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  • Jeff Somers 10:00 pm on 2018/07/13 Permalink
    Tags: , Games and Strategy, ready set go, store events,   

    Let the Games Begin with Summer Game Nights at B&N! 

    If the thousands of board game meetups around the country, boasting more than a million members, are any sign, board and card games have never been more popular. These meetups are a testament to the power and appeal of playing a fun, geeky, challenging, or hilarious game with friends, no headsets or high-speed internet required. Games exercise your logic circuits, strategic genius, and creativity—all you need is the game, some players, and a comfortable place to spread out and play. To celebrate our killer selection, Barnes & Noble is psyched to be hosting a six-week Game Night series, starting Thursday, July 19.

    Every Thursday night from July 19 through August 23, B&N stores will be the ideal spot for your regular Game Night—or your first foray into tabletop gaming. There are a lot of reasons B&N is the perfect place to roll some dice and deal some cards. Let our cafés provide the drinks and snacks (no fuss, no cleanup), with deals including $5 flatbreads and buy one, get one free Frappuccinos. Not sure how to get started? Each Game Night will have a host, ready to help organize games and educate players. Have you been wanting to try a new game, but weren’t ready to commit? We’ll have game demo libraries on hand in each store, with featured games available for 10% off.

    The demo games include a mix appropriate for all ages, including Boss Monster, Star Wars X-Wing, Superfight, and You Gotta be Kitten Me. With plenty of space to spread out, food and beverages mere steps away, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff at your service, Game Night is about to get a lot more epic.

    B&N Game nights will include a few featured games each week, ranging from classics to devious new favorites. For the old-school folks, you’ll have the opportunity to bankrupt your friends and loved ones with Monopoly, prove you’re a walking dictionary with Scrabble (as well as the frenetic new variation Bananagrams), get back to old-school card tricks with UNO, and wrack your brains with Scattergories.

    Want games of skill? B&N will be featuring games like Yeti in My Spaghetti, where you have to remove noodles without letting the yeti drop into the bowl, and the “Telephone for the 21st century” game Telestrations.

    Prefer card games? We got you—some Game Nights will feature rounds of the hilarious Game of Things, where players write down responses to questions and you have to guess who said what, the insanity of Exploding Kittens, where you must avoid—yes—adorable cats that explode, or the imagination-intense Superfight, in which players build superpowered characters and pit them against each other.

    Just want to have fun? No one said Game Night had to be hard. Cozy up to games like Harry Potter Clue, lynch a werewolf or two in One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or fire up your inner storyteller with a thought-provoking round of Dixit.

    All of these games and more will be on hand at different Game Nights, so you can come by to play some old favorites or to discover new ones, make some new friends (and tabletop rivals) in the process, and enjoy a snack from the café. Because there’s one thing we know: whatever your age, whatever your skills, there’s a game out there for you—and this summer you’ll find it at your local Barnes & Noble.

    The post Let the Games Begin with Summer Game Nights at B&N! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Dave K. 4:45 pm on 2018/07/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , store events, , vinyl weekend   

    Join Us July 13–15 for Vinyl Weekend at B&N Stores! 

    It’s July, which means one thing for vinyl collectors: Vinyl Weekend at Barnes & Noble! And this year’s vinyl haul is a doozy, with plenty of collector’s exclusives you’ll find only at B&N, including colored vinyl, limited edition cover art, and other perks. Be sure to stop by your local B&N for great records and great deals, including 10% off all vinyl, in store and online; 30% off select vinyl; and, to make sure you’re listening in style, 50% Off Crosley T150A-CG turntable and speakers. Below, check out a ten-album sampling of what we’re offering this year—exclusive pressings included—and don’t miss your chance to participate in two sweepstakes sponsored by Sony Music Studios: enter for a chance to win an autographed Buddy Guy standard Stratocaster, or a Leon Bridges autographed Epiphone Sheraton!*

    In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Hamilton fans might not know about In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 musical about Hispanic Americans living in NYC’s Washington Heights neighborhood, but they should. As in Hamilton, hip-hop is the dominant musical influence here, but there’s a lot of salsa music and Latin pop in the mix, too. The resulting blend of styles makes for a lively, enthusiastic Broadway offering that can be seen, in some ways, as preparation for Hamilton, diversifying what musical theater could be onstage, who could write it, and how it’s performed. Barnes & Noble is the only place you can purchase this vinyl.

    Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, by The Jayhawks
    The Jayhawks are one of the most quietly influential bands in the history of American music; their alternative country-rock sound was decades ahead of its time, and their influence can be heard everywhere in both country and alternative rock today. Their new album, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, is available on a gorgeous orange vinyl pressing exclusively through Barnes &Noble. We can’t prove that the orange makes it sound better, but we’re pretty sure it does.

    Anthem of the Sun 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, by The Grateful Dead
    Five decades after its initial release, Anthem of the Sun—the first Grateful Dead record to feature Mickey Hart on drums—remains a classic, and this exclusive vinyl release is a must-have for deadheads with a turntable. Fully remastered, the vinyl perfectly captures the unique mix of the album, which famously combined studio and live recordings to form a hybrid mix that’s neither entirely a studio or live affair. The end result is one of the most unique recordings from one of the most unique bands of all time—and this exclusive vinyl issue, in a fiery yellow-orange swirl, is the perfect way to discover or rediscover it.

    Rush of Blood to the Head, by Coldplay
    Coldplay’s second album, containing classic tracks “The Scientist” and “Clocks,” won the 2003 Grammy for Best Alternative Album. The leap forward the band displays on this record is remarkable—the arrangements, instrumentation, and lyrics are all more complex and more lush. This exclusive white vinyl pressing is only available at Barnes & Noble, and the classic format is ideal for enjoying Coldplay’s best work.

    Heathen, by David Bowie
    In 2002 Heathen became Bowie’s most successful album in over a decade. In the wake of Bowie’s death the album’s reputation has only grown, and this exclusive vinyl reissue is a triple record affair with a startling tri-fold cover and black, white, and grayplatters inside. Bowie was as much a visual artist as a musical one, and these colored records match the design and packaging of the album perfectly, making it an absolute necessity for the Bowie fan and collector.

    Top Pop, Vol. 1, by Pentatonix
    Nobody does a cappella like Pentatonix; their hip twists to the classic instrument-free style have made them among the most recognizable performers in the genre. Their sixth album is stacked with must-have cover versions of songs by Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, and Demi Lovato—just to name a few—and the B&N exclusive red vinyl pressing makes this the perfect party record that makes a statement the moment you pull it from its sleeve.

    All Aboard the Blue Train, by Johnny Cash
    Originally released in 1962, All Aboard the Blue Train was Cash’s fourteenth studio album, re-pressed on smoky blue/gray vinyl exclusively for Barnes & Noble. This album is best known for “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Wreck of the Old ’97,” which have become synonymous with Cash, but there’s so much more here than those two songs. For one thing, Cash’s take on Leadbelly’s “Rock Island Line” is fantastic—Cash’s voice and preferred tempo were perfect for songs about trains. “Hey, Porter” is another underrated classic Cash performance, and “There You Go” puts his mournful, bass-baritone voice to work in a song about heartbreak. This album is available in blue/gray smoke vinyl only at B&N.

    Road House Original Soundtrack
    A quintessentially American cult film, and one of Patrick Swayze’s most iconic roles, Road House is a must for collectors of 1980s action film soundtrack. It’s just as fun and rough-edged as the movie itself, with multiple blues-rock contributions from the late Jeff Healey (who played Cody in the movie). Healey’s band recorded covers of “Roadhouse Blues,” “I’m Tore Down,” “When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky,” and “Hoochie Coochie Man” for the film, which also includes Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” and Bob Seger covering “Blue Monday.” Buy it from Barnes & Noble and get it pressed on neon blue vinyl, which you won’t find at other retailers.

    The Greatest Showman Original Soundtrack
    This is a re-press of B&N’s exclusive blue vinyl edition of the thrilling, energetic soundtrack, back by popular demand. The beloved musical about P.T. Barnum is buoyed by an impressive cast, highlighting the vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya.

