Thursday, May 30, 2013

L.A. Mood's June Heroclix Schedule

All events Begin at 6:00pm unless posted otherwise

June 6 Heroclix New Rules & Team Bases Seminar & Introductory Social Event
Come out and learn all the new Rules that take effect this month! Also if you ever wanted to learn how to play heroclix, now is an excellent time. Players are welcome to bring 300pt for fun games, Training and teaching purposes
Prize: Learning, Fun and the Fellowship of your fellow players

June 13 Where did all these Teenagers come From
Build a 600 point Team.  300 pts must be from Teen Titans sets
Prizes:  Robin Costume resource/relic 3d object

June 20 Fear Itself Month 1 Event
300 point, Sealed event utilizing two (2) HeroClix Boosters per player: one (1) Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself Booster pack, and one (1) other HeroClix booster (or another Fear itself, IF turn out allows) of your choosing.
Prior to the event, players will “declare their allegiance” to one of the two Fear Itself Factions: “The Worthy” or “The Mighty.” They are now fighting for victory on behalf of their chosen Faction. They will utilize the appropriate Additional Team Ability for their faction (provided in the Month One Fear Itself kit) on their force.
Prizes:  Loki on Hel Wolf Limited Edition figures for 1st place, 2nd place and Fellowship
Book of the Skull Resource Dials & Kuurth’s Hammer 3D Objects for participation prizes
June 27 Heroclix League Event!
Build a 300pt team, with your chosen Keyword.
 If you don’t have a chosen to be in the league events, there are many left to choose from. They can be selected by attending any event and speaking with the Judge.
Prize: TBA

L.A. Mood House Rules
1. Purple Rings are legal, and no figures are retired
2. No Battlefield Conditions
3. Feats can only being used on older figures from before the Avengers set
4. Player are expected to bring a map that will be used, players may use either side if the map is double sided.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

New to L.A Mood!

New Toys!
Stuffed Adventure Time Buddies!
Ever want to reach into your TV and grab your best buds Finn and Jake and take them on your own adventures? Well now you can! These little stuffed guys are only 10.95 PLUS you can wrap Jake's noodle arms around things thanks to the power of velcro!

Star Trek Heroclix Tactics!

It's a battle between The Federation and the Klingons! Star Trek Heroclix Tactics is 100% compatible with the HeroClix core rules system but meant to be played on it own. (If you want to Klingon Bird of Prey to battle Spiderman you'll have to do it in a J.J. Abrahms style alternate universe!)

Star Wars Vehicle Collection Vol. 6

These highly detailed Japanese imported Star Wars models are coveted by collectors! A long time ago we got a batch in from far, far away but unfortunately for collectors the Empire put a blockade in place and we couldn't get any more in! Lucky for us we know one of the best smuggler's in the galaxy...


We have some ultra cool Japanese import Gundam models at the store like this awesome Zeta Model pictured!  

TMNT The Works

Dude this Turtles coffee table book looks like a pizza box..and inside the original Eastman and Laird comics are reprinted in radical colour! It may not be deep dish but this meaty volume is perfect when you wanna turn into a vegetable and read something cheesey for a  real treat!

Tales of the Buddha (Before he got Enlightened)
These stories take an extremely lighthearted approach to Buddha's journey of discovery as he samples other religions whilst hanging out with other well known religious icons, as well as getting the chance to experience life's...ahem... more physical pleasures along the way.

Comic Con Exclusive Dr. Who Police Call Box Lunch Box!

...and you didn't even have to fight it out with other Who fans at Comic Con to get!

 Game of Thrones Card Sleeves

We got G.O.T. House themed card (Cough)
Let 'em know where you stand and who represent in your game of thrones..I mean "Cards"..Which may or may not be Game of-Okay...I quit.

Season's Enchanted Kingdom!

The first expansion for for Season's includes two copies each of 20 new power cards, 10 enchantment cards, 12 special ability tokens- Whatever that means! Customers LOVE the game so much they keep buying all the copies before I get a chance to play it!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2013 Spiels de Jahres Nominees Announced!

This past week the nominees for the 2013 Spiels des Jahres Awards were announced.  What are the Spiel des Jahres you ask?  Well, this is a German award that is given out each year which recognizes some of the best games that were released during the previous year.  First awarded in  1978, the award aims to recognize excellence in game design and to promote gaming as a hobby, particularly within the German market.  Although German in origin and having been created to grow the hobby in Germany specifically, the Spiels des Jahres has evolved into an award recognized by the global gaming community as one of most prestigious accolades any game can receive.  Almost invariably, games that win this award go on to become huge commercial successes.  Past winners include: Settlers of Catan, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, El Grande, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Dixit, Dominion and Kingdom Builder.  Like I said, commercial successes!

