Christmas in September?

TL;DR: Start your holiday shopping as soon as you can

Throughout the pandemic we have experienced shortages of products in every category we sell, as well as buyouts of the most popular items (Pokemon, Magic, etc). And we are beginning to see shortages once again that could stretch well into next year. Because of this, we are doing as much as we can to maintain good stock on as many items as we can for the holidays. As I (Nick) type this, we have several open orders with our distributors. Some of these orders will ship this week, but others may not ship until October or November.

We love being your friendly local game store, and we want to be able to offer as much of what you’re looking for as we can. For this reason, we encourage you to begin your holiday shopping as soon as you can so that you can get those much-wanted gifts for everyone on your list. And if there is a particular item you’re looking for that we don’t have on hand, let us check its availability for you. We’re always happy to special order for you.

Thank you for all the support you’ve given us through all of this.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

With COVID-19 and variant cases rising in Washington County, and today’s updates to CDC Guidelines, we will now be requiring facemasks while in the store. This includes anyone shopping or participating in events, as well as our staff.

Our reason for this change is so that we can continue to maintain and provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone, especially those who are immunicompromised, have underlying health conditions, or are unable to get the vaccine due to preexisting medical conditions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In Store Events – THEY’RE BACK!

First off, THANK YOU all for your patience as we get our play space back to functional again. After several maintenance issues over the past few months, followed by remodeling (there’s a brand new pass through that unifies the 2 play areas!) we’re ready to start Phase 1 of In Store Events.

To make sure we can make every event a safe one, we will be reopening our play space in phases:

  • Phase 1: Scheduled Events Only – Maximum of 24 players, unless otherwise noted
  • Phase 2: Table Reservations outside of Scheduled Events – Maximum of 4 players per table
  • Phase 3: Open Tables outside of Scheduled Events and Reserved Tables for walk-in players

There is no definitive time table for when we will be moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to Phase 3. During Phases 1 & 2, we will be evaluating what is working and make changes as we see fit in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Our first event will be this Friday, July 30th: Friday Night Magic – Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Sealed (6 packs). Additional events will be added to the schedule, so be sure to check back often.

All Scheduled Events will be first come, first served until further notice.

Summer Update: Face-masks, etc.

TL:DR – For the health and safety of our customers and staff, we have decided to continue requiring face-masks to be worn unless you are able to show proof of full vaccination.

With Governor Brown’s recent annoucement about face-masks, we began discussing how best to handle this within our store. Our decision is as follows:

After much consideration, we feel it is best to continue requiring the wearing of face-masks while in the store for shopping or events*. If, however, you are able and willing to show proof of full vaccination, we will allow you to enter and participate without a face-mask. Our reasoning for this is that many of our customers, as well as some of our staff members, are immunocompromised. In order for us to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone, we feel it is necessary to take extra precautions.

For those who prefer to not to wear a face-mask, or are unable to get the vaccination, we continue to offer friendly curbside pickup and local delivery (within a 10 mile radius) through our online store or over the phone.

Please remember, we’re not out of the woods just yet, but by working together and looking out for each other, we’re getting closer.

*yes, you read that right, events will be returning soon!

March Update

Hey look, it’s still March! Or is it March again?

With vaccines rolling out and restrictions slowly lifting, we have been getting more questions about when we’re going to allow in-store play. We have chosen to be very cautious since most games do not allow for social distancing. Unlike a restaurant where you can typically maintain appropriate distance from other parties, it’s difficult to do so in most games, especially games like Magic the Gathering or Pokemon.

When we do begin allowing in-store play again, it will be restricted to private parties of up to 6 people. We are still a few weeks away from this, however, due to some ongoing maintenance on our building. Once we are ready, we will post on social media.

June 1st Update – In Store Play

Many of you have been asking about when we’ll start hosting events now that Phase 1 of reopening has begun. We know you’re excited to get back in for regular games and we are excited to have you come in for games. But, in an effort to maintain a safe, healthy environment, we will be taking it slow. Beginning Wednesday, June 3rd, we will be allowing private groups of 2-6 to reserve tables. To reserve a table, you can either call: 503-521-7610, or email: runeandboard@gmail.com. A $5 per player minimum purchase will be required.

