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Holiday Hours for Battleground Games & Hobbies



Battleground Games & Hobbies retail stores will be open the following holiday hours in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day:

  • Christmas Eve: Noon to 6:00 PM
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED
  • New Year’s Eve: Noon to 6:00 PM
  • New Year’s Day: Noon to 10:00 PM

Please note that any online store orders placed on Christmas Day will ship the following business day.


If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, now is your chance! Can’t decide, consider picking up a Battleground Games & Hobbies gift card!


On behalf of the entire Battleground Games & Hobbies staff, we would like to wish you all a very safe, fun and happy holiday!





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This week in gaming: My board game wishlist

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Yeah, this is going up late. It’s been a little bit of a hectic week for myself. A big hectic to the point that I forgot that today was Wednesday (well, now it’s Thursday). I’m in the very slow process of moving my family and I into a new house. Let me tell you, moving is not very fun. However, there is a small exception here. Since I’ve been in between moves since the beginning of the summer, most of my belongings have been in storage. I had to pack up most of my Magic cards and, worst of all, most of my board games went into storage.


Now that my family and I are at our new house, I’ve been able to get most of my belongings out of storage. Tonight, I was able to grab my board games. It’s funny. I really didn’t know how much I missed them until I opened the box that contained them. It’s not much, but what I do have means a lot. So, I bet you’re wondering what games I have. In no particular order:


Netrunner LCG
Marvel Legendary
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Elder Signs
Takenoko (Sealed)
Rampage (Sealed)
Ascension (Base Set)


The reason Takenoko and Rampage are sealed is because they were originally for the Extra Life fundraiser that was held a couple of weeks ago, but due to the fact that they were in storage, I was never able to give them away. Now the question is, “What do I do with them?” Obviously these games would make great additions to my collection. Of course, there is also a part of me that wants to stick to the original plan and give them away for a good cause. I’m not sure. Although, I am open to suggestions.


Lords of Waterdeep

There are some games I have been wanting to get my hands on for some time now. One game I definitely want for my collection is Lords of Waterdeep. I’ve played this game a few times, and, while I have yet to win a game, each time has been a blast. You don’t even need to be that knowledgable in the Dungeons and Dragons lore, but it does make the game that much more fun if you know the whole story, or at least parts of it.


7 Wonders

Another game I’d like to add to the list is 7 Wonders. I remember when Andrew Pegg-Wheat was demoing the game for the store. I took every chance I could to sit in on a game. It is extremely fun and I highly recommend it. How does it play? For Magic players, I like to describe it as Drafting, but it’s just the best part – the drafting. Everyone gets three “packs” or pile of cards; a pile of cards from each of the three ages. They choose a card from their pile and then pass the cards on to the next person. You continue to pick cards from the “packs” until there is one left, and that card goes back into the box. The object of the game is to score the most points.


The neat part of the game is that you need to build up your resources in order to draft certain cards. For example, you may need brick, wood, gold, or all three in order to draft a library. That library then scores you points in one of numerous categories. It may sound a little complicated, but once you play it, the game is very easy to follow.


Marvel Dice Masters

This game had been out of stock for a long time. Also, if you’ve ever played Quarriors, this should be no surprise that this is on my list of board game wants. So not only does the game play exactly like Quarriors, but it features some of my favorite characters from comics – the X-Men. What sets the game apart from Quarriors, though, is the fact that it’s a collectible dice game. What do I mean by this? When you buy the game Quarriors, you get everything you will need for the base set inside the box. When you purchase Marvel Dice Masters, you start by buying the 2-player starter set. From there you buy booster packs that contain two dice and their corresponding cards.


This allows for the possibility of tournaments with the game. I’m hoping that game catches on enough that there will be plenty of people willing to play. As a gamer, I enjoy anything that involves rolling dice. That’s probably why this is at the top of the “list.” Anyone up for a game?


Star Trek Attack Wing

I get there isn’t a board involved, but I am a big Star Trek fan. Am I a Trekkie? I don’t know, but I enjoy it nonetheless. I’ve played Star Wars Attack Wing and that was a lot of fun. In the end though, I guess you either like Star Wars or Star Trek (or, at least, one more than the other). Of course, one of the reasons I’d like to own the game is because of the look of the figures. I’ve watched enough episode that the idea of controlling one of these ships (albeit in a game) excites me.


