Captain! is a game of bluffing and deception for three to six players from Ludonaute. You and your friends take on the role of survivors of a shipwreck, saved by a mysterious creature known as the Nukha. Your second chance at life hasn’t quelled your lust for gold though, as the Captain’s order to recover the finest treasures from the Nukha’s den sparks a mutinous idea in the crew’s head: The Captain knows treasure will be found, but not exactly what was found.

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Bärenpark!

Design the best bear park!

In Bärenpark, players will attempt to build the best bear park not only for the most massive Kodiak bears, but also polar bears and even Koalas! Yes, we know Koalas aren’t bears. But they were too cute to leave out so they’re here! Design the bear park that pleases the most visitors, placing animal enclosures, restrooms and shops to win the game!

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Fuse: Flatline!

You've surived Fuse, but your work is just beginning!

The flames are subsiding and the smoke is clearing, but there is significant damage to your ship, there are injuries among your crew members, and the life support systems are failing. As the ship’s Medics, you must work together to treat all your patients before time runs out!

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RuneWars Miniatures Game Expansions!

The Lord Hawthorne Hero Expansion includes two different figures for Lord Hawthorne to add to your Daqan army, a cavalry version and an infantry version, as well as six new upgrade cards, four of which will improve any army and two that are exclusive to Lord Hawthorne.
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The Spearmen Unit Expansion comes with eight Spearmen plastic figures and two plastic infantry movement trays to expand your Daqan army. Five additional upgrade cards for any army will give you the tools you need to push back any force.
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The Ankaur Maro Hero Expansion comes with two Ankaur Maro figures for the Waiqar in the form of cavalry and infantry versions, as well as six upgrade cards, four for use with any army and two exclusively for Ankaur Maro.
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Expand your ranks of the undead with the Reanimates Unit Expansion. Featuring eight reanimate plastic figures in four different sculpts, the expansion contains everything you need to add one Reanimates unit to your own army.
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Guild Ball: First Light of Solthecius!

It’s a new dawn for the Union...

A bottomless well of healing, the Living Saint, Grace, gives self-sustained support to her teammates near and far. Meanwhile, Benediction stands as a devoted guardian, poised to beat back opposing players. Together, the players make their teams as resilient and unwavering as their faith. Whether you find their presence to be a blessing or a curse will depend on your side of the pitch. 

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Le Havre!

Become the preeminent shipping magnate!

In Le Havre, players take turns amassing goods like cattle and grain brought into port by ship to either upgrade, sell, or use as building materials. Buildings are an investment opportunity as well as a revenue stream, as players must pay to rent building space they do not own.

Players must use their goods wisely to build their own buildings and ships to bring in and store more goods. But don't forget to feed your workers!

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Commander Anthology!

Four powerful decks from Commander history!

In the same spirit as previous Anthology products, Commander Anthology gathers four previous Commander products together in one convenient package! The box set includes specialized life counters, tokens, and all cards included in the original decks. In addition, three of the commanders - Derevi, Freyalise, and Meren - have received their first ever foil printing!
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Maximum Crisis: Special Edition!

The walls between dimensions are collapsing!

Pendulum Summoning will undergo its final evolution in Maximum Crisis with a pair of Pendulum Monsters with Scales of 0 and 13, opening up the ability to Pendulum Summon monsters of any Level in any Deck! But that’s not the only type of Summoning that’s evolving. Following up on February’s Fusion Enforcers set, Maximum Crisis introduces a new Fusion Summoning Spell Card that lets you keep your Fusion Monster while giving back the monsters you just fused together!
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Unlock!

Can you escape in time?

Unlock! is a series of cooperative card-based escape adventures for up to six players. Each Unlock! game consists of sixty cards depicting objects, maps, and puzzles that can be activated, solved, or combined in an effort to access other cards and areas. The free companion app tracks the time allotted to win the game, while also offering hints and unlocking new, and necessary, elements. When the players believe they have figured out the code to escape each adventure, they will input the number into the app and escape the danger, or lose even more time in finding the real sequence.
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Century: Spice Road!

Discover the beauties of the spice trading road.

