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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!

FRIDAY EVENTS:

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.

SATURDAY EVENTS:

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!

SUNDAY EVENTS:

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:

pee-wee

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!

Totally not plotting to steal your breath while you sleep.

Totally not plotting to steal your breath while you sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Roll the dice, then sick your goatsucker on innocent farm animals. Yay!

Roll the dice, then sick your goatsucker on innocent farm animals. Yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELDER SIGN

Gather your team of insanely outmatched investigators and try to prevent the rise of those pesky elder gods.

Gather your team of insanely outmatched investigators and try to prevent the rise of those pesky elder gods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOMBIES KEEP OUT

Turns out goblins don't like zombies either. Assemble the gadgets that will keep them out of your workshop!

Turns out goblins don’t like zombies either. Assemble the gadgets that will keep them out of your workshop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEZ GOTH

Amass enough slack and gloom to be the one goth in your house who isn't a lame poseur.

Amass enough slack and gloom to be the one goth in your house who isn’t a lame poseur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHT OF THE GRAND OCTOPUS

You're chosen cultists who just want to allow the Grand Octopus to rise once again. He has eight arms to hug you with!

You’re chosen cultists who just want to allow the Grand Octopus to rise once again. He has eight arms to hug you with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

DO IT.

DO IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khans of Tarkir, the newest set for Magic the Gathering, is here! We have booster packs, booster boxes, fat packs, intro packs, event decks, singles, and supplies, so come on down and see what gamers everywhere have been raving about!

“I heard there’s a planeswalker in it who turns into a DRAGON!!” -Timmy, collector of dragons

“They reprinted Onslaught fetch lands!” -Scumbag Steve, dealer aspirant

“Meh.” -Old School Ollie, the unimpressed

“Morph is back? For real?!” -no one

There will be a booster draft Launch Party tonight at 7, which will kick off our Khan Clan Contest. From now until the end of the year, the top two players at each Friday Night Magic will go up on the poster, representing for their favorite clan: Abzan, Sultai, Mardu, Jeskai, or Temur. At the end of December we will tally up the results, and the top 3 players will receive some very special prizes!

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Then on Sunday, October 19th we will have Game Day, which will be a free Standard tournament. Everyone who enters will get this(while supplies last):

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And top 8 will each get one of these:

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AND 1st place overall gets this:

Game-Day-Playmat

 

 

 

 

 

And there’s more Magic events coming up soon: Grand Prix Trials, StarCityGames Game Nights, 10th Anniversary Events, and more! Stay tuned!

 

The beans, they are now spilled. The cat? It’s out of the bag. I see you shiver, with

rocky

 

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed the countdown clock off to the side there. What’s it all about, you ask?

GET ON WITH IT!!!

GET ON WITH IT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This November marks TEN YEARS of continuous comic book and game peddling, and that’s all the reason we need to throw the biggest celebration in our decade-long history! The weekend of 11/7, 11/8 and 11/9 there will be HUGE COMIC BOOK AND GAMING EVENTS, MASSIVE SALES, and so much more!

There might also be some loose hawks up in here.

There might also be some loose hawks up in here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the coming weeks we will drop all the details on you, and you can plan accordingly. Might we suggest:

-Digging through all available sofa cushions and vehicle cup holders

-Coming up with a convincing story for taking a weekend off from work

-Blowing up your social media and inviting all of the geeks in your life, especially Grandma

Because even she is now sick to death of Wii Bowling.

Because even she is now sick to death of Wii Bowling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned! And in the meantime, be sure to get your butts down here for the Magic: Khans of Tarkir prerelease sealed deck tournaments. The set looks awesome, and this weekend is going to be a lot of fun! So many exclamation points!!!

Hello all! I hope you had a lovely Labor Day, and avoided asphyxiating  in the death soup outside.

Definitely getting too old for this.

Definitely getting too old for this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Star Trek Attack Wing event, which was moved to this Saturday, will be a free 120 pt. constructed tournament, since Organized Play product has dried up. If Wizkids makes more available then we will get right on it and carry on with The Collective. Lesson learned. Sorry for the inconvenience, everyone. While we’re on the subject, Dice Masters product is also seemingly more scarce than copies of Action Comics #1, but we’ll let you know when more comes in, and then we will begin Organized Play for that as well. The good news here is that Heroclix is in full swing, so check out our calendar and get in on the goodness!

 

 

…something about gunpowder and Anonymous. But enough about that. It’s update time!

-We will be closed on Labor Day-  Monday, September 1st. Because Renn Faire.

-There are a few Magic: From the Vault: Annihilation remaining as of this writing, and one will be given away for first place in the Standard tournament on Sunday, 8/24!

-We are now taking preorders on Magic: Khans of Tarkir!

-We are very excited to announce that StarCityGames Game Night begins 9/3 with a Standard event and squirrel goodness up for grabs! See the calendar for more info.

-Our Heroclix War of Light event for 8/28 is full- thanks for the huge response! We are tweaking things so that we can accommodate even more players for Month Two! Check out the calendar for more details.

-Lots of our favorite hard-to-find games are back in stock! Come on down and get Caverna: The Cave Farmers, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Splendor, Takenoko, the new Dungeons and Dragons 5E/Next books, and more!

-The largest, most insane event we have ever done is almost upon you. Oh yes. I am doing a happy dance. And soon, so shall YOU.

And here’s what we will be rocking on the demo table for September. Learn to play one of these and get 20% off of your very own copy!

QUILT SHOW

Do you have what it takes to win first prize? I doubt it, rookie. Prepare to get crafty, and then COMFY!

Do you have what it takes to win first prize? I doubt it, rookie. Prepare to get crafty, and then COMFY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACHI KORO

All of the fun of building a major city, without those pesky permits and protests!

