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Aug
25
Sun
Commander Weekend (Magic: the Gathering) @ North Shore
Aug 25 @ 11:30 am

We’re celebrating the release of the new Commander 2019 decks with a Commander Weekend event at North Shore!

Can’t make it on Sunday? Join us for Mayfair’s Commander Weekend event on Saturday!

Registration: 11:30AM
Event Start: Noon

Put your new Commander 2019 deck to the test in a special format, where you’ll begin the game with up to three legendary creatures from that deck in your Command Zone!
(Decks must be unaltered in order to make use of this rule)

Achievements & Prizes
When you arrive for Commander Weekend, you’ll receive an achievement card. Complete all the Commander-themed achievements, and you’ll take home a Core Set 2020 promo pack!
(while supplies last)

Entry is Free when you Buy your Commander 2019 Deck
Not picking up a new deck this time around? No problem! We’re still hosting our usual Sunday Commander events!

Sep
14
Sat
GRAND OPENING WEEKEND @ North Shore
Sep 14 – Sep 15 all-day

We love our new space on the North Shore, and we can’t wait to celebrate its Grand Opening for a full weekend!

We’ll have game demos with our amazing team of Barristers, special achievements that may help you win great prizes, and Free Coffee for everyone who joins us for board games!

Play Games with the Barristers!
We’re running game events all day, so get ready to learn a new game—or join in for one of your favorites.

Tickets for gaming are $3, or 100 MVP points per person. New to the MVP Club? Get your first 100 points just for signing up!

Did we mention the Free Coffee?
We’ve got a nifty coffee & espresso machine, and for Grand Opening Weekend, everyone who gets a gaming ticket also gets FREE COFFEE.

Make Your Roll!
Roll the die of Barristerdom and win a prize—like MVP points, a free game, or even a hangout with the North Shore Barristers!

Sep
27
Fri
Throne of Eldraine Prerelease Weekend @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

Play Throne of Eldraine before it’s officially released at this Magic: the Gathering prerelease event!

As a participant, you’ll be among the first to enter this new plane inspired by classic fairy tales and Arthurian legend.

Open six booster packs, build a deck and compete for more packs and prizes!

New Stuff in Throne of Eldraine

  • Friday Events Continue: Prerelease Weekend now officially begins at 3:00PM on Friday. Check below for our Friday events at 3PM and 6:30PM!
  • No More Midnight: With the arrival of last set’s Prerelease Fridays, we will no longer be running a Midnight event.

 

 

 

 

(All pre-registration for these events will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, September 26.)
Please Note: Event tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-exchangeable.

Everyone leaves with something! Players who drop out early still receive a pack per completed match they won! Even if you lose all of your matches, you still receive a single booster pack as a prize – so long as you played all your matches.

 

Greenfield Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, September 26.

Friday Early Bird Event
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. 2 rounds. Entry is always $35.

In this “Double Packs” weekend kickoff event, players will receive two booster packs per match win—and we’ll finish in time to play in the Friday Evening event!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Red” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0 at Greenfield.

Saturday Evening Two-Headed Giant
6:00pm day-of registration. 6:30pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins!

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

Sunday Evening “Gold” Event
5:30pm day-of registration. 6:00pm start. 4 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a playmat for all players who go 4-0.

 

North Shore Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, September 26.

Friday Early Bird Event
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. 2 rounds. Entry is always $35.

In this “Double Packs” weekend kickoff event, players will receive two booster packs per match win—and we’ll finish in time to play in the Friday Evening event!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Morning “Orange” Event
10:30am day-of registration. 11:00am start. 4 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a playmat for all players who go 4-0.

Sunday Morning “Green” Event
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 5 rounds.
Prizes for this event include a booster pack per match win, and a Feature Prize box set for all players who go 5-0.

 

Mayfair Events

Preregistration will be available online and in-store through 11:59pm on Thursday, September 26.

Friday Early Bird Event
2:30pm day-of registration. Event begins at 3:00PM. 2 rounds. Entry is always $35.

In this “Double Packs” weekend kickoff event, players will receive two booster packs per match win—and we’ll finish in time to play in the Friday Evening event!

Friday Evening “Purple” Event
6:00pm day-of registration. Event begins at 6:30PM. 3 rounds.

Our feature Friday event—In this “Double Packs” event, players will receive two booster packs per match win.