Century: Spice Road is the first in a series of games that explores the history of each century with spice-trading as the theme for the first installment. In Century: Spice Road, players are caravan leaders who travel the famed silk road to deliver spices to the far reaches of the continent for fame and glory.
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Dresden Files!

Take on cases from the novels!

Play Harry Dresden and his friends as they take on the cases from the bestselling Dresden Files novels in the ultimate what-if scenario—what if Harry was on the scene with allies who weren’t there in the original story?
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Warhammer 40k Eigth Edition!

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war...

The eight edition of the Warhammer 40k miniatures game releases this Saturday, June 17th! Featuring an all new, sleeker ruleset, reworked power and point system for models, new combat and more, this is shaping up to be a real game changer!

The new starter box set, Dark Imperium, includes 53 beautifully sculpted models, the complete hardback rulebook, two softback supplemental books detailing the background and abilites of the included models, and even more to get you gaming. 
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Heroclix 15th Anniversary: What If?

Expand your Heroclix collection with What If?

The Marvel HeroClix: 15th Anniversary What If? Booster Brick includes the most iconic Marvel heroes and villains of all time, exactly like you’d expect them to be, and in spectacular alternate versions too.
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Final Fantasy TCG: Opus II Starter Decks!

Jumpstart your game with these starter decks!

Featuring familiar faces like Ace and Zidane, the Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy Type-0 starter decks are the perfect way to get your game going!
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Celestia: A Little Help Expansion!

Embark and depart for adventure!

A captain never abandons his ship, but he does sometimes require a helping hand...
Bringing a twist to the familiar game, Celestia: A Little Help allows passengers to give the captain a hand, but bluffing and dirty tricks will still show their hand as well!
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One Night Ultimate Alien!

Can you discover the aliens among you in time?

In the latest addition to the 'One Night Ultimate' collection, your village has been invaded by extraterrestrial beings. Players take a secret role as part of a team, each with their own win condition. Through bluffing, deception, and astute body language reading, you must determine who's with you...and who's an alien!
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Game Spotlight - Cry Havoc

Deep in a quadrant of space believed to be empty, a virgin, unexplored planet has been discovered by three unique, powerful species. The resources of the planet are abundant beyond belief, but are protected vigorously by the indigenous species, known as the Trogs. The riches of the planet will be won, inch by inch, with blood.

 

Cry Havoc is an asymmetric, card-driven area control game for 2-4 players. Each player controls one of the four unique races and fights viciously to gather the most Crystals on the planet, which will more than offset the costs of the conflict. To do this, players must customize their decks of cards, Build powerful Structures, and leverage their unique Skills to gain victory. Each faction has their own special abilities they can use to accomplish their goals.

The Humans are a resourceful and flexible invading Faction. Their Skills allow them to quickly expand Control without actually moving Units into the Regions, and their Structures allow them to defend their Regions without devoting a large number of Units to the cause. The Humans can frequently score for their Regions, allowing them to move about nomadically and respond to threats dynamically.

With powerful technology and a research focus, the Pilgrims act reclusively to profit from the planet’s resources. Whereas other races must maintain Control of a Region to score its Crystals, the Pilgrims are able to extract the Crystals, then use them to score Victory Points or activate powerful Skills. They may then withdraw to gather strength, only to teleport into hostile Regions when their power is maximized once again.

Slow, methodical, unstoppable. This describes the unrelenting drive of the Machines. Highly focused on building aggressive offensive and defensive Structures, the Machines slowly turn the planet into their fortress. Unlike all other Factions, the Machines can move Structures between Regions and quickly convert Units to Structures, and vice versa, to optimize their tools and weaponry for every situation. 

The Trogs are the brutal, primitive, tribal species indigenous to the planet. They lack advanced technology, which they make up for with intimate knowledge of the planet and brute force. A successful Trog player must carefully manage their Reserves. Trogs can use their Skills to remove Units from Regions in order to place, move, and resolve Trog Nest tokens. In doing so, Trogs are able to ambush the invading species at the time and place of their choosing, which makes up for their lack of powerful Structures.

