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I am a man of simple tastes. I like comics, games, games based on comics, and comics based on games. Alas, I do not partake of the halfling pipeweed, and I don’t believe in rabbits, so YES, we WILL be open this Easter Sunday, 4/20. We have a Magic Standard tournament going on, and there be plenty of room for other gaming festivities.

Yay! The bunny left me a Magic card... that isn't Standard legal... chocolate would have been better.

Yay! The bunny left me a Magic card… that isn’t Standard legal… chocolate would have been better.













Speaking of Magical Gathering, the new set, Journey into Nyx, is nearly upon us, and that means it is almost Prerelease time! This one is going to be amazing! You’ll be able to once again choose a Hero’s Path pack from among the five colors of Magic(there will be 10 of each available for each event, and players will get to choose in the order in which they signed up, with preregistered players going first), and in it you’ll find:

-2 Theros boosters, 1 Born of the Gods booster, 2 Journey into Nyx boosters, and 1 seeded booster

-1 promo foil, 1 Hero card, and 1 spindown life counter

AND the ‘Forge a Godslayer’ activity card, which is one of the neatest things Wizards has done to date. You’ll keep track of your wins and losses with the activity card, and depending on how you do you’ll receive component stickers. You can then mix these component stickers into different configurations that will get you a reward sticker, which you’ll attach to your Hero card. This process allows you to customize the second-to-last card you get to use against Xenagos on Game Day, Sunday May 25th!

That debauched dirtbag had it coming.

That debauched dirtbag had it coming.








There’s still room, so come on down and preregister for our MIDNIGHT 4/26 event(Friday night into Saturday morning), our Sunday 4/27 event at noon, or both! There will be door prizes, food and drinks available, and more fun than you can shake a beeble at! You can still preorder booster boxes as well, and score yourself THIS little beauty(while supplies last):











Not to be confused with:

Which only gets +0/+1 "Whoa!" counters made from flannel shirts.

Which only gets +0/+1 “Whoa!” counters made from flannel shirts.


Folks, I’m going to get a little sentimental here. You are the freaking best. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful community of gamers.



For twelve glorious hours you dropped in, played until your brains were pudding, and then played some more. You gave and received demos, you tried out new games, you scored nifty promos, and you took advantage of our sale and cleared out our stock. I cannot thank you enough.

The spread, before you were all set loose on it.

The spread, before you were all set loose on it.








I cannot wait to do this again. Keep your eyes on our calendar, because there’s all sorts of fun coming your way!

April is here! And… there are still near-freezing temperatures and chances of snow. YAY. But it’s not all gloom and doom. First of all, there’s a little something called International Tabletop Day(see the previous post) on the 5th, and it will be glorious. Then there’s all the other events we’ve set up, including the Magic the Gathering: Journey into Nyx Prereleases, our first-ever King of Tokyo tournament, and a Warhammer 40K tournament geared specifically towards all of our newer players! For info, check that there calendar over yonder on the left.

And lastly there’s the part we’re always most excited about: teaching you fine folks about some of our favorite games, and then giving you a nice chunky 20% discount when you pick up your own copy! Here’s what’s on deck for this month:










It’s deckbuilding, but with really neat dice! So, I guess that makes it dicebuilding. Learn all about the clackety-clack from the dapper fellows at Shut Up & Sit Down.











Are you the type who thinks that the lizard people are controlling us all through chemtrails and HAARP? Here’s the card game for you, ya silly little tinfoil hat-wearing freak. I couldn’t find a how-to video for this one that wasn’t just a soapbox for a would-be member of The Lone Gunmen, so just come see it for yourself.












This elegant board game takes you down the road to Edo as a tourist: eating, lounging in hot springs, and collecting memorabilia along the way. Trust me, it’s much more fun than it sounds. Give a listen to Watch it Played.










In this tactical player vs. player game you run your adorable anime-inspired warriors around the arena, powering up and smacking down, and it goes it little somethin’ like this: Take it away, Dice Tower!

