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Nov
16
Sat
Learn-to-Play: Walking in Burano & Legendary Forests @ Mayfair
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Walking in Burano & Legendary Forest.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

Walking in Burano
Walking through the island, you will see these vibrant houses on both sides of the canal, as well as the personalized decorations placed by the inhabitants and shopkeepers.

The local government has asked you to refurbish a street in their famed city. Use your creativity to amaze both tourists and locals with your masterpiece of design!

Legendary Forests
Relax and embellish your planet with beautiful trees and leaves in this poetic and quick game! Each player has the same numbered World tiles (drawn randomly one by one), and will play them at the same time on their individual planet to create color and Rune match-ups. Show your individuality! Placing Tree tokens in your forests will increase their beauty and worth, and at the end of the game, the closed forests will reward you with even more points!

 

Nov
17
Sun
Learn-to-Play: Gizmos & Utter Nonsense @ Mayfair
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Gizmos & Utter Nonsense.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

Gizmos
The Great Science Fair is drawing together the sharpest minds of our generation. However, only one can be crowned champion. In Gizmos, you and your fellow players will look to create the most magnificent of machines, taking on the role of inventors at the Great Science Fair and utilizing four different types of energy marbles.

You’ll need to plan ahead, because Gizmos will be able to chain-react with each other giving them multiple results from taking a single action!

Utter Nonsense
Combine silly accents with even sillier phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous! Each round features one accent, and each player must read one of their Phrase Cards in said accent. The Nonsense Judge picks their favorite to win that round. You don’t have to be good at accents to play—have fun with it and be silly to make the phrases your own in this laugh-out-loud game for the whole family.

 

Nov
23
Sat
Learn-to-Play: Tiny Towns & Cartographers @ Mayfair
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Tiny Towns and Cartographers.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host, Theo, will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

More about Tiny Towns
You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. In Tiny Towns, your town is represented by a 4×4 grid on which you will place resource cubes in specific layouts to construct buildings. When you’re the active player, you select a resource for everyone to place next, but when the next player goes, they’ll be selecting what you place next.

More about Cartographers
Queen Gimnax has ordered the reclamation of the northern lands. As a cartographer in her service, you are sent to map this territory, claiming it for the Kingdom of Nalos.  In Cartographers, players compete to earn the most reputation stars by the time four seasons have passed. Each season, players draw on their map sheets and earn reputation by carrying out the queen’s edicts before the season is over. The player with the most reputation stars at the end of winter wins.

Nov
24
Sun
Learn-to-Play: Fairy Tile & Photosynthesis @ Mayfair
Nov 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for great Learn-to-Play weekends in November!

This time is Fairy Tile & Photosynthesis.

New players always welcome! Your Barrister host will teach the rules before we begin and provide guidance during gameplay.

Fairy Tile
Welcome to Fairy Tile, a kingdom of magical lands where a daring Princess, a devoted Knight, and a dreadful Dragon roam looking for adventure. They need your help to discover the kingdom and tell their epic tale! Develop the kingdom of Fairy Tile by putting new land tiles in play and moving the Princess, Knight, and Dragon across different places such as mountains, forests, and plains. Help them have extraordinary adventures by accomplishing objectives written on the pages of your book. Be the first to read all the pages of your book to win the game.

Photosynthesis
The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Plant and grow new seedlings wisely and position the shadows of your growing trees to slow your opponents down—but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest and that shade might swing back the other way soon enough.

Each turn in Photosynthesis, the sun will revolve 60° of the way around the hexagonal board and provide sunlight to all of the trees that are not in the shade of the trees in front of them. Each player will then have a chance to spend their sunlight, planting seeds and growing trees in preparation for next turn’s revolution!

 

 

Jan
19
Sun
Afternoon Demo: Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 @ Greenfield
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Welcome to the year 40,000—Don’t get blown up!

At this learn-to-play event, your demo host, Chad, will walk you through the rules and mechanics of this epic and silly game.

Stop in any time from Noon-to-3PM, and become an Ultramarine, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard, or Tyranid.

