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One of my hobbies is board, video and role-play games. I’m lucky enough to own a company that sells collectables, board games, video games and role-play games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

The Hidden Lair gives back to the community

The vision at The Hidden Lair has always been about providing a safe and fun place for people of all ages to share in the love of games. That is why we keep buying games and adding them to the free demo shelf. We do run a large amount of card game tournaments like Friday Night Magic, but the store also carries a large variety of board games for people of all ages. One of my very favorite games right now is Splendor, a very quick paced game using cards and chips. Set in the Renaissance time, players, (who are the merchants), try to buy gem mines in order to acquire points to win the game. It is very simple, easy to learn, and loads of fun! We have many customers come in to check out our games and among those have been a few teachers. They communicated to us how much they love using games as a learning manipulative for their students. This got us to thinking, and we have come up with Vote for Your Favorite Teacher Contest. The teacher with the most votes will win some cash to spend in the store and add some games to their classroom! No purchase necessary, just come into the store located on 121 in Mt Zion and cast your vote.

The Hidden Lair has donated funds to some really great local organizations. Northeast Community Fund is one of those groups that really does a great job in our community. For the Month of December, we plan to donate some games to this amazing organization. Board games have provided many amazing memories for my family and I wish to pass that along to others.

Commander 2014 At The Hidden Lair

One of my favorite formats for Magic The Gathering is Commander. The rules are pretty simple, you construct a 100 card deck and are only allowed one of each non-basic land card. You have a commander, a legendary creature, that you can summon from your general zone. Each time that commander, or general, dies he costs an additional two colorless mana. He also does count as 1 of your 100 cards.

Commander is normally a format played outside of Friday Night Magic, however, it can be played for FNM, or like our store it is played after the events ends. The Hidden Lair does have a Commander League that plays over a series of weeks having a total prize payout at the end.

Last year’s Commander Decks were such a hit that Wizards of the Coast has produced its third year of Commander Decks. Unlike last year, these decks are Mono-Color and they have planeswalkers as Commanders! Yup, Planeswalkers! The Five decks are Guided by Nature, Forged in Stone, Sworn to Darkness, Built from Scratch, and Peer Through Time. You can read all about these decks at The Hidden Lair’s blog where Joshua W. Garrett has been writing about each of these amazing Commander Decks!

Gaming Store Decatur, IL

The Hidden Lair has just reached it’s 1 year anniversary with Andy Still at the helm. We have had a very successful year and seen growth in just about every area of the business. Part of our success can be attributed to the great deals and prizes we offer up to our customers. We firmly believe the store is a representation of the gamers that play there. As a kid I can remember spending a lot of my teen years at the local gaming store and this helped shape who I am today. I’m very proud to provide a place where kids can hang out in a great environment and learn while having fun doing so. Saturday has turned into an amazing day with games such as Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, Dice Masters, Magic the Gathering and Free play using The Hidden Lair Demo Shelf. The demo shelf is filled with free games that can be played at anytime.

Although the store will be closed on Thanksgiving, Andy does have some really great deals planned for this weekend. The Black Friday Sale in Decatur, IL can be seen here.

Adam Dunn and Joshua W. Garrett have been blogging on The Hidden Lairs website for a month or two now. They are doing a great job!

Friday Night Magic

The Hidden Lair has been open for about 2 months at its new location and the decatur gamers love it! I was recently interviewed about a card game called Magic The Gathering. The store has not carried this game since the mid to late 90′s and since the release of Friday Night Magic, it has changed dramatically. Since the purchase of our plaza, which also houses Bradshaw Consulting, Inc., Quality Home Locator, and Wilhoit Accounting and Tax Service, we have much more space to host this weekly event. Now, due to our new and improved space, the decision was made to pick this game back up and provide a place for local magic players to play. Andy, the store manager, expressed the need for this in the Decatur, IL area. Because my goal all along for the shop has been to provide a place for young adults, like my kids and adults like myself, to have a location where they can go and enjoy each others company, it just made sense to begin hosting this event.

The store also runs tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh, Heroclix, and Kaijudo. Yu-Gi-Oh has been around for quite some time and we already have a large following for this very popular event on Sunday’s at 1:00. Heroclix is still up and coming, but is Andy’s all time favorite. Stop in anytime and he will get you going with this exciting game. One of the best things about Heroclix is the low cost to create a winning team as well as it’s detailed figures from all different genres. Kaijudo is a game based on the Saturday morning cartoon and is great for kids 8+ years of age. While the Kaijudo tournament is hosted, we have a big screen TV that plays Kaijudo for the players to watch. Kaijudo tournaments run every Saturday from 11-2.

