Saturday May 23 – Learn to Play schedule

This Saturday we bring back another double feature running of Elysium – just announced as a Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee. We also have the Ticket to Ride Europe for those of you wanting to get out and tour the European countryside.

 The newest edition of Ascension as well as Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig make up a busy Saturday night!

Note: Due to the demand which these events have garnered, we highly recommend reserving a spot by calling the store at 630/963-0640. We will take down your name and number and hold a spot for you. We will also take requests for standby spots in case someone does not show up.
Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before game time to assure your spot in your chosen game. Standby players will be called at game time if tables are not full.

 GameTimeRating
Ascension: Realms Unraveled5pm2
Elysium5pm2
Ticket to Ride Europe5pm1
Suburbia7pm2
Elysium7pm2
Castles of Mad King Ludwig7pm2

 

Every Saturday we coordinate with a group of volunteers to arrange a schedule of games to be taught. The volunteers set up the games, teach you how to play, and handle the clean up.

Players pay $5 for their seat, and in exchange get $5 of store credit.

For rating the complexity of the games, we use a simple scale of 1 to 3:

Games with a rating of 1 are appropriate for everyone except young children. Board game novices looking to learn something new should look for 1’s on our schedule.

Games with a rating of 2 are distinctly more complex than 1’s.  If you are a gamer, these games are probably your “bread & butter”.  Board game novices should probably avoid these until they have played a couple of 1’s (I guess at that point, you aren’t a novice!).

Games with a rating of 3 are much more intense. They will have long play times, complex rules, and many components. Depending on the time required, these games may not be completed fully in the allotted time.

Saturday May 16 – Learn to Play schedule

This Saturday we feature a host of new games to the Learn to Play series at Fair Game. Work with your group to defend against hordes of Zombies, or try to out a new release before it even hits the stores. As always, there is surely in our line up that would please your palate.

Note: Due to the demand which these events have garnered, we highly recommend reserving a spot by calling the store at 630/963-0640. We will take down your name and number and hold a spot for you. We will also take requests for standby spots in case someone does not show up.
Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before game time to assure your spot in your chosen game. Standby players will be called at game time if tables are not full.

 GameTimeRating
Zombicide5pm2
Elysium5pm2
Machi Koro with Harbor Expansion7pm1
Kingsburg7pm2
Elysium7pm2

 

Every Saturday we coordinate with a group of volunteers to arrange a schedule of games to be taught. The volunteers set up the games, teach you how to play, and handle the clean up.

Players pay $5 for their seat, and in exchange get $5 of store credit.

For rating the complexity of the games, we use a simple scale of 1 to 3:

Games with a rating of 1 are appropriate for everyone except young children. Board game novices looking to learn something new should look for 1’s on our schedule.

Games with a rating of 2 are distinctly more complex than 1’s.  If you are a gamer, these games are probably your “bread & butter”.  Board game novices should probably avoid these until they have played a couple of 1’s (I guess at that point, you aren’t a novice!).

Games with a rating of 3 are much more intense. They will have long play times, complex rules, and many components. Depending on the time required, these games may not be completed fully in the allotted time.

Saturday May 9 – Learn to Play schedule

**PLEASE NOTE** There was an error in our email sent out on Tuesday, May 5th. Tales of the Arabian Nights is NOT on the schedule for the 9th. Also, we have recently added a 7pm session of Letters from Whitechapel. Sorry for the confusion!

This Saturday we feature a host of new games to the Learn to Play series at Fair Game. From the depths of despair with the cooperative horror game, Arkham Horror to the bandit ridden Wild West with Colt Express – there is likely a game you would enjoy.

Note: Due to the demand which these events have garnered, we highly recommend reserving a spot by calling the store at 630/963-0640. We will take down your name and number and hold a spot for you. We will also take requests for standby spots in case someone does not show up.
Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before game time to assure your spot in your chosen game. Standby players will be called at game time if tables are not full.

 GameTimeRating
Arkham Horror5pm2
Imperial Settlers5pm2
Colt Express7pm2
Letters from Whitechapel7pm2

 

Every Saturday we coordinate with a group of volunteers to arrange a schedule of games to be taught. The volunteers set up the games, teach you how to play, and handle the clean up.

Players pay $5 for their seat, and in exchange get $5 of store credit.

For rating the complexity of the games, we use a simple scale of 1 to 3:

Games with a rating of 1 are appropriate for everyone except young children. Board game novices looking to learn something new should look for 1’s on our schedule.

Games with a rating of 2 are distinctly more complex than 1’s.  If you are a gamer, these games are probably your “bread & butter”.  Board game novices should probably avoid these until they have played a couple of 1’s (I guess at that point, you aren’t a novice!).

Games with a rating of 3 are much more intense. They will have long play times, complex rules, and many components. Depending on the time required, these games may not be completed fully in the allotted time.

This Saturday – feel the Force at Fair Game!

 

That’s no moon…

This Saturday is dangerously close to the notorious May the Fourth day.

To honor the occasion, Fair Game is teaching only Star Wars themed games for our Learn to Play series!

Come out and support the rebels, or aid the empire. Your call.

