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Deranged Assistant at Games Laboratory

Spring Cleaning – Weekly Magic Events Update

Spring has sprung, and among other thing we’re tidying up the weekly Magic structure, hopefully striking a balance between events that are fun for you to play and also worthwhile for us to run.

Starting Tuesday, 5th September these changes apply to our constructed events;

  • Our weekly constructed events will be $12 entry. That includes
    – Tuesday Modern at 6:30
    – Thursday Legacy at 6:30
    – Thursday Standard at 7:00
    – Friday Modern at 6:30
    – Friday Standard at 7:00
    – plus any weekend events like Standard Showdown
  • All Standard events will be 3 rounds, with a booster per win!
  • Other Constructed events remain 4 rounds, and keep the existing prize structure: $10 credit for 2 wins, $15 credit for 3 wins, and $25 credit for 4 wins.

We’ve updated the details for these events on the website calendar, so you can check them all in one place.

Thanks for all your feedback and input in getting to this point. If you’ve got questions, send us an email at

Event Space Booking – NEW!

We’re introducing table bookings to the upstairs event space on Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Wednesday and Thursday nights are getting increasingly busy, so to both help guarantee a table for you, and to help us cover the costs of maintenance and cleaning, we’re starting an online table booking system for the event space.

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-10pm the event space will only be available to groups who have made a booking.

There are no changes to the retail space, everyone is still welcome to come and play, as space permits, with some tables being used for events down here.

Moving to this system also means that if there’s sufficient demand we may be able to extend the event space opening times to Monday and Tuesday,  as the booking fees can cover the costs of extra staffing and maintenance. More space = more opportunities for games!

The booking cost will cover:

  • Guaranteeing you space for the night
  • Access to the Board Games Library and Dungeons and Dragons Library
  • Access to wargaming tabletops and the terrain library
  • Our costs for cleaning and maintenance, as well as keeping the lights on and rent paid

Bookings are a flat rate for the evening, calculated on the size of the tables you’re using.
8-seat tables are $20 for the night, 4-seat tables are $10.
Each table only has a certain number of seats, if you end up with extra people coming you will need to book an extra table to accommodate.

A reminder that Downstairs@Lab is our only licensed area. Space there is at a premium, and is for groups enjoying beverages.

If you’ve got questions get in touch!
You can ask in store, email, or give us anonymous feedback at (and optionally allow us to respond so we can follow up)

Check out our Bookings page for more details! 

Amonkhet Prerelease Changes

The only constant is Change…

After the Aether Revolt Prerelease, and the changes we needed to implement, it was clear that more changes need to be made.

You might recall we sent out a survey in an attempt to find out what was working for you, and more importantly what was not working for you as a player in our store.

The results of the survey guided our changes, and supported the age-old notion that you can please some of the people most of the time – but there is no way to please everyone. Some of these changes will be met with joy, some with indifference, and some will be met with disappointment. Hopefully more of the former and less of the latter, but your feedback will let us know!

No more Midnight Event

So here is the biggest fundamental change to our line up – we’re axing the Midnight and the 5am Events from our schedule. Instead, we will be offering a 7pm Event on both Saturday and Sunday.

2HG Events will be unchanged, and occur as the afternoon event on Saturday and the morning event on Sunday

Events will be shorter – and have flatter prizes

All our Prerelease Events will run for three rounds – win, lose or draw, everyone will get to play against three different opponents.

The events previously at 3:30pm each day are being brought forward to 2:30pm.

We’re also adjusting the prize pool – down to two boosters per player, as mandated by Wizards of the Coast. Every player gets two boosters of Amonkhet for playing, available at the end of the event!

As a little extra incentive for wins we’re also adding 2 Prize Tickets per match win – these tickets will be redeemable for picks from the prize wall, dice, sleeves, snacks, drinks from the fridge or even additional boosters from other sets. These aren’t coming out of any kind of total prize pool, they’re an extra thing we’re adding on top of the participation boosters to give a sense of achievement to well earned victories.

Events will be cheaper! Much cheaper!

We’re reducing the cost of each Prerelease Event to $35.
Multi-ticket discounts will still apply – preregister and play three events over the weekend for $100, or play all six events for $180!

Full details are on the website, and preregistration is open!

…and like all constants, this will likely change too…

While these changes are locked in for the Amonkhet Prerelease, we are always open to suggestions and feedback. Please use our anonymous feedback link if you’d prefer to let us know your thoughts without letting us know it’s you!