The January newsletter was posted on the stores website today and announced the addition of new league play rules. Andy and I plan to post more details about that on The Hidden Lair website over the next few days. We are also getting these scheduled for Born of the Gods, which has a pre-release weekend schedule for the end of this month.

Champions of the Lair – New Gaming store in Decatur, IL

The Hidden Lair has been reopened for a month now and the support is overwhelming. They see double digit turn outs for games such as Magic the Gathering, Catan, Yu-Gi-Oh, Heroclix, and many more. The very first Yu-Gi-Oh tournament had about 20 participants. Andy, the store manager and part owner, came up with a great idea called The Champions of the Lair. Whenever the store holds and event the winner of said events is bestowed the title of Champion. He or she is interviewed and an article written about this person on The Hidden Lair website. So far ten skilled players have earned the title of Champion of the Lair hereby named.

Chris Earp
Nathan Jameson
Joshua L Thomas
Richard Neeley
Kyle Haley
Jordan Charles Hinton
Adam Walker
Chris Cheatham
Brad Boyd
Ben Linn

It is so great because I love to play Friday Night Magic and there is now a great place in Decatur, IL to go play and hang out. The Hidden Lair’s websites just announced this months promo cards for Friday Night Magic or commonly known as FNM. Another game created by the same company is called Kaijudo and a similar format is run on Saturdays called Duel Days.

WZK 70692 Quarriors! Quarmageddon Expansion


It’s all-out QUARMAGEDDON as the epic battles of Quarry dice continue with this brand new expansion set to the popular Quarriors! dice-building game.  The last set Quarriors, Rise of the demons was a huge success and this set looks to be even better.

Featuring 40 new custom dice & 26 new cards powering 6 new Creatures and 2 new Spells this expansion set contains updated rulebook and inserts designed for extra storage space.

In this game of “Uber Strategic Hexahedron Monster Combat Mayhem,” players compete to capture the most powerful Spells and Creatures (in the form of dice!) from the Wilds and add them to their collection. Players then roll their powerful cubes and summon them into play to battle each of their opponent’s forces.


Register to win a free Galactic Guardians opt kit

Phone: 1.127.864.6485
Street date: June 6, 2012
Price: $39.99

WZK 70410-D Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie Counter Top Booster Display

WZK 70410-D Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie Counter Top Booster Display

Charging straight out of theaters and onto your tabletop, the Avengers Movie HeroClix set features heroes like Captain America and Thor as they battle the villainy of the Red Skull and Loki! Each Counter-Top display includes standard, one-figure boosters as well as new three-figure “Team Packs”! Team Packs are designed with strong thematic undertones – play a Hydra force or defend freedom with S.H.I.E.L.D.! Featuring over 40 new figures to add to your collection, each single-figure booster and Team Pack includes an exclusive code for HeroClix Online content!

Register to win a free Galactic Guardians opt kit

Street date: March 28, 2012
Price: $99.99

WZK 70398 Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie Starter

WZK 70398 Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie Starter

 Bursting with action, the Avengers Movie HeroClix Starter brings all of the fast-paced excitement of the Avengers movie to your HeroClix games! Battle evil as the Avengers or split the starter into two teams and play with a friend! Featuring six figures with new dial designs not found anywhere else, the Avengers Movie HeroClix Starter also includes two maps, the HeroClix rules book, the Powers and Abilities card, dice, and tokens, and an exclusive code to unlock content for HeroClix Online!

Register to win a free Galactic Guardians opt kit

Street date: March 28, 2012
Price: $24.95

WZK 70268-1 Marvel HeroClix Galactic Guardians OP Kit

WZK 70268-1 Marvel HeroClix Galactic Guardians OP Kit


  • The Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians Organized Play Kit contains everything a retailer needs to bring HeroClix players into their store for weekly events – including new limited edition figures, 3-D objects, maps and more!
  • OP Kit (OP Kit contents subject to Licensor Approval, contents may change):
    4 Limited Edition figures
    Two separate 3-D objects. All objects have a special game effect!
    2 2-sided Maps (24” x 36”).

This item is NOT FOR SALE and each store only receives a limited number.  For details about how to be apart of winning these items please contact us.

Street date: April 4, 2012

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