• May 2015
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End of an Era: One thing’s over but another begins.


Well, it’s sad to say, but New Game in Town will be leaving DeKalb. Unfortunately, the stress and time commitments involved in order to run multiple locations is taking its toll, and I find that I must make one of the most difficult decisions of my life. Including my first stint in DeKalb at Legends & Lohr (the original comic book/gamestore of DeKalb), I’ve dedicated 8 years of my life to this town’s gaming/comic book community, and I simply can’t thank you all enough for the experience. I got into this business for one main reason, to create an environment where people can feel they belong, especially groups that often don’t feel like they belong anywhere, and can come together and have a good time. I certainly hope I’ve done that for all of you and helped to bring a little fun into our corner of the world.

Sadly, for a few reasons but mainly stress related health issues, it’s time for me to downsize and move on. We will be keeping the Dixon location open, so of course you are all invited to come by and hang out if you’re ever in the area, or perhaps you might even go out of your way to make a special trip out there even; we will have many awesome special events after all. I hope that I can bring the same thing to that location that I’ve done here in DeKalb, and I thank you all again profusely for everything. You all mean more to me than you’ll probably ever know. Making the decision about which location to close, as I said, was incredibly difficult, but many factors involved lead me to this decision I now share with you.

NEVER FEAR!! THE SPIRIT OF THE TRULY LOCAL GAMESTORE OWNED AND OPERATED BY A TRULY LOCAL PERSON WILL LIVE ON!! Greg Havlik, one of the best employees I’ve ever had (the Spock to my Kirk one might say), has made the courageous decision to take over and keep the spirit alive! Where New Game is moving on, Kelpie Games will be taking the reins and riding this wild horse ever forward. I wish him nothing but the best in this endeavor and look forward to seeing the community continue to grow, evolve and thrive. Check them out on facebook.

On a more personal note, there are a few people I’d like to take the time to thank directly. Of course I have had an amazing staff that has done incredible things for me, the store and the community at large. Playing the role of Scotty & always keeping the ship running, sometimes on duct tape, paperclips and chewing gum, James Hayes has been an amazing person to work with and hang around for these years. This ship simply would not have operated anywhere near the capacity it has without him. Piloting the way well enough to be both Sulu and Checkov, Swifty has been irreplaceable in helping me keep both locations on course. The Bones of it all has been Jeff Jett, master of all things non-Magic or other CCGs & singly-handedly making HeroClix happen as well as being instrumental in the comic book and board game side of things. And of course Tom DeLeon, the new kid on the block, many thanks and much appreciation for helping us through this transitional period.

Shout outs to the staff of the past as well. Sean Farlee continues to play a vital role in helping the Dixon store move forward, and has become a staple in the DeKalb community. Billy Nichols will always be remembered and forever missed, as he propelled us into the future with online sales and away trading. Zach Gerrard and Jeff Raun both played important roles in getting things going and moving in the first place and will always be remembered and appreciated. Thanks to Reed Hartmann and Christ Kallas for stepping up when extra tourney help was needed. Joe Walls is one of the greatest ‘behind the scenes’ people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with and be around and continues to help keep the Dixon location alive. And of course, Court Schuett gets huge props for saving the shop on so many occasions I can’t even imagine the absolute disasters that were avoided because of him. THANK YOU ALL SO SO SO MUCH!!

But not just to the staff, so many members of the community were also irreplaceable and so important to New Game in Town. Shout outs to Greg Chyson and Andrew Karolus for keeping the minis crowd going when I knew almost nothing about that market. Stuart Helm, Kris Muller and Brad Bound all get many thanks for Game Mastering all things role playing, always fun and a pleasure working with you all. Mike Venditti and Rocky Allen were awesome with our monthly Pathfinder crowd; thanks so much for that!! Aaron Tymec and Hayden Ross were amazing at helping us bridge gaps and were always instrumental in board game events at outside locations, as well as always being ready to extend helping hands. Thanks and much respect to the NIU Comic Book Club; all so much fun to have on Wed nights! And most importantly, thank you to all the community that truly made this the best game in town!!

