Free RPG Day is this coming weekend and we're incredibly excited! It's a fantastic way to celebrate the many roleplaying games out there these days, and to get something nice for yourself. Publishers from across the industry have sent us cool demo adventures and quickstart kits, and we'll have these on display. You can stop by and pick one of them to take home, so choose something that speaks to you! Our local gamemasters will also be running games throughout the day, so come and play if you can! Here are the games we'll have tables for: 12:00 PM - Pathfinder 2nd Edition: Our very own Shaun will be running the short scenario A Fistful of Flowers for the Pathfinder 2nd Edition roleplaying game. Four plant-like leshies have noticed that others from their community have gone missing, and set off in search of them... This scenario is also the official Free RPG Day product for Pathfinder, so you can grab yourself a copy once you've played! 1:00 PM - FATE of Cthulhu: Save the future! The Great Old Ones have reached their tendrils back in time to our present-day, and only an alliance of time-travelers and present-day heroes can stop them. Run by Alan K., FATE of Cthulhu uses the cinematic FATE Core System. 2:00 PM - Cyberpunk Red: Get ready, choombas, it's time to carve out a place for yourself on the Edge. Cyberpunk Red is a game of desperate street gangs and ambitious corporate ladder-climbers in a near-future filled with cybernetic enhancements. 3:00 PM - A Familiar Problem: Co-designed by Marisha Ray of Critical Role fame and Grant Howitt, designer of Honey Heist, A Familiar Problem is a one-page RPG about a team of scrappy and stressed-out wizards' familiars off on adventures of their own! Matt T. will be running our first session of this! You can also pick up a FREE copy as this is one of the games for the event! 4:00 PM - Little Monster Detectives: Where do all those missing socks go once they've disappeared from the dryer? Little Monster Detectives is a game about children and adults who team up to investigate mischievous monster crimes. Aimed at kids, the focus is on storytelling, and the game also provides stickers to show character advancement! Rebecca loves this game and will be running it! 5:00 PM - A Familiar Problem: We've got another slot to run, courtesy of Blake L.! 7:00 PM - Vampire: The Masquerade: Vampire: The Masquerade is a game of modern-day personal horror. The players take on the role of vampires, caught forever between humanity and the Beast as they live out their cursed existence from night to night. Not only must they contend with their inner demons, but also their own kind as they play out a twisted game of politics and intrigue. Run by Shaun. Adults only, as the game's themes are not suitable for children.
This weekend, tell 'em you got Family obligations. Streets of New Capenna Prerelease Weekend is a few days away and we have a whole slate of events! Friday 4/22 @ 3 PM Friday 4/22 @ 7 PM Saturday 4/23 @ 1 PM (Two-Headed Giant) Saturday 4/23 @ 5 PM Sunday 4/24 @ 1 PM We also have PreOrders for Streets of New Capenna products! Clicky clicky here for all the things mentioned above: https://hightidegames.com/collections/streets-of-new-capenna-preorders
Today marks 9 years since opening the doors to High Tide Games. In the past, we've held celebration events to mark the anniversary, but I decided against doing so this year. Construction on Bard's Bistro is at a critical point and I am pushing with every ounce of energy and funds to get it opened in April. As I type this, a jackhammer is pounding trenches in the concrete making it difficult to concentrate. That being said, I still want to take a few minutes to remember some of the milestones we've passed over the years.High Tide Games opened March 1st, 2013 in the back portion of the building that currently has Woo's Kitchen and China Cafe.Year 1 (2013) - We concentrated mainly on Magic and board gaming. We hosted lots of tournaments and participated in the first International TableTop Day. The community seemed to grow and grow and everyone was super supportive.Year 2 (2014) - The limitations of that original location reached a breaking point. I'm sure some of you remember the air conditioning problems, the parking problems, and the lack of space. A mere 15 months after opening, we moved to our current location.Year 3 (2015) - The additional space allowed us to expand into Games Workshop products. The front-facing location really boosted the growth of our Pokemon League. We also subscribed to a full-fledged Point of Sale system giving us the ability to manage inventory and keep track of metrics.Year 4 (2016) - Events, events, events. In addition to all of the daily and release events, we held our first ever Free RPG Day, our first Easter Pokeball Hunt, and our first Board Game Swap!Year 5 (2017) - Not entirely store related, but a huge event in my own life - my little one, known around the store as "the boss", was born in May of 2017. This year was also marked by the first St. Mary's Board Gamers Gala, the first multi-table D&D event, and a local Comic-Con!Year 6 (2018) - This year was all about D&D! No matter how many new tables we started we still needed more. We were hosting 8 tables of D&D on Wednesday night, 6 tables of teens D&D on Friday night, elementary school D&D tables Friday afternoon, and special events like all ladies D&D and multi-table epics.Year 7 (2019) - Believe it or not, my plan to open Bard's Bistro started back in 2019. Things were running smoothly at the store so it felt like it was finally time to branch out into what was my dream from the start - gaming + food. I even attempted to negotiate purchasing the bowling alley across the street, but sadly that deal fell through.Year 8 (2020) - The pandemic put the restaurant expansion plan on hold. I used the shutdown as an opportunity to remodel the retail and gaming spaces. We were a very community-centric, event based business and that just wasn't sustainable anymore so we made a big shift to being retail focused and brought our website to the forefront.Year 9 (2021) - Time to get the restaurant plan back on track. I signed the lease for next door back in May of 2021 and stared the build-out process. Renovations have been really extensive because the space wasn't set up to be a restaurant in the past. Another big accomplishment for the year was achieving WPN Premium status in July. All while juggling the ups and downs of the pandemic.And that brings us to now. I'm super excited to see the bistro project coming together. I was really hoping we'd be celebrating this anniversary with it fully open, but I just couldn't make it happen. I'm still projecting an April opening barring all catastrophes.I'd love to hear some of your store-related stories from the past 9 years. It has been a joy watching all of you grow and change. I now have employees who have been playing at the store since they were little kids. I'm always excited when a new "store baby" is born or when I get a wedding invite.
