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.

2014 RPG MiniCon: GMs, List your games!

The 2014 Roleplaying Games Minicon is Saturday, June 21st and 22nd, 2014. We’ve had great events the last two years, and we’re looking forward to even more fun this year. We’ve got more space for game tables and sound walls–let GMs be heard across their table, not across the room!

This month we need GMs to step up and tell us what games they’d like to run. Fill out the form below and we’ll put your game on the signup site. Come June, we’ll let the hordes of players loose to sign up for your games–and let you sign up for some fun play too.

We’re spring boarding off of Free RPG Day; GMs will get first pick of the freebies on Saturday, but everyone will get cool stuff to take home.

(If your game runs particularly long, go ahead and submit for two consecutive slots as [Game] Part 1 and [Game] Part 2. Be sure to list whether players must participate in both slots in the adventure description, or if you’ll work fresh players in at the beginning of Part 2.)

We’ve had a great number of GMs step up– Thanks! For now, we encourage everyone to sign up for games they’d love to play at the minicon. If you’re eager to run, please consider prepping your game idea for the next Roleplaying Meetup on July 12th.

MTG Buy List

M13

Ajani, caller of the pride
Akroma’s Memorial
Cathedral of War
Chandra, the Firebrand
Disciple of Bolas
Elderscale Wurm
Firewing Phoenix
Fog Bank
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Guilded Lotus
Glacial Fortress
Hellion Crucible
Krenko, Mob boss
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Magmaquake
Mutilate
Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Omniscience
Primordial Hydra
Rootbound Crag
Serra Avenger
Slumbering Dragon
Staff of nin
Stuffy Doll
Sublime Archangel
Sunpetal Grove
Tarland, Sky Summoner
Trading Post
Vampire nighthawk
Vampire nocturnus
Worldfire
Yeva, Nature’s Herald
Sands of delerium

M12

Day of judgement
Celestial Purge
Dungrove elder
Grim Lavamancer

AVR

Restoration angel
Vexing Devil
Wolfir avenger
Latch Seeker
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Terminus
Divine reflection
Angel of Jubilation

Dark Ascension
Vorapede
Dungeon Geist
Predator OOze
Wolfbitten Captive
Mondroln Shaman
Tragic Slip

Innistrad
Garruk Relentless
Geist of St. traft
isolated chapel
Kessig wolf run
olivia voldaren
Snapcaster Mage
Mayor of Avabruck
runchanter’s pike
Champion of the Parish
Doomed Traveler
Instigator Gang

OLDER

Springleaf drum
Cranial plating
Ghostlord of Fuguer
Rhys the Redeemed
Traumatize
Everlasting torment (x3)
Lightning helix
Serum visions
sleight of hand
Lava spike
Rift bolt
Zendikar fetchlands
Grim Lavamacer (Torment Edition)
Sulfur elemental
Spectral Procession
Lightning Bolt
Spell Pierce
Blightning
Boggart Ram-Gang
Burst lightning
Guttural Response
Expidetion Map
Isochron scepter
Vendilion Clique
Cryptic command
Kiki Jikki, the Mirror Breaker
Howling Mine
Blue Sun’s Zenith
Glimpe the unthinkable
Rings of Brighthearth
Doubling Season
Shard Volley
Shattering Spree
Ensaring Bridge

EVEN OLDER
Brainstorm
Fire/ice
Nimble Mongoose
Daze
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Jace, The mind Sculptor
Karakas
Gaea’s Cradle
Original Dual Lands (Revised)
Grim monolith
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault

Minicon 2 is complete!

The second minicon finished last night. Thank you to all the GMs who stepped up and provided games, and players who took time out of a busy Father’s Day weekend to join us.

From an organizer’s stand point, everyone seemed to step up and run without needing much direction. The games ran without many immediate complaints–hopefully everyone had a good time.

We didn’t shoot many pictures–the camera battery died after only a few snaps. If you have pictures you’re willing to share, please send us links to your shots online or email us pictures. Thanks!

Feedback and Planning

If you have comments about the mini-con just past, or ideas for improving future minicons, please send comments to events@crazysquirrelgamestore.com.

