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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

Pathfinder

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!

Maybe.

 

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:

WARHAMMER 40K: 8TH EDITION

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!

MAGIC THE GATHERING

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!

 

Winter will be over before you know it, and guess what that means. Outdoor activities? Increased social interaction? a cheerier general disposition for you and those around you? Wrong on all counts, sillies. It means lots of new Magic the Gathering cards! But don’t take it from me, take it from our favorite forest-dwelling man of the mana, Larry Fogbeast:

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That’s right: We are now taking booster box preorders for Modern Masters 2017 ($210, limit 1 per customer, releases 3/17) and for Amonkhet ($100 each, releases 4/28), so hurry up and reserve yours today before they’re all gone!

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We are also taking preregistration for our weekend of Modern Masters 2017 booster drafts ($35, 3/17-3/19, see Events Calendar for full details) and Amonkhet Prereleases ($25, 4/22 & 4/23, again see the Events Calendar), and product is limited, so sign up ASAP, peoples!

And for those of you who hunger for competition, we have even more Standard, Modern, Booster Drafts, and Frontier coming up, including FNM, Game Days, Open Houses, Leagues, Standard Showdowns, GPTs, PPTQs, and SCG Invitational Qualifiers. *phew!*

Hi there, everybody! You procrastinated, and we heard you! Somehow. Does procrastination make a sound? I suppose it sounds like a TV turning on, or a muffled shudder from a pile of blankets. Hey, we get it. In the spirit of slacker empathy we present our Portal End of Year Sale! Here’s how it works:

Friday, December 23rd, from 11am to 11pm, Saturday, December 24th, from 11am to 5pm, AND even on Monday, December 26th, from 11am to 9pm (because who doesn’t rush right out to spend all of their gift cards and holiday cash?), we will be offering the following sales in the shop:

All board games, card games (excluding Magic singles), roleplaying games, and miniatures/wargames (excluding singles) are 20% off!

All discounted board games and miniatures are BUY THREE, THE CHEAPEST IS FREE!

All comic book trade paperbacks and graphic novels (softcover AND hardcover) are 40% off!

All Wizkids Heroclix and Dicemasters products are 40% off!

All mats (card game playmats, rpg grid mats, Star Wars mats, Guild Ball mats, and wargaming mats) are 30% off!

SPECIALS: Blood Bowl starter sets and Magic Planechase Anthology box sets are 30% off!

It’s that time again, that you either eagerly anticipate, or are completely over. No, I’m not talking about holiday stuff. I’m talking about year-end ‘best of’ lists. This was an insane year for quality comic books and games, and I just can’t help myself. I need to share. So bear with me, because here comes:

JARED’S COMIC BOOK AND GAME TOP TEN OF 2016

As always I need to preface this by saying that try as I might, I have not read all of the comics and played all of the games. So this is based on what I got to this year. To qualify for the list, they had to be new (so no spinoffs, no expansions, no older ongoing series) and had to be released in the US this year (so some games may have appeared last year elsewhere). Now, let’s do this.

COMIC BOOKS

10. Faith- Valiant’s Harbinger was one of the greatest superhero team books ever to hit the shelves, and the character of Faith (also known as Zephyr) was a standout thanks to her boundless optimism and unabashed love of geek culture, and that carries over to her new solo title. It’s a fun palate cleanser, month after month.

9. Champions- When this Marvel book was announced, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But it’s a collection of great characters like Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, and Amadeus Cho, and it’s written by the legendary Mark Waid and drawn by Humberto Ramos, so I couldn’t stay away. I’m glad I gave it a shot. It’s full of exuberance and teen drama that doesn’t come off as cheesy, and it tackles a lot of big picture issues.

8. Green Valley- This comic is basically what happens when Max Landis comes to Image with a head full of Dungeons & Dragons fantasy, ready to throw you a major curveball by the conclusion of each issue. This is a story that is never quite what you think, and one I now eagerly anticipate each month.

7. Glitterbomb- I love the righteous anger of this book. I’ve not really seen a comic so nakedly talk about how the Hollywood system chews up, abuses, and spits out young actresses, leaving them broken and empty vessels that can easily be filled with bitterness and rage (or in this case, destructive demonic creatures), and though you suspect it won’t end well for anyone involved, the end of this first arc was a complete jawdropper.

