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Update: 6/4/20

Hi Fanfare Friends! Here’s a quick update on the store:

• Store occupancy has expanded to 15 shoppers.

• Please remember your mask or ask us for one when you come in.

• Curbside pickup is also available by calling us at 269-349-8866.

We thank everyone for your continued support and will keep you updated on any new changes.

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Ikoria Has Arrived

Ikoria hit the shelves on May 15th and we have tons of monster-sized goodness available for curbside pickup!

We are here to take your orders by phone at 269-349-8866 during our temporary business hours:

• Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
• Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

As always, if you have any further questions feel free to call us or email us at info@fanfareland.com

The Godzilla Bonus Packs are expected to arrive later at the end of May. We will reserve one pack per box pre-purchased and call customers when they arrive.

Japanese Booster Packs are also available for $4.99 each + Tax

Update (6/8/20): We just received a fresh shipment of Commander 2020 decks!

Fanfare Holiday Specials 2019

The holidays are here and so are Fanfare’s holiday specials!

All of the specials listed below are good while supplies last now through December 24th:


Previously Owned Board Games are 50% off!


Buy 1 Regular Price Statue or Bust, Get 1 of Equal Or Lesser Value for 50% Off!


All Regular Price Playmats are 20% Off!


For Every $50 You Spend On Regular Priced Board Games and Non-CCG Card Games, Get a Free Gift!


Spend Over $100 on Regular Priced Back Issues Valued $20 Or Less, Get 20% Off Those Issues! Spend Over $300 and Get 30% Off!


Buy One The Walking Dead Softcover Graphic Novel and Get Another of Equal Or Lesser Value for 50% Off!


For Every $50 Spent on Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Products, Receive A Free 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! Advent Calendar!


For Every $50 Spent on D&D or Pathfinder Books, Receive A Free Icons of the Realm: Guildmaster’s Guide To Ravnica Mini Booster!


Buy One Pokemon Celestial Storm Booster Box & Receive 10 Free Pokemon Booster Packs Your Choice! [Only 3 Of This Deal Available!]

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 Is Here and So Are Matt’s Top Recommendations!

Halloween Comic Fest is happening here at Fanfare all-day on Saturday, October 26th! We will have free comics to give out throughout the day and if you wear your costume we will feature you on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)!

To help us get ready for the big event, Matt, Fanfare’s Cryptkeeper of Cool, is helping to count us down to the big day with movie and comic recomendations throughout the week! So without further ado, here’s Matt!

 

Immortal Hulk
(W) Al Ewing
(A) Joe Bennet & Various Artists

Well, I never thought I’d be recommending an Incredible Hulk comic for a horror list, but here we are. This comic has completely blown me away. Ewing and Bennett’s story offers a mixture of action and suspense that incorporates incredibly effective body horror along the way. The book’s creative team brings fresh new ideas and twists to the Hulk mythos, exploring the gamma powered characters of the Marvel U. and the monstrous versions of themselves that they transform into due to their irradiated origins.  The mysterious “Green Door” and its connection to the Hulk brings an almost Lovecraftian theme to the story and introduces a sense of dread to the book unlike any other Hulk story before. Do not sleep on this comic, it is one of the best reads I have had all year long.

 

The Fly (1986)
Director: David Cronenberg

My movie recomendation for the day is this 1986 remake of the amazing classic horror/sci-fi film The Fly. 

In The Fly, a brilliant scientist named Seth Brundle creates a successful teleportation unit and decides it is time to see if it will teleport a human being. The guinea pig for this first test is none other than Seth himself. Things go a bit wrong when a fly enters the unit with him during teleportation and the fly’s DNA mixes with Brundle’s. Following this, Brundle’s body and mind starts to deteriorate until his humanity has eroded and left him a human fly monster.

The movie’s director, David Cronenberg (master of body horror), delivers one of the best movie remakes I have ever seen with some of the greatest practical horror effects ever put onto film. Not only that, but the film stars Jeff Goldblum, so you know that there is a high level of zaniness delivered in the performance as well. 

