Friday, December 27, 2013

TableTop Season 2 Episode 17 - "Carcassonne"

A 2001 recipient of the Spiel des Jahres award for gaming excellence, Carcassonne is a clever, tile-based boardgame set in the southern French city of Carcassonne, famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. Players develop the area around the city, one tile at a time, deploying their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. These followers will become knights, monks, farmers, and thieves, depending on where they are placed. Build prestige, power, and dominance in your quest to claim victory in Carcassonne!




Join Wil Wheaton and guests Jesse Cox, Nika Harper, and Kumail Nanjiani as they explore Z-Man Games' award-winning, tile-based board game, Carcassonne!

It's "Celebrity Poker" for board games! Hosted by actor, co-creator, and fan-favorite Wil Wheaton, TableTop brings gaming to the forefront of pop-culture, pairing notable celebrities with must-play tabletop games.

Check it out (and share it!) at: http://tabletop.geekandsundry.com/

Order Carcassonne (ZMG 78000) through Alliance!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Enjoy the Season!

 
Thank you for everything you do! We would like to celebrate the partnership we have developed with each and every one of you. May everyone have a healthy and happy holiday Season.

From Everyone at Alliance!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Small Business Saturday Success!

Check out the highlights from this year's Small Business Saturday! These are the stores that submitted entries for our Small Business Saturday contest!
Alter Ego Comics - Lima, OH
We had a great Small Business Day at Alter Ego Comics, with far more foot traffic than last year. Our buy one get one free sale on select items was popular, as well as our $1 comic book sale (The books only come out 2-3 times a year, then go back in the vault). Munchkin was the most popular game line, without any special promotion beyond our normal customer rewards points (1 point per dollar spent, which can be redeemed for a $10 off coupon once you reach 100).


Castle of Games - Springfield, OR
We did Small Business Saturday promotions, and had a pretty good sales day. Also we are doing a Graphic Novel, Trade Paperback 50% special now through Christmas on select Marvel titles.

CLS Games - Kennesaw, GA
CLS Games is offering an additional 10% discount to all games with the word "SMALL" or "BUSINESS" in the title.  Those include:
  •  SMALL World (and all SMALL World expansions)
  •  Agricola all Creatures Big and SMALL (and expansions)
  •  Munchkin Fu 2 Monkey BUSINESS
The Days of Knights - Newark, DE
The Days of Knights participated in Small Business Saturday with a number of special sales and promotions, advertising on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website:
  • Participated in the City of Newark's "Buy a Gift Certificate and Get 1 Free" Gift Certificates ($25/$50) that were offered for Small Business Saturday
  • Offered Door Busters for the first time, including some rare Magic:The Gathering items, like Modern Masters
  • Discounted 20% selected Board Games, including some new and some classic games
  • Participated in Small Business Saturday (American Express) and gave away Small Business bags with purchases of $50 or more
We had great success with the day, doubling our usual Saturday sales.


Fire For Effect Games - Oshkosh, WI
This was our first ever Small Business Saturday sale. We built a gondola in the center of the store filled with items we were heavily stocked with. We put a deep discount on these items, many up to 50% off.
The rest of the store was filled with other sales to keep all our hobbyists and gamers happy.
Fat Packs $34.99, Event Decks $19.99, Intro Packs $10.99, Hydra Challenge Decks $9.99, Heroes VS Monsters $14.99, Heroclix Foil Packs $1.99, 20% off Magic Singles!, 15% off Paints, Brushes, Tools, Adhesives, Scenery, Dice, RPG Miniatures, and Card Supplies, 25% off Flames of War books, 35% off all Star Trek Attack Wing Ships, 25% off Ultra Pro Playmats, 50% off select Card Sleeves.




