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 - Star Wars: Legion

This month, it's been all about Legion. As a gamer that loves painting and war games but hates assembling and massive army sizes, Star Wars: Legion has been the perfect balance. Legion lets me play with all my favorite Imperials (Vader is a beast) in a strategic war setting with plenty more iconic characters on the way (here's looking at you, Boba).

The starter box came with half of an entire army and I only needed a few more models to get to a full size army (which neatly fits in a shoe box). And this isn't some shoot 'em up war game, either. The gameplay forces you to make calculated tactical decisions based on specific goals within only six turns. If you've been looking for the perfect war game to blend hobby and strategy, I highly suggest giving Legion the old Jedi try!

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Nick - Star Wars: X-Wing 2nd Edition

Recently I have been playing X-Wing Second Edition. Second Edition released last Thursday and is a major upgrade to an already great game. Fantasy Flight took everything that made the game great and fixed the things that either didn't make sense or were too overpowered.

One of the major changes to the game is the amount of points all the ships cost. Most ships doubled in points or were majorly changed. The point limit for games also changed from 100 to 200 points. Fantasy Flight Games also made an app to help with list building and keeping up with what all you own.

As far as the game play goes the game is smoother and less complicated. With the added phases it really makes the abilities matter and be more effective. My favorite part of the game is the replayability. Every time you play it you get a new experience and no game ever plays exactly the same again.

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Logan - Catch the Moon

Hello all! This go around for What We’re Playing I’m going with Catch The Moon! If you haven’t tried this super fun, super fast-paced, super easy to learn game, you’re missing out!

Reminiscent of the classic game of Jenga, this game amplifies the concept of stacking all the way up to an 11. Players must build their ladders as high as they can while facing challenges with each new ladder. This game is perfect for the board game night for family and friends.

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Corey - Patchwork

Patchwork is a two player tile placement game very reminiscent of Tetris, but in board game form! You have many oddly shaped tiles (patches) that you need to fit onto your quilt board in any way you can. Patches have buttons on them that count as currency during the game, and as victory points at the end. However, the best patches with the most buttons on them advance you toward the end of the game faster, leaving you less time to fill up your quilt! Empty spaces on your quilt during end-of-game scoring count heavily against you, so filling up those spots is crucial.

Players take turns buying patches for their quilt board using buttons, and advancing their time token toward the center of the time board, which triggers the end of the game. The player with the most points at the end wins! This simple to learn and easy to play two player game is quick and engaging, with stimulating strategy and forethought required. I definitely recommend anyone give this a try, and if you have even less time for gaming than the thirty minutes necessary for Patchwork, give Patchwork Express a shot!

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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!

September Newsletter - Two-Headed Giant Brawl, Kill Team League, Magic Prerelease, and more!

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Two-Headed Giant Brawl!

We're trying out something new, so join us for our first Two-Headed Giant Brawl tournament!

Choose your partner and work together before the day of the event to create two complementary decks based on a custom banlist. Teammates may not play the same commander, however there are no other restrictions on deckbuilding outside the normal Brawl format requirements.

The full banlist will be listed at the end of the event description, so be sure to check it out!

 

Magic Store Championship!

Become the reigning Top Tier Magic Champion at our Store Championship! Get your best Standard deck tuned and tested, and get ready to throw down!

Players will receive promos from Guilds of Ravnica, and the winner will receive a Champion playmat and store credit!
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Kill Team League!

Warhammer 40k: Kill Team is back with a vengeance, and it's time to start a league to match! This league will run for 12 weeks, with rounds lasting one week, and will follow the rules for a Kill Team Campaign listed in the back of the Core Rules.

Each week, players will be given special tactics cards to be used in their games, and at the end of each month special prizes will be given out!
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Fantasy Football Draft!

It's time to put your fantasy skills to the ultimate test! The 2018 NFL season is nearly upon us, and we would like to invite you to join Top Tier's annual store 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. We will be providing prize support for first through third places in this weekly head to head league! Feel free to message the store any questions about the league.
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Back to School Board Game Night!

Got the back-to-school blues, or want to celebrate the beginning of your last year? Maybe your school days are behind you, and you just want to relax with a good game. No matter the reason, 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. If you've got your eye on one of the other 250+ games in our library, feel free to play your way!
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Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease!

Choose your guild and get ready to fight for dominance!

We're running Prereleases for Guilds of Ravnica at midnight, noon, and 6pm on Saturday, September 29th. Think you've got what it takes to be an Ironman? $75 gets you entry into all three, and guarantees your choice of Guild as well! On Sunday, be back with a friend for our Two-Headed Giant Prerelease!

Preregister for $25 to lock down your choice of guild, or $30 on the night of the event, and prepare to return to Ravnica!
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X-Wing 1st Ed. Farewell Tournament!

We're holding one last tournament for the old guard before X-Wing 2nd Edition releases, and this is it! Whether you ally with the Empire or side with Scum and Villainy, test the mettle of your ships in our tournament for Star Wars X-Wing Minis!

Entry is $5, and we'll be handing out promo cards to everyone who enters! Top finishers will also receive store credit based on attendance.
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Pokemon League Challenge!

Get started in the world of competitive Pokemon at League Challenge tournaments! These small, entry-level events help new and established players earn Championship Points and work toward earning an invitation to the World Championships! 

Pokemon League Challenges are open to all ages and experience levels and are a great introduction to tournament play.
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1v1 Commander!

Ditch your Edrics and your Sylvan Libraries and get ready for some one-on-one Commander action! 

We are following the Magic Online 1v1 Commander rules listed here, including the banlist, starting at 30 life, etc. The tournament will be capped at three rounds of Swiss or Round Robin, with 50-minute best-of-one matches.
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Magic Open House!

Never played Magic before, need a Magic refresher, or want to introduce a friend to the game? Show up to our Magic Open House to get a crash course! Feel free to drop by any time you like during the day!

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 just for attending!
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Magic Farewell Draft!

Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks are on their way out with the release of Guilds of Ravnica, and we're bidding them a fond farewell with a special 4-pack draft! 

For the normal Friday Night Magic price of $15, you'll get one pack each of Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, and Hour of Devastation to draft in that order, then build a 40-card deck and duke it out in Swiss rounds! Top finishers will also receive store credit based on attendance and FNM promos.
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Legend of the Five Rings!

We have a few events already under our belts, and we're going to keep it rolling with another Legend of the Five Rings tournament!
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Game of Thrones Melee!

It's time to play the Game of Thrones the way it's truly meant to be played. With all the backdoor politics, vicious backstabbing, and ephemeral alliances that entails. That's right, it's time for a Melee tournament!
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Pauper Tournament!

Get ready to dig through your old boxes of long-forgotten cards and dust off those Doom Blades and Elvish Mystics, because it's time for a Pauper tournament! 
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Final Fantasy TCG Tournament!

It's time to get another Final Fantasy TCG constructed tournament on the books. Get those decks together and join us for an Opus VI tournament!
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Choose Your Own Magic Draft!

Guilds of Ravnica is almost here but before we dive into the midnight prerelease, stop in for Friday Night Magic and choose your own draft! Kaladesh? Khans of Tarkir? Chaos? Masters 25? Choose from among all our available stock and have some fun before Ravnica fever takes over! 

The best part? We're only charging $10 for a regular pack draft, or $25 for a Masters draft! We'll still have the usual payout in store credit to top finishers, as well as FNM promos. The draft format will be chosen by vote.
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February Newsletter - Standard PPTQ, Valentine's Co-op Day, Dragon Ball Super Drafts, and more!

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PPTQ Minneapolis!

PPTQ Minneapolis is here! Take your shot at an invite to the Regional Qualifier, and your share of $400 in store credit! On top of that, we're putting FOUR packs per player in the prize pool!

