Entries by Luke Flora

September Scheduling Now Available

The SCG In-Store Programs event scheduling window for September 2016 is now OPEN! Here’s some dates to be aware of: September 3rd – 4th – SCG Open in Richmond, VA; Labor Day Weekend September 9th – 11th – Grand Prix Louisville September 17th – 18th – SCG Open in Orlando, FL September 24th – 25th – Kaladesh […]

Store Spotlight: Kings Games

New York City: as Frank Sinatra sang in “New York, New York,” “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere.” The high rents of New York City and the famously thin margins for game stores add up to a fierce retail challenge, but Kings Games in Brooklyn has made it work since […]

How do I give out my IQ items?

You may have noticed that your Invitational Qualifier (IQ) kit contains a new mix of items. We’ve listened to feedback from organizers like you and put together a kit that better meets your needs. The IQ kit items fall into two categories: those that must go to specific individuals and those you can distribute as […]

Customer Service Update

As you might have heard, there’s a lot of winter weather going on around the country. Roanoke, home of StarCityGames.com, is no different. We’ve been hit with repeated bouts of snow, iced roads, and rolling power and Internet outages which has resulted in our offices being closed for a majority of this week. We are working hard to […]

May Event Scheduling Now Open!

Ready to schedule your May In-Store Program events? Sign-ups are open now! Important reminders: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th and may affect player turnout at some events. Many college and high school graduations occur in the month of May, so please be cautious of local graduations when scheduling your events. Schedule your May 2015 StarCityGames.com […]

TJ Collectibles

For the November store spotlight, we’re going to the famous Thanksgiving state, Massachusetts, home of TJ Collectibles. Owner Tom Shea is one of New England’s most prominent tournament organizers, and we’re glad he took the time to talk with us about the regional Magic scene, the joys and challenges of organizing, and one remarkably clever […]

Grow your Store, Grow the Game

CM Games in eastern Tennessee has run StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifiers since the program began, part of a fourteen-year stretch of running Magic: The Gathering events. Their six stores and player bases have grown along with the In-Store Programs. I asked Mat and Steve, the tournament organizer and owner, respectively, how our program offerings have benefited […]

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 StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier program. Of course, mall locations also have their limitations; what […]

6-Headed Giant

One of the most important goals of StarCityGames.com In-Store Programs is working with local game stores to improve the Magic playing community. When local stores start working together to host events, we start to see amazing things happen. This Store Spotlight is not about one store, but six across the state of Nebraska who have […]