Saturday Afternoon “Blue” Event
1:30pm day-of registration. 2:00pm start. 3 rounds
Prizes for this event will be TWO booster packs for every match win!

Sunday Morning Two-Headed Giant
11:30am day-of registration. 12:00pm start. 3 rounds.
In the Two-Headed Giant cooperative Magic: the Gathering format, each team’s two players share turns and life totals, while fighting together against another pair of players. Learn more about the Two-Headed Giant format here.
Prizes: Each player on your team will receive a booster pack for every match your team wins.

 

First time at a prerelease?
Get a little more information on how this event works!

 

 

 

Oct
4
Fri
Throne of Eldraine Draft Weekend @ Greenfield, Mayfair & North Shore
Oct 4 – Oct 6 all-day

It’s time to step into the tale of Throne of Eldraine! Join us all weekend to open some new cards and experience this new set in exciting events!

__________Launch Drafts__________
Friday through Sunday – All Stores – $16 Entry

Join us for a Throne of Eldraine booster drafts Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Crack some packs and try out the new mechanics in everyone’s favorite sealed format. The Top 8 players in each pod will receive MVP point prizes—Plus, the winner of each draft will receive a NEW Throne of Eldraine Promo Pack!

Here are our scheduled Draft times for the weekend of October 4-6:

  • Friday @ 6:30pm
  • Saturday @ 1:00pm
  • Sunday @ 1:00pm

Want to draft another time?
We can launch a draft anytime all weekend, so if you have a group of players who want to open some packs, stop in and we’ll set you up! (All drafts must begin at least four hours prior to store close.)

 

__________Friday Night Magic__________
North Shore, Greenfield & Mayfair – 6:30pm

Put your new cards and decks to the test! Throne of Eldraine will be legal in Standard, Modern and Commander on Friday, October 4, so join us for an epic Friday Night Magic and discover what awaits us in the new set.

 

__________Bundle Brawl__________
Saturday, October 5 – Greenfield ONLY – $45 Entry

Crack open a Throne of Eldraine Bundle. Build a deck from its contents. Compete for prizes and glory!

Registration: 11:30am. Deckbuilding: Noon.

Build a limited deck (40-card minimum) using the contents of your Bundle. That’s 10 booster packs and 80 basic lands.

This event will take place over a number of Swiss rounds based on attendance. The Top 4 players will receive Throne of Eldraine Promo Packs, and all other players will receive one random promo from a Throne of Eldraine Promo Pack!

We want your land packs!
Got too many lands at home? Want a few extra MVP points? We’ll give you 100 points for your Bundle’s land pack! Just bring the pack up to the counter, and a Barrister will get you set up.

 

Oct
27
Sun
Brawl Weekend—Throne of Eldraine @ North Shore & Greenfield
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am

Join us for a day of epic new decks at Brawl Weekend!

Living in the space between Commander and Standard, the Brawl format invites you to build a singleton (one of each card) deck around a legendary creature or planeswalker of your choice.

Find out more about the Brawl Format below.

Registration: 11:30pm
Start Time: Noon
Two casual rounds of Brawl gameplay.

Eldraine Promo Pack Prizes:

  • All participants will receive a Throne of Eldraine Promo Pack.
  • And the winner of each Brawl Pod will receive an additional Eldraine Promo Pack!

Want to try for another pack? Jump into a second game for another chance!

Can’t make it to Mayfair on Saturday?
Join us on Saturday, October 26 for Brawl Weekend at Mayfair!

 

Brawl—the Short Version:

  • 60-card decks
  • All cards must be Standard-legal
  • No more than 1 of a given card (except basic land)
  • 1 “commander”—a legendary creature or planeswalker that begins in the command zone and returns to it any time it leaves the battlefield
  • Any mana symbol that appears on a given card must also appear on your commander
  • Players start with 30 life
  • Best played in groups of 3–5 players

See the full rules and deckbuilding guidelines for Brawl.

Oct
31
Thu
An Evening of Dread @ North Shore
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm

We’re breaking out the Jenga tower for our second annual Dread game played on Halloween!

Last year, the group successfully survived an electrifying mystery at an asylum… who knows what dark depths this year will explore. Join us for a frightfully good time!

More about Dread
Dive into a high-tension horror story told by your game master, Erik, and push the story ahead with the actions of your characters. Every time you find yourself in a perilous moment, you’ll need to successfully pull a block from the Jenga tower—or meet your final fate!