The Panini 2019 NFL Player of the Day Promotion Runs September 15th – October 16th


Dates: September 15th – October 16

We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. This promotion is your chance to win special promotional packs of Panini brand football cards and a chance for you to win our store’s grand prize, an autographed card of Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson card (pictured below)!

How to Play:

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2019 Panini brand NFL Cards. This includes popular brands such as Certified, Classics, Donruss and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack of cards you have purchased in front of a store employee. If the highlighted Panini NFL Player of the Day or any of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck, Saquon Barkley or Kyler Murray) are in your pack, then you are a daily winner and will receive two special promotional packs on the spot.

You may become a “daily winner” twice per day, up to seven days per week. Daily winner pulls must be made from separate packs.

Each time you are a daily winner you earn one raffle entry towards being that week’s “weekly winner”.

You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product.

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select a Weekly Winner from that week’s pool of Daily Winners. The Weekly Winner will not only win extra POTD packs, and a Panini T-Shirt, but they will also receive a raffle entry to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed T.J. Hockenson!

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the promotion, we will gather up the four Weekly Winner names and randomly select our store’s Grand Prize Winner!

Our store’s Grand Prize Winner will take home the autographed T.J. Hockenson card. Not only that, but the Grand Prize Winner will be put into Panini’s National Player of the Day Drawing, where they could win a chance for a $250.00 Shopping Spree and a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

Here is our grand prize, an autographed card by the Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson:

New Games: Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Pathfinder: Second Edition

The latest edition of the Pathfinder RPG has arrived!

The new update to the Pathfinder RPG brings with it a brand new Core Rulebook, Bestiary, and more! In stock now:
• Core Rulebook Hardcovers
• Bestiary Hardcovers
• Adventure Path: Age of Ashes Part 1: Hellknight Hill
• Adventure: The Fall of Plaguestone (Plus the Flip-Mat)
• GM Screens
• Character Packs
• Condition Card Deck
• Combat Pad

Pokémon TCG: Unified Minds

Sun & Moon—Unified Minds is the latest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and as you might expect, it includes a wide variety of amazing new cards. Of course, TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX continue to stand out, but there are plenty of other Pokémon, Pokémon-GX, and Trainer cards to get excited about. These powerful new cards will boost the strength of your deck and look awesome in your collection! Stop in to check out booster packs, boxes, Elite Trainer Boxes, and Build and Battle kits.

Pokemon TCG: Reshiram & Charizard-GX Figure Collection

Your opponents will feel the heat when they go up against this fiery TAG TEAM! Reshiram and Charizard may be powerful Pokémon on their own, but when they combine their strength, they can do some serious damage! The Pokémon TCG: Reshiram & Charizard-GX Figure Collection will boost your deck with a full-art foil TAG TEAM card of the mighty duo along with a beautiful oversize version of the card that’s suitable for display. To further celebrate this pairing, the set includes a figure of Reshiram and Charizard to add to your collection. You even get four Pokémon TCG booster packs to bolster your team.

The Pokémon TCG: Reshiram & Charizard-GX Figure Collection includes:
• 1 full-art foil TAG TEAM card featuring Reshiram & Charizard-GX
• 1 figure of Reshiram and Charizard together

• 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
• 1 oversize foil card featuring Reshiram & Charizard-GX

The Pokémon TCG: Reshiram & Charizard-GX Figure Collection is available in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Die Hard Mythica Dice [Spellbinder Nightfall Style Pictured]

These metal dice sets come with a protective case inset with foam that includes 4 expansion slots, allowing you to store an extra d20 and 3 more d6s to “turn it up to 11.” 

Features of the Mythica Dice Sets include:

• Excellent heft, and authoritative feel when rolling
• Mythica dice corners are softened for beauty, improve rolling, and kindness to tables
• Solid metal dice, die-cast non-toxic Zinc alloy
• Electroplated with a Platinum silver finish
• Each face is hand painted with our new two-tone technique, combining Pink Sapphire and Am,ethyst
• Standard 7 piece RPG dice set, standard size, sizing details below
• These dice sparkle like dragon treasure

Escape the Dark Castle

The Game of Atmospheric Adventure

Escape the Dark Castle is a simple, fantasy adventure game for 1-4 players, with a focus on atmosphere, storytelling and player cooperation– perfect for newcomers to tabletop gaming. It takes 2 minutes to set up, lasts around 30 minutes, and no two games are ever the same.