To maintain a safe, healthy environment for everyone, the following rules must be obeyed:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before your game(s) begin. There are guides posted in each restroom that show proper hand washing techniques.
  2. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently while gaming. If you can’t remember how long it has been since you last did so, it’s time to do it again.
  3. No outside food or drink whatsoever. In the past we have made exceptions, but now the only exception is a resealable water bottle for personal use.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing between gaming groups at all times. We will be arranging tables to allow for this.
  5. Face masks must be worn. If you don’t have a face mask, we can provide you with a disposable one.
  6. Clean up after yourself. Dispose of any trash or bottles and cans during and after your gaming session. We will sanitize the tables and chairs between groups.
  7. If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms, DO NOT COME IN.

In addition to these rules, it is also imperative that each person be fully aware of their surroundings and how close they are to others. If you are within 6 feet of someone who is not part of your private group, you will need to move. Because of traffic flow, this will require coordination and cooperation between groups.

If all goes well, we will consider expanding our temporary hours to allow for more reservations.

Please remember, we’re in this together, and only together can we maintain a safe, healthy environment for everyone.

April Update 2: More Profit Sharing

Following up on last week’s update, we pleased to announce that more publishers and manufacturers have joined in on the profit sharing. So, in addition to those listed in the previous April Update, the following have also joined in:

Dex Protection: https://dexprotection.com/?ref=19

Dragon Shield This program starts in May

Game Brewer Coupon Code: email us for a code: runeandboard@gmail.com

Magpie Games Add our name and email address when you checkout: Rune & Board runeandboard@gmail.com

Steam Forged Games: https://store.steamforged.com/?ref=eidFaIFhLW-C

 

In most cases you just need to include our name. For Dex Protection and Steam Forged, use the link provided.

These are tough times we’re living in right now. As much as we’d love to restart events and see everyone soon, it’s important that we don’t try to rush things and make them worse. Please continue to be patient and cautious over the next few weeks. Stay safe, stay healthy.

 

 

April Update & Publisher Profit Sharing

Good news: We’re still open for business, although in a limited fashion. Customers are strongly encouraged to order over the phone or from our e-commerce page and select In-Store/Curbside Pickup. We have been uploading more of our inventory everyday, but still have a long way to go, so check back often.

More good news: Many of the game publishers have set up profit sharing programs to help out local game stores. In most cases all you need to do is include our name when ordering directly from them and we’ll get a cut of the profits. This is a Win-Win-Win for customers, game stores, and publishers, especially since many games have been difficult to get since several of our distributors are either closed or utilising a skeleton crew in their warehouses.  Here’s a list of the publishers who are helping us all out:

Arcane Wonders

Drawlab Entertainment

Fireside Games

Fog of Love

Forbidden Games

Gate Keeper Games

Grand Gamers Guild

Greenbrier Games

Hub Games

IELLO USA

Japanime Games

Level 99 Games

Metallic Dice Games

Modiphius Entertainment

Pelgrane Press – email order info:  support@pelgranepress.com

Portal Games – enter this code: RUNEANDBOARD (you can also follow this link: https://portalgamesus.com/discount/RUNEANDBOARD )

R&R Games – use this code: stayNplayAtHome; email your order number and our name to:  sales@rnrgames.com

Sirius Dice

Smirk & Dagger

Van Ryder Games

White Wizard Games

In most cases you just need to mention our name, and possibly our contact info:

Rune & Board

Address: 238 SE Washington St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone: 503-521-7610

Email: runeandboard@gmail.com

Now for bad news: It’s a tough time right now for everybody. Many businesses are closed; many people are out of work. But, we can all work together to make things better, so let’s do our best to be supportive of one another. And once we’re past all this, LET’S GAME!

 

International Tabletop Day June 1st 2019

International TableTop Day (2)

June 1st 2019!

International Table Top Day

 

Here at Rune and Board we are excited to celebrate International Tabletop Day with all of our gaming fans, friends and family! This holiday is created by Geek and Sundry and celebrated across the world at various game shops, conventions and homes.

 

ITTD Sale: Board Games 10-20% Off!!*

Game demos!

We will be hosting space for people to demo games, as well as running official demos all day at the shop. Drop by and try a game!

 

When you Demo the following Select Games You will get a 25% discount on that game*! Tiny Towns, Action Cats, Arboretum, Gods-forge, Trekking the National Parks,and More TBD.

BeFunky-collage

 

Official Demos will be held at: Noon, 2pm, and 4pm

 

Gaming After Dark
Adult’s Only Gaming 7-10pm

Select Night Gaming Demos get 25%* off when you grab a copy: Monikers, Joking Hazard, The Metagame, You Think You Know Me.

 

*Sale is Only for June 1st 2019, Limited to stock on hand.