Games and Chill - Winter Board Game Ideas!

Games and Chill - Winter Board Game Ideas!

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As we settle into winter here are some great board games for you, your friends and your family!   Kids Games We have a large range of games to keep kids busy this winter!   Penguin Trap and Igloo Mania are fun dexterity based games where kids try to remove pieces without making the structure fall!  These are great short games that are easy to set up and play again and again! Zoo Run is a great game for younger kids, with cooperative and competitie options!  For ages 4+ you work together to free the animals by creating animal matches.  And for ages 6+ you use your animal matching prowess to race against each other.    Check out more here.   Family Games Looking for games to play all together?  Here's what we suggest! Heist is a new cooperative game, where you work with your team to break into the safe!  A quick paced game where you move items, grab money and press buttons with the goal of getting all of the money and cracking the safe!  There are 5 levels to choose from and a 6th level you can unlock after perfectly completing level 5! Munchkin is an award winning card game which will let you and your family compete as you fight your way through a dungeon, level up your characters and collect loot!  While the original has awesome art, there are also many versions of the game based on your favourite movies and shows. Mysterium is a who-dunnit game for ages 10+, and 2-7 players so is a great game for all the family to play!  This game combines the murder mystery aspects of cluedo with the picture clue style of Dixit to create a unique and fun game with beautiful illustrations.    Strategy Games With darker and colder nights, winter is the perfect time to sit down and settle in to your favourite strategy board games! Coup is based on deception, deduction, manipulation and influence.  Can you make it so that you one on top?  Or will you fall prey to someone else's power! Dominion is a classic strategy game, where you are competing to expand and improve your kingdom!  Build you deck up throughout the game to get more and more resources to expand your kingdom with!   Ecosystem is a quick tile placement strategy game, where the goal is to create the best Ecosystem.  Get points by aligning the cards so that the animals are in the environment where they most flourish! Check out more here.   Escape Room Games We love our escape room games and we think you will too!  We have a wide range of options for different ages and difficulty levels, but no matter which you choose, they are great for an afternoon testing your skills with friends and family! See our range here. And if you enjoy these but are looking for something a bit longer, KOSMOS Adventure Games let you explore a building and solve a mystery from the comfort of you own home, with 3 chapters and a simple way to pause the game and come back to it later!   Party Games Planning a mid-winter Christmas?  Here are some must have party games to keep you all laughing! Trial by Trolley is the latest game out by Cyanide and Happiness.  In it you and your friends have to face serious philosophical questions (and jokes)! Would you choose to save the plant that can end world hunger?  Or would you save the Batmobile?  Build the best option to try and make the trolley driver save your track, and sabotage your opposition on the way! Llamas Unleashed is an Unstable Unicorns Game!  Compete against your friends to get 7 animals into your field before anyone else!  Who can resist the cute fluffy animals and the chance to sabotage your opponents cards! Secret Hitler is a classic mafia style game with a twist!  Try to figure out who is liberal, who is fascist and make sure you don't vote "Hitler" in as chancellor.  Do your best to defend the free world and begin to doubt what you know about your friends!  For 5-10 players this is a great game for get togethers with friends! Check out more here.   Dungeons and Dragons Whether your just starting out on your adventure or are halfway through a campaign, we have heaps of D&D Books, Minis and Dice to keep you stocked up over winter!   Check out the range here.   Trading Card Games As always, we have our great range of your favourite TCGs!  Winter is a great time to get into a new TCG or to hold some family tournaments!  We have all you need to get started with Pokemon, Magic: the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh!    We hope you all have a safe and warm winter!

Picking Up Orders in Level 3

Picking Up Orders in Level 3

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Everything you need to know about picking up your order in level 3! In order to comply with Government guidelines, our click and collect service in level 3 will be "drive thru" only. Customers will not be able to pick up by foot until level 2. At the moment, click and collect is only available at our WestCity store. We will update if we can arrange it at Glenfield too. Step 1: Order online and select Pick Up In Store Step 2: Wait for email saying the order is ready to collect. This is NOT the order confirmation email that gets sent after you've placed an order. It will be an email that lets you know your order is packed and ready to collect and will link you to this blog to follow the instructions. Step 3: Drive to WestCity. Park in park 7 or 8 in the image below. This image is of the main car park that goes to the Hollywood Bakery entry / entry to the back of our store. Note, our click and collect service is only active between 10am-1pm currently each day. Step 4: Call the store phone and give your name, order number and licence plate of your car. The store phone number is 021 153 4238.  Or you can message us on our Facebook Page Messenger.  Step 5: Our staff member will come and deliver your parcel in the space next to your car. Do not open your door as you see our staff approach. Please wait until they have dropped the parcel and walked away to collect your parcel. If you have any questions, please email us on info@cardmerchant.co.nz Thank you for your support, we hope to see you in store again soon.