Players take the roles of prisoners on a quest to Escape the Dark Castle, and must work together to overcome its many horrors, traps, and challenges – each of which is represented by a large, beautifully illustrated chapter card.

As these immersive chapter cards are revealed one by one, the game takes on the form of a shared storybook experience, with the players making decisions about what to do each chapter before using dice and item cards to try and keep everyone in the group alive!

Can YOU escape the dark?

Curios

For Fortune And Glory!

You are a rogue archaeologist, traveling the world for history’s lost artifacts. But the market for artifacts can shift like the rains of Africa: One minute, treasures from a lost pharaoh’s pyramid are all the rage with collectors, and the next minute religious artifacts discovered in a remote temple are what’s in demand.

In Curios, players acquire artifacts from various treasure sites without knowing their worth. Using the cards in your hand and those revealed by the others, you can deduce the possible value of your artifacts, allowing you to focus your efforts on the more profitable ventures.

Curios is a game of worker placement, deduction, and bluffing like no other. This simple and intuitive game is quick to learn and even quicker to play!

Point Salad

The Game with 101 Ways to Win!

Point Salad is a fast and fun card-drafting game for the whole family! There are over 100 ways to score points. Players may use a variety of strategies and every game of Point Salad is unique

Walking in Burano

Welcome to Burano, Italy!

Walking through the island, you will see these vibrant houses on both sides of the canal, as well as the personalized decorations placed by the inhabitants and shopkeepers.

The local government has asked you to refurbish a street in their famed city. Use your creativity to amaze both tourists and locals with your masterpiece of design!

Smash Up: World Tour Culture Shock

The World Tour continues!

In order to see every continent on our world tour, we just had to include five factions! One entire free faction of fun for the price of four!

Culture Shock takes us through the folk and fairy tales of: Russia, where minions are frequently transformed; West Africa, where sharing stories and cards is valued; and Germany, where uniting characters from the same tale gives multiple benefits. We also look at the incredible histories of: the Inca Empire, known for its roads and monumental architecture; and Polynesians, who spread out on as many islands as possible.

Culture Shock is fully compatible with all previous Smash Up expansions.

Zombicide: Invader

In Zombicide: Invader, players must work together if they want to survive the onslaught of bloodthirsty aliens. Over the course of several interlocked missions, they must make their way through the tunnels and ruined mining outposts on the planet, looking for gear and staying one step ahead of the Xenos.

Star Wars Legion: Taun Taun Riders Unit Expansions

On an icy planet like Hoth, even the most advanced technology can’t save you from the subzero temperatures. The Rebel Alliance learned this lesson well when they had difficulty operating their repulsorlift speeders on the frigid planet. In their place, the Rebels turned to creatures naturally suited to roaming the windswept plains of Hoth: Tauntauns.

These sure-footed snow lizards can swiftly navigate the treacherous environments common to the backwater planets where the Alliance hides its bases, making Tauntauns perfect for patrol duty around Echo Base and beyond.

Star Wars Legion: Rebel Veterans Unit Expansion

Take your Star Wars: Legion battles to the frigid plains of Hoth with the seven unique, highly detailed miniatures contained in this expansion! Five Rebel Veterans with A-280 blaster rifles are prepared to make the Empire pay dearly for any ground it gains while a CM-O/93 Trooper is ready to stop an Imperial unit in its tracks.

Bolster your forces with a Mark II Medium Blaster Trooper miniature and provide valuable fire support to your units.

Star Trek: Chrono-Trek

In this game, you become a Star Trek character trapped in an alternate reality. A special grid of 36 cards is displayed in the center of the table, representing the current state of the Timeline of Star Trek history. Other cards include important Artifacts (such as Tribbles or the Guardian of Forever) and Inverters, which ripple reality and change the outcome of pivotal events. Your secret ID card tells you what parts of the Timeline you must change — or preserve — in order to win. But watch out for Q… he might just erase all of reality!

