Updates

Building Maintenance

As many of you know, we’ve had a few building issues recently that are getting fixed. We also have some our own maintenance to take care of before we can safely host any in-store play. For these reasons, we will be closed on Monday, June 21st and Tuesday, June 22nd.

Once we are done, we will begin planning for reopening our play space for private groups and small events.

Response to CDC’s Facemask Guidance

Today the CDC announced new guidance for facemasks. Specifically, their guidance now states that if you have been fully vaccinated (which includes the 2-week period following your 2nd dose), you no longer need to wear a facemask.

While we certainly look forward to the day when we no longer need to wear a facemask, we will continue to require them for anyone coming into our store. If you’re wondering why, there are a couple of key reasons:

  1. Washington County was recently downgraded to HIGH RISK
  2. Many of our customers, as well as some of our staff, are immunocompromised which puts them at higher risk

If you would prefer to not wear a facemask, we do offer curbside pickup through our online store, as well as delivery within a 10 mile radius of our address.

Thank you for your understanding and support!

Status of in-store play

With the recent update from Wizards Play Network to begin allowing in-store organized play on May 28th, we have had several inquiries as to when we will begin to allow in-store play. The short answer is eventually. The longer answer is once we feel it is safe for everyone to gather in an enclosed space for extended periods of time. Considering that Washington County was recently downgraded to High Risk, we do not feel it is safe to allow in-store play at this time.

When Washington county is upgraded to Moderate Risk or Low Risk, we will reconsider our stance on allowing in-store play. Please realize, we want to provide an atmosphere and space that is clean and safe for everyone.

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.

Digimon Update

Digimon has been in high demand since it was first announced a few months ago. Many of you have been asking when we’d start taking preorders for the official release. But, as outlined in my (Nick) previous post, we don’t take preorders for a product until we know how much we will be getting.

So, on to the news about Digimon:

The good news is I was sent our allocation this morning. The bad news is it’s nowhere near what I had requested. For release day, we will have Zero starter decks and only a few booster boxes (my distributor rep is currently trying to get us more). Because of this shortage, we will be selling individual boosters only, with a limit of 6 per household per day, until we are sold out. Additionally, these will be available in-store only. We will not be accepting online or phone orders, and we won’t be able to hold product.

Thank you all for your understanding in this difficult situation. Hopefully, we will see more Digimon product in the near future.

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.

December/January Update: We Survived 2020!

2020 is almost over we’re still here. A huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers who have supported us throughout this difficult year. I know I keep saying this, but without all of you we wouldn’t be here.

It’s also our 4th anniversary this week. In the past we’ve had a big sale to celebrate, but this year we decided to combine it with our post-Christmas Inventory Reduction Sale. Stay tuned for awesome specials December 26th-31st.

Since 2020 has been a crazy year, we all need some time for Rest & Relaxation to recharge. So, at the beginning of January we will be closed the following days:

  • 1st: New Year’s Day
  • 2nd-3rd: taking inventory
  • 4th-10th: much needed R&R

We will reopen on Monday, January 11th.

Thank you all for your understanding and support throughout the year and into the next.

MTG Commander Collection Green price change

Hey everyone,

With the release of Commander Collection Green last week we saw an immediate drop in the market price. When I (Nick) first established our price, we were well under the market price I had seen from other sellers and online, which were as high as $150 at one point. But, after seeing price reductions over the weekend, it’s pretty clear that many sellers (us included) had overpriced the product. For this reason, we have decided to lower our price to $79 each. If you preordered one with us, don’t worry, we have credited you the difference already.

Moving forward, we will do our best to establish more accurate pricing on limited edition items like this.

Thank you all for your understanding and continued support!

Best Month Ever! (also, December update)

Wow! Just WOW! November was our best month ever!!! Thank You to everyone who helped make it happen. We didn’t just set a new record, we shattered the old one.

Now, on to December. The governor has lifted the “freeze” on businesses, but Washington County is still considered Extreme Risk. Because of this, we will continue to limit the number of customers to 6 at a time. I (Nick) feel this is in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone. I ask that you please be patient and respectful of others when shopping.

In addition to limiting the number of customers, we have also made the difficult decision to keep our play space closed for the remainder of the year. As much as we miss hosting events and having play groups come in, it’s just not safe or wise to do so right now.

Please remember, it takes the cooperation of everyone to get through this crazy time we’re living in. Be thoughtful of others while out and about.