Archive for June, 2009

2008 Origin Award Winners Announced

June 30, 2009

Every year, Origins Awards recognizes some of the best games and accessories released in the previous year. List of the 2008 winners was just announced. Here is the complete list of winners by category:

Board Games:
Pandemic by Z-Man Games, Inc.
Designed by Matt Leacock

Children’s, Family, and Party Games:
Say Anything by North Star Games
Designed by Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri

Historical Board Games:
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear by Academy Games
Designed by Uwe Eickert

Card Games:
Dominion by Rio Grande Games
Designed by Donald X Vaccarino

Collectible Card Games:
Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1 by Wizards of the Coast
Designed by Bill Rose and Devin Low

Fiction:
Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2 Published by Devil’s Due
Edited by James Lowder & Mike O’Sullivan

Non-Fiction:
Tour de Lovecraft: The Tale Published by Atomic Overmind Press
Written by Ken Hite

Miniature Game Rules:
Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations by Catalyst Game Labs
Designed by Randall N. Bills and Herbert A Beas II

Miniature Figure or Line of Miniature Figures:
Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars by Wizards of the Coast

Historical Miniatures Line of the Year: Tie

Fields of Glory Miniature Rules by Osprey Publishing / Slitherine Software
Designed by Richard Bodley-Scott

Song of Drums and Shako by Ganesha Games
Designed by Andrea Sfiligoi

Historical Miniature Figure Game Rules Supplement:
Rise of Rome (Fields of Glory Supplement) by Osprey Publishing

Historical Miniature Figure Line:
SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie (GEAB06) [15mm Line] by Battlefront Games

Role-Playing Game: Mouseguard Role-Playing Game by Archaia Studios Press
Designed by Luke Crane and David Petersen

Role-Playing Game Supplement:
Serenity Adventures by Margaret Weis Productions
Designed by Alana Abbot, Billy Aguiar, James Davenport, Ted Reed, and James M. Ward

Game Accessory: D-Total die by Gamescience
Designed by Dr. A. F. Simkin, Frank Dutrain, and Louis Zocchi

We carry several of these products at Kings Games and can get the rest as special order items for those who are interested.

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Epic 5K Coverage

June 29, 2009

We hosted the first Designed Deck $5,000 championship for Epic this weekend. A total of 40 players attended the event – a bit less than I expected (my guess was 60) but in line with what Rob and others had anticipated. A number of Epic pros such as Will Morgan and Tim Capes traveled from outside the region while most (about 30) of the players were from NY, NJ, PA and CT. 5K Florida champion and YuGiOh pro Jerry Wang was considered a favorite to win the event but failed to make top 8 this time around. He made up for it on Sunday, by winning free airfare to 5K in California this September.

Perhaps the saddest story of the weekend was that of 5K MA winner Jason Tien. His flight got canceled, stranding him in an airport for close to 20 hours. He ended up arriving in Brooklyn toward the end of the day on Saturday, way too late to participate. Jason graciously volunteered to write up some feature match coverage of the later rounds, and it will be posted soon at epictcg.com

On the brighter note, Epic designer Rob Dougherty was on hand talking freely about the future of the game, upcoming set, and gunslinging against all comers with some wacky decks. Anyone who played Rob got a free token card while anyone who managed to beat him got a complete set of all 7 tokens. A Hall of Fame Magic player, Rob was not easy to beat even though he was playing with intentionally casual decks.

In the finals it came down to Marc Paschover vs Tim Capes. Marc hails from a Magic background and once represented Belgium (where he used to live) as part of the national team at a World Championship. In addition to being one of my oldest friends personally, Marc has been a Kings Games regular since day 1 so of course it was great to see him do so well. Tim Capes is a Vs System pro from Canada who is active and well-known in the Epic online community. It was great to see him again (last time I met Tim, our teams split in the finals of a Vs System 10K championship). Tim and Marc split in the finals and played it out for the title, bragging rights and the Doom promo card and trophy. It was an exciting match that went on for about an hour and lasted all three games. In the end, Tim’s Unstoppable deck persevered against Marc’s control build 2-1.

