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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.

 

Achievement Unlocked : Host 2nd Annual Table Top Day!

achievementHey everyone! April 5th, 2014 is the official date of the second annual Table Top Day – made famous by Wil Wheaton and a cadre of gamer nerd phenoms. Like last year, Fair Game will have a dozen or so achievements to make the laborious task of playing games all day a bit… tolerable, because – you know – playing games is SO much work.

Come on in on Saturday, April 5th.

Play games.

Earn achievements.

WIN PRIZES.

Who can refuse?

 

Three year anniversary sale!

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Quick Update: Fair Game will open at 9am on Friday, November 29th (otherwise known as Black Friday Our Third Anniversary)

 

As many of you know, Fair Game was opened on a Black Friday – almost three years ago! Blowing past our terrible twos, we are looking forward many more years of bringing great games and family fun to the Western suburbs.

In celebration, we are having a sale on November 29th featuring the following items:
Laser Maze – 20%
Wangle – 20%
Hello Sunshine – 20%
Orchard – 20%
Rise of Augustus – 20%
Pathfinder Minis – 20%
Selected Heroclix – 30%
All Playing Cards – 10%
Field Notes – 10%
All RPG Books and supplements – 10%
Select reaper bones – 30%
All FFG LCG – 20%
Plus, below is a coupon good for 30% any full-price item in the store.
Click, print and bring it in!

(note: this sale, and the coupon, are good for November 29th only)

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Second annual 24 hours of gaming at Fair Game!

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This weekend (November 2 & 3) Fair Game is hosting a 24 (well, technically 25) hour marathon gaming session to support the Children’s Miracle Network via the Extra Life foundation.

Every year Extra Life hosts a 24 hour event to increase awareness of their cause and encourage gamers and their friends to donate to a great cause.

On an Autumn Saturday each year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture that we call Extra Life.  From console games to tabletop RPG’s to even lawn sports, Extra Life gives people that love to play a chance to do what they love to save lives and make a difference.

Again this year, a local group of gamer-friends formed their own team, and asked us if we would host the event. Establishing a tradition only takes commitment so we agreed immediately – and now the time is upon us.

If you would like to participate, come in and play any time between 10am Saturday November 2 until 10am Sunday, November 3. We will close the store at 10am Sunday, but will be open again at noon as usual. We are encouraging (but not forcing!) gamers to donate during the 24 hour marathon – we can take donations through the register. As an added bonus, numerous Downers Grove merchants have generously donated prizes to be raffled away during the event. Thanks to Emmet’s, The Spice Merchants and Another Round!

UPDATED: More donations are coming in for the raffle! Thanks to Ballydoyle, and Edward Health & Fitness for generous donations of gift certificates. Also, one of the Naperville group has graciously donated Gloom and all expansions including exclusive promos from Table Top! Finally, game author WJ MacGuffin has offered some of his role-playing titles on PDF including Triune, Outlive Undead and the quirky variant of a classic: Personality Chess. Of course, we (Fair Game) will also be adding a few gift certificates of our own to the mix!

If you can’t make it out and still would like to contribute, why not go right to our part of the team page and give a little by pressing that big orange “Support Me!” button. Every bit counts!

Eric, Richard and I look forward to seeing the hilarity ensue as die-hard gamers and over-tired shopkeepers try to keep their sanity.

Play Games, Heal Kids

 

GenCon 2013 – A New Hope

genconWhew! It’s been over two weeks since GenCon 2013 called it a wrap. A lot has transpired since then – Fair Game is back to normal operation, the kids are back in school and the summer heat has finally decided to descend on the Chicagoland area.

This year was a first for me at Gen Con – I had the distinct pleasure of bringing my family. It is always refreshing to bring someone new to the convention. After so many years of attending, I tend to almost get in a rut and not see what is transpiring as a whole. Bringing my wife and boys grounded my perspective a bit (which is a good thing!) and forced me to “take it all in” from a fresh point of view. Pretty neat.

Amy brought everyone down Thursday afternoon after I had attended the Wednesday Trade-Day panels and took advantage of the early entrance to the vendor hall on Thursday (decidedly not nearly as cool as it sounds). Sam and Wil (who are ten) wanted to experience two days of the convention, while Amy and Max (who is thirteen) where a little hesitant, so decided to just check out the happenings on Thursday. Needless to say, everyone has decided that next year we would all attend for the duration of the convention and take Gen Con by storm!