    Boys & Girls, by Alabama Shakes
    Originally released in 2012, Boys & Girls is the Alabama Shakes’ debut album, and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as blues rock “minus any affectation, histrionics or irony.” Get your copy from B&N for an exclusive pressing in pink and blue split vinyl. The band’s soulful, Muscle Shoals–influenced instrumentation meets Brittany Howard’s Zeppelin- and Bowie-influenced vocals to create music that can be loud (“Hold On”) or quiet (“On Your Way”) with equal intensity. And either way, this album is funky; “I Ain’t The Same” and “Hang Loose” could have been Stax releases fifty years ago.

    Drop the Needle: Best of Ray Charles, by Ray Charles
    What can you say about Ray Charles that hasn’t already been said? The man pioneered a fusion of rhythm and blues, stride piano, gospel music, and pop that still resonates in American music today, and was hailed by Frank Sinatra as “the only true genius in show business.” Not bad. And unlike most geniuses, Charles’ artistic output was very accessible, in part because he was such a versatile musician. He could perform slow, sentimental ballads (“Georgia On My Mind”), happy songs (“Hallelujah I Love Her So”), and songs about getting kicked out of relationships (“Hit the Road, Jack”) with equal commitment and skill. Pick this record up exclusively from Barnes & Noble.

    *The Buddy Guy and Leon Bridges sweepstakes are open July 9–31. Barnes & Noble is neither a sponsor nor co-sponsor of the sweepstakes.

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  • Sam Riedel 3:00 pm on 2017/04/19 Permalink
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    The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 

    Did you know that April 29th is International Tabletop Game Day? We did—and we’re kicking off our 2017 Gaming Meetup series with live gaming events at select Barnes & Noble locations, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a friend (or just your smiling self) to a participating location for an evening of diverse, entertaining tabletop games—all of which will also be available for purchase at 20 percent off on April 29 and 30. Barnes & Noble members will receive an additional 10 percent off the promotional prices. Attendees will have the chance to win gaming swag and promo materials from some of the year’s most popular games. Read on for a taste of what we’ve (literally) got in store!

    One Night Ultimate Werewolf
    If you’ve been to a party since the 1980s, you’ve probably played some iteration of Mafia or Werewolf–bluffing games where players take on different secret roles and attempt to complete assorted objectives. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a different beast (heh heh) than its more complicated family: with twelve different possible roles and a 10-minute timeframe, it’s both simple and nuanced, giving players a unique, darkly comic experience every time.

    Quartz
    One thing any geek can tell you about dwarves: they love their mines. Quartz pits players against one another in a mad dash to extract crystals from a newly-discovered mine. No need to worry about digging “too greedily and too deep”–your fellow players are the only enemies here, as each round gives everyone a chance to mess up their competitors’ plans. Let the industrial sabotage begin!

    You Gotta Be Kitten Me!
    Cute animals, terrible puns, and brazen lies–this one has everything you need in a game night staple. In You Gotta Be Kitten Me!, players draw cards featuring a host of precious puppies and kittens adorned with different colored accessories, then take turns guessing (or bluffing) how many cards of a given type are in play. Are there really six pink cards out there? Seven oversized glasses? If the numbers seem too absurd to be true, gleefully holler “you gotta be kitten me!” and demand proof. A false claim means you lose a card; the last card holder wins. But really, in a game this adorable, aren’t we all winners?

    Oceanos
    Speaking of cute critters, Oceanos is the perfect game for marine enthusiasts of all ages. Players control upgradable submarines as they search the ocean for different animals, dive for sunken treasure, and discover valuable crystals. But beware–the Kraken is watching! Not many games can achieve this level of nuance with simple, clear rules, so Oceanos is a gaming experience you won’t want to miss.

    Kodama
    Tired of battling your friends for supremacy in every game? Kodama is a more relaxed, friendly experience to cleanse your palate. Each player takes on the role of a tree spirit caretaker and attempts to grow the perfect tree, complete with expertly-arrange branches, flowers, and just the right blend of insects to keep their Kodama happy. Loosely drawn from Japanse mythology, Kodama’s gorgeous art and idiosyncratic design create a rich, compelling play experience.

