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Codenames Pictures Board Game Event

This time we will be playing one of our favourite games Codenames Pictures!

As a special occasion, for every 2 players we will be adding a copy of Codenames Pictures, to the prize pool!

There’s a learn to play session at the start of the event, so anyone can play, even if you haven’t played Codenames Pictures before!

Win a copy of Codenames Pictures and cool promo prizes!

We hope to see you all here Saturday 22 of July!
Bring your friends!

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X-Wing 100pt Tournament

We are running monthly 100pt Standard X-Wing Tournaments!  The next one is June 3rd, in our upstairs Event Space.

This is a fairly casual event, focused on growing our fantastic X-Wing community and trying out cool lists.

Prizes will are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and each player will receive a prize just for participating! Also some C-3PO promo crew cards will be given out randomly based on attendance!

To register for the event be at Games Laboratory on June 3rd between 11:00-11:50am ready for 12pm start!

We hope to see you all there!

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Sushi Go Party Board Game Event

We are continuing our series of board game organised play events.
This time we will play Sushi Go Party!

There’s a learn to play session at the start of the event, so anyone can play, even if you haven’t played Sushi Go Party before!

Win a copy of Sushi Go Party and cool promo prizes!

We hope to see you all here Saturday 10 of June!
Bring your friends!

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Broom Service Board Game Event

We are continuing our series of board game organised play events.
This time we will play Broom Service!

There’s a learn to play session at the start of the event, so anyone can play, even if you haven’t played Broom Service before!

Win a copy of Broom Service and cool promo prizes!

We hope to see you all here Saturday 06 of May!
Bring your friends!

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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 The Alchemist’s Refuge 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 booking@gameslaboratory.com.au, or give us anonymous feedback at sayat.me/GamesLaboratory (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

Star Realms Board Game Event

We are continuing our series of board game organised play events.
This time we will play Star Realms!

There’s a learn to play session at the start of the event, so anyone can play, even if you haven’t played Star Realms before!

Win a copy of Star Realms and cool promo prizes!

We hope to see you all here Saturday 11th of March!
Bring your friends!

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Machi Koro Board Game Event

We are continuing our series of board game organised play events.
This time we will play Machi Koro!

There’s a Learn to Play session at the start of the event, so anyone can play, even if you haven’t played Machi Koro before!

Win a copy of Machi Koro and cool promo prizes!

We hope to see you all here Saturday 11th of February!
Bring your friends!

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