header image

Happy ‘Don’t Look at the Sun Day’ everybody!

We’ve got some very nifty events and releases this week, so without further delay, here we go:

This Thursday from 5pm until whenever everyone gets too sleepy, we’re having our Paint & Play Sleepover! It’s a night for painting minis, playing minis games, and slamming down caffeine. It doesn’t end until everyone taps out. Please note: You can’t actually sleep here. While we encourage wearing pajamas, please don’t plan for any snoozing.

Then on Saturday it’s our big Magic the Gathering Modern PPTQ, and this one’s got cash prizes, a pack of Revised as a door prize, and a structure that awards all the way down to top 16! You don’t want to miss this one!

On Sunday, in addition to our Magic Standard Showdown and Star Wars Destiny tournament, we’ll be having a special Smash Up All-Stars event! Everyone who enters will play the base game in an elimination tournament for awesome promos like a playmat, upgraded tokens, and all-new faction cards!

New releases for this week include new Hordes Grymkin models, the updated General’s Handbook for Age of SigmarHarry Potter DBG: Monster Box of Monsters, a new wave of Infinity models, the new Farmer’s Guild faction for Guild Ball, and of course the new Magic the Gathering Commander 2017 decks, which will be available in all their tribal glory on Friday!

Hot comic book issues include The Flash, Secret Empire, Black Hammer, Lumberjanes, Rick and Morty, Shirtless Bear-Fighter, Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor, Nightwing: The New Order, and the final issue of Letter 44!

And don’t forget: We still have Magic Mystery Packs available, and we’re now taking preorders on booster boxes and preregistration for all of the upcoming Magic: Ixalan Prereleases at the end of next month!

There you have it. Until next week, stay safe out there. That means NO. LOOKING. DIRECTLY. AT. THE. SUN. We really cannot stress this enough.

Hello everyone! We hope you’re all some combination of swell, hunky-dory, peachy-keen, and neato-burrito. Here’s what’s going on at the shop this week:

The Magic: Hour of Devastation League has just wrapped up, and the response was once again overwhelming! You can pick up your cards at the shop, along with your prizes. We’ll see you all back here for Ixalan!

Saturday is our next Warhammer 40K tournament. Make sure you preregister if possible–that way you are guaranteed a spot, AND you get bonus Command Points! All the info is in our Facebook and website Event postings.

Sunday is our Magic: Standard Invitational Qualifier for StarCityGames, and we’re offering prizes through top 16, as well as a booster pack of Revised as a door prize! All the details are in our Facebook and website Event postings.

New releases for this week include Primaris Space Marine Inceptors, Primaris Upgrades, and special basing kits for Warhammer 40K, the new packs for Game of Thrones, Netrunner, and Star Wars LCGs, and new board games like Flamme Rouge and Unearth!

Over in the wonderful world of comic books, there will be new issues of Batman, Southern Bastards, Invincible Iron Man, Curse Words, and Animosity, as well as Dark Nights: Metal #1!

We still have Magic Mystery Packs available for sale, we have more Infinity models on the way, and the September schedule is coming soon! Be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media for all the details.


Starting Monday, August 7th upon opening, our special Mystery Packs will go on-sale in-store. The price is $20 + tax (no discounts apply).

They will go on-sale through our web store the morning of Wednesday, August 9th.

Don’t forget to upload yourself opening your Mystery Packs for entries into a drawing to win a revised booster, once all Mystery Packs are sold.

Full details of the promo can be seen here.

You can record or upload opening your repacks here.

And yes, there will be revised booster packs involved. Check out our YouTube video to see what’s coming.

Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub, everyone! August is here, and it’s time to share a new batch of events with you guys:

Don’t miss our next Warmachine & Hordes Steamroller tournament on August 12th, our next Star Wars X-Wing tournament also on August 12th, our Wargaming Demo Open House on August 13th, our next Warhammer 40K tournament on August 19th, our Paint & Play Wargaming Sleepover on August 24th, our Smash Up All-Stars event on August 27th, and our next Game of Thrones LCG tournament on August 28th! Whew! All the details are on our website calendar and our Facebook events section.

