December 3, 2013
For the third year running, Gamescape will be participating in HeadsUp’s Shop Local for Schools program at the start of the holiday season. The purpose of this event is to lend mutual support to local businesses and San Rafael City Schools, and it’s really easy to be a part of it. All you have to do is shop and dine at your favorite participating merchants and restaurants on December 5th-8th, and a percentage of proceeds from your purchases will go directly to HeadsUp Public Education Foundation. Last year more than 65 shops, restaurants, and other businesses joined in Shop Local for Schools, and Gamescape is very proud to once again be a contributing member.
This year, we’ll be donating 10% of our total sales to the program over those four days.
The only thing we ask in return is that you let us know that you’re aware of the Shop Local for Schools event, just so we can gauge the breadth of knowledge and how it’s growing from year to year.
In addition, we wanted to remind accredited teachers that we offer a 10% discount on all purchases made for schools with the display of a current teacher’s identification. This is a perennial offer, with no expiration. The provision and maintenance of our local schools is incredibly important to us, and we think there’s an inextricable link between education and games, how they both contribute to the way we learn. Just giving a heads-up!
Check out the map of all contributing San Rafael businesses here.
New to this year’s program is the Shop Local Global Challenge, a fun and interactive event for the whole family!
• Pick up a Global Challenge Passport at Gamescape or the Youth In Arts gallery.
• Set off on a downtown adventure: Visit different stores to solve puzzles or take challenges.
• Earn 8 stamps in your passport. Turn in your completed passport at Double Rainbow or Johnny Doughnuts for a free treat and to enter a drawing to win $100 cash, plus other great prizes.
Thursday to Sunday, December 5-8
HeadsUp Shop Local for Schools
Shop local, learn local, play local!
November 29, 2013
You already know that we’ve got great game suggestions for you when you need them; we always look forward to the holidays as a time when we get to tell you about all the incredible stuff that has come out during the year. So once again, we’ve spent long hours playing and assessing a number of fabulous choices from a variety of categories that will help you decide what should go at the top of your holiday shopping list. It was hard work, playing all these games for you, but the results are worth it, and hopefully it will make your crunch time less crunchy.
What follows is a special sneak preview of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, before the hard copy has even made it into the store. You can download the guide in .pdf format for printing, or you’re welcome to stop by the store on Monday for a glossy, lovely print copy to thumb through. And keep in mind that these suggestions are only the very tip of the iceberg. We’ve got you covered, regardless of what’s in the pink section this year. So don’t be afraid to give us a call or stop in and let us guide you in the right direction for the best games of the year!
November 27, 2013
Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, it’s always nice to take a moment to enjoy yourself. What better way then checking out a new game? We’ve got you covered this year, like every year. While we’re stocking our store with a ton of great items for the holiday season, we’ve also organized a number of events in December at which you can meet the creators of some really awesome products right here at Gamescape. All through the month, we’ll be getting visits from a few local game designers and manufacturers who will have tables set up in the store to show you their wares. We’ll also be showing off a couple of our Holiday Gift Guide picks ourselves. You can give something new a try, learn a bit about the design process, or even get a game or two signed. Check out our featured designer visits and demos below and synch up your shopping days with our December Designer Days – and you can bet that we’ll have plenty of all of these in stock just in case you like what you see!
Friday, November 29th 3-6pm
At the forefront of the cooperative game movement for years, Peaceable Kingdom has a great mission statement: Make good, do good, be good! Using sustainable materials and working with independent designers and illustrators is only part of that mission. Focusing on cooperative games helps to emphasize play rather than competition is another important component. They strive to help build connection between players with great co-op titles for kids like Hoot Owl Hoot! and Stone Soup. And Fish Stix brings a perpetual smile to the faces of everyone who plays it. This year we’re very pleased to welcome Peaceable Kingdom into the store for an afternoon of great game demos.
Relic Runners by Days of Wonder
Saturday, December 7th 2-4pm
Every year Days of Wonder put out one great game and every year we can’t wait to see what it will be. Their newest offering, Relic Runners, immediately got a spot on our annual gift guide, and it’s no surprise. From their website: In Relic Runners you are a fearless Explorer, traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics. Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities you’ll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure! A successful expedition requires skillful planning – building Pathways; carrying plenty of Rations, and expanding your Explorer’s Toolbox to help you travel the jungle, resupply, take additional actions, and score bonuses. Join the Gamescape staff for a fun demo of the next big thing from Days of Wonder.
