If you are a Magic the Gathering aficionado, then May 22nd is basically going to be a second Christmas for you. That’s right, Modern Masters 2015 is coming, and it brought friends. Friends like Emrakul, Kozilek, Ulamog, Karn, Elesh Norn, Iona, Kiki-Jiki, Skrillex(oops, I mean Dark Confidant), Tarmogoyf, and Guile.
Preorders are almost full, but fear not: We are having three different booster draft events, and we will have singles available, as well as packs for sale at MSRP!
For those of you who prefer tabletop throwdowns of the miniature wargaming variety, this month has more tiny painted men than a Lilliputian mime college! We are hosting the latest season of the Warmachine/Hordes ‘Path of Devastation‘ league all month long, we have a 50 soulstone Story Encounter Malifaux tournament on the 23rd, and we will have a demo day on the 30th for our latest product line, Mantic Games. You can stop by and learn to play Deadzone, Dreadball, Mars Attacks!, and Loka!
Next month we give some love to our roleplaying community as well, with Free RPG Day 2015 on June 20th!
And if you’ve been on the fence about reading comics, now is a great time to start. Following their big summer events, both Marvel and DC will be offering up a ton of new titles that will let you get on at the ground floor. There has also been a steady stream of awesome new books from publishers like Image, Boom!, and Dark Horse. Start a pull list with us today and get all of your comics for 25% off!
Until next time, remember:
Strap in, peoples! It’s about to get all busy and whatnot. This month we have(deep breath):
And more! Malifaux, Heroclix, Dungeons & Dragons, Netrunner, Dragon Ball Z, Weiss Schwarz, Dice Masters, Doomtown Reloaded… the list goes on. Check out our Events Calendar for all the tasty details.
But wait, there’s more!
Next month is Free Comic Book Day!
This just might cause the geek singularity. You better start stocking your shelter with Mountain Dew, bacon, and your top five board games. Just in case.
Now it is the March time, when the weather is kinda sorta maybe not so cold, and the big holiday is all about pretending to be Irish in the most offensive way possible! For us here at The Portal it means lots of things, but the biggest of them would be the release of the new Magic set, Dragons of Tarkir. The Prerelease sealed deck events for it will be really awesome for several reasons:
1. More product, more events! Attendance for our Prereleases has been so big that we now have enough product to support a THIRD tournament! So we will be having our usual 12AM midnight event on the 21st, followed by another later that day at 2PM, and we’ll finish it all off with our usual 1PM on the 22nd! There IS a limit to how many people we can have at each, so as always we encourage you to stop by and preregister as early as you can. As incentive, we’ll knock off a few bucks if you pay in advance, AND we’ll knock off even more if you pay in advance for multiple events! Here’s the breakdown:
Each event is $30 at the door.
If you pay in advance and preregister, one event is $25
If you pay in advance and preregister, two events will be $45
If you pay in advance and preregister for all three events, it’s only $65
Prerelease pack colors will be chosen in the order that everyone signs up, so the earlier you register the better your chance of getting the clan you want most!
2. Tarkir Dragonfury. Prerelease packs always come with neat goodies, and activities you can do between rounds. But there has never been anything quite like this. There will be d20 bowling for promos. Yes, you read that right. DRAGON. D20. BOWLING. FOR PROMOS.
3. The Super De-luxe Portal Treatment. There will be snacks. There will be drinks. There will be door prizes. Oh yes.
Now you might be saying, “Portal Guy, I do not care for the Magic. What merriment do you have for the rest of us?” I have not forgotten you, for I too enjoy the board gaming and the tabletop wars and the playing of different roles…
Just take a goosey gander over at the Events Calendar, gentle reader. We have days for D&D, Pathfinder, Malifaux, Warhammer 40K, Heroclix, Dice Masters, Dragonball Z, and MORE! Want suggestions for new hotness to introduce to your gaming group? We’ve got that covered as well:
Be all classy and grow some grapes that will later be made into wine, which will later be sold for points, which you need to win. Because losing is for people who drink lesser beverages, like Fresca.
