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Matt’s Annual Ramble

Ho, ho, etc., and let me welcome you back to reality after the hopefully satisfactory completion of your respective annual rituals. Personally, I consumed roughly my weight in chocolate and crashed like a hypothetical bl…

Ah well I can’t finish that quote, trying to be family friendly and all that! However, the first person who guesses where it’s from will get a £10 discount on the Langden website – the code is where the quote is from all lower case with no spaces…

Anyway, it’s the beginning of January and as we say a fond (is that the right word? Nah, I’ll stick with it) farewell to 2023 I wanted to take some time to ponder upon the year that was and the year that will be!

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Running Our First ‘Big’ 40K Event – Food For Thought…

Last Saturday (4th November) we ran our first 22 person 40K event, this was a great achievement for the store as our previous events had been capped at 12 people.

The larger event meant more players and the potential for things to go wrong, but we’re happy to say the event was a great success and we’re keen to run more in the future!

The guys at Black Crow Gaming did a YouTube review of the event, we think it went really well and are overall were really happy with the day.

So, what was the main feedback from the event?

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Daphne’s Guide To Blood Bowl Leagues…

Daphne Dukes, Roving Reporter!

Hello sports fans! It’s me Daphne Dukes, roving reporter! The Daily Planet has Lois Lane, the Gotham Gazette has Vicky Vale, and Langden Games has me…

In a break from bringing the play by play from the current Langden Games Blood Bowl League (LGBBL) I’m going to look at tips for new coaches for League play! If you fancy taking place in Season 3 of the LGBBL this article is for you!

Team Choice

This one is up to you to be honest; each team has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they can be grouped into broad categories – Bashy, Flashy and Stunty, and All Rounders.

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Matt’s Annual Ramble…

Happy New Year all!

I confess, time seems to have lost all meaning over the last few years (thanks Covid!) and as such this ramble is a little later than planned. But anyway, let’s get rambling!

Looking Back at 2022!

Obligitory thumbs up photo is obligitory

2022 was the first full year we’ve had in our new premises. To say we were apprehensive about moving would be the most understated statement that had ever been understated! But after what is now 14 months in our new location we’re looking forward to the future!

As it stands today the move was definitely the right choice! We’ve seen loads of new customers, have a proper street presence, and have much more space! Admittedly at heart I’m still nervous about the move, especially with the looming spectre of recession on the horizon and the cost of living crisis that is having an impact on everyone. However these are things that are outside on my control, and all we can do is focus on the store and what were doing and hope that with continued customer support we’ll keep going from strength to strength!

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The New Store – Six Months In!

Time flies or, more accurately, since the pandemic hit doesn’t really have a meaning anymore! But that being said it’s still crazy to us that we’ve now been in the new store for six months!

The (not so) new store

What a six months it’s been! In the grander scheme of things, it’s still early days but moving definitely feels like the right decision so far! (Although with everything that’s happening in the world the preceding statement could quickly change).

Moving has seen us see much higher levels of footfall and has also given us much more space to allow events to be more easily hosted.

That being said…

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The Revised Event Schedule!

Following our move at the end of last year we’ve finally had time to review our event schedule!

Here is the current plan from now until the end of March!

Monday: The shop won’t be open, but we’ll be playing D&D in store from 6pm – 10pm! If you want to play to be a DM let us know and we can get some groups arranged! All groups will begin with a Session Zero to make sure everyone is comfortable!

Tuesday: Tuesday is Pokemon and Age of Sigmar! We’ll have AoS casual play from 6pm. Our Pokemon event will start at 7.30pm with casual games from 6pm.

Wednesday: Wednesday will be our main wargames night which kicks off from 6pm! We’ll also be hosting Flesh & Blood and Digimon Events, both will start at 7.30pm.

Thursday: Thursday nights is our Super Cazh Boardgames Night, we’ll also be running alternating Legacy and Pauper MTG events. Casual gaming kicks off from 6pm, with our tournaments starting at 7.30pm.

Friday: Friday is FNM! The format will rotate between Standard, Pioneer, and Modern, Casual gaming from 6pm with the tournaments starting at 7.30. Commander players, there’ll be space for pods as well!

Saturday: We’ll be running weekly Saturday Showdown Events, like FNM these will rotate between Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. The first Saturday of the month will see these events be replaced with larger prize pool events, these will rotate between Pioneer, Modern, and Legacy!

Saturdays will also see us looking to run other things like painting lessons, our monthly painting event, and small wargames tournaments!