Below are my observations–I’d love to hear yours, whether they agree, contradict, or address entirely different things.
– Father’s Day weekend prevented many people from being able to participate, particularly on Sunday. That’s obviously less than ideal.
– The split-slots seemed to make scheduling trickier, increasing the number of game conflicts, without adding a lot of value. Below, please find a proposed schedule for next time. Knock it around–how would you improve it?
– The Sunday PFS slots didn’t align with the non-Pathfinder slots. It would have been nice to allow people to hop from one to the other, but I didn’t prepare far enough out to coordinate correctly.
– Registration was split between mini-con signups (via the form on this site) and Warhorn (for the Sunday PFS games.). It seemed to work out okay, but I’d understand if that proved confusing. After all, the Saturday PFS games were included in the minicon selector.
– I didn’t post a link to the players-in-games list during signups, mostly to prevent a “winner’s curse”. (In a winner’s curse, the games that start to fill up are rushed because “they’re obviously the best”, or because you can always switch to less in demand games later.) Do you want to see lists of players and games during signups? If so, at what point in the process do you want to see the list?
– Related: GMs, at what point in the process do you want to know what players are are signed up for your slot? Do you want a player list on game day? Do you want the email addresses of players to develop backgrounds, etc., before the con?
– I filled games in the order submitted, allowing people to pick all of their slots at once. Would it be “more fair” to require priorities (so everyone gets their first choice, in order, before we fill second choices)? That would be more complicated, and might introduce more errors, but if there’s a strong demand, we could try it.

Five Slot Minicon Schedule

Saturday Sunday
11-3 pm 11-3:30 pm
3:30-5:30 pm 3:30-7:30 pm
6-10 pm

Note that I sandwiched the 2 hour slot between the 4 hour slots on Saturday, so that 6 hour games can be created by merging slots to form 11am-:5:30pm or 3:30-10 pm sessions.

Thanks for helping create a great con! I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Scott

Buy List 2/21

We’ve had a lot of changes over the last week; for some sets what we’re looking for has doubled in length. Without further ado…

 

Dark Ascension

Beguiler of Wills
Chalice of Life
Curse of Bloodletting
Curse of Echoes
Deranged Outcast
Drogskol Reaver
Elbrus, the Binding Blade
Faith’s Shield
Flayer of the Hatebound
Geralf’s Messenger
Hellrider
Helvault
Huntmaster of the Fells
Increasing Ambition
Lingering Souls
Markov Blademaster
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Mondronen Shaman
Mystic Retrieval
Strangleroot Geist
Tracker’s Instincts
Tragic Slip
Wolfbitten Captive

Innistrad

Blasphemous Act,
Bloodline Keeper,
Champion of the Parish,
Clifftop Retreat,
Daybreak Ranger,
Elite Inquisitor,
Fiend Hunter,
Geist of Saint Traft,
Grimgrin, Corpse-Born,
Hinterland Harbor,
Isolated Chapel
,
Kessig Wolf Run,
Kruin Outlaw,
Moan of the Unhallowed,
Midnight Haunting,
Moonmist
,
Olivia Voldaren
Skirsdag High Priest,
Snapcaster Mage
Stromkirk Noble
Traveler’s Amulet,
Traitorous Blood
Undead Alchemist
Woodland Cemetery

M12

Birds of Paradise,
Call to the Grave,
Chandra, the Firebrand
,
Chandra’s Phoenix
Circle of Flame
Day of Judgment
,
Dragonskull Summit
,
Glacial Fortress
,
Grave Titan,
Honor of the Pure
,
Jace, Memory Adept,
Lord of the Unreal
Phantasmal Image,
Primeval Titan,
Oblivion Ring,
Quicksilver Amulet
Rites of Flourishing,
Rune-Scarred Demon,
Solemn Simulacrum
,
Sorin Markov
,
Sun Titan,
Timely Reinforcements

New Phyrexia

Batterskull,
Blighted Agent,
Chancellor of the Annex,
Corrosive Gale
,
Dispatch
,
Gut Shot,
Glistener Elf,
Mental Misstep
,
Noxious Revival
,
Phyrexian Metamorph,
Phyrexian Obliterator
,
Porcelain Legionnaire,
Puresteel Paladin
Surgical Extraction,
Torpor Orb,
Vault Skirge,
Whipflare

Mirrodin Besieged

Accorder Paladin,
Black Sun’s Zenith,
Blightsteel Colossus
,
Glissa, the Traitor
,
Go for the Throat
Green Sun’s Zenith
Hero of Bladehold
,
Mirran Crusader
,
Mortarpod
Red Sun’s Zenith,
Signal Pest
Sword of Feast and Famine

