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About MISSION: Fun & Games

Mission: Fun & Games is a family owned store (a mom and pop and two tot shop) that began in 1990 in a small 750 square foot location on the south west side of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

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How We Began:

When we started in 1990, Mission: Fun & Games was a video game and movie store, dealing with the rentals and sales of VHS movies and Nintendo, Sega, and Gameboy games. John Engel, Tracy Robertson (now John's wife), Dan Matheson and Glenn Turkington built the store from scratch in a small vacant lease space in a strip mall on the south side of St. Albert. When Magic the Gathering was released in 1993, Mission: Fun & Games took a leap from their current niche, and was the second store in the Edmonton area to carry it. They immediately began running events in the vacant space adjacent to the store and as the CCG category grew, the store became more a game store than a rental store. In 1996 the time came to move to a larger storefront and also give up the rental business entirely. This second location was 1050 square feet, and we had the space to begin carrying miniatures and role playing products also. 

Only 13 months later, we moved across the parking lot to an even bigger home, taking two 1200 square foot bays, and added even more board games, miniatures, and role playing games to our selection. In February of 2004, another bay next door became available and we cut a hole for a door to the adjacent space. This became the main gaming area where tables and chairs were permanently set up. There was also a showroom for chess, poker, Go, mah jong, backgammon and cribbage in the new space. A special room for role playing events and other unique uses, about 8 by 12 feet, was set aside and renovated for use by role players in the new space as well.

In April 2007 a fourth bay adjoining on the east side was added.  Mainly for shipping and receiving,  as well as inventory storage.

In 2012, the dream finally became reality when our own freestanding location was purchased.  No more renting in a strip mall!  The new location is a former restaurant along the main highway through St. Albert.  The family spent most of spring and early summer 2012 renovating the location from a restaurant to a retail location.  This would not have been possible without the help of our amazing gaming community.  So many wonderful people helped us wash and paint walls and ceilings, teardown walls, clean everything and when the time came, pack, relocate and unpack the entirety of the store's product.  When we opened our doors later that summer, it was to welcome our gaming community into an over 5000 square foot location featuring an open and sunny retail floor with airy high ceilings, a round gaming room with floor to ceiling windows, and more nerdy surprises than ever - such as the chess set in our garden, the suit of armor guarding the door, and our glow-in-the-dark scavenger hallway.  Oh yeah, we also had the building painted to look like a castle. 

  

Business continues to bustle; we have an average of 50 people for our weekly pokemon league, the 2014 Gamealot shattered all previous records for both food and cash donations, and the boardgaming hobby continues to thrive.  We can't wait to see what the future holds! 

The Staff of Mission: Fun & Games   

John Engel

  

My dad was an avid gamer when I was a kid. We spent a lot of quality time together playing chess, crokinole, battleship, and table hockey. Dad always welcomed my friends at the table for games of Rook, hearts, Cribbage, Risk. He even took to Magic the Gathering in his retirement years. Our neighborhood was full of kids, so school holidays meant hours of gaming in makeshift forts during the summer, and at the kitchen table in the winter.

At 54 years of age in our family today, my two daughters, both in their early 20’s, and my wife Tracy, are all avid gamers.  What little opportunity I have to play games normally happens at staff gaming nights, or on my birthday.

I have over 4000 games in my collection. If I was given the opportunity to have any number of games with any ages of players for any length of time and/or any complexity, it would be 4 - 6 players for Cosmic Encounter. My favorite 2 player game is Scrabble. I proposed to my wife on a Scrabble board some 23 years ago.

Tracy Engel

Tracy runs the Pokemon League and Dungeons & Dragons sessions at the store, and gets her board and card gaming in during the staff gaming nights, and the odd family gaming session with the husband (store owner) and daughters, both in their early 20's.

She has thankfully forgiven her husband for cheating at Scrabble, when he played out the marriage proposal (over 3 hours of game play) some 20-plus years ago.

She will always play Risk if she gets the Pink pieces. She has been known to plunk down a bingo in the odd Scrabble game, and plays a mean game of cribbage as, well as crokinole.

Current Favorites: Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Apples to Apples, Things: Humor in a Box, Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Jungle Speed, Risk, Bohnanza

Christa

  

They netted me because I'm a shark.  I love party games that feature deduction and bluffing.  I also enjoy light strategy games but can be persuaded into heavier games when provided with adequate snacks.  I am the Events Coordinator for Mission, so I work with all the amazing volunteers to schedule their events and organize special ones.  I run the Edmonton Board Games & Social Club in my spare time when I'm not playing D&D, reading or watching anime.

Richard Fisher

Race: Human
Class: No Class
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Current Level AKA Age: 40
Size: Medium
Gender: Male
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 170 lbs
Eyes: Blue and Green if you look close enough
Hair: Dirty Blond with a bald spot
Skin: White

Str: 10
Dex: 12
Con: 14
Int: 16
Wis: 12
Cha: 10

AC: Hopefully I don’t need it
Base Attack Bonus: +3.14
Speed: Well I can still run a 25 minute 5k faster if I’m in the mood
Fortitude: Well I only get sick about once a year
Reflex: Not usually
Will: Not against chips and pop

Skills
Craft: Woodworking: Made two Rummoli Board in 2014
Profession: Facilitator/Teacher
Profession: Cooking/Baking (Staff seems to like it when I randomly bring in banana bread)
Concentration: Only when playing board games
Hide: From Boss
Spellcraft: If only!
Heal: Trained in First AidOpen Lock: With a key

Background: Richard will try any game once then more because he usually likes it. Will always play a game of chess but this mostly happens on chess.com. Richard was an average kid who played monopoly, video games, and pool. He grew out of video games and now runs a D&D campaign and owns over 150+ board games and expansions. He is lucky enough to have a multitude of chess sets from around the world from places like, China, Greece, Italy and Mexico. All because my wife traveled there as part of her work. He enjoys games that he can play with his wife and kids. He also likes the more hard core games that the EBGL (Edmonton Board Game League) plays.