Card Merchant Easter Egg Hunt

Card Merchant Easter Egg Hunt

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***Update: Our Easter Egg Hunt has now concluded! Make sure you check out our Facebook Page to see who our winner is! Welcome to Card Merchant's Easter Egg Hunt!  Can you find all of the Easter Eggs on our website? Search through our website to see how many easter eggs you can find hidden in the product images, descriptions, or just about anywhere else, to go int he draw to win the prize pack below.  There will be a new post daily on our Facebook Page with a Hint about where to find the sneaky ones! For an image that you see multiple times (such as the picture above), just count the eggs once!  Once you think you have found all of the Eggs comment on our post on our Facebook Page with the number you think we have! But don't worry, if you find more later you can always comment on our Daily Hint with your new guess! How it works:1 Entry Per Day for making your Guess!*1 Extra Entry if you Guess Correctly1 Entry Per Day for Tagging a Mate to join the Hunt!1 Entry for Sharing the Facebook Post. Entries will close on Sunday, and the winner will be contacted through Facebook! You have already found 4! Now go find the rest!

Sanity Savers for Lockdown

Sanity Savers for Lockdown

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Hi everyone! We're in some pretty new territory as a country and it's times like these we must all come together to support one another. The team here at Card Merchant want to continue to bring enjoyment and fun to your lives so we will be putting together a bunch of activities to keep you entertained.  Our staff will be making quizzes, activities, tournaments and more to keep you entertained, which will be listed below. Check back every couple of days for more activities and resources. We'll aim to make the majority of these free but will also let you know about some low-cost entertainment that's available too! Activities Card Merchant DiscordKeep in touch! We've set up a discord for all our players to keep in touch and discuss their favourite games. Come join us here: https://discord.gg/5kcH3Jx Pokemon Quiz - Week 1We've made a quick quiz! Test your pokemon knowledge and comment on our Facebook post with a screenshot of your score and you go in the draw to win some vouchers and discounts! Ends 5th April. Find the quiz here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R6VVZQG A new quiz will be coming in week 2! Board GamesCheck out our boredom busters for our board game range in our blog here. Pokemon Activity SheetsIf you're looking for a bunch of colouring in pages, mazes, trivia, spot the differences and heaps more, the Pokemon website has heaps of these available to download and print for free. You can find them all on their official website here. Online Magic: the GatheringIf you're missing your fix of MTG, you can play online at Magic Arena here. Make sure you join our discord (link above) to set up some matches for yourself too! Online Yu-Gi-OhThe best free-to-play online Yu-Gi-Oh software is probably YGO Pro, which you can find here. If you're wanting to play some games against other local players, just join our discord (link above) and see who's available to play! Online PokemonPokemon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO) is the official software for Pokemon online. You can get started with some free decks and play against others. You can find it here. Remember to join our discord (link above) to find players who would be keen to battle! D&D QuizTest your D&D knowledge with our D&D quiz, which you can find here! Pokemon Quiz - Week 2Aced the first test? Or need to show your skills? We've put together another Pokemon quiz to show off your Pokemon knowledge! Take the quiz here. Board Game QuizConsider yourself a Board Game fan? Give our board game quiz a go and see how much you know! You might even find out about a game or two you haven't seen before... Take the quiz here Magic: the Gathering QuizTest out our MTG knowledge with our MTG quiz here! Yu-Gi-Oh QuizAre you the top duelist in the land? Test your knowledge with our Yu-Gi-Oh quiz here! Pokemon Quiz - Week 3Find last weeks quiz too easy? We've stepped it up with this weeks one! Test if you're the ultimate Pokemon Master with the week 3 quiz here! WestCity MTG Facebook GroupStay in touch with all the players here! WestCity Yu-Gi-Oh Facebook GroupKeep in touch with your fellow Yugioh players on the group here! Glenfield MTG Facebook GroupKeep up with the Glenfield players in the group here! Plus all the info on events here. Takapuna Facebook GroupKeep up with the people from Takapuna (and plenty of toastie memes!) here. Pokemon Quiz - Week 4Another chance to show off your Pokemon knowledge! Take the week 4 test here. Make sure you check back in a couple of days when we've posted more awesome activities to keep you entertained!