Dude and More Dude

 

It’s a game where you say “dude”. 

The goal is to quickly find matches for as many of your cards as you can.

To play, you say the word “dude” as you think it should be said, based on how it appears on your card. At the same time, listen to how the other players are saying the word “dude”.  The person who gets the most correct matches is the winner!

Oh, and More Dude? 

It’s another game where you say “dude”. 

Overlight: The Ivory Mausoleum

A legacy stolen.

A bond betrayed.

After being cut loose by their own homeland and families, two individuals live their lives cast adrift, with no light to guide them.

When the players are tasked with tracking down a missing delivery, they are caught up in the schemes of a pair of villains who are determined to forge their own mark upon the world with blood and bone.

Detailing events surrounding the fallout from when the long memory of the Aurumel reaches even the remote thundering grounds of Pyre, The Ivory Mausoleum is an adventure for the Overlight Roleplaying Game, suitable for either first-time characters or as part of an ongoing campaign.

Features:
Track down the missing delivery and get caught up in the schemes of a pair of villains.
• A three-part adventure set in the remote and thundering grounds of Pyre
• Run this adventure with new Overlight Characters or as part of an ongoing campaign!
• 32-page fully illustrated color softcover adventure

New Games: Friday, July 19th, 2019

Atelier: The Painter’s Studio

Take on the role of an artist managing an atelier, or art studio, in the 19th century. Roll dice, manage your assistants, collect needed paint, and complete famous works of art. Will you be a prolific artist completing many works fro your patrons, or will you be known for just a few masterpieces that will stand the test of time?

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist

Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game is a one-versus-many game of stealth, combat, and action-tactics. Players will square off with a deck of cards and a map of Nakatomi Plaza between them. Three acts worth of goals will move them through the story of the original Die Hard film. The thieves must work together efficiently and signal each other effectively to hack through the vault’s locks and stop John McClane. McClane must plot his path and manage his cards carefully to fight his way through and kill Gruber.

Jaipur [New Edition]

The multi award-winning game Jaipur, by Sebastien Pauchon, returns with all new artwork by Vincent Dutrait and the same great gameplay.

You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, but that’s not enough for you because only the merchant with two “seals of excellence” will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.

Choose Your Own Adventure: War With The Evil Power Master

A powerful villain? Check. Inexplicable destruction? Check. A plucky young team of heroes trying to save the galaxy? Check! Explore a brand new cooperative narrative adventure with the next entry in the Choose Your Own Adventure game series: War with the Evil Power Master!

Game of Thrones: The Card Game – Beneath The Red Keep Chapter Pack

Your exploration of Kings Landing takes you to the heart of the city in Beneath the Red Keep, the fourth Chapter Pack in the Kings Landing cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game – Bonds of Blood Dynasty Pack

Step into the world of Rokugan with Bonds of Blood, the second Dynasty Pack in the Inheritance cycle for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game!

 

New Games: Monday, July 15th, 2019

Star Wars: X-Wing – Wave IV

From the Clone Wars to the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order, the space battles of X-Wing now encompass every era of the Star Wars saga. Whether you’re flying for the Separatist Alliance or the Galactic Empire, the tides of all these conflicts could turn on the actions of single starfighter pilot. Now, new fighters are on the way to bolster the squadrons of those caught up in these monumental clashes.

Placing an emphasis on heavily-armed starfighters, this wave shakes up the established strategies for each of the included factions, giving you more options than ever for producing explosive results. While you pursue new strategies for the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, and First Order with starfighters returning from the game’s first edition, this wave also introduces never-before-seen ships and upgrades for the Galactic Republic, Separatist Alliance, and Resistance, taking your squadrons in bold new directions.

This Wave Includes:

  • Naboo Royal N-1 Starfighter Expansion Pack
  • Hyena-class Droid Bomber Expansion Pack
  • Resistance Transport Expansion Pack
  • TIE/vn Silencer Expansion Pack
  • Millennium Falcon Expansion Pack
  • A/SF-01 B-Wing Expansion Pack
  • VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack
  • TIE/sf Fighter Expansion Pack
  • Deluxe Movement Tools and Range Ruler

Unlock! Heroic Adventures

The newest addition to the Unlock! family of escape room games is here! Heroic Adventures features three scenarios for you to solve:

  • “Sherlock Holmes” — The master detective faces a most bizarre affair and could use your assistance as he pursues his investigation.
  • “In Pursuit of the White Rabbit” — Discover Wonderland and its strange characters, helping Alice to escape in time.
  • “Insert Coin” — Complete the levels of a virtual adventure, and avoid “Game Over” to escape!

