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!

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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

Game Demo – Terraforming Mars

Tramp’s will be hosting a learn-to-play demonstration of the new game Terraforming Mars!

The demo will be on Tuesday, October 18th, starting at 6:00 pm (participants will be able to stay past the normal closing time of 8:00 if needs be).

Play both cooperatively and competitively as a private company working to make Mars fit for human habitation!  Introduce new plant and animal life to the Red Planet, or arrange meteor strikes to hinder the other players.

Only one company stands to be crowned the winner and receive the choicest contracts!

Seating is limited, so please reply to ensure your participation, or just come by and watch the game unfold!

May the 4th at Tramp’s!

Come down to Tramp’s and join us for Star Wars Days; find some savings, and some great opportunities!

First off, ALL Star Wars merchandise will be 20% off!  This will supersede our ongoing Attach Roll Sale, automatically giving you the best percentage off anything in the store originating the Star Wars universe!  Comics, toys, miniatures, board games, rpgs, you name it!

  • Secondly, learn-to-play!  Introductory demonstration games will be available for:

  • Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures

  • Star Wars Armada

  • Star Wars Roleplaying

Information on all of these games can be found HERE!

And lastly, Chris will be in his traditional Jedi costume, and there may be special bonuses for others in costume as well!

So this Wednesday, May the 4th Be With You at Tramp’s!

COFFEE!!!

Tramp’s Comics & Games is now serving coffee!

A 12 oz cup is $2.50, but you can save $.25 by bringing your own mug!

Current flavours are:

Medium Blend

Colombian Dark

French Vanilla

Hot Chocolate

New or different flavours will be made available as demand suggests!

I’d like to say “no lineup,” but we’ll see 😉

Come in from the cold, have a hot cup of joe, and check out some comics or games!