What We're Playing!

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

Ben - Shadow Hunters

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

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

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

More on Shadow Hunters >>

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Nick - Hour of Devastation Draft

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

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

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

More on Hour of Devastation >>


Corey - Kingdomino

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

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

More on Kingdomino >>



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

This Month's New Games!

Dice Forge!

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

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

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




A new generation of heroes

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

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

Star Wars: X-Wing!

New starships to join your forces

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

The Auzituck Gunship's shields and hull combine with the reinforce action to make a resilient addition to your Rebel fleet. If you're looking to keep those pesky Rebels in check, look no further than the TIE Aggressor, whose many upgrades allow you to handle any situation that comes your way. Looking to do some damage? The Scurrg H-6 Bomber's hefty complement of upgrades has you covered.



Not Alone!

You are not alone...

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

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

Can you escape to freedom or will you be forever bound to the planet?

Batman: Almost Got 'Im!

Can you catch the Dark Knight?

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

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

Can you determine who's your friend...and who's the Bat?



RuneWars Miniatures Game!

The Rune Golems Unit expansion features two Rune Golem figures, one sculpt new to this expansion and one identical to the sculpt found in the Core set, as well as eight upgrade cards to help you build your army anyway you choose. Crush the enemies of Daqan beneath your feet with the Rune Golems Unit expansion.


The Carrion Lancers Unit Expansion features two Carrion Lancer Plastic Figures, one new and one identical to the core set, to expand your legions of the undead. The expansion also features eight new upgrade cards you can use to destroy your enemies.



Yu-Gi-Oh! Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge

The greatest duels in history

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

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

Boss Monster: Implements of Destruction!

The gloves are off and the gauntlets are on!

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

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



Blue Rose!

An RPG of romantic fantasy

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

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

Urban Shadows!

The city just got darker

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

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



New Dragon Shield Sleeve Colors!

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



Hour of Devastation!

Unleash your endgame

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

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

New Dice and Dice Bags!

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



Scythe Metal Coins!

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

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

Call of Cthulhu: The Two-Headed Serpent!

The world needs heroes, now more than ever

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

Game of the Month - Dice Forge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 2017 Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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


Warhammer: Age of Sigmar!

Don't worry Age of Sigmar players, we've got you covered too! We'll be starting a veteran Escalation League the week after the 40k league begins. The league will run from 1000 points to 2200 points over the course of twelve weeks, with rounds lasting two weeks. Players will select a single Grand Alliance and field an army from that Alliance for the duration of the event. Army composition may change from round to round, but a player may not switch armies entirely. Participants in this league will also receive 15% off all Warhammer and Citadel products for the duration of the league, so don't miss out!

Interested in starting a little smaller? Check out our Age of Sigmar Skirmish tournament! Players build a warband of a few good models, and fight in tense, small-scale battles for power and glory!


Wargame Newbie Paint N' Take!

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



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


Star Wars X-Wing!

If you're interested in joining an Escalation League but prefer the world of Star Wars, fret not! We're holding an X-Wing Escalation League as well! The league runs from 60 points to 150 points over eight weeks, and participants receive 10% off all X-Wing minis for the entire league.


If you want a bit of a warm-up before the escalation league, we've got a Wave Ten Tournament the week before! First and second place get to pick out a ship to take home, so don't miss your chance!


Magic: the Gathering!

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

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

If that's not enough for you, bring a friend Sunday and throw down Two-Headed Giant style! Whatever your preferred method, this set promises to be a great one, so don't miss out!

Welcome to the second iteration and continuation of the Commander Banlist League (CBL)! Help shape the banlist for Commander at Top Tier Board Games by submitting and voting on cards!


Join us for the release draft of Hour of Devastation! Each participant receives a special foil Launch Weekend promo in addition to normal prizes. Draft Weekend continues on Saturday, replacing our normal Standard tournament!


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.


Never played Magic before, need a Magic refresher, or want to introduce a friend to the game? Show up to our one day only Magic Open House to get a crash course! New players and their teachers will receive a free fully-playable Welcome Deck and a premium foil full-art Amonkhet basic land.


Once you get a feel for playing Magic, come on back for the Starter League! Open three boosters, build a deck, and add more boosters each week! Bring a friend who's new to Magic and receive your first week's booster free!



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


Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Whether you've already taken down your Store Championship or this is your first foray into competitive territory, Regional Championships are your next step on the quest for glory! This is the next level in competition and prestige. These exclusive events offer players a chance to test your skills against the best players in your region and compete for awesome promos, playmats, and a precious first-round bye at a National Championship.

If you're looking for a bit of a warmup for the Regional Championship, join us for our Chapter Pack tournament for a chance to win the newest Chapter Pack free!


Guild Ball!

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


Star Wars: Destiny!

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

What We're Playing!

