***COVID-19 UPDATE August 19th, 2020*** Over the past few weeks we have been talking to customers, members of our community, and keeping a close eye on health updates from the city, province, and the world. We have taken a cautious approach to re-opening with the health and safety of our community we appreciate so much at the forefront of our discussions. Today, after many conversations and planning on how to keep each other safe, we are announcing that the retail front of the store will be open as of Friday, August 21st! WHAT TO EXPECT (the basics):- The store will be open in limited capacity to the public as of Friday, August 21st, 2020.- The store hours will be running on a modified schedule of Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday CLOSED.- Trade-ins, pickups, and purchases can be processed in-store.- Curbside pickup will still be available, and delivery within KW will still be available with modifications.- The play area at this time will remain closed.- Masks required. If you are still reading, we will be going into detail about some of the services we are still offering and what is changing from the previous months. EVENTS:At the time of this post, government regulations prohibit the playing of any tabletop games within a public space, which includes card games. With community safety as our #1 concern; As long as this is the case, we will NOT be running in-store events of any kind under any circumstances. ONLINE EVENTS: In the meantime, we will still be hosting Modern FNM on MTGO and Saturday MTGArena Standard using the mtgmelee.com tournament software. $10 entry, max 4 rounds, 4-0 gets $70 in store credit and 3-1 gets $30 in store credit, and we also give out promo packs for each event! We also have a ManaTraders sponsor code for MTGO: You can find our organizer dashboard here: https://mtgmelee.com/Organization/View/74. PURCHASING/RECEIVING PRODUCT:For the last few months, shipping and curbside pickup/delivery were the only options available to customers. With the storefront open on Friday, you may still request curbside pickup either by contacting us beforehand or putting the request in the notes section during checkout when you use our website to make your order. We will also still be offering curbside delivery within KW for orders $25 or more by request of the customer, which can be achieved in the same way (contacting us or leaving the request in the notes section).To ensure our community can still choose how much in-person interaction they have, we are still offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of SINGLES $100 or more. Use the code ‘EYEPATCH’ during checkout. STORE HOURS (as of Aug 21st): Monday: 12:00pm – 8:00pmTuesday: 12:00pm – 8:00pmWednesday: 12:00pm – 8:00pmThursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pmFriday: 12:00pm – 8:00pmSaturday: 11:00am – 5:00pmSunday: CLOSED If you need to contact us outside of store hours, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a FB message through our store page, or send us a message through discord: https://discord.gg/MaJNjfYWe would also like to take a moment and say thank you to those who have messaged us, played in our online events, or supported us over the last few months. We appreciate the support and love through such an awkward and challenging time for the hobbies we all enjoy. We look forward to having you safely visit!
With Phase II of Ontario’s plan for re-opening the province underway, and the release of Core Set 2021 and other big products coming up, we thought it would be a good time to do another update with the status of our business and the store. In short, not much has changed. As a collectibles and hobby shop we are in the unique position where our storefront consists of a very large play area, and a very small retail area; as our focus has always been providing a space for our community and ourselves to interact and enjoy hobbies together. With the safety of our community still compromised by COVID-19, we believe it is in the best interest of all parties that our storefront remain closed in an effort to keep potential exposure to an absolute minimum, so that when the day comes when we can return, we can all do so in good health and with as little potential exposure as possible. With curbside pickup, delivery within KW, and shipping options available, we will continue to work to provide you, the community, with all your hobby needs in the best way we can. For all of those we have had the opportunity to have conversations with; whether it be during a curbside pickup, on our discord, or over social media, YOU are the reason we love doing this so much, and we cannot wait for the day we can safely invite you back into what is for many of us our second home. Outlined below is a list of updates and services we are providing while our storefront remains closed: 1. TOURNAMENTS: Our tournaments have seen some changes in the last couple weeks, and we think we have found a way to provide some high value tournament magic that will scratch the itch but won’t take up your whole day. First off, we have Modern FNM on MTGO! Fridays at 7:00pm we run a 4-round maximum $10 entry fee modern event that pays out $70 in Store Credit to 4-0’s and $30 in Store Credit to 3-1’s. We also give out promo packs randomly to participants! Never played MTGO before? Use our promo code “GAB20” on ManaTraders to receive 20% off your first three months using their rental service! Saturday at 12:00pm we run MTGArena Standard! Same structure as our fnm event (4 rounds maximum, $70 to 4-0, 30 to 3-1, promo packs given randomly). We have also set up a discord for our community to be able to connect with each other, receive tournament updates, or just hang out: https://discord.gg/MaJNjfY All of our online events are run through the MTGMelee.com platform, a fluid, user friendly platform that was made specifically with MTG in mind. Our organizer page can be found here: https://mtgmelee.com/Organization/View/74. Tournament registration closes 15 minutes before each event, so make sure to register early and don’t miss out! 2. PURCHASING/RECEIVING PRODUCT: Our online store is always up and running, and you can find a huge selection of singles and sealed product through our website: https://chimeragamingonline.com/. Our Featured Products page will give you insight into new and upcoming products available! To receive product there are a few options available. A: Contactless Curbside pickup B: Contactless Delivery in Kitchener-Waterloo (minimum $25 order) C: Shipping (use code ‘EYEPATCH’ for free shipping on any order of SINGLES $100 or more in Canada). If you are looking to put in an order and none of these options work for you (i.e. you would like to do some trades), feel free to send us a message either through facebook, email, or discord, and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. 