Scars of Mirrodin

Asceticism,
Blackcleave Cliffs
,
Copperline Gorge
,
Darkslick Shores
,
Etched Champion
,
Ezuri, Renegade Leader,
Galvanic Blast
,
Geth, Lord of the Vault
,
Glint Hawk
,
Mimic Vat
,
Mox Opal,
Platinum Emperion,
Prototype Portal
Ratchet Bomb
,
Seachrome Coast
,
Spikeshot Elder,
Sword of Body and Mind
,
Tempered Steel
,
Whitesun’s Passage
Wurmcoil Engine

Older

Boon Reflection x4
Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile x2
Cenn’s Taction x2
Chancellor of the Annex
Darksteel Colossus
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Elvish Promenade
Emeria, the Sky Ruin x3
Endless Barriers x3
Energy Chamber x4
Ghastlord of  the Fugue x3
Gravepact x3
Isochron Scepter x2
Karplusian Minotaur x1
Kinsbaile Borderguard x2
Lich Lord of Unx x2
Llanowar Empath x2
Lyr Alana Huntmaster
Mistmeadow Skulk x4
Necromancer’s Covenant
Pestermite
Preeminent Captain x3
Rampaging Baloth x1
Remand
Reya Dawnbringer x4
Sceptor of Empires x3
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Ice and Fire
Thraximundar x2
Unscythe, Killer of Kings x2
Wellwisher x4
Windbrisk Heights x3
Wizened Cenn x3
Wren’s Run Packmaster x4

 

Magic Buy List 2/11

After a delay, the buy list is back, and it now includes Dark Ascension! Here’s what we’re looking for.

Dark Ascension

Archangel’s Light, Beguiler of Wills, Briarpack Alpha, Chosen of Markov, Curse of Bloodletting, Curse of Echoes, Deadly Allure, Deranged Outcast, Diregraf Captain, Drogskol Captain, Drogskol Reaver, Dungeon Geists, Elbrus, the Binding Blade, Evolving Wilds, Faithless Looting, Flayer of the Hatebound, Geralf’s Messenger, Grafdigger’s Cage, Gravecrawler, Harrowing Journey, Hellrider, Helvault, Huntmaster of the Fells, Immerwolf, Lingering Souls, Markov Blademaster, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Mondronen Shaman, Mystic Retrieval, Niblis of the Urn, Pyreheart Wolf, Spiteful Shadows, Stormbound Geist, Strangleroot Geist, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Tracker’s Instincts, Tragic Slip, Vorapede, Wolfbitten Captive, Zombie Apocalypse

Innistrad

Blasphemous Act, Bloodline Keeper, Brimstone Volley, Clifftop Retreat, , Fiend Hunter, Hinterland Harbor, Isolated Chapel, Kessig Wolf Run, Moonmist, Traveler’s Amulet, Woodland Cemetery

M12

Birds of Paradise, Call to the Grave, Chandra, the Firebrand, Day of Judgment, Dragonskull Summit, Glacial Fortress, Goblin Chieftain, Goblin Fireslinger, Grave Titan, Honor of the Pure, Jace, Memory Adept, Phantasmal Image, Primeval Titan, Oblivion Ring, Rites of Flourishing, Rune-Scarred Demon, Serra Angel, Solemn Simulacrum, Sorin Markov, Sun Titan, Timely Reinforcements

New Phyrexia

Batterskull, Birthing Pod, Chancellor of the Annex, Dispatch, Gut Shot, Mental Misstep, Mycosynth Wellspring, Norn’s Annex, Noxious Revival, Phyrexia’s Core, Phyrexian Metamorph, Phyrexian Obliterator, Praetor’s Grasp, Shrine of Loyal Legions, Surgical Extraction, Torpor Orb

Mirrodin Besieged

Black Sun’s Zenith, Blightsteel Colossus, Glissa, the Traitor, Hero of Bladehold, Mirran Crusader, Sword of Feast and Famine

Scars of Mirrodin

Argentum Armor, Asceticism, Blackcleave Cliffs, Copperline Gorge, Darkslick Shores, Etched Champion, Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Galvanic Blast, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Glint Hawk, Mimic Vat, Mox Opal, Nihil Spellbomb, Platinum Emperion, Ratchet Bomb, Seachrome Coast, Sword of Body and Mind, Tempered Steel, Wurmcoil Engine

