This weekend I had the pleasure of talking business with both my cousin Larry, Erie Street Cafe, and my parents, Ivéta Cafe while they were passing through New York. It is great to have generations of experience to bounce ideas off of, and reassuring to know that the challenges Luis and I face everyday are pretty common place when you own your own business. When the Bilanko’s and Lenzi’s get together you can better believe it’s all shop talk. My cousin had not seen my dad in over 20 years, yet it felt like old times.
After weeks of preparation, we finally got the floors sanded, primed, and stained. The first of 3 coats of polyurethane go on tonight and by next week, after a 6 day set time, we should be able to start assembling the permanent work space and game play space.
As a teenager, I read liner notes and interviews with headlining 80s thrash bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus and always saw references to NWOBHM and how they wouldn't exist without those bands. Finding the major bands' albums, a la the Monsters of Rock, was never a problem. Finding tapes of NWOBHM bands WAS tough, especially if you were a 14 years old and in New Mexico like me.
In a time before YouTube, Google, MP3s (and to an extent, CDs) - besides Iron Maiden, NWOBHM was a total mystery to me until the advent of college and The Internet. Fortunately, it's 2015 and music is much easier to find!
If you like this, I recommend checking out Aragorn's 1981 Black Ice.
About Metal Monday
Luis discovered metal sometime while in Catholic middle school - born of part rebellion and some incurable urge to hear as many palm muted low e-strings as possible - metal became an obsession of his as a teenager.
Metal Monday's is our chance every week to headbang with all of you (if that's your thing).
Full-art land rules! However, that means our Fat Pack preorders were higher than they've ever been. Our preorder Fat Packs are now SOLD OUT. We'll keep you posted if we get any additional stock of Fat Packs.
Preorders are available only for in-store pickupFriday, 10/2/2015.
Rare celestial events, like the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse happening this Sunday, have a way of making me think about life.
I work so much and most of my friends have moved out of the city or are incredibly busy with their own businesses, work, life, etc. This week two of my best friends have been helping me with projects at the store. Tedious organizational tasks no longer feel like work. Everyday this week I have had a chance to gossip and catch up while being simultaneously super productive.
I truly believe that, as humans, we are all connected within the universe. The moods, feelings, and vibes that we emit into the ethos everyday touch everyone and have a way of transmitting messages. Just think about all those times when you felt like your ears were ringing when you had a thought about someone and then you got text from them or you ran into them unexpectedly.
When this project started, I kept wishing I could ask two friends for help, but one was living in another country and the other was opening up his own coffee shop. Then, just this week, one moved back to Brooklyn and the other, waiting on paperwork, wanted to help out. Some may call this a coincidence, but I am convinced this is synchronicity.
New Game Releases
Magic: The Gathering - Twenty Sided Play Kits
We have packaged up some sweet deals on take home Play Kits for Magic players who want to organize their own limited events - like Draft or Sealed. Each Twenty Sided Play Kit comes with an optional rules guide for organizing your own events for any size get together. Packages range from 2 player - 8 player kits.
Pass The Blame
The Party Game For Irresponsible Adults
Pass the Blame is a story-telling card game where you blame the other players for everything that goes wrong! Players concoct the best excuse to get out of being blamed unfortunate situations. Scores are based on best and worst excuse.
Star Wars X-Wing : The Force Awakens
Dogfights just got better! Resistance X-Wing and First Order TIE Fighters. Enhance your squad or build one for the first time. Star Wars X-Wing : The Force Awakens is a stand alone game for two players or can be played as an expansion to the original.
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Risk : The Walking Dead
The Survivial Edition
In Risk : The Walking Dead
you have a map of the Southwest United States featuring 32 territories and 6 zones. Players must compete for resources and fend off attacks from other players as well as hordes of undead.