We’re moving!

Merlin’s Beard closed its doors at 1001 Main Street at the end of May. We are renovating at our new location and are hoping to be open in mid-July!

New address:

220 Columbia Street

Lafayette, IN 47901

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sale

We’re gearing up for our big sale next weekend!

During the weekend of 11/23 to 11/25 every game on our store shelves will be on sale for between 10% and 40% off of regular price.

Prices and stock will be changing throughout the weekend, so stayed tuned to our social media pages!

Games that will be available include:

7 Wonders
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Betrayal at The House on the Hill
Carcassonne
Catan
Century: Spice Road
Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure Game
Codenames
Discover: Lands Unknown
Dominion
KeyForge: Call of the Archons Deck
King of Tokyo
Orbis
Pandemic
Paper Tales
Reef
Splendor
Ticket to Ride
….
And many more!

For the full list head over to this page.

Discounted prices can be inquired about by contacting us or stopping by once the sale starts!

Happy Birthday, Merlin’s Beard!

So, tomorrow is our birthday and, to celebrate it, Alicia and John are going to GenCon! Also, we are porting to a new server so please bear with us as our site goes through some growing pains.

Friday Night Draughts & Draft: MtG Dominaria!

Experience Friday Night Magic like never before!

Join Merlin’s Beard and host Seth Fisher for our casual magic tourney:

Draughts & Draft!

Your $20 buy-in covers your player fare, first pint*, and puts 3 packs in the draft and 2 packs into the awards pool.

Basic lands will be provided by Merlin’s Beard.

Prizes* will be distributed by record. All players will receive at least 1 prize. The top finisher at each table will also receive an admit one card for Merlin’s Beard!

* All ages are welcome. Non-alcoholic shakes & smoothies or Sodas can be substituted for the included pint.

* Prize support may vary depending on interest. 7 or fewer players will have full Dominaria prize support. 12 or fewer players will be able to draft Dominaria with prize support from older sets. More than 12 players will result in players combining Dominaria with other sets for the draft.

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/426009794479229/

Live Trivia is coming to Merlin’s Beard!

Merlin’s Beard is hosting live trivia! Our inaugural game will be Wednesday, April 11th. Sign in is 6:30 to 7. The show starts at 7 and will take an hour or two to play through the set, which will use a general trivia theme. The members of the winning team will each receive a free-to-play single day pass for Merlin’s Beard!

We are using software from SpeedQuzzing.com to run the show, which I think you will love. The game’s router can support 32 live smartphone connections at a time, which means almost everyone in our space could connect individually if they wanted to!

When you arrive Wednesday at Merlin’s, you will be given an instruction card explaining how to download the SpeedQuizzing Virtual Buzzer App [ Android | IOS ] and connect to the SpeedQuizzing router. Each team will connect to the game through a special WiFi router and set a name for themselves and, once everyone is ready, we play!

You can check out the video portion of from our live test session last week below:

SpeedQuizzing test run

We are testing the SpeedQuizzing software. Feel free to watch this awesome live feed of the question screen.

Posted by Merlin's Beard LLC on Monday, March 26, 2018

November Preview @ Merlin’s Beard

We’ve got all kinds of fun for you this month! RPGs every Tuesday, Scrabble and Epic Game Days, and our featured game days for Clank! In! Space! and Legend of the Five Rings.

RPG Tuesday

RPG Tuesday hits full stride this month! Join us each week for new games or play on in the D&D Adventure League series. Games begin at 6pm. Adventure League games start at 6pm and 8pm. We are looking for a GM interested in running Pathfinder or Starfinder Society games. Be sure to check out our public access group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpgtuesday to see what we have in the cooker.

Epic Game Day

November 4th. Want to play a massive game? Venture on over to Facebook event page and vote in our poll to help us decide what to play!

Clank! In! Space! Tournament!

November 17th. We have a cool promo card for all participants. The winner of the tournament gets a $5 gift card good at any Merlin’s Beard location. Of which there is one. So it’s good at Merlin’s Beard! Games start at 6pm. We have one copy, so it would be awesome if someone else brought a copy for us to use during the tournament. That person gets a free player fare (if we use it). Be sure to visit our Facebook event page and let us know that you are interested.

Legend of the Five Rings Imperial Summons

November 18th. Join for our second Legend of the Five Rings event. There is a $5 entry fee because this event has some outstanding swag. Check out the details on our Facebook event page and be sure to let us know you are coming!

Scrabble Saturday

November 18th. Help us grow our scrabble community by participating in our monthly scrabble game day! Check out the details on our Facebook event page (coming soon) and be sure to let us know you are coming.

All Star Smash Up! Tournament

Smash Up! Tournament (August 25th)

Join us Friday, August 25th for a Smash Up! tournament. This will be a two-round single elimination tournament. There is an event fee ($5) to participate. The first (x) players to sign up will each receive an All Star Faction deck. The winner of the tournament can choose between our two grand prizes: a huge play mat or a set of wood victory point tokens. Should we have at least 8 players, we will award the remaining prize to the second place finisher.