With Christmas just a few days away and shipping deadlines passed, I thought it might be a good time to promote some of the cool gift-worthy items High Tide Games is proud to carry. Please check out this short newsletter I put together...
We need your help to put a game on every table this holiday season! The "Game on Every Table" program was designed by a fellow game store owner Pat Fuge of Gnome Games in Greenbay, Wisconsin. Several game publishers have joined in to support the program and it is being picked up by Local Game Stores throughout the country. The concept is simple - when someone purchases a game included in the program, they have the option of buying a second copy at half price to put in the Toys for Tots donation box. Local details: This is our first year participating and we got the details figured out a little later than we'd hoped so we're offering games from only one publisher. The good news is that publisher is Haba and their amazing selection is full of family games that I know your family will love and will be perfect additions to every table! Our Toys for Tots pick-up date is Saturday, December 4th. Here's a list of the games we're offering this year: Brandon the Brave - A tile laying game perfect for players 5-8 years old. It also has a solo play mode that is challenging even for adults! Adventure Land - An award winning adventure game for ages 10 and up. Air Bears - A magnetic game about travel that is also great for trips! Recommended for ages 4-8. Barnyard Bunch - A cooperative game where players work together to keep animals from straying too far from the farm before sundown. Cloaked Cats - A cat themed deduction game. Recommended for ages 6-9. Critter Cruise - A cooperative game themed around Noah's Arc. Recommended for ages 3-7. Dragon Rapid Fire - Take your dragon on an adventure. Recommended for ages 3-6. Dragon's Breath - An action-packed 3 dimensional collecting game. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Hedgehog Haberdash - Decorage hedgehogs in this bright, colorful memory game for ages 3-6. Honga - A tactical game featuring a very hungry sabre toothed tiger. Recommended for ages 8+. In a Flash! Firefighters - Earn firefighting medals by being the first to untangle and lay out your fire hose. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Iquazu - A beautifully illustrated adventure game recommended for ages 10 and up. Karuba the Card Game - Guide your adventurer through the jungle while collecting treasures. Recommended for ages 6 and up. King of the Dice - Attract citizens to your newly formed kingdom. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Meduris the Call of the Gods - A Challenging resource building game for ages 10 and up. Miyabi - Design and build a Japanese garden. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Monza - A Car Racing Beginner's Board Game that Encourages Thinking Skills. Recommended for ages Ages 5 and Up. Mountains - A Collecting Game Requiring Memory, Strategy and a Bit of Luck. Recommended for ages Ages 8 and up. Rhino Hero - A Heroic 3D Stacking Card Game. Recommended for Ages 5 and Up. Rhino Hero Super Battle - Bigger buildings and more characters are a recipe for fun for all ages! Unicorn Glitterluck - Follow your unicorn on a journey across poofy clouds and rainbow slides while collecting cloud crystals. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Unicorn Glitterluck: Cloud Stacking - Work together to stack up your over-crowded cloud castle just right. For players ages 4-8. Valley of the Vikings - Knock Down Barrels & Collect (or Steal) the Most Gold! Recommended for Ages 6 and Up. Wobble King - Fast Paced Push Your Luck Wobbly Game of Balance and Dexterity. Recommended for Ages 4 and Up. Snail Sprint - Creep, Crawl and Race to The Finish Line in This Secret Identity Roll & Move Game of Luck and Choice. Recommended for ages 5 and up. My Very First Games: Building Site - This fun cooperative game has kids working together at the construction site to build a house. Recommended for ages 2 and up. My Very First Games: Nibble Munch Crunch - Play together and work on colors, shapes, and animals with this collection of small games. Recommended for ages 2 and up. My Very First Games: Tidy Up - A cooperative tidy up game for 1-3 little cleaner-uppers. Includes matching and competitive game variations. Recommended for ages 2 and up. My Very First Games: Hungry Bear - Fosters memory, dexterity and language skills. For solo play or for up to 3 players. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
I hope this format comes out okay. The newsletter will be available in print tomorrow at the store as well. While supplies last, every player who comes in will get to choose one of the RPG offerings from this year's collection. You can find a sneak peak of the freebies here: https://www.freerpgday.com/ In addition to giving out free stuff, we'll be running demos of featured games all day! These will be one shot adventures with pre-generated characters and are geared towards new and/or inexperienced players. Our GMs are putting lots of work into these games so please come out and support them by playing! One Shot Demos Schedule: 12 Noon - Victoriana with Rich B.1PM - Vampire with Shaun W.2PM - Soulbound with Blake L.3PM - Zombicide RPG with Matt T.4PM - Star Trek Adventures with Rebecca (Yay me!) We hope to see you all there!
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