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Get Ready, Get Set…


We’ve got to get these at the store!

No, not more chicks into gaming (well, actually we could use more of those too… ), but Scooter Desks! Mind you we’d have to get a wireless setup and switch to laptops, but just think of it… instore races how much more cool would any racing game be? 

Review And Purchase Material Found Here:
<“http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/chair-desk/scooterdesk-to-open-new-office-chair-racing-era-312749.php”>

Oh and by the way, “GO“!

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iRoy

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Who Is The NEW “Captain America”?


Marvel Comics confirms that Steve Rogers (the original Captain America) is still quite dead. So, who is the new man behind the mask (and the gun and knife)? Arriving in January 2008, “Captain America” #34 is sure to answer these and other pressing questions =) Place your orders today! Deadline is December 13, 2007.

I’m sure a lot of people will see the gun and automatically think: the Punisher. But, Frank’s just been put through the ringer in “Punisher: War Journal” as he wore his own version of Cap’s costume- so it can’t be him. Next best guess? The Winter Soldier! New readers may not be familiar with Cap’s long-lost-sidekick-turned-antihero-then-turned-hero. Check out “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” VOL 1 + 2 available now!

Rollout material is here:

http://www.newsarama.com/marvelnew/CapAmerica/newdesign.html
 

** UPDATE: **

Some more Captain America savvy readers have given me their theory: they think the new Cap will be that mysterious soldier (not the Winter Soldier) that made his debut only a couple issues ago. You’re probably right, Mike and Rob!

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iRoy

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Vader’s Secret Apprentice Revealed To Be…


Wizards Of The Coast (WOTC) has posted two new previews to their new Star Wars Minis set, Force Unleashed,” arriving this November 16, 2007: the “Shadow Guard” and “Vader’s Apprentice, Unleashed“. Check them out here:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=starwars/article/FUpreview1

The REAL Vader’s Apprentice, Unleashed” isn’t Verne Troyer (though wouldn’t it be cool if Verne were to be the real apprentice?). Not too much info available on this guy quite yet, we’ll just have to pick up the new “Force Unleashed” video game from LucasArts and find out:

 Vader's Apprentice, Unleashed

Faction: Imperial
Cost: 48
Hit Points: 130
Defense: 20
Attack: +13
Damage: 20
Special Abilities: Unique, Melee Attack, Double Attack
Force Powers: Force 2, Force Renewal 1, Force Lightning 4 (Force 4, replaces attacks: range 6; 50 damage to target. Huge or smaller characters are considered activated this round; save 16), Force Lightning 5 (Force 5, replaces turn: range 6; 60 damage to target and 2 characters adjacent to that target. Huge or smaller characters are considered activated this round; save 16)

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iRoy

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Yet Another Star Wars Post: Theme Event Update!


Our next Theme Event was suggested by Andrew MacDowell (Thanks, Andrew!). After a bit of searching, Matt and Brett (Thanks, guys!) directed me to page 15 of the new rulebook (not the forums, which I was told to go to before- d’oh!).

Okay, the theme looks pretty solid:

0. This event starts on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 1 PM– please register between noon and 12:45 of the same day. the logic behind this rule is, the sooner everyone registers, then the sooner we can start playing.

0.1 We will play three rounds of Swiss-style play. Where each round is 50 minutes long. If a game runs out of time, we will award the win to the player who scored more points; you score points by defeating opposing characters. If there is a tie, then the winner is determined by the player who has the character closest to the center of the map. If there is a tie, then the player who has the character closest to the center of the map that costs the most points will win.

0.2 Please keep in mind this is a theme event; it’s meant to make the game environment more fun/casual, rather than competitive. So, if you have a problem with one of the rules, I will make a note of it and the next time we try the same theme, hopefully we can adjust the theme to make it better for everyone. Please be constructive.

1. Players must decide to play either the “Light Side” faction or the “Dark Side” faction.

1.1 If a player decides to play the “Light Side” faction, he/she may use characters from: Old Republic, Republic, Rebel, and/or New Republic. He/she may use/mix any or all “Light Side” factions. For example, a player may use “Luke Skywalker, Hero Of Yavin” who is a Rebel with “Bastila Shan” who is from the Old Republic.

1.2 If a player decides to play the “Dark Side” faction, he/she may use characters from: Sith, Mandalorian, Separatist, or Empire (NOTE: Yuuzhan Vong will not be usable in this format because we’re choosing not to recognize the “New Jedi Order” era). He/she may use/mix any or all “Dark Side” factions. For example, a player may use “Darth Vader, Jedi Hunter” who is an Imperial with “Darth Bane” who is from the Sith faction.

1.3 Fringe characters may be used on either side. Fringe characters may be used in both “Dark Side” and “Light Side” factions. 

1.4 Uniqueness rule still applies. A player may not use the same “persona” more than once. For example, a player may not have both “Emperor Palpatine” who is an Imperial and “Emperor Palpatine, Sith Lord” who is a Separatist. They are from two different factions (Imperial and Separatist), but they are the same “persona“.

