Friday, June 24, 2011

Wizards Ban announcement 6/20/11

Ok, so Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has finally added new cards to their ban list, the first time in Standard in a very long time.  What does this mean for the game, and what does it mean in general.....

Well it does make me wonder why? Why did they make this announcement with only a few months before rotation and both Jace and Stoneforge would leave Standard anyway? Why did they put Stoneforge in the Event Deck when they had to know what the format was doing before they created the decks? Why did they allow the format to stagnate for so long?

Wait a minute.... are you saying you have no idea what I'm talking about??? Well you need to read what WotC has to say about the new banned cards!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FREE RPG Day Saturday June 18, 2011 the 12:30 Time

So it is now 12:30 and we will be starting the next time slot for all the FREE RPG Day events.  This hour we have Dragon Age, Savage Worlds, Arcanis, and a pick up game of Dungeon Crawl Classic! From where I am standing, I can also see Dave setting up for a demo of Castle Ravenloft, the board game, Thunderstone the deck building game, and Ascension the deck building game.

So just to let people know, we have 6 players with a game master in Savage Worlds, 6 players with a game master in Dragon Age, 4 players and a game master in Arcanis, and 7 players with a DM in Dungeon Crawl Classics. So many games and so much more to come today.

We will also start our version of the D&D Live Action Event! Come in and play as a Wizard, Warlock, Fighter, Ranger, Cleric, or Monk.  Take on the Crazy Cultists and there master: either the Evil Wizard or Evil Samurai!

Don't forget, the more events you play in the better the bonus on your prize die roll. We have some great FREE prizes for FREE RPG Day, but to get the really, really, really good prizes, you need to participate in events.

We also have some great samples of some fantastic new tokens made by Dapper Devil!  If you have not seen these, you might want to take a look.  We have some here, but I know there are so many more out there.  Check them out at Dapper Devil. They also make some really cool Magic the Gathering Tokens, so come in and see a sample of them as well!

Sean "Striderlotr" Banks

FREE RPG Day Saturday June 18, 2011 Today

Welcome intrepid adventurers!

Here there be DRAGONS!

Abandon hope all ye who enter here!

Beware of dragons, for you are crunchy and go good with ketchup!

Beam me up Scotty.

No matter what catch phrase you like, we will be playing games all day today that might fit into one of these! Have you wanted to try out a different RPG, maybe play an old favorite.... then it is time to play!

Right now we have three games playing; Prime Directive: a Star Trek 3.5 adventure, D&D 4th Edition in the Shadowfell, and Aspect, a very different fantasy RPG.  We also have a full packed schedule of events all day, as well as pick-up games going on that are now in the schedule.

Many people came in costume already today. We have a Pathfinder Doll, a guy with faerie wings, a skeleton knight, Ash from Pokemon, a Star Fleet Captain, a Cthulhu detective, a gargoyle, a serving wench, and a noble squire.  We are hoping to see some more players in costume as the day goes on. 

Check out the schedule of events on our website or on our blog

We will have many pictures on the blog, facebook, and twitter as the day continues, but for the best experience you should stop in and play! We are hoping to have enough copies of each adventure as people play in them, but we also have a table set up with many more free books. We only ask that you take one of each so others can enjoy as well.

Sean "Striderlotr" Banks

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

FREE RPG Day Saturday June 18, 2011

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time: 10:00am until 9:00pm
Location: Dragon’s Den, Poughkeepsie Plaza

Free RPG day is coming up fast!  Sign up in-store today for some of the many events we will be running. Check out the time slots for each event. Space is limited in many events, so please only sign-up for events you are able to attend.  All events will start promptly as scheduled.  Space is limited and events are filling quickly.  We will hopefully be running some events that are not listed yet so they will not be filled with players who sign-up in advance.

Events We Are Running 
World of Darkness: 5:30 - 7:30
Savage World: 12:30 - 2:30
Prime Directive 3.5 version 10:00 - 12:00 and 3:00 - 5:00
Pathfinder: 3:00 - 5:00
Legend of the 5 Rings: 5:30 - 7:30
Dragon Age 12:30 - 2:30
D&D 4th Edition 10:00 - 12:00
Black Crusade 3:00 - 5:00
Aspect 10:00 - 12:00
Arcanis 12:30 - 2:30
All Flesh Must Be Eaten 5:30 - 7:30

What to Bring:  Dice, Pencil/Pen, and a desire to have fun!

Try our own version of a live action D&D 4th Edition Event! We will have pre-made characters, an over sized D20, and some monsters to slay.

Roll the PRIZE D20 when you are done and ready to head home:
One roll per person!
For each event you play in, receive a +1 bonus to the die roll!
Receive a +1 to the die roll for coming in costume!
Get better prizes just for playing some games!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Flames of War D-Day Event 2011

Every year for the past 4 years, we have run a massive Flames of War game in honor of the anniversary of D-Day (The actual date is June 6th, a Monday this year). This year makes our 5th Annual D-Day event.  Flames of War is a historic miniatures game based on World War II (with new lists for Vietnam now as well).  The game involves miniatures that are 1/100 or 15 millimeter.  This year we have several players here with a variety of armies, including 1 American (Steve), 1 British (Stan/Tom, as Stan had to stop out for a few Tom is jumping in), 1 Canadian (Sebastian), and 3 German (Bob, Melissa, and Ed).

The set up looks like 8 feet of beach front, with a sea wall separating the beach from the the mainland.  There is one town in the back of the map, about 4 feet from the beach front.  The current battle is involving all three Allies assaulting the beach to try and defeat the Germans.

So let the battle begin!

The initial bombardment by the Allies was brutal.  Melissa and Ed both lost a bunch of stands.  This lead to some missed rolls by the Allies for their landing on the beach. the German defense of the beach lead to several stands of Allies and an Allied tank being destroyed.

After 4 turns, the Allies have breach the sea wall and have now destroyed 2 of the 3 German bunkers, thanks to Tom and Sebastian. This is going to lead to many more Allies pouring onto the beach, especially if Steve can take out the bunker of his flank.

German Turn 11, the Allies are on the edge of making it into town.  If the Allies make it into town by turn 12 and the German army cannot push them out, it is a Major Victory for the Allies.  They have already accomplished a Minor Victory by making it this far, and I think it is the farthest the Allies have ever made it in the past 5 years of running this event. The Canadian forces have crossed the river and the hedgerow with tanks and infantry.  The American and British forces have pushed up the flanks in support.

At the end of Round 12, it was a Major Allied Victory! The first in the store in 5 years, making it all the sweeter for the American, British, and Canadian forces.  Come in and play Flames of War on Thursday night with some of the guys who played today.