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


Ben - Unlock! Escape Adventures

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

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

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

More on Unlock! >>


Nick - RuneWars Miniatures Game

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

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

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

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Corey - Warhammer 40k

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

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

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

More on Warhammer 40k >>



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This Month's New Games!


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

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

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




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

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


Oh Captain!

Who can you trust?

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





Design the best bear park!

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


Fuse: Flatline!

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

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




RuneWars Miniatures Game Expansions!

The Lord Hawthorne Hero Expansion includes two different figures for Lord Hawthorne to add to your Daqan army, a cavalry version and an infantry version, as well as six new upgrade cards, four of which will improve any army and two that are exclusive to Lord Hawthorne.


The Spearmen Unit Expansion comes with eight Spearmen plastic figures and two plastic infantry movement trays to expand your Daqan army. Five additional upgrade cards for any army will give you the tools you need to push back any force.


The Ankaur Maro Hero Expansion comes with two Ankaur Maro figures for the Waiqar in the form of cavalry and infantry versions, as well as six upgrade cards, four for use with any army and two exclusively for Ankaur Maro.


Expand your ranks of the undead with the Reanimates Unit Expansion. Featuring eight reanimate plastic figures in four different sculpts, the expansion contains everything you need to add one Reanimates unit to your own army.



Guild Ball: First Light of Solthecius!

It’s a new dawn for the Union...

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


Le Havre!

Become the preeminent shipping magnate!

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

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




Commander Anthology!

Four powerful decks from Commander history!

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! Maximum Crisis: Special Edition!

The walls between dimensions are collapsing!

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




Can you escape in time?

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



Century: Spice Road!

Discover the beauties of the spice trading road.

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

Dresden Files!

Take on cases from the novels!

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



Warhammer 40k Eigth Edition!

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

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

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



Heroclix 15th Anniversary: What If?

Expand your Heroclix collection with What If?

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

Final Fantasy TCG: Opus II Starter Decks!

Jumpstart your game with these starter decks!

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



Celestia: A Little Help Expansion!

Embark and depart for adventure!

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

One Night Ultimate Alien!

Can you discover the aliens among you in time?

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

Game Spotlight - Cry Havoc

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

June 2017 Newsletter

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

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

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


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


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

Warhammer 40k!

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

Magic: the Gathering!

PPTQ Albuquerque is here! Take your shot at an invite to the Regional Qualifier, and get your hands on $250 in store credit! Entry is $30 and prizes pay out to Top 8.

That's not all for Magic this month. Join us for our monthly Playtest Challenge for Legacy! Bring a deck with any number of playtest cards and duke it out Legacy style! We'll be handing out store credit to Top Finishers, and offering a bump up for buying cards to remove playtest cards from your deck.

RuneWars Miniatures Game!

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


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

Warhammer Age of Sigmar!

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

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

Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

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

Star Wars: Destiny!

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

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game!

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

This Month's New Games!

Prepare to Die.

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

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

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

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

Whatever happens, it’s bound to be Unfair.


The desert oasis of Amonkhet forges warriors!

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


The spirit of rebellion has ignited!

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

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


Grow your ranks with new expansions for RuneWars!

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

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


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

The newest Guild Ball expansion Heralds of the Winter's Moon brings four brand new models to the Hunter's Guild, including the fast footballing captain Skatha, the sleek wolf mascot Snow, and two new players, the feral striker Ulfr and the dangerous backfielder Veteran Hearne. No matter how you like to play, these new models are sure to step up your Hunter's game!

The Avengers and the Defenders are at odds like never before!

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

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


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

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

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


Control the truth.

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


May 2017 Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warhammer Escalation Sign-Ups Open

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

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

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

Age of Sigmar

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

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

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

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

Warhammer 40k

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

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

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

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

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us at Top Tier Board Games!  It's a brand new year, and we're bringing brand new events!  Check out the details below:

- It's our birthday!  Join us Saturday night, January 7th for our birthday party!  We'll have cake, pizza, and tons of our favorite games!  Bring anything you feel like playing, because we'll be gaming all night!  And what's more, we'll be offering some gifts of our own!  Buy a $25 gift card for a friend and get a $5 gift card for yourself, for free!

- Magic players, the Aether Revolt prereleases are on the way!  Join us on January 13th through the 15th and get your hands on Aether Revolt early in a sealed deck tournament.  $30 to enter will get you a prerelease kit, entry into the tournament, and prize packs!  We are also offering our Ironman Challenge, which you can read more about HERE.

- Aether Revolt Release Week will start on Friday, January 20th with our regular $15 draft starting at 6pm.  January 21st mixes it up a bit though, with our Standard tournament switching to $25 Sealed Deck!  Four packs of Aether Revolt, two packs of Kaladesh, and four rounds of Swiss!  First place will walk away with a brand new bundle, so don't miss it!