The Gaming Guild - Evansville, IN
For Small Business Saturday we had a couple of sales in the store.THE GAMING GUILD WHERE THE GUILD KNOWS GAMES!!! To make Small Business Saturday special we had the following at our store:
  • A sale ($5 off every $35) on our entire store excluding our card singles, booster boxes, and booster packs. 
  • A sale on ($5 off every $25) on our excess games in stock or what we referred to as our "Top Shelf Sale."
  • Free re-useable shopping bag to first 20 customers
  • In-store $3 Ticket to Ride Tourney for ages 8 and up with prizes
  • Signs and door mat to show that it was Small Business Saturday
  
The Monstore - Montclair, CA
We had a small Magic:The Gathering tournament along with a sale on Board Games and Miniature products. We also held demos for Warhammer 40K and Board Games throughout the day.
  • Diverse group of players for all games.
  • Enthusiastic response from players for our events.
  • Generated sales through our promotions throughout the day.




Pop's Culture Shoppe - Wellsboro, PA
We had a fun day on Small Business Saturday with our Ticket to Ride Tournament and Secret Santa Discounts.  At check-out, customers could reach into Santa’s bag and choose a discount level of minimum 10% up to maximum 35% off.  Everyone was happy, and kids often made multiple purchases on small items hoping to get the “big one” next time. It was a very busy day, and we forgot to take pictures of the Ticket to Ride tournament, but we had happy players and winners.  Below are excerpts from our calendar:
29th – 30th – Friday and Saturday – Secret Santa Discounts!  – Reach into Santa’s bag at checkout and claim your discount of 10% to 35% off! 
30th – Saturday – 1:00pm – Ticket to Ride tournament.  $5 entry fee.  Top players will win some cool and exclusive train sets available only through this tournament, with a special medallion going to the overall winner.  If you like trains or you like the game Ticket to Ride, you won’t want to miss this event!
30th – Small Business Saturday  – Our fun game demos and Secret Santa Discounts continue for everyone today, and American Express card users can redeem their Small Business Saturday offer here at Pop’s.  Have fun shopping local at Pop’s!

West Coast Cards - Hawthorne, CA

Yu-gi-oh! over 50 people playing the game on the anniversary!


The Wyvern's Tale - Asheville, NC
We ran many demos, including Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Kingdom Builder, Ticket To Ride, Carcassonne, and Star Wars: X-Wing
  • Each customer participating in a demo received a coupon for 10% off our price
  • Many participants were new customers who made the trip just to try out the games
  • Each demo we ran resulted in at least one sale of the demo item
  • Several of the participants were interested in other games they saw and said they would return for them
All in all, Small Business Saturday was a great success for The Wyvern's Tale!



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Disney Cars & Planes Models from Zvezda


Who can resist the charm of the Disney animated features Cars and Planes?



The quirky little characters, the delightful little stories they tell. And what kid wouldn't want the adventure to continue after the film comes to its end? Thanks to their new license with Disney, Zvezda makes that dream possible, with two new games and their supporting models.


 These are My First Model Kits: snap fit, no glue required, introductory level model kits that are perfect for children seven and up. First they build their favorite character, complete with stickers to bring out their personality - then they play! Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions and you're rarin' to race!

 
ZVE 1118E  Planes: Display Assortment

ZVE 2060  Planes: High Pilotage Starter Game Set

ZVE 2061  Planes: Dusty Crophopper

ZVE 2062  Planes: Skipper Riley

ZVE 2063  Planes: Ripslinger

ZVE 2064  Planes: El Chupacabra

ZVE 2065  Planes: Bravo

 ZVE 2070  Planes: Rochelle

ZVE 2068  Planes: Stand for planes





 
ZVE 1112E  Cars: Display Assortment

ZVE 2011  Cars: Mater

 ZVE 2012  Cars: Lightning McQueen

 ZVE 2013  Cars: King

 ZVE 2014  Cars: Doc Hudson

 ZVE 2015  Cars: Sally Carrera

 ZVE 2017  Cars: Francesco
































Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FoxMind's Demo Program!

 

FoxMind demos are now available! Stock up on the codes below to fill the shelves of your selection of demos!