    Potion Explosion
    This one’s for you Harry Potter fans who always wanted to spend some time in Snape’s dungeon. Potion Explosion is kind of like a real-life “match three” game; as magic students taking their final exams, players compete to mix powerful and/or valuable potions by selecting and matching marbles from a dispenser. Will you be the brewer who wins Student of the Year? Or will your concoctions blow up in your face?

    New York, 1901
    Want to play a real-estate game that’s less evil and infuriating than Monopoly? Why not help build the Big Apple? Players race to complete various building projects in NYC’s Financial District, including four of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers: the Woolworth, the Park Row, the Metropolitan Life, and the Singer. You don’t have to be a history buffs or an architecture nerd to enjoy New York, 1901–but we’re not saying it won’t help.

    Remember, B&N members can save an additional 10% off the already-discounted prices of all of these games. Find your nearest participating store, and we’ll see you on International Tabletop Game Day!

    The post The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Sam Riedel 3:00 pm on 2017/04/19 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , store events   

    The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 

    Did you know that April 29th is International Tabletop Game Day? We did—and we’re kicking off our 2017 Gaming Meetup series with live gaming events at select Barnes & Noble locations, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a friend (or just your smiling self) to a participating location for an evening of diverse, entertaining tabletop games—all of which will also be available for purchase at 20 percent off on April 29 and 30. Barnes & Noble members will receive an additional 10 percent off the promotional prices. Attendees will have the chance to win gaming swag and promo materials from some of the year’s most popular games. Read on for a taste of what we’ve (literally) got in store!

    One Night Ultimate Werewolf
    If you’ve been to a party since the 1980s, you’ve probably played some iteration of Mafia or Werewolf–bluffing games where players take on different secret roles and attempt to complete assorted objectives. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a different beast (heh heh) than its more complicated family: with twelve different possible roles and a 10-minute timeframe, it’s both simple and nuanced, giving players a unique, darkly comic experience every time.

    Quartz
    One thing any geek can tell you about dwarves: they love their mines. Quartz pits players against one another in a mad dash to extract crystals from a newly-discovered mine. No need to worry about digging “too greedily and too deep”–your fellow players are the only enemies here, as each round gives everyone a chance to mess up their competitors’ plans. Let the industrial sabotage begin!

    You Gotta Be Kitten Me!
    Cute animals, terrible puns, and brazen lies–this one has everything you need in a game night staple. In You Gotta Be Kitten Me!, players draw cards featuring a host of precious puppies and kittens adorned with different colored accessories, then take turns guessing (or bluffing) how many cards of a given type are in play. Are there really six pink cards out there? Seven oversized glasses? If the numbers seem too absurd to be true, gleefully holler “you gotta be kitten me!” and demand proof. A false claim means you lose a card; the last card holder wins. But really, in a game this adorable, aren’t we all winners?

    Oceanos
    Speaking of cute critters, Oceanos is the perfect game for marine enthusiasts of all ages. Players control upgradable submarines as they search the ocean for different animals, dive for sunken treasure, and discover valuable crystals. But beware–the Kraken is watching! Not many games can achieve this level of nuance with simple, clear rules, so Oceanos is a gaming experience you won’t want to miss.

    Kodama
    Tired of battling your friends for supremacy in every game? Kodama is a more relaxed, friendly experience to cleanse your palate. Each player takes on the role of a tree spirit caretaker and attempts to grow the perfect tree, complete with expertly-arrange branches, flowers, and just the right blend of insects to keep their Kodama happy. Loosely drawn from Japanse mythology, Kodama’s gorgeous art and idiosyncratic design create a rich, compelling play experience.

    Potion Explosion
    This one’s for you Harry Potter fans who always wanted to spend some time in Snape’s dungeon. Potion Explosion is kind of like a real-life “match three” game; as magic students taking their final exams, players compete to mix powerful and/or valuable potions by selecting and matching marbles from a dispenser. Will you be the brewer who wins Student of the Year? Or will your concoctions blow up in your face?