Sunday: It’s casual Commander Day! We’ll also be running weekly Sunday Showdown Events, like FNM these will rotate between Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. In the afternoon we’ll be running a weekly draft or sealed event. The first Sunday of the month will be sealed, the last Sunday on the month will be Cube Draft, the other Sundays will be normal drafts of a random set. In addition, we’ll also be running D&D on a Sunday evening giving people 2 opportunities to play!

We’ll review the events at the end of March. If any aren’t working, we’ll review and looked at changing things up if needed! The schedule will kick in fully once the Kamigawa Pre Release has taken place.

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Model of the Month – January 2022

Today saw the first of our new season of Model of the Month for 2022 kick off! We were really happy to receive 9 entries!

There was no set theme for this month so, in other words, it was ‘Super Cazh’!

The 9 entries were:

  • Space Marine Primaris Apothecary – Warhammer 40,000
  • Ork Wurrboy – Warhammer 40,000
  • Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet  – Warhammer 40,000
  • Théoden, King of Rohan – Lord of the Rings
  • Genestealer Bust – Relic Board Game
  • Skink Priest – Age of Sigmar
  • Horus Lupercal – Horus Heresy
  • Space Marine Primaris Lieutenant – Warhammer 40,000
  • Orruk Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth – Age of Sigmar
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MTG Ban Announcement 25th January – Our Thoughts… AKA A Rant About Lurrus…

Yesterday WoTC did their latest ban announcement for Magic the Gathering. In the days leading up to the announcement the community was doing it’s best to predict what was going to happen.

When talking about Modern and Legacy, the two big formats in store, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer was on the hit list for Legacy, and Modern has a host of cards that people wanted to address, the chief of which was Lurrus of the Dream-Den!

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Looking to the Future…

It’s exciting times here at Langden Games!

As you can image the last 19 months have been challenging thanks to Covid-19, but we survived! (Thank you so much to all those who placed orders during the forced lockdown closures)

Now that Covid-19 is hopefully under control (fingers crossed) we have the option to hopefully move the shop!

This is highly exciting and equally scary! Over the last 7 years (time flies!) the shop has evolved from a small club to a fully fledged LGS that caters for a wide cross section of gamers, as such we’ve outgrown our space! (I might be guilty of buying too much stock!)

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Vallejo Liquid Silver and Gold (plus a Tinfoil Mirror)

A while back we ordered in some Vallejo Liquid Silver and Liquid Gold, what we didn’t realise at the time was these were no normal paints and required things like alcohol to thin, as such we’ve not had a proper look at them – until now…

Unlike acrylic paints the pigments hold together better lessening the chance of unsightly brush strokes on the model.
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We Are Reopening! – See You Soon!

Well… 2021 seems to be continuing 2020’s tradition of being a bit rubbish! So far in 2021 we’ve not been able to welcome customers into the store, but from Saturday 17th that all changes as well be opening again!! (Woohoo!!)

While we get a feel for things we’ll only be opening at weekends and will be doing slightly reduced hours, but on the plus side it does mean you can come in and browse from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday or Sunday (you might have to be patient with us on the 17th while we try to remember how the till works, and generally how to be around people…)

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The Spray Paint Test – Games Workshop vs Army Painter vs TTCombat

TTCombat recently released a huge range of spray paints at really affordable prices, and as Games Workshop Chaos Black is currently impossible to get hold of it only made sense to do a side by side comparison to see if the new TTCombat sprays would make a good stop gap or a replacement for Chaos Black.

Now, as an impartial reviewer and a shop that’s been asked about Army Painter sprays a number of times we added their Matt Black spray to the mix (we even express ordered a tin off Amazon to get it to us in time), to set a 3 way battle to see which spray would get our recommendation.

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The Return of Click & Collect! (And A General Shop Update)

As the UK Government has shared its roadmap out of lockdown, we’ve also looked at what we’re doing as a store.

Our approach can be summed up in one word: Cautious.

The first step on our own path to ‘getting things back to normal’ is to reinstate Click & Collect, this will take place from this weekend and you’ll be able to collect any orders between 10am-2pm on a Saturday and by request on a Sunday.

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The ‘Good Riddance to 2020’ Ramble…

You’re probably (hopefully) familiar with a Matt ramble by now – basically I dump all the thoughts in my brain onto our website and hope they make sense and that people actually read them…

2020… well, what can I say that hasn’t already been said! (or that doesn’t involve screaming and lots of swearing).

Looking Back…

In short 2020 was a train wreck, although that’s probably insulting to trains if I’m honest (this line, or at least the inspiration for it, comes from “Death to 2020”, it’s on Netflix, go watch it!)

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