The DeKalb location will stay open through the month of May, with our last day being Sat, May 30, our annual Customer Appreciation Day. This website with then transfer over to the Dixon location, so everything on our event calendar for May is the DeKalb location, then June and beyond will be the schedule for the Dixon location.  Kelpie Games will take over the DeKalb location the first week in June. What a long strange trip it’s been!!

Spring has sprung bringing more new to New Game in Town

April is amazing at New Game in Town as we continue to grow and evolve for the needs of the community.  New events include Tiny Leaders every Monday night (alongside EDH/Commander…two tourneys, your choice!).  Wednesdays are now Star Wars night, including X-Wing, Armada, Imperial Assault, Living Card Game and more!  Also, check out Board Game Night on Thursday nights at Cademon Brewery in Genoa, sponsored by New Game.

In addition to our regular events, several special events coming up include Las Vegas Grand Prix Trial (win byes & a box!) & Dragons of Tarkir Gameday (win a box & cool promos), HeroClix: Age of Ultron (or Justice League Trinity War…depending on Wiz Kids schedule), AND ONCE AGAIN…INTERNATIONAL BOARD GAME DAY!!  Last year we were packed wall-to-wall for this amazing event.  Playing board games all day, giveaways, promos & tournaments as well, and this year we’ll be partnering up with The House Cafe for an awesome 2-day event!  You don’t want to miss this!  Check our events schedule for details.


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Yes!! It’s finally here, another PPTQ. Standard Format, $20 entry…TOP 8 SPLIT A CASE OF KHANS! Saturday, March 14. Starts @ 11am, doors open @ 10:30!! STAR REALMS SIDE EVENTS ALL DAY! Win cool promo cards & playmats!

March Madness Means Magic & More at New Game in Town!

Still going strong with our weekly Magic events, Mon–EDH/Commander, Tue–Standard League, Wed–Draft Legue, Fri–Standard FNM, with new addition:  Tiny Leaders the last Monday of every month!!

Thur night minis and Sunday Yu-Gi-Oh! also still going strong, with a Secret Forces box tourney on Sun, March 8 & Astral Packs coming in the near future!!  D&D every Tue as well as Pathfinder Society once a month as well.  New addition: Monthly Pokemon Family Day!  Check calendar of events for more info!

In addition to our normal weekly/monthly events, March brings us the Star Wars: X-Wing in-store Championship!!  We expect an amazing crowd for this, so show up early or call to let us know you’re on your way.

And the Magic events in Magic are amazing!!  We have another Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier (top 8 split a case!!), and of course, Khans of Tarkir pre-release & release!  Best prize payouts around along with amazing prices on pre-paid product, so no reason to go anywhere else!!

February Snowpocalypse Can’t Stop New Game in Town!

Check out our calendar of events to see how much amazing is going on in Feb, including such events as the Mason Lange Medical Fundraiser, Fate Reforged Gameday, HeroClix: Age of Ultron, Cleveland Grand Prix Trial, Pandemic Party/Doctors w/o Boarders fundraiser & more!  Also be the first in our High Stakes Standard League on Tue nights: $10 entry, double the prizes & heavy payouts to undefeated & X-1 records!  Lots of other weekly events as our awesome community continues to grow!!  Come hang out & play with us as we all continue to make this the best game in town!

Fate Reforged Pre-Release Weekend

Friday: Midnight-$25 sealed (prize packs for everyone!)
Saturday: 1pm & 6pm-$25 sealed (prize packs for all!)
Sunday: 1pm & 6pm-2HG Sealed ($40/team)

Start the year out with Jamuary at New Game in Town!

Things are jammin in January! There is a new FNM format open, so we will be hosting EDH/Commander FNM at 3pm, then Standard FNM at 6:30 pm, then occasionally we’ll have a Draft/Cube FNM late into the night! As always, we also have out usual Monday Night EDH/Commander tourneys, Tue Standard League & Wed Draft League!! If that’s not enough, Fate Reforged pre-release & release are on the horizon as well!! And of course, be sure to congratulate Tom DeLeon, now an official Level 1 Judge!!

Magic not your thing? No worries, we have plenty going on. Yu-Gi-Oh! will now be in full swing, with tourneys every Tue & Sun. Also, we will be having our first Sneak Peak and our first Game Day!! And also congratulate Geo & Gavin, now official Yu-Gi-Oh! judges!!