I haven’t gone into too much detail about the why’s and wherefore’s of these changes – if you would like an in-depth explanation of each change, please let me know. We’ve grappled with all of these changes, and some of them were very hard to make. We are as used to the old structure as you are, and I know change is a big scary thing – but work with us, we’re trying to make as many people’s experience as good as we possibly can.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this.

James and the Team
Games Laboratory

Aether Revolt Prerelease – Preregister Now!

Aether Revolt Prerelease

January 14th-15th – Preregister now!

Come to Games Laboratory for the largest prerelease in town!

Meet old friends and make new ones!
Celebrate the new set and cards with a store full of like-minded people!

Preregistration closes strictly 8pm Wednesday 11th January. To get the discounted rate on events, booster boxes, or bundles, you must preorder by the above time.

Invite your friends on Facebook to join in on the action!

Previously we’ve been paying for a bunch of extra boosters to give away as prizes. From this prerelease, Wizards are capping the amount of boosters we’re allowed to order for the weekend.

We still want to give away a bunch of prizes though!

At this prerelease, the first two rounds will have Aether Revolt packs as normal. In rounds 3-4 you’ll have have the choice of 2 boosters of Kaladesh on the spot, or an I.O.U. for 2 boosters of Aether Revolt, to be collected at any time from the Friday afterwards, when the set is released.

The total amount of prizes is unchanged, just shifted slightly through time 😀
If you’ve got questions get in touch!


Prereleases are a celebration of a new Magic set. They are a series of events run over one huge weekend! Each event runs for about 5 hours.
They’re a fun, casual way to play with and get a whole bunch of new cards, and to meet new people. Prereleases are the only way to get hold of the cards from the new set before the official sale date!

Each player gets a prerelease pack of six boosters worth of stuff to build a deck out of. Everyone’s on an even playing field, building decks from just the cards in your prerelease pack.

The prerelease packs contains:

  • 4 Aether Revolt Boosters
  • 2 Kaladesh boosters
  • A stamped promo card, which could be any rare or mythic rare from the set! (inlcuding the planeswalkers)
  • Spindown life counter

The event runs for four rounds, each round being the best of three games against someone who has won as many rounds as you. Each round you win gets you two boosters as a prize!!

More details on the event page.

Two Headed-Giant (2HG)

For this prerelease both the Saturday 3:30pm and Sunday 10am events are 2HG!

Team up with your friend and play together as a team!

Christmas / New Year’s Opening Hours

Saturday December 24th – Closing early for Christmas Eve
Sunday December 25th – CLOSED for Christmas

Saturday December 31st – Closing early for New Year’s Eve
Sunday January 1st – CLOSED for New Year’s Day

Other than that we’ve got our normal hours, come and play!

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a gaming friend ask us for tips, if they play Magic the Kaladesh Gift Box or an Aether Revolt Prerelease Ticket are great!

The Games Shop in Royal Arcade also has a huge range of family games, puzzles, jigsaws and more. Maybe now’s the time to introduce your family to a love of games?

RPTQ, and Last Chance Qualifier – this weekend!

Saturday 3rd
Last Chance Qualifier “PPTQ” – The winner gets a slot in the RPTQ on Sunday, only players not already qualified may play.
Decklist submission –

Sunday 4th
Regional Pro Tour Qualifier “RPTQ” – Qualified players battle for 4 invitations, and associated flights, to the Pro Tour!
Decklist submission –

Note that the two decklist submission links are different.

Child’s Play Charity Trivia – Remote Raffle

Hi All!

A reminder that all of the event space will be occupied on Wednesday November 2nd for the Child’s Play Charity Trivia night!

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still join in to help those in need through the Remote Raffle!
Buy tickets online and contribute to the fund-raising efforts!

As of 10 October 2016, the Remote Raffle Pack consists of:
– 1 (One) 6 person voucher for The Enigma Room in Sydney!
– 1 (One) Kaladesh pack c/o Wizards of the Coast
– 1 (One) Rogue One fun pack c/o Wizards & Hasbro
– 1 (One) Transformers Titans Return (Voyager class)
– 1 (One) copy of Pie Face the game c/o Wizards & Hasbro
– 2 (Two) download code for Deathstair c/o Fun Sponge Games
– 1 (One) download code for Submerged on all three major platforms (that’s 3 codes total, one each for Xbox One, PS4 and Steam) c/o Uppercut Games
– some random fun things c/o your humble Organiser & Host (but not so humble as to not use capital letters for his title)