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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!



Chestnuts roasting, X-Wings flying

We are rapidly coming up to our two year anniversary here at Fair Game – and like we have done in the past, we will celebrate with a Black Friday sale. Details are a well-guarded secret that will not be revealed until the day before via email (so if you are not already on our email list, sign up over there on the right).

Steeped in mystery, the Black Sale Seance is held each year to determine which products will achieve “sale status”. In all honesty, I cannot recall what occurs during these events since our minds are erased after each one. I’m sure it involves incense and eggnog however.

In any event, I have prepared a gift guide for those of you who have a gamer to buy for. This is just a itsy-bitsy tiny sampling of the games we carry and recommend, so if you still can’t think of something after perusing it, come on in and ask. We love to talk about giving games as gifts!

You can access the 2012 Gift Guide right here.



Panic! Chaos! Christmas!!

Well look at that. Twelve months have gone by – Fair Game is a feisty one-year-old!

That’s amazing in a number of ways – but not the main point of this post. Nope, this post is about YOU, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who have just realized that Christmas is a few days away and there are some presents to be procured. Do yourself a favor and come on down to Downers Grove and check out what is happening in our town. We have a wonderful selection of independent shops – Teas, Toys, Spices and Gifts. Treats and lunch as well!

Of course Fair Game has, what we consider, the best gift of all- interaction. Come grab a game for that person for whom you “just don’t know what to get”. Mom and Dad are hard to shop for? We’ll find you something they will love. Kids playing games you have no idea about? Come on in and we’ll talk you through it.

We have a bunch of gift suggestions hiding up in that “Parties & Gifts” menu – games for families, kids, traveling, 2-players and large groups. Gifts for the ‘serious‘ gamer, and fans of science fiction and horror movies. Game themed stocking stuffers and accessories for role players round out our suggestions.

Even if you can’t be bothered to check those lists out, here is our the top 5 ‘quick! I need a gift’ ideas:

ELEMINIS – a very simple to learn card game for kids and adults alike. Try to collect one of each Elemini while thwarting your opponents. Cute characters and no hand management make this an idea game for younger and older gamers alike.


RORY’S STORY CUBES – Do I need to say even more about the game which a popular gamer reviewer said “This might just be the perfect game.” Wonderful.


TELESTRATIONS – The game that is guaranteed to turn any group, into a party! A combination of Pictionary and telephone, players alternate drawing and guessing simple pictures in an attempt to determine the original idea. Hilarity ensues.


QUACK IN THE BOX – If you are looking for a gift intended for a doctor or someone in the medical profession (and they have a sense of humor!), this card game is perfect. As a greedy doctor, your goal is to make as much money as possible without being sued for medical malpractice.


– just like butter for your pancakes, or oil for your car – every gamer needs accessories. Dice, card sleeves, binders and books. Miniatures, paints and brushes.  Come in and pick out a few things to compliment your gamers hobby.


Finally – even if you are one of those who has managed to finish gift buying months ago, stop on by and wish us a happy birthday!

I hope you all have a happy, safe and fun holiday.