3. Core 2021 prerelease weekend (Friday, June 26th – Sunday, June 28th). With Core 2021 quickly approaching, we wanted to quickly go over how this coming weekend will work! **NOTE: If you pre-ordered bundles/collector boosters/planeswalker decks/singles they will NOT be available until July 3rd. Prerelease weekend products ONLY include draft booster boxes/prerelease kits**. Hours for the weekend will be as follows for curbside pickup: Friday, June 26th, from 10:00AM – 8:00PMSaturday, June 27th, from 12:00PM – 6:00PMSunday, June 28th, from 12:00PM – 6:00PM Lastly, we wanted to take a moment and mention that we received an email a few days ago that we had been nominated for the Record Readers’ Choice Awards. We have been nominated in 2 categories: Collectibles Shop, and Hobby/Toy Store. If you like what we do and would like to see us recognized, you can nominate us once per day until July 26th here: https://www.therecord.com/readersch…/business/chimera-gaming Above all, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time. Feel free to send us a message if there is anything you would like to see offered that we are not already doing, or even if it is just to say hello. We miss you all and cannot wait till we are able to play some games with you again! Chimera Gaming
On Thursday, May 14th the Ontario government announced the beginning of “stage 1” for re-opening the province. This is the first of 3 stages, and with it comes the availability for stores like us to allow access to the public given that procedures around physical distancing are in place and enforced. If you are not familiar with the plan, or would like a refresher, you can check it out here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19Here at Chimera Gaming, we have been discussing throughout the weekend what the best option is not only for us, but for our community and most importantly, the safety of that community. We are no doubt in a unique position, where our store not only acts as a retail location, but also as a gathering place for those who share a love for the games that we all play. We have concluded that; with the safety of our community at the forefront of our discussion, we will NOT be opening to the public at this time. We have plenty of options available and will work individually with customers who need special arrangements as we continue to closely monitor the situation.Here is an outline of the services we are still providing while the storefront is closed:1. TOURNAMENTS: We currently are running two standard events every week on MTGArena. Wednesdays at 7pm we have what closely resembles our in store standard weekly events. $5.00 entry/person which is put directly into the prize pool and paid out in store credit. These events also have 1 foil promo pack going to first place, 1 non-foil promo pack going to 2nd, and two non-foil promo packs given out randomly to participants which can be redeemed once the storefront is open again. Saturdays at 12:00pm we have a $500 guaranteed standard event that pays out to the top 12 finishers in store credit. The entry fee is $14.00. Entry tickets to either of these tournaments can be found here: https://chimeragamingonline.com/collections/events. We have also set up a discord for our community to be able to connect with each other, receive tournament updates, or just hang out: https://discord.gg/MaJNjfY All of our online events are run through the MTGMelee.com platform, a fluid, user friendly platform that was made specifically with MTG in mind. Our organizer page can be found here: https://mtgmelee.com/Organization/View/74.2. PURCHASING/RECEIVING PRODUCT: Our online store is always up and running, and you can find a huge selection of singles and sealed product through our website: https://chimeragamingonline.com/. To receive product there are a few options available! A: Contactless Curbside pickup B: Contactless Delivery in Kitchener-Waterloo (minimum $25 order) C: Shipping (use code ‘EYEPATCH’ for free shipping on any order of SINGLES $100 or more in Canada). If you are looking to put in an order and none of these options work for you (i.e. you would like to do some trades), feel free to send us a message either through facebook, email, or discord, and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.3. Ikoria Raffle: As a thank you for your continued support and incentive to crack open your packs within the comfort of your own home, we are doing a raffle for some Ikoria Box Toppers! Anyone who purchases a pre-release kit before and not including Monday, June 1st will receive an entry into a raffle for 1 of 6 Ikoria sealed Box Topper cards. Note that this raffle is 1 entry/kit purchased, while supplies last. This raffle also includes anyone who had already purchased a kit, whether it was pre-ordered, or during release weekend. Find them, as well as other Ikoria sealed product here: https://chimeragamingonline.com/collectio…/featured-productsAbove all, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time. Feel free to send us a message if there is anything you would like to see offered that we are not already doing, or even if it is just to say hello. We miss you all and cannot wait till we are able to play some games with you again!Chimera Gaming
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