As for this week, we’ve got our usual Modern and Commander tonight, the Magic: Hour of Devastation League goes into week 3 tomorrow, D&D Adventurers League is Wednesday, Standard and Paint Night are Thursday (as well as the beginning of week 2 for the Warhammer 40K Fate of Konor Campaign), Friday Night Magic is obviously Friday, Saturday and Sunday are FREE Magic Game Day Standard events, D&D and Pathfinder Society meet up on Saturday, AND there’s a Star Wars Destiny tournament Sunday as well!

Wednesday Warriors will see new issues for Batman, The Walking Dead, X-Men: Gold, Injection, Seven to Eternity, Jessica Jones, Hillbilly, Robotech, and tons more!

We’ve got not one, but TWO big competitive Magic tournaments coming up!

On August 20th check out our Standard StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier, and on August 26th make sure you don’t miss our Modern Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier! We’re adding even more prizes to the mix on both, and awarding all the way down through top 16!

We will soon be taking preorders on Commander 2017 decks and the upcoming Ixalan set as well, so stay tuned!

For all you gamblers, thrill-seekers, ballers, and Magic aficionados out there, we will very soon be offering our new Mystery Packs, chock full of cardboard goodness!

There you go. It’s August at The Portal. It’s like other months, if you covered them in the most delicious sauce known to mankind.


Greetings and salutations to the many fine folk out there in the nerdlands! It’s time for your weekly update. Here’s what’s going on at the shop:

First off, we would like to once again thank everyone who made our first Warhammer 40K tournament a huge success! We had players of all skill levels throwing down, and a good time was had by all. And this is just the beginning! We will be having these events monthly, but for now be sure to check out the Fate of Konor Global Campaign. This six-week narrative campaign will affect the storyline of the Warhammer 40K Universe, and you’ll score some very cool promo items for recording your games with us or painting up new models in the store! Full details can be found on the Events calendar, and you can prepare for Week 1, which begins this Thursday, by checking out the briefing at this link right here.

Magic players: it’s time for another StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier! This Saturday bring your best Modern game, because there are even bigger prizes on the line than usual! We’re throwing in an additional booster box and extending the prize breakdown to include the top 16 players! Get all the info over on the Events calendar.

As always, there are tons of regular events, from Magic to D&D to Game of Thrones and more! You know the drill–click on the Events calendar and prepare yourself for gaming goodness.

As far as new releases go, this week we get the newest set of of Dungeons and Dragons prepainted miniatures, Icons of the Realms: Tomb of Annihilation, as well as a whole metric crapload of new Warhammer 40K Space Marine stuff like a brand new codex, Reivers, and Aggressors! In comics there will be issues of Saga, Deadpool, Secret Empire, The Flash, Detective ComicsBlack Hammer, Lumberjanes, Shirtless Bear-Fighter, and much more!

We’ll be back with the full breakdown for August in a few days. It’s gonna be fire. Fire, right? That’s what the kids say? Anyway, back to my prune juice smoothie and Matlock reruns.

Hi everybody! There’s so much to cover this week, so let’s dive right in:

Big thanks to everyone who showed up for our Takenoko Game Night. We have our raffle winner, and it’s Larry Fredericks! Congrats, and come on down to claim your deluxe copy of Takenoko!

Our Infinity League has just begun, and pairings are available in the shop. It’s not too late to join–We are giving away some very cool promo items for this event!

The sealed Hour of Devastation League for Magic starts tomorrow, and will run for the next four weeks. This is a really cool way to get in some more limited play with the new cards and win promos like the Nicol Bolas D4!

We are only days away from The Portal’s first Warhammer 40K tournament!! This event is capped at 32 players, and preregistration is going on now, so don’t miss out! The dakka begins at 11am on Saturday!

As always, be sure to check out the Events Calendar on the website for a full listing of tournaments and events, from Magic to Dungeons & Dragons to our awesome Paint Night!

