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  • Review: Cauldron Quest

    April 16, 2016

    The fate of the kingdom is in your hands! An evil wizard has cast a dreadful spell over our peaceful kingdom. The only way to counter the spell is to craft a magical potion. The enchanted ingredients for the potion are hidden throughout the kingdom and it’s up to the players to find the right ones and bring them to the cauldron before the evil wizard blocks the way. Once you have brought all the right ingredients to the magical cauldron, the spell will be broken and the evil wizard will be defeated!

    Cauldron Quest is a co-operative game for 2-4 players of ages six and up made by one of our favorite local companies, Peaceable Kingdom. Players work together using discussion, problem-solving, and strategy to find hidden ingredients used in making the enchanted potion. If the potion is successfully crafted before the wizard is able to block all six paths that lead to the cauldron, the players have saved the kingdom and have collectively won the game! However, if all paths are blocked by the evil wizard, the spell cannot be broken and the players have failed in their quest. Win or lose, it takes around 20-minutes to complete a game and very little preparation is needed to play.

    Read more about Cauldron Quest!

    Review: Guillotine

    April 8, 2016

    It’s the French Revolution and pretty much everyone has a grudge against everyone else. Folks are especially suspicious of the nobles, who don’t represent the people fairly. What’s the easiest way to fix the problem, you ask? Why, join together under the rallying cry of “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS”, of course. It’s time to topple the Man and start a new government that espouses the most important needs of the People. Like more cake! Vive la révolution!

    The game of Guillotine is an old favorite of the store and a sure-fire hit for anyone who likes a fast-paced, comedic card game with a gentle learning curve. Two to five revolutionaries can play a game in about 20-30 minutes, and the rules are very concise and easy to understand. Each game is made up of three rounds, called Days. Each Day features twelve random character cards from the Noble deck, who are placed in a line before a quaint little cardboard guillotine that actually comes in the box. (Don’t worry; there are no sharp edges!) The object of the game is to “kill” (collect) nobles that are worth points and to end up with the most points at the end of the revolution to win. Sounds a bit gory, but it’s actually a whole lot of bloody fun!

    Read more about Guillotine!

    Blood Bowl Spring & Summer Events

    March 31, 2016

    The season is almost upon us – BLOOD BOWL SEASON! That means it’s time to lace up your cleats and sharpen your shoulder-pad spikes. That also means that the gang at Gamescape North is getting ready to put some great fantasy football events on the calendar, and all the fun starts this month. Here’s what we have planned:

    Saturday, April 12th 6-10pm – Draft & Paint Team Prep Night

    We’re dedicating a special Pizza & Painting night to helping people get ready for the season. Our commissioners will be on-hand to answer rules questions, discuss tactics, and go over team requirements for the upcoming events. Bring your out-of-shape hopefuls and we’ll help you pound ’em into some semblance of athleticism. Have a seat at the draft table and get some painting and converting done in good company. Check out our huge 50% off sale wall for bits and bobs to make your players extra sharp – literally!

    Sunday, April 24th 12-6pm – Blood Bowl Pre-Season Tournament of Champions

    You’ll be able to test your mettle – and your metal – against other teams-in-training at our special pre-season tournament. It’s a free event that’s meant to help everyone get acquainted with the latest version of the Blood Bowl rules. You’ll need to bring a legal team worth 1 million gold pieces and make sure it’s checked-in with our commissioners before the event. Your team doesn’t need to be painted, but be aware that painted teams will enjoy a +5 Fan Factor when playing against unpainted teams. Casualties and Injuries do not carry over from previous games for the purposes of this tournament, and Swiss-paired rounds will determine the winner of the event. So win or lose, everyone gets to play all day long!

    May & June – GSN Blood Bowl League 2016

    But all of this is just pre-season. Coming in May and June, we’ll be announcing our plans for a proper GSN Summer Blood Bowl League once everyone’s comfortable with the rules and ready to finalize their team rosters. Watch this space for more about our upcoming league so you can be the first to stake your claim as one of the premier North Bay Blood Bowl teams!


