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  • Review: Star Realms

    October 3, 2015

    Star Realms is a head-to-head deck-building game created by a team of experienced game designers, including Ascension’s Rob Dougherty and Magic Pro Tour Champion Darwin Kastle. These guys know their deck-builders, and Star Realms is a gorgeous sci-fi card game in which players assemble fleets of starships and space stations to protect their own interests while crushing their opponents.

    Star Realms uses a simplified version of typical mechanics found in traditional deck-builders. There are two types of cards in the game: Ships and Bases. Ships help to generate resources and effects that strengthen a player’s position, and Bases do the same thing but are played on the table and are therefore vulnerable to the attacks of opponents. Each player starts with a deck of basic Ships which are eventually used to acquire more powerful and useful ones. Three basic values are shown on each Ship card: Trade, which is used to purchase Ship and Base cards for your deck; Combat, which is used to reduce your opponents’ resources and destroy their Bases; and Authority, which is a player’s score. The goal of Star Realms is to reduce an opponent’s Authority to 0. In the basic game, two players square off and each starts with 50 Authority. There are also options to play solo or co-operative scenarios, or to combine two sets and play a larger four-player game. The options are varied and extremely flexible.

    Read more about Star Realms!

    Star Wars Armada: Massing at Sullust

    September 29, 2015


    We’re super-excited to announce our participation in Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Armada: The Massing at Sullust on Saturday, October 3rd. If you haven’t yet checked out one of the best strategy miniatures games to come out in recent years, now’s a perfect time. The second wave of expansion ships will be out in the last quarter of 2015, but our Massing at Sullust event gives participants a chance to win a preview ship from that release, weeks ahead of time!

    More details about the event can be found on the Massing at Sullust Announcement on FFG’s website. In the meantime, we’ll be taking sign-ups for the tournament via phone, email, or in-person. Read up on the tournament rules, which can be downloaded here. Each player will need to bring a 300-point fleet with no more than 100 points spent on Squadrons. Please bring two copies of your fleet list (one for the GM and one for your opponents) to the event. Entry will be $25 per player. There will be three rounds of play until the championship round, wherein the top two players will build new lists using the new Wave II ships. Please pay special attention to the Massing at Sullust announcement as there are specific rules for the championship fleet-building round. The top four players get to take home one of the Wave II expansions before they’re released to the general public!


    Armada is an epic two-player game of tactical fleet battles in the Star Wars universe. Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wing and TIEs. As Rebel and Imperial fleets collide, it is your job to issue the commands that will decide the course of battle and, ultimately, the fate of the galaxy.

    Saturday, October 3rd 11am-5pm
    Star Wars Armada: The Massing at Sullust Preview Tournament
    In my experience there is no such thing as luck.

    MTG Battle for Zendikar Pre-Release +

    September 22, 2015



    MTG Battle For Zendikar Pre-Release Tournaments
    Saturday, September 26th @ Noon  AND  Sunday, September 27th @ 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 Battle For Zendikar releases on Friday, October 2nd. Our Pre-Releases will take place one week before then on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th at 12:00 noon. These will be Sealed Deck Tournaments.

    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. Each player will receive a MTG Battle For Zendikar Pre-Release Pack.

    This Sealed Tournament will consist of one flight of entrants with the goal of the event to be completed by 6pm. For a great introduction to playing in this tournament, check out WotC’s MTG Pre-Release Primer. Prizes will be given in the form of MTG Battle For Zendikar 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 Battle For Zendikar Release Tournament – Friday, October 2nd @ 6pm

    If you’re not able to make the Pre-Release, we’ll be holding the Release Tournament on the Friday that MTG Battle For Zendikar 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 Battle For Zendikar Booster Packs with the goal of the tournament to be finished by 10:30pm.


    Special Box Discounts

    As always, we’re offering 20% off the retail price on full boxes of MTG Battle For Zendikar 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.

    Splendor Board Game Tournament

    September 22, 2015


    On Thursday, September 24th 7-10pm we’ll be taking advantage of Asmodee’s new AsmOPlay program by hosting a friendly tournament for the amazing board game Splendor. Players will be divided up into game groups and each group will play to a winner before tallying and reporting the scores at the end of each game. The number of rounds will be determined by how many people participate. We expect the tournament to last about three hours, depending on the sign-ups.

    Entry is $10, with the chance to win some great prizes:

    • First place winner gets a complete play set: a new copy of Splendor, a full set of special edition translucent chips, and a Splendor play mat.

    • Second place winner nabs a full set of the special edition translucent chips.

    • Third place winner gets a set of the chips without the special edition gold chips.

    • Fourth place winner gets a Splendor play mat.

    All participating players will get a set of four new Patron tiles to add to their copies of the game, and we’ll also be handing out a special door-prize at random!

    Sign-ups will be taken on a first-come/first-served basis, so let us know ASAP if you’re interested in joining in the fun. You can contact us by phone, email, or stop by the store to secure a spot in person.

    We have a couple of copies of Splendor in the store for use, but we might need some more copies depending on the number of players. If you have your own copy and are willing to use it at the event, please do bring it along in just in case!


    Thursday, September 24th 7-10pm
    Splendor Board Game Tournament
    Let the chips fall where they may!

    The Age of Sigmar Continues

    September 12, 2015

    Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 
    Demos and Casual Play in September

    These were the End Times. The world is no more, torn apart by treachery and Chaos.
    And yet…endings always beget beginnings.

    Thus ended the Warhammer Fantasy storyline. For months we’ve been wondering what would come next, and we finally have the answer – welcome to the Age of Sigmar!

    Immediately after the destruction, Sigmar finds the very heart of the Old World and shapes nine new realms from this core of precious Sigmarite. These are the mortal realms, which are all linked to the Winds of Magic. One of these realms harbors the forces of Chaos, which strike out using Realm Gates to move between them. They manage to conquer all of the realms but one: Azyr, the Realm of the Heavens. Sigmar seals the gates into this realm and builds a mighty fortress to defend it. From this refuge he creates the Stormcast Eternals to fight back the tides of Chaos. Age of Sigmar lets you fight countless battles across the realms as Sigmar tries to push back the endless waves of Chaos.

    Age of Sigmar is a total departure from Warhammer Fantasy. We’ve been poring through the new Warscrolls and playing as much as we can in order to understand all the changes and be better able to answer all of your questions. On Sunday, Sept. 13th we’ll have the new models out and will be teaching the game to anyone interested in giving it a try. If you’re curious about the new rules or just want to throw some dice in a quick battle, come join us for some fun. Pick any models and start playing right away. You can find a free copy of the rules and all of the Warscrolls here, so have a look and prepare for the coming of the new age!

    Sunday, Sept. 13th 12-4pm
    Age of Sigmar Demonstration Day 
    A New Game for a New Age!

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