Below are the top 8 deck lists from the event:

——————
Tim Capes

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x Echoing Mage
3x Obliterate
3x Living Nightmare
3x Dreaded Judge
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Imposter
3x Charmed
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Food for Thought
3x Determination
3x Confiscate
3x The Facilitator
3x Ambush

3x Anything but That
3x Compromise
3x Seaside Cave
3x Now
3x Quick Strike
3x Take Cover

Sideboard

3x Bladed Vampire
3x Giant Spider
3x New World Order
3x Madness Demon
3x Mithril Armor
——————–

Marc Paschover

3x Jason
1x Mr.Hyde
3x Facilitator
2x Dreaded Judge
3x Fire Breathing Dragon
3x Echoes of Despair
3x Execution
3x Food for Thought
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Confiscate
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No
3x No Escape

3x Muse
3x Priestess
3x Sage
3x Werewolf
1x Relentless Chant
3x Anything but That
2x Nullifier

Sideboard-

1x Dreaded Judge
3x Charmed
3x Echoes of Martyrdom
3x Echoes of Inspiration
2x Rend
3x Mithril Armor
——————–

Daniel Ketani

3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Ring of Speed
3x The Facilitator
3x Call of the Wild
3x Deep Thought
3x Doppelganger
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Salvage
3x Mithril Armor
3x Echoing Mage

3x Exhume
3x Nightrise
3x Deathblow
3x Compromise
3x Now
3x Thought Stealer

sideboard-

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
2x Charmed
3x Obliberate
3x Gold
2x Dimensional Incompatibility
2x Nightmare’s Past

———————

James Kandziolka

3x Can’t or Won’t
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Ring of Speed
3x The Facilitator
3x Call of the Wild
3x Deep Thought
3x Doppelganger
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Salvage
3x Mithril Armor
3x Echoing Mage

3x Exhume
3x Nightrise
3x Deathblow
3x Compromise
3x Now
3x Thought Stealer

sideboard-

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
2x Charmed
3x Obliberate
3x Gold
2x Dimensional Incompatibility
2x Nightmare’s Past

—————————

Colin Deicke

3x Charmed
3x Gold
3x New World Order
3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x Obliterate
3x Knowledge
3x Ring of Speed
3x Food For Thought
3x Diamond Golem
3x Dimensional Incomatibility
3x Can’t or Won’t
3x No
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x Graft-Steel Builder

3x Exhume
3x Relentless Chant
3x The Shield
3x Anything but That
3x Compromise
3x Thought Stealer

Sideboard-

3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Mithril Armor
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Rend
3x Warped Space

———————

David Hanna

1x Deep Thought
3x Echoes of Inspiration
1x Crystal Ball
3x Begone!
3x Dimensional Incompatibility
3x Enlightenment
3x Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3x Guns Lots of Guns
3x Knowledge
3x Blue Dragon
3x Mithril Armor
3x Pegasus
3x Return Home
3x Spirit of Yesterdays
3x Raise the Dead
2x Book of Secrets

3x Druid
2x The Hard Way
3x Tranquil Retreat
3x Compromise
3x Muse
3x Naturalist

Sideboard-

1x Confiscate
3x Forgotten Wisdom
3x Leave Me!
3x Never
3x Timekeeper
1x Reality Check
1x The Shield

——————

Fredrick Chang

3x Frankenstein’s Monster
3x The Facilitator
3x Dreaded Judge
1x Necromancer Lord
3x Imposter
3x Nentack
1x Mr. Hyde
3x Echoing Mage
3x Dominator
3x Confiscate
3x No Escape
3x Food for Thought
3x Dimensional Incompatability
3x Ambush
3x Charmed
1x Ring of Speed

3x Thought Stealer
3x Comprimise
3x Seaside Cave
3x Take Cover
3x Now
2x Nullifier
1x The Shield