There you have it. April is going to be pretty nifty.


It turns out that Wil Wheaton fellow and that Felicia Day gal have a special day each year for gaming, and The Portal goes all out for it.










This Saturday, April 5th, we will be having 12 HOURS of dice throwing, card flopping, meeple flicking, and storytelling, and you are invited! This glorious gathering is from 9am to 9pm, and in addition to playing games until we drop, there will be promo items available for participating AND free snacks and drinks! You are free to play whatever you wish(and as always you can borrow one of our store copies), but here’s what we’ll be focusing on:

10am-11am: FLUXX w/Lexx (up to 6 players) Fluxx is a card game in which the cards themselves determine the current rules of the game. By playing cards, you change numerous aspects of the game: how to draw cards, how to play cards, and even how to win. Come check it out and get a peel-away promo card!

11am-12pm: GLOOM w/Jared (up to 4 players) In the Gloom card game, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes. The goal of the game is sad, but simple: you want your characters to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. You’ll play horrible mishaps like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets on your own characters to lower their Self-Worth scores, while trying to cheer your opponents’ characters with marriages and other happy occasions that pile on positive points. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins. Creatively kill some family members with us and get a special promo expansion!

12pm-1pm: UNSPEAKABLE WORDS w/Lexx (up to 6 players) Decode the ancient secrets of R’lyeh by forming words with the letters you find in this sanity-sapping letter game. The more angles that appear in the words, the greater their mystical value, but beware! For each word that is created, you must roll a sanity check against its value to see if the word’s power drives you mad! After your spelling bee with the elder gods you’ll receive a promo card!

1pm-3pm: KROSMASTER: ARENA w/Jared (up to 4 players) Krosmaster: Arena is a player-vs-player, tactical card game with anime-style miniatures that offers the craftiest tacticians among you the chance to challenge other players to heated battles in arenas scattered around Hormonde. All players build their team using a pre-determined method, whether a point system, draft, or at random. Equip your team with spells, weapons and other items adapted to their requirements, then utilize their various talents and abilities to create a powerful fighting force. Every figure has a point value attached to it to help balance things out. Randomly drawn event cards spice up the game at each turn, and the winning conditions differ for each game based on the scenario you choose to play. Only those who are able to create a strong, yet versatile, strategy will prevail! Exit the arena victorious and win a special promo figure pack!

3pm-5pm: 7 WONDERS w/Jared (up to 7 players) 7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends. Build a wonder with us and get a promo Wil Wheaton leader card!

5pm-7pm: TOKAIDO w/Jared (up to 5 players) In Tokaido, each player is a traveler crossing the “East sea road”, one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, you will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas, and visit temples and wild places but at the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you’ll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you’ll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things. After your tour of Japan you’ll receive a promo Felicia Day character card!

And those are just the highlights! There will be promos for other amazing games like Castle Panic, Mice & Mystics, Munchkin, and more! Behold:

Tabletop Day Swag List

And just to make this event even more insane, ALL GAMES FEATURED ON TABLETOP WILL BE 20% OFF!

Me too, little dude. Me too.

Me too, little dude. Me too.


No, not really. We currently have no Saturday Night Live alums on staff. Sorry about that.

What DO we have? COMICS! Here’s what’s new this week:

Diamond New Release List

What else? Well, there’s a Magic Legacy tournament for dual lands this Saturday, AND a Warhammer Fantasy tournament on Sunday! Looking for a new/small scale miniatures game to play? We will have demos of Anima Tactics on Saturday as well! Check out the calendar over myah <—————- for details.

It's kind of like a Final Fantasy wargame. With bingo chips.

It’s kind of like a Final Fantasy wargame. With bingo chips.









April is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for our next big update, which will feature info on Tabletop Day, our newest demo games, and a whole lot more!



Our first ever StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier has started- big thanks to everyone who showed up!