6. Animosity- Aftershock is a fledgling comic publisher that’s making big waves, and this book is the jewel in its shiny new crown. Marguerite Bennett and company tell the story of an event on Earth where all of the animals suddenly ‘wake up’ and have human-level intelligence, and they have not forgotten what we have done to them. I jokingly refer to it as a vegan revenge fantasy, but it goes a lot deeper than that.

5. The Black Monday Murders- Jonathan Hickman has made an indelible mark on comics with his unique style, which is always a grand, sweeping concept that’s executed with the details-oriented precision of a graphic designer, and in his latest comic it involves frightening levels of accumulated power, channeled through the globe through ritualistic economics.

4. Moon Knight- Marvel’s exceptionally eccentric vigilante has had his ups and downs over the years, but somehow Jeff Lemire has taken all that madness and tied it all together with a stark white bow on top. All that, AND he compassionately and stylistically addresses Marc Spector’s mental illness in ways you have to see to fully appreciate.

3. Doom Patrol- True 90s-era Vertigo style weirdness is back, and it’s all thanks to Gerard Way, and his new Young Animal imprint. This book could only be the product of someone who is a student of Grant Morrison, with an appreciation for his reality-busting take on the characters nearly thirty years ago. You need to stick with it once you’ve entered its world, because it’s a slow, surreal burn.

2. Seven to Eternity- If it’s punk rock Science Fiction that you’re after, no one delivers it like Rick Remender. Fresh off of the amazing Tokyo Ghost, his new title is a bleak journey that gets to the heart of corruption and compromise, with weathered alien characters risking everything to fight back in a world oppressed by a tyrant’s whispers.

1. The Fix- It’s actually a trick that very few can pull off, creating a satire where everything is turned up to 11, so grossly absurd that the audience can’t help but laugh through their shock the whole time. Nick Spencer and his accomplices have managed to do just that, because there is clearly a need out there for stories about corrupt detectives, hipster crime bosses, bumbling homeless drug addicts, and heroic dogs named Pretzels. This is a book you’ll be running off to tell all of your friends about, a condition commonly known as ‘Preacher Syndrome’.

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GAMES

10. Fight For Olympus- There has been a huge surge in 2-player only games in recent years, and Mayfair has been at the forefront of it. Olympus is like a crash course in balanced card game design, with a neat little Greek mythology theme. There’s an area for victory points, one for card draw, and one for resources, and the cards get placed at them and then are forced into a brutal back-and-forth war of attrition.

9. Lotus- I pitch this to people as the new Splendor, and I am serious about that. This is a beautiful filler game that uses the cards as petals of a flower, scoring you points when you complete them and have contributed the most to their growth. There’s even little insect meeples and unlockable powers. This one is a pure joy to play. It’s just so satisfying and addictive.

8. Onitama- If you have a love for abstract strategy games like I do, this one is a must-own. It’s very chess-like in its execution, but loaded with replayability thanks to the cards which dictate the limited number of moves your pieces can make each game. The watercolor artwork is stunning, the components are eye-catching, and it all comes in a handy custom storage case.

7. Mystic Vale- I have to admit, lately I’ve been burned out on deckbuilding games. All too often they’ve been simple re-skins of Dominion that bring nothing new to the table. Mystic Vale brings the new in the form of clear plastic Gloom-style cards that allow you to actually build the cards that you’re constructing your deck out of, one on top of the other in big tarot size sleeve. There’s a little bit of press your luck to each turn, and the druid theme is a welcome change of pace, too.

6. Potion Explosion- This game has marbles. MARBLES. I could end my description there and most people would check this out. But there’s more to say about Potion Explosion. You construct a box that spits the marbles down little chutes, and you get to collect them when you line up a series of the same color, sort of like a board game version of Bejeweled. And then you use them to brew potions for points, which you can also use for special abilities. It’s the perfect board game for those of us who never completely grew up, and I mean that in the best possible way.

5. Quadropolis- I know to a lot of folks that describing a game as city-building and tile-drafting will ruin any chance you have of convincing them to play it with you, but in this game it’s so much more fun and engaging than it sounds. It’s a personal puzzle, but you have to interact with your opponents while you solve it. And the production values on this thing are top notch. After playing it, I genuinely wondered why more games don’t use translucent plastic meeples.

4. Clank!- The unthinkable has happened: There are TWO deckbuilding games on this list. So what makes Clank stand out so much? It’s combined with a dungeon crawl AND a press your luck ‘noise’ mechanism that can result in you waking a dragon and getting roasted while you race your opponents through the catacombs, collecting as many goodies as you can carry. It’s probably the best mash-up game I’ve seen in a very long time.

