New Fiction From Staff

Hi there, everyone.

In the past, I’ve posted some of my fiction works here on the Tramp’s blog, for example Recruiting, part 1.  I’ve gotten good feedback on it, as well as on the articles I’ve written for the store (which is most of them), so I’ve decided to try my hand at something new.

I now have a Patreon page.

Patreon is a platform that allows an artist, like a writer, to be directly funded by their audience.

So, if you’ve enjoyed my writing, please have a look here at my page.  Have a look at the free samples that are available, like this one.

Thank you for your time.

-Christopher J.P.S. Roberts

Aether Revolt Special Prizes

Are you interested in a prerelease, but the cold makes you want to stay home?

Do you need just that little extra bit of incentive to come out?

Well, perhaps this is it.

You may be familiar with the Kaladesh airships that have graced our store for the past few months, and if you’re not…


There’s the crowning glory as an example. 

Well, we’re giving players the opportunity to take one of these beauties home.

Come in first at our Midnight event tonight, and you get to take your choice of either of the big ships.  2nd, 3rd, and 4th place get their choice of the smaller ships.

Saturday’s event will see the remaining ship go to first place, and the 2 remaining small ships go to 2nd and 3rd.

Hope to see you there!

Gallery of all ships:







Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks

This weekend will put Aether Revolt products into players’ hands for the first time, so we here at Tramp’s thought we’d take this time to introduce you to some of them.

If you’ve taken some time away from Magic, you might be a little confused.  “Where are the Theme decks?” you might ask.  Well, you won’t find them anymore; they’ve been replaced by Planeswalker decks.

Now, just in case there’s any cynicism at play here, I will assure you that, yes, these decks have actual Planeswalkers in them.

Observe:

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There’s Ajani and Tezzeret, large and life, and plain for all to see.  Want to pick up some Planeswalkers?  This is the easiest way to do it.

Apart from these cards, however, you’re also receiving a full 60-card, Standard legal deck, making it the ideal way to get your feet wet with the set, and give yourself a deck or two worth of instant playability.

Doesn’t sound like there’s much draw for more experienced players?  Well, then these two features might change your mind: each deck also comes packed with two boosters of Aether Revolt, as well as four exclusive cards.

That’s right, these decks come packed with cards you cannot get anywhere else.  Green/White Ajani can call on with Ajani’s Aid, Ajani’s Comrade, Inspiring Roar, and Tranquil Expanse; while Black/Blue Tezzeret comes packed with Tezzeret’s Betrayal, Tezzeret’s Simulacrum, Pendulum of Patterns, and Submerged Boneyard.

“Okay,” you might be saying, “That does sound pretty good.  But this weekend is ony the prerelese- these won’t be available.”  Well, that’s just not so!

All through the prerelease weekend, these decks will be available for purchase at regular price; $18.  Considering the two included boosters, that’s a pretty cheap deck!

Come to Tramp’s this weekend, and put these Planeswalkers and their spells at your command!

Aether Revolt Prerelease

It’s that time again, Magic fans; Prerelease time!

The following will be our schedule of events this weekend:

Midnight, Friday night – Saturday Morning

This event to be determined.
Want there to be a midnight event?  Contact us- register through comment below, or contact the store.

Saturday the 14th

Registration at 11:00, tournament begins at 11:30

All through the weekend, starter decks will also be available for purchase.

Happy weekend, everyone!

d20 Sale!

Tramp’s is celebrating the new year with the return of our most popular sale!

Until the end of January, come in to Tramp’s, and take your destiny (and money) in your own hands!

While we always try to keep our prices competitive, sometimes they can still be roaring beasts that loom over the joy and fun our products might bring you.  So, what do you do when facing such beasts?  Take your faithful d20 in hand, and make an attack roll!

But there’s no THAC0 here, no armor classes- only success!

Whatever you roll will become a percentage taken off of your total.  Roll up a 5, that’s 5% off.  A 17 becomes 17% off!  It’s as simple as that!

But it doesn’t quite stop there.  Land yourself the ever coveted 20, and not only will you receive a 20% discount on your purchase, your name will also be entered into a draw for one of our exciting prize packs!

What’s in them, you ask?  The first will be unveiled on Monday!

2016 was rough on a lot of people.  Let’s start 2017 with an attack roll to the face!

Unboxing and Review: Kylo Ren Force FX Lightsaber

I would like to start off by saying how happy I am to see Force FX products readily available in Canada again.  It seems that our market just hasn’t been a priority for Hasbro the way it was for Master Replicas.  But that’s another matter.

So, here’s the box:

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It’s… well, it’s a box.  It’s long, and it’s wide, but it’s nice art.  I don’t really have much to say about it, so…

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The empty space is unfortunate, and ties into my one complaint about the product, but more on that later.  The up-side here is that the packaging is simple.  A few foam bars to remove, and you pull the saber up and out.

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The cover on the three blades slide away easily, leaving you with the saber itself.

This saber does come with an interestingly designed display stand- very minimal and basic in appearance.

