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.


Who can refuse?


TableTop Day : April 5th!



International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.

Fair Game would like to be part of your Table Top Day experience.  Stop on by for a few minutes, or stay all day. We will be gaming pretty much non-stop from 10am until 9pm!


Too cold for games? Fair Game closed Jan 27th

Well, not really. Hopefully all of you have a nice selection of games in your nice warm homes to keep you company for the next few days. Fair Game will be CLOSED on Monday, January 27th due to the extreme weather.

Stay warm, and game hearty!



New Twitter feed for MtG News

Attention Magic The Gathering Players!

Are you:

  • A last minute planner?
  • A Mom or Dad  who enjoy an hour or two of peace and quiet while your sons and daughters play in our Beginner Friday-Night-Magic Tournaments?
  • Someone looking to Draft after FNM?
  • A MtG aficionado who wants to keep up with Fair Game’s MtG scheduling because, ya just gotta be in the know?

If you answered “Yes” or “Kinda” to any of the above, why not follow the new Fair Game MtG Twitter feed?  @fairgamemtg

You can even set up your twitter account to forward tweets from that account (or any other) directly to your cell phone via text message!

We promise to use this to forward important and timely information regarding MtG related news as it applies to Fair Game. For example, this Friday (Jan 10th) we are unable to run our Beginner’s FnM tournament; we will send a tweet in the regard to notify all players and parents.

The status of drafts after regular FnM are another semi-regular event which may be of interest to many of our players.

Note: we will NOT use this account for marketing or product announcements; just tournament and event info as it applies to MtG at Fair Game.

A year behind, a year ahead

IMG_4471Happy 2014 everyone!

2013 has left the building, please move along.

Fair Game has chalked up another year on the books – graduating from the terrible twos, to the challenging threes. We are growing up!

Part of growing is looking forward to changes – but as a toddler we still need help from those around us. We are considering a few changes at the store and some new additions to our product lines. We are also starting to outgrow our current point-of-sale system and inventory control, so may take the leap at an infra-structure change this year (that will likely come with a few blog posts of it’s own if it happens). Any advice from retail owners out there would be eagerly devoured!

In terms of some expected changes, here is a quick list:

  • We are adding more board game tournaments this year – for example, Ticket to Ride (1/11), Game of Thrones (1/18), and 7 Wonders (1/25) will be featured this month.
  • Sometime in February we will be hosting a game auction. The comedic drama which unfolds when Eric, Amy or I take on the role as auctioneer should be priceless.
  • Role playing games continue to be an enigma for the business. Despite the fact that we all LOVE RPGs, they just do not generate the same type of business that the other gaming genres do. We have no solution to this yet – but it will likely involve more diverse content and possibly some organized play.
  • Miniatures have been a standout hit for us – Warmachine / Hordes specifically. We are strongly considering adding another line – and looking carefully at small scale (squad level) systems. Let us know if you have a favorite!
  • We will have some fixture changes coming – we have already switched all of our lighting to LEDs. Look forward to some ceiling fans and some more lighting in certain darker places.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I learned of the closing of our neighborhood toy store, “My Favorite Toy Store”. This is a huge blow to our town and also to Fair Game. Our two stores complimented each other quite well – there was rarely a day we didn’t meet a new customer who was referred to us by them, and similarly we frequently would send people over their way in order to find a toy or puzzle. Our two stores were symbiotic, and like the hydra who loses a head, Fair Game will be weaker without them around.

Mike – I wish you all the best in the future!


Three year anniversary sale!


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)


Holiday news – new store hours and gift suggestions

3cupcakeI can’t believe that it is time again to plan for holiday madness.

This season will mark our third anniversary(!) of doing business in Downers Grove – how cool! Three years of fun and games in the greatest town east of the Mississippi. Past our terrible twos, we are looking forward to many more years in this wonderful business.

In holiday news, we have updated our gift guide to take into account some new titles and favorites – we have also decided that Mondays aren’t that bad at all, so are opening the store on Mondays from 11am to 7pm. Amy’s in charge so watch out! 

As always, Fair Game has hundreds of games which make great gifts for anyone. Our gift guide goes over a small portion of them – we have many, MANY more in the store and would love the opportunity to discuss that special person in your life who you just can’t figure out what to buy for. Check out our guides for families, parties, travel, and kids games. For the couples, we have some ideas for 2-player games as well. Don’t forget the more “serious” games including science fiction, horror, role-playing, and head-scratching strategy. Finally, a simple game-themed stocking-stuffer may be just the thing for that gamer in your life who already seems to have everything.

We will be doing some holiday craziness over the next month or so too, so make sure to stop in and check out what’s up!



Second annual 24 hours of gaming at Fair Game!


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