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  • Review: Quoridor

    September 24, 2016

    Quoridor is an elegant puzzle of a game for two or four players where each move can have proliferous and unexpected consequences. In short, each player must attempt to build obstacles in the path of the other player’s pawn without hindering their own advancement across the board.

    The objective is simple: get your pawn to the other side of the board. The play is nearly as simple. You may either move your pawn one square in any direction or place a wall  – not both. Walls must be placed so they line up with two intersections on the board, and also so they will not completely block all paths of your opponent to your own side of the board. Those are the full rules of the game, and you now know how to play Quoridor! The game’s depth, however, comes not from the complexity of its rules, but instead from the multitude of options a player has on their turn.

    Read more about Quoridor!

    Warhammer 40K Kill Team Event

    September 20, 2016

    No strength in numbers. No margin for error. Pure, fast-paced combat where tactics matter more than brute strength, and every action matters. A single shot can spell the difference between life and death, and a single decision can decide whether a battle ends in glorious victory or dismal defeat: this is Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.

    Coming up next Tuesday, September 27th 6-10pm, we’ll be showing off the awesomeness of the new Kill Team starter box for Warhammer 40,000. Kill Team is essentially a small-scale skirmish version of 40K where players bring a compact team of specialists to the table for a quick and explosive battle. It’s a great way to play Warhammer 40K for new players and veterans alike, and a game can be played in an hour or less with a fairly minimal model count.

    As the army size is so small, force selection is a huge part of Kill Team and models must be chosen carefully. Each player may spend up to 200 points on their Kill Team, which is chosen from a single codex or codex supplement. It also must adhere to the special Kill Team Detachment organization listed in the KT rulebook (we’ll have one of those on-hand for folks to use).

    We’ll be running players through the new rules and firing off quick battles through the evening alongside our regular 40K battle night. Drop in with your battle-brethren and give it a shot!

    Warhammer 40K Kill Team Event
    Tuesday, September 27th 6-10pm
    Brutal close-quarters combat in the 41st Millennium!

    MTG Kaladesh Pre-Release +

    September 19, 2016

    MTG Kaladesh Pre-Release Tournaments
    Saturday, September 24th @ Noon AND Sunday, September 25th @ 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 Kaladesh releases on Friday, September 30th. Our Pre-Releases will take place one week before then on Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th at 12:00 noon. We’ll be hosting Sealed Deck Tournaments on both days.

    If you’re interested in attending either of the pre-release tournaments, 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 each day, so be sure to reserve yours soon! We ask also that you please arrive to the tournaments at least one hour early in order to pay your entry fee of $30.00. Each player will receive a MTG Kaladesh Pre-Release Pack after paying for entry.

    The weekend’s tournaments will each consist of one flight of entrants with the goal of each event to be completed by 6pm. For a great introduction to playing in this format, check out WotC’s MTG Pre-Release Primer. Prizes will be given in the form of MTG Kaladesh 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 11:30am SHARP. Please arrive as early as you can to ensure that we get playing as soon as possible.

    MTG Kaladesh Release Tournament – Friday, September 30th @ 6pm

    If you’re not able to make the Pre-Release, we’ll be holding the Release Tournament on the Friday that MTG Kaladesh releases for sale. If you’re interested in attending, please arrive before 5:30pm 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 Deck Tournament will consist of four rounds of Swiss pairing using MTG Kaladesh booster packs, likely to be finished by 10:30pm.


    Special Box Discounts

    As always, we’re offering 20% off the retail price on full boxes of MTG Kaladesh 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 again offering a special buy-a-box promo card to anyone who purchases a full box of boosters from us. The card for this release is Skyship Stalker!

    GRPA Event September 2016

    September 16, 2016

    This month’s Gamescape’s Role-Players Anonymous is coming up on Monday, September 26th, and we’ll be adding two special one-shot games to our regular stable of open and curated D&D and Pathfinder tables. Both are run by supremely talented GMs and we think you should consider giving either of them a try. It’s role-playing without the commitment!

    If you’d like to join in, please either call or write us back with your name and the game you’d like to join. All GRPA games are free and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you’ll be responded to immediately with your status in the game.
    GRPA – Monday, September 26th 6-11pm

    Game #1:
    The 5th King’s Tomb
    World of Dungeons

    3-6 Players
    GM – Dale Horstman

    Outfitted with a mysterious map and the supplies you were able to finagle from Triban Zeal for 10% of the expedition’s profits, you reach the doors of what you hope is the 5th King’s tomb. This tomb, one of seven, was supposedly lost to the ages. A rival named Baynor and his band of stout dwarven kin were rumored to have found it three years ago. No one has seen nor heard anything of them since. You push aside the massive stone doors with difficulty to see a body face down in the shadowed entryway…

    World of Dungeons is the classic “1975 precursor” to today’s Dungeon World. It answers the question, “If Dungeon World was the latest version of a classic role-playing game, what would the original look like?”
    Game #2:
    The Final Harvest
    The Final Girl

    5 Players
    GM – Yoshi Creemlan

    The town is buzzing with activity as everyone is preparing for the yearly harvest festival. Booths by local businesses and students are both being prepped. Guesses for the weight of the giant pumpkin are being collected in a historic wooden box. The festival director is frantic, there is so much to do, and she can’t find her assistant anywhere.

    The Final Girl is a “GM-Full” game (where everyone and no one takes the role of the GM) that replicates and turns the slasher movie genre on its head. Together we will create a plethora of possible characters, with no character permanently assigned to a single player. Instead, we’ll take turns directing scenes and choosing characters to play – well, those that are still alive! This will continue until only one Final Girl (who may not actually be a female) remains.

    September GRPA Event: Monday, September 26th 6-11pm

    Please call the store (415.457.8698) or (email us) to reserve a spot in any of the above games.

    MTG PPTQ Dublin

    September 13, 2016

    On Saturday, September 17th starting at 11:00am sharp, Gamescape North will be hosting a MTG Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier for the 2017 Pro Tour. The competition will be tougher than usual, but the rewards will be greater – the winner of the event will receive an invitation to compete in the 2017 Regional Pro Tour Qualifier which provides a chance to qualify for the MTG Aether Revolt Pro Tour Dublin in February 2017.

    Entry is $25 and the format is Modern Constructed, so put together your best deck and get ready to compete against the top Magic players in the area!

    Please arrive at the store no later than 10:30am for registration.


    Saturday, September 17th 11am-10pm
    Magic: The Gathering Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier
    Tap out your opponent and survive the Trial!

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