FOX 310086 DEMO           Architecto Demo Copy
FOX 310096 DEMO           Equilibrio Demo Copy
FOX 310178 DEMO           Zoologic Demo Copy
FOX 310413 DEMO           Six Demo Copy
FOX 310420 DEMO           Meta Forms Demo Copy
FOX 310536 DEMO           Turbo Mind Twister Demo Copy
FOX 310543 DEMO           Linja Demo Copy
FOX 310581 DEMO           Abalone Classic Demo Copy
FOX 310789 DEMO           Kulami Demo Copy
FOX 310864 DEMO           Majority Rules Demo Copy
FOX ARTITX DEMO          Artistix Demo Copy
FOX CHOCO DEMO          Chocoly Demo Copy
FOX FAUNA DEMO           Fauna Demo Copy
FOX FOUR DEMO              Four in a Square Demo Copy
FOX IGO DEMO                 I Go! Demo Copy
FOX MAPUSA DEMO        Map It!: USA Demo Copy
FOX MAPWOR DEMO      Map It!: World Demo Copy
FOX OCTI DEMO               Octi Demo Copy
FOX PARADISO DEMO     Paradiso Demo Copy
FOX QUICK DEMO            Quick Quick Demo Copy
FOX RISE DEMO                Rise or Fall Demo Copy
FOX SMTRX DEMO           Smartrix Demo Copy
FOX STRING DEMO          String Railway Demo Copy
FOX TAIGA DEMO             Taiga Demo Copy



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Small Business Saturday

 Alliance Game Distributors would like to encourage all friendly local game stores to participate in Small Business Saturday celebrated on Saturday, November 30th. 
What is Small Business Saturday?
Small Business Saturday and Shop Small are registered trademarks of American Express Marketing & Development Corporation. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop at small local businesses the day after Black Friday.
How can my store participate?
Invite your customers to stop in and shop! Keep your doors open for business on Saturday November 30th - participation in Small Business Saturday is voluntary! Download the success plan below and enter Alliance's Small Business Contest to win a $100 Alliance credit!
What resources does Alliance provide to support my store on Small Business Saturday?
1. Success PlanAlliance has developed a Friendly Local Game Store Success Plan for all retailer stores interested in participating in Small Business Day. The Success Plan breaks down the before and after steps your business needs in order to be successful on the big day. Alliance provides a check list of things to do before the day arrives, how to impress your customers on the day of, and how to continue to connect with your customers after your Small Business Saturday success. 

http://www.alliance-games.com/downloads/FLGSSuccessPlan.pdf2. Product Sale!Alliance put a number of products on sale to help you stock your shelves for the big Saturday! Take advantage of the discounted items for Small Business Saturday and the holiday shopping season. These items will be on sale from November 11th - November 30th!
Item Description  Discount
DIA 452334 Risk Legacy  10% off NET
FFG CE05 Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Storm Expansion  55%
FFG HB04 Planet Steam  60%
FFG HB08 Blood Bound  60%
FFG SWC06 Star Wars LCG: The Battle of Hoth Force Pack  52%
WOC A1121-D Kaijudo TCG: Tatsurion Versus Razorkider Battle Deck Carton (6) 75%
WOC A32980000 Magic the Gathering CCG: 2014 Core Set Booster Display (36)  50%
WOC A48700000-D Kaijudo TCG: Shattered Alliances Booster Display (24) 46%
WOC A4873NHD0-D Kaijudo TCG: Shattered Alliances Competitive Deck - Solar Eclipse Display (8) 60%
WZK 70975 DC HeroClix: Man of Steel 24 Count Gravity Feed Display 25% off NET
WZK 71042 KA2 HeroClix: 24 Count Gravity Feed Display 60%
WZK 71150 DC HeroClix: Batman Classic TV Series 24 Count Gravity Feed Display  54%
WZK 71155 Pathfinder Battles: Skull and Shackles Standard Booster Brick (8)  10% off NET
ZMG 7026 Agricola 52%
ZMG 70940 Tournay 80%
ZMG 70960 Africana 80%
ZMG 71320 La Boca  55%


Alliance’s Small Business Contest Rules
Tell us how you participated! Alliance wants to see how your game/hobby store participated in this year’s Small Business Day celebration. Document the specials, promotions, activities, and events you had in store by submitting images to promo@alliance-games.com. Send your images to Alliance with bulleted highlights of your Small Business Day success. Please limit your email submissions to only 3-4 photos. By entering, your store and images will be displayed on Alliance Game Distributors’ Facebook page and website!

