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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

*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/

 

Girls and Games – a match made in Downers Grove

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Thursday, October 2nd is Girl’s Night Out in Downers Grove – the annual event geared towards the ladies.

If you find yourself shopping in DG that night, be sure to drop in at Fair Game and check out what we have to offer. From serious to silly, we have games to fit any occasion or group.

You don’t even have to be a girl!

 

Ride your bike to your FLGS day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, so not really a thing – but if you are planning on coming out to the store today (Sunday, July 27th) be aware that the best method of transportation would indeed be a bicycle.

After a five year hiatus, Downers Grove has yet again become a destination for bike racers far and wide. The Prairie State Cycling Series comes to our town and revisits one grueling criterium. All day today the cyclists will be orbiting downtown – it’s a great event to spectate. In fact, the sprint to the finish will start right in front of our store!

Be aware however that parking in town will be scarce at best. Limited access to the parking garage will be granted between heats – but may fill up completely.

If you are a fan of cycling, or at all interested – I strongly suggest coming out to watch. And stop in to say “hi”at the store!

 

June is garage sale month!

If you have games gathering dust in the basement, why not set them free and refresh your collection at the same time? Fair Game will host a garage sale weekend on June 14th and 15th. But instead of rusty tools, baby clothes and 8-track tapes, all you will find at our sale is fun!

If you are interested in selling your underused games, bring them in anytime after June 9th along with a completed sales form you can find here. We will be putting the games out on Saturday, June 14th. Any games not sold on Saturday will be put back out on Sunday, June 15th for half price.

All sales will be collected by Fair Game and credit issued to the owners. All unsold games not picked up by June 23rd will be given to charity.

This is our first year doing this, so we may be a bit inefficient at first – but we think it will be a great event, and a perfect way to find a new home for those neglected games.

Import reminders:

  • Fill out the sales form before bringing in your games
  • We will accept your items starting June 9th
  • All funds will be given to the sellers in the form of store credit
  • Unsold items not picked up by June 23rd will be donated

Turn off your TV and turn on your brain!

Turn off those screens!Don’t let Screen Free Week get in the way of having fun! Reconnect with your kids, while disconnecting from high tech – by playing a board game. Fair Game has a variety of games to fit any interest, genre, group or age. Come in during Screen Free Week, May 5th – 11th, and try out one of our demo games (our library has hundreds!) – bring your whole family. We will  find a suitable game for you that everyone will enjoy.