3. Scythe- If you’ve played other Stonemaier games, you know a bit of what you can expect here: unique worker placement, fun bits and pieces, and a one-of-a-kind theme, all wrapped in artwork that is a conversation starter all on its own. What Scythe does is mix that up with a kind of Ameritrash area control, complete with Cool Mini-esque miniatures that you just want to paint up right away and a customizable player board with all sorts of abilities and victory points to unlock. It supports play for up to 7 people, too!

2. Kanagawa- For me, there can never be enough games like Tokaido–games that are striking and elegant and just plain CHILL. Kanagawa checks all those boxes, and does it through a unique drafting system that gives you dual-use cards which you’ll place in your tableau in order to make breathtaking art prints for victory points. This is a game that makes a very strong impression, and holds up after multiple plays.

1. The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire- This series from Minion Games has been fantastic, whether it’s the original worker placement game, the combo-building card game, or this new nation-building iteration. In Energy Empire you control a growing nation, but rather than military or tech advancement, the focus here is on the energy–what types you’ll invest in, what they’ll allow you to accomplish, and (here comes the best part) what you’ll choose to do about the resultant pollution to the land, sea, and air. It’s a new high point in Euro-style mechanics, with gameplay that’s smooth and components that are tons of fun to play with.

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There you have it. 2016 might have been a raging poop tornado in a lot of ways, but in our corner of the world it was glorious.

As we move into a new year, all of us here at The Portal want to sincerely thank you all for shopping, gaming, and shooting the breeze with us. This is why we’re here, and it all happens because of your support. There are big plans on the horizon, so be well, have fun out there, and we’ll see you in 2017.

 

It’s that most magical time of the year: That time when tons of stuff is on sale at The Portal, and you end up buying yourself more than you do for the family and friends on your holiday lists. It’s okay, we understand. No judgments. So, without further delay, here’s the breakdown:

Thursday, November 24th we are closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25th, 10am to 11pm AND Saturday, November 26th, 10am to 9pm

ALL board games, card games, roleplaying games, wargames, and graphic novels/trade paperbacks will be 25% off! The only exempt items will be supplies, dice, singles, paint, and used items. This discount does not combine with any others–the register takes the highest discount. No holds allowed.

SPECIALS:

-All of our clearance board games are 40% off AND buy three get the cheapest one free!

Booster packs of Magic the Gathering: Conspiracy-Take the Crown are 40% off!

-Dicemasters & Heroclix are all 40% off!

-All Weiss Schwarz cards are 40% off!

-Dead of Winter: The Long Night & Seafall are 30% off!

And there will be some other surprise specials as well! It’s two days of pure shopping goodness, and you’re all invited! We’ll see you all this weekend. And don’t forget:

Saturday is our Magic the Gathering shocks and fetches Modern tournament! 1pm start time, and only $45 if you preregister by Friday night at 11($50 at the door)!

STUUUUFFFFIIINNNGG!!!!

STUUUUFFFFIIINNNGG!!!!

YOU CAN NOW PAY FOR PREREGISTRATION ONLINE. NOTE THE PRICE HAS COME DOWN TO $45 FOR PREREGISTRATION AND $50 AT THE DOOR. CLICK HERE TO PREREGISTER NOW.

Here’s a shout out and reminder to all our Magic the Gathering players. Our Shock and Fetch Lands Modern Tournament for Magic the Gathering is fast approaching. Preregister now in-store for $45, hold your spot and save $5 off the at the door fee of $50. Click here to see complete details and check us out on Facebook.

It’s going to be Epic!!!

Greetings and salutations, party people! We have so much to cover, so let’s get down to it.

Magic players: We have been listening to your feedback, and we have implemented some changes that we think you will really like. We now have a much more fixed calendar of events, so that you’ll consistently know what to expect from us and plan accordingly. Monday will be Modern, Tuesday will be casual/StarCity Game Night, Thursday will be Standard, Friday Night Magic will be Modern and Booster Draft, Sunday will be Standard, and Saturdays will be for special events like IQs, PPTQs, Game Days, etc(there are some leftover special events that will be on Sundays for now, but going forward we’re shooting for Saturdays). The full details are on our website calendar and the in-store calendars, so please take a gander at them.

