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  • Review: Niya

    January 28, 2015

    Niya is a fast and simple – yet very thoughtful – strategy game for two people that is appropriate for pretty much anyone of any age, five and up. Drawing from some of the tactical DNA of games like Chess and Hive, the rules of the game are extremely easy to learn, but mastering it requires guile. All players need to do is connect four of their pieces (modeled after Imperial Japanese clan members) to win: either in a row: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally; or in a block of four pieces. The clever part of the game is that you essentially have to con your opponent into letting you do it.

    Read more about Niya!

    MTG Fate Reforged Pre-Release +

    January 14, 2015

    MTG Fate Reforged Set Pre-Release Tournaments
    Saturday, January 17th @ Noon  AND  Sunday, January 18th @ Noon

    Continuing our very fun and successful series of Magic events, Gamescape is pleased to be hosting a double-dip of Magic: The Gathering Pre-Release spectaculars! MTG Fate Reforged releases on Friday, January 23rd. Our Pre-Releases will take place one week before then on Saturday and Sunday, January 17th and 18th at 12:00 noon. These will be Sealed Deck Tournaments using the MTG Fate Reforged Pre-Release Clan Packs.

    If you’re interested in attending the pre-release tournament, we ask that you please sign-up ahead of time, as we have limited space for the event. You can do this in a number of ways: either by calling the store, sending an e-mail, or by dropping into the store in-person. There are 66 spaces available, so be sure to reserve yours soon! We ask also that you please arrive to the tournament at least one hour early in order to pay your entry fee of $30.00. Included in your entry will be a MTG Fate Reforged Pre-Release Clan Pack that includes a special pre-release promo card.

    This Sealed Tournament will consist of one flight of entrants with the goal of the event to be completed by 6pm. Prizes will be given in the form of MTG Fate Reforged booster packs, promo cards, and some other nifty prize support that we have in the store. We regret that we will not be admitting players after 12:00pm SHARP. Please arrive as early as you can to ensure that we get playing as soon as possible.

    MTG Fate Reforged Release Tournament – Friday, January 23rd @ 6pm

    If you’re not able to make the Pre-Release, we’ll be holding the Release Tournament on the Friday that MTG Fate Reforged releases for sale. If you’re interested in attending, please arrive before 6:00pm to sign in and hold your spot in the event. We always recommend signing up ahead of time, just in case things fill up quickly. This Sealed Tournament will consist of four rounds of swiss pairing using six MTG Fate Reforged Set Booster Packs, with the goal of the tournament to be done by 10:30pm.

    Special Box Discounts

    As always, we’re offering 20% off the retail price on full boxes of MTG Fate Reforged if you’re in our Customer Rewards system or if you sign up for our Geek Card program. The points that you accrue on the purchase will also be tallied on your account. Individual boosters will remain at the standard retail price of $3.99. In addition, WotC is offering a special buy-a-box promo card to anyone who purchases a full box of boosters from us.

    Review: Hive

    January 13, 2015

    Hive is a two-player strategy game in which players take turns moving or placing five different types of hexagonal bug pieces in an effort to surround the opposing Queen Bee, all while preventing their opponent from doing the same. Each bug has a different way of moving: grasshoppers leap over one row of bugs to land the other side; beetles can climb one space on top of another bug, pinning the those beneath them, etc. There is no board, only the tableau of a hive created by the hexagonal pieces touching each other, which highlights an additional very important limitation to movement: players cannot break the hive with their movement in any situation. If moving your Queen Bee would isolate your opponent’s Soldier Ant, you cannot do so and your Queen Bee must not move again until the hive changes to a form that would allow her to do so. The hive also grows over the course of the game as players add more pieces to it. These additional pieces can only be placed next to an existing friendly piece and not touching any enemies, and this replaces the movement of a bug already in the hive as a player’s turn.

    Read more about Hive!

    Magic Grand Prix Trial Vancouver

    January 2, 2015

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    On Saturday, January 3rd starting at 11:00am sharp, Gamescape North will be hosting a MTG Grand Prix Trial for the Vancouver Grand Prix Tournament. The competition will be tougher than usual, but the rewards will be greater – the overall winner of the event gets a two-round bye at the Vancouver Grand Prix Modern Constructed event on February 21-22. So dig out your best deck and get ready to play against the top players in the area. Canada isn’t so far away!

    Saturday, January 3rd 11am-10pm
    Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix Trial – Vancouver
    Tap out your opponent and survive the Trial!

    Ringing in the New Year

    December 31, 2014

    Another year has blasted by, but that’s okay with us – it’s just another great reason for a Gamescape party! Did you get some great new games for the holidays but haven’t had the chance to play them yet during the craziness of the season? Bring ‘em along and join us at the store for a long night of fun! Our holiday gaming parties are now quite a tradition, and spending New Year’s Eve with us is a fun, free, and safe way to ring in 2015. We’ll be playing games, nibbling, socializing, and of course staying up late and having a blast. So whether you’re an old regular or this is the first time you’ve taken part, make sure you come by and show us your game face – it’s the best community of local gamers you could hope for! Open gaming will start around 6pm and go until late; socializing and munching will surely start earlier. Bring some treats to share if you like, and definitely bring your party hat. It’s going to be a great night, and a super-fun way to ring in the new year!

    NYE @ GSN
    Wednesday, December 31st, 6pm ’til Late
    Ring it and Bring it!

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