Sideboard-

2x Echoes of Inspiration
2x New World Order
3x Nightmare’s Past
3x Mithril Armor
1x Echoes of Calm
1x Ring of Speed
3x Archangel

——————

Noriyuki Ayukawa

3x T-Rex
3x Fire Breathing Dragon
2x Frankenstein’s Monster
1x Necromancer Lord
1x The Herald
1x Mr. Hyde
2x Hunting Raptors
3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Force of Nature
3x Rend
3x Ambush
3x Charmed
2x Forgotten Wisdom
2x Can’t or Won’t
1x Pay Tribute
3x Firespitter
2x The Facilitator
3x Food for Thought
2x Dimensional Incompatibility

3x Lizard Guard
3x Relentless Chant
3x Now!
3x Compromise
2x Night Rise
1x Nature’s Renewal
3x Seaside Cave

Sideboard-

2x Salvage
2x New World Order
2x Smash
2x No Escape
2x Timeripper
2x Warped Space
3x Time Out

Kings Games 7th Anniversary

June 16, 2009

It is hard to believe it’s been seven years already.

Kings Games opened its doors on June 15th 2002 as a humble and relatively small game store. We were among the very first companies to combine an Internet Cafe and game store models, paving the wave for many more hybrid game centers to come. We have moved twice since, each time to a larger and better location and have grown both our store and New York’s gaming community.

This year our focus has been on utilizing the Internet to better communicate with everyone. Technologies like this blog, Twitter and Facebook will help us keep everyone up to date on what’s going on at KG. We are also going to redouble our efforts on premier events. Many game manufacturers have been scaling back their premier events and/or moving away from the professional organizer model to game store model. As someone who was a competitive gamer way before becoming a tournament organizer I strongly believe that players crave large, exciting events in addition to the local store tournaments. Kings Games will continue to develop large tournament series across the North East.

This year alone we have been entrusted with running World Championship events for two games – Epic and Chaotic. Both will take place in Philadelphia this winter – a city we believe to be a perfect destination for large tournaments. We are also working on large-scale tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic and potentially other yet-unreleased games.

If we are lucky, the next seven years are going to be as much fun as the first!

Epic GT in Denville NJ 4/16 Deck Lists

June 14, 2009

12 players attended the Epic Grand Tournament at All In One Collectibles in Denville NJ. Jerry Wang split with Marr Ehrhart in the finals. Top 4 deck lists follow:

James Kandziolka

3 Frankenstein’s Monster
3 Drinker of the Dead
3 Food for Thought
3 Night Feeder
3 Bladed Vampire
3 Nightmare’s Past
3 Execution
3 Eye of Navec
3 Echoes of Despair
3 Memory Demon
3 Drain Essence
3 Dimensional Vortex
3 Psionic Assault

3 You Lack Faith
3 Unquenchable Thirst
3 Relentless Chant
3 Thought Stealer
3 At Any Price
3 Ritual of Reanimation

Sideboard

3 Dark Angel
3 Night of the Living Dead
3 Protector
3 Burrowing Wurm
3 Mithril Armor

Jimmy O’Brien

1 Mr. Hyde
1 Necromancer Lord
1 The Herald
3 Nentack
3 Timeripper
3 Fire Breathing Dragon
3 Ambush
3 Frankenstein’s Monster
3 Blast
3 T-Rex
3 Spontaneous Combustion
3 No
3 Lightning Storm
3 Forgotten Wisdom
3 Force of Nature
3 Firespitter

3 Hired Muscle
3 Now!
3 Seaside Cave
3 Brute
3 Lizard Guard
3 Werewolf

Sideboard

3 Decay
3 Aftershock
3 Echoes of Thunder
3 Mithril Armor
3 Avenging Angel

Matthew Ehrhart

3 Frankenstein’s Monster
3 Spontaneous Combustion
3 Obliterate
3 Food for Thought
3 Nightmare’s Past
3 Charmed
3 Confiscate
3 Can’t or Won’t
3 Knowledge
3 No
3 Forgotten Wisdom
3 Dimensional Incompatibility
3 Warped Space
3 No Escape

