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  • Review: Smash Up

    October 21, 2014

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    Smash Up is a dueling card game in which factions like ninja robots, zombie pirates, and alien wizards vie for control of valuable bases while beating up their foes. Set in a whimsical world of post-modern conflict, two to four players each choose two faction decks to blend together into a 40-card team deck and duke it out in a highly-strategic battle for control. Each faction confers specific abilities and has a certain theme, so the variations that can be attained by adding two of them together are great. Pirates, for instance, are very mobile, while Dinosaurs are big and stupid – but they have lasers!

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    MTG Khans of Tarkir Game Day

    October 16, 2014

     

    MTG Khans of Tarkir Game Day Tournament
    Saturday, October 18th • 12-6pm

     
    Continuing our very fun and successful series of Magic events, Gamescape North is pleased to be hosting MTG Khans of Tarkir Game Day on Saturday, October 18th.

    The main event is a Standard Constructed Tournament with an entry fee of $10.00. If you’re interested in attending this event, we ask that you please sign-up ahead of time, as we have limited space. 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 an hour early in order to pay your entry fee of $10.00. Included in your entry will be the full-art Heir of the Wilds Game Day promo card. The top eight players including the Game Day Champion also get a foil Utter End promo card. Finally, the champion of the day will also receive this exclusive Khans of Tarkir Playmat.

    The Standard Constructed 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 Khans of Tarkir 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.
     
    Special Box Discounts

    As always, we’re offering 20% off the retail price on full boxes of MTG Khans of Tarkir. If you are in our Customer Rewards Geek Card system 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.

    Review: The Settlers of Catan

    October 13, 2014

     
    Welcome to the modern king of family gaming. Since its release way back in 1995, Settlers of Catan has managed to punch through the “Monopoly-monopoly” of the gaming market and sell over 18 million copies worldwide – no small feat by any stretch of the imagination. But what exactly is Setters of Catan and what makes it tick?

    The Settlers of Catan (SoC for short) is a European-style board game for three or four people (expandable to five or six) about the colonization of an untouched and oddly geometric island, and the indirect territorial and economic conflicts that immediately ensue from that colonization. The island of Catan is comprised of diverse, hexagonal landscapes that are randomized at the beginning of the game and make up the board that is played upon. Players then take turns claiming their starting territory by placing farms at the intersections of these land hexes, claiming the sovereign right to collect resources from the adjacent three lands.

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    LitCrawl San Rafael

    October 9, 2014

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    We’re really happy to be hosting some fabulous authors at the store in support of this year’s LitCrawl program in San Rafael. You might know that LitCrawl is part of the multi-city LitQuake, which seeks to foster interest in literature for people of all ages. Our little town is going to have a whole bunch of talented and creative writers featured at venues up and down Fourth Street and beyond, and this Saturday, October 11th we’ll be hosting the following authors in our store:
     
    Into Tomorrow – 3pm

    Featuring:

    Hannu Rajaniemi – His debut novel, The Quantum Thief, was published in 2010 and nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel. The third book in the series, The Causal Angel, was published in 2014.

    Peter Fugazzotto – A writer of fantasy and science fiction based in Fairfax. His short story “Jiro” was published in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly in 2013. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing.

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    Story Potpourri – 6pm

    Featuring:

    Cathryn Fairlee – She has written tales that have been heard by people in Chinese caves, at kitchen tables in Guatemala, and fishing villages in India. She is currently an editor for NSN’s Storytelling Magazine.

    Joel Ben Izzy – He has recorded six award-winning CDs and is author of The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness. He has performed at the Cape Clear Festival in Ireland and the International Theatre Festival in Switzerland.

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    Both programs are FREE for all to join. We’ll have plenty of seats in the back of the store, and this is a GREAT chance to meet some top-notch authors and hear a few stories, besides…

    Review: Five Tribes

    October 8, 2014

     
    The premise of the newest jewel of a board game from Days of Wonder is thus: the Sultanate of Naqala is leaderless (he has recently passed), and each player is vying for influence to take over the nation’s leadership for himself. The ever-changing board is made up of thirty tiles, which are randomly distributed at the start of the game into a 5×6 grid. Also distributed randomly upon these tiles are ninety counters (or meeples) in five colors, three per tile.

    The basic mechanic of Five Tribes is very similar to Mancala, a traditional stone-counting game from Africa. On each turn, a player picks up all of the counters on a chosen tile and then places them in a path leading away from that tile, one counter per tile along the chosen path. In the last tile of each path, there must already be a counter matching the color of the counter that is being placed. If there isn’t a match, the counter cannot be moved there. After a player has created her path, she then picks up all counters of the same color as the last counter that was placed in the final tile of a path. If there are no counters left on the tile at that time, it is then claimed for victory points, given out at the end of the game. Players are also allowed to take an action based on the color of counters that have been picked up. As well, each player may take special action based on the particular ability granted by the last tile of each path.

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