- Warhammer players, January is the month for you!  We are starting not one but two Escalation leagues.  Age of Sigmar will be our beginner league, taking you from 250 points to 1000.  Our 40k league will be from 1000 to a jumbo-sized 2250 points.  Each league lasts twelve weeks and requires a game every two weeks.  Easy, laid back, and tons of fun!  If you're looking to get into the hobby, now's the time!

- Pokemon Trainers, Sun & Moon is coming!  Join us Saturday, January 28th at 11am for our Sun & Moon Prerelease!  $30 to enter gets you a building kit, four packs of Sun & Moon, and entry into the tournament.  Stay and play to get THREE more packs of Sun & Moon!  Don't miss out on your chance to get these new, awesome Pokemon!

- Game of Thrones players, raise your banners for the Chapter Pack tournament on January 28th!  Duke it out to claim a free copy of Tyrion's Chain when it releases!  Runners-up will receive store credit towards the purchase of the new chapter pack.  3 rounds of Swiss and starts at 2pm.  Be there!

- Clearance!  We have a clearance section now.  Space is getting a little tight, and we unfortunately can't keep every incredible game in stock.  Some have to go, and that's where the clearance section comes in!  Check our back gondola, labeled as "clearance" and pick up a game for 40% off!  It doesn't stack with any other discounts, but it's a great way to pick up a fantastic game you may not have on your radar.  Come in and check it out!

Two Years and Counting


It's our birthday!  Join us Saturday, January 7th at 6pm as we celebrate two awesome years in this wonderful community!  Bring anything you feel like playing, because we'll be gaming all night!  We'll have cake and pizza as part of the festivities, and we'll be offering bonuses on gift cards for the night.  Buy a $25 gift card for a friend, get a $5 gift card for yourself - for free!  Brace yourselves, we'll be playing some heavier games than our standard fare.  Expect Scythe to make an appearance - Evolution, Ascension, 7 Wonders, and more!  

RSVP: Facebook Event

We want to sincerely thank you all for being such fantastic support.  We wouldn't still be here today if it wasn't for all you incredible folks who love to game.  Everyone strives to be inclusive and share their passion for gaming in whatever form it takes, and it's always awesome to see people spreading the joy of gaming.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for being wonderful people!

TCGPlayer Pricing Now In Effect

Santa's coming early to Top Tier, with our official announcement:  We are switching to TCG Player pricing for all card singles starting in 2017!  With this switch, we hope to save you money and help get more decks built for Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Magic!  We will also be streamlining our buylist and store credit processes to get you as much for your cards as possible.

What's that mean for you?  We will be using "Market Price" value for all our singles, the "going rate" of cards in real-time!  Our cash buylist prices will also be changing in proportion to market price, with an on-average value of about 50%.  Want to trade in for store credit?  We'll offer an ADDITIONAL 25% bonus to the buylist price, for use on anything in the store!  Cards?  Check.  Entry fee?  Check.  The newest board game?  Check.

Our goal with this switch was to remove the complicated "trade credit" offer we had on hand.  Instead of juggling three different prices, we simply decided to beef up our store credit bonus to make it easier to weigh the two numbers against each other.  To this end, we will be phasing out trade credit in its current form.  Remaining trade credit will be redeemable against normal SCG prices until it has been zeroed out in our system.

Lastly, we want to work to reduce as much "turn away" on cards as possible.  This system will allow us to modify our buylist values to reflect quantity on hand and make an offer on a significantly larger amount of cards.

Aether Revolt Prereleases Coming Jan. 13-15th

Our Creature Collection Playmat for Aether Revolt!  Available for $5 off during prereleases!

Our Creature Collection Playmat for Aether Revolt!  Available for $5 off during prereleases!

The plane is in turmoil, Tezzeret has seized all the inventions, and the Gatewatch is in trouble.  Join the revolution and take the power back in Aether Revolt, releasing on January 21st!

Get your hands on Aether Revolt a week early, with our Prerelease events on January 13th, 14th, and 15th.  Entry is $30 and comes with:

  • 4 packs of Aether Revolt
  • 2 packs of Kaladesh
  • 1 Spindown Die
  • 1 Promo Rare or Mythic from Aether Revolt
  • Entry Into the Tournament

Players will build a 40-card deck and play four rounds of Swiss against similarly-ranked opponents.  After the tournament, prizes will be handed out based on standings!

Midnight Prerelease - Jan. 13th @ 11:59pm - Facebook Event
Noon Prerelease - Jan. 14th @ 11:59am - Facebook Event
Afternoon Prerelease - Jan. 14th @ 6pm - Facebook Event
2HG Prerelease - Jan. 15th @ 2pm - Facebook Event

We will also be running our popular Ironman Competition for prerelease weekend!

Sign up for all three Individual Sealed events for just $75 and compete for your chance to win a copy of Planechase Anthologies!  Retailing at $150, the Anthology includes every plane ever printed plus four planechase-ready decks for you and your friends.

Our top-placing Ironman across all three events will receive the Anthology for free on top of the usual prize support!