When we first opened, many companies sent us samples of their products in an effort to entice us to purchase said products. The most plentiful item was custom pens with our store name on them. It was kind of cool to see these pens with "GriffoNest Games" printed across them. It was also sometimes comical, as companies sent us pens that were grossly inaccurate in their depictions of our name. One such pen read "Griffo Fest". Knowing that we wanted to have some type of yearly celebration of gaming that was reminiscent of popular cons (but on a smaller scale), it was in that moment of seeing that pen that GriffonFest was born. While the COVID pandemic ruined those plans in our first year, we are extremely happy to be celebrating it for our 2nd birthday. GriffonFest will have a variety of fun events for both casual and serious gamers.
Addendum: Since this blog was written, Governor Pritzker announced a mask mandate that starts on Monday, August 30. Other than having to wear a mask, nothing else has changed in the store.
Thursday, September 2nd
Commander Legends Draft for a Box of Commander Legends - 6 PM to 10 PM
Help us kick-off GriffonFest in style as we infuse a bit of competition into our Thursday Night Casual Commander (which will still be taking place). Draft your Commander deck from the awesome Commander Legends set and play against others who have done the same. The top 4 players in the first round will move on to the finals and play for a box of Commander Legends. Even if you don't make the finals, you will still play the second round and have an opportunity to win some packs. Tickets available here or in the store. Limit: 16 players
Friday, September 3rd
Pioneer Format FNM for a Box of AFR - 7 PM to 11 PM
In addition to our Friday Night Magic Commander pods (casual and competitive divisions), we will be hosting another box tournament. Grab your Pioneer deck and get ready to slug it out as you battle for the top prize: a Draft Booster Box of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms! Prizes will also be awarded for each round won. Get your tickets here or in the store. Limit: 16 players
Saturday, September 4th
Tea & D: Of Drow Origin - 6 PM to 10 PM
We are pleased to partner with Casting Whimsy to bring this unique experience to GriffonFest! Matron Mother has learned that something of drow origin was found in a human dwelling and sends her trusted daughters to personally attend to the matter. This story-based encounter, filled with intrigue and surprises, encourages roleplay and takes advantage of the ease of use found in 5th edition rules. Pre-generated characters fit for the scenario are provided. Purchase your Of Drow Origin tickets here or stop by the store. Limit: 9 players
DC Deck-Building Game Championship - 6 PM to 10 PM
We LOVE this game. When we first opened, we knew we wanted to do some sort of tournament with it. The time was never right. UNTIL NOW! Play multiple rounds and earn points via your standings in your round. Prizes will vary based on attendance, and will include such things as DC Deck-Building games and Playmats. Get your tickets here for this event. Limit: 20 players
Sunday, September 5th
Marvel Crisis Protocol Separation Anxiety League Week 1 - 12 PM to 3 PM
Each week, bring your squad of max 11 points and three team tactic cards and join the multiplayer free-for-all. All participants will get the Separation Anxiety scenario, tokens, and team tactic cards. There is no player max for this event. Grab your tickets for this event here.
Starfinder: Junker's Delight - 4 PM to 10 PM
The red planet Akiton, a dangerous junk field controlled by warring gangs, and a giant robot made from trash. Can you find the Stellar Flare in time?
This latest standalone adventure is made for 1st level characters. Bring your own or use one of the pre-generated iconic characters. Experience with Starfinder is useful, though, not necessary.
Sign-up for adventure here! Limit: 6 Players
Monday, September 6th
Shadows of Brimstone - The Nexus of Worlds - 12 PM to 4 PM
Gather up the posse and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Simultaneously play games with other groups of players in which the decisions of one game can affect the others. Come with a new character (any Shadows Character is legal) or make one at the event supplied by the store. Get promos and other swag! Tickets are available here. Limit: 16 players
Call us with any questions. Monday, we will release a schedule of demos that will be available, as well as some of our silent auction items. We are very exited for these events. Hope to see you next week!