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&A

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!

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Event.aspx?x=dnd%2F4new%2Fevent%2Fdndencounters

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.

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

Cost
$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!

Greenfield Store Moving Schedule

The time is upon us, for Game Universe Greenfield to make the move to it’s new, expanded space. Here’s our tentative schedule for the next 2 weeks. Please note that while we’re pretty sure of this schedule, these dates ARE subject to change.

Monday, April 28 (Today): MilCog Board Game Night at 6 pm will run at the OLD location as usual. Last product from the sale floor will be packed and moved. Magic, minis, sleeves and dice will remain.

Tuesday, April 29: Final Magic Booster Draft at the OLD location.

Wednesday, Wednesday 30: Final Day at OLD location. LCG League Night is CANCELED – sorry folks, we’ve got to move the tables :(

May 1: Store closed for move and remodeling

May 2: Journey into Nyx $99.99 Booster Box Sale at NEW location. Come find our Regional Manager, Matt, and talk shop while you get some awesome new Magic cards.

May 3: Journey into Nyx “Buy-A-Box, Win-A-Box” Tournament at NEW location. $130 entry.

May 4 – 6: Store closed for further remodeling.

May 7 – 10: Store “soft open” while we restock and move the store in fully.

Be sure to watch our website and Facebook pages for Grand Re-Opening events, coming soon!

Famous $5 RPG Sale + New Foam Dice 7-Sets

Our Greenfield store’s $5 February sale comes early this year for RPGs, plus Minion Games new 7-sets.

We’ve got hundreds of RPG titles on sale for $5 per book – hardcovers, paperbacks, even boxed sets! Stop by and find some inspiration for your next campaign!

Foam 7-Sets

New, from Minion Games, foam RPG dice.

7-sets and individual dice are now available.

$19.99 per set, or $2.99 for an individual die.

New Store Hours

Game Universe, Milwaukee‘s favorite RPG and board game store has new winter hours! Please note all locations will stay open past close for events as necessary.

SUNDAY – 11 am to 6 pm
MONDAY – Noon to 6 pm
TUESDAY – Noon to 6 pm
WEDNESDAY – Noon to 8 pm
THURSDAY – Noon to 6 pm
FRIDAY – Noon to 8 pm
SATURDAY – 11 am to 8 pm