March Update: Face-Masks, Events, etc.

TL;DR: Face-masks are still required for entry. Consumption of food & drink must be done outside. Proof vaccination no longer required for events.

With the state mandate on face-masks lifting this week, we have discussed what is the best course of action for us in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone. At this time, we have decided to continue to require customers, event participants, and staff to continue wearing appropriate* face-masks for the time being. There are no exceptions for this, and we will continue with the 3-warning rules (if we have to ask you to wear your face-mask correctly 3 times, you will be asked to leave).

We will continue to accomodate those who cannot wear a face-mask by providing curbside pickup, local delivery, or shipping orders

Concerning consumption of food & drinks, we will continue to ask you to step outside while doing so.

Also, beginning today, we will no longer require proof of vaccination for event participation. We do, however, ask that everyone sanitize or thoroughly wash their hands between games or during breaks.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments as we see fit in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

As for events, we are looking forward to reintroducing events, but will do so slowly to ensure we can do so with safety in mind. For now, this means only scheduled events; no open tables or table reservations.

Lastly, we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for your support over the last 2 years. It has been humbling, to say the least. While the outlook continue to look brighter, we are still not out of the woods. By working together we can continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.

*a proper face-mask is one that goes over the mouth and under the chin; we will continue to provide appropriate face-masks for those without one.

January Update – Changes to In-store play

TL:DR – For the health and safety of our customers and staff, we have decided to continue requiring proper face-masks while in store shopping. In addition, if you are participating in events we are now requiring proof of full vaccination in addition to the mandatory face-masks. This applies to persons five years of age and older. This is going into full effect starting January 11th, 2022. 

After discussing and factoring in the high volume of new positive cases and the multiple variants, we have decided that the safest course of action is to require appropriate* face-masks for anyone entering, and proof of full vaccination for anyone aged 5 and older to participate in events. Our reasoning for these additional precautions is to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone, including those who are immunocompromised and/or have other underlying health conditions

For those who prefer not to wear a proper face-mask, or are unable to get the vaccination, we will continue to offer friendly curbside pickup and local delivery (within a 10 mile radius) through our online store or over the phone. However, the rule requiring proof of vaccination to take place during events is unwavering for the safety of our community.

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.

*Appropriate face-masks must cover the nose and extend under the chin. The following will no longer be accepted: bandanas, gaiters, face-shields, or t-shirts pulled over the nose.

We’re turning 5!

Can you believe it’s been almost 5 years since we opened? If it weren’t for the calendar reminding me, I’m not sure I would believe it.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know many of you.

As a huge THANK YOU, starting today we will have 12 days of deals, each of which will run through December 24th. Follow our Instagram and Facebook for details!

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.

May Update – Online Specials, Delivery

Good news: We’re still here! But have we been up to? Besides adding items to our online store, we’ve also been rearranging things in the store and adding some new product lines (more on this in a few days).

Now that our online store is loaded up with product, we’ve been putting together some special deals. This week we have ALL RPG books at 20% off. And through the end of May ALL miniatures games are 10-25% off. These discounts should automatically apply during the purchase process.

Along with expanding our online inventory, we’ve also added a new shipping feature: Delivery to Your Door by me (Nick) within a 10 mile radius. Cost for this is $5, or free if you purchase $75 or more. Once we receive your order we’ll call to setup a delivery time. In most cases it will be same day.

As always, we hope that everyone out there is doing well in these tough times. We certainly look forward to seeing everyone again once it’s safe to gather. But until we can do so again, use this time to build a new army, create a RPG campaign, make a new Magic deck, or learn a new board game. We’re all in this together, even if we’re apart.