The Spiels is awarded in three categories.  In the first place, there is the Spiels des Jahre (or game of the year) which is awarded to what might be called the best "gateway" game.  Then, there is the Kennerspiels des Jahres, which is awarded to what might be called a "gamer's" game.  Finally, there is an award for the best family game of the year.  For each of these categories, three game get nominations and, in addition, the jury provides a recommended list in each category as well.  While often controversial in the jury's selections have never failed to provide excitement and an economic boost for these games.

So which games got nominated this year?  Well here you go:

Spiels des Jahres Nominees:
Augustus (by Paolo Mori designer of Libertalia)
Hanabi (by Antoine Bauza designer of 7 Wonders)
Quixx by Stephen Benndorf

Spiels des Jahres Recommended:
Divinare; Escape: The Curse of the Temple; Hand auf Herz; La Boca; Libertalia; Mixtour; Riff Raff; Rondo; Yay!.

Kennerspiels des Jahres Nominees:
Brugges (by Stefan Feld designer of Castles of Burgundy, Rialto, Notre Dame and many more)
Legends of Andor (by Michael Menzel artist extraordinaire)
Palaces of Carrara (by Wolfgan Kramer and Michael Kiesling)

Kennerspiels des Jahres Recommended:
Terra Mystica
T'zolkin The Mayan Calendar

I won't list the family games because they are all German titles that would be pretty tough to get outside of Europe.

I have played most of these games and over the next little while I will make several posts commenting on those titles as a means of providing you more information on these great games.  For now, I will just say that there are two titles worthy of particular note: Augustus and Terra Mystica.  Both of these games are outstanding titles and two of the best games I have played in the past year.  Incidentally, when I last checked, the store had two copies of Augustus in stock -- so if you want one you had better move fast!

Have a great day and game on!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Victoria Day Magic Marathon

In celebration of Victoria Day we are going to have a day of Magic.
Starting at 12pm we are going to have Magic events all day. At 12pm there is going to be a Dragon's Maze sealed. It will be $20 entry for your 6 packs and a prize payout of 3-2-1-1. At 3pm there will be a $10 Ravnica block draft with a 3-2-11 prize payout. Finally at 6pm there will be a $5 standard event payout will be store credit. There will also be open Commander play or any format you wish to play.

Monday, May 06, 2013

FCBD 2013 A Huge Success!

Sometimes the line up was to the corner, but everyone had a great time on FCBD!
A stormtrooper (thanks Mike!) was directing the crowds!
Sky & Co. were entertaining them!
Lenore (thanks Laura!) was greeting them!
and the costumes were awesome!
FM96 was calling them over the airways!
but really we do it all for them!

Thank you to all of you who made FCBD special! for more pics you can follow the link here.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

May Magic Schedule
FNM Standard -   
Start Time 6:30; 
Entry Fee $2;
Swiss Rounds; 

FNM Drafts -  
Start Time Draft #1 Starts at 6:30 Draft #2 Starts approx. 8:30 (after two rounds of Standard); 
Entry Fee $10; 
Keep What You Draft; 
Swiss Rounds;
Latest Draft Format (e.g., currently Dragons Maze); 
Prizes consist of 3/2/1/1 booster pack prizes (based on 8 players) to the Top 3 and FNM foils distributed to the Top 2 players automatically.

Other prizes, like foil door prizes and other handouts, including Intro packs and Battle Packs, will be distributed as before, with a door prize pool equal to about half the number of entrants!  Based on our average 30-man FNM attendance (you can see the  expected prize distribution above), I think this is an exceptionally exciting change.  Let everyone know about our huge FNMs - the more people who play, the larger the prize pool gets!

 May Schedule

May 3- FNM
Standard-legal deck required. 6:30 pm start time, $2   $10 3-2-1-1 Ravnica Block draft available at 6:30pm and 8:30 pm. Dragons Maze is legal.
May 5 - Commander League Starts 3:00pm
May 6 - Monday Night Sealed
6:30PM Start Time  $20 for your six packs 2 Dragons Maze, 2 Gatecrash, 2 Return to Ravnica. There will be a 3-2-1-1 payout.

