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.

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!

Concering Digimon, Pokemon, and TCGs in general.

Over the past few months the trading card market has gone bonkers with unprecedented demand and very limited supply. Due to this, we often don’t know when or if we will be receiving a restock on popular products until our distributors are ready to ship them to us. In some cases it is literally a surprise when a distributor calls and says, “hey, we have _________ for you; do you want it?” Unfortunately, this means that we can’t take any orders on out of stock TCG products, nor will we add your name to a list because that list would be several pages long if we had one.

So, the best thing fo you to do is follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. When we receive restocks, we will make a post on each of these.

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.

Concerning Preorders

We have been receiving an unusually high number of requests to preorder upcoming products for Pokemon TCG, Flesh and Blood TCG, and other high demand product lines. Because of this, I (Nick) felt it a good idea to outline how we deal with preorders of upcoming products, as well as why, in some cases, we don’t take preorders at all.

As I’m writing this, I realize it comes down to basically one thing: Allocation, which is the guaranteed quantity we will receive. Specifically, allocation of product from the publisher or distributor. In some cases, allocation for certain products is guaranteed by a publisher (i.e. Wizards of the Coast; Games Workshop), but more often than not it’s the distibutors who decide on allocations to each of their accounts (stores who buy from them).
Taking preorders for Magic: the Gathering is usually pretty easy since Wizards of the Coast guarantees most new products an allocation to WPN (Wizards Play Network) stores; the same is true of Games Workshop. In other words, we typically know how much of a new product we will be guaranteed. There are, of course, exceptions to this. Unfortunately, many other publishers don’t guarantee an allocation to us, so it’s up to our distributors to determine how much we will receive. This is the case for Pokemon TCG and Flesh and Blood TCG (plus most other games).

So, for determining when or if we will take preorders comes to down our allocation. Specifically, there are two reasons we don’t take preorders on upcoming products:

  1. Our distributors haven’t told us what our allocation will be
  2. Our allocation is so small that we feel it is best to not take preorders and instead put it out for sale on release day for our customers to come in and purchase

TL;DR – What this means is that we won’t take your money until we can guarantee that you will receive your product.

January Prereleases

January this year brings us two prereleases –  Magic: the Gathering the weekend of the 17th and a Pokemon prerelease the weekend of the 25th.

M:tG is returning to Theros with Theros Beyond Death. Our first prerelease is the evening of Jan 17th with additional prereleases on the 18th and 19th.

Pokemon is bringing Sword and Shield to the US and our prerelease is Jan 25th at 12:30pm. This new set brings Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX and will shake up the game by removing Fairy type Pokémon and replacing them by Psychic type.

Call or drop in to reserve your spot!

Expansion Grand Opening!

Expansion News!

We are so excited to share with all of you in the celebration of our new expansion! The walls are painted, the carpet is in, tables are present and gaming is happening! Eventually we will have beer and cider available, as well as space for special events to be hosted.

Our Expansion Grand Opening!
Date: May 4 2019
Time: 11am-8ish

  • RidgeWalker Brewery; Free Beer Samples (Age 21+, ID required)
  • Dirty Weiner Hot Dog Stand: Star Wars Themed Specials
  • Nadarra Creations Booth
  • KeyForge: Tournament. Limit 12 Players; Unique R&B Theme Decks
  • Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering (Free Mini Decks Included)
  • Learn to Play: Dungeons and Dragons(Free Pregen Character Included)
  • MonsterPocalypse Demos
  • Board Game Demos

Plus our Massive Expansion SALE!!

Look at all the new space and displays!


Magic Player? War of the Spark is Coming Soon. Preorder Today!