If we hit 36 players, we're putting another $200 in store credit into the pool!

 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Extreme Force Win-a-Box!

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 Extreme Force!
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Unstable Sealed!

You may have thought the wackiness was winding down, but we're not done yet! It's time for Unstable Sealed!

$25 gets you 6 packs of Unstable, which you'll use to build a minimum 40-card deck and go wild in Swiss rounds to determine who is truly the most Unstable of all!
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Ultra Prism Win-a-Box!

Supercharge your deck with Sun & Moon Ultra Prism and new Prism Star cards that will change the way you play! These Prism Star cards are so powerful that you can have only one of each in your deck—and to ensure that you can only use them once, they go to the Lost Zone rather than the discard pile, never to return!
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RuneWars Tournament!

It's time to get another RuneWars Miniatures Game tournament on the books! All RuneWar products will be 15% off for participants! This tournament will be using the Encounter Guide III from the RuneWars Challenge Kit.
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Dragon Ball Super Drafts!

It's time to put these Dragon Ball Super draft packs to good use! We're running a draft every Sunday in February!

Each player will pay $25 to receive their portion of the draft box, including three booster packs of Galactic Battle, three booster packs of Union Force, and a leader card to help jumpstart their deck.

After the draft, players use their cards to construct a 41-card deck with 40 Battle/Extra Cards and a Leader Card, then throw down in a round robin or swiss tournament to determine the victor!
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Final Fantasy Opus IV Tournament!

It's time to get another Final Fantasy TCG constructed tournament on the books. Get those decks together and join us for an Opus IV tournament!

$5 gets you into a Swiss tournament with rounds based on attendance where you'll duke it out with your fellow card-slingers for glory, recognition, and store credit!
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Heroclix Xavier's School Sealed!

X-Men Xavier's School is releasing soon, and we're giving you a chance to get your hands on it as soon as possible with a Sealed Release tournament!

First place will receive an Invisible Jet Colossal, with additional prize models to be snake drafted.
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Pokemon League Challenge!

Get started in the world of competitive Pokemon at League Challenge tournaments! These small, entry-level events help new and established players earn Championship Points and work toward earning an invitation to the World Championships!
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Legends of the Five Rings Tournament!

With the Way of the Rings now under our belts, it's time to start firing up tournaments here at Top Tier!

$5 gets you entry into a Swiss tournament where you'll battle your peers for honor, glory, and store credit!
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Valentine's Co-op Day!

Team up with your sweetie and take on some cooperative board games at our Valentine's Co-op Day! Test your combined skills against cooperative games like Pandemic, Hanabi, Mysterium, and more! We'll be going all night, so feel free to drop in whenever you want!
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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 - Genesys

The long wait is finally over! Genesys is here, friends, and it is beautiful.

Genesys is a role-playing game system from Fantasy Flight Games that uses the same narrative dice system that its popular and ongoing Star Wars RPGs currently employ. Essentially, this narrative system adds two new elements to the binary success/fail of most RPGs by way of Advantage/Threat and Triumph/Despair. Failure can still yield positive results (if unintended ones), and success has its consequences. Perhaps a character manages to hot wire a vehicle while under fire, but in their haste, they also sever the steering mechanism. The car runs but only in a straight line!

The Triumph and Despair symbols rarely appear, but when they do, the characters get an opportunity to significantly contribute to or possibly alter the entire narrative! In RPGs I've run, it has always been important to me that player characters feel like their role and actions matter in the story. Games like Genesys with its narrative dice system make every action have consequences no matter the actual, intended result.

So why Genesys when we already have the wonderful Star Wars RPG? Genesys brings versatility. It is designed as a neutral system that Game Masters can apply to whatever setting they want, from modern day horror to medieval fantasy to steampunk to everything in between! I'm currently adapting Call of Cthulhu to the Genesys system and setting my PCs in Cold War Europe, and so far, the conversion has been seamless. This system might very well be my favorite so far, and I highly recommend giving it a try! If you're curious about learning more, feel free to shoot us a message, as I am always happy to chat and demo RPGs!

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Nick - Legacy of Dragonholt

I have been playing Legacy of Dragonholt. It is an RPG like none I have played before. The game is based on story more than combat. It uses choose your own adventure instead of dice or other ways to progress through the story.

Me and my friends all made characters and went to work. The setting in this game is the world of Runebound. The game uses an active and inactive mechanic to show who can make the decisions.  Once a person has made a story point decision they are inactive and then when it comes to another point an active person makes that decision. Once all players are inactive they reset.

So far the game has been very fluid and has been funny and very fun. Every choice you make will have a big impact on where you go from there. I highly recommend this to anyone who is just starting into RPGs or just wants to try something different.

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Logan - Fallout

This time around I'm playing the new Fallout Board Game! I can't begin to tell you how much fun this game has been! This game allows you to pick a few major locations from the popular video game series and begin your adventure. Once you choose your location, you are assigned to a faction. Your job is to assist your faction in gaining control of the area. However, you must also keep yourself relevant to the faction by collecting victory points. The twist being, the game can win itself without you! If you don't have enough victory points after the faction gains control of the area, you lose. So choose carefully if you and your friends wish to work together or choose rival factions.

Fans of the video game series will appreciate several of the in-game references and familiar locations, and fans of board games will appreciate the detail of the pieces and play style. Just remember, "War. War never changes."

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Corey - Queendomino

I wrote about Kingdomino when that released, so it's only appropriate that I give its big brother (big sister?), Queendomino, the same treatment.

Queendomino is the gamer's upgrade to Kingdomino's simple but fun tile placement mechanic. If you ever thought Kingdomino was too simple, this is the game for you. In addition to choosing a tile and connecting it to your kingdom in the usual manner, there is a new red tile type for buildings. Buildings can be bought from a track in the center of the table for increasing gold amounts. When you buy and place a building on an empty red tile, it will count for Victory Points based on your other tiles, as well as often providing an immediate benefit, such as some number of Knights or Towers.

Knights can be added to a freshly placed tile to collect gold for you, so you can fund your buildings. Towers are placed anywhere in your kingdom to attract the queen. Whichever player has the most towers controls the queen, who does a couple of things for you. First, she reduces the cost of all buildings by one. Then at the end of the game, she counts as an extra crown in your largest territory for scoring purposes.

At first I was worried that all these new mechanics were being added just for the sake of it, but after playing Queendomino a few times that is not at all the case! As much as I loved Kingdomino, I think Queendomino improves on it in every way, adding a very appropriate level of complexity and overall bringing a very balanced game that might appeal more to the heavy gamers out there without excluding the family in the process.

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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 - Pandemic Rising Tide, Terraforming Mars Venus Next, Epic Spell Wars 3, and more!

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Pandemic: Rising Tide!

For centuries, the Dutch have relied upon a series of dikes and wind-powered pumps to keep water from invading their lands. But with a quarter of the Netherlands reclaimed from the sea and the population constantly expanding, a new system is needed to hold back the ever-encroaching waters. In Pandemic: Rising Tide, you and your friends play as a team of Dutch civil officials helping to modernize the water containment system. 

Your ultimate goal is to construct four hydraulic structures that will ensure the safety of the Dutch people for generations to come. To accomplish this task, however, you must first buy yourself enough time by building dikes to control water flow, ports to facilitate travel, and windmills to pump the water out of flooded lands. But proceed with caution. A single misstep could send water spilling across the countryside. Choose your actions carefully, work as a team, and usher in the Industrial Age!

 

Happy Salmon Blue!

Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic "High 5", the unifying "Pound It", the frantic "Switcheroo", and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!

