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Holiday Shopping Guide: ‘Magic the Gathering’




Searching for the perfect holiday gifts for your favorite “Magic: The Gathering” player; or maybe just looking for cool gifts in general? No problem! We have some fantastic holiday gift ideas for you at different price points that will make the holidays memorable for that special person. You can grab any of these products at any Battleground Games & Hobbies location or via our online store and shipped right to your door!



Magic the Gathering Booster Packs

Great for stocking stuffers or as an additional gift, these packs contain 15 random cards each. These are meant for players to supplement their existing collection, so they are not appropriate for the absolute beginner. Players LOVE opening booster pack for the surprise inside. We recommend packs from the latest Magic: the Gathering sets: Khans of Tarkir, Journey into Nyx, Born of the Gods, Theros, and/or Magic 2015Click here to shop Booster Packs online!

Magic the Gathering Holiday Gift Box

The Holiday Gift Box was created with gift-giving in mind. These come jammed packed with goodies which include:

  • 4 Khans of Tarkir booster packs
  • Storage box that holds 2,000 cards
  • 20 lands
  • 6 illustrated plastic dividers
  • Sticker sheet for cucustomizingividers
  • Alternate-art Sultai Charm card

Click here to shop all Magic the Gathering boxed sets.


Magic the Gathering Fat Pack

In between a Gift Box and a Booster Box, these “fat packs” provide a good mix of booster packs and accessories. They include:

  • 9 Khans of Tarkir booster packs
  • 80 lands
  • 1 life counter and guide
  • 2 deck boxes
  • 1 storage box

Click here to shop all of our fat packs!


Magic the Gathering Booster Boxes

This is for when just a few booster packs isn’t enough; then a booster box is your answer! Fantastic was to supplement any collection or even start a collection! Each booster box, except for Modern Masters (which contains 24 packs), contains 36 booster packs – that’s a lot of cards! Click here to view all of our booster boxes!





Magic the Gathering Duel Decks, Event Decks & Intro Packs

Duel Decks, Event Decks & Intro Packs are all pre-constructed decks that typically come with a spin-down branded Magic the Gathering 20-sided dice and sometimes, a booster pack to boot! Duel Decks are designed for two-player enjoyment in order to experience an epic battle, typically between two Planeswalkers! Next up, an Event Deck is design as a gateway to playing tournament Magic the Gathering, as these decks are designed to be competitive in tournament play. This is fantastic for anyone looking to give Friday Night Magic (see our event calender for future FNM events near you!) a try, especially if you don’t already have a deck to play with. Finally, Intro Decks are great products designed to provide an introduction to a new set and experience that set’s mechanics and flavor for the first time. Likewise, a great way to spend an evening, too; as these decks are great to play against each other!

Commander 2014 Decks

The 2014 Commander Decks are 100-card pre-constructed decks that are ready to play out of the box, specifically designed for muli-player play within the Commander/Elder Dragon Highlander format. These are the hot new decks released for the holiday season. They provide tons of fun interactions and are very balanced against each other. If you’re looking to pickup a pre-constructed deck in the medium budget range, these are the way to go! Pick up two if you want to battle with your friends and/or loved ones.

Magic the Gathering Funko Pop! Vinyl Collectible Figures

These figures aren’t used to play Magic: the Gathering, but these collectible figures make fantastic gifts for any avid fan of the Magic the Gathering brand!

Gaming Supplies

Protect your collection and your investment! At it’s core, Magic the Gathering is a collectible card game. Plus, no reason not to protect your favorite deck or even your entire collection from shuffling and the test of time with branded card sleeves and deck boxes! Click here to shop all our accessories!

Gift Cards

Local to Battleground Games & Hobbies and can’t decide what to get? No problem! We offer fabulous, branded gift cards – perfect for any occasion and redeemable at any Battleground Games & Hobbies location. But wait – what if you want to order online? No problem – just let us know in the comments field during check out or contact us with your order number and we’ll apply the gift credit to your Battleground Games & Hobbies online account!



No matter what gift you choose, we have something for everyone and any one of the products above will fill a Magic: the Gathering player with joy this holiday season. The only thing better than receiving a Magic: the Gathering gift is playing Magic: the Gathering! So, be sure to grab something for yourself and you can play alongside with your friends and loved ones this holiday season.







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Passport Game Studios Announces Two New Board Games

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Passport Games has announced two upcoming games co-produced with Stratelibri: Kingsport Festival and Provincia Romana, according to hobby news website  Both are planned for mid-to-late October release.