Older

Boon Reflection x4
Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile x2
Cenn’s Taction x2
Chancellor of the Annex
Darksteel Colossus
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Elvish Promenade
Emeria, the Sky Ruin x3
Endless Barriers x3
Energy Chamber x4
Gravepact x3
Karplusian Minotaur x1
Kinsbaile Borderguard x2
Lich Lord of Unx x2
Llanowar Empath x2
Lyr Alana Huntmaster
Mistmeadow Skulk x4
Necromancer’s Covenant
Pestermite
Preeminent Captain x3
Remand x4
Reya Dawnbringer x4
Sceptor of Empires x3
Sword of Body and Mind
Sword of Ice and Fire
Thadda Adel (foil)
Thraximundar x2
Unscythe, Killer of Kings x2
Windbrisk Heights x3
Wizened Cenn x3
Wren’s Run Packmaster x4

Magic Buy List: 1/12

Here’s what we’re looking for!

Innistrad

Angelic Overseer
Blasphemous Act
Bloodline Keeper
Champion of the Parish
Geist-Honored Monk
Heartless Summoning
Instigator Gang
Isolated Chapel
Kessig Cagebreakers
Kessig Wolf Run
Mayor of Avabruck
Moorland Haunt
Splinterfright
Sulfur Falls
Woodland Cemetery

M12

Birds of Paradise
Call to the Grave
Chandra’s Phoenix
Chandra, the Firebrand
Combust
Day of Judgment
Dragonskull Summit
Frost Titan
Glacial Fortress
Grand Abolisher
Grim Lavamancer
Honor of the Pure
Inferno Titan
Jace, Memory Adept
Phantasmal Image
Primeval Titan
Quicksilver Amulet
Solemn Simulacrum
Sorin Markov
Stormblood Berserker
Sun Titan
Timely Reinforcements

New Phyrexia

Batterskull
Dismember
Geosurge
Gut Shot
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Norn’s Annex
Phyrexia’s Core
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Swarmlord
Phyrexian Obliterator
Praetor’s Grasp
Shrine of Burning Rage
Shrine of Loyal Legions
Spellskite
Surgical Extraction
Sword of War and Peace
Tezzeret’s Gambit
Whispering Specter
Whipflare

Mirrodin Besieged

Black Sun’s Zenith
Consecrated Sphinx
Creeping Corrosion
Darksteel Plate
Go for the Throat
Goblin Wardriver
Hero of Bladehold
Mirran Crusader
Phyrexian Crusader
Slagstorm
Sword of Feast and Famine
White Sun’s Zenith

Scars of Mirrodin

Arc Trail
Argentum Armor
Asceticism
Blackcleave Cliffs
Contagion Engine
Copperline Gorge
Darkslick Shores
Elspeth Tirel
Galvanic Blast
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Glint Hawk
Grand Architect
Liquimetal Coating
Myr Galvanizer
Nihil Spellbomb
Palladium Myr
Platinum Emperion
Ratchet Bomb
Skinrender
Steel Hellkite
Stoic Rebuttal
Sword of Body and Mind
Tempered Steel
Trinket Mage
Wurmcoil Engine

For Others

Milan Bui– Lyr Alana Huntmaster, Elvish Promenade

William Bolin– Elspeth, Knight Errant

Justin Coulter–Unscythe, Killer of Kings x2; Necromancer’s Covenant x1, Lich Lord of Unx x2, Thraximundar x2, Lim-Dul the Necromancer x2, Gravepact x3

Richard Blowe–Sword of Body and Mind, Sword of Fire and Ice

Jocelyn Bison–Thadda Adel

Glenn Kinney–Wren’s Run Packmaster x4, Bloodbraid Elf x2, Llanowar Empath x2

Magic Buy List: First 2012 update

We had a lot of turn over in the list; holiday shoppers swept up lots of cards, while people got boxes under their tree and helped us cross lots of cards off our old list. So changes, there are many.

Innistrad

Angelic Overseer
Bloodline Keeper
Endless Ranks of the Dead
Geist-Honored Monk
Instigator Gang
Kessig Wolf Run
Mayor of Avabruck
Moorland Haunt
Rooftop Storm
Sulfur Falls

M12

Birds of Paradise
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Call to the Grave
Chandra’s Phoenix
Chandra, the Firebrand
Consume Spirit
Day of Judgment
Dragonskull Summit
Fog
Frost Titan
Gideon’s Avenger
Glacial Fortress
Grand Abolisher
Grim Lavamancer
Honor of the Pure
Inferno Titan
Jace, Memory Adept
Phantasmal Image
Primeval Titan
Primordial Hydra
Rampant Growth
Skinshifter
Smallpox
Solemn Simulacrum
Sorin Markov
Sorin’s Vengeance
Stormblood Berserker
Sun Titan
Timely Reinforcements

