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  • Gamescape Comes of Age!

    October 28, 2014

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    Can you believe it? This coming weekend, we’ll be celebrating our 20th birthday! That’s TWO DECADES of fun on Fourth Street in San Rafael: twenty fun years of hosting games and events, twenty thankful years of serving the North Bay gaming community, and twenty super-proud years of being your FLGS. We think that’s quite a mark, and it puts us in a partying kind of mood – so that’s just what we’re going to do!

    On Saturday, November 1st 1994, Gamescape opened its doors here in San Rafael. We were the third of three Bay Area game stores owned by our grand-daddy, Bob Hamilton, who really is a local treasure of the industry. Bob set up the very first FLGS in San Francisco back in the 70s, and GSN is a direct descendant of that store. We’ve been independently-owned since 2006 with staff who are incredibly passionate about what we do, and like you, gaming is in our blood.

    To properly celebrate such a momentous milestone, we’ve got a great line-up of happenings and goings-on through the big anniversary weekend!

    Friday, October 31st

    • Halloween Gaming Party – 6pm ’til late

    We’re keeping the store open late on Halloween night for games of all kinds, and we hope you’ll come dressed in your favorite Halloween regalia and enjoy an evening of fun with us! We’ll provide the requisite sugar rush and we welcome you to bring any other snacks or drinks that you would love to share with the other creepy Gamescape gamers through the evening. Between ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks, and those pesky, rotting zombies, we hope you’ll help us spirit away the night and enjoy a frightful celebration to usher in the holiday season!

    Saturday, November 1st

    • MTG Grand Prix Trial Tournament – 12-6pm

    We’ll be kicking off the day’s festivities with a Modern Constructed Tournament as the Trial for January’s Omaha Grand Prix! The competition will be tough and the rewards will be grand, because the winner of our event gets a two-round bye at the Omaha Grand Prix on January 10-11, 2015. So dig out your best deck and get ready to play against the top players in the area!

    • Anniversary Board Game & Karaoke Party – 6pm ’til late

    This is the Big Kahuna of board game bashes! We’re going long into the night on every table we can muster – a perfect way to celebrate twenty years of gaming with the best community we could hope for. Dig through our library of demos or bring a stack of your own and teach a session or two. Bring along some food or raid our snack case to keep the blood flowing as you roll, draw, and strategize the night away with us. Step away from the table and get your song on with our karaoke machine, or just sit there and listen to Andre rock some Chris Isaak. There’s no ending time posted because at twenty years old, WE DON’T NEED TO SLEEP.

    • Grand Birthday Raffle – 9pm

    For added smiles, we’re going to be holding a raffle in the middle of our party. Why? Because raffles are totally fun and we’ve got a box of great stuff to hand off to some lucky winners. Make sure you stop by and grab some tickets.

    Sunday, November 2nd

    • Malifaux Spooky Campaign Day – 2-6pm

    Halloween doesn’t end until we say it does! Come test your strength against The Pumpkin King in a scary Malifaux scenario called The Night of the Carver. We’ll have three boards set up with special miniatures and scenarios for folks to play with, featuring the Evil Lord of Halloween, himself. This is also a great chance to learn the game for the very first time if you’ve not had a chance to try it out. Special kudos to people who show up in formal attire from ANY time period.

    • Open Gaming Party – 2-8pm

    There’s no way you’re worn out already, so you might as well make a weekend out of it. Just to make sure everyone got as much gaming in as they can handle (and had a chance to stop by and blow out a candle or twenty), we’ll be spinning down our weekend with MOAR GAMES through the day and into the evening. Doesn’t matter what it is – miniatures, board games, RPGs, cards, JUST BRING IT.

    Titanic Birthday Blowout Sale

    As if all these great activities weren’t enough! We’re going to do something particularly crazy for this very special occasion. While the doors are open on Saturday and Sunday, we’re offering all of our customers 20% off just about everything in the store. That’s 1% for every year we’ve been alive. You already know we rarely have sales, but this is an extra-huge way for us all to celebrate and come away from the weekend with lots of smiles – and maybe some new loot!

    Gamescape North’s 20th Anniversary Party Weekend
    Friday, Oct 31st thru Sunday, Nov 2nd
    Funny, we don’t feel a day under 20…

    Review: Tsuro

    October 27, 2014

    Tsuro is a beautiful and elegant little strategy game that satisfies in a number of ways that few others can. On any give Board Game Night here in the store, there is a good chance this will get pulled out at least once. And that’s the first way that Tsuro delivers: it’s a great way to start up a game night or when you’re looking for a fast transition between other games. A  full session can be played in 15-20 minutes, and it can accommodate up to eight players – a feat few games can match. And even with lots of players and such a short playing-time, Tsuro still offers good, strategic play. To understand that we need to look at the game play itself.

    Elegance is the key word here. The board is made up of a 6×6 grid of square tiles, which is created and built-up as the game progresses. Each tile on the grid has eight path sections (which look like squiggly lines) printed on it, ending along its edges and leaving two open paths on each side. To start, players choose a piece to represent them on the board – lovely, colored “stones” that look like they belong in a Zen rock garden. Players place their stones on any path-end printed along the border of the board. Each player then takes three tiles into her hand, keeping them secret from everyone else. Now we’re ready to play!

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    Review: Smash Up

    October 21, 2014


    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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