The indigenous Trogs play a special role in Cry Havoc. In 2- and 3-player games, the Trogs are not controlled by a player, but they act as a deterrent to the invaders’ aggression. In 4-player games, however, a player can assume control of the Trog hordes to halt the hostile take-over of their planet.

 

 
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Each round, players take turns using cards from their personal decks to move their units, attack or defend from enemy forces, take control of regions of the board, and collect crystals for more victory points. Players can also take advantage of the unique terrain in their area by drawing from the Terrain Tactics deck to give themselves a wider range of options in battle.

When a player moves their units onto a space already occupied by enemy units, or with a Trog War Party or Trog Nest token, battle breaks out between the opposing forces. Players can then use the battle to their advantage, by attempting to gain control of the region, take enemy forces prisoner, or simply kill enemy units outright. 

After battles are resolved, players gain victory points for the regions they control and the crystals contained within. The player with the most victory points after the final round has been resolved wins the game!

June 2017 Newsletter

June is just around the corner, and we have plenty of games to play and things to do!  
Check out what we have in store for you this month:

Free RPG Day for 2017 is here! Check out all the stuff we'll have on offer at their website here!

This year we're running a multi-system mega-dungeon! Players will work together using different RPG systems to accomplish a common goal. We'll have players using Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Dungeon Crawl Classics, RuneQuest, and Savage Worlds to defeat a multi-dimensional evil too great for any one group to handle!

 

Not interested in the main affair? We'll have quick-starts for all the systems on offer for Free RPG Day running throughout the day. If you would like to DM for it, feel free to send us a message and get your hands on some of the most exclusive FRPGD swag!


Pokemon!

Join us for Top Tier Board Games' Summer League Cup on Saturday, June 24th 2017! This tournament will be standard format, with a Champion playmat per age division and promos to 1st - 4th place.
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Warhammer 40k!

Warhammer 40k's 7th Edition is on its way out, but we intend to see it go out with a bang! We're holding one last 7th edition tournament at 1850 points with ITC rules to wish a fond farewell to the ruleset that's served us so well.
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Magic: the Gathering!

PPTQ Albuquerque is here! Take your shot at an invite to the Regional Qualifier, and get your hands on $250 in store credit! Entry is $30 and prizes pay out to Top 8.
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That's not all for Magic this month. Join us for our monthly Playtest Challenge for Legacy! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style! We'll be handing out store credit to Top Finishers, and offering a bump up for buying cards to remove playtest cards from your deck.
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RuneWars Miniatures Game!

Welcome to Terrinoth! With fresh new expansions for RuneWars, we're starting an escalation league to get you up to speed! Players sign up in pairs and play through three scenarios, increasing the size of their army each time.
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Yu-Gi-Oh!

Are you ready to get your hands on a few packs from the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! set? How about an entire box? This is your chance to show you are the top duelist, so get your deck ready and compete to win a full box of Pendulum Evolution!
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Warhammer Age of Sigmar!

The power of the Keystone Shards is awakening, and each Grand Alliance seeks to gather and bend them to their own designs...

Welcome to Coalescence, an Age of Sigmar Global Narrative Event! The results of your battles to gain control of the Keystone Shards will have repercussions that echo across the Mortal Realms.
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Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Join us as we battle it out for the next chapter pack in the Game of Thrones Living Card Game, The Fall of Astapor! $5 to enter, and first place walks away with the newest chapter pack for free, with store credit going out to top players based on attendance!
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Star Wars: Destiny!

Star Wars Destiny is picking up steam, so tune up that list and get your dice ready to roll for our monthly Destiny tournament! Entry is $5 and we'll be handing out Promos to First and Second, as well as store credit to top finishers and a pack per match win, so don't miss out!
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Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game!

If that's not enough Star Wars in your life, we've got more for you! Put the members of Rogue One and The Force Awakens to the test with our Wave Ten Tournament for Star Wars X-Wing Minis!
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This Month's New Games!

Prepare to Die.

This brutally hard exploration miniatures game features a "fast set-up, long reveal" mechanism that gets you into the game quickly and builds the location as you explore. The core combat mechanism and enemy behavior system forces deep strategic play and clever management of stamina to survive.

