Game Grid Update – June 2020 – Playing in Store, New Event Schedule, (another?!?) Prerelease, and a preview of our next big thing….

Hey all!
Game Grid Lehi is rolling out our event schedule, in a limited capacity.

As a reminder, we are following the guidelines and recommendations from the Utah Leads Together Program.

A Quick Summary:

  • Customers & Staff
    • Social Distancing in the Retail Area, Face Masks Recommended
    • Face Masks Required in the Play Area
    • Hand Sanitizer Use Required (Provided by GGLehi)
  • Play Area
    • Max Capacity of 50
    • Each Group/Table limited to 8 Players
    • Social Distancing between Groups/Tables is Required
      • Tables are spaced ~8-10ft apart, groups are expected to stay within their

The full details are published here if you want to read more.

One of the big concerns that we had, and that we’ve heard from you, is that with events starting back up, our support for playing via Discord or Twitch would end.

I am happy to say that we are definitely going to continue to support online & remote play, both for those with health concerns and for anyone who is too busy to make it into the shop 🙂
In fact, we just barely added 8 Computers setup with PVC Kits, Headphones & Webcams so that we can merge our online & in-store events!!

If you are playing in-store & you are paired against someone who is playing from home, you’ll hop onto one of our Discord Video Chat stations to play your match for the round.

We did a trial run last night for Commander and it seemed to work really well – 4 of the players were in store and we had 1 commander player unable to play in person, so we set up a pod at 4 of the computers and had the other player join their video call.

Assuming this continues to go well, we are planning to be able to merge Discord & In Person Core Set 2021 Prerelease Events as well!!

At the end of the day, our most important concern is the health & safety of our community, hopefully this new way to play makes sure that those who are at risk or have other health concerns can still be part of everything at Game Grid while we wait for it to be safe for them to play in person again.

Or heck, maybe, like me, you’re just busy, have a kid and wouldn’t mind playing a round or 2 on Discord but can’t commit the time to drive in and play at the store 🙂

 

Next-
To make sure that we are able to adhere to these guidelines, we are changing up our schedule a bit.
Our Calendar & Online Table Reservations should all be up to date – if you spot an error, let us know – and our Facebook Events will be up to date later this week.

Finally, it’s time for another Magic Prerelease!!

Core Set 2021 is almost here – Prerelease is on June 26th!
We’ll also be offering Prerelease At Home and Discord Prerelease Events, with one awesome change-
When you play via Discord, you’ll be part of the whole experience! With our new Video Chat setups in store, you’ll be able to play against anyone who’s playing in store too 🙂

To help maintain Social Distancing, Game Grid Lehi is running our prerelease like never before, including:

• Pods of 8 Players!
Not only do Pods of 8 help us keep social distance between groups, it also lets you choose who you play with!
Want to play with you favorite people? Just sign up for the same Pod! (on the same day & time, of course)
If you prefer to play against random players, feel free to sign up for any pod you want 🙂

• Play on Discord & In-Store!
With 8 Computers set up in-store, players can join any prerelease from Discord!
You’ll get paired up the exact same as if you were playing in person. If your opponent is playing in-store, they’ll hop on one of our Video Chat setups to play against you.
Easy as pie.

Tournament Format-
Core Set 2021 Prerelease Kit Sealed
3 Rounds Swiss (No Elimination!)

Prize Support-
1 Prize Pack for Everyone, PLUS 2 Packs per Win!

3-0 Undefeated? Win 7 Packs!
2-1 win 5 Packs!
1-2 win 3 packs!
0-3 win 1 pack! (better luck next time!)

Please Note-
We have a hard cap of 40 players in each event. If all 5 Pods are sold out, we cannot add more players to the event, but we would be thrilled to have you join us another time or you can jump in by playing via Discord.
Hand sanitizer & soap is available for everyone and must be used before playing.
Face masks or Face Shields are required while in the Play Area.
We have a limited number of disposable masks available if you do not have one.

There will be a 15 minute “reset” between events where we will clear the play area so we can sanitize everything.

The Start Time is when we will begin going over Release Notes – Deck Construction will begin ~10min later.

 

 

 

Alright, that’s everything I have for today – more news coming your way soon.
Here’s a quick preview of what we’re working on next….

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