More about Munchkin Warhammer 40,000
When your farcical game of Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 begins, you’ll choose a futuristic fantasy race and begin to wage war on the denizens of the galaxy. Make a Pilgrimage to Holy Terra, use your Lasblaster, and of course you need More Dakka! Be vigilant; you might encounter the Sloppity Bilepiper, a Horror of Tzeentch, or even Mortarion himself!

 

Feb
7
Fri
Sealed Deck Academy—Prerelease Prep for Learning Players @ North Shore
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm

Welcome to Sealed Deck Academy!

This hands-on, instructor led event prepares Magic learners and kids to build amazing decks and win more games at Prereleases and other Sealed Format events.

No cards, materials, or Sealed Format experience required!

Build a new deck at each Academy!
As an attendee of this Sealed Deck Academy, you will receive six booster packs of Core Set 2020 as well as invaluable instruction on how to turn that assortment of cards into a powerful Magic deck.

Using the tips and skills you discover at the Academy, you’ll be able to determine:

  • What makes a great “bomb” card;
  • Which colors to choose from your pool of cards;
  • How and when to create card combos;
  • How to fill out your mana curve so that you’ll be able to use all your mana every turn;
  • And much more!

Your instructor, Taylor, is a Sealed pro who has been achieving perfect win-loss records in his last five years of prerelease events. An excellent teacher as well as Magic player, he makes great deckbuilding fun and easy to understand.

Sealed format is fantastic for everyone because it creates an even playing field. Everyone is working with new cards; no one gets to bring the unbeatable deck they’ve been building for years.

What is Sealed Format?
In Sealed Format events, players will open six booster packs each, and from the contents of those packs, build a deck of at least 40 cards. Then, we pair everyone with an opponent to play some best-of-three matches using our newly built decks!

Each session, we’ll also have promo card prizes for some lucky participants.

Event Schedule
Registration: 6:10PM-6:30PM
Academy Discussion: 6:30PM-7:15PM
Deckbuilding Practice: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Two Paired Matches: 8:00PM-10:00PM

What to know ahead of time
This event is suggested for kids and Magic learners who already know the basic rules of Magic. If you’ve never played a game of Magic before, we suggest stopping into the store and asking for a walk-through from one of our Barristers. (Better yet, if you call ahead, we can let you know whether we’ll have time to take you through a full tutorial.)

Want to keep improving?
Stop in for another Academy session! Each session will present you with six new packs, more opportunity to practice, and a new deckbuilding puzzle to solve.

Feb
21
Fri
Sealed Deck Academy—Prerelease Prep for Learning Players @ North Shore
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm

Welcome to Sealed Deck Academy!

This hands-on, instructor led event prepares Magic learners and kids to build amazing decks and win more games at Prereleases and other Sealed Format events.

No cards, materials, or Sealed Format experience required!

Build a new deck at each Academy!
As an attendee of this Sealed Deck Academy, you will receive six booster packs of Core Set 2020 as well as invaluable instruction on how to turn that assortment of cards into a powerful Magic deck.

Using the tips and skills you discover at the Academy, you’ll be able to determine:

  • What makes a great “bomb” card;
  • Which colors to choose from your pool of cards;
  • How and when to create card combos;
  • How to fill out your mana curve so that you’ll be able to use all your mana every turn;
  • And much more!

Your instructor, Taylor, is a Sealed pro who has been achieving perfect win-loss records in his last five years of prerelease events. An excellent teacher as well as Magic player, he makes great deckbuilding fun and easy to understand.

Sealed format is fantastic for everyone because it creates an even playing field. Everyone is working with new cards; no one gets to bring the unbeatable deck they’ve been building for years.

What is Sealed Format?
In Sealed Format events, players will open six booster packs each, and from the contents of those packs, build a deck of at least 40 cards. Then, we pair everyone with an opponent to play some best-of-three matches using our newly built decks!

Each session, we’ll also have promo card prizes for some lucky participants.

Event Schedule
Registration: 6:10PM-6:30PM
Academy Discussion: 6:30PM-7:15PM
Deckbuilding Practice: 7:00PM-8:00PM
Two Paired Matches: 8:00PM-10:00PM

What to know ahead of time
This event is suggested for kids and Magic learners who already know the basic rules of Magic. If you’ve never played a game of Magic before, we suggest stopping into the store and asking for a walk-through from one of our Barristers. (Better yet, if you call ahead, we can let you know whether we’ll have time to take you through a full tutorial.)