2. Players may use 100 points or less to build their teams. Players may not use more than 100 points (unless they have a special ability that allows them to; for example, Reserves).

3. As mentioned in 1.2, we will not be recognizing the “New Jedi Order” era because is lists the Empire as a “Light Side” faction- having the Imperials on both “Light Side” and “Dark Side” will be problematic. So, for our first attempt at this theme, Yuuzhan Vong will not be playable and the Imperials will only be a “Dark Side” faction.

4. Prizes will be awarded Randomly– they will not be awarded according to placing in the event.

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iRoy

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(Wedding?) Partycrashers!

Uggernaut1


Garnett and Carolyn better watch out for this intergalactic partycrasher! =)

The Uggernaut (I didn’t name it, kids) can be found in the next set of Star Wars Miniatures, Force Unleashed, arriving this November 16, 2007 (just in time for Christmas)!

We’ve also got another special event for this party animal to crash: our “Force UnleashedRelease Event planned for Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 1 PM. Prizes will be from Wizards Of The Coast, the good people that make this fine game! We’ll give out exclusive Squad Boxes to the top 15 players! Watch for more info soon!

Check out more previews here:

http://xbox360.gamespy.com/xbox-360/star-wars-the-force-unleashed/825504p1.html

http://www.kidzworld.com/article/9172-star-wars-miniatures-the-force-unleashed-set-previews

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iRoy

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Garnett + Carolyn = Store Hours Change (One Day Only!)


Bigger than World Of Warcraft! More powerful than Magic! More cooler than Jonathon’s iPhone (if that’s possible)! 

Garnett Germain and Carolyn Ploof are getting married! Yay!

As a result, our store hours are going to be slightly changed for one day only: Saturday, October 13, 2007 we are open from 4 PM until 9 PM. Our events for the day include:

4 to 6 PM: Magic:Lorwyn” Sealed Fatpack, $35 to enter!

4 to 6 PM: WoW CCG:Constructed Singles, No Charge to play!

6 to 9 PM: “STARRO Attacks!” Wk 4, Sealed Booster, $20 to enter!

Everyone is welcome to come by this Thursday and Friday to sign the wedding card =)

Congrats, Garnett and Carolyn! And I’ll see you all at the games…

Regards,

iRoy

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The Value Of A Virtual Item?


Whoever said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” should be playing World Of Warcraft!

Last week, Lillian purchased a box of boosters of “Fires Of Outland” and funny thing: she pulled a Loot card, Spectral Tiger (the one pictured up top). Loot cards are ultra rares that have a scratch area on the face of the card- the scratch area has a special redemption code that you can use to get exclusive ingame (virtual) items for the World of Warcraft computer game. The odds of pulling a loot card in a booster pack are approximately 1:96 packs (or roughly 1 in 4 booster boxes). Now, I’ve openned about 8 boxes (of Heroes Of Azeroth, Dark Portal, and Fires Of Outland total) and I have not pulled a single loot card, yet Corey (one of the regular youngsters) has pulled 5- that’s right FIVE! Not all loot cards are all that expensive- Lando Longshot (loot) doesn’t really match up to our good friend the Spectral Tiger (loot) dollar-wise.

Guess this just begs the question: are virtual items really worth all that much? Now, if you played the game, I dunno maybe four hours every day, then sure- $425 US for a new toy may just be worth it. I’m sure most of the people that come by the store here have spent at least that much on their computers or their gaming consoles (XBOX 360, PS3. Wii, etc), so why not pay that much for an ingame item?

Anyways, I’m rambling… Congrats to Lillian on her great pull and congrats to Corey on all of his great pulls!

Here’s her auction page:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-World-of-Warcraft-CCG-Loot-Card-Spectral-Tiger_W0QQitemZ150156372656QQihZ005QQcategoryZ150192QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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iRoy

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Christmas Can’t Come Soon Enough: New iPods!


(Not really comic or game related, new iPods are kind of a thing I’ve been following for the last little bit. Man, they’re nice- the iPod Touch is just amazing!)

Three new iPods will be arriving in stores this fall (September 28); the all-new iPod Nano (4G $149 US and 8G $199 US),  the iPod Classic (80G $249 US and 160G for $349 US), and the iPod Touch (8G $299 US and 16 G $399 US)! Check out the iPod Touch guided tour here and see all the new features:

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/guidedtour/

Check here for great/informative reviews on iPods:

http://www.gizmodo.com/search/ipod 

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iRoy

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Congrats “Blood Siege” Champ: Michael Holmberg


08/25/2007: Congrats to the new Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Western Canada Qualifier champion: Michael Holmberg! After two rounds plus finals, Michael emerged victorious with his Imbued deck! Also, special thanks to: our host Cam Kennedy (for running a great event and for providing the original art, “Blood Siege,” after which this annual event will be named) and thanks again to everyone who attended. 

Good luck at your “Lords Of Night” event, everyone!

Regards,
iRoy



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September 2007 Calendar: Now With 50% Less Head Turning!


Our September 2007 Calendar is back up- properly sized and rotated to the right; so you can actually read it without turning your head sideways =) Regards,

iRoy