D&D Encounters Q&A

D&D Encounters

There are a lot of questions out there about our new season of D&D Encounters, which starts in early August. We therefore present this overview and Q&A to help provide more information to the community.

What is D&D Encounters?

D&D Encounters is a weekly session of Dungeons and Dragons, run right in your local Game Universe. Dungeon Masters volunteer their time to prepare modules from Wizards of the coast. These modules come in two parts. The first part, a teaser, is downloaded – free – from Wizards of the coast. The second part, the main adventure, must be purchased by the DM. Players pay $2 each week. All of the player’s entry fees go back to their Encounters DM as a gift card, which the DM then may use to buy the adventure for Encounters.


Q: What happens at Encounters?

A: Basically, one Dungeon master runs a D&D game for up to 7 players. It takes about 2 hours of adventuring cooperatively with other players, once night a week. It’s crazy fun, and the new edition of D&D is easier to learn than every before, while still being a robust system for experienced role-players.

Q: This Dungeon Master fee is new. What’s up with that?

A: With the 2014 Encounters season, Wizards is no longer allowing DMs to get the module for free. In order to support DM’s efforts, Game Universe is introducing this DM fee.

Q: Is this pay to play?

A: No. In a pay to play system, the store collects all the money and keeps it. There is no benefit to the community. With the DM fee, all money collected will go to DMs after they run a session in the form of a gift card. The DM can then use that gift card to buy modules, minis and other materials to run a better Encounters game for their players. Everyone benefits, and the D&D community gets strong, appreciated leaders to boot.

Q: Does the DM play?

A: No. That would be some kind of crazy infinite loop that might cause a rift in time and space. We can’t be responsible for that kind of chaos.

Q: I’m a player, not a DM, what do I get out of it?

A: As a player, you get consistent DMs who are supported by their local game store and who know you appreciate their tireless efforts. You get free modules, free game support, space reserved for you every week, and access to an awesome community  of gamers who love what you love – Dungeons and Dragons.

Q: This all sounds good. How do I get involved?

A: Dungeon Masters can email our Regional Manager, Matthew Vercant, at matt@game-universe.com. Players can get started by attending any of our scheduled D&D Encounters tables!

Q: When can I play?

A: The next season begins Wednesday, August 20, at 6 pm, at all Game Universe locations. We also have a pre-Encounters game on Sunday, August 10, at 3 pm. All games repeat every week at the same time, on the same day, so find one that fits your schedule and answer the call for heroes!

Seeking Dungeon Masters!

We are actively seeking DMs for an exciting new format of D&D Encounters, coming soon to Game Universe – Greenfield. With D&D 5E releasing in just a couple weeks, we want YOU to bring your DMing skills to our tables.

Interested DMs will need to make a 3 month commitment, will receive the adoration of their players, and the proceeds of a special GM program designed to get DMs and GMs free materials for their games. Interested? Email Matt at matt@game-universe.com

D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. As you defeat enemies, solve puzzles, finish quests, and perform heroic deeds, you’ll earn Renown Points that you can use to get exclusive rewards. Each session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work. And each week there’s a new and exciting challenge. Jump in anytime!


Painting Night at Franklin, starting August 2

Join us for miniatures painting at Game Universe Franklin, every other Saturday starting August 2 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Have some D&D minis but you’re not sure out to paint them? Just want to hang out in the new store? Join our community of experienced painters as we talk shop and do some painting!

6 – 8 pm

Free (though if you’re feeling guilty, buy a mini :))

Game Universe Franklin : Shadowrun Organized Play, August 7

So, chummer,  word is that you have what it takes to be a shadowrunner. Join us at Game Universe Franklin on August 7 for our first Shadowrun Organized play games at “Firebase” Franklin.


4-5pm, Character creation and overview for new players
5pm – 8pm Organized Play for all levels of experience

$2 GM fee per player
The GM fee goes to support the GM at YOUR table, helping pay for all the modules, minis and more that he or she brings to each game for you to use. As such, all of your money goes back to the GM at your table in the form of a gift card after the game.

This is an official Catalyst Agent event, designed to be friendly to new players, but fun for those already versed in Shadowrun 5th Edition. So jack in and join us for a night of fun and games!

Want to GM?
Contact matt@game-universe.com to learn how to run D&D Encounters, Shadowrun, and more great games while getting all your GMing materials for free!

M15 $99 Booster Box Sale & Win-A-Box Tournament

Our $99 box sale returns for M15 release day, this Friday, July 18, starting at noon. As always, buying a box from your local game store gets you a free Buy A Box Promo.

When you buy a box from our new Franklin location (sorry folks, only at Franklin), you also get free entry into one of our Buy-A-Box, Win-A-Box events at 2 pm or 6 pm.


What is a Buy-A-Box, Win-A-Box tournament?

First, buy a box from Game Universe Franklin. Next, open your box at the store. 
You then build a sealed deck from it, using whatever cards you want, in whatever amounts they appear in your box. Then we play 3 rounds of Sealed, and every undefeated player wins an additional booster box of Magic 2015 boosters. Since it’s a Release Day FNM Event, you also get a Release Day Promo and a Buy-A-Box promo with your entry. If you’re going to buy a box anyway, this is the best way to do it.


HeroClix events in August

Saturday, August 16th at 1:00

Clone Wars
Golden Age
Build an 400 point team that has a minimum of three separate figures. All the figures on your team must be variations of the same hero or villain. For example, if you chose Mr. Fantastic as your character, all the figures on your team must be variations of Mr. Fantastic. However no duplicate figures, a duplicate is a figure with the same set symbol and set number. LE versions of a figure may be used. Dual based figures will qualify as long as the chosen figures name is one of the names on the base. Current banned figures: none

For this event there will be a $1.00 entry fee that will go to a prize pool that will be given to the winner in the form of store credit. Also playing for random 3-D objects.

DC HeroClix: War of Light Month Three

Saturday, August 30th at 1:00

The suggested format for the Month Three Event is a 400 point, Sealed event utilizing one of the two models listed below (store’s discretion):
o One (1) DC HeroClix: War of Light Booster pack (from Wave 2, SKU 71195), and one other (not War Of Light) HeroClix Booster, OR
o Two (2) DC HeroClix: War of Light Booster Packs (from Wave 2, SKU 71195).

Resources and Relics from the DC HeroClix: War of Light: Sinestro Corps War Scenario Pack or a prior month’s DC HeroClix: War of Light events are allowed for use on a player’s force.

The Green Lantern Limited Edition Figures and the Catapult Construct 3D Objects are Participation Prizes, and are to be awarded upon completion of the Month Three event to each player. There are 11 pieces for each object to allow for up to 10 participants and the event’s Judge. If no Judge is running the event for your store, please reward the 11th piece to a participant (if applicable).

The Saint Walker Limited Edition Figures are to be awarded to First, Second, and Fellowship players. The remaining Saint Walker figure is for the Judge running the event. If no Judge is running the event for your store, please award it to another participant (either Third Place or an additional Fellowship prize).

The “Odym/Space” maps are intended for use in the DC HeroClix: War of Light Month Three event.

Additional Info

Game Universe will be opening the event to ten players. Prepaying is strongly encouraged to secure a spot. Once the ten players has been reached registration will be closed. Prepaying for subsequent months will open after the prior months event is completed. Prepayment will be accepted for month 2 after the month 1 event is completed on June 21st.Prepayment will reserve your boosters and participation prizes in the event you are unable to attend the actual event, but does not count towards the two event minimum.

Players must compete in at least two events to qualify for the month 6 event.

The event will be sealed as per the description above and will cost $40.00, which covers entry and product.