Happy Salmon Blue has arrived.  It's the same fintastic game as before but with different color cards. Use by itself or use in conjunction with Happy Salmon Green to expand your game to 12 players!
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Charterstone Recharge Pack!

For those of you loving the Legacy portion of Charterstone, you can relive it with the Charterstone Recharge Pack! It is completely optional as Charterstone is designed to be infinitely replayable after the first twelve-game campaign.

The back side of the game board (from the core game) is used for the second campaign. The Recharge Pack contains all components that were permanently changed while allowing players to use unchanged components like wooden resources, meeples, and metal coins.
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Sticky Chameleons!

At meal time, a whole bunch of insects swirl around you. Your sharp eye noticed the plumpest one who looks tastier than the others. But you are not the only one who saw it! Equipped with your sticky hand, throw your best "tongue shot" to catch this Insect first and win a Yummy token. However, be careful not to tangle your tongue with other chameleons' tongues or to get stung by a wasp.

Be the fastest at this meal to be victorious, since the first player to win 5 Yummy tokens wins the game!
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Epic Spell Wars 3!

Epic Spell Wars is back with Melee at Murdershroom Marsh! Fully compatible with the previous releases, or played standalone, this latest set has all new mayhem and explosions to scratch that spell-building itch.

Melee at Murdershroom Marsh features two new keywords: Cantrip and Bad Trip. Cantrips are spells that can be played out of your hand at the cost of discarding other cards. Bad Trip is all about the colors. If your spell contains three or more different glyphs, a Bad Trip card resolves twice!
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Star Wars Destiny: Legacies!

The Star Wars universe is a galaxy of change. Fans have watched regimes rise and fall as the legacy of their favorite characters shift and change with the dramatic twists of the generation-spanning saga.

Legacies continues the evolution of Star Wars: Destiny, expanding on classic archetypes while introducing new mechanics, including a new die symbol and a new card type. As a new Base Set, Legacies looks to be a solid starting point for Destiny newcomers while introducing innovative new concepts.
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Terraforming Mars: Venus Next!

In Venus Next, the World Government chooses to also fund the terraforming of Venus. Around 50 project cards and 5 corporations are added, with a special focus on how to make Venus habitable. With the new floater resource, a new milestone, a new award, a new tag, and a new terraforming parameter, players are given more paths to victory and even more varied play in the quest to make Mars habitable.
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New Warhammer Codexes!

Codex: Chaos Daemons contains a wealth of background and rules – the definitive book for Chaos Daemons collectors. Serve one of the four Chaos Gods with all new abilities and strategems!

For the Sigmar players, Battletome: Maggotkin of Nurgle has released as well! Delve into Grandfather Nurgle's hideous ranks with all new warscrolls and allegiance abilities to spread the plague of Nurgle!
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Monopoly: Fallout!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! Play Monopoly: Fallout and rebuild civilization as you buy, sell, and trade your way through the Fallout Wasteland.

Featuring iconic property locations from all four Fallout games, players can fortify their properties with Vault-Tec approved Shacks and Vaults. Includes collectible Wasteland-inspired, distressed finish tokens and custom Nuka-Cola bottle cap money.
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Monopoly: Rick & Morty!

Join Rick and Morty and the Smiths as you gallivant your way to victory by buying, selling and trading locations from the Multiverse including the Cromulon Dimension, Gazorpazorp and Planet Squanch (not to mention a few places from your own Earth realm).

Featuring collectible tokens, Flooble Cranks, Gooble Boxes, custom Flurbo currency, and more!
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January Newsletter - Three Year Anniversary, Age of Sigmar League, Rivals of Ixalan, and more!

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Three Year Anniversary Celebration!

We've reached our third year in this incredible hobby and community, and we want you to come help us celebrate! A love of board games is all that's required to enjoy a great night here with friends, so bring that and a few of your favorites (both friends and board games!) and hop right in to a big night of gaming!

We'll be ordering pizza, dishing out cake, and playing some of our absolute favorite board games! And what birthday would be complete without gifts? We're offering an extra $5 gift card to keep with every purchase of a $25 gift card for a friend!

 

Pokemon League Cup!

Pokemon League Cup tournaments give players an opportunity to earn Championship Points and practice their skills for larger competitions. No invitation or qualification is required; all players who have Trainer Club accounts and are in good standing with the Play! Pokemon rules are welcome to participate.
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RuneWars Store Championship!

Rally your troops and prepare for battle - it's time for our RuneWars Store Championship! Take your shot at prizes and a first-round bye at a Regional Championship!

$15 gets you entry into a Swiss tournament to duke it out for glory!
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Magic Masters Draft!

Whether you're a draft master, you draft with the masters, or you like to draft the Masters, we have a Masters Draft you won't want to miss!

Join us Saturday, January 6th during our three-year celebration for a special one-time only draft of three different Masters sets - Modern Masters 2017, Iconic Masters, and Eternal Masters!
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Two-Headed Giant Commander!

Our Commander Banlist League is wrapping up, but not before a final wrap-up tournament though!

Grab a friend and get ready for a Two-Headed Giant Commander tournament! We'll randomly pair you with a partner in round one then let loose in Swiss for your cut of $200 in store credit!
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Age of Sigmar Escalation League!

It's time for another Escalation League, and this time we're taking a trip to the Mortal Realms to battle for glory!

This league is designed for players of all skill levels to grow a new army, develop a better grasp of the rules, and overall enjoy a fun event for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The league will be on a twelve-week schedule, 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.

This league will run from 600 points to 1500 points. Entry is $20 and sign-ups will be open until the start of the league. All league participants will receive 15% off Warhammer and Citadel products for the duration of the league!
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Final Fantasy TCG!

It's time to get another Final Fantasy TCG constructed tournament on the books. Get those decks together and join us for an Opus IV tournament!

$5 gets you into a Swiss tournament with rounds based on attendance where you'll duke it out with your fellow card-slingers for glory, recognition, and store credit!
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Game of Thrones Store Championship!

Rally your bannermen, the time for victory is upon us! Join in on our 2017 Store Championship for Game of Thrones: The Living Card Game on January 27th at 2pm for a shot at exclusive prizes and a round-one bye at Regionals!
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Ultra Prism Prerelease!

Pokemon Prerelease tournaments allow players to receive and play with cards from the upcoming Pokemon expansion two weeks before its official release date!

Join us Saturday, January 20th for our Ultra Prism Prerelease, and bring a friend Sunday, January 21st to face off against other trainer teams in our Team Battle Prerelease!
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Dragon Ball Super!

We're doubling up this month on Dragon Ball Super tournaments! First, we'll start off with a draft using the new Draft Packs. $25 gets each player their portion of a draft pack and a leader card to get things started.

Later in the month, we're handing out more Tournament Packs for another constructed tournament!
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Rivals of Ixalan!

Rivals of Ixalan is just around the corner, and we've got tons of events planned for it. Start out with our Magic Open House to teach your friends how to play Magic, then follow that up with a Prerelease the next weekend!
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Get in as much drafting as you can handle on release weekend, then join our Starter League for some casual games against other league members. Finally, purchase a Bundle for free entry into our Super Sealed tournament!
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Heroclix!

We're giving you another chance to get your hands on the Invisible Jet Colossal with this 300-point modern age constructed tournament!

Suit up and break out your best Heroclix! $10 gets you into a Swiss tournament for the Invisible Jet and other great prizes!
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Legend of the Five Rings!

With the Way of the Rings now under our belts, it's time to start firing up tournaments here at Top Tier!

$5 gets you entry into a Swiss tournament where you'll battle your peers for honor, glory, and store credit!
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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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X-Wing Escalation League!

We've done this once before, but this time we're going big!

