Merlin’s Madness!

Big Book of Madness Store Championship

Mad Merlin here, reporting live from Merlin’s Beard where we’ve just learned that there will be a tournament to see which team of wizards is best at opening and then closing the dreaded Big Book of Madness!

The Window of Opportunity opens for teams of 3 to 5 players starting this Wednesday, July 26th and closes on Sunday, July 30th. All participants will receive two monster promo cards to add to their own Books of Madness. The new cards feature a Mime and a Santa monster! Members of the highest scoring team will each receive a Golem monster promo card and the team MVP will receive the Broken Token lectern!

Points are scored for pages turned, round progress, spells bought, curses destroyed, and madness remaining. Will you make the grade? Find out this week at Merlin’s Beard!

Spiel Winners at Merlin’s Beard!

Kingdomino (spiel des jahres) and Exit (kennerspiel des jahres) are both available to play and purchase at Merlin’s Beard!

Kingdomino is another great game from Blue Orange (Battle Sheep) that teaches in minutes and plays in 15 to 20 or so. Players select domino tiles to add to their kingdom and score points by connecting similar landscape features.

Exit is an escape room turned into a series of puzzle games. Merlin’s has one available for you to try out and a few copies left for purchase. If you like Exit, try out Unlock (also an escape room series) or TIME Stories, which is an excellent series of mystery games.

Takenoko League Continues!

It’s not too late to join us for Takenoko! We have some excellent prizes for top scoring players including alternate art miniatures and bamboo bags.

Coming soon to Merlin’s Beard:

Rozy Pony King of Tokyo Tournament (Early August)

Smash Up! Tournament (Late August)


Legendary Super Munchkin Pandas!

Hey, gamers! We’ve got some exciting games and events coming this week and I’d like to share the news with you!

(Wednesday) Takenoko Week 2

How hungry is your panda? Get in to Merlin’s this Wednesday to grow some bamboo and munch away on those sweet, sweet shoots! Sign up for $5 and receive a set of translucent blue irrigation channels to add to your copy of Takenoko (or to give to a friend that owns a copy).

The event starts at 7pm and costs $5 to join up with three weeks left in the league! Additional prizes include four sets of three nice draw string bags to store the bamboo shoots, and a set of alternate arty miniatures.

(Friday) Legendary

This Friday is going to be Legen-….. wait for it….. -dary! Legendary!

We’ve got a sweet kit from Upperdeck that includes an alternate playmat for the high scoring player, a premium plexi Loki mastermind card, five premium foil Thor cards, and a premium foil “Unleash the Power of the Cosmic Cube” scheme for all participants!

Participants will play two games of Legendary against the vile Loki as he attempts to unleash the Cosmic Cube on the unsuspecting planet! Cast your vote for which team will be taking on Loki on our Facebook page! The initial games will be set with identical villains, henchmen, and heroes, but shuffled randomly because who has time to set the villain and hero decks identically? I mean, really?

Anyway, the winners of each successful opening match will proceed to the Legendary round with the next highest scorers from all opening games filling in the remaining. All participants in the Legendary round will receive the Thor promos. The highest scorer will take their pick between the playmat and plexi Loki card while the second highest scorer will receive the remaining prize.

Space is limited to the first 15 players to show up on Friday.

(Saturday) Super Munchkin & Extra Life

If you haven’t had enough superheroes by Saturday then stop on by to give Super Munchkin Guest Artist edition a go! We have a number of Munchkin promo cards available on a first-come, first-served basis.

While you are here, visit with AndyRoo’s Gaming Gang as they blast through their third 12 hour gaming marathon at Merlin’s Beard! Donations support Riley Children’s Hospital.


Star Wars Destiny Store Championship

Fulfill your Destiny! Compete in the Star Wars Destiny Store Championship on July 8th at Merlin’s Beard!

Join us for an afternoon of Star Wars gaming goodness with prize support from Fantasy Flight Games!

Pre-registration: $10 (includes Merlin’s player fare)
Registration: $15 (11:30 to 12:00)
Games start at 12:15.

Top 29: Alternate art “The Best Defense…” cards
Top 13: Alternate art “Death Trooper”, “Command Shuttles” and “Overkill” cards.
Top 8: Star Wars Destiny deck box
Top 4: Star Wars Destiny Playmat
Top 2: Premium “Captain Phasma” card
Champion: Phasma Plaque, “Mon Mothma” card, bragging rights

Find additional information at:

Unrivaled Store Championship Updates

It’s time to gear up for the Merlin’s Beard Unrivaled Store Championships. Each championship is a single elimination tournament with some pretty awesome prize support from our partners at Unrivaled (

WINNER: Invitation to play at the Las Vegas Grand Championship* with airfare and hotel provided by Oomba. Details to be worked out later in July.

1st RUNNER UP: Invitation to play at the Regional Championships. Locations to be announced.

Saturday, 6/10 – King of Tokyo
Thursday, 6/15 – Munchkin
Friday, 6/16 – Ascension
Sunday, 6/18 – Nevermore
Thursday, 6/22 – Epic Spell Wars II
Friday, 6/23 – Villagers & Villains

Registration begins at 6:30 pm for all games except King of Tokyo. Registration for King of Tokyo begins at 11am.

* Grand Championship Prize Support:
1st – $10,000 + Geek Chic table
2nd – $5,000
3rd – $2,500
4th – $1000

New hours! Jobs!

After some data mining and soul searching, Merlin’s Beard will be making the following changes to our schedule effective May 17th.