Tabletop miniatures adds a lot to gaming that you can’t get with normal board games. I like to think of board games like 2-D side scroller video games. So, I guess that makes tabletop miniature gaming like wearing an Oculus Rift.


Well that’s it for now. You know that the holiday season is closing upon us. If you’d like to get me a gift, make sure you bookmark this page so you can refer to it in the future.


As always, thanks for reading.


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Simeon is now the Community Manager for Battleground Games & Hobbies. If you have any questions or inquiries, then you can reach him at He is also an avid gamer who loves to play board games and video games. He graduated college with a degree in Political Science, and now serves the public by writing about games. You can check that out here. Don’t forget to “like” him on Facebook as well. It’ll update you on all of his newest content. Best of all, you can follow Simeon on Twitter (@SimeonCortezano) for some real time hilarity. Thanks for reading!


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Wizards of the Coast Announces 2014 Holiday Gift Box

Wizards of the Coast will release its annual Holiday Gift Box for Magic: The Gathering, featuring cards from the Khans of Tarkir set, on November 14th.

Like last year’s gift box, the illustrated box will come with four booster packs, 20 basic lands, six illustrated plastic dividers, a sticker sheet to customize the dividers and an alternate art card, all from the first set in the Khans of Tarkir block, which releases  on September 26th (with pre-releases THIS weekend!).  The box has storage capacity for over 2,000 Magic cards.

This product makes a fantastic holiday gift for friends and family! Look forward to seeing this great product at your local Battleground Games & Hobbies.



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Happy Holidays!




Battleground Games & Hobbies locations are closed today, Wednesday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas. On behalf of the entire staff here at Battleground Games & Hobbies, we would like to wish you all a very happy, merry, and safe holiday!



We will reopen tomorrow at noon for our regular business hours. Plus, don’t forget, that tomorrow marks the beginning of the Magical Christmas Weekend Event – a special, weekend-long event that’s not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you there. You can learn more about this special event by checking out our event calendar.


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Announcing ‘Magical Christmas Weekend’ Events


Battleground Games & Hobbies in Abington, MA and Plainville, MA

Magical Christmas Weekend is exactly what it sounds like! We have a long weekend chalk full of awesome, super-fun Magic events to appeal to all types of Magic the Gathering players! Join us at your local Battleground Games & Hobbies location all weekend starting Thursday, December 26th and play in as many Magic events as you like, including one event never seen before at Battleground’s! Small “gifts” will be awarded randomly at every event, too.


So get out of the house Christmas weekend and come play some Magic with your friends at Battleground Games & Hobbies this holiday season. Who knows, maybe you will even win yourself a few more “presents”!


Magical Christmas Weekend Events:

Format: Booster Draft
Date: Thursday, December 26th 2013
Time: 7:15pm
Entrance Fee: $15.00


Format: Standard (Win-a-Box)
Date: Friday, December 27th
Time: 7:30pm
Entrance Fee: $10.00


Format: **Deck Select Challenge** (Sealed Deck)
Date: Saturday, December 28th
Time: 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: $30.00 per person
Players will have the opportunity to select any combination of 6 packs (from Standard league sets) with which to build their Sealed pool.  There is no minimum or maximum number of packs that a player can take from any one set.  Want 6 Theros?  Cool.  Want 2 RTR, 1 DGM, and 3 M14?  Cool.  Any six packs are yours to build your 40 card Sealed Deck.


Format: Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck
Date: Sunday, December 29th
Time: 12:00pm
Entrance Fee: $20.00 per person
Each TEAM will receive 8 Theros Booster Packs with which to build two 40 card decks.
This event will run 4 rounds.


Format: Modern
Date: Sunday, December 29th
Time: 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: $5.00 per person

Here’s the quick version:
Theros Booster Draft – 7:15pm on Thursday, 12/26
FNM Standard “Win-a-Box” – 7:30pm on Friday, 12/27
Deck Select Challenge (Sealed Deck) – 5:00pm on Saturday, 12/28
Theros Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck – 12:00pm on Sunday, 12/29
Modern – 5:00pm on Sunday, 12/29


Battleground Games & Hobbies – Abington
1423 Bedford Street
Abington MA 02351


Battleground Games & Hobbies – Plainville
25 Taunton Street
Plainville MA 02762


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