We're picking up right where we left off at 150 points and taking it all the way up to 240! Along the way, we should see some truly epic space battles!
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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 - Cat Lady

This month, it's been all about Cat Lady. In this cute and hilarious cat-collecting game, players draft cards featuring various cats, cat food, cat toys, and cat costumes from a shared pool, trying to create matching sets to maximize their victory points by the end of the game. Be careful how many cats you have though as each fuzzy friend you bring “home” must be fed a specific diet by the end of the game. There's even cat nip and spray bottles to manipulate the available draft pool and maximize your cats' happiness! This short, fast-paced game features card-drafting, hand management, and set collecting and is a great introductory game for new gamers. Join the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Marie Antoinette by fostering the greatest cat collection in the world and become the ultimate cat lady!

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Nick - Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

With the release of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, I have been anxious to try out the new subclasses and spells.  My play group and I have all rolled new characters and have been tearing through dungeons with these new subclasses. We have also taken advantage of the back story generator in the guide.  With the random generators it has been fun coming up with new ways to role play our new characters.  It even lets you have life-altering events! One of mine was that I drank a potion that makes me able to eat anything for nourishment. Another life changing event was written into the story and I now have a enemy who is out to get his revenge on me.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything has great resources for players as well as DMs.  It has all kinds of tables for new options and guides for the DM. I recommend it for anyone who is playing or hoping to play Dungeons & Dragons!

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Corey - Hero Realms

Hero Realms is a fantasy-themed deck building game, and what can I say? I’m a sucker for both of those. This game has been recommended to me since it released and for some reason I never tried it until now, but I’m glad I finally did!

Those of you familiar with deck builders won’t find many surprises here. Each player starts with an identical deck of cards featuring attack power and your card-buying resource, gold. On each player’s turn, they play the cards in their hand to gain some combination of those two resources, and use them to buy new cards for their deck and attack their opponents. Be the last one standing to win the game!

What sets Hero Realms apart is its incredible fantasy art, tight mechanics and gameplay, and quick play time. One mechanic in particular that I want to mention is chaining cards. Each card that can be bought from the main deck is marked with one of four factions - Imperial, Necro, Wild, and Guild. Many of the cards also have an extra faction symbol at the bottom of their card with an additional effect like more damage, more gold, etc. Whenever you play two cards from the same guild, they “chain” and activate each other’s extra effects.

What truly makes Hero Realm unique as a deck builder is the character packs. They give each player a unique starting deck and abilities that can be activated every turn, and help to focus your deck from the beginning, rather than everyone starting from exactly the same point.

Hero Realms is a great addition to any gamer’s collection, and fans of deck builders will love this one!

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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 - Charterstone, Fallout, Queendomino, and more!

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Charterstone!

In Charterstone, a competitive legacy game scaled for 1-6 players, you construct buildings and inhabit a shared village. Building stickers are removed from cards and permanently added to your charter on the board, becoming action spaces for any player to use. Thus, a few available buildings soon grow into a bustling village with dozens of actions.

Your journey through Charterstone’s many secrets will last 12 games, but it doesn’t end there. Your completed village will be a one-of-a-kind, variable worker-placement game. Or you can purchase a completely optional recharge pack to play a second campaign.

 

Scythe: The Wind Gambit!

Take to the Skies

This expansion for the hit engine-building game Scythe includes two new modular expansions: airships and resolutions.

In the airship module, each player starts the game with a miniature airship of their faction's color, with its own set of abilities determined at the beginning of the game, on their home base. The resolution module adds resolution tiles which will impact the way the game ends, and the decisions you make during the game.
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Genesys!

Genesys is a new roleplaying game system compatible with any setting, and featuring the critically acclaimed Narrative Dice System.

The Core Rulebook features an explanation of the dice system and core mechanics of the game, an overview of five different settings in which to place campaigns, and advice for Game Masters to craft a myriad of adventures with unparalleled freedom. The Narrative Dice System allows for creative storytelling that goes beyond success and failure, and allows every dice roll to impact the story in dramatic ways.
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Smile!

Deep in the forest, in the dark of night, hungry creatures emerge in search of your juicy fireflies. They quickly gather around, waiting for what they crave. In Smile, a collection of cute little critters will surround you no matter what you do. It’s up to you to make sure that these creatures are worth the most points at the end of the game. Some creatures add to your score, but others reduce it.

Carefully bid your fireflies each round to get your hands on the creatures who give you the highest score and avoid getting stuck with those that provide negative effects. After the last round, your fireflies will be worth nearly nothing, so spend them wisely if you want to be smiling at the end of the game.
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Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar!

Cooperative Adventures

Combine the Hero Realms Campaign Deck with your Hero Realms base game and Character Packs for cooperative adventures with your friends! Complete adventures to earn experience points that you can spend between sessions to gain skills, equipment, or other awesome new cards for your character’s starting deck!

Try to avoid acquiring cards that would fit better in a teammate’s deck. Make sure to stun nearby minions to get them off your teammates’ backs. Pay attention to your teammate’s [health symbol] and make sure to spread the healing around. Work together to bring down the Master!
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Fallout!

Fallout is a post-nuclear adventure board game for one to four players. Based on the hit video game series, each Fallout scenario is inspired by a familiar story from the franchise.

Survivors begin the game on the edge of an unexplored landscape, uncertain of what awaits them in this unfamiliar world. With just one objective to guide them from the very beginning, each player must explore the hidden map, fight ferocious enemies, and build the skills of their survivor as they attempt to complete challenging quests and balance feuding factions within the game.

As they advance their survivors' stories, players will come across new quests and individual targets, leading them to gain influence. Who comes out ahead will depend on how keenly and aggressively each player ventures through the game, however if a single faction is pushed to power too quickly, the wasteland will be taken for their own, and the survivors conquered along with it.
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When I Dream!

Take the Time to Dream

When I Dream is a dreamlike game in which the players in turn take on the role of a dreamer. That player will have to guess as many words as possible over the course of a night represented by a timer.

The other players take on the role of dream spirits who will either help the dreamer or try to lead them astray. At the end of the round, the dreamer will recount their dream for the other players, then the roles change and a new turn begins.
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Battle for Rokugan!

Battle for Rokugan puts two to five players in the roles of Rokugani daimyō fighting for territory in the early days of the Emerald Empire. The beautifully illustrated game board transports players to this new world that is ripe for the taking.

The land of Rokugan is divided into territories that belong to the seven clans that have been battling for dominance since their foundation. The players' ultimate goal is to conquer as many of Rokugan's provinces as possible to gain honor for their clan and prove their superiority.
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DC Deck-Building Game: Confrontations!

Super-Villains in comic books are constantly teaming up to try to defeat those pesky Super Heroes. And almost as often, the Super Heroes team up to take on these unholy alliances. Confrontations explores these epic clashes with an exciting, all-new 2v2 format.

Now two Super Heroes will take on two Super-Villains in a struggle for supremacy, using the Confrontation rules first introduced in Rivals - Batman vs. Joker.
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Otys!

Mid-22nd century, the water rising engulfs the last emerged lands. Fighting for their lives, the survivor’s settlements must remain above the sea level. You live in the Otys colony and must retrieve the past civilizations debris in the depths to build the future of humanity.

Your diver’s team is trained to bring up the most useful materials remaining. You need to use them wisely to fulfill the contracts offered by the Colony and thus obtain more notoriety than your contenders.
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Warhammer 40k!

 

An enormous toolkit of rules, updates and ways to play, Chapter Approved is an essential purchase for any Warhammer 40,000 player.
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If you're looking for something a little more specific to your favorite army, be sure to check out the Blood Angels Codex and Dark Angels Codex for exclusive strategems and abilities!
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Majesty: For The Realm!

