“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.” - Boris Becker
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A Look Back On 2020
 

As 2020 comes to an end, I’m feeling a bit lost. Looking back at the past year is hard but guessing what the future holds and long-term planning seem impossible. Last year at this time, I was filled with excitement for 2020. We had just been designated as a “premium” store by Wizards of the Coast. We had saved up money to update our branding, signage, website, etc. Many great events were being planned, especially for our 10th anniversary. I had been selected by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to receive the Steve Cymrot “Spark” award and was looking forward to the awards dinner. We had over 250 kids signed up for afterschool game clubs at schools throughout the city. 

But, all of that got put on hold in March as the world began to fall apart. During those first few days, I thought surely we’d be back to normal again by summer, but as the realization set in, as we had to completely close the store, then later had to cancel summer camps, and then fall afterschool