Resumption of In-Store Gaming

Resumption of In-Store Gaming

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Greetings gamers!An update on the resumption of in-store gaming...We're all eager to get back into the swing of things. Here's what we've accomplished so far:*Everyone on staff has gotten at least their first shot of vaccine.*We received and assembled brand new gaming tables!*Interviews are taking place this week for more staff to cover events. The current plan is to start back slowly with a few of the bigger gaming groups and add smaller games over time. So far we've settled on the following starting dates, and each event will occur weekly after its starting date going forward: Friday, May 21st @ 6PM - Magic the Gathering Draft NightSaturday, May 22nd @ 5PM - Warhammer 40KFriday, May 28h @ 6PM - St. Mary's Board GamersSaturday, May 29th @ 1PM - YuGiOh Casual Meet-upWednesday, June 2nd @ 6PM - D&D NightSunday, June 6th @ Noon - Pokémon Casual PlaySaturday, June 12th @ 10AM - D&D Teens If you haven't gotten your vaccine yet, do it now so you're ready when in-store gaming starts back up!

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge - Take 2!

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge - Take 2!

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The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a Pokémon TCG tournament where local game store teams compete for prizes and glory! The tournament is open to Masters Division players only so your birth date must be 2004 or later to participate. The entire tournament series is 100% virtual and will utilize Pokémon TCG Online, rk9 Labs tournament organizing software, and High Tide Games Discord server. The team for High Tide Games will be formed by the winners of each of four qualifier tournaments that will take place at 2PM on the following dates: Sunday, April 18th Sunday, April 25th Sunday, May 9th Sunday, May 23rd Once the teams are in place for each store, they will compete against teams from other stores in an elimination bracket. Each bracket match will be a 3v3 round-robin competition against another team, with the team that earns five or more wins advancing to the next round. Initially teams will play other stores from their state, and then will be reseated at regional, national, and global levels if they progress. This round will also take approximately 10 weeks, starting on June 2021. The Team Challenge culminates in a Grand Final between the top two stores' teams in late August 2021. To play in the qualifiers, follow these steps: Go to the rk9 Labs website, sign in, and create a quick profile. You'll need your Pokémon Player ID and your Pokémon TCG Online Screen Name so have those ready. Find the tournament you'd like to register for here, click on it, and then click "Go to Registration", and then "Register". Click on "Player Dashboard" at the top, select the tournament you just registered for, and then click "Deck List Creator". Select "New Standard List" and then "Import from PTCGO". Open Pokémon TCG Online, got to "Deck Manager", view the deck you'd like to play in the tournament, and then click "Export Deck". This copies the list to your computer's clipboard. Go back to the rk9 website and right-click and paste into the big text box and then click "Convert deck list". Make sure the list looks correct and then click "Save Standard legal decklist". This will take you back to the Deck List Creator page. Click the circle at the top beside the tournament you're registering for and then click the green "Submit" button near the list below. Now if you go back to your Player Dashboard, you should see "Deck list submitted" as the status. You are all set for the tournament! Just show up on Discord at 2PM on the date of the tournament. If you have any trouble registering, please message us and we will help you. After the end of the qualifiers, High Tide Games will be awarding 1 participation booster pack per round for each local player who plays in a round! The final team members will receive additional booster packs. We don't know which set the packs will be from yet, but they will be from a current set. To get these prizes, you have to be able to personally pick them up at the store. Please keep in mind that we don't have these packs yet and won't be able to hand them out until the end of the qualifiers. We will let everyone know when they're ready to be picked up.

High Tide Games is hiring!

High Tide Games is hiring!

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We are in need of two new part-time team members to fill the following positions: Opening A is a total of 21 hours per week and has the following schedule: Monday 2-8PM Thursday 2-7PM Friday 11AM-4PM Sunday 11AM-4PM Opening B is a total of 16 hours per week and has the following schedule: Tuesday 2-7PM Friday 5-9PM Saturday 1-8PM We will be taking applications from now until April 14th and scheduling interviews between April 15th and April 22nd. You can apply on our website: https://hightidegames.com/pages/jobs If you've filled out the application in the past and are still looking, the application has been undated so please fill it out again so we know you're available.

Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day Ideas

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I don't know about you, but I'm struggling to find a way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. Perhaps some 2-Player game ideas will be just the thing? Fields of Arle is a 2-Player Worker Placement game. You and your industrious 18th century family will farm peet, crops, and animals to build up your chosen industry and sell your goods at market. It takes a couple hours to play and is quite relaxing. Perfect for a date night! In Codenames Duet you work together as a team to identify 15 secret agents before time runs out. Be careful not to reveal the assassin in the group! It's a quick and easy game of word association that will have you diving deep into the psyche of your partner! Discover the Seven Wonders of the world through scientific discovery, military conquest, and empire building in the ever popular, two-player Seven Wonders Duel. Another quick and easy game that you'll want to play over and over with your special someone. Rivals for Catan is a 2-Player card game version of the popular Settlers of Catan. Each player portrays a royal developing and competing to build a more successful province than the other. Star Crossed is a 2-Player Role Playing Game (RPG) where you and your fellow player will craft characters who are powerfully attracted to each other, but have a compelling reason not to act on their feelings. You’ll watch the attraction between them grow as you play out scenes, taking turns describing what your character says and does. Some of the things you’ll want your character to do are going to increase that attraction—and when that happens, you are going to pull a brick out from an increasingly shaky tower and place it on the top. If the tower falls, your characters act on their feelings! How many bricks you’ve pulled will help determine if your love is doomed, triumphant, or something in-between. In addition to the game, you'll need a Jenga tower to play! And of course, we have these awesome nerdy Valentine's Day Cards! These are real greeting cards designed and printed in New York. Each card comes with an envelope and is sealed in a plastic bag.