Raise Your Banners

The crown is up for grabs to whoever can build the richest domain and seize it from their rivals. It’ll take a whole kingdom’s worth of people to accomplish this monumental task. Rally your citizens, grow your power, and reign supreme in Majesty: For the Realm, a game of strategically selecting who you want to work your lands set during the Middle Ages. 

Each game, you recruit characters to perform jobs that generate gold for your kingdom. Some characters work better with others, opening many paths to victory. Whether you choose to be a silver-tongued monarch who rules with mercy, or an iron-fisted tyrant who crushes their rivals, the fate of the land rests with you.
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Netrunner: Revised Core!

Boot Up and Run!

The Revised Core Set is your ticket to the not-too-distant future of Android: Netrunner. This is an age of sprawling megacities. Artificially intelligent bioroids and genetically modified clones work alongside cyborgs, g-modded humans, and naturals.

With more than 240 cards, this new set immerses you in this age and its high-stakes cybercrime. Android: Netrunner casts these struggles between Corp and Runner as tense, asymmetrical, cat-and-mouse duels for control of valuable data. Every moment offers new choices, and the Revised Core Set comes with everything two players need to dive deep into this acclaimed Living Card Game!
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The White Box!

The White Box is a learning, planning, and prototyping tool for tabletop game designers. It contains a book of 18 essays on game design and production, covering subjects like where to find a great concept, how to use randomness, what to ask playtesters, and whether it’s wise to self-publish. It includes an abundance of components to get you started right away, from cubes and meeples to dice, discs, and chits.

Maybe you have a golden idea inside you burning to come out. Maybe you want to tell a story or explore a problem. If you believe creating games is awesome, The White Box is for you.
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D&D Spellbook Cards!

Expand your library of arcane knowledge with a new set of D&D Spellbook Cards featuring new spells found in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything! This set contains 95 durable, laminated cards that expand options for spellcasters of all types. Now Spellcasters may choose from a wide variety of new spells, ranging from useful cantrips like the befuddling Infestation to the devastating Psychic Scream.

With the rise of the elemental powers, the world will also see new magic emerging and a selection of new spells, all of which can be found in the new Elemental Evil Spell Deck. 
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Queendomino!

You are a royal, seeking new lands to expand your ever-growing kingdom. Explore and conquer the different terrains, and develop the best and richest territories for your people.

Scour lands full of wheat fields, forests, grasslands, swamps, mines, and towns, diversifying your kingdom’s riches along the way. Tax the lands wisely to fund the construction of your towns, pick the buildings you erect carefully, and try to win the Queen’s favor - all while making sure your plans aren’t foiled by the Dragon’s flame.

Queendomino is both a standalone game and an expansion of the 2017 Spiel des Jahres recipient, Kingdomino. It offers more complex challenges, a new territory, and a way for more players to participate!
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X-Wing Wave 12 Minis!

Arm the missiles. Load the torpedoes. Line up the bullseye, and launch your attack.

Arriving for battle with powerful cannons and an arsenal of all the newest ordnance, these new starships give you all the firepower you need to saturate the skies with your missile salvos. And then you'll be able to reload and do it again!
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New D&D Minis!

We got a huge shipment of the new Wizkids Dungeons & Dragons Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures and Pathfinder Deep Cuts!

Featuring gorgeous new sculpts of fantastic and deadly creatures like Beholders, Mimics, Silver Dragons, and more, as well as new character player minis such as the Elf Druid and Dwarf Wizard, you're sure to find the perfect mini for your campaign!
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King of Tokyo: King Kong!

He is not happy! King Kong is ready to conquer the Empire State Building and Tokyo Tower to find his love. Will you dare cross his path, or worse, capture his beloved?

The King Kong Monster Pack adds new elements to two games: Tokyo Tower for King of Tokyo and the Empire State Building for King of New York!
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T.I.M.E. Stories: Estrella Drive!

The location of the anomaly appears to be a luxurious villa in the Californian hills. Science in the 20th century was incapable of correctly identifying time alterations, so the mansion is believed to be haunted by many natives of this era.

Take careful note of fissures in the time stream, but remember their true source lies in the damage being done to the Time Line, not in the supernatural.
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Unstable!

Do You Like Squirrels?

Magic's latest silver-bordered set has released after 13 long years!

Get ready to crank some contraptions and gather your squirrel army, and pick up a few packs for yourself!

If you haven't seen them yet (or even if you have!), be sure to check out the gorgeous full art lands and foil tokens you can find in every pack!
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December Newsletter - Standard PPTQ, Unstable Week, Pokemon League Challenge, and more!

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PPTQ Richmond!

PPTQ Richmond is here! Take your shot at an invite to the Regional Qualifier, and get your hands on $100 in store credit and a set of SDCC 2017 Planeswalkers! 

We have a player cap of 56 for this tournament. Please preregister here to reserve your spot!

 

Arkham Horror Invocation!

The Arkham Horror Card Game has introduced a new way to play: Invocations! 

Each player receives an alternate-art Daisy Walker card and token, and a gorgeously illustrated Eixodolon's Pet playmat!
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Christmas Eve Eve Giveaway and Gaming!

In the spirit of the holidays, we want to show our appreciation for all of you!

We're hosting a gaming night, and firing off door prizes and raffles while you're here! Just enter our raffle then settle in with your favorite games.
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L5R Way of the Rings!

Test your skills with your full decks against other players in preparation for competitive L5R events!

Top finishers from each clan will receive special extended art clan champion cards, while every participant will receive an exclusive commemorative pin depicting the five elemental rings.
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Dragon Ball Super!

It's time to get another Dragon Ball Super tournament in the books! This time, we've got a kit with DBS Tournament Packs just for you!

Each participant will receive a Tournament Pack just for showing up, with Union Force booster packs and exclusive sleeves going out to our top three players.
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Unstable Week!

Get ready to get wacky, because Unstable releases this week!

This is the first Un-set in 13 years, and we're celebrating with an entire week of Un-events to make sure this one doesn't pass by Unnoticed.

Starting with December 8-10, we're hosting an Unstable Un-Draft every day (using a special format - make sure you check it out!), and those who attend all three have the chance to win Holiday Promos - Thopter Pie Network and Goblin Sleigh Ride!

The fun doesn't stop there, because every Magic event next week will allow Un-Cards, including Standard, Commander, and Modern! But wait, there's more! We're also running an Un-League, where you build a 40-card deck using three boosters and play against other league members. Don't miss out!
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1v1 Commander!

Ditch your Sol Rings and your Gaea's Cradles and get ready for some one-on-one Commander action! 

We are following the Magic Online 1v1 Commander rules, including the banlist, starting at 30 life, etc. 
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Pokemon League Challenge!

Get started in the world of competitive Pokemon at League Challenges!

These small, entry-level tournaments are open to all ages and experience levels.
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Final Fantasy Opus IV!

It's time to get our first Final Fantasy TCG constructed tournament on the books. Get those decks together and join us for an Opus IV tournament!

Duke it our with your fellow card-slingers for glory, recognition, and store credit!
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Game of Thrones Melee!

It's time to play the Game of Thrones the way it's truly meant to be played. With all the backdoor politics, vicious backstabbing, and ephemeral alliances that entails.

That's right, it's time for a Melee tournament!
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Magic Store Championship!

Become the reigning Top Tier Magic Champion at our Store Championship! Get your best Standard deck tuned and tested, and get ready to throw down!

Each participant will receive a foil full-art Ghalta, Primal Hunger from Rivals of Ixalan, and Top 8 will additionally receive a deck box featuring art from Rivals of Ixalan. Of course the Store Champion gets more than just bragging rights; they'll also get a Champion playmat with a map of Ixalan to go along with their booster box of Rivals of Ixalan (to be awarded on release)!
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This Month's New Games - Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Pandemic Legacy Season 2, Game of Thrones Catan, and more!

