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October 16, 2014

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The New GL Team!

 

With Gaming Library's quest to further improve and cement itself as your #1 online board game store, Gaming Library has expanded its team in order to better serve you!

 

Meet the Team!

 

 


 

Name: Fabrice D. Salas

Position: Account Manager


Top 3 Board Games:

  • Arkham Horror
  • Splendor
  • Telestrations 

Interesting notes regarding oneself:

I don’t drink or smoke.

I am adventurous when it comes to food.

I am a big fan of the ADMU Blue Eagles in UAAP basketball.

 

Favorite type of games: Coop and Party games

Story of how you got into the hobby:

Back in 2006, a good friend from college introduced me to Settlers of Catan. I got hooked instantly, bought my own copy that weekend and taught it to my different circles of friends. Among the people I taught were Chris Otero and Leo Castillo, who are still part of my gaming groups today.

During one of the following game nights hosted by Leo, he taught me about BGG, Scott Nicholson’s reviews and had already ordered games from the US.  Ever since then, it has been a continuous, delightful journey in board gaming with no turning back.

 

 

Name: Francis Timbol Fabie

Position:

Store Manager, Gaming Library - Quezon City Branch
Co-Owner and Marketing Manager, Burger Company PH

Top 3 Boardgames:
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Stone Age
Ticket to Ride: USA 1910

Fun Facts About Me:
I am a foodie who especially loves burgers and steaks. I am a dancer and one of the original members of the Skittlez Crew from DLSU-M. I co-own Burger Company, incidentally the Quezon City branch of Gaming Library. I am a gamer and not only because of tabletop games but video games as well on all these platforms: Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and XBox 360! My favorite games are mostly Japanese Role-Playing Games or JRPGs and my most favorite game is called Suikoden.

Board Games I Love To Play:
I really love playing economic and euro games. I want to play games that has a lot of strategy like Agricola, Le Havre, and Stone Age. I am so into train-themed games as well, for some reason, like Ticket to Ride, Chicago Express, and 1830. I also like a lot of deck-building games like Dominion, Star Realms, and DC Comics Deck-Building Game.

What Got Me Into The Hobby:
It was New Year's Eve and my brother bought Dominion. I was not even enthusiastic or intrigued by what the game was but my brother forced me and my cousin to play it. We played it once, then twice, and a couple more times after that. I was hooked. For the next few months, me and my friends would go and play Dominion for 8 hours straight usually from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. After that, I started collecting more games, getting into the community, and now, I have a personal collection of around 70+ games that anyone is free to play at the restaurant.

 

 

Name:John Brillantes

Position: Store Manager - Makati Branch

Top 3 Board Games:
1.Splendor
2.Roll Through The Ages
3.Arabian Nights

Interesting notes regarding myself
I co-own the Brilliant Light photography and videography freelance firm.
an avid photographer at heart i also have a strong passion for games namely Video Games and Tabletop Games. i am also a foodie and a scale modeler most times.now i own a personal library of 30 Boardgames since i started back in 2012, plus a plethora of Miniature models and a compilation of Console Games from the Family computer to the Current Gen consoles.

Favorite type of games
Role Playing Games
Miniature war Games

Story of how you got into the hobby.
i started playing pen and paper RPG since 1998, an avid fan of zombies i got introduced to a certain miniature wargame that involved zombies. during one of our wargame gigs a friend introduced me to Last Night on Earth back in 2012, and the rest was history.

 

Name: Louis Andrei P. Zabala
Position: Marketing Manager
Top 3 Board Games:
1) Dungeons and Dragons Board Game - No words can describe re-living my favorite Forgotten Realms characters
2) Coup / The Resistance - Bluffing and backstabbing. Need I say more? Lol
3) Monopoly - Nothing beats a classic/
Interesting notes about myself
One of the things to best describe myself is that I'm a "closeted geek". I had very few friends who share the same interests as I do. And then I found my better half. We both appreciated each other geekiness hence we ended up playing at Makati B&B. I found a new family, a new perspective, a new lifestyle. The rest is history.
 