Go forth and build things out of precious wooden resource tokens, to spread like a bipedal blight across the land and sea. While you’re at it, ask the gods for some favors, if they are not too busy shapeshifting and seducing mortals and whatnot.
Change the faces of your dice to score as many points as you can in this race to find the elusive Rattlebones, a wacky clown person thing. Wait, maybe we shouldn’t find him. But this game DOES have monkeys and mice and really neat dice. Heh. That rhymed.
And what does the future hold? Oh, just things like Tabletop Day and Free Comic Book Day and Magic Grand Prix Trials and PPTQs and our Star Wars May the Fourth Celebration. So yeah…
And that means six more weeks of reading comics and gaming! Let us all retreat back into our burrows and snuggle up with some back issues and pillows filled with dice!
Or if cabin fever is setting in, feel free to retreat into our burrow, where the meeples run wild and free, and the superheroes never actually stay dead. Be sure to check out our events calendar for all the info on what is getting played when, and what prizes will be showered upon you should you be triumphant. Need some recommendations? Here’s what our staff is all jazzed about right now:
SCOVILLE more info
PANDEMIC: THE CURE learn more
GALAXY TRUCKER details
These fine games are available in the shop, where you can try them out and then get 20% off of your very own copy!
Until next time, don’t drive angry.
I was going to post this update in a timely fashion. I swear. Stop laughing. There I was, typing away, when suddenly a majestic unicorn appeared before me. He introduced himself as Tylenol with Codeine, then teleported me away from my responsibilities and into a cavern filled with vodka elementals.
But that adventure is behind me, and it is once again time to inform you all of our
plans to take over the world upcoming events and other forms of nerdly merriment.
1. MAGIC THE GATHERING FATE REFORGED PRERELEASES AND LAUNCH PARTY
A new Magic set is nearly upon us, and it is full of DWAGONS! Oh yes. Want some early? Of course you do. Then check out our sealed deck Prerelease events on the 17th and 18th. For a mere $25 you get some new boosters, a spindown d20, a neat pin, a foil promo card, AND a special Ugin’s Fate pack! There will be refreshments spiked with caffeine and lots and lots of prize packs and random door prizes too! We only have room for 50 players each day, so get your butt pre-registered nowish! Then on the 23rd the set officially drops, and we will have the usual metric crapload of packs, fat packs, intro packs, supplies, and singles for you, along with another sealed deck event, the Launch Party! In the meantime, those of you who enjoy cheap booster boxes might want to take advantage of our preorder special and score yourself a foil Shamanic Revelation in the process.
2. MALIFAUX MONTH
In the world of tabletop there lives a very special skirmish game that is equal parts wild west adventure, wacky steampunk, and pants-pooping horror, and it wants you to come on over for a soulstone-spiked glass of whoop-ass. Say hello to Malifaux, one of our newest additions, and a fantastic little diceless game that is perfect for new players with less money to burn as well as veterans who are looking for something a little different from space marine A shooting at space marine B. We will be running demos all day on the 10th, followed up with a four week league with lots of cool prizes!
3. WEISS SCHWARZ, DRAGON BALL Z, & DICE MASTERS
The newest additions to our events calendar include the return of a rather popular card game about screaming dudes whose hair turns blonde, the unholy fusion of Quarriors and Magic and Marvel comics, and an oddly-named collection of anime properties that are trying to achieve a climax. See our events calendar for all of the details.
4. STAFF PICK BOARD GAMES O’ THE MONTH
Here they are, the games that Lexx and I are currently obsessed with. Come on in and borrow the store copies(or get a demo if we aren’t pinned down by Commander players without lists) and discover why we prefer them to actual work! Bonus: they are 20% off this month!