May 10- FNM
Standard-legal deck required. 6:30 pm start time, $2  $10 3-2-1-1 Ravnica Block draft available at 6:30pm and 8:30 pm.
May 12- No Commander this week It is Mother's Day
May 13 -  Monday Night Draft
6:30PM Start Time  Ravnica Block Draft Rare Redraft $10 entry fee

May 17 - FNM  
Standard-legal deck required. 6:30 pm start time, $2 $10 3-2-1-1 Ravnica Block draft available at 6:30pm and 8:30 pm.
May 19- Commander League 3:00pm

May 20 -   Monday Night Draft
6:30PM Start Time Ravnica Block Rare Redraft $10 entry fee
May 24- FNM Standard-legal deck required. 6:30 pm start time, $2 $10 3-2-1-1 Ravnica Block draft available at 6:30pm and 8:30 pm.
May 26 - Dragons Maze Game Day 12pm Free entry. Everyone Receives a full art Trostani's Summoner,  Top 8 will receive a Full art Melek, Izzet Paragon and the Winner will win the Champion Play Mat
May 27 -   Monday Night Draft
6:30PM Start Time Ravnica Block Rare Redraft $10 entry fee
May 31- FNM Standard-legal deck required. 6:30 pm start time, $2 $10 3-2-1-1 Ravnica Block draft available at 6:30pm and 8:30 pm.


Commander League

Starts April 14 at 3pm
The League will last for 2 months.
The entry will be a one time $5 fee that will go into the prize pot.
The league will be based on the Armada Games point league.
League will consist of 2 two hour matches with tables of four people.
After each match the point totals will be added to each persons league total
At the end of the league the prize pool will be divided among the top 8 players.
There will be other prizes that will be given away like Foil generals, alters and the like.
This is going to be a casual fun league so degenerate combo based decks are strongly discouraged.

Commander League Points

-4 Point
But we just started – Eliminating a player prior to their 5th turn.

-2 Points
Chasm – Be the instigator of wrecking one or more players mana bases.
Only there for its color – Finish the game without playing your General. If a player did not have the ability to cast their general during the game, they do not receive this award.

-1 Point
Greedy McGreederson – Take 3 or more Turns in a row. This can be awarded more than once.

+1 Point

Block! – Give another player a creature you own.

Chumpzilla – Control 10 or more token creatures.

Clash of the Titans – Control 5+ Legendary Creatures

Copycat – First player to copy a spell or permanent of an opponent.

Danger Zone – Eliminate an opponent while your life is less than 5.

Edge of Disaster - First player to have fewer than ten cards in his or her library.

First Blood – First player to deal combat damage to an opponent

Forth Times the Charm – Resolve your General 4 times in a single game from the Command Zone.

Generalissimo – Eliminate a player with General damage. Can be awarded more than once.

Hey, That’s Mine! – Gain control of a permanent you own from another player.

I Suck – Be eliminated from the game or have it end when you have 0 points. This checks after “It was a valiant effort” but after “I’m Out”.

I’m Out – Be the first player eliminated from the table.

It’s Waffer Thin – Eliminate an opponent with a 1/1 creature.

Look at Me – Be the last player remaining in a pod.

Start with the Top – Destroy or Exile a Sensei’s Divining Top you don’t control.

Suicide Bomber – Eliminate all remaining players at the same time (yes this includes you).

Tribal Dance – Control 7 or more non-token creatures of the same creature type.

What Goes Around – Take control of a permanent that an opponent took control of from another opponent.

Where’s Timmy – Put an opponent at 1 life.
+2 Points
Here we come again! – Have 2+ extra combat steps in a single turn.

I Brought Friends – Control 3+ Planeswalkers at the same time.

Three’s Not a Crowd – Resolve three different non-land permanents of three different types on the same turn.
Let’s Do That Again – Save an opponent from taking lethal damage.
You’re Outta Here – Kill a player or being directly responsible for a player’s elimination.

+3 Points
Get There – Cast your general when total cost is 20 or more.

+4 Points
The Cheese Stands Alone – Win the game with 2 or more opponents still in the game.

End of Game Points
+1 Point - The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fall -- The person with the highest life total when he/she died (for combat death, look at the life total before combat damage was applied) wins a point.

+1 Point - He Who Dies With the Most Toys, Loses -- The person who had the least artifacts in play when he/she died wins a point.

+1 Point – What Friends? -- The person who had the least creatures in play when he/she died wins a point.

+1 Point - Huge Tracts of Land -- The person who had the least lands in play when he/she died wins a point.