Alliance $100 Credit Drawing: All submissions will automatically be entered to win a $100 Alliance Credit. The winner will be drawn at random from the total of submissions; only one credit winner will be awarded.
To qualify to enter, your small business must be open and processing monetary transactions on Saturday, November 30th. Alliance Game Distributors’ contest is not affiliated with American Express or American Express’ Small Business Day trademarks.
Send in your images to promo@alliance-games.com by 6:00PM EST, Sunday, December 8th. Submissions entered after December 8th 2013 will not be valid. The winner of the Alliance credit drawing will be awarded December 11th 2013.

To find out more about Small Business Saturday please visit American Express’ Shop Small website. To download the official Small Business Day and Shop Small Information Packet, please click here. Small Business Saturday and Shop Small are registered trademarks of American Express Marketing & Development Corporation. Official Shop Small Marketing Campaign Materials can be downloaded in American Express’ Shop Small website in the Get Resources Section


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Marvel Heroclix: Thor - The Dark World

In Thor - The Dark World, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos - but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness.



Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all!

 Defend Asgard and Earth with Thor! Defeat his enemies with the latest mighty expansion from Marvel HeroClix! Marvel HeroClix: Thor - The Dark World is introduced in Starter Sets (WZK 71077) containing six figures with all-new dial designs, two maps, the HeroClix core rulebook, the HeroClix Powers and Abilities card, and tokens, as well as 24-count Gravity Feeds (WZK 71073) featuring 14 different figures with all-new dial designs. The Marvel HeroClix: Thor - The Dark World Movie Mini Game (WZK 71078) features two HeroClix figures from the latest Marvel blockbuster, plus an exclusive fold-up game board, a quick-start rules sheet, Bystander tokens, and dice - everything new and established players need to play!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Essen 2013 Round-Up!

Hot Games from Essen SPIEL 2013:This year at Essen many new games made their debut! Some of the hit titles are not for sale yet, only available as preorders, while others are recent releases or recent expansions to existing games!Check 'em out!

Available Now! 

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AEG 5104         Love Letter       
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo Princess Annette of Tempest.
Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first? Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 suitors.




AEG 5601         Guildhall        
 Progress! That`s what these Dark Ages need, someone with a little get-up-and-go. You`ve been a serf in this one-pig town long enough, and it`s time to shake things up. You`ve opened a guildhall for like-minded professionals from all over Europe to work together, build their trades, and get some economic stability. Now if only everybody else didn`t have the same idea! Well, you`ll just have to do it faster than those other guys! Gather professionals into chapters, and use their combined might to reach for victory. 



ASM SPYR01   Spyrium        
Rooted in an imaginary world where England has been transformed into a Steampunk society, the goal of players in Spyrium is to erect factories, using workers to produce Spyrium, a rare and highly coveted substance that powers the world. An alternative to producing Spyrium is buying it - and players will need to be wealthy (and crafty) to procure the expensive commodity. Build lucrative factories and acquire the most Spyrium in your quest for power and prosperity!



DOW 8301        Relic Runners    
The ancient relics had lain dormant in the darkest reaches of the jungle since time immemorial. But, once word of their discovery broke out, all manner of would-be archeologists rushed in! The retired university professor, the bombastic explorer, the lithe (but daring) heiress, and a shadowy former Army captain all yearned to be first to lay their hands on the precious loot! In Relic Runners, players portray fearless Explorers traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics. Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities, you`ll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure!

WZK 71161       Trains and Stations        
All Aboard for Excitement! It is the height of the Steam Age and the whistle of the Iron Horse harkens the boom of small towns across the country into major hubs of transportation and economic growth. In Trains and Stations, players must make deliveries, develop buildings, and profit from their decisions while working with (and against) their competitors. Will you focus on establishing mining operations in an attempt to gain a monopoly on coal, silver, and gold? Or, focus on laying tracks across the landscape and helping other players move their goods taking your cut, of course!


WZK 71400       Mage Knight: Krang Character Expansion     
The Krang Character Expansion for the Mage Knight Board Game includes everything players need to add the mysterious and dangerous Orc Chaos Shaman, Krang, as a new playable character, complete with a pre-painted miniature, unique starting cards, and skill tokens.