And what does the future hold? Well, a little birdy(this one was named Robitussin DM) has it on good authority that there will be a Warhammer 40K Kill Team league, more of me trying to get all of you to play Netrunner, D&D Attack Wing events, and much more! See you next month!
First of all, we’d like to finally give you all of the details for our new Customer Loyalty Program. We have a new system in place, and we are doing our best to switch everyone over. During this process, we will be asking you to update your phone number and email information. Phone numbers will only be used to call you when special orders arrive, and you will only receive emails containing event calendars and sale promotions: YOUR INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SHARED. What do YOU get out of this deal? An ongoing discount on everything in the store except for event fees, food and drinks, existing sale items. The system works in tiers. We track how much you spend with us, and when you spend enough to reach the next tier your discount increases.
$0-$99 spent: no discount
$100-$999 spent: 5% discount
$1000-$9999 spent: 10% discount
$10000+: 15% discount
Do you have a discount under our old system? Fear not, my friends: YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GET YOUR CURRENT DISCOUNT, AND IT WILL NOT GO DOWN. This discount is our way of saying thank you for being a regular customer, and is based on only what YOU have spent with us, so you will not be able to share it with others. We are willing to work with you on this, and make exceptions under certain conditions(If, for example, you have used someone else’s discount for years and are mainly responsible for getting it to the tier it’s at), but this is NOT something that can be passed around large groups of friends in order to game our system. We hope you understand where we’re coming from. We are a business, and we want you to shop with us and save some cash, but we need to keep those lights on and make sure the mop’s paycheck doesn’t bounce.
Another feature of our new system is that you will be able to check up on how much store credit(now called JP Funbux) you currently have. We will be sending out our first email soon, and it will have a link that will allow you to log in at any time and check on the Funbux you’ve accrued through winning events or trading things in. Neat, right?
Next up: SALES! If you’re anything like us then you are a terrible procrastinator, and you don’t get all of your holiday shopping done until the day before, hastily wrapping them in whatever is handy while sweating drops made of pure slacker shame. It is in that spirit that we present THE PORTAL PROCRASTINATOR’S LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SALE! We will be kicking it off on December 20th, and it will go straight through until we close at 5pm on the 24th. Here’s the breakdown:
Comic book back issues will once again be $1 each!
All games will be 25% off, which includes wargames, card games, role-playing games, AND board games, though this does not apply to supplies!
All toys and action figures will be 40% off!
A bunch of other stuff will be discounted as well, so be sure to swing by!
And for those of you who have been bummed that we don’t discount our singles during these sales, we will be having a d20 Magic and minis singles sale! On Saturday, December 20th ONLY you can roll our magical D20 0′ Sales, and whatever number you roll is the percentage off of your singles purchases you will receive for the day. If you roll under what your current Loyalty discount is then we’ll let you ADD that number together with your current discount! But wait, there’s more! If you are signed up for our new Customer Loyalty Program we’ll let you have a free reroll, keeping the higher number! And if you crit and roll a natural 20 on your first try you’ll get 25% off!
Do not distress, my fellow paycheck-to-paycheck ramen noodle eaters! Good Guy Portal has got your back.
No. Not really. I lied. I mean, it WOULD be, if we sold delicious foodstuffs. But anyway, now that I have your attention:
Our calendar is updated, and we’ve added all kinds of awesome new events for games like Dice Masters, D&D Attack Wing, and Doomtown Reloaded! Legacy format is making a triumphant return for Magic the Gathering, and we’re getting some help from Japanime Games, who are running demos of Krosmaster Arena at the shop this weekend!
In the ‘Also Noteworthy’ department we have some holiday hours you should keep in mind: We will be closing early at 5pm on the 24th and 31st, and we will be closed on the 25th and January 1st. And for our comic book customers: December 31st will be a skip week, except for a few featured titles.