Current Favorites: Catan - Cities & Knights, St. Petersburg, Puerto Rico, Axis & Allies, Stock Ticker, Caylus, Chess, Settlers of the Stone Age, Power Grid, Smash Up

Tim Relph

My adventures with boardgaming started at an early age. I used to spend a lot of time at our family cabin, and when I wasn't tromping through forests and building castles in the sand I was playing board games. Some of my earliest favorites included Quicksand, HeroQuest, Siege, Wizard, and D&D First Quest.

I took a break from boardgaming for a few years but have recently regained the passion I once had! With so many great new titles, and a strong desire to sample different types of game mechanics, the choices can be overwhelming these days.

I will share with you some of my current favorites, with the hopes that at least one of these titles will inspire you to try something new and unexpected. Most of my favorite games tend to be strong thematically, and I am also a big fan of dice based games!

Current FavoritesElder Sign - Gates of Arkham, Sushi Go!, Valley of the Kings, Formula D, Pandemic: The Cure, Boss Monster + Tools of Hero Kind, Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game + Expansions, Among the Stars + Expansions, Patchwork, Kemet 

Chris Black

Like many gamers, I got my start with the classics.  I fondly remember evenings spent playing Monopoly, Battleship, Sorry and many others, however games really started to capture my attention with the introduction of Chess and Risk.  I was quite fond of Chess, even to the point that I joined a Chess club in Elementary school.  I liked the idea of losing not to some random factor, but to lose by being out played.  While meeting some friends in Chess club, I started to play other games that quickly became defining of my youth.  I have fond memories of Heroes Quest and Battle Masters at friends houses during summer afternoons.  As we grew bored of our small variety in games, some of my friends started to make their own games to entertain us.  These were typically small quick to play games that were relatively simply drawn on grid paper.  We yearned to make something that was deeper and had more production value (keep in mind we were 11).  One day, we wandered into our local Sports Card Shop and on the counter was a box of Magic: The Gathering.  Quickly our imaginations started to spin at how we could use these cards for our games.  Once we arrived at home, we realized it was a game on its own.  That was the day the Magic bug bit, which is still infecting me to this day.

As time went on, I was introduced to RPG's (Rifts) through auxiliary members of the family, and stumbled upon miniatures wargames at hobby conventions.

As I moved around between provinces, games were how I met new friends and maintained my existing ones.  After many years of miniatures games, I moved back to the board game realm and found a tremendous amount of variety that I didn't knew existed, and quickly became enamored with discovering new experiences.

Even though my collection is relatively small (approx 30), I rarely turn down an opportunity to play something new, as I strive to play a new game every week.  If I have the choice of my ideal gaming afternoon, it would be with 4 friends and a copy of the game I have played the most, Agricola.

Current FavoritesAgricola, Five Tribes, Carcassonne, Bang! The Dice Game, Risk: Legacy, Thunderstone, Mascarade, Terra Mystica, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Among the Stars

Kory S
Kory joined the team to help out with the growing Magic the Gathering community.  He was quickly sucked into the world of board games.  When he's not geeking out over magic cards, he enjoys playing at the competitive level, as well as Dungeons & Dragons, painting miniatures, and coffee.

Justin S
A bona-fide board games designer, Justin brings a unique skill set to the Mission team.  Another party game enthusiast, but also enjoys games such as Clank!  Always happy to geek out and learn new games.

Nick R
Gravitating towards the heavier side of games, Nick's favorite game is Mage Knight.  He is, however, alarmingly good at bluffing games, as we learned one staff games night.  He also enjoys Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.

Beth S
Joining the front counter team, Beth is a Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast and also plays Magic: the Gathering.  She particularly enjoys theme and brings a creative approach to all her endeavors such as DM'ing and deck construction.

John S
John joins the warehouse side of things, taking care of shipping, helping handle orders, most aspects of the online business, boardgames.ca.  A lifelong boardgames enthusiast, John also enjoys Magic and helps out with Thursday D&D at Mission and is a veteran volunteer for the Edmonton & Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo.

Current Favorites: Village, Concordia, Mare Nostrum, Five Tribes, Caverna, Champions of Midgard, Star Trek: Attack Wing and an oldy but a goody, DUNE.

 

Store Specials

  

  

Sale!
(while supplies last)

50% off the following items:

TimeTripper

I am Vlad: Prince of Wallachia

 

75% off the following items:


Star Wars Edge of The Empire
Specialization Decks
Austin Poker, 
Imatchination
For the Record
The Brain Game DVD Game

  

BUMPED & BRUISED

IN OUR BUMPED & BRUISED BIN

Updated 03/20/17
 

Sol $32.95
Hordes Primal Mk 3 $63.95
Chicken Foot / Mexican Train $53.95
Furchterliche Feinde $24.00 
Histaniola  $12.50
ROFL $24.95
Der Schatz Des Kapt'n Flint $17.00
Bloom $31.00
Feste Druff $9.00
Subulata $17.50
Dark Deeds $72.95
Dragon's Gold (German) $13.00
Chizo Rising Starter Kit $13.00
Galaxy Trucker $69.95
The Adventurer's: Pyramid of Horus $17.95
Wit's End $29.95
Scrabble: To Go $70.95
Sorprendedores $45.95
Quest for the Dragonlords: 5-6 Player Expansion $44.95
Scrabble: Double Trouble $14.50
Shapeshifters $7.75
The Club $7.50
Marvin's Marvelous Marble Machine $14.25
Last Night on Earth $67.95
Samurai $50.21
Aeon's End $47.42 
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