Story of how I got into the hobby and favorite types of games:
          When I was but a wee boy, I found this board game tucked away in one of the boxes at a cousin's home. The game was called Cluedo. It sparked my interest right away because it was mentally stimulating and the game was always different from the next.
           A couple of years after, I started playing Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG. I played until college until I had to quit because the expenses from real life were starting to catch up to me. This is mainly the reason as to why I'm inclined to play CCGs and LCGs because it was more tailored to playing cards. But I wouldn't say no to playing several of the other board games. I seriously enjoyed playing Space Cadets because of it's real-time gameplay. I love D&D The Board Game because I'm a fan of Forgotten Realms. The games I play are too many to mention but to cut the story short, the games that I play range from simple co-op or competitive games that can last for 10mins to 30mins or the really complicated ones that could last for two to four hours. As long as I have food, I could play all night long. 
Name: Jae Adriano
Position: Graphic Designer/Web Developer

Top 3 Boardgames:
Walk the Plank
Wits and Wages
Noah

Fun Facts About Me:
I love playing video games when I was in my childhood days, but my first hobby that I love is playing guitar.

Board Games I Love To Play:
For now, when I try Wits and Wages I really enjoy it. But I want to learn slightly heavier games like Agricola. :)


What Got Me Into The Hobby:
I'm not really a board gamer but when I saw Hans' collection, I really wanted to try some of the games.
Hans hired me to be his designer here in Gaming Library and of course I got the chance to try one of the games. Fab taught me Click Clack Lumberjack and I really enjoyed it. Now I'm excited to learn more games here in Gaming Library.

Name: Irene Quintela Samante

Position: Customer Service Manager

Top 3 Boardgames:

  1. Takenoko
  2. Power Grid
  3. Splendor

Fun Facts:

            I am a culinary student with a great passion for cooking, baking, eating, playing board games, pen and paper RPGs and BACON. I also love collecting specialty dice and playing with my pets; Nimbus our dog and Chessex our cat. In terms of board games I prefer playing euro style, like Takenoko, Power Grid and Splendor but I also enjoy games like Avalon, Epic Spell Wars, Survive and games that involve a lot of dice. When I’m not at work you can find me planning my turns, rolling dice and acting my character out at Makati B&B.

 

How I got into the Hobby:

            My boyfriend tricked me on going to B&B there we played Ticket to Ride: Europe. From that day on, I got hooked with board games and couldn’t stop playing and learning new games.

Transaction Policy Update

 

 

Transaction Policy Updates

 

In an effort to improve and be of better service to our customers, we are making several changes to our policy.

 

Changes are below:

 

  1. Lead time is now adjusted to 3 months instead of 2 months. The port congestion plus the slowness of Philippine customs leaves us no choice but to extend our lead time of new arrivals. We still have shipments from July stuck in the port.
  2. We will be opening up special pre-orders for rushed shipments to be done via air. These will be a bit more expensive and will only be included for small items. The options will be open via the drop down menu in the product page. These will be available for X-Wing, Dust Tactics, Malifaux and Warmachine. 
  3. Since the past 3 months we have been receiving our shipment in batches and not in one release. This has caused issues as sometimes for example we are expecting to receive X number of Betrayal but only X-5 arrived. Given this, we are prioritizing all PAID orders first to be fair to those who have already sent us their payment after that will be the first order first serve basis. We have encountered a lot of customers who simply order but never show up to pay and pick up their order and it has become unfair to those who have paid and spent their hard earned money first. (Those who wish to pay now so that you can be prioritized can pay via bank deposit at any BPI branch)
  4. All shipping will be done via the main office of Gaming Library (San Juan) Stock transfers from any branch to any branch will take up to 1 week maximum.
  5. For pick-ups: Once the item has arrived an email will be sent to you if the item is ready for pick up at your desired branch. Please respond to the email on a possible time frame on when you can pick up and pay for your order. Unpaid orders will be cancelled if no response is given after 2 weeks after the notification email has been sent to you.

 

At the same time, we are now adjusting all of our ETAs by one month in our pre-order page. We truly apologize :(

 

Thank you for your continued patronage. We will have a big announcement tomorrow as we unveil the new team of Gaming Library that will strive to improve our customer satisfaction rating!

 

Sincerely Yours,

Hans Kenner Fernandez

General Manager, Gaming Library

 

October 08, 2014

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Golem Arcana coming to Manila

*Do you have having to keep looking at the cards? How about referring always to the rulebook? Check this out.

 

 

 

The Great Khan is dead, plunging the world of Eretsu into total war. The Khan’s heirs fight amongst themselves for control of his shattered Dominion as the Durani Empire mobilizes to regain lost lands and honor. Their most fearsome weapon are Golems, arcane war machines created and mastered by powerful sorcerers.

 

 

As the world of Eretsu descends into chaos, now it’s your turn to take command of a Golem army and fight for honor, glory, or riches.