So, has the stress of the holidays gotten to you yet? Feel like breaking things and delivering atomic elbow drops to everyone in sight? Yeah, me too. But instead of doing it the old-fashioned way and racking up fines, jail time, and several lifetimes worth of bad karma, why not blow off that steam with a nice board game? We present Richard Garfield’s latest creation, King of New York. It is all about monsters, and the horribly destructive things they can do to all of the various boroughs of the Big Apple. Try it out in the store this month and get your very own copy of this dice-based stress reliever for 20% off regular retail price!
Hard to believe that 2015 is right around the bend. It seems that just yesterday I was a wee geek playing Hero Quest, drinking Josta and wearing acid wash jeans, listening to the smooth sounds of Color Me Badd and slamming pogs. We here at the Portal thank you for supporting us these past ten years, and we’re looking forward to another ten, full of even more comic book and gaming goodness, sold to you fine people at a reasonable price by those of us who wake up every day thankful that we get to do what we love, rather than slave away in the spice mines of Kessel, where I’m told you can easily get smashed into who knows what.
And now, the moment that you and those on your holiday gift lists have been waiting for! Here’s what we have going on for both Black Friday AND Small Business Saturday:
STORE HOURS BOTH DAYS WILL BE 10AM TO 10PM
COMIC BOOKS: 30% OFF ALL TRADES AND GRAPHIC NOVELS, ALL BACK ISSUES $1 EACH!
TOYS AND ACTION FIGURES: 40% OFF!
GAMES WORKSHOP: EVERYTHING 25% OFF!
PRIVATEER PRESS: EVERYTHING 25% OFF!
ALL OTHER WARGAMING: 25% OFF!
BOARD GAMES AND OTHER TABLETOP GAMES: 25% OFF!
ROLE-PLAYING GAMES: 25% OFF!
CCGS/LCGS (except singles): 25% OFF!
MAGIC THE GATHERING HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES: $14.99 EACH!
GAMES WORKSHOP SPACE HULK BOARD GAMES: $79.99 EACH!
BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY JOKER MASK & BOOK SETS: $24.99 EACH!
These specials cannot be combined with any other discounts
On top of all that, we will also be taking preorders for the new Magic the Gathering set: Fate Reforged, and will be discounting those as well! Booster boxes will be $89.62+tax($95.00) each, and fat packs will be $28.30+tax($30.00)!
AND we will be rolling out a new Customer Appreciation Discount Program, which will give you a percentage off of your purchases that grows the more you shop with us. For those of you who have enjoyed our old system all these years, fear not: you will start off at your current discount level. Our store credit system will now be integrated online, so you will be able to check your balance and see it on your receipts! Starting on Black Friday we’ll be launching the program with complete details, and we’ll be asking you to either update your information if you’re an existing customer, or to give us your name and email address if you’re interested in signing up. Anyone who updates or signs up on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday will get $5 in J.P. Funbux(store credit) to start them off! Your info will not be shared with anyone else, and will only be used so that we can send you event updates and coupons, or to contact you if you special order items or start a comic book pull list.
We look forward to seeing you next weekend! In the meantime: turkey turkey something pilgrims something family sports sports.
The Portal Comics and Gaming has been around for 10 YEARS now, and we are only going to keep growing and getting more and more staggeringly awesome! We love a good shindig, and we also love to acknowledge and thank all of our amazing customers, so it’s only fitting that we spend AN ENTIRE WEEKEND doing what we do best: playing games and getting folks to read more comics, but in a festive yet thrifty atmosphere. So this coming weekend, November 7th, 8th & 9th, here’s what you can experience in the shop:
EXTENDED HOURS! Because sleep is for the weak and boring, we will be open(appropriately enough) from 10AM to 10PM all three days.
ALL WEEKEND LONG: Each and every one of our comic book back issues will be 50% OFF cover price! And while you’re here, if you don’t have one already, start a comic pull list with us! You will get an insane 25% OFF of all your weekly books, as well as any trades and graphic novels you pick up. Everyone who already has a list or starts one will be entered in a drawing, and one lucky so-and-so will win a DEADPOOL #34 3D MOTION VARIANT, and another will win an ENTIRE RUN OF THE DC FUTURE’S END MOTION COVER ONE-SHOTS!