If you haven’t experienced the pure, high-tension elegance of the Dread RPG, then we hope you’ll join us on Halloween night.

And by all means, help us celebrate the spookiest night of the year by coming in *costume!

*For the best and safest in-store experience, we ask that participants not wear masks or headwear covering the full face.

 

Nov
6
Wed
Paint-n-Take: Beholders! @ North Shore
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the… well, you know.

Join us for this Paint-n-Take event, where you’ll get a ready-to-paint Beholder miniature and spend a couple hours making it look great—then take it home!

All Supplies and Miniatures Provided!
You’ll have access to our in-store painting supplies: paints, brushes, palettes, and more! You are also welcome to bring any supplies from home that you wish, but it is not required.

Nov
9
Sat
Open House: Neighborhood Toy Store Day @ North Shore
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate National Toy Store Day with an Autumn Open House event at our newest location—North Shore!

Board Game Barrister—North Shore
5530 North Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217

Stop in and explore our shop, meet our team, dive into our great selection of toys and puzzles, and learn a new game (or ten).

Having recently relocated from inside the Bayshore Town Center, we’re proud to have discovered our own brick-and-mortar location in the Glendale community.

For those who are new to us: Board Game Barrister is a local chain of Milwaukee-owned and operated stores specializing in board games, toys, puzzles, collectibles, and most of all—fun!

What to do at the Open House?

  • Try out some of this year’s best new games;
  • Sit in on one of our scheduled learn-to-play game events (schedule coming soon!);
  • Holiday shopping soon? Get amazing suggestions from our knowledgeable team;
  • Hear about our weekly and one-time events for adults, kids and families;
  • And more!

Plus—If you’re like us and you prefer to sip a warm, caffeinated beverage while playing games, you’ll love our selection of delicious cafe beverages—lovingly made by our “Barrister baristas,” and only available at our North Shore location!

Nov
21
Thu
X-Wing: Aces High Event @ North Shore
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for FFG’s Aces High Event. Battle against your opponents in a single free-for-all match, and seek to be the best Ace!

Registration: 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Event Start: 6:00pm

Format & Squadbuilding
Players will fly only a single ship, up to 80pts.
Free-for-All Match
Aim to get the most points before the end of the 75 minute round.

Points are scored for the following:

  • First Hit:​ After a ship performs an attack, if the defender was at full health and suffered damage, the attacking ship’s player scores 1 point.
  • Shot Confirmed:​ After a ship performs an attack, if the defender was destroyed, the attacking ship’s player scores 2 victory points plus all victory points on the defender’s ship card (remove them from the defender’s ship card when they are scored.) Then place 1 victory point token on the attacking ship’s card.
  • Stay in the Fight:​ If a ship flees, remove all victory points from its ship card. Its player loses 1 victory point plus victory points equal to the number of victory points removed this way.

Special Rule—Restore Ships (Start of Round): ​Starting with the first player, each player with no ship in play rolls 1 attack die, and then restores their destroyed ship, placing it back in play with its rear guides at any position on one of the hyperspace points matching the symbol rolled. If it cannot be placed this way at any of the matching positions without overlapping another ship, that ship’s player places it anywhere in the play area at range 0 of a board edge (not overlapping another ship) instead.

Event Scoring
The player that has scored the most victory points when the 75-minute round ends is the winner.

Event Prizes
Top Scorer—Plastic dual-sided card: Rebel R2-D2 Astromech upgrade // Imperial Black Squadron Pilot
Participation—Your choice of promo: Extended Art U-wing OR Proton Rockets

Nov
24
Sun
X-Wing: Wave Leader Extended Tournament @ North Shore
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am

Join us for an Extended Standard X-Wing Tournament to determine our Wave Leader.

Every win will count towards becoming wave leader. Wave leader will receive a poster and ranger ruler templates.

Store Open: 11:00AM
Registration: 11:00AM-11:20AM
Event Start: 11:30AM

Players: Max of 16

Event Format
X-wing Standard Tournament
75-minute Swiss-style rounds
Number of rounds based on attendance (max 4)

Event Prizes
Participation—Extended Art Dead’s Man Switch & Metal Force Charge Token
Top 4—Extended Art Howlrunner Promo
Tournament Winner—Plastic Heroic Card
Wave Leader—Range Ruler Templates & Poster