Blue Orange Games Demo with the Blue Orange Staff
Saturday, December 14th 1-3pm
The fine folks over at Blue Orange have consistently been creating wonderful, super-fun games for kids and adults, and this year has seen some of their best. In addition to the wildly-popular Yamslam and Pengoloo games, they’ll be bringing playable copies of their entire line, including Gobblet, Froggie Boogie, Quack Quack, Double Shutter, Sumoku, and Fundomino – and maybe even some giant-sized versions, as well! Of special note this year are the games included in our gift guide: Spot It! Party and Ooga Booga. Blue Orange has been one of our favorite companies for years, and we always enjoy spending time with them, whether it’s playing games or playtesting them.
Forbidden Desert by Gamewright
Saturday, December 14th 3-5pm
Following hot on the heels of the smash hit Forbidden Island, Gamewright has another big one on their hands. After narrowly escaping the island you and your fellow explorers crash in the barren and foreboding Forbidden Desert. Your only hope of survival is to find an ancient legendary flying machine buried in the sands of the desert. From their website: Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You’ll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the Forbidden Desert! We’ll be running cooperative demos of this beauty through the afternoon.
Qwirkle Trio Demo with Susan McKinley Ross
Saturday, December 21st 1-4pm
The highlight of the holiday season for us is the yearly visit from Susan to demo her latest game. Fans of Qwirkle, Color Stix, and Skippity will know that her games are elegant, easy to learn, and totally addictive. This year, Susan has brought us an updated version of her classic: Qwirkle Trio! Trio comes with the basic game and also two new ways to play using new game boards: Qwirkle Connect, which allows players to score bonus points by placing tiles on special spaces; and Qwirkle Select, where you can remove your opponents’ pieces from the board. Don’t miss a chance to meet the delightful designer of some of our favorite games in the store!
November 23, 2013
AR-558, a planet in the Chin’toka system that is not habitable for long without a steady supply chain, has been held by Federation troops for months following the Federation Alliance’s invasion into Cardassian space. The importance of this location is the Dominion communications array, currently being held by those Federation Troops. Because of this, AR-558 has become the site of constant assaults by Dominion Troops, attempting to regain control of their communications array.The Dominion troops have deployed subspace anti-personnel mines, or “Houdinis”, and this, along with the lack of Federation support, has reduced the Federation’s Forces significantly. It is a desperate time for the stranded Federation troops, but they must hold AR-558. A single Federation ship has gotten through with supplies and fresh troops, and the Federation troops have been able to disarm the mines and use them against the relentless Dominion troops. Who will take control of AR-558? Will it be you?
Wednesday, November 27th 6-10pm
Star Trek: Attack Wing Dominion War Month Three Tournament
November 16, 2013
In the wake of P’an Ku’s banishment from the mortal realm and the routing of the Fudo cult, it seems that the Great Clans may at last bring a modicum of peace to the Colonies. After generations of ceaseless, devastating war, the Colonies will return to the nigh-endless producer of resources, a replenishment that the Empire desperately needs.
Despite their efforts, however, the conflicts have not resolved themselves as neatly as many would wish. The head of the Fudo cult, a monk of great wisdom, power, and danger, is still on the loose in the Colonies, and the Great Clans are desperate to end the threat he represents.
The clan that claims the most victories in this event will be the clan whose representative of the Brotherhood of Shinsei finally locates and confronts the head of the Fudo cult and brings him to justice, although the nature of justice may vary depending upon the clan that claims victory.
Aftermath is the newest set for the L5R CCG and we’re very excited to be hosting a special tournament for the release of this expansion that is part of both the Emperor and Ivory Arc.
Our Booster Draft Pre-Release Tournament of Aftermath is scheduled on Friday, November 22nd @ 7:00 PM. The entry fee will be $15, with each player receiving five booster packs for drafting a deck and other promotional swag.
Friday, November 22nd 7-10:30pm
L5R CCG Aftermath Pre-Release Tournament
When the time comes to pick a side, which banner will you fight under?