For our gamer friends we present the Board Game Gauntlet. The cabinet doors will be open all three days of the celebration, and you can go crazy learning to play any of them as much as you like! Complete three full games and you’ll get a coupon good for 25% OFF any board game purchase, and if you redeem that coupon before the celebration is over you will get entered to win a TICKET TO RIDE 10TH ANNIVERSARY GAME!
During all this madness our good friend Tim Mattes and his crew will be recording it all for his podcast, Sorry Man, I Farted(see our sidebar), and he’ll be running demos of the new Loot Letter game as well!
Refreshments and noms! Three glorious days of things that you can eat and drink, so that you may have the strength required for maximum fun!
Magic Standard players! You are going to want to make sure you hit up our FNM, since 1st place is going to win the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 GARRUK AXE AND BLACK PLANESWALKER SET! It all starts at the usual 7pm, and entry will be $20. If the turnout is big enough, there will be additional prizes for other top players as well.
Warmachine & Hordes players! We are having a 50 point Steamroller, and the top three players will get a trophy, a pin, AND a store gift certificate! Dice start rolling at 11am, entry is $15, and the event will be deathclock with specialists, with all other rules being baseline.
D&D and Pathfinder players! Our local DMs and GMs are running new player-friendly adventures(the D&D will be 4th Edition Living Forgotten Realms) from 11am-3pm and from 4pm-8pm, and it’s free to play!
Magic Modern players! Guess what we still have? It’s a sealed booster box of Modern Masters! At 12 noon there will be a tournament, and that box will get divided up amongst the top 8 players. $15 entry. If the turnout is large enough we’ll also throw in some gift certificates as well.
Warhammer 40K players! At 11am we will be having a 1500 point tournament. Your army must be battle-forged, and the missions presented will use tactical objectives. The top three players will get gift certificate prizes! $10 entry.
But wait, there’s more! Right around the corner we’ll be appearing up at MEPACON, then there will be a huge Black Friday sale, and beyond that the future will bring:
-A new register system which will allow you to track your store credit, gift cards, and an online store
-MORE new product lines, and increased inventory. Where will we put it? I have no idea!
-Even more events, for an even larger and more diverse selection of games
-Cyborg parts for Jared, Lexx will finally beat out the mop for Employee of the Month, and Kurt becomes Quilt Show world champion!
We’ll see you all next weekend. In the interim, don’t forget the Secret Word:
October. It is one of our favorite months. We can wear hoodies again. We can choke down pumpkin spice-flavored things with reckless abandon. We get to sacrifice the five archetypes in order to keep the Ancient Ones from rising up and destroying us all-
Uh. I mean… KITTIES!
But most of all, it is a time when we can break out all of our scary stories and horror-themed games! And so we present to you the following fun things:
Halloween Comicfest & Spooky Game Day, October 25th, 11am to 9pm: There will be free promotional comics, free refreshments, and lots of demos for games that prominently feature zombies and Cthulhu!
Magic the Gathering Halloween Boo-ster draft, October 31st, 7pm: We managed to get our sweaty paws on some boxes of Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Avacyn Restored, so we’re going to have a draft tournament with them on Halloween!
Featured Games: Our miniature game of the month is Malifaux, from Wyrd. It’s a fun card-based skirmish game that’s equal parts horror/wild west/steampunk. We’ll be running demos as often as possible, and our official demo day is October 11th. As for board games and tabletop picks, this time around we have:
CHUPACABRA: SURVIVE THE NIGHT
ZOMBIES KEEP OUT
NIGHT OF THE GRAND OCTOPUS
Get a demo or learn to play any of these games and get your own for 20% off! We also have 1st Edition Malifaux at 30% off, and all of our other horror games will be on sale from the 25th to the 31st!
Until next time, don’t forget to blow on the conch.