Self Isolation Boredom Busters!

Self Isolation Boredom Busters!

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With the current 4 Week lock down in place in NZ, we wanted to help you all out by providing a list of Online and Board Games that you can play while in isolation, either by yourself or with your Bubble!  We will recommend the games for the section they are most relevant so make sure you look through all sections for inspiration!   Bubbles 2-4: Escape Room Style Games are a great way to keep your mind thinking critically while you are at home.  EXIT, Escape Room the Game and Unlock are all great brands and a personal favourite of the management team. Adventures Games are a more RPG style/story based puzzle games from the same creators as the EXIT series.  If you are more interested in solving an overall mystery, or you have already completed all of the EXIT games, make sure to give these a try.  The Codenames Series are great team games, but are possible with 2 or 3 players.  Great for keeping your critical thinking going as you try to crack the codes before your  See the online section for advice on how to play this online. Catan is a classic which must be mentioned.  Finally you have the time to spend building your nation and crushing the will of your family or flatmates.  Just remember to hoard rocks more than toilet paper. Unstable Unicorns and Llamas Unleashed are fun games for 2-8 players.  This game tends to be 30-45 minutes and is a great way to give your teenagers a break from a screen. Shuffle Games like Cars and My Little Pony are great for those with younger kids at home.   Junior versions of classic games like Monopoly and Cluedo are also great games to keep the kids occupied!     Bubbles 4+: Games like Ultimate Werewolf (Age 10+), Ultimate Werewolf Inquisition (Age 8+) or One Night Ultimate Vampire (Age 8+) are good for playing if you are isolating with a larger household.  These are Mafia style, "who dunnit" games which are fast paced and fun kids and adults.   For groups of adults that are isolating together, party games like Cards Against Humanity, The Voting Game, Superfight and Blank, Marry, Kill are a great way to ease any tension and have some fun in your isolation bubble.   See the online section for advice on how to play this online.   Online Options: There are plenty of games that you can play through online servers, but you can also use Skype, Discord or Zoom to take your favourite TCG's and board games online.   TCG Games such as Pokemon, Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh are still playable with your friends while your in isolation over the above mentioned servers or on our own Discord!  Further, there are online servers for each of these.  Pokemon TCG Online             Magic Arena             Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling Nexus Dungeons and Dragons is a perfect game to keep playing online!  Discord! Skype! Roll 20! There are many ways to connect with your players and DM and keep the Party Going!  Game of Phones is a game designed to be played on your phones!  Perfect for Isolation! Playing the Codenames Series online should be relatively simple through an online chat group as long as you have at least one physical copy of the game.   The player with the game sets out the grid and sends a photo to the group playing.  They then would need to send the other "codemaker" a picture of the code tile.  Then the game can begin over the voice chat and messenger. *** If you only have 1 copy of the game the owner would have to be one of the "codemakers" for every round, unless you use the code tiles available on google images.   For some of the Party games listed above there is be an option to play online if one player with a copy of the game is willing to play as the game master, and distribute the cards between other players online.    Ultimate Boredom Buster = Gloomhaven If your looking for that one game that will keep you going for the whole lock down, that will inspire your roleplaying and comes in a really big box, then Gloomhaven is the game for you!

Card Merchant is coming to Wellington!

Card Merchant is coming to Wellington!

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IMPORTANT UPDATE. This event has now been postponed to August. We will update the details once we know more. We're very happy to announce that we will be coming down to Wellington for the Armageddon Expo on the 10th-12th April!  We'll be able to give more details in a week or two, but rest assured that we will be having some awesome specials on!  Once again, we will be running the TCG Tournament area so make sure you stop by to check out the events! We'll have a lot of products with us, so head along to pick up your favourite items. We will be bringing back our popular Mystery Boxes so you can get you Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering or Pop fix all weekend!  We'll be there for all 3 days of the craziness, so it will be awesome to see everyone there. I'll release more details on where we'll be in a week or two, so stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page to make sure you don't miss out!  

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