I shot some photos (as I always do) and, in a fit of laziness (or to spare you from slogging through my prose), decided I would just post a bunch up here with a quick caption or two. A familial retrospective on GenCon 2013.

 

Jon Speed Painting

Jon Speed Painting

Spectating at Super RoboRally

Spectating at Super RoboRally

The boys become enamored with the Lego Robo Rally game

The boys become enamored with the Lego Robo Rally game

Android Robo Rally Competitor

Android Robo Rally Competitor

Sam and Wil about to be pummeled by a Warjack.

Sam and Wil about to be pummeled by a Warjack.

Super Dungeon Explore - Painted Miniature contest entrant

Super Dungeon Explore – Painted Miniature contest entrant

My beast barfs in Rainbow!

My beast barfs in Rainbow!

Cardhall - day 2

Cardhall – day 2

Sam adopting some Evil babies.

Sam adopting some Evil babies.

Oh - that grabby baby is going to be trouble!

Oh – that grabby baby is going to be trouble!

The might of Menoth is evident

The might of Menoth is evident

The boys and I attend the D6 Generation Play-By-Mob event

The boys and I attend the D6 Generation Play-By-Mob event

Wil rescuing his brother Sam from the evil passenger car which materialized in the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Wil rescuing his brother Sam from the evil passenger car which materialized in the Crowne Plaza hotel.

I needed something for lunch other than "Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese"

I needed something for lunch other than “Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese”

Lego Superman. Enough said.

Lego Superman. Enough said.

Lunch!

Lunch!

Dad on Pins and Needles taking this photo....

Dad on Pins and Needles taking this photo….

The twins seem enamored with the Imperial Forces

The twins seem enamored with the Imperial Forces

Sam and Wil decide The Doctor needs two sidekicks!

Sam and Wil decide The Doctor needs two sidekicks!

Gulp!

Gulp!

Roll For It! - a nice push-your-luck dice game that plays fast!

Roll For It! – a nice push-your-luck dice game that plays fast!

David Malki! doing a Roll-A-Sketch for us. A Cactus-Tank-Rhino-Boba Fett.

David Malki! doing a Roll-A-Sketch for us. A Cactus-Tank-Rhino-Boba Fett.

A Bill Bricker designed miniature showed up in the competition

A Bill Bricker designed miniature showed up in the competition

Reduced hours this week – GENCON!

Fair Game is headed to GenCon down in Indy so we will be limiting our hours a bit as follows:

 

 

 

  • Thursday, August 15th – CLOSED
  • Friday, August 16th – Open : 11AM, Close: 5pm
  • Saturday, August 17th – Open : 10AM, Close: 7pm
  • Sunday, August 18th – Normal hours (noon to 5pm)

If any of you are going to be down at the convention, make sure to look for us and say “Hi”!

 

Get your engineering on!

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I feel like I shouldn’t even have to warn you any longer that the following post isn’t directly game related.

So consider yourself decidedly NOT warned.

Something really cool happened right here in Downers Grove this weekend (Sunday July 21st to be exact). A group of college kids on a sort of engineering tour of the US (driving the SparkTruck) stopped by Downers Grove North Highschool to show some of our kids (and adults!) a small example of what it is like to take an idea from initial concept to design by using a small variety of pieces and parts and a whole lot of enthusiasm.

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My son Sam went to two of their sessions (organized by the FRoG group right here in DG also) and had a great experience both times – designing and building a photo (5)“jelly-tick” consisting of a foam carapace and long tentacles (is that what a jellyfish has?) which moved in a somewhat organic way by virtue of a small pager motor and coin-sized battery. He also learned to work with a team to help their “alien robot” maneuver around a newly discovered planet in search of energy.

 

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These two exercises were – themselves – cleverly designed to show the participants a variety of design principles without becoming a lecture. Kudos to the originator of the idea(s), and even more props to these students who are basically following the same routine of a small touring band; stopping from city to city and sleeping wherever someone will let them. More often than not, they wake up in a new city and hit the ground running: sharing their love for creativity, engineering and discovery one city at a time.

If you get the chance to check out one of their sessions, I highly encourage you to do so. If you don’t have kids, register your niece or nephew or pretend your child “got sick” the day of an event and go “in their place.”  It is that good.

So here’s to Sarah, Benji, Brittany, Steven, and the “do you know anyone with that name” Warren. You guys GOT IT GOING ON – keep it up!