Michael (fireheart) wrote in gamercentral,

Great Gift Ideas

If you are like most people, you would rather shop at local, privately owned stores than fight the crowds and surly salespeople at the mall, but who has time to travel from store to store to get something for everyone on your list.

The simple solution is to find one locally owned store that has gifts for everyone on your list. That store is Phoenix Games. You may think that Phoenix Games only has products for the hard core gamer, but it's just not true. While they do have everything for the gaming enthusiast, Phoenix Games also carries numerous items which would make great gifts for casual gamers, and even non-gamers. Behind the cut are ten great gift ideas.

Even better, all season, Phoenix Games will be running a buy two, get one half off deal. That is sure to take some of the sting out of holiday shopping for you.

Phoenix Games is easy to get to, right on 116 in Sunderland, with plenty of parking. It's open from 2 PM to 9 PM, everyday until Christmas Eve.

For more information, you can visit the Phoenix Games web site.

Killer Bunny Slippers
You don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate the humor of a rabbit with sharp pointy teeth. You don’t even need to know Monty Python to appreciate it. It’s a rabbit, with sharp pointy teeth….that you wear!
Novels and Graphic Novels
Phoenix Games has more than just games. We have dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels. We have quite a few hardcovers at discount prices. Phoenix Games also carries graphic novels such as Maus, V for Vendetta, and Sandman.
Phoenix Games has a great selection of DVDs, including Star Wars, Invader Zim, and more. Don't see what you want? We can special order it for you!
Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is one of the best games to hit the market in years. It has sold over a million copies without having to sink to being sold at Walmart. This game can be learned in seconds, and is all about the players, not the rules. Each player has a hand of Red Apple Cards (nouns), and the judge, a position which rotates, turns over a Green Apple Card (adjective). The players each throw down a Red Apple Card face down, and the judge gets to pick which one is most appropriate. This game is a great way to get to know people better and have an awesome time doing it.
Scrabble meets Rummy is the short description of Quiddler. It's a card game about making words. Players have a hand of letters and work to make the longest or most words each round. Each round, players have more cards in their hands, opening exciting new possibilities. This is a great new twist on the old word game, perfect for anyone on your giving list.
Dutch Blitz
This is a game of quick eyes, sharp minds, and fast hands. Similar to Klondike Solitare, each player is trying to build stacks of cards of the same suit ascending from 1 to 10. The catch? All four players are building on the same stacks, and there are no turns. Dutch Blitz is played in real time! The fastest hand will win. This is a favorite at Phoenix Games, and Phoenix Games is the only place in the Pioneer Valley to get it.
Fluxx is the game of ever changing rules. All you need to know to start is that each player gets three cards, then draw one, play one, and do what the cards say. From there it gets more complicated. Some of the cards change the rules. Some change the order of play. Others change how you win. You never know from one turn to the next how the game will go. It is always in Fluxx.
Nodwick is a comic series that any fan of fantasy or gaming will love. While it is targeted at gamers, the humor in this series pokes fun at everything from our concept of heroes and villains to Lord of the Rings. This is a must read for any fantasy fan. Available at Phoenix Games in comic and trade paperback.
Chez Geek
Chez Geek is the game of hanging out and slacking. Each player competes to be the first to achieve their slack goal. Players accumulate slack points by shopping, watching TV, goofing off, and of course, getting nookie. This game is great for anyone who can appreciate the value of slacking. Also available are Chez Grunt (slacking in boot camp), Chez Greek (slacking in a frat house), Chez Goth (slacking in eyeliner), and Chez Guevarra (slacking in the revolution).
The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!
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