    Saturday, April 12th 6-10pm • Sunday, April 24th 12-6pm
    GSN Blood Bowl Pre-Season Warm-Ups
    Ra ra ree, kick ’em in the knee, and arm, and head…

    Gotta-Play Games Line-Up April 2016

    March 30, 2016

    Our Gotta-Play series is a weekly spotlight on particular games that we think are exceptionally fun and that we believe everybody should try, whether brand-new or old classic. On most every Saturday afternoon we’ll have a game laid out on one of our front tables, and we’ll be offering free demonstrations and a chance for you to give it a shot.

    If you try it and find that you simply must have a copy, we’ll be offering a 10% discount on that title through the demo period. So it’s great way to build up your library of the very best games we have in the store – while saving a few bucks along the way!

    Each month’s games will be announced at the end of the previous month, so make sure you check the calendar for all the latest info. We also try our best to post reviews for every Gotta-Play game we host, and you can check out the archive of them here.

    April’s Gotta-Play sessions are described below, and will be running on Saturday afternoons through the month @ 1-4 pm.
    Saturday, April 9th
    Wizards of the Coast

    This irreverent and humorous card game takes place during the French Revolution. Players represent rival guillotine operators vying for the best collection of noble heads over three rounds. Each round twelve nobles are lined up for the guillotine. The nobles are worth varying points depending on their notoriety. During your turn you play action cards to change the order of the line so you can collect the best nobles. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. Will you be skillful enough to bribe the guards to collect Marie Antoinette? Or will you lose points for beheading the Hero of the People? Heads are going to roll!
    Saturday, April 16th
    Cauldron Quest
    Peaceable Kingdom

    The evil Wizard has cast a spell to destroy the kingdom! You have the power to create a potion to break the spell, but you must work together. Your quest is to find the three correct ingredients hidden under the potion bottles and move them up the paths and into the Cauldron before the Wizard blocks all of the paths. If you do not get all three potion bottles with correct ingredients to the Cauldron before the paths are blocked, the Wizard triumphs and the kingdom is destroyed.
    Saturday, April 23rd
    Mad Libs: The Game
    Looney Labs

    Since its creation in 1958, Mad Libs has become the world’s most popular word game, with over 125 million Mad Libs in print. And now, Looney Labs has turned it into Mad Libs: The Game — a party game that captures all the unexpected silliness of classic Mad Libs. Every player is dealt Word Cards, which each feature a key word used as different parts of speech. Players use the Word Cards, along with the Sentence Card in play, to make the most appropriately inappropriate sentences possible!
    Saturday, April 30th
    Feed the Shoggoth!
    Squamous Studios

    Feed the Shoggoth! is a devious and fast-paced card game in which players each control a different cult faction, facing a very angry and hungry Shoggoth in the middle of the table. Players earn points and win the game by sacrificing minions from their cult to the Shoggoth (bad news for Minions, but what do you expect when you join an evil cult?). However, the Shoggoth is indiscriminate in who he eats; if you can’t feed the Shoggoth on your turn with a Minion, it eats you, and you’re out of the game!

    MTG Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release +

    March 23, 2016

    MTG Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release Tournaments
    Saturday, April 2nd @ Noon AND Sunday, April 3rd @ 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 Shadows Over Innistrad releases on Friday, April 8th. Our Pre-Releases will take place one week before then on Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd at 12:00 noon. There will be Sealed Deck Tournaments on both days.

    If you’re interested in attending any 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 Shadows Over Innistrad Pre-Release Pack.

    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 Shadows Over Innistrad 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 11:45am SHARP. Please arrive as early as you can to ensure that we get playing as soon as possible.

    MTG Shadows Over Innistrad Release Tournament – Friday, April 8th @ 6pm

    If you’re not able to make the Pre-Release, we’ll be holding the Release Tournament on the Friday that MTG Shadows Over Innistrad releases for sale. If you’re interested in attending, please arrive before 5:45pm 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 Shadows Over Innistrad 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 Shadows Over Innistrad 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 Elusive Tormentor!

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