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The stand can be displayed either, as above, as this sort of cradle that the saber just rests on, or it can be flipped over and become:

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This looks kind of cool, in that the saber balances and almost hovers, but it does break the immersion of saying “this is a lightsaber.”

Okay, now a minor downside.  Batteries are not included.  The battery port, however, is interesting.  Force FX sabers have always hidden access to the battery compartment in interesting ways, and this is now exception.

A tool is required to gain access, but it’s not a screwdriver, nor any kind of key… you need a coin.

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I used a nickel, and was easily able to unscrew the end of the saber, and expose the battery pack.

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So, with the batteries installed, and the pack replaced, the cap screwed back in, you’re done.  It’s a very straightforward product.

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With the unboxing complete, I will give a short list of pros and cons.

PRO:
-Metal hilt.  This gives a certain degree of authenticity of the feeling of holding the thing.
-Sounds.  The sound effects are amazing.  The raw growl as you activate the saber is beautiful.
-Swing and clash sensitivity.  Swooshes every time you swing it, and doesn’t take a very strong hit to register the clash and product the sound.

CON:
-Blades are not removable.  This is pretty big for me.  If the crossguard blades could be removed, they could have cut down significantly on the width of the packaging.  It also means that you can’t carry the saber without visible blades.  It also means…
-No belt clip.  As the blades cannot be removed, it makes sense for the saber to not have a belt clip, but I love the ability to remove the blade from the other Force FX sabers, and wear them as a costume accessory.  Not an option here.

RATING:
Over all, a good product that produces the feel that you want.
4/5

Leia, Warrior Princess

It has taken me a bit to digest my reaction to the passing of Carrie Fisher, and while I’ve seen some beautiful tributes on Facebook, I wanted to speak to my personal impressions and reactions.

Princess Leia was a first for me, and eye-opener, a paradigm shifter, and while Carrie did not write the role, I am certain that her portrayal did more than its fair share to ensure the character took hold.  She also came to open my eyes on a more personal level, but more on that later.

Princess Leia is a badass.  It really is that simple.  In the space fairy tale that is Star Wars Episode IV, she took the image of the imprisoned princess, and spun it into something wonderful.

We all know the image of the princess as the damsel in distress, the weak and helpless girl that sits imprisoned in the tower until the heroic knight comes to save her.  Well, that ain’t Leia.

The first time we see Leia, she’s slipping who-knows-what into a droid, but then she takes out one of the troopers searching for her.  True, she gets stunned, but the next time we see her, she’s back on her feet and defiant as hell.  Face to face with Vader, who is already a big scary villain who we’ve seen committing casual murder, she doesn’t flinch or balk.

She stands up to Vader more, and we’re told she’s resistant to the Empire’s horrible torture probe.  She’s brought before Tarken, and she lips off to him constantly.  Then they threaten to blow up her whole home planet, and she’s scared (because she’s not a monster), but she still doesn’t give them what they want- she lies about it.

They blow up her planet, and I’m sure she shed her share of tears, but when we next see her, is she a wibbling wreck?  Nope, she’s chill in her cell, and cracks a joke at Luke in his ill-fitting armor.  Once out of the cell, she grabs a gun and takes charge, immediately butting heads with the loose cannon rogue.  But it’s not a spoiled princess trying to boss people around, like we see in so many tales, it’s a confidence that is obviously born from helping to lead the Rebellion.  She’s accustomed to having her orders followed because she’s usually right.

When she meets up with the Rebels, and Alderaan is mentioned, what does she say?  “We have no time for our sorrows.”  We’ve got stuff to get done.
Damn.

She may not participate in the assault on the Death Star, but she is just as instrumental in its destruction as Luke.

I had never before seen a female character in an adventure story, especially not one carrying a royal title, be anything more than an object of desire- and while she certainly is that for both of her male companions, she’s the crusader in the group.  The Rebellion is the object of her desire.

She took that unflinching attitude, and it was present in the rest of her life.  Carrie was a young star in 70’s and 80’s Hollywood, and that came with its dangers.  I’m sure I don’t have to make a list of young stars who spiraled down into drugs, alcohol, depression- sometimes to their deaths.  Carrie fell into some of those pits, and her mental health issues didn’t help.  But she clawed herself back out of it.  It wasn’t neat, and it wasn’t pretty, and I heard some very un-complimentary things said about her over the years.

But then I happened to see a documentary that she made about what it’s like to grow up a young star, the child of established Hollywood personalities.  It was another eye-opening experience, and it was my first real insight into how fame can destroy people.  At the end of the film, she showed a very zoomed in view of a toddler playing in a yard.  Then the camera zoomed back, and Carrie was sitting there, and she said “This is the closest I will any camera to come to my daughter,” and I remember feeling this swell of “hell yes, you go girl!” because she was doing her best to break the cycle.

Carrie Fisher, like Leia, was a warrior, and I will cherish the battles she fought both on the screen and off of it.

-Christopher J.P.S. Roberts