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Xanathar's Guide to Everything!

Explore a wealth of new rules options for both players and Dungeon Masters in this supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Over twenty-five new subclasses, dozens of new spells, a collection of racial feats, a system to give your character a randomized backstory, and a variety of tools that provide Dungeon Masters fresh ways to use traps, magic items, downtime activities, and more all await within this fantastic new D&D supplement!

 

Pandemic Legacy Season 2!

A New Mission

With a story arc that unfolds over the course of a year, the game takes players on an epic journey filled with dramatic twists and shocking revelations. Initially, it is your task to keep the mainland running by providing the cities on the grid with the supplies they need to fend off the plague. But soon you must venture into the unknown, scouting areas beyond the grid.

These new regions bring you closer to learning what happened to the world and how it can help you complete your objectives. They also contain new threats that alter the course of your story. As the months pass, you must adapt to each new challenge if you want any hope of saving the world.
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Game of Thrones Catan!

Winter is Coming

The Brothers of the Night’s Watch seek a new leader from among their ranks. Jeor Mormont wishes to promote one who can improve the infrastructure of the Gift, the bountiful and undeveloped area south of the Wall bestowed to the Watch by the Starks thousands of years ago. Drawing sustenance from the unforgiving landscape of the north offers enough challenges, but whomever takes up this task must also man and defend the Wall against the onslaught of Wildlings fighting their way into Westeros.

Many brothers now compete to build, defend, and do what they can to protect Westeros, but only one shall rise above their brothers to become the new Lord Commander. But be wary—the north holds many dangers, and winter is coming.
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Explorers of Ixalan!

The Golden City Awaits

An out-of-the-box multiplayer Magic experience. Defeat your opponents as you search for the lost city.

Included are four 60 card decks, 50 map tiles, and everything else you need to get started. As you explore the tile based map, you will uncover bonuses that will swing the tide of battle in your favor, or quests that offer rewards when you complete their objectives. Explore the jungles of Ixalan and conquer Orazca, the Golden City!
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Bastion!

The castle is under siege! Hordes of monsters surround the walls as they march against the citadel. Only a brave few can stand against this dire threat. Gather your wits and prepare your defense.

Bastion is a cooperative strategy game that takes inspiration from extremely popular tower defense video games. Bastion subjects players to an unrelenting stream of attacks by an army of vicious monsters. By channeling the sources within the city, players work together to defend its borders, all the while gaining useful spells from the enemies they defeat.
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RuneWars Expansions!

With eight Heavy Crossbowmen plastic figures and two plastic infantry movement trays, this expansion allows players to add a two-tray unit to their Daqan Lords forces in battles for Terrinoth.
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Expand the forces of your undead armies with four Death Knight figures and two Plastic Cavalry Movement Trays as well as five upgrade cards.
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Clank! In! Space!

The evil Lord Eradikus has all but conquered the galaxy, and is now on a victory lap across the sector in his flagship. He may rule with an iron grip, but his most prized artifacts are about to slip through his cyborg claws. You and your fellow thieves have challenged each other to sneak aboard his ship, hack your way into its command module, and steal from him.

Along the way, you’ll recruit allies and snatch up extra loot, but one false step and—Clank! Careless noise draws the attention of Lord Eradikus. Hacking into his command module and stealing his artifacts increases his rage. You’d better hope your friends are louder than you are if you want to make it to an escape pod and get out alive…
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Azul!

Become an Artisan

Azul was designed by the world famous, award winning game author Michael Kiesling.  Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game.

Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. By carefully drafting the correct quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process. 
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Heroclix: Harley Quinn and the Gotham Girls!

This new set includes the biggest icons of girl power in the DC Comics Universe from classic characters like Wonder Woman to newer characters like Harley Quinn and her hyenas.

HeroClix fans will get to enjoy all-new versions of Harley Quinn, DC Bombshell versions of beloved heroines, and extra-dangerous members of the Suicide Squad. Whether you’re in the streets of Gotham, outer space, or Arkham Asylum, Harley and her crew will help you bring action and mayhem to the HeroClix tabletop like never before!
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The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31!

An alien lifeform has infiltrated a bleak and desolate Antarctic research station assimilating other organisms and then imitating them. In the hidden identity game The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter’s sci-fi cult classic in a race to discover who among the team has been infected by this heinous lifeform.

Play as one of 12 characters as you lead a series of investigations through the facility. The tension mounts and paranoia ensues as you question who you can trust in the ultimate race to save humanity!
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Rick and Morty Deck Building Game!

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

The bad boys of animation are back in this exciting new Rick and Morty-themed deck-building game. Based on the bizarre dimension-hopping episode Close Encounters of the Rick Kind, this game goes to places the Cerberus Engine has never been. Literally.

Using the same mechanics as the DC Deck Building Game (and fully compatible with it, too!), the typical “Kick” stack has been replaced with Portal Guns, which can be used to access the unpredictable and awesome Location Deck. These Locations can be used that turn and then they go away, but you can also buy them if you think those alternate dimensions will aid your strategy.

Can you take down the Council of Ricks before they get too annoying and self-righteous?
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Dragonfire!

Seize the Adventure!

Dragonfire is a 3 to 6 player deckbuilding game set within Dungeons & Dragons. Players choose from several classic fantasy races and assume one of the quintessential roles of cleric, rogue, fighter, or wizard. Equipped with weapons, spells, and magic items, players begin their adventure along the famed Sword Coast, then journey to other Forgotten Realms locales. Along the way, they can level up their characters, find additional equipment, learn new feats, and much more.

Join the quest, and build your own legend!
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First Martians!

Built on the core of the award-winning Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet pits players against the hostile Martian environment and a whole host of new adventures and challenges. The immersion experience is further enhanced with an integrated app that maintains the balance and challenge throughout.

Players have the option of taking on the design as a series of separate games, in a custom campaign mode in which each successive game builds on the last, or even an open world mode in which they are free to roam about the Martian surface and explore as long as they can survive.
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A Game of Thrones: House of Thorns!

House Tyrell surges into the light with their deluxe expansion, House of Thorns! Within this box, you’ll find a wealth of new cards, bringing powerful new options to support and diversify House Tyrell’s most important themes, such as increasing the STR of their characters, removing characters from challenges, and winning challenges with the Knights and Ladies of Westeros.

You’ll also find plenty of iconic characters sworn to House Tyrell entering the game, including Mace Tyrell, Brienne of Tarth, the Queen of Thorns, Margaery Tyrell, and the Knight of Flowers.
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Legendary: Spider-Man Homecoming!

Spider-Man Homecoming is set directly after the events of Captain America: Civil War in which Peter Parker tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. Peter receives help and guidance from not only his friends and family but also his mentor Tony Stark.

For the first time Legendary will step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Legendary: Spider-Man Homecoming!
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Unlock!

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.

Three brand-new adventures now await: The Nautilus’ Traps, The House on the Hill, and The Tonipal’s Treasure!
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Donner Dinner Party!

Who’s safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That’s the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival.

Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Who will avoid becoming tonight’s dinner and make it off the mountain alive? And who are the suspicious scoundrels hungry for human flesh? Rowdy, outrageous, and full of playful deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!
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Arkham Horror LCG: Echoes of the Past!

The King in Yellow has come to Arkham, you caught the performance, and now you find yourself drawn into the maddening web of powerful forces that seems to surround the mysterious play. So how do you proceed? Where do you continue your investigations? How do you hold onto the tattered threads of your limited sanity? If there are ties between the play and Arkham, there's one place where you might uncover them—the Arkham Historical Society, a landmark building that holds age-old secrets even its curator doesn’t know…

Echoes of the Past introduces a wealth of player cards driven by two major themes that allow you to refine your investigator’s practiced Talent and Composure.
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Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation!