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War of the Spark
PreRelease
April 27-28 2019

Pre-Register For Single Event: $26
Priced per single person

Pre-Register Team for Two Headed Giant: $52
Priced per single team

Find Your Spark $75
Pre-register for 3 events

Walk the Planes $169
Pre-register for 3 events
Preorder a War of the Spark Booster Box*
+$30 add on a WotS Bundle

Pre-Registration cut off: 10pm Friday April 26
Day of Entry Fees start at $29

Pre-Order a Booster Box for $99*

(Recieve your box on PreRelease Weekend or Release Weekend)

Pre-Release Event Times

Friday/Saturday – April 26th at Midnight
Saturday – April 27th at 10:30am
Saturday – April 27th at 5:30pm
Sunday – April 28th at 10:30am Two Headed Giant!!
Sunday – April 28th at 4:30pm


Gotta Catch the Pokemon PreRelease!

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Join us for a prerelease of Sun & Moon Unbroken Bonds! This set features over 201 cards including 7 Brand New Tag Team GX cards along with 7 other new GX cards. One of the most anticipated Team Up cards debuts in this set LUCARIO and MELMETAL.

Registration starts at 12:30, event will start at 1pm.
Limited to 20 players
$25 ENTRY FEE
3 prize packs per person upon event conclusion, with additional packs to top finishers, with random prize drawings throughout the event.
Each Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Unbroken Bonds! Build & Battle Box (pre-release pack) includes: • a 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including 1 of 4 alternate-art promo cards • 4 Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Unbroken Bonds booster packs • 1 deck-building tip sheet


Ravnica Allegiance, January Events and More

Winter is Here

The holidays might be over, but the gaming never ends! Here at Rune and Board we are gearing up for our upcoming Expansion, gaming with Friends and Trying new things. Grab those games you didn’t get for the holidays, check out expansions for games you did get or find a game to play in with us this winter!
Stay warm and dry and game on!


Join the Rune and Board Fan Club!

For the first time ever we are opening up shirt orders to our fans!

Shirts start at 14.56 and you can order
one below!

https://www.customink.com/g/hbg0-00bp-p7f6

Get ready for the new Magic: the Gathering set! Ravnica Allegiance is the new set, the second part of the latest Ravnica storyline. Prerelease is January 19th and 20th and like previous prereleases we have a couple of preregistration specials:

Pre-register for a single event: $26
Pre-register a team for Two-Headed Giant: $52
Guild Initiate – Pre-register for 3 events, choose your guild for each event: $75
Guildmaster of Ravnica – Pre-register for 3 events, choose your guild for each event and pre-order a Ravnica Allegiance booster box: $169

Pre-registration cut off is 10pm January 18th.

Pre-release schedule:
11:30pm January 18th/19th
10:30am January 19th
5:30pm January 19th
10:30am January 20th (2HG)
4:30pm January 20th

This month also brings a new Pokemon set: Pokemon Team Up! Our prerelease is January 26th at 1pm. $25 entry fee and all players get 3 prize packs!

Build and Paint returns January 27th at 2:00pm with Chadd, our resident Warmachine/Hordes and 40K painter. You might have seen some of his work in our display case – follow him on Instagram @Chaddlaubacher

Pokemon Lost Thunder, Final Fantasy Opus VII and More

The end of October will be a busy one at Rune & Board. October 20th we’ll be hosting a Pokémon Lost Thunder prerelease. Lost Thunder will be the largest Pokémon set yet, with over 200 cards, including new GX and Ultra Beasts. Many of the cards have never been printed in English, so it should be an exciting addition. Preregistration starts at 12:00, $25 entry fee with a guarantee of 3 prize packs per person plus additional prizes.

Our Final Fantasy Opus VII prerelease is October 27th, from 3pm to 6pm. Entry fee is $29. Opus VII will be adding cards from Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Brave Exvius and Final Fantasy Legends. We’re taking pre-registration now.

That same weekend (October 26th – 28th) is Kumoricon, Portland’s own Anime convention. Rune & Board is sponsoring the D&D Open, so keep an eye out for us around the D&D tables.

Looking towards November, Ravnica Weekend is November 11th. Part of a crossover event for Guilds of Ravnica and the new Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica, we’ll be running a special adventure to go with the launch of the new book as well as 4-pack drafts. If you’re interested in running the adventure in store, please let us know. We’re taking pre-orders now for the Guildmaster’s Guide at $44.95.