And for those who were wondering: YES, there is some room to play other games. We have a few tables open, so git yer butt down here!

Okay. Deep breath. Here we go:

First, here are all of the comics that came out this week. If you haven’t signed up for a pull list yet- what’s stopping you? You’ll get 25% off!

Diamond New Release List

Also first-ish: We just acquired this little beauty, hooked up and ready to share its knowledge of Fantasy Flight games with you:


Next, this Saturday is our first StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier! Doors open at 10am, and we get started at 11am. Just a note for our other gamers: this event will most likely be huge, so there probably will not be room for anything else. Thanks for understanding.


Saturday is also Hellboy Day! Come on in and get a promo comic and a neat mini-poster!


AND coming up on Saturday, April 5th we will once again be having International Tabletop Day! Twelve hours of gaming! Free snacks and drinks! Promos and prizes! Be there!

Tabletop Day Info

Whew! And there’s more coming up in April’s update: Free Comic Book Day, Free RPG Day, Privateer Press Game Day, Magic Journey into Nyx, and our first King of Tokyo tournament, where you can win THIS:


Oh! Almost forgot! In May, if all goes well, we will FINALLY be able to sell you this:

Filthy and disturbed minds rejoice!

Filthy and disturbed minds rejoice!

It’s duel deck time again, Magic peeps! On Friday Jace vs. Vraska will be available, and on Sunday you can win one in our Standard tournament!


This week we’ve also got the newest expansions for We Didn’t Playtest This, Smash Up, Marvel Legendary DB Game, Super Dungeon Explore(mini-boss model), and Heroclix(Captain America: Winter Soldier), as well as Q-Workshop Hordes dice sets, the new wave of My Little Pony card sleeves, AND mini playmats for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

Then there’s the new giant box of sexy from Cool Mini or Not, Rivet Wars: Eastern Front


And a new party game about the person at the table that everyone would like to punch, the Rules Lawyer


And back in stock: Betrayal at House on the Hill, Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs. Jake, and Netrunner starter sets!

Until next time, remember: HIDE THAT BUTT CRACK.

It is a wonderful week to be a comic book fan. Click on the link and squee with joy.

Diamond New Release List

Don’t see it in our shop? We’ll order it for you, no additional charge, and no deposit required!

Want a fat stack of books without forking over a fat stack of bills? Join our pull list, and get all your comics goodness at 25% off!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to devour the following with my eyeballs:

Need more crime drama to fill the True Detective-shaped hole in your life? Look no further.

Need more crime drama to fill the True Detective-shaped hole in your life? Look no further.

Like KRS-One said: "You. Must. Learn."

Like KRS-One said: “You. Must. Learn.”

Cute. And spooky. And awesome. But mostly cute.

Cute. And spooky. And awesome. But mostly cute.



The amazing multiplayer collectible card game set in Feudal Japan, Legend of the Five Rings, is back with the all-new Ivory Edition! Now I know what you’re thinking(because BRAIN POWERS): “Legend of the Five Rings? They brought that old game back?” They did not. It never went away. It has lingered, out on the gaming fringes, powered by devoted gaming ninjas, waiting to ambush your ill-informed butt with a barrage of cardboard shurikens!

Ahem. Sorry. Got a little carried away there.

Come in and check it out though. We have demo decks and all the new clan hotness, straight outta the Empire of Rokugan!

It comes in these neato tins, too!!

It comes in these neato tins, too!!

Also new this week:

-Once Upon a Time: Knightly Tales, Infinity: Morat Aggression Forces starter, Warmachine Cryx: Skarlock Commander, Warmachine Mercs: Hammerfall Gun Corps full box, Hordes Trollbloods: Trollkin Sorcerer, and Hordes Minions: Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Shamblers

Back in stock:

-My Little Pony theme decks, Qwirkle, Summoner Wars starters, The Army Painter spray primers, and Star Trek Attack Wing starters