Still so much more!! We be jammin board games every Sunday, with our first Sunday being at the House Cafe! This month we feature a prototype of Dark Lord, a board game just getting ready to kick off its Kickstarter campaign! Come be among the first to play the prototype version and get in on the ground floor of the Kickstarter! In addition, the 3rd Sunday of every month is Pathfinder Society. Ask in store for details about D&D Encounters too!

Thursdays continue to be minis night, featuring Warhammer 40K, Star Wars: X-Wing, Infinity, Mars Attacks, Relic Knights, Imperial Assault & so much more! Watch for our X-Wing Championship coming up in Spring. Even more than that, we will be starting a Dragonball Z League! Come in & ask for details & learn to play.

Come be part of the coolest most down to earth (yet nicely competitive) gaming community around! Jamuary at New Game!

End of the year with no end in sight!!

The year might be coming to an end, but there’s no end in sight to the fun here at New Game in Town!! Monday night EDH/Commander tournaments are growing, Tue night Standard league will be wrapping up & restarting soon, Draft League will take a short break to make way for our Jank Rare Drafts, and of course Friday Night Magic continues to go strong. And January marks the Pre-Release/Release of Fate Reforged!!

As if that’s not enough, PRELIMINARY PRO TOUR QUALIFIER THIS SATURDAY!!! Word is out that this is gonna be huge, so be sure to get in early!! Also, FREE CHRISTMAS FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC!! The Friday after Christmas, FNM is on us, our way of saying thanks for another great year to all the people who support our amazing community!!

Not a Magic the Gathering player? No problem!! Still plenty going on…Thur night minis is still rocking, with HeroClix, Warhammer, 40K, Star Wars X-Wing, D&D Attack Wing, Dreadball & many many other games as well as the resurrection of the Dragon Ball Z cardgame. In addition, we will be having a huge Mage Wars Demo this Thur (12/18) & might be starting a Mage Wars league along with it.

And there’s still more!!! We are now an official Konami store!! Yu-Gi-Oh tourneys every Tue/Thur (maybe Sun) as well as upcoming Sneak Peaks & Game Days starting in January!! Check our schedule of events for more details.

And of course, most importantly, we will be having our Mason Lange Medical Fundraiser in February (alongside Fate Reforged Gameday). More details to come, but so much amazing stuff will be given out/raffled to help raise funds to help out one of our own!!

So much amazing happening to continue to make New Game in Town the best game in town!!

October be hoppin at New Game in Town (DeKalb location)

Once again, many many humble thanks to everyone who continues to make New Game awesome! Seriously, i can’t even begin to thank U all enough. Yet again, our pre-release numbers for Khans were some of the best in Northern Illinois! Modern (Legacy) Mondays continues to grow along with our other weekly events, and now Tuesday Night Standard will also be Standard League!! Just like our draft league, we’ll keep track of weekly points for additional prizes just before the next pre-release. If that wasn’t enough, we have Khans of Tarkir Gameday where we’ll be giving away a box!! Which, by the way, we’ll also be doing in a FREE MODERN TOURNAMENT this Saturday (Oct 4). If that isn’t enough Magic for U, we also have our EDH/Commander Grand Melee (check our calendar for details on events)!! For those of U who miss it (cuz i know i do), it’s back!!! The good old fashioned EDH/Commander League is back; play for points (double points on Sundays) & at the end of the month, the top 8 in points get to play in an invite only tournament!

As if that isn’t enough, for those who aren’t into Magic, we still have our weekly Yu-Gi-Oh on Tue and HeroClix, Star Wars X-Wing & other minis on Thur as well as Star Realms League (win promo cards, playmats & free copies of the upcoming expansions!!). Sat, Oct 25, we having a special HeroClix Monster Mash! Alsp, every other Sunday we’re at The House Cafe doing boardgames (this Sun, Oct 5, we’ll be featuring Munchkin Legends). Also, D&D Encounters and Pathfinder Society are going strong as well. Come on in & ask about details!

October is hoppin at New Game in Town…come on down to New Game in Town!