 

Golem Arcana is a digitally enhanced miniatures boardgame that leverages the power of a smartphone or tablet to deliver an unprecedented and engaging experience. GA offers the richness and tactical depth of other miniatures boardgames without any of the hassles; the free Golem Arcana app handles all the rules and record keeping, freeing up the players to concentrate on devising strategies and having fun.

 

GAMEPLAY

 

Golem Arcana is point-based army building game. Each player fields an army consisting of Golems, Knights (sorcerors who “pilot” the Golems) and Ancient Ones (powerful gods that might intervene on the army’s behalf), and Relics (powerful magical artifacts that can be carried and deployed by Golems). Golems are represented on the game board with pre-painted figures, while Relics are depicted on game cards. Knights and Ancient Ones are digital characters obtained within the Golem Arcana app.

Each unit has special powers and capabilities. The key to victory is figuring out how to best combine these abilities to unleash havoc on the enemy.

The magic of the Bluetooth-powered Tabletop Digital Interface (TDI) Stylus keeps the Golem Arcana App connected to the action on the gameboard. Players move their Golems and launch attacks by tapping the appropriate game pieces with the Stylus.

 

To Move:

  • Tap the base of the Golem you want to move.
  • Tap the square on the board you’d like to move to.
  • The App calculates movement costs, reminds you of the appropriaterules when necessary, and handles any necessary record keeping.

To Launch an Attack:

  • Tap the base of the Golem making the attack.
  • Tap the base of the target.
  • The App calculates line of sight, the chance to hit (automatically applying all the relevant modifiers), and expected damage.
  • Roll the dice. (Or have the App do it for you!)

The Golem Arcana App regularly downloads new scenarios, unveiling new chapters in the saga of Eretsu and keeping the game fresh. Players can also use the app to purchase new Knights and Ancient Ones, giving them the opportunity to constantly evolve their strategies.

 

THE TABLETOP DIGITAL INTERFACE TECHNOLOGY

 

 

The TDI stylus uses a tiny infrared camera to read microcodes which are invisibly printed over the top of the icons and values of the figure’s bases and over the terrain art of the board’s regions. The TDI transmits the microcodes it reads to the Golem Arcana app (running on your smartphone or tablet) via Bluetooth 4 LE (Low Energy). For a list of known Bluetooth 4 LowEnergy devices click here.

The Golem Arcana app streamlines gameplay by acting as a sort of referee. It remembers and adjudicates the rules and takes care of all the necessary bookkeeping. The app also delivers a few features that have never been possible in a board game before.

 

  • Secrets and surprises unknown to any of the players might be sprung during play. Stumble across hidden information and secret quests. Discover (and converse!) with non-player characters who can alter the course of a battle.
  • The fate of Eretsu, Golem Arcana’s game world, is entirely in the hands of the players. The rise and fall of Eretsu’s various factions are dictated by the thousands of games of GA played all over the world. Each time you sit down to play, there’s a chance that your game will be a pivotal battle that will forever alter the world.
  • The app makes finding and participating in Organized Play events a breeze. Players are automatically alerted to OP events in their area.

One of Golem Arcana’s important design goals is to keep your focus on the figures and the tactical situation on the board, and not on your mobile device’s screen. The device acts something like a scoreboard at a baseball game, presenting the information you need, when you need it.
Getting Started

Start your journey with the Base Game Set. Later you can add one or more of the available Expansion Sets for more army building options.

 

 

 

 

You can now pre-order your Golem Arcana items. Check it out here.

September 06, 2014

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Job Openings ›


Help - Gaming Library is expanding! Employment Opportunities

Hi Everyone,

 

After coming back from Gencon it has become apparent to us that Gaming Library has a bright future ahead. Most of the publishers are now recognizing the Philippine market as an opportunity to grow their brand and they're very happy to partner with Gaming Library to accomplish this.

 

With this, Gaming Library will be embarking on a big expansion plan but we need your help! We're now opening part time and full time work opportunities to our dear community members. Are you ready to have a career in gaming?