New Phyrexia

Act of Aggression
Batterskull
Despise
Dismember
Dispatch
Geosurge
Gut Shot
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Phyrexia’s Core
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Obliterator
Praetor’s Grasp
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Shrine of Loyal Legions
Surgical Extraction
Suture Priest
Sword of War and Peace
Tezzeret’s Gambit
Whispering Specter
Whipflare

Mirrodin Besieged

Black Sun’s Zenith
Creeping Corrosion
Darksteel Plate
Go for the Throat
Hero of Bladehold
Master’s Call
Mirran Crusader
Mirrorworks
Slagstorm
Sword of Feast and Famine
Viridian Emissary
White Sun’s Zenith

Scars of Mirrodin

Arc Trail
Asceticism
Blackcleave Cliffs
Contagion Engine
Copperline Gorge
Darkslick Shores
Elspeth Tirel
Galvanic Blast
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Grand Architect
Liquimetal Coating
Lux Cannon
Memnite
Myr Galvanizer
Nihil Spellbomb
Palladium Myr
Platinum Emperion
Ratchet Bomb
Steel Hellkite
Stoic Rebuttal
Sword of Body and Mind
Tempered Steel
Trinket Mage
Wurmcoil Engine

For Others

Milan Bui– Demonic Tutor, Bramblewood Paragon, Joraga Warcaller, Wren’s Run Vanquisher, Imperious Perfect, Lyr Alana Huntmaster, Elvish Promenade

William Bolin–Elspeth, Knight Errant

Justin Coulter–Unscythe, Killer of Kings x2; Necromancer’s Covenant x1, Lich Lord of Unx x2, Thraximundar x2, Lim-Dul the Necromancer x2, Gravepact x3,

Your Christmas Buy List Update

Innistrad

Angelic Overseer
Bloodline Keeper
Devil’s Play
Dissipate
Dream Twist
Elite Inquisitor
Endless Ranks of the Dead
Essence of the Wild
Forbidden Alchemy
Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
Heartless Summoning
Kessig Wolf Run
Laboratory Maniac
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Smite the Monstrous
Sulfur Falls

M12

Acidic Slime
Birds of Paradise

Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Buried Ruin
Cemetery Reaper
Chandra’s Phoenix
Chandra, the Firebrand
Consume Spirit
Day of Judgment
Gideon’s Avenger
Gideon’s Lawkeeper
Glacial Fortress
Goblin Arsonist
Goblin Grenade
Grand Abolisher
Grim Lavamancer
Honor of the Pure
Phantasmal Image
Primeval Titan
Primordial Hydra
Rampant Growth
Roc Egg
Skinshifter
Smallpox
Sorin Markov
Sorin’s Vengeance
Stormblood Berserker
Sun Titan
Sunpetal Grove
Timely Reinforcements

New Phyrexia

Act of Aggression
Batterskull
Dismember
Dispatch
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Geosurge
Gut Shot
Lashwrithe
Phyrexia’s Core
Praetor’s Grasp
Priest of Urabrask
Spellskite
Surgical Extraction
Shrine of Loyal Legions
Suture Priest
Sword of War and Peace
Tezzeret’s Gambit
Whispering Specter
Vault Skirge

Mirrodin Besieged

Accorder Paladin
Black Sun’s Zenith
Creeping Corrosion
Darksteel Plate
Go for the Throat
Hero of Bladehold
Massacre Wurm
Master’s Call
Mirran Crusader
Mirrorworks
Slagstorm
Sword of Feast and Famine

Scars of Mirrodin

Abuna Acolyte
Accorder’s Shield
Arc Trail

Asceticism
Blackcleave Cliffs
Copperline Gorge
Darkslick Shores
Disperse
Elspeth Tirel
Galvanic Blast
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Grand Architect
Leonin Arbiter
Liquimetal Coating
Memnite
Nihil Spellbomb
Platinum Emperion
Ratchet Bomb
Razorverge Thicket
Seachrome Coast
Steel Hellkite
Sword of Body and Mind
Tempered Steel
Trigon of Rage
Trinket Mage
Wurmcoil Engine

Older

[Rise of Eldrazi] Student of Warfare
[Worldwake] Basilisk Collar
[Alara Reborn only] Uril, the Miststalker
[Conflux] Master Transmuter
[Shadowmoor] Woodfall Primus
[M10 only] Bogardan Hellkite