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge

Play! Pokémon Team Challenge

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The Play! Pokémon Team Challenge is a new Pokémon TCG tournament where local game store teams compete for prizes and glory! The tournament is open to Masters Division players only so your birth date must be 2004 or later to participate. The entire tournament series is 100% virtual and will utilize Pokémon TCG Online, rk9 Labs tournament organizing software, and High Tide Games Discord server. The team for High Tide Games will be formed by the winners of each of four qualifier tournaments that will take place at 2PM on the following dates: Sunday, January 31st (winner Jon Palmer) Sunday, February 7th Sunday, February 21st Sunday, February 28th Once the teams are in place for each store, they will compete against teams from other stores in an elimination bracket. Each bracket match will be a 3v3 round-robin competition against another team, with the team that earns five or more wins advancing to the next round. Initially teams will play other stores from their state, and then will be reseated at regional, national, and global levels if they progress. This round will also take approximately 10 weeks, starting on March 20, 2021. The Team Challenge culminates in a Grand Final between the top two stores' teams in late May 2021. To play in the qualifiers, follow these steps: Go to the rk9 Labs website, sign in, and create a quick profile. You'll need your Pokémon Player ID and your Pokémon TCG Online Screen Name so have those ready. Find the tournament you'd like to register for here, click on it, and then click "Go to Registration", and then "Register". Click on "Player Dashboard" at the top, select the tournament you just registered for, and then click "Deck List Creator". Select "New Standard List" and then "Import from PTCGO". Open Pokémon TCG Online, got to "Deck Manager", view the deck you'd like to play in the tournament, and then click "Export Deck". This copies the list to your computer's clipboard. Go back to the rk9 website and right-click and paste into the big text box and then click "Convert deck list". Make sure the list looks correct and then click "Save Standard legal decklist". This will take you back to the Deck List Creator page. Click the circle at the top beside the tournament you're registering for and then click the green "Submit" button near the list below. Now if you go back to your Player Dashboard, you should see "Deck list submitted" as the status. You are all set for the tournament! Just show up on Discord at 2PM on the date of the tournament. If you have any trouble registering, please message us and we will help you.

Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events!

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With vaccines rolling out all over the world, we are looking forward to resuming our full schedule of events. That being said, we're still under restrictions from Wizards of the Coast and the Pokémon corporation and therefore aren't permitted to run in-person events for the upcoming pre-releases. I can't help but feel like there is finally a light at the end of this tunnel though. Let's hope this is the last of the at-home pre-releases. MtG Kaldheim At-Home PreRelease - Friday, January 29th The Kaldheim At-Home PreRelease starts Friday, January 29th and you can purchase your kit by clicking here. Each comes with a pre-release pack that has 6 boosters, a spin-down die, a deck box, instructions, and an arena code PLUS two additional boosters as your "prize support". Pokemon Battle Styles At-Home PreRelease - Saturday, March 6th Battle Styles is the next Sword & Shield Pokemon expansion. It will debut an exciting new gameplay mechanic with two different forms of attack: Single Strike and Rapid Strike. The At-Home PreRelease kit comes with a Build-and-Battle Box PLUS 3 additional booster packs so you can have your own sealed event at home with your family. These can be reserved in-store only. We apologize for the hassle of having to come inside, but when we list them on the website scalpers buy them all up falsely marking "in-store pick-up" and then contact us asking us to ship sticking us with the transaction fees after cancelling. Miniatures Swap - Saturday, February 6th We're excited to offer our first ever Miniatures Swap event! Inspired by the success of our long-running annual Board Game Swap, the Miniatures Swap offers players a chance to sell their excess or unwanted miniatures for store credit that they can use to buy new games or miniatures. Here's all the info for the Miniatures Swap event: Drop off your minis to sell by appointment the week before. Please read the packaging requirements on the event details link below. Check here for availability: Saturday, January 30th Drop-Offs Monday, February 1st Drop-Offs Wednesday, February 3rd Drop-Offs Friday, February 5th Drop-Offs The actual sale will start on February 6th and run through February 13th. Patreon subscribers get to shop an hour early - starting at 10AM on the 6th while everyone else can shop starting at 11AM. Here's the link with all the details: Miniatures Swap Details          

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