http://www.shopofmagic.com/News/11-05/fantasy-flight-games-logo1.gif Our great friends at Fantasy Flight Games landed us a spot on their front page this week.

Cruise on over to their Retailer Spotlight if you feel like learning more about the history of your favorite Professional Game Store.

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For the second consecutive year, the Origins Game Fair exhibit hall has sold out more than a month in advance of the event. The hall will have over 350 booths representing more than 200 companies in the industry.
Among those companies is the show’s new co-sponsor: Mayfair Games, which will provide support for many of the events at the show, including the “Kids Room” and the return of the “Theme Area.” Others sponsors include Rio Grande Games, Troll & Toad, Sandstorm Productions, Elfinwerks, Bandai, Adventure Retail, Cryptozoic, Catalyst Game Labs, Looney Labs, Chimera Hobby Shop, Decision Games, Hills Wholesale Gaming, WizKids, Eagle Games, Geek Chic, GPA, Battle Front, Kenzer & Company, Reaper / Hobby Q, Z-Man Games, GameScience, and Free RPG Day.
Origins 2010 saw a marked increase in attendance after a downturn in attendance in 2009.

The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced plans to once again host an “Origins Trade Day.” The Trade Day will be held on Thursday, June 23rd.

Some new additions to the show this year are a new “Fast Play” area in the RPG hall, a themed costume contest and an open play area featuring the Origins Award Nominees.

The Origins Game Fair takes place June 23-26th Columbus Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Pre-registration for the Origins Game Fair ends on May 31st.
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Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced a traveling series of game conventions, Epic Con, to kick off this year with events in Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Each Epic Con will include a Darkmoon Faire, an event for players of Cryptozoic’s World of Warcraft TCG. But Epic Cons will also include gaming from other companies, including Magic: The Gathering, Ascension, Settlers of Catan, and more.
Cryptozoic is also inviting retailers and other game companies to exhibit. Cryptozoic President and CCO Cory Jones explained the strategy. “The hobby gaming space is too small not to support any group or company spending time and money to grow the category as a whole, and as you can see with the types of games we will be supporting and the types of partners stepping up to be represented, we are totally committed to this vision,” he said.

A Board Game Library is also planned for each Epic Con, where players can rent games for $5 per four hours, with the proceeds donated to Child’s Play.

There will be no charge to attend.

The Las Vegas Epic Con will be held June 16-19 at the Paris; the Philadelphia event will be held September 29-October 2nd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The 2012 Epic Con schedule will be announced at Gen Con.

http://www.shopofmagic.com/News/11-04/games%20workshop%20metal.jpg Earlier this month, Games Workshop informed us about major repackaging and format changes to all of their main range of metal models.

Current information points to the complete elimination of metal from the line, with spin-cast resin temporarily replacing the affected parts until ramped-up plastics production bridges the gap. This sweeping change will affect both blisters and boxed sets. 

We now have a complete list of affected items: click on the 'Read more' link below to display it.

Availability for some these codes may become scarce and sporadic. If you would like to place a special order for any of these items, please let us know and we will try to fulfill that order while supplies last. 

We will post more information on the package and format change as it becomes available.

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Vampire Werewolf Fairies is a light-hearted fantasy card game from Gozer Games, scheduled to release at the end of April. Featuring art from some of the most popular fantasy artists, this light filler invites players to create impossible combinations of fantasy creatures.
In the game, players assume the roles of common fantasy archetypes: vampires, werewolves, witches, and faeries—or even a combination of them—as they race to collect objects that can be used to harm their opponents. The game is playable on its own, or it can be combined with the earlier Gozer title Zombie Ninja Pirates.
Vampire Werewolf Fairies features artwork from Phil Foglio, John Kovalic, Terry Moore, Randy Milholland, and Neko Pilarcik. It allows two to six players, but can be combined with Zombie Ninja Pirates to allow up to ten. The game includes 108 game cards. The suggested retail price will be $17.95.