We’ll be opening at 1pm on Good Friday, and otherwise have our normal hours over the Easter Weekend! We’re open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as usual for gaming goodness!
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 (upstairs) will only be available to groups who have made a booking.
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 fewer 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!
However, we’re also adding 2 Prize Tickets per match win – these tickets will be redeemable for picks from the prize wall, drinks from the fridge or even additional non-AKH boosters.
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!
…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
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.
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!
Top 4 players! They win flights and an invitation to the Pro Tour in Dublin!
Top 8 decklists, in swiss finish order:
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?
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 – gameslaboratory.com.au/LCQ-submitdecklist
Sunday 4th –
Regional Pro Tour Qualifier “RPTQ” – Qualified players battle for 4 invitations, and associated flights, to the Pro Tour!
Decklist submission – gameslaboratory.com.au/submitdecklist
Note that the two decklist submission links are different.
We’re open all day for the Melbourne Cup public holiday!
Come and play some boardgames!
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)