ClubsHey everyone, it’s Shawn Guy, one of the Game Haven owners. I’m sitting here picking out a game for a party I’m attending this evening and thought, “Man, there’s always the what kind of game dilemma.” I constantly find myself balancing that fine line between gamer friends and my friends who like to play games. I think we all know the difference here. If not, think of it this way. Gamer friends would love to join you for an evening of mood music and Arkham Horror, while friends who like to play games, are happy with Apples to Apples.

I’ve learned that when it comes to your gaming friends, you can go almost anywhere. Pick a theme that a majority of the group would enjoy. Is it dungeon crawling? Or do they want to explore the ocean depths? Well give them what they want and don’t worry about the lengthy rules. They’ll stick with you and enjoy learning and strategizing. Dungeons and Dragons, Atlantis, or Smallworld will be right up their alley. Just make sure you provide plenty of snacks and good seating.

As for your friends who like to play games, keep it simple. They just want an evening of socializing and quick game playing. They don’t want to sit around for an hour listening to you explain the rules or give them tips on how to play. They want you to divvy out the cards, give a quick 2 minute run down of the rules, and GO. Again, snacks are good, but make your gaming selection less complex. I know this sounds funny, but many times, the smaller the box, the easier the game. Take a look at Guillotine, Clubs, Sleeping Queens, The Great Dalmuti, Halli Galli (one of my personal favorites), or Werewolves. They’re fun games, but can be fast and furious. They’re also easy to learn. You could even consider Carcasonne, Balderdash, and Tikal. There’s a bit more depth to them, but they are still a little easier to pick up.

I hope these tips help you in your next party game selection. As always, blogs are a matter of opinion. Well this was mine. I hope you enjoyed!

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Les is More #1-Calling a Last Minute Audible into Utah Magic States top 8

Hello all, and for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Les Pendergraft. I’m just your typical happy go lucky Magic player. Never been much for competitive magic but recently have made the move and have been happy with the competition. I recently joined a group to do some play testing with and hopefully improve my skills. The group has opened my eyes to what it means to play next level Magic and as a group we are getting better. Some have made a goal to play in a few Grand Prix’s and

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Yu-Gi-Oh! is better than ever at Game Haven.

Hey guys it’s Anthony Chiechi, I fell in love with card games when I got my first pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! in the sixth grade, and have never looked back since. I have only gained further interest in the game over time and learning on how to be a better player and how to be able to play on a competitive level. Once you get the “hunger” of playing 9 rounds of competitive play in major event in another state, you just can’t stop yourself from wanting to go to everyone around the country. Yu-Gi-Oh!

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5 Spooky games for the Halloween season

Here is a quick list of the top 5 board games and card games to make your Halloween party creepy! 1. Betrayal at House on the Hill: Explore an old mansion with your friends, have fun with the many twists and turns. What will happen as you unlock new rooms and find new mysteries: http://www.yourgamehaven.com/products-page/board-games/betrayal-at-house-on-the-hill/ 2. Zombie Fluxx: What better than a great game with a zombie theme: http://www.yourgamehaven.com/products-page/card-games/zombie-fluxx/ 3.

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Bountiful Grand Opening Was a Great Success!!!!

WOW!! Thank you so much for attending our Grand Opening Celebration in Bountiful Saturday. It was a great success. The morning started with pancakes and a game of Rock the Beat led by Shawn Guy. You could hear them pounding there fists to the beat of “We will rock you” from outside, it was awesome We then had a full on paintball frenzy in our Warhammer 40K Paintball tournaments. It was a great day for the orks as they pulled ahead in both games. Those poor marines were a pretty dotted

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Geoff talks about Magic 2013 sealed and some upcoming events at Game Haven, West Jordan

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Return to Ravnica

Choose your guild.  Coming October 5, 2012. Prereleases ($25) will be held: September 29 at 12 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm. September 30 at 12 pm. Two-Headed Giant ($32/team): Saturday, 10 am and Sunday, 4 pm Pre-order Fatpacks for $39.99 and Boxes for $99.99

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Utah Food Bank Magic Celebration, Sept. 8, 2012

Come have a good time while supporting a great cause! We will be collecting donations and non-perishable food all day. Anyone who donates gets 10% off any single item in the store! Our Magic Celebration day will be held in honor of this event. Magic players will receive free packs to participate in a Mini Master event for Magic 2013. Raffle tickets will be available for $1, and all proceeds are going to the Utah Food Bank. We will be drawing prizes such as foil judge promos, playmats, deck boxes,

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Game Haven Geeks Podcast: Episode 1

Episode 1 of our new podcast: Game Haven Geeks! We talk about upcoming events and product releases in our store. Podcast Powered By Podbean

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July 6-8: Magic 2013 Prerelease Weekend-Bountiful and West Jordan

We will be having tons of fun events for the prerelease of Magic 2013. Be sure to check out our calendar of events for dates and times! The Prerelease card is Xathrid Gorgon, pictured here.

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