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:

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