Catan League 2018!

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the year again. Catan League starts in just two weeks, on Wednesday February 21st!

This post will be going over the details of how to enter and how we will be running the League this year, so let’s Jump right into it!

League Entry

This year we are requiring a one time entry fee of $10 to participate in Catan League.
The entry fee allows participants to compete during the entire six weeks of play, and enter them in the running for the prizes awarded after the final week.

League Rules

  • We will be following the official rules for Catan during all League games. No house rules.
  • Players will be limited to two official games per night. You are welcome to play more, but the scores will not be counted!
  • Games will start at 6:45PM to give all participants time to arrive. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event pages to make sure we know you’re coming.
  • All games will be kept as close to four players as possible, for score-keeping purposes.
  • Tiebreakers will be used to their fullest extent when games end with multiple winners.
  • Players will be provided with a score sheet to track final scores and placements of all players involved in the game.
  • Turn score sheets into an employee after each game is completed.
  • Players will be matched up with the same people every game. Once entrants have been determined, a game seeding system will be put into place.

Scoring

After a League day has been completed, all score sheets will be collected, and posted to a public Google Document. Top scores will also be on display in the cafe.
We will be tracking both total points scored, and a weighted placement scoring system.

The scoring system will be as follows:

Number of Players 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place
Three Players 4pts 2pts 0pts
Four Players 5pts 3pts 2pts 0pts
Five Players 6pts 4pts 2pts 1pt 0pts

Schedule

Games will be held for six week on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM starting February 21st.

Catan League will be on break on the week of March 12th due to the Purdue Spring Break.

Wed. 2/21 Catan League Week 1 @ 6:30PM
Wed 2/28 Catan League Week 2 @ 6:30PM
Wed 3/7 Catan League Week 3 @ 6:30PM
Wed 3/14 NO CATAN LEAGUE THIS WEEK (Purdue Spring Break)
Wed 3/21 Catan League Week 4 @ 6:30PM
Wed 3/28 Catan League Week 5 @ 6:30PM
Wed 4/4 Catan League Week 6 @ 6:30PM – FINAL WEEK

Make Up Games

Participants are allowed to make up any missed days or games by following a few guidelines.

  • Must be played within two weeks of the missed game(s).
  • Must be played with at least 3 players.  (2 player games aren’t allowed on regular nights either)
  • Must be played at Merlin’s Beard.
  • Players in a make up game may be people who are not entered into Catan League. However, they must already be familiar with the game.

Any players willing to help others play their make up games will be awarded Honor Points to go towards a bonus prize at the end of the League for the most honorable player!

Prizes

At the end of the League we will be giving out some sweet, sweet loot. Here’s what’s on the table:

  • Merlin’s Beard Gift Cards
  • Board game promos
  • Board games (Used and New)
  • Super secret grand prize for the overall winner! (TBA Soon)

Aaaaaaand, That should be everything! We hope all of our participants have a blast in this year’s Catan League!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post here, in the Catan League Events, or via Facebook Message.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals!

Stop by Merlin’s Beard any time this weekend for our Black Friday & Small Business Saturday deals!

15% off all games marked for sale, new or used!

10% bonus cash on gift cards of $25 or more!

10% off 6- and 12- month memberships!

Our hours for the weekend are:
5 to 11 Friday
12 to 12 Saturday
2 to 8 Sunday

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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.

Still Closed for Lunch Friday, October 13th

Hey all. We are once again opening our doors a little late this Friday to give a little more recovery time to our fearless leader.

Our hours for 10/13/17 will be 5PM – 11PM.

We hope for this to be the last recovery week needed for John. Thanks for all the well wishes!

Opening at 5PM Friday, October 6th

Merlin’s Beard will be opening at 5pm rather than our regular 12pm on Friday October 6th due to needed health recovery time for our esteemed store owner.

We expect to return to regular hours next week!

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