Introducing Game Night! is proud to announce Game Night as a new In-Store Program! Game Night is a fun and casual Wednesday weekly event coming this September! It is designed to be very flexible and encourage participation from all levels of Magic players with cool Creature Collection prizes up for grabs! For more information, please visit our Game Night page or if you are ready to sign up, simply login toOrganizer Tools and enroll now!

Say Uncle!

Uncle’s Games was founded almost twenty years before the first Magic: The Gathering card was designed. Its customers include Mike Elliot, Mark Rosewater, and Richard Garfield. With locations in malls all over Washington state, Uncle’s Games is a natural fit for the Invitational Qualifier program. Of course, mall locations also have their limitations; what do you do when you want to run a large event? I asked Patrick Day, tournament organizer at the Uncle’s Games Bellevue location, about running large events, Premier Invitational Qualifiers, and the new Creature Collection Retailer Bundles.

As any organizer in a mall location knows, there can be space limitations within the store. Patrick’s solution? Use the biggest common space in the mall: the food court. “If you’re finding resistence from the mall management, I would encourage you to recruit any food vendors to help make your case. Nothing is better for a food court than 100+ Magic players all trapped in one location for a day.”

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Planning for Success

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

The world has changed a lot since Mr. Bell, in part because his preparedness led to successful inventions that revolutionized our lifestyles. With our modern ways of convenience and immediate gratification, the need to prepare has become an unnecessary task in a lot of our daily activities. So what does preparation mean for a Magic tournament in today’s world? At worst, preparation is scheduling the event and hoping that everything goes well; at best, it is a string of responsible decisions with the ultimate goal of marketing yourself to as many players as possible and creating an environment that has new players telling their friends ‘YOUR STORE NAME is the best! You HAVE to come next time.’ In our experience, the difference between just another Invitational Qualifier and an experience people want to share with their friends is all in your preparation for going the extra mile.

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How do I run Game Night in my store?

By design, running Game Night is very easy for you and your players. Follow these simple steps and you will be all set to begin Game Night when it debuts in September:

  1. Visit Organizer Tools and you will see a large “Click to Enroll” button in green.
    • If you are not already an organizer, you can sign up here.
  2. Once you’ve clicked to enroll, a notification will pop up letting you know your enrollment was successful.
  3. Our system will then automatically create your events every month. When they are ready for the event fee to be submitted, you will receive an e-mail letting you know.
    • Events will be auto-created two months in advance and you will have six weeks from that date to submit your event fee.
  4. Once your payment has been processed you will be all set to run Game Nights for that month.

Note: You will receive your Game Night foils and pins about two weeks before the first event of the month. The entire month of Game Night prizes will be sent together, so please remember that eight foil tokens and two pins are to be given out each week.

Game Night is now open to local game stores worldwide! If you have any questions, please visit our Game Night page for more information or send us an email at [email protected].