 
WZK 70495       Mage Knight Board Game
The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.



Available for Preorder Only 

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ASM NAT01      Nations 
Become the most powerful Nation on earth! How will you lead your Nation? Conserve your resources, or spend on military? Send your people to work, or invest in their national heritage? Avoid famine and war, hire workers and architects, and raise wonders that will stand the test of time. In the end, only one Nation can rise to the top!


ASM RAM01     Rampage    
Sow Terror in Good Fun... or Not! In Rampage, players control one of four rampaging (and hungry) monsters with a singular objective: cause the most damage to the metropolis (oh, and devour meeple citizens)! Attack buildings, hurl trucks, or unleash your "Monster Breath" to rain havoc upon the panic-stricken populace to earn your spot atop the heap of destruction and mayhem!
     

 

MFG 3501         Caverna: The Cave Farmers     
From designer Uwe Rosenberg, creator of the smash-hit Agricola! In Caverna, players take on the role of cave-dwelling, dwarven farmers and miners trying to lead their family to success and prosperity by furnishing the communal cave, mining ore to forge weapons, and clearing the nearby forest to make room for farming and a little animal husbandry. 
  

RGG 499           Concordia        
2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire ruled the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. With peace at the borders, harmony inside the provinces, uniform law, and a common currency, the economy thrived and gave rise to mighty Roman dynasties as they expanded throughout the numerous cities. Guide one of these dynasties and send colonists to the remote realms of the Empire, develop your trade network, and appease the ancient gods to curry their favor - all to gain the chance to emerge victorious in Concordia.



RRG 330           Coal Baron      
Get Your Hands Dirty! Reap riches as operators of a coal mine in Coal Baron! Essen, on the verge of the 20th Century: a time when endless supplies of coal are abundant in the earth, ripe for the taking! As owners of a coal mine fulfilling contracts for various grades of deposits, players dig deep into their pockets and tunnels to unearth the precious mineral and expand their profits.


ZMG 71360       Glass Road   
From acclaimed game designer Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Ora & Labora) comes Glass Road, commemorating the 700-year-old tradition of glass making in the Bavarian Forest. In Glass Road, players must skillfully manage their resources and recuit specialists to assist them in order to build the right structures to keep the business flowing.   





ZMG 71370       Bruxelles 1893  
In Bruxelles 1893, you represent one of the famous architects who established the reputation of Art Nouveau in the Belgian capital. Your assistants help you perform actions such as the construction of Art Nouveau buildings, or creating the works of art that decorate these beautiful homes, which in turn allows you to fund your most beautiful masterpiece! Develop your renown as an architect, increase your influence at the Royal Palace or City Hall, and benefit from public figures that you meet during your theater outings. The architect who gains the most fame wins the game!



 ZMG 71390       Russian Railroads   
In Russian Railroads, players compete in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. Who will ride into the future full steam ahead and who will be run off the rails? Whose empire will overcome the challenges ahead and emerge victorious?    






ZMG 71400       Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends     
Tash-Kalar is the ancient art of magical combat perfomed in arenas and brawling pits throughout the known world.Tash-Kalar is also the name of the oldest and most famous arena, the place where the game began.And Tash-Kalar is also a well-known board game that confronts players with the same intellectual challenges that dueling mages have faced for centuries.You can play the game with 2, 3, or 4 players, in teams or individually. Whether you are playing the High Form or a Deatchmatch, all games of Tash-Kalar have the same basic rules: Players take turns creating magical stones and placing them in patterns that allow them to summon fantastical beings. Your beings can move around the arena, disrupt opponents patterns, and form new patterns that allow you to summon more beings. Each form of Tash-Kalar has its own means of scoring and deciding on a victor.

RRG 869 Hanabi  
Still hot from the Spiel des Jahres win, Alliance is taking pre-orders for R & R Games' upcoming reprint of Hanabi!
 
From 7 Wonders designer Antoine Bauza comes this innovative, cooperative card game where players race against the clock to build a dazzling fireworks finale. Trouble is, you can see the cards that everyone holds - except your own! Working together, players exchange vital information in order to play their cards in the proper launch sequence. Build and light each firework correctly to win the game and avoid a fizzling fiasco!