New stuff this week: DC Heroclix 15th Anniversary Elseworld boosters, new packs for the Netrunner, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars LCGs, plus a restock on Warhammer 40K Rulebooks and Space Marine Reivers!

We also have some VERY big announcements coming up for the second half of 2017, so stay tuned. You’re gonna love what’s in store.

This week we are having a Magic special. Our Command Anthologies are going for $129.99 in-store. On-line prices right now are over $150 so don’t miss this opportunity for a good deal. If you aren’t local, not a problem…with shipping included we have them going for $149.99 on our on-line store.


It’s here!

Saturday is Free RPG Day, and here are all of the details:

We have ordered a single kit of free promo items, which includes everything from startup rules booklets to dice to miniatures, and the full list of available items can be found right here. Due to the small quantities of items, we are strictly limiting the freebies to ONE ITEM PER PERSON. This will help make sure that everyone who stops in gets something. Please please please don’t try to game the system. Don’t bring neighbors or feral children in the hopes of scoring more stuff. We’ve seen the shenanigans before, and we WILL kindly show you the exit with your bag of holding empty. Please don’t be a jerkface. Thanks.

In addition to the free goodies, we will also be having 20% OFF of all of our RPG items: books, starter sets, miniatures, and more! This discount does not stack with any other discounts, and is good only for Free RPG Day.

There will be a spread of free snacks and drinks as well, and back in our game room there will be some of our favorite Game Masters running quickstart adventures for the following games:

Dungeons & Dragons: 4th Edition

Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition


13th Age

Torg Eternity(1pm)

Unless a different time is listed above, these sessions will begin around 11am, run for an hour or two, and then repeat throughout the day when we have enough interested players.

So join us–it’s going to be more fun than a dungeon full of owlbears!



Greetings and salutations, everyone! We’re back with a big ol’ update, chock full of preorders and tournaments and nifty events. Let’s get right to it:


It’s almost here! Starting Saturday, June 3rd we will be taking preorders on all of the Launch products which will be available on Saturday, June 17th. We will be offering all of these items at 15% off MSRP when you pay in advance, but due to overwhelming demand we must add one very important note: GW will only make a finite amount of product available at launch. We have loose numbers, based on information from our GW rep, but the company IS NOT guaranteeing that they will be able to back these up. They do, however, tell us that a second wave of product will follow very soon after launch. When making a preorder with us, please understand these factors, and that we will be filling orders in the order in which we received them, and that you may have to wait for the second wave if product is insufficient. Here are the products offered:

The box set: Dark Imperium-comes with a full rulebook, dice, ruler, and a bunch of amazing Space Marine and Death Guard models! Come check out our store copy, painted by Lexx, and learn to play with the new rules!

The hardcover rulebook-Come check out our store copy!

The five softcover Index books: Chaos, Imperium 1, Imperium 2, Xenos 1, and Xenos 2-We have store copies of these as well!

Tactical objective cards, Command Dice, Wound Trackers, Combat Gauge, and Sector Imperialis Objectives

In addition, we will be bringing back monthly tournaments, and as always we have a full range of GW products available!


We’ve been working hard to add more product and more events, so here you go:

We’re now taking preorders on the upcoming Commander Anthology (only $150 with tax, launches 6/9), Archenemy: Nicol Bolas ($59.99+tax each, launches 6/16), and Hour of Devastation booster boxes ($100 each with tax, launches 7/14)

We are also currently having a special on Dark Ascension booster packs- only $5 each with tax!

Check out our calendars for a full list of events, but our most noteworthy upcoming tournaments are:

Our next PPTQ, which is Standard format, is 6/10 at noon!

Hour of Devastation sealed deck Prereleases will be 7/8 and 7/9-stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, June 17th is FREE RPG DAY

Come on down and get yourself some free roleplaying game goodies, learn to play some of the most popular ones with our favorite Game Masters, and take advantage of our big 20% off Roleplaying Game Books Sale! From 10 am to 9pm, it’s time to create some characters and roll some dice–don’t miss it!

That’s about it for now. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, give us some likes and reviews if you’re into what we’re doing, and check the Events calendar to see what we’re up to!


« Older Entries