GameTimeRating
Imperial Assault5pm2
Star Wars: Armada5pm2
X-Wing Miniatures5pm2
Star Wars Card Game5pm2
Imperial Assault7pm2
Star Wars: Armada7pm2
X-Wing Miniatures7pm2

Note: Due to the demand which these events have garnered, we highly recommend reserving a spot by calling the store at 630/963-0640. We will take down your name and number and hold a spot for you. We will also take requests for standby spots in case someone does not show up.

Please arrive 15 minutes before game time to assure your spot in your chosen game!

Every Saturday we coordinate with a group of volunteers to arrange a schedule of games to be taught. The volunteers set up the games, teach you how to play, and handle the clean up.

Players pay $5 for their seat, and in exchange get $5 of store credit.

For rating the complexity of the games, we use a simple scale of 1 to 3:

Games with a rating of 1 are appropriate for everyone except young children. Board game novices looking to learn something new should look for 1’s on our schedule.

Games with a rating of 2 are distinctly more complex than 1’s.  If you are a gamer, these games are probably your “bread & butter”.  Board game novices should probably avoid these until they have played a couple of 1’s (I guess at that point, you aren’t a novice!).

Games with a rating of 3 are much more intense. They will have long play times, complex rules, and many components. Depending on the time required, these games may not be completed fully in the allotted time.

Come out on Saturdays to learn a new game, or play a favorite with new friends!

DSC_0476Most of you have probably already heard of the Learn to Play events we started over a month ago – we have sent out email and flooded Facebook with announcements. However, in case you opted out of our email (I completely understand) and don’t “do” Facebook (I absolutely positively completely understand), you can find some info below.

Note: Due to the demand which these events have garnered, we highly recommend reserving a spot by calling the store at 630/963-0640. We will take down your name and number and hold a spot for you. We will also take requests for standby spots in case someone does not show up.

Please arrive 15 minutes before game time to assure your spot in your chosen game!

Every Saturday we coordinate with a group of volunteers to arrange a schedule of games to be taught. The volunteers set up the games, teach you how to play, and handle the clean up.

Players pay $5 for their seat, and in exchange get $5 of store credit.

For rating the complexity of the games, we use a simple scale of 1 to 3:

Games with a rating of 1 are appropriate for everyone except young children. Board game novices looking to learn something new should look for 1’s on our schedule.

Games with a rating of 2 are distinctly more complex than 1’s.  If you are a gamer, these games are probably your “bread & butter”.  Board game novices should probably avoid these until they have played a couple of 1’s (I guess at that point, you aren’t a novice!).

Games with a rating of 3 are much more intense. They will have long play times, complex rules, and many components. Depending on the time required, these games may not be completed fully in the allotted time.

Today’s schedule is shown below:

GameTimeRating
Forbidden Island5pm1
Evolution5pm1
Cthulhu Wars5pm2
Boss Monster & Coup7pm1
Seasons7pm1

Mom gamers are awesome!

Nothing teaches kids better than leading by example. Parents who game have a d20 better chance of rolling awesome progeny!

Nicole Wakelin of D6 Generation fame (as well as Total Fan Girl and billions of other online ‘zines) co-authored a wonderful concise article for TravelingMom.com which captures the essence of Fair Game and why we opened the store. It’s a quick read and I encourage you to take a moment and check it out:

http://www.travelingmom.com/trip-game-store-means-hours-gaming-fun/

 

*Tap tap tap* is this thing on?

How do you shut him up?

Happy 2015 everyone! A quick note to let you all know that I will be speaking on WGN Radio today (3-Jan-2015) at 1:30pm! Bill Moller (https://www.facebook.com/BillMollerShow)  has graciously offered to let me come on and talk about my gaming passion. With any luck, I won’t say anything too dumb or blurt out something inappropriate (they use a 3 second delay, right?).

You can listen online right here: http://wgnradio.com/on-air/

 

Gamer parents – check it!

Bash!

Adventure Maximus is one of those games which belongs – dare I say it? On every gamer’s shelf. Most certainly if you are raising kids and want to introduce them to role playing games.

In a nutshell Adventure Maximus takes a lot of the back-end story creation away from the game master and uses a very simple card based mechanic to lay out the adventure and player creation. Each game session (Adventure Maximus does not really have a ‘campaign’ option) involves player creation, adventure layout and the actual role playing.

We’ve never had a full game last more than 90 minutes – and that is with multiple encounters.

Monsters, settings and rewards (TREASURE!) are all randomized using the cards, so the GM can concentrate on having fun – making some stuff up (“fluff”) and enjoying the experience. There is almost no preparation necessary – one can open the box and be rolling dice in 15 minutes.

AM_Skeleton

For my kids, it was a natural fit – the cards dictate the situation, while the rules define the foundation. For the adults I’ve watched play, it was a nice light-weight game session without any min/max nonsense or challenging of rules.

Got kids? Have fond recollection of RPGs? Do yourself a favor and check this game out.

 

 

 

Dice – what are they good for?

Another BoingBoing post goes into depth on the use of dice in gaming. A very cool read about one of our favorite mechanics in board games.

Roll away:

(and yes, I really enjoy BoingBoing)

 

A short review of the new Monster Manual

Monster-Manuel-Cover-Art-782x1024-680x890You know the game industry is on the right track when game reviews start showing up on mainstream blogs. Here is a nice succinct review of the latest edition of the venerable Monster Manual:

BoingBoing review of the new Monster Manual