 

Positions Open:

 

  • Brand Associate - Z-Man Games and Indie Board and Cards
  • Brand Associate - Fantasy Flight Games and Upper Deck
  • Brand Associate - AEG Games and Cryptozoic
  • Brand Associate - Asmodee and Days of Wonder
  • Brand Associate - IELLO / Plaid Hat Games / Mayfair
  • Brand Associate - Mayday Games and total accessories line (Sleeves, Dice etc..)
  • Brand Associate - Malifaux, Cool Mini or Not and Infinity
  • Brand Associate - Privateer Press, Golem Arcana, D&D Attack Wing
  • Brand Associate - Paizo Publishing
  • Business Development Manager for Category Expansions (Non - Gaming related but still Geek related)

 

Job Description:

  • Will be in charge of growing the brand's games here in the Philippines (essentially marketing plan)
  • Create, coordinate and execute (LEAD) marketing events for the brand together with the rest of the GL team

 

Requirements:

  • Must own a laptop
  • Must be able to work mobile and devote at least 16-24 hours a week.
  • Has a background in community development and marketing
  • Must love games! Well we all do :)
  • Must be able to attend the office at least once a week (Every Monday)

 

Perks and Compensation to be discussed during the interview. Interested applicants please submit your resume together with your chosen brand/publisher. Please indicate in the email a short paragraph of why you are the perfect fit for the role. 

 

Please email your application to gaming.library.meeple@gmail.com and indicate in the subject "Application - Chosen Role"

Board Game King Updates - #4 Legendary!

Board Game King Updates - ZMan round

 

Game - Agricola
Venue - Makati BnB

Final score
Fab Salas - 50
Reuben Ferrer - 44
JC Yamizero - 14
Lean Sibulo - Originally confirmed but had to back out last minute (Eliminated)

 

 

 

POD 3 RESULTS:

Game: Agricola
Place: The Coffee Bean Centris Walk Branch
Game Result:
Izawa = 52 (49)
Vino = 51 (48)
Tomii = 50 (47)
Vincent = MIA (Eliminated)

(nakalimutan ung plus 3 galing sa Church Warden)  :D

 

 

 

POD 4 Results:

Jonathan Uypico De Joseph - 62
JR Alagao - 49
Francis Fabie - 42
Aaron Andre Alberto - 38 (Eliminated)

 

 

 

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Changes in Tournament Mechanics:

 

In an effort to simply and make the tournament more efficient, we are changing certain mechanics of the tournament as we enter the top 9

 

  • Only 1 game will be announced
  • Time and Venue will be fixed - All aBOARD Robinsons Galleria (This is to be fair to everyone so as to make sure that the schedule will be amenable to all participants and that victors will be decided by skill and gameplay instead of logistical advantage)
Next Round :
 

 

 

Pod1:

Fab Salas

JR

Vino

JC

Francis Fabie

 

Pod2:

JDJ

Tomii

Izawa

Reuben

-* Hans Kenner Fernandez ( will join to balance out the Pods *auto last place)

 

BG King will join the first round of the tournament and will have the same mechanics as below:

 

Legendary Tournament Month

 

Advancement to Top 6:

  • 1st criteria:
    • A POD that loses against the board will be eliminated
  • 2nd criteria:
    • Based on the number of VP points the top 3 of each table will advance if both PODs win against the board
  • 3rd criteria:
    • In case of tie in VP, Rescued bystanders will be the tiebreaker.

 

After the first round, participants may continue on the tournament if they wish to do so. 

 

Good luck and be legendary!

 

Jonathan Uypico De Joseph - 62

Marvel Legendary Tournament Final Leg - August 30 2014 @ Robinsons Galleria

A very special treat to all those attending the tournament this Saturday!

 

We are very pleased to announce that we will be graced by the presence of Julius Abrera, one of the card art designers of Marvel Legendary!

 

 

 

What's more! The tournament winner will win ONE free Marvel Legendary Card Art Sketch signed by the designer himself!

 

 

 

All aBOARD August 30!

Prize Support :

Champion - Hulk Masterpiece promo card + 10% discount on the next purchase + Autographed Card Art from Julius Abrera

Participation Prize: 3% discount on your next purchase

Venue & Time : Robinsons Galleria Sports Loop || 2pm

 

July 21, 2014

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Careers ›


We're Hiring!

We are currently expanding! We're looking to add a new operations staff:

Roles & Responsibilities:
1.) Research, Organize and Present new items to be considered for Gaming Library
2.) Planning, Coordination and Management of Gaming Library events
3.) Project Management of new Gaming Library ideas 

Requirements:
1.) Must own a laptop
2.) Social Media knowledge a bonus
3.) Good writing skills in English
4.) Can work part time
5.) Must love board games!

Interested Applicants : Please submit your resume to gaming.library.meeple@gmail.com and use "Application for Operations Staff" as the subject line. Failure to do so will result in applications being overlooked. 

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