Think you have what it takes? Test your mettle against familiar foes like Titanite Demons, the Dancer of the Boreal Valley, and even Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough!


Build the city’s greatest theme park, whatever it takes!

Build attractions and upgrade them to match blueprints, stack up towering rides, or simply make the most cash. But watch out - your competitors may pay off the safety inspectors to close your rides or hire hooligans to vandalise your park! How will you get revenge?

Whatever happens, it’s bound to be Unfair.

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The desert oasis of Amonkhet forges warriors!

The newest Magic: the Gathering set, heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian mythology, is now on shelves! Whether you're looking for a Planeswalker Deck to start playing right away, or a Bundle or Deckbuilder's Toolkit to jumpstart your collection, we've got you covered!

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The spirit of rebellion has ignited!

Spirit of Rebellion introduces 160 brand-new cards to the game, incorporating elements from every movie in the saga, but with a special focus on Rogue One.

You’ll find plenty of characters from Rogue One within this set, including Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe, Mon Mothma, and Director Krennic, alongside other iconic characters from across the Star Wars story.

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Grow your ranks with new expansions for RuneWars!

With new units including Waiqar Infantry, Reanimate Archers, Daqan Infantry, and Oathsword Cavalry, you can build your forces no matter your allegiance!

Each expansion includes new figures and upgrade cards, so you can customize your army to the max and strike fear into the hearts of your foes on the battlefields of Terrinoth!

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You've been asking for them, and they're finally here. That's right, fidget spinners are now in stock! These handy little devices can help relieve stress and increase focus and are just plain fun!


The newest Guild Ball expansion Heralds of the Winter's Moon brings four brand new models to the Hunter's Guild, including the fast footballing captain Skatha, the sleek wolf mascot Snow, and two new players, the feral striker Ulfr and the dangerous backfielder Veteran Hearne. No matter how you like to play, these new models are sure to step up your Hunter's game!
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The Avengers and the Defenders are at odds like never before!

The new HeroClix: Avengers/Defenders War will give the Shifting Focus mechanic to figures that have never had it before! Heroes can have the support of their allies when team building with this new set, whether it’s Captain America fighting alongside Iron Man or Daredevil teaming up with the Hulk or even Black Panther leading the Wakandan Warriors. 

There will be HeroClix 15th Anniversary Throwback figures to remind long time players of the early days of HeroClix and show off cool stuff from yesteryear to newer players!

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Greetings, sports fans, and welcome to a smashing new season of Blood Bowl!

In this 80-page softback book, you’ll find a host of new content with which to expand and enhance your games – new rules, new teams, new Star Players, new Hall of Fame entries – there’s a lot of new stuff to get your teeth into.

Be sure to also check out the new Goblins and Scarcrag Snivellers teams to expand your collection and dominate the field!

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Control the truth.

An augmented killer is on the loose… Terminal Directive is a narrative campaign expansion for Android: Netrunner that allows you and a friend to enjoy a constantly evolving murder mystery in the Android universe. Corp and Runner compete in a thrilling race for the control of valuable data that plays out over the course of an extended campaign. Each match impacts the larger shape of your investigations. Each data set you unlock leads you in a new direction. Nothing you've done before has yet prepared you for Terminal Directive and its narrative-driven campaign play.

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May 2017 Newsletter

May has arrived, and with it comes plenty of games to play and things to do! Check out what we have in store for you this month:

- The Spring 2017 Gamer's Market has rolled around again, so get ready to join us on May 28th! Be sure to come by and browse the selection of gently used board games, miniatures, RPGs, and accessories brought to you by local gamers! Interested in Vending? Head to the Gamer's Market tab and submit a Vendor's agreement today!

- Love role-playing but want a break from the hack and slash? Come in May 13th for a free role-playing event and take on the role of an esteemed and boastful member of the 18th century elite in The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen! Participants share ridiculous stories of their fantastic (and absolutely, completely 100% true) exploits, trying to trip each other up along the way. The best story-telling wins the game!

- Interested in the new Runewars Miniature Game? Bring a friend to pair up and learn to play in this casual, relaxed event on May 20th! Players will pair off and split a copy of RuneWars (or get their own) to then put their armies to the test. Complete three scenarios to earn alternate art promos and Skirmish setup cards!