Want to keep improving?
Stop in for another Academy session! Each session will present you with six new packs, more opportunity to practice, and a new deckbuilding puzzle to solve.

Mar
7
Sat
Play It First—Oceans @ Mayfair
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm

Play the greatest new games of the season—and take home your favorites for 25% off!

Play It First is the best way to learn recent game releases with the help of our Barrister Game Guides, every Saturday at Mayfair.

Pull up a chair, meet some new friends, and settle in for an afternoon of amazing gaming.

Session Entry is $10
Game Guide: Glenn

Each week, your guide will walk you and your fellow players through the essentials of the featured game. You’ll be playing in no time!

And if you love it, it’s yours to take home after the event for 25% off.

This Week: Oceans

Enter a vast, underwater cosmos: a mysterious interconnected world of tentacles, sharp teeth, and black ink, where your survival depends on your ability to adapt in a continually changing environment. But this is just on the surface—Lurking below the surface lie mysteries so bizarre they hardly seem natural.

Oceans is a stand-alone game for 2 – 4 players in the highly acclaimed Evolution product line. Oceans depicts the interconnected ecosystem of marine life and combines it with the powerful mysteries of the unknown. The Deep is a deck of nearly 100 unique traits you’ll discover over the course of many games. These over-powered traits represent the unknown: the undiscovered wonders of the deep ocean.

Venture into the deep at your own risk!

Mar
14
Sat
Play It First—Arkham Horror Final Hour @ Mayfair
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Play the greatest new games of the season—and take home your favorites for 25% off!

Play It First is the best way to learn recent game releases with the help of our Barrister Game Guides, every Saturday at Mayfair.

Pull up a chair, meet some new friends, and settle in for an afternoon of amazing gaming.

Session entry is $10
Game Guide: Glenn

Each week, your guide will walk you and your fellow players through the essentials of the featured game. You’ll be playing in no time!

And if you love it, it’s yours to take home after the event for 25% off.

~~This Week: Arkham Horror Final Hour~~
You arrived too late to stop the loathsome rite, and a monstrous, transdimensional Ancient One tears through reality. An iridescent rift slashes across the darkened skies, heralding the nightmarish creatures that pour into the hallowed buildings of Miskatonic University. As howls and screams cut through the night, there is only one path left for your fearless investigators—hold back the horde long enough to somehow reverse the summoning.

Arkham Horror: Final Hour is a fully cooperative, fast-paced board game for one to four players. An endless tide of monsters sweeps across the Miskatonic University campus, and you must hold them back, all while searching desperately for the ritual components you need to put an end to the insanity. Playable in under 60 minutes, your fate depends on the cooperation between you and your fellow investigators. The odds against you are astronomical, but if you don’t succeed, this will indeed be the final hour for Arkham… and the world.

Mar
21
Sat
Play It First—Tsuro Phoenix Rising @ Mayfair
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Play the greatest new games of the season—and take home your favorites for 25% off!

Play It First is the best way to learn recent game releases with the help of our Barrister Game Guides, every Saturday at Mayfair.

Pull up a chair, meet some new friends, and settle in for an afternoon of amazing gaming.

Session entry is $10
Game Guide: Theo

Each week, your guide will walk you and your fellow players through the essentials of the featured game. You’ll be playing in no time!

And if you love it, it’s yours to take home after the event for 25% off.

~~This Week: Tsuro Phoenix Rising~~
Long ago, a vengeful god stole the stars from the night sky. To illuminate the night, hopeful people sent glowing paper lanterns floating toward the heavens. Out of nowhere, clever magical phoenixes appeared, soaring through the sky. As they flew from lantern to lantern, their enchanted touch changed the lanterns into new stars!

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is a new entry in the classic Tsuro series. The game shares a bond with the foundations of the original: play tiles, move pawns, and stay in play, but it introduces a revolutionary board that allows for the double-sided tiles to flip and rotate throughout the game, creating diverging paths and opening up new strategies.

Featuring gorgeous phoenix miniatures, beautiful lantern tokens, and unique gameplay elements such as life tokens that allow your phoenix to be reborn from the ashes once per game, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is a new chapter in the legacy of Tsuro!