Diamant Rumble (August 24th)

Rumbles are returning to Merlin’s Beard on Thursdays starting August 24th. Rumbles are single elimination two round tournaments. Final rounds are composed of the highest scoring players from the first round and filled out with the next highest scores from all games. The winner of a rumble gets their choice of promos and things from our loot box. Our first rumble will be Diamant on the 24th and the Ethnos on the 31st.

Gen Con Loot

The best four days in gaming wrapped up on Sunday and I’d like to thank you for your patience, those of you who found us closed on Friday afternoon and on Sunday. I had a great time working for Plan B and Pretzel Games, meeting a number of personalities from Andrea Ahlers (Foreign Affairs, Plan B) and Martin Bouchard (lead designer, Plan B) to Isaac Vega (Dead of Winter) and Emerson Matsuuchi (Century: Spice Road). We brought home three notable games: Flick’em Up! Dead of Winter, Century: Golem Edition, and Wasteland Express, the later being my guilty pleasure purchase.

Extra Life Charity Event for Riley Children’s Hospital

Support Extra Life during our monthly game marathon this Saturday at Merlin’s Beard! Hosted by Aaron and Kristen Smith, this event raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Calling all Smiths, Barbarians, and Poets

New games!

We’ve added Dice Forge from Libellud and Conan from Monolith to our shelves this week!

Dice Forge is an intriguing dice building game for the smiths in our crowd.  It is a resource acquisition and management game in which you use dice that can be altered as you play. I’ve heard good things about it and look forward to my first opportunity to play it.

Conan is a scenario based adventure game for the aspiring barbarian. It is a group vs. overlord game featuring one-off scenarios that resemble the original Robert Howard short stories. I haven’t played it yet myself but Andrew assures me that you get some flavor, then you do something epic that does not involve combat, followed by killing a bunch of things, followed by something epic that does not involve combat, then you get some flavor text. I’m crazy excited about this one.

Nevermore Tournament

Join us Friday, August 18th for a Nevermore tournament. This will be a two-round single elimination tournament. There is no event fee for this tournament, however the grand prize, a copy of the Nevermore expansion, will only be awarded if we have at least eight participants.

Smash Up! Tournament

Join us Friday, August 25th for a Smash Up! tournament. This will be a two-round single elimination tournament. There is an event fee ($5) to participate. The first (x) players to sign up will each receive an All Star Faction deck. The winner of the tournament can choose between our two grand prizes: a huge play mat or a set of wood victory point tokens. Should we have at least 8 players, we will award the remaining prize to the second place finisher.

Rumbles Return to Merlin’s Beard!

Rumbles are returning to Merlin’s Beard on Thursdays starting August 24th. Rumbles are single elimination two round tournaments. Final rounds are composed of the highest scoring players from the first round and filled out with the next highest scores from all games. The winner of a rumble gets their choice of promos and things from our loot box. Our first rumble will be Diamant on the 24th and the Ethnos on the 31st.

Gen Con

Merlin’s Beard will be closed on Sunday, August 20th so that the staff can attend Gen Con. In addition, I will be teaching games at the Plan B / Pretzel Games Thursday, Friday, and Sunday mornings, so swing by and say hi!

Coming in September

Rozy’s King of Tokyo Rumble

Pirate Week featuring Sea of Clouds

Happy Birthday, Merlin’s Beard!

We did it! We’ve made it a whole year thanks to our really incredible patrons! Alicia and I are so grateful to all of you and especially to those of you who we see week after week.

Membership Changes and Promotion

We’d like to announce some changes to our membership program. First, we are moving to 6- and 12- month offerings. Second, we are adding a 10% discount for members on board games and event passes and a 15% discount on pre-orders for members. Third, members now receive complementary soft drinks*. Finally, player fares are included with your membership purchase.

6-month Membership is available for $130.

12-month Membership is available for $230.

Add a +1 to either membership option for $100.

Add a +family to either membership option for $200.

* Limited 1 soft drink per visit per membership, m+1, or m+family.

While Supplies last:

Anyone buying a 1-year membership in the month of August will also receive a free used game from our collection. We are currently compiling the list but it includes some gems:

King of Tokyo, Big Book of Madness, Takenoko, Munchkin, TIcket to Ride, Shiny Dice, Doom Town, VS System.

Big Book of Madness, Extended

We have decided to extend our Big Book of Madness event by one week. Teams have until Sunday, August 6th to enter an official score. Additionally, teams are allowed one replay before the 6th.

New Games to Play!

We have a number of new and new-to-us games to introduce to you including:

  • Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
  • The Fox in the Forest
  • Tiny Epic Quest
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Sea of Clouds
  • Conan
  • Dice Forge

New and Notable Games to Buy!

  • Century the Spice Road
  • Dice Forge
  • Fields of Green
  • Element
  • Legendary X-Men
  • Frog Riders