Following the success of the original Crossover Crisis, more classic characters, past and present, are joining the fray! This standalone game is not only a great introduction to deck-building, but also a fantastic expansion for the original set.

The new “Wonder” keyword brings a childlike sense of, well, wonder to the game as the ability allows players to play a card off the top of the main deck. You never know what you’ll get …  except for a fun time and lots of surprises!
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Spirit Warriors!

Spirit Warriors takes full advantage of the latest updates to Yu-Gi-Oh! Link Monsters, the Extra Monster Zones, and strategic card placement are key elements in the Decks that can be built from the cards in this set.

The Six Samurai return! You already know the story of the Six Samurai and their legendary forebears. Now, take command of the warriors that support them from the shadows every step of the way!
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Iconic Masters!

Draft Like a Master

Iconic Masters features beloved cards from throughout Magic's 25-year history, including over 20 cards with brand-new art! Iconic creatures including Angels, Sphinxes, Demons, Dragons, and Hydras are waiting to be opened in Iconic Masters booster packs.

In addition, the new Duel Deck: Merfolk Vs. Goblins has hit shelves. Whether you like to master the waves or hurl goblin grenades, this Duel Deck promises a great two-player experience!

Don't forget about the value-packed From the Vault: Transform, featuring three cards with brand new art! Including such classics as Delver of Secrets and Huntmaster of the Fells, this set is sure to make you flip! 
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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 - Clank! In! Space!

Clank! In! Space! Is! Great!

Sorry. I'll try to stop! putting exclamation points everywhere, but! it's addictive. And so is Clank! In! Space! (referred to hereafter as CIS for obvious reasons).

I'm not a huge deck-building game lover overall. I enjoy Star Realms and Hero Realms because of their similarities to Magic: the Gathering, but the mainstays like Ascension, DC Deck-Builder, and Legendary never really appealed as the themes were not for me (has there been a three month span without a superhero movie?). 

CIS turned out to be the perfect entry point. Themed in space and full of hilarious parodies from all manner of space-set television and movies, the game goals are simply: gain access to Lord Eradikus' command area, steal an artifact, and escape the ship before he and his army of minions kill you, all as quietly as possible. Along the way you're buying cards for your deck, moving about the ship, collecting special skills and items to aid you and fighting off security as you Clank! your way through the steel corridors and security checkpoints (sorry, couldn't resist). 

There are so many different deck-building strategies and funny cards that I never experienced a dull moment. The amazing part is that I opened it and learned it out of the box without difficulty on the first play through!

If you're looking to try out a deck-building game for the first time, want to widen your deck-building horizons, or see what all the Clank! is about, come by and try our demo. I'll be happy to teach anyone as this is easily one of my favorite games ever and one that I feel will draw anyone into deck-building.

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Nick - Legend of the Five Rings

I have been playing the crud out of Legend of the Five Rings!  This is a new product by Fantasy Flight Games that was an older game that started in the late 90's and has now been acquired by them. 

Legend of the Five Rings is a fantasy based game set in feudal Japan.  The game follows the top clans of Rokugan as they fight and use politics to gain the upper hand and win the emperor's favor.   Fantasy Flight has taken the core feel of the game and made a few adjustments to make the game play more fluid and responsive. 

I have been playing L5R since the 5th of October and have been having a blast with it and my friends up here at the shop. The game has beautifully made cards with awesome artwork.  The game itself is pretty easy to play - about three games and we had it down. 

In the game, each player fights or uses politics to conquer the opponent's provinces using the might and political power of your characters. Once you have conquered three of the opponent's provinces you try to take over their stronghold. Once you have beaten it you win!  Also another reason I love the game is there are two other ways to win other than breaking their stronghold. A player also has a resource called honor, and if a player has 25 honor they win the game, or lose when they have no honor. 

I hope people give this game a try. It is a wonderful new addition to the Fantasy Flight LCG family. Give it a try!

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Logan - Cosmic Encounter

Cosmic Encounter is a game of alien conquest, teamwork and betrayal. Each player chooses an alien species that, in its own unique way, has a game breaking power. Through a series of either peaceful negotiations or hard fought battles, you begin to conquer one another’s planets.

Each phase of the game can create allies and enemies. You can either choose to conquer the galaxy alone, or bring up to three other players with you. As fate itself pits friend against friend, who will come out on top as the true ruler of the galaxy?

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Corey - Neil Gaiman's A Study In Emerald

Whew, how to describe this game? If you can imagine a mash-up of social deduction, deck-building, area control, and resource management in a Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu setting, you’ve got a pretty good picture of this game. Sound crazy? Let’s break it down.

The Old Ones have been ruling the earth for over seven hundred years. While most of humanity has welcomed their new eldritch overlords, and in fact a faction of Loyalists work to maintain their hold, an underground resistance movement called the Restorationists aims to topple the Old Ones’ rule. Their efforts at overthrowing the Elder Gods were largely futile until the invention of TNT. Turns out good old high-powered explosives are Cthulhu’s one weakness. Who knew?

Each player begins the game with a matching player deck, some agents, and a pool of influence. There are cities representing areas where Old Ones have taken control, each with a stack of cards available to buy. The agents are placed in cities where that player wants a card to add to their deck (the deck-building element). These cards can have a range of effects, from adding agents to the board and moving them around, to killing other players’ agents and even the Old Ones themselves! Buying a card requires you to have more agents and influence in that city than any other player (the area control element), but once a card is bought, your influence in that city goes into “limbo.” You must use your cards to retrieve this influence and add it back to your pool before you can put it on the board again (the resource management element), so be careful not to over-commit to a certain location. Ultimately you must deduce who among you is on your side and who is working against you (the social deduction element) so you can pursue your own goals and end the game with the most victory points!

I’ve had my eye on this game for a long time, and I’m glad I finally had the chance to play it because I’ve never experienced a game quite like this. The setting is definitely my style and the gameplay is very unique, with elements of multiple types of games that I already enjoy. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on this one, I say go for it! I’m glad I did.

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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 - Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Flip Ships, L5R, and more!

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Betrayal at Baldur's Gate!

Never Split the Party… Unless Someone is the Traitor!

Based on the award-winning Betrayal at House on the Hill board game, in Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate you’ll return to Baldur’s Gate again and again only to discover it’s never the same game twice.

Can you and your party survive the madness or will you succumb to the mayhem and split (or slaughter!) the party?

Buy your copy from us and receive exclusive promos for both Betrayal at House on the Hill and Betrayal at Baldur's Gate!

 

Legend of the Five Rings LCG!

Welcome to Rokugan!

Take on the leadership of one of the Great Clans, then become embroiled in conflict with another clan. Your conflicts will decide the future of Rokugan, whether you’re battling with a katana or with cutting words. Will you fight with honor or use more...unsavory means?

The long-awaited reboot of the classic L5R card game is here! Choose your clan and decide your fate!
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Flip Ships!

It was an ambush. The mother ship appeared out of nowhere, and within seconds, wave after wave of fighters poured out of it, filling the sky...

Flip Ships is a cooperative dexterity game reminiscent of Space Invaders where players take on the roles of brave pilots defending their planet from an onslaught of firepower. Flip your ships to take out the encroaching enemies, and to take down the powerful mother ship before it’s too late!
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The Expanse!

Based on the acclaimed and visionary television series, The Expanse Board Game is a game of politics, conquest, and intrigue for two to four players. Players spread their influence through the solar system onto important Bases using characters and events in the Expanse Universe.
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Grimslingers!