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: 6-10

Thursday: 6-10

Friday: 12-11

Saturday: 12-12

Sunday: 2-10

I do regret closing on Tuesdays, but statistically we are as likely to make $50 as we are to make $200 on that day. Merlin’s needs about $250 in sales for a day to be “successful” in terms of carrying its weight across all of our expenses.

We are also moving our opening and closing times on Wednesday and Thursday. We generally do not see customers prior to 6pm. Additionally, we don’t make many sales after 10pm. While people tend to stick around till 11, they do not generally buy anything, especially on a weeknight.

We are going to compensate on Saturdays by staying open an extra hour since we often see people arriving at 9 or 10. I’m hoping this will draw a third cohort into the store or perhaps encourage people to stick around and have their second drink at Merlin’s rather than elsewhere.

Finally, there will be potential job openings in the near future. If you are interested in working at Merlin’s Beard, send your resume to Applicants should be 19 and older (preferably, 21) and willing to take alcohol server training which costs about $50. Ideal cabdicates are personable, love games and “nerd culture”, and self-starting.

We will continue to watch as trends unfold and you may see additional adjustments in the future.

Announcing Unrivaled

Merlin’s Beard would like to invite you to join us for the 2017 Unrivaled Tournament Series!

From March to June, stores will host local Satellite tournaments. Each winner will receive an invitation to the Regionals and a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and a prize package including $10,000.

Keep an eyeball fixed on our Facebook page for event notifications with our first event next Tuesday, April 18th! We will be playing Munchkin using the Unrivaled tournament format.

We encourage our players to review the Unrivaled FAQ and Rules prior to arriving at the Beard. You will need to create a Persona on the Oomba social media platform.

Normal player fares and discounts apply when you play at Merlin’s Beard. The fare is $5 per person Thursday through Sunday. On Tuesday and Wednesday there is no fare but there is a minimum food & beverage purchase of $5 per person. You can get 10% off your order by checking in on Yelp.

Merlin’s Beard is looking for loaner copies of the following games to support larger player groups:

  • King of Tokyo
  • Munchkin
  • Ascension (we do not have a copy at this time)
  • Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Rumble at Castle Tentakill
  • Nevermore
  • Villagers and Villains (we do not have a copy at this time.

Anyone loaning the store a game will be compensated with a free soft drink at tournament events.

Hope to see you soon!

Hijack the Colt a Express!

Join us on Friday the 13th to waylay the Colt Express and relieve the passengers of their valuables! Learn to play the 2015 game of the year and walk away with some real loot* to add to your game!

The first person to purchase a copy on Friday will receive a copy of the playmat used at Merlin’s Beard!

*all players will receive “cursed” tokens and winners will receive a cardboard train station model.


Great games make great gifts!

Do you have a gamer in your life and you just can’t figure out what to give them for Christmas?

Merlin’s Beard has what you are looking for!


We have a number of hot new releases still in stock including Tyrants of the Underdark, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, and Arkham Horror the Card game. We’ve restocked hits such as Splendor, Tsuro, and Love Letter. We also have Star Wars Destiny boosters, Dice Masters, and Magic boosters from Kaladesh and Eldridge Moon.

We also offer punch cards (6 visits for $24) and memberships! Give the gift of (nearly) infinite gaming buy giving your loved one a membership at Merlin’s Beard! Buy one year for our Holliday sale price if $150 or purchase one for the family for $200!


Happy Thanksgiving and Site Updates

Website Changes

We’ve made some changes to the website, particularly to the About Us and Game Library pages. We’ve added links to our BoardGameGeek library as well. Enjoy!

New Beer!

We are restocking our Auburn Lager this Friday as well as adding some exciting new options: 9 Ladies Dancing Dessert Beer, Winter Ale, and Mad Bark Cider.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Savings

Buy 1 year memberships for your favorite people!

1 Year Single Person: $150 (regularly $230)

1 Year Family: $200 (regularly not available)

Offer good for 11/25 and 11/26 only.

Happy Holidays!

It’s that awesome time of the year again where we eat till we explode and spend tons of time with our family and friends, and what better place to do that than Merlin’s Beard?

Thanksgiving Hours


Merlin’s Beard will be closed on Thursday, November 24th but will maintain our typical hours otherwise. Yes, this means we will be open at 11am on Black Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

We will announce Black Friday deals early next week, which may or may not be limited to Dice Masters.

Weekday Deals Start November 22nd

Tuesday – Purdue Students play for $2.50.

Wednesday – Free player fare with any purchase.

Thursday – $1 off bottles and pints.

Celebrate Star Wars

Source: Digital Trends

Rogue One comes out on December 16th and we are dressing up for the occasion. We will have a table set up to teach Star Wars Imperial Assault and Star Wars Armada on December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th. On December 18th, we will run tournaments for these games with a spiffy medal going to the winner and alternate art cards and tokens for other players based on record.

Coming in May we will have a store tournament kit delivered. It is our hope that aspiring players will be able to qualify for higher levels of the Fantasy Flight tournament season playing from Merlin’s Beard.

Wednesday Abstraction


We’ve been running Go nights every other Wednesday since we’ve opened, but we really want more people to come play Go… and Chess! So we are starting up an Abstract Game Meetup at Merlin’s on Wednesday nights. The first two weeks of each month will be dedicated to teaching and learning the games while the last two weeks will be set for competition.

Take advantage of our free player fare with purchase discount to learn these ancient classic abstracts!