Core 2020 prerelease this weekend!

Core 2020 is almost here, and there will be a few changes introduced with it!
Core 2020 will be the first set where stores will be able to host Prereleases on friday, this will also be the set that introduces the “London Mulligan Rule”.

Pre-Release Core 2020 box image

Times:
Friday:
– 7:00 PM (Sealed)
Saturday:
– 11 AM Prerelease (2HG)
– 4 PM Prerelease (Sealed)

Sunday:
– 10 AM Prerelease (Sealed)
– 3 PM Prerelease (Sealed)

Price is going to be:
$25 until June 28th
After the 28th price is going to be raised to $30

More information on the set on the Wizards website.

RPG Minicon & Free RPG Day – GM signups!

Once again, we’re hosting a roleplaying games mini convention to coincide with Free RPG Day. We’ll be gaming June 18th and 19th.

This is your chance to run the games that you love to an appreciative audience–or to try out cool new games!

GMs, we’re taking your game submissions… now!

Free RPG Day icon Player submissions will begin June 6th. As always, GMs get cool bonuses for running. Admission is free, just like a roleplaying meetup writ large.

Now send in those games! I can’t wait to see what I’ll be playing.

Free Play February

It’s Free Play February! We won’t be charging an entry fee throughout the month so no need to worry about play passes to get into the game room. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the game library for free! freeplayfeb

Keep your eyes out for exciting new membership deals in the weeks to come.

Returning to Roleplaying

If you roleplayed before–long ago, or just a few years back–and are wondering about getting back into roleplaying, here’s a quick “how to roleplay again” based on a question written to the store.

The new edition of D&D has been luring a lot of people who haven’t played D&D in a long time back into active gaming–often sharing it with their children, family, and friends. It consciously incorporated elements to be familiar to 1e and 2e players in its design.

At our store, D&D meets on Wednesday nights at 6 pm for D&D Encounters. This season, the heroes began as prisoners of the drow and are fleeing through the underdark. We also meet on alternating Saturdays at 4 pm for Adventurer’s League. That’s a series of 4 to 5 hour long self-contained adventures, where you use the same character each time (carrying experience and treasure over) but get grouped with different people each adventure.

Both Expeditions (Saturdays) and Encounters (Wednesdays) are run on a drop in basis–show up when you can and try it out–you’re not committing to a multi-year campaign. Many players have found other players via these organized play games and continued on to build a home group that meets on a schedule that works for them.

To play, you need only to show up with a pencil and some dice. (You can often borrow dice from fellow players; we usually have spares.) I suggest using a pregenerated character for the first time to get a feel for the game and how it plays before spending hours reading the rulebook. Unless you’re a reader, in which case, the Player’s Handbook is the way to go.

If you have a group of players in mind already (like family or friends) and don’t want to play in public, the D&D Starter Set does a good job of introducing the rules and provides a pretty good adventure for whoever chooses to DM.

Welcome back to roleplaying!

If you’re worried about fitting in at the table or being able to purchase the books, here’s Jennifer’s take:
We encourage new players, so the tables should be nice and welcoming. If anyone isn’t welcoming, feel free to mention it to staff so we can address it quickly.

We’ve got a good selection of dice and all the new D&D books. Our RPG section is pretty deep, with D&D, Pathfinder and dozens of independent titles.

Out of the Abyss, Encounters Season 3 starts September 9th

The next D&D Encounters adventure, Out of the Abyss, kicks off the Rise of Demons storyline. Next Wednesday (September 9th) we’ll gather at 6 pm to make new first level characters and swap stories. The following week, the adventure begins!

We’ll have all of the materials players need, including character sheets and a copy of the Adventurer’s League rules. If everyone bring their Player’s Handbooks, character generation will be a little faster; it’s hard to look up spells while others are selecting their equipment.

If you would like to DM this upcoming season of D&D Encounters, thank you! Send an email to scott [at] crazysquirrelgamestore.com or comment here and we’ll get you the adventure so you’ll have plenty of time to prep.

I hope you’re all looking forward to the new season!

Next Roleplaying Meetup: September 12th at 4 pm

We’re trying out a meetup much sooner than normal–just a month after our very successful August meetup. We’re also starting later than normal–at 4pm.

So come and game the evening away! Talk about the cool game you want to run at this meetup in comments, so we can all get excited!

View the event on meetup.com. Discuss what you’d like to run, or play, here or there.

Imperial Assault Regionals: June 27, 2015

Twelve players turned out for the Imperial Assault Regionals; about half of them from outside of the Central Valley. Our thanks go out to everyone who demonstrated a love of the game and some great sportsmanship.

Here’s the top four and their build lists:

Jorgen
Deployment Cards
– Stormtrooper (Elite) x2
– Royal Guard x2
– Imperial Officer x3

Command Cards
– Covering Fire x3
– New Orders x3
– Reinforcements x2
– Inspiring Speech x2
– Parting Blow x2
– Counter Attack x2
– Pummel

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Glen
Deployment Cards
– Royal Guard (Elite) x2
– Royal Guard
– Imperial Officers x4

Command Cards
– Recovery
– Rally
– Emergency Aid
– Parting Blow x2
– New Orders
– Planning
– To the Limit
– Inspiring Speech
– Pummel x2
– Expose Weakness
– Cripple
– Take Initiative

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Micah
Deployment Cards
– Luke Skywalker x2
– Rebel Saboteur (Elite) x2
– Rebel Saboteur
– Gideon Argus
– Jyn Odan
– Mak Eshka’rey

Command Cards
– Deadeye
– Deflection
– Element of Surprise
– Explosive Weaponry x2
– Fleet Footed
– Lock On
– One in a Million
– Rally
– Slippery Target x2
– Son of Skywalker
– Strength in Numbers
– Take the Initiative
– Urgency

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Cheryl
Deployment Cards
– Luke Skywalker
– Rebel Saboteur (Elite) x2
– Han Solo
– Gideon

Command Cards
– Recovery
– To the Limit
– Element of Surprise
– Expose Weakness
– Planning
– Rally
– Urgency
– Deadeye
– Explosive Weaponry x2
– Son of Skywalker
– Lock On
– Max Firepower
– Take it Down
– I Make May Own

RPG Mini-Con Signups: Open to GMs now, Open to all June 3rd

We put out the call asking for GMs to run a table for our RPG Mini-Con on June 20th & 21st, and many of you have responded! In just a few short days, we’ll be opening sign-ups for players so they can choose which games they’d like to play in; however, for any GMs who have volunteered to run a game in at least 1 slot that weekend, we’ll be giving you early access to sign up to play in any games you’re able to! It’s our way of saying “thank you” for helping to make this Mini-Con the best it can be!

Head on over to https://warhorn.net/events/crazy-squirrel-rpg-mini-con-2015 to register and sign up as players for any games that catch your eye; remember not to sign up in a time slot that you’re GMing a game though! Open sign-ups are coming June 3rd, so now’s your chance to secure your spot.