At the Board Room you’re never bored!

Greetings friends!

In January we wrote here about upcoming changes to the business model at the Mana Core. As we worked to build out our plan for opening a social club in the space where we were, we found out that our friends at the Board Room had very similar goals and were in need of a new space.

In partnership with them we have now transitioned to being a kiosk located inside there club space. The kiosk offers a selection of supplies such as sleeves, deck boxes and paints that you can purchase anytime. We are still working out the exact system for this. In addition we are working on setting up our inventory of games online so that you can purchase items for pickup at the kiosk.

The Board Room is a private social club. This means that in the future most days will become available for members only. However, for the month of July they are offering public access on Mondays and Thursdays as part of their membership drive. Wednesdays and Fridays will always be open to the public.

Mana Core will continue to run events in the space including Friday Night Magic and Prereleases, as well as organized D&D play and more. In addition we will be sponsoring a Magic Commander League on Thursdays with special prizes and events. For July this event is open to the public but come August you will need to be a member of the Board Room in order to attend.

Stay tuned for details about the Commander League and other events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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Changes Incoming

Hello loyal customers, friends and event attendees!

I want to thank all of you for the last seven years that you have stuck with us as your gaming venue of choice. We’ve moved 5 times in these past years and changed our hours substantially (and sometimes frustratingly) often, but you’ve still found time to come in and at least buy a few packs, board games or supplies, and attend our events.

We really appreciate you!

However, the nature of this business has changed considerably since we first opened in 2009. There are a lot more stores (often more convenient to you) and online retailers like CoolStuff and Amazon have made it impossible to keep our prices on board games competitive.

When we set out to open Mana Core, our purpose was to create a Magic community where players were friends outside of the store, and where events let you attend while still having a normal social life. We accomplished those goals but now we are changing our focus again.

Over the next few months, Mana Core will become a subsidiary of a new entity that will be more focused on casual board gaming. This new ‘club’ is yet to be named, but it will be a member’s only gaming space with an increased focus on social interaction and open play with a reduced focus on retail products.

First, there will be membership fees. These will either be day passes, monthly passes or annual passes. These fees will offset the cost of  rent, utilities, and staff. Each pass will include additional benefits which are still to be determined. If you mainly come to the store now for events, don’t worry, you’re entry fee will include a day pass.

Second, member’s will have increased access to a library of games, prepared and self serve food and drink, and use of the space for gaming. As the space will be remotely monitored, we will be able to open the space to member’s for their use virtually 24 hours a day.

Over the next few weeks we will be laying out the space, stocking it with goodies and games, specifying membership rates and benefits as well as launching a new website specific to this enterprise.

We will also be hosting an open week and membership drive when the space is ready so that everyone can come by and check out the space for themselves.

Thank you so much for reading and sticking with us. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space soon!

 

 

 

 

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The New Way

Hello and welcome to our new website.

For the last 6 years we have relied on social media sites such as facebook and twitter to communicate with our customers and fans. 6 years ago that was a novel approach, but today these sites are a river or unending information that our message can easily get lost in.

Today I am excited to announce that going forward we will be posting updates about events, products and in store happenings right here on this blog.

It is my hope that you will check in every once in awhile to see what’s new and I will endeavour to post articles fairly frequently to keep you apprised of what’s going on.

This doesn’t mean we will stop using social media, it just means that it will be moving to a secondary role in our process. Every article posted to this site will automatically send out a notification to our facebook page and twitter account, so if that is how you keep in touch, don’t worry.

In the future we will also be moving our facebook groups to forums on this website but that’s a ways off.

As I’m sure you can see this website is very simple and needs a lot of work. I am maintaining and designing it in my spare time so please be patient.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Thanks!

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