Shadowrun RPG: 6th Edition Beginner’s Box


A Beginner Box product for the Shadowrun Sixth Edition Roleplaying Game. The Beginner Box contains an Introduction to the Sixth World, new Quick-Start Rules, Starting Character Dossiers, a deck of Gear Cards, and six customized dice bearing the Shadowurn logos.

Shadowrun RPG: Sprawl Ops Board Game

It`s the shadowrunning capital of the world for a reason! Seattle offers an unparalleled intersection of corporate, political, and criminal powers. This is where icons are made – like the Ancients, the Halloweeners, the Finnigan Crime Family, the Skraacha, Dante`s Inferno, Renraku Arcology, the Big Rhino, and the Alabaster Maiden. And this is where runners like Dodger, Sally Tsung, Dirk Montgomery, Jake Armitage, Twist, Kellan Colt, and James Kincaid made their names, sometimes made their fortunes, and occasionally experienced horrible losses. This is where you go to test your mettle. This is how you show you`re at the top of the heap! With geographic details, plot hooks, a large collection of player cards, an innovative modular map system that can easily generate a wide variety of buildings in moments, and more, this supplement will immerse players in the tumult and chaos of the Emerald City.

Corinth


Under a blazing sun in 4th Century BC Corinth, traders come from all corners of the Mediterranean Sea to sell their goods; Persian carpets, Cretan olive oil, Roman grapes, and Egyptian spices are highly prized by traders. Players have a few weeks to secure their place in Corinthian lore as its most savvy trader!

Villagers

You are the founder of a new village during the middle ages, in the years after a great plague. The roads are full of refugees seeking a new beginning. They come to you, hoping to settle down on your land and make a living. Your grain farm is the ideal starting point for a village, reliably providing food for many people. You must choose wisely who you allow to settle with you, as your food and resources are limited. If you manage to find people that can work together to make a profit, while increasing your food surplus and capacity for building new houses, your village will be prosperous.

Villagers Expansion


The Kickstarter Expansion Pack adds four modular mini-expansions to Villagers, plus an upgrade to the first player marker from the base game! Saints are 5 new villagers who help the player in some way. Scoundrels add a little bit of meanness to the game, with 7 new villagers who employ a variety of underhanded tricks. Profiteers introduces 6 new villagers and a new scoring mechanism: bronze coins, which score at the end of every round. Developments brings an entirely new element to the game: deal out 3 Development cards at the start of the game and compete for control of them and the bonuses they provide. Includes 3 chunky full colour printed wooden Development tokens.

Pokémon TCG: Blastoise-GX Premium Collection

  • The Pokémon TCG: Blastoise-GX Premium Collection includes:
  • 1 full-art foil card featuring Blastoise-GX
  • 1 foil card featuring Wartortle
  • 1 foil card featuring Squirtle
  • 1 oversize foil card featuring Blastoise-GX
  • 6 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • 1 stunning Blastoise pin
  • 1 Blastoise coin
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

New Games: Friday, July 12th, 2019

Magic Core Set 2020

The new Core Set for Magic has arrived! Core Set 2020 features a selection that includes brand new cards along with powerful reprints.

The new set includes the power of 5 Planeswalkers, new 3-color wedge legendary creatures, and returning fan favorite cards.

Here’s a list of all the new goodness:

  • Booster Boxes ($119.99 each)
  • Booster Packs ($3.99 each)
  • Prerelease Kits ($25.99 each)
  • Theme Boosters ($6.99 each)
  • Bundles ($39.99 each)
  • Spellslinger Starter Kits ($7.99 each)
  • Planeswalker Decks ($10.99 each)
  • Singles (both in the binder and in the case)