Richard Dracass, Chief Business Officer at Passport Game Studios, described Kingsport Festival as “Kingsburg meets Lovecraft” with “that same mechanic that everyone loves from that game.”  Kingsburg was nominated for several game awards, including an Origins award in 2008.  The game is designed by Andrea Chiarvesio (KingsburgArcanum) and Gianluca Santopietro (Letters from Whitechapel).  In this horror game, players take the villainous role of cult leaders, out to dominate the city.  Players need to reserve their sanity, overcome the investigators out to stop the cults, and overcome unexpected events.

The box contains 20 Elder God sheets, 16 building tiles, 5 player tokens, 110 cards,165 wooden pieces (6 scoring markers, 79 resource markers, 65 control cubes, 15 dice), a game board and rulebook.  The game is for 3-5 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 90 minutes.  


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Provincia Romana is an engine building, resource management game.  Designed by Pierluigi Frumusa (Swordfish, Lupin the 3rd), players take the roles of governors of different ancient Roman cities (Forum Julii, Arelate, Loupian, Tolosa, Narbo Martius and Massilia), and must manage their city’s economy and resources:  building temples and coliseums, seeing to the city’s defense, and forming agreements with the Roman Senate.  The goal is to become the most prestigious governor and become the new Proconsul of a mighty Provincia Romana.



The box contains 242 cards, 6 player sheets, 18 wooden discs, 115 wooden cubes, a wooden pawn, a punchboard, a game board, and rulebook.  The game is for 2-6 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in 100 minutes. 




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IELLO Games Announces Six Upcoming Board Games

IELLO Games has announced six upcoming releases:  Friday the 13th, Zombie Kidz, The World of Yo-Ho, Eat Me If You Can!, Steam Torpedo,  and 8 Masters’ Revenge, according to popular hobby industry news website


First up, IELLO is partnering with Le Scorpion Masque to release Reiner Knizia’s Friday the 13th card game (picture not available), which has also been previously released as Poisonand Bakers Dozen.  Based around symbols of bad luck, players attempt to avoid evil omen cards, or conversely, gather them to pass on to oponents and ruin their hands.  The game is for 3-6 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in 30 minutes. The box contains 50 bad luck cards and 3 rule cards.


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Next, Zombie Kidz is a cooperative children’s game also to be released in September by IELLO and Le Scorpion Masque. Designed by Annick Lobet (Home Sweet Home, Stratopolis), players take the role of children out to stop the zombies moving into the cemetery near their home, because none of the parents believe them.   Players must work together to lock the cemetery gates or eliminate the zombies themselves.  There are rule adaptations to make the game more challenging for older players.   The game is for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up, and plays in 15 minutes. 


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IELLO is partnering with Volumique for The World of Yo-Ho, a pirate sea adventure that is a hybrid board game partnered with a digital app.  After purchasing the physical map, players download the free app to a smartphone, and use their smartphone as their ship.  Then players captain their ship through a fantasy world adventure, where animals are intelligent, and sea monsters and magic exist.  Players decide what types of missions they take as they explore:  peaceful merchant voyages, battling sea monsters, challenging other players to naval battles, or plundering the seas like a true pirate.  The game is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in 40-60 minutes.  The game will be launched via a Kickstarter campaign in October. 


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IELLO and Purple Brain Creations will release an English edition of Jun’ichi Sato’s Eat Me If You Can!  Players take the role of storybook characters (Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs), who are suddenly threatened by a very hungry wolf in search of dinner.  The simple, family-friendly game uses bluffing and deduction to thwart the wolf.  The game is for 3-6 players, ages 6 and up, and plays in 10 minutes.  Release is planned for November.


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IELLO and Serious Poulp plan to release Steam Torpedo, a two player underwater battle game designed by Ludovic Roudy and Bruno Sautter (8 Masters’ Revenge).  Set in 1924, players take control of advanced combat submarines during WWI.  Players build their custom subs from hundreds of possibilities and fight their underwater opponent in a battle to destroy the enemy control room or eliminate the entire enemy crew.  The game is for two players, age 13 and up, and plays in 30 minutes.


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Finally, also from IELLO and Serious Poulp is Roudy and Sautter’s martial arts fight game 8 Masters’ Revenge.  Players duel with their fists (represented by two cards that deal various damages), and attempt to deal enough damage to opponents that their health marker is reduced enough to eliminate them.  The last player standing wins.  The game is for 1-4 players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 30 minutes. 


What do you think of these exciting new board games? Are you excited? Should Battleground Games & Hobbies carry them? Please let us know in the comments!






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