The mysterious Iron Witch has turned you into a Grimslinger, a powerful witch imbued with metal, machine and fancy elemental powers. Now yer maker’s requirin’ all his newly sired to duel each other so that he can make y’all into witches proper for his own purposes.
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Warhammer!

Shadespire is a game for two to four players, in which each player takes their warband of fantastically detailed miniatures and pits them against their rivals in battles across the dark city of Shadespire.
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For the rest of your Warhammer needs, we now have the Death Guard Codex and latest wave of models including the disgustingly terrifying Mortarion, as well as the new Adeptus Mechanicus Codex!
 

 

Raiders of the North Sea!

It's Raiding Season!

As Viking warriors, players seek to impress the Chieftain by raiding unsuspecting settlements. Players will need to assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder gold, iron and livestock.

There is glory to be found in battle, even at the hands of the Valkyrie, so gather your warriors and prepare to raid!
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Sentient!

The next great technological revolution is here. Sentient robots for information, transportation, industry, all at our fingertips. Building them is now the easy part. Programming them has proven to be more complicated. A handful of companies have emerged claiming to pull it off, but only one will win out.

Your mission is clear: Procure bots and plug them into your network to have an effect on your systems. Anticipate it correctly, program your bots effectively, and attract the right investors to win!
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Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game!

Why Grow Up Anyway?

In this deckbuilding game that challenges you to grow up and prepare for your finest hour, players assume the roles of their favorite characters in the Scott Pilgrim universe, each of whom comes with a unique starting deck. Innovative double-sided cards let you decide whether to solve your problems with hard work and empathy, or whether to embrace the unpredictable world of gratuitous video game violence!
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Bears vs. Babies!

This is a card game where you build monstrous bears who eat horrible babies. Beef up your monsters with nunchuck wielding t-rexs, sweet power tools, intravenous caffeine drips, and saucy sombreros.

Intensify gameplay with Wild Provokes, Dismemberments, hidden identities, and softly sung lullabies. Have fun sending other players into battle
while they are woefully unprepared. The player to eat the most babies wins!
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Starfinder Alien Archive!

Strange aliens both friendly and fearsome fill this tome of creatures designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! From the gravity-manipulating frujais and planet-killing novaspawn to space goblins and security robots, the creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter what strange worlds they're exploring. What's more, player rules for a host of creatures let players not just fight aliens, but be them!

Inside Starfinder Alien Archive, you'll find over 80 bizarre life-forms both classic and new, over 20 races with full player rules, new alien technology to help give your character an edge, a robust NPC-creation system to let Game Masters build any aliens or creatures they can imagine, new rules for magical monster summoning, quick templates to modify creatures on the fly, and more!
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Atari's Centipede!

In Atari’s Centipede, 2 or 4 players venture into the world of the classic Atari arcade game. On one side, a Player controls the Gnome, exploring the forest and trying to defeat the Centipede. On the other side, the Centipede player, eager to destroy the Gnome, must wiggle their way to the other end of the board.

The Gnome Player rolls and spends their dice to perform actions, while the Centipede Player uses a deck of cards to spawn Fleas, Spiders and Mushrooms, trying to control the game board. The first Player to eliminate their opponent wins the game!
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Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter!

Welcome to the crossover made in heaven. Immerse yourself in 10 different scenarios with mind-blowing scenery and components that will transform your table into the post-apocalypse wasteland of a zombie invasion.

With your team of 10 well-known survivors from the Dead of Winter world, search high and low to gather resources and weapons to survive the trials ahead. Danger lurks everywhere, but you must put your fears to rest and confront the dead while you still can!
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Magic Gift Pack!

Included in the Magic Gift Pack, you'll find 5 foil basic lands by artist Mark Poole (known as the "Shooting Star Lands"), 2 foil creature cards (Metalwork Colossus and Kari Zev, Skyship Raider), 3 booster packs (Ixalan, Hour of Devastation, Amonkhet), a spindown life counter, and an exclusive mini-poster featuring art from Hour of Devastation!

This Gift Pack makes a great present for the Magic player in your life, even if that's you!
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Mysterium: Secrets and Lies!

Peace has yet to return to Warwick manor. Despite the psychics’ best efforts, the ghost’s soul is still not at rest. A number of troubling events occurred immediately prior to the ghost’s death. What if they were linked?

Enjoy new game configurations with content including 6 suspects, 6 locations and 6 objects, as well as 42 additional visions for use by the ghost!
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Pokemon: Shining Legends Elite Trainer Box!

The latest Pokemon TCG expansion is here, and the best way to start your Shining Legends collection is with this Elite Trainer Box. Inside, you'll find all sorts of goodies to get you geared up for competitive play. In addition to the whopping ten Shining Legends booster packs, you get some cool card sleeves featuring the Legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh to keep those cards minty fresh. Also included are some high-quality dice and condition markers, as well as a player's guide that gives special tips on becoming a skilled Pokemon player. Of course, everything fits inside the collector's box, which makes a great place to store your Shining Legends collection. Prepare to become a legend yourself with the Pokemon: Shining Legends Elite Trainer Box!
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Cities of Splendor!

The Path to the Orient

For years, you’ve reveled in the diamond-hard puzzles of Splendor. Now in Cities of Splendor, you’ll leave the comforting familiarity of the European gem trade and travel to the Orient, where new rules and cards invite you to adapt your strategies. With four expansions in a single box, Cities of Splendor offers you four thrilling new ways to experience the game, opening the door to new levels of replayability without sacrificing any of the original game’s unique elegance!
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Catan: Legend of the Sea Robbers!

Relive the Exciting Catanian Legend!

The story unfolds over 4 chapters. In each chapter, the Council of Catan gives you special tasks. You work for the benefit of your clan and open up new regions by building roads and settlements. At the same time, the Council requires you to be mindful of Catan's common good. Find the right balance between achieving your own goals and those of the Council and you might win the Legend of the Sea Robbers!
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Doctor Lucky's Mansion That is Haunted!

Doctor J. Robert Lucky wishes to sell his haunted house to a pair of unsuspecting newlyweds from across town… but the ghosts of Lucky Mansion have a different plan. They love Doctor Lucky so much, they want him to stay with them forever; unfortunately for the doctor, that means everyone is still trying to kill him!

Players are now ghosts, so they can move through ceilings, walls, and floors. Any two rooms are connected if they share an edge. Players can “see” from their current room into all the connected rooms, but no farther. Will you be the one to kill Doctor Lucky?
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Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men!

The rumors about smugglers are all over Nottingham’s alleys. In the last year, the Sheriff has confiscated a lot of illegal goods, but surely he needs help! A Black Market has formed in the alleys, full of special demands from those inside.

Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men is a collection of expansions for the hit game Sheriff of Nottingham! The expansion is modular in nature, allowing players to add some, or all of the extra content to their games of Sheriff of Nottingham. Modules include: Laws, Special Orders, Black Market, Merry Men, and the 6th Player expansion, allowing Sheriff of Nottingham to be played with a 6th person.
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Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient!

It’s never too late to add to your magical education, and The Fifth Ingredient expansion for Potion Explosion gives you a chance to go back to class and start learning some new tricks. Introducing Ghost Ectoplasm, you’ll now be able to complete spells in an entirely new way. This incredible ingredient can be used as a replacement for any of the others. The Fifth Ingredient also adds Reward and Scolding tokens, new potions to complete, and Professor tiles. These new tiles will affect the rules of the game in little ways that could change your entire strategy. Use one of them for a little tweak to the regular game, or introduce a bunch for an entirely new experience. The Fifth Ingredient expansion ensures you’ll be learning new tricks right up until the final bell sounds!
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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 - 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!

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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!

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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!

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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 - 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!

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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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