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Armada Arrives!

Star Wars Armada - Core Set

Hi Everyone,

Here at True North Games we are very excited for the arrival of Star Wars: Armada.  Ever since we saw this game demoed at Gencon 2014, we knew that it was going to become one of our favorites.  There is nothing more exciting than seeing Star Destroyers ponderously moving across a table while fighter squadrons wheel and maneuver around them.   Last night we had a chance to try out this game for the first time and it did not disappoint.

We started with the Learn to Play Scenario, which does a good job of running players through the basic game rules.  It also uses all of the ships and fighters that come in the core set (although, no upgrade cards) so it also allows players to try out all of their new toys.  Two things that we learned very quickly were that maneuvering your capital ships was very important and that Star Destroyers (even Victory-class ones) can hit really hard.  The Nebulon-B Escort Frigate went down on turn two to a particularly ferocious barrage from the Victory-II’s front battery.  The rebels managed to claw their way back into the game by taking out the Victory-II’s fighter escort but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Overall, the game makes you feel like you are part of a fleet action.  We’re looking forward to playing more games and combining the components of two core sets for a larger game.

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Star Wars LCG Store Championship

Star Wars LCG Store Championship

True North Games will be holding a Star Wars LCG Store Championship on Monday, March 16th at 6:30pm at the Royal Oak (Bank and Gloucester).  Entry is $10 and the prize support is as follows.  There is also a $1 cover charge for the venue.

Champion: The winner receives a Store Championship plaque and a card granting one first-round bye at a Regional Championship of the player’s choice.

Top Four: The top four players each receive one Top 4 playmat.

Top Eight: The top eight players each receive one deck box.

Top Thirty-Two: The top thirty-two players each receive one alternate art card.

Address:
The Royal Oak
188 Bank Street (Bank and Gloucester)
Ottawa, ON

We hope to see you there.

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Smugglers and Assassins

Fantasy Flight Games has posted a brand new article about the upcoming Han Solo and IG-88 expansion packs for Imperial Assault.  Follow the link to check out the new options that these two packs will make available to players: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=5351

You can now pre-order all of the Imperial Assault Wave 1 Ally and Villain packs from True North Games.

Order now to make sure you get your copy as soon as they are released.

 

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Warhammer Conquest Store Championship

2015 Store Championship Prize Kit

True North Games is pleased to announce that we will be holding our first Warhammer 40K Conquest LCG store championship on Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm at Pints & Quarts.  Entry is $10 and the prize support is as follows.

Champion: The winner receives a Store Championship plaque and a card granting one first-round bye at a Regional Championship of the player’s choice.

Top Four: The top four players each receive one Top 4 playmat.

Top Eight: The top eight players each receive one deck box.

Each player will also receive two (potentially three) alternate art card.

Address:
P&Q (Pints & Quarts)
779 Bank St. (Bank & Second)
Ottawa, ON
K1S 3V5

We hope to see you there.

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Gaming in Ottawa

If you have just started playing board games, or are simply new to the board gaming scene in Ottawa, then have no fear.  There are a number of groups that meet each week in this city for both casual and more competitive gaming.

For the casual gamer, every Monday night at the Royal Oak on Gloucester Ave. (downtown area) there is a large gathering of gamers who play just about every type of board game under the sun.  If you want to meet people who love board games as much as you, then definitely stop by.  People typically arrive between 6:30pm and 7:00pm and stay until 10:30pm.  There is also a small group of regulars who play the Star Wars LCG.

There are also meet-ups every two weeks in Westboro, Kanata and Orleans.  These groups typically post their information on boardgamegeek.com, in the Ontario forum (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/114/boardgamegeek/ontario) and play a wide assortment of games, similar to the Monday meet-up at the Royal Oak.

Finally, for gamers who enjoy Fantasy Flight Games’ collection of Living Card Games, there is a meeting every Tuesday night at Pints and Quarts, a bar in the Glebe.  Here you’ll find people playing Netrunner, Game of Thrones, Warhammer Conquest and even Call of Cthulhu.  Whether you are looking to learn how to play, enjoy a few games with a beer or prepare for a tournament, this is the place to go.

True North Games also hosts a number of tournaments and game nights at Pints and Quarts on Tuesday evenings.  Be sure to check this site as well as our Facebook page for more information on when the next tournament will be.  We hope to see you there.

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Welcome to True North Games

True North Games is a company built by board gamers, for board gamers.  Our mission is to give you access to quality board games at a reasonable price and to provide the best possible customer service.

With that in mind, we have built this website to provide our customers with all the tools they need to make informed purchases of quality games.

From our webstore you can buy an assortment of games, almost all of which we have played and enjoyed.  These games are predominantly those produced by Fantasy Flight Games, but we hope to grow our site and expand into other games over time.  The commitment we make to our customers is that we will only sell products that we have tried and enjoyed playing.

In our blog section, you can read a number of articles developed by us and the gaming community aimed at improving your gaming experience.  This includes articles on strategies, tips for new players and guides on what products you should be looking for to get started in a particular game.

We also strive to provide the best customer service in the industry.  If you have a question about a particular game, please send us an email, give us a call or use the Contact Us form.  We are always happy to discuss games and answer any questions you might have.  Remember, we have played (at least once!) almost all of the games in our inventory and are happy to share our experiences with people looking to purchase our products.

Finally, if you’re just getting into board games and are in the Ottawa area send us a message and we’ll let you know about all the great groups that currently exist in this city.  There are a number of weekly gaming groups and local tournaments for people who want to get out and play boardgames.  Don’t be shy!

Over the coming weeks look for more articles to appear in this section, starting with an overview of some of the gaming opportunities available in Ottawa.