3 Brute
3 Dark Knight
3 Muse
3 Elven Chariot
3 White Dragon
3 Hired Muscle

Sideboard

3 Mithril Armor
3 Rend
3 Execution
3 Night of the Living Dead
3 Dreaded Judge

Jerry Wang

3 Graft-Steel Thoughtkeeper
3 Graft-Steel Builder
3 Echoing Mage
2 The Facilitator
2 Frankenstein’s Monster
1 Nentack
1 Puppeteer
1 The Herald
1 Mr Hyde
1 Necromander Lord
1 Dreaded Judge
3 Ring of Speed
3 Mithril Armor
3 Food for Thought
3 Execution
3 Dimentional Incompatibility
3 Salvage
3 Cant or Wont
3 Confiscate

3 Seaside Cave
3 Thoughtstealer
2 Now
3 Compromise
2 Exhume
2 Nullifier
1 The Shield
1 Ritual of Reanimation

Sideboard

3 Gold
2 Charmed
2 Warped Space
2 Nightmare’s Past
2 New World Order
2 Dreaded Judge
1 Primal Magic
1 Obliterate

Wizards of the Coast Gift With Purchase Weekend!

June 11, 2009

Stop by the store over the weekend of June 12 through June 14 and purchase $15+ worth of Wizards of the Coast products and receive a FREE GIFT (while supplies last).

You can choose a gift from the following items:

* 2x Magic: The Gathering Half Decks
* D&D Miniatures: Demonweb Booster Pack
* Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars starter set
* The Orc King: D&D Hardcover novel

One gift per person per day. Thanks WOTC for making this happen!

Epic GT Top 4 Deck Lists June 6 Brooklyn NY

June 10, 2009

Here are the top 4 deck lists from the Epic GT this weekend. Jerry Wang and Dan Sotelo split in the finals with invite going to Dan as Jerry was already qualified.

Top 2:

Daniel Sotelo

Jerry Wang

Top 4:

Joe Demestrio

Marc Paschover

YuGiOh Regional Top 8 Deck Lists – June 7

June 10, 2009

Here are the top 8 deck lists from this weekend’s regional.

Top 4:

Steven Harris

Michael Tortorella

Jerry Wang

Michael Rossitto

Top 8:

Desmond Boyd

Joel Terres

Michael Rodriguez

Rafael Mercado

YuGiOh Laptop Tournament Top 8 Deck Lists

June 10, 2009

Better late than never, here are the top 8 deck lists from the Laptop tournament held a couple of weeks back:

Felipe DeJesus

George Velasquez

Jarel Winston

Jerry Wang

Luis Rivera

Mike Rossitto

Robert Di Martino

Shane Scurry

Kings Games Now on Twitter

June 7, 2009

Once again, loads and loads of actual work have taken me away from updating this blog as often as I’d like – and once again I am attempting to get back to the regular updates starting this coming week. As of today we launched a Twitter account for Kings Games, so that we can do much more frequent brief updates, such as listing tournament winners and info and – if time allows – cool industry news. You can sign up to follow our Twitter updates via kingsgames.com front page.

Tomorrow is our first Yu-Gi-Oh! Regional since Konami took over. We are excited, but we are also dreading turning away people as I am pretty sure more than 160 will show up in the morning. My advice to anyone who has called or stopped by has been to show up early (we will open the store at 9am) in order to make sure that you have a spot in the event.

Over the next few days I expect to post a bunch of deck lists – we already uploaded deck lists from the YuGiOh Laptop tournament that took place a couple of weeks back and I just need to link them here. We will also post the winning deck lists from tomorrow’s Regional as well as the top deck lists from the Epic Grand Tournament that took place today. Dan Sotelo and Jerry Wang split in the finals. Dan got the invite as Jerry was already qualified.