NO, not THAT kind of gander.

NO, not THAT kind of gander.

While we’re on the subject of Magic, we are also now taking preorders on Conspiracy: Take the Crown, Kaladesh, and From the Vault: Lore (see sidebar on the right), AND we have some very big tournament announcements to share:

Saturday, November 26th we will be having a Modern tournament for Shock Land and Fetch Land playsets, and Saturday, December 17th we will be having a Standard tournament for promo hotness, which will include the SDCC Exclusive 2016 Planeswalker Set! Full details will be posted soon, so keep an eye on this spot.

Our Board Game Nights have been a real crowd pleaser, so if you haven’t checked one out yet, take a Tuesday night and spend it with us and some quality cardboard! Earn points by playing featured games, enter our raffle, and get big discounts on all sorts of items. In August we’re highlighting: King of Tokyo, King of New York, Boss Monster, Legendary, Munchkin, Merchants & Marauders, Pirate’s Den, Via Nebula, Dastardly Dirigibles, Dead of Winter, and The Grizzled! Whew!

Jared, because he is hopelessly addicted to board games, is still choosing a favorite each month to demo to you all. If you are lucky enough to catch him in his natural habitat and he is not running around like a maniac, he will show you the amazing customizable deckbuilding game Mystic Vale. And you will love it as he does.

Stare into these spooky tree eyes and feel the love.

Stare into these spooky tree eyes and feel the love.

And lastly, because our robot overlords demanded it, we have expanded our social media empire to now include the Instagrams (theportalcng) and the Snapchats (ThePortalCnG). So you can find us here, there, and on the Facebooks (@theportalcomics) and Tweeters (@ThePortalComics) too! AND our store is a Pokemon Go gym!

Have a fun and safe Summer, campers. May your mini golf scores be low, may your soft serve be piled high, and may your air conditioning never fail you.

It’s almost here! Board Game Night begins Tuesday, June 28th @ 6pm. Our first night of games will include 7 Wonders and Baba Yaga. Don’t know how to play, no problem, you only need bring yourself.

Challenge other players for the honorary title of the Wizard of Board Games!

Our first Board Game Night raffle will be Twilight Imperium – tickets go on sale at our first event.

Board Game Night

Do not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. After all, there’s so much to get all jazzed about this month, you’ll forget all about that silly existential stuff.

In the wacky world of Magic the Gathering, the amazing reprint set known as Eternal Masters hits on the 10th, and for a very limited time we will have booster packs for sale as well as a small selection of singles. On the 12th and 26th we will be having a few booster drafts with this incredible set as well. For all the spoilery goodness, click here.

In the even wackier world of roleplaying games, June 18th will be the 10th anniversary of Free RPG Day! Come on down and get your adventurer’s mitts +2 vs. wallet drain on some free intro modules and other goodies, and while you’re here learn to play something new and take advantage of our sales!

freerpg2There’s also the first month of Civil War Heroclix on the 16th, a Star Wars X-Wing tournament on the 30th, a demo for the new miniature game Guild Ball on the 25th, and more! Check out our calendar for full details.

We’re also proud to announce that board games are about to get even more love from the newly expanded crew at The Portal! As always, Jared will continue to pick new favorites every month, and if you get a demo of one of them from him you’ll get 20% off your very own copy. For June it’s:

World’s Fair 1893

worlds-fair-1893-box-3DIt’s thematic, it’s educational, and it’s fun! With great mechanics and a ton of replayability, this is going to be a serious contender for top games of the year! Click for more info

Quadropolis

quadThis lovely little city-building game is all about drafting buildings and other features, and then strategically placing them to score the most points. Plus, it has acrylic meeples! Click for more info

High Heavens

highheavensIt’s all-out war between pantheons of ancient gods! You summon them to the board and set them loose on your opponent, and all the stats are kept track of using a very cool ringchip system! And the minis look fantastic, too. Click for more info

In addition, beginning at the end of this month we will have a special Board Game Night on Tuesdays, where our new recruits will be running demos, holding raffles, and more!

All this is leading up to our Summer of Tabletop event on July 9th, which will feature demos, contests, sales, podcasts, and all sorts of gaming madness!

So enjoy that air conditioning, grab a frosty beverage, and spend Summer the right way: Indoors, away from the deadly day-moon, with a comic book in hand and a game set up on the table.

Beaches are for weirdos.

Beaches are for weirdos.

 

 

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