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Video Reviews: Star Realms and Warhammer Diskwars

October 20th, 2014 Posted in reviews | No Comments »

We’ve put up two new reviews recently. The first is for Star Realms, a light and dense deck-builder that should be back in stock in early November. The second is for tabletop skirmish game Warhammer: Diskwars.

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Major Change to Fantasy Flight Games Distribution

October 17th, 2014 Posted in business | No Comments »

We’re just in the process of navigating a major change to how all Fantasy Flight Games products are distributed to us. This change will affect all future restocks of these items, including upcoming new releases. We are acting quickly to ensure that all of our preorders can be filled, and that we will receive adequate stock of upcoming items. If you already have an order with us for a Fantasy Flight item (e.g. Android: Netrunner, X-Wing), your order is being kept on file, and will be filled in the order it was received once product arrives.

As the distribution change will most likely affect our pricing, we have put a temporary stop to all further backorders/preorders of Fantasy Flight items. Once pricing has been confirmed and updated as needed, we will re-open preorders and contact any affected customers immediately. All orders for in-stock items will be filled from our existing inventory, as normal.

Our apologies for the inconvenience caused by this change. We will do our best to ensure a smooth and quick transition, and appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenge.

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New Releases: October 16th, 2014

October 16th, 2014 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Android: Netrunner LCG – Up and Over Data Pack
Cypher
Dungeons & Dragons Next: Monster Manual (5th Edition)
Gone Viking
The Last Banquet
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wizard Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Sorcerer Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rogue Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Ranger Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Fighter Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Cleric Class Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Bard Class Deck
Sentinel Tactics: Flames of Freedom
Sentinel Tactics: Flames of Freedom Miniatures
Sentinel Tactics: Uprising
Sentinel Tactics: Uprising Miniatures
Trains: Rising Sun

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New Releases: October 10th, 2014

October 10th, 2014 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Call of Cthulhu LCG: The Sleeper Below Deluxe Expansion
Coup: Reformation
Descent: 2nd Edition – Crusade of The Forgotten Hero and Monster Collection
DungeonQuest (Revised Edition)
Firefly: The Game – Blue Sun
Good Cop Bad Cop
Hordes: Minions Jaga-Jaga the Death Charmer Gatorman Warlock
Innovation (2nd Ed Restock)
Istanbul (Restock)
Krosmaster: Arena Season 2 – Riktus Assault
Krosmaster: Arena Season 2 – A Lucky Guy
Krosmaster: Arena Season 2 – Armored Botherhood
Krosmaster: Arena Season 2 – Head Hunters
The Lord of the Rings LCG: The Road Darkens Expansion
Lost Legacy: Flying Garden
Machi Koro
Night of the Grand Octopus
Patchistory
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles Character Add-On Deck
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull and Shackles Adventure Deck 2 – Raiders of the Fever Sea
Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG – Core Set

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New Release – Camel Up

October 7th, 2014 Posted in new releases | No Comments »

Quick update, we got Camel Up in on Friday. Sorry for the late update!

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New Releases: September 29th, 2014

September 29th, 2014 Posted in new releases | No Comments »

New Releases:

Doomtown: Reloaded
Enigma
Five Tribes
Good Cop Bad Cop
Icons Superpowered Roleplaying: Assembled Edition
Iron Kingdoms: Monsternomicon
The Lord of the Rings LCG: The Redhorn Gate Nightmare Deck
The Lord of the Rings LCG: Road to Rivendell Nightmare Deck
The Lord of the Rings LCG: Watcher in the Water Nightmare Deck
Pressure Cooker
Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Ozrik the Adept
Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Brother Bastian
Smash Up: Monster Smash
Star Wars X-Wing: Rebel Aces
Student Bodies
The Ultimate Werewolf: Artifacts (2nd Edition)
Warmachine: High Command Faith and Fortune
Warmachine: High Command Faith and Fortune – Escalating Conflict

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Video Review: One Night – Ultimate Werewolf

September 22nd, 2014 Posted in reviews | No Comments »

This week’s review is for One Night: Ultimate Werewolf. With a 10-minute playing time and a single elimination round, this is the tightest, noisiest version yet of the classic party game.

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New Releases: September 18th, 2014

September 18th, 2014 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

1914: Glory’s End / When Eagles Fight
Android: Netrunner LCG – First Contact Data Pack
Bag O’ Zombies Deluxe
Command & Colors Ancients: Expansion #1 – Greece vs the Eastern Kingdoms
Dropzone Commander: PHR Starter Set (Plastic)
Dropzone Commander: Scourge Starter Set (Plastic)
Dropzone Commander: Shaltari Starter Set (Plastic)
Dropzone Commander: UCM Starter Set (Plastic)
Dust Tactics: SSU Tactics Cards
Dust Tactics: SSU Warefare Cards
Dust Tactics: Allies Warefare Cards
Dust Tactics: Axis Medium Panzer Walker – Lothar
Dust Tactics: Axis Heavy Panzer Walker – Sturmkönig
Dust Tactics: Allies Medium Assault Walker – Hot Dog
Dust Tactics: Allies Medium Combat Walker – Pounder
Dust Tactics: Allies Medium Combat Walker M2-F – Steel Rain
Mutants and Masterminds: Emerald City Campaign Setting
Mutants and Masterminds: Power Profiles
Romans Go Home!
Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
Dice Bag: Star Wars – Rebel Alliance
Dice Bag: Star Wars – Boba Fett
Dice Bag: Star Wars – Stormtrooper
Dice Bag: Star Wars – Galactic Empire
Thunderstone Advance: Into The Abyss
Wiz-War: Bestial Forces
Won by the Sword
Zeppelin Attack!
Zeppelin Attack: Doomsday Weapons
Zombies!!! Third Edition

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Kickstarter – Shipping Challenges

September 16th, 2014 Posted in business | 2 Comments »

We just completed the second of our Kickstarter fulfilment contracts from SchilMil Games for their game Manifest. I’m not going to comment on the game itself – readers can look it up; since what I wanted to discuss was the actual fulfilment aspect.

As many of you know, we do this as a sideline and help for Kickstarter publishers. It’s not as if we do a lot of them (this is number 2 in nearly a year of offering this service) and we don’t make a lot at all. The goal for us is to help publishers get their games to Canadian backers at a cheaper rate, not really make oodles of money. Since we already have the facility and experience shipping, it’s not really a big thing to add this on. On the other hand, as many publishers know; Amazon Fulfilment can be extremely cheap and is often the better option to go to.

Anyway, for Manifest, what we found is that we probably have to adjust our quoting method. See when we quote an estimated shipping cost we use both the game weight provided to us and an estimate of where games will ship to. This is based off our own shipping patterns in Canada, so a weighting towards BC / AB is added in. In this case, the estimated pricing we provided was $10.50.

What we found was the actual average was $13.25. This came from shipments mostly being sent to Eastern Canada (Ontario / Quebec) and only 1 to Alberta. That caused the weighting and cost to go up substantially. In addition, game weight was a factor. The game itself weighed in at 1.8kg but due to volumetric adjustments, it came to 2.56kg in what was charged.

Overall, we saw a minor loss in the shipping of this Kickstarter; mostly in the processing / salary cost. Overall, it’s a good learning experience as we continue to offer this service. It’s in particular worth noting that we are now able to help with US shipping of Kickstarter games too.

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Video Review: BattleCon – Devastation of Indines

September 15th, 2014 Posted in reviews | No Comments »

This week’s video review is for Level 99 Game’s dynamic and incredibly replayable turn-based fighting game BattleCon: Devastation of Indines.

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