All of the fun of building a major city, without those pesky permits and protests!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAR REALMS

The ships go "pew pew!" and the aliens go "blaaargabloop!" and then it's all like "kablowpssshhhh!!!".

The ships go “pew pew!” and the aliens go “blaaargabloop!” and then it’s all like “kablowpssshhhh!!!”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now our lives all have meaning. Yay!

I'm going to eat so many scotch eggs. And then drown them in mead.

I’m going to eat so many scotch eggs. And then drown them in mead.

 

 

 

Sorry, folks. A few days ago a mysterious festival appeared in my neighborhood, and I investigated it and soon became lost in a world of deep-fried food, polkas, and surly teenagers. This is why the update for August is so late. In fact, it is only due to the swift and daring intervention of the Bethlehem Horse Force that I escaped with my life!

Thank you, you glorious equine warriors.

Thank you, you glorious equine warriors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So anyway. August. The calendar is now updated, and we have events aplenty! Take a look and discover the gaming joy, oh Doubter of My Veracity. All sorts of new and exciting stuff, like Heroclix Night and another Magic Conspiracy booster draft! We are very excited about the featured demo games for this month as well. Come in and test drive any of them and get 20% off of your very own copy, that you can hug and pet and call George.

CARGO NOIR info

Smuggling illicit goods, without all that pesky gunfire.

Smuggling illicit goods, without all that pesky gunfire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SULTANIYA info

Parrot with annoying Gilbert Gottfried voice not included.

Parrot with annoying Gilbert Gottfried voice not included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEASONS info

The contents of this box will give you a components-gasm.

The contents of this box will give you a components-gasm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There it is: my gift to you, gentle customer. Before I disappear back into the internet mists remember this: cheesesteak eggrolls and fried Twinkies might seem delicious after several beers, but there is no Pepto on Earth that can save you from poor life decisions.

pukey

 

 

 

Tomorrow we will be having our latest Magic StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier, and here’s all the info:

Store opens/registration begins: 9AM

Event starts at: 10AM

$25 entry

Standard format

Competitive REL

Decklist required

Head Judge: Rich Waldbiesser

Prizes:
1st – $250, Qualification for a StarCityGames.com Invitational, 5 Open Series Points
2nd – 24 Packs of Current Set, 4 Open Series Points
3rd-4th – 12 Packs of Current Set, 3 Open Series Points
5th-8th – 6 Packs of Current Set, 2 Open Series Points
Top 4 Finishers all receive an Exclusive SCG Invitational Qualifier Playmat
Top 8 Finishers all receive a SCG IQ Top 8 Pin

And if the turnout is good we’ll throw in some more prizes on top of this, so drag all of your friends in with you! See you tomorrow!

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Before I announce the winner of our Garruk standee raffle, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for coming out to our M15 Prerelease and Launch Party events, and for buying buttloads of singles, packs, and assorted ephemera. This has been one of our most successful Magic launches to date! Our first M15-legal Standard tournament is tomorrow, and it will be great practice for our StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier which is coming up on the 27th!

Here we go(drum roll)! The winner of this:

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Is Tim Lyter! Congrats, sir! We will be stalking you in the dead of night giving you a call soon to confirm, and then you can swing by and grab it when you’re ready. It will provide hours of terror in your home(Slappy not included)!

Warhammer 40K players, you’re on deck! Let’s make tomorrow’s 1500 point tournament kick all manner of Xenos buttocks!

A new Magic Core Set is nearly upon us, and this one looks INSANE. There are many ways you can celebrate the insanity with us, and almost none of them involve weaving baskets or shock therapy.

First we have the Prereleases: one at midnight(Friday the 11th going into Saturday the 12th), and one on Sunday at noon. They are $25, Sealed Deck format, and will feature Prerelease packs in each of the five colors. There is a limited amount of product, so seating is limited to 50 players at each event, and colors will be chosen in the order that you sign up(preregistration is now open, BTW). In each pack there will be 5 M15 boosters, a seeded booster(to help you deckbuild in that color), a FOIL PROMO CARD(which you can use in your deck), a spindown life counter, and a Garruk the Slayer activity pack. The activity pack is pretty sweet. You get an oversized Garruk card and 3 wolf tokens, and you can challenge Garruk with your sealed deck, and then either cry out in victory or defeat while in front of our giant cardboard standee of the mighty Planeswalker, record it and upload it at www.HuntBiggerGame.com, and then have a chance to win a GIANT NERF REPLICA OF HIS AXE.

It may or may not look like this. And smell like angry goats.

It may or may not look like this. And smell like angry goats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who want to get your paws on the intro packs early there will also be open dueling for both events, while they last. Why else should you attend our Prereleases? Well, we have comfy chairs, air conditioning that works, and a super fun atmosphere. Still not convinced? There will be lots of prize packs up for grabs(2 thrown into the prize pool for each player), we’ll be serving up snacks and drinks, AND there will be some neat random door prizes given out as well!

Then there’s the official launch on Friday the 18th, which will be a $12 booster draft with 3 packs of M15, beginning at 7pm. Everyone who enters this event gets a promo foil ‘In Garruk’s Wake’ card(while supplies last) in addition to prizes for the top finishers in each pod. That same day we will have all the M15 Core Set for sale: boosters, intro packs, fat packs, supplies, and singles!

Remember that giant 8 foot Garruk standee I mentioned earlier?

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We are raffling that bad boy away on the 19th, and you(yes YOU) have several chances to win it! Each of our three M15 events that you play in get you a raffle ticket, AND each time you are in the top 8 in those events you get yet another raffle ticket!

We hope to see you this weekend, Magic peeps. It’s going to be more fun than a bucket of beebles!

Mmm. Beebles.

Mmm. Beebles.