- Star Wars Destiny players, May the 4th be with you, and be sure you’re here with us on Star Wars Day for the Spirit of Rebellion Launch Party! You’ll get nine packs of the new set to build a deck and compete, as well as a participation promo to everyone and a pack per match win! After you get your hands on some of the new cards, be here May 27th to test them out in our first constructed tournament with the new set legal!

- If that isn’t enough Star Wars in your life, our X-Wing Wave Ten tournament is May 6th! It's absolutely free, and we'll be handing out promos to every player. Plus, first place will walk away with a small to medium-base ship of their choice! Get in formation!

- Our Age of Sigmar Escalation League may be over, but we're sending it off in style with a Blowout Tournament on May 13th! Run it back with your 1200 point army in three rounds of Swiss and see how you stack up against the competition at full power! This matched play tournament will be free for league members, and use Vanguard rules for army composition.

- Magic players, it’s a busy month in nearly every format for you! May 6th is our Team Unified Modern tournament, where you and two friends team up to take down the competition! The first place team will take home 3x Tarmogoyf, 3x Karn Liberated, and 3x Goblin Guide, while a box of Modern Masters 2017 is going to second and a box of Amonkhet each to third and fourth.

- Next up are our competitive and casual Amonkhet Game Days on May 20th and 21st, where you can get full-art promos for attendance and another foil full-art for top 8, as well as a shot at the Game Day Champion Playmat for the overall winner!  

- That’s not all for Magic this month! Join us for our monthly Legacy Playtest Challenge on Sunday, May 28th! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style! Store credit is awarded to top finishers with a bonus for buying cards to remove playtest cards from your deck.

- Guild Ball players, are you ready to prove your worth on the pitch? Bring your strongest and fastest to the field on May 27th and show the world yours is the best Guild Ball team around! Whether you're just here to play ball or you like to fight dirty, grab your dice and your favorite guild, and join us to battle it out for glory!

- Yu-Gi-Oh! players, are you ready to get your hands on a few packs from the newest set, Maximum Crisis? How about an entire box? This is your chance to show you are the top duelist, so get your deck ready and compete on Sunday, May 7th to win a full box of Maximum Crisis!


- Our next Game of Thrones Chapter Pack Tournament is coming up May 27th! Only $5 to enter, and first place walks away with the newest chapter pack for free, with store credit going out to top players based on attendance. Join us as we battle it out for the next chapter pack, Guarding the Realm!

Warhammer Escalation Sign-Ups Open

Sign-ups for our Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar Escalation League are now open!  Grab a new army or build on an existing one across six rounds and twelve weeks, facing off against a new opponent each round.

While we strive to make every event friendly and accessible for new players, our Warhammer 40k event starts at 1000 points, a tall order for a player first starting out.  To this end, we suggest new players start with Age of Sigmar, using just 250 points worth of models.  Our Warhammer 40k league is also designed for veterans in that it offers 10% off Citadel products for the duration of the league.  Join up, and build on a side army to see how you fair!

Each Escalation League will restrict players to one army or codex.  Army lists do not have to be identical from round to round, but must be from the same army or codex.

Age of Sigmar

Facebook Event
January 21st @ 11am to
April 15th @ 11pm
Entry Fee - $15

Round One: 250pts                    Round Three: 750pts          Round Five: 1000pts
Round Two: 500pts                    Round Four: 750pts            Round Six: 1000pts

Score points for having fully-painted, accurate models and for crushing your opponent!

Prizes: Store Credit and Boxes based on attendance
- Most Victory Points
- Most Hobby Points
- Most Improved
- Best Sport

Warhammer 40k

Facebook Event
January 28th @ 11am
to April 23rd @ 11pm
Entry Fee - $25

Round One: 1000pts          Round Three: 1500pts          Round Five: 2000pts
Round Two: 1250pts           Round Four: 1750pts            Round Six: 2250pts

Score points for having fully-painted, accurate models and for crushing your opponent!

Prizes: Store Credit and Boxes based on attendance
- Most Victory Points
- Most Hobby Points
- Most Improved
- Best Sport