    New York, 1901
    Want to play a real-estate game that’s less evil and infuriating than Monopoly? Why not help build the Big Apple? Players race to complete various building projects in NYC’s Financial District, including four of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers: the Woolworth, the Park Row, the Metropolitan Life, and the Singer. You don’t have to be a history buffs or an architecture nerd to enjoy New York, 1901–but we’re not saying it won’t help.

    Remember, B&N members can save an additional 10% off the already-discounted prices of all of these games. Find your nearest participating store, and we’ll see you on International Tabletop Game Day!

    The post The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Sam Riedel 3:00 pm on 2017/04/19 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , potion explosion, store events,   

    The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 

    Did you know that April 29th is International Tabletop Game Day? We did—and we’re kicking off our 2017 Gaming Meetup series with live gaming events at select Barnes & Noble locations, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a friend (or just your smiling self) to a participating location for an evening of diverse, entertaining tabletop games—all of which will also be available for purchase at 20 percent off on April 29 and 30. Barnes & Noble members will receive an additional 10 percent off the promotional prices. Attendees will have the chance to win gaming swag and promo materials from some of the year’s most popular games. Read on for a taste of what we’ve (literally) got in store!

    One Night Ultimate Werewolf
    If you’ve been to a party since the 1980s, you’ve probably played some iteration of Mafia or Werewolf–bluffing games where players take on different secret roles and attempt to complete assorted objectives. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a different beast (heh heh) than its more complicated family: with twelve different possible roles and a 10-minute timeframe, it’s both simple and nuanced, giving players a unique, darkly comic experience every time.

    Quartz
    One thing any geek can tell you about dwarves: they love their mines. Quartz pits players against one another in a mad dash to extract crystals from a newly-discovered mine. No need to worry about digging “too greedily and too deep”–your fellow players are the only enemies here, as each round gives everyone a chance to mess up their competitors’ plans. Let the industrial sabotage begin!

    You Gotta Be Kitten Me!
    Cute animals, terrible puns, and brazen lies–this one has everything you need in a game night staple. In You Gotta Be Kitten Me!, players draw cards featuring a host of precious puppies and kittens adorned with different colored accessories, then take turns guessing (or bluffing) how many cards of a given type are in play. Are there really six pink cards out there? Seven oversized glasses? If the numbers seem too absurd to be true, gleefully holler “you gotta be kitten me!” and demand proof. A false claim means you lose a card; the last card holder wins. But really, in a game this adorable, aren’t we all winners?

    Oceanos
    Speaking of cute critters, Oceanos is the perfect game for marine enthusiasts of all ages. Players control upgradable submarines as they search the ocean for different animals, dive for sunken treasure, and discover valuable crystals. But beware–the Kraken is watching! Not many games can achieve this level of nuance with simple, clear rules, so Oceanos is a gaming experience you won’t want to miss.

    Kodama
    Tired of battling your friends for supremacy in every game? Kodama is a more relaxed, friendly experience to cleanse your palate. Each player takes on the role of a tree spirit caretaker and attempts to grow the perfect tree, complete with expertly-arrange branches, flowers, and just the right blend of insects to keep their Kodama happy. Loosely drawn from Japanse mythology, Kodama’s gorgeous art and idiosyncratic design create a rich, compelling play experience.

    Potion Explosion
    This one’s for you Harry Potter fans who always wanted to spend some time in Snape’s dungeon. Potion Explosion is kind of like a real-life “match three” game; as magic students taking their final exams, players compete to mix powerful and/or valuable potions by selecting and matching marbles from a dispenser. Will you be the brewer who wins Student of the Year? Or will your concoctions blow up in your face?

    New York, 1901
    Want to play a real-estate game that’s less evil and infuriating than Monopoly? Why not help build the Big Apple? Players race to complete various building projects in NYC’s Financial District, including four of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers: the Woolworth, the Park Row, the Metropolitan Life, and the Singer. You don’t have to be a history buffs or an architecture nerd to enjoy New York, 1901–but we’re not saying it won’t help.

    Remember, B&N members can save an additional 10% off the already-discounted prices of all of these games. Find your nearest participating store, and we’ll see you on International Tabletop Game Day!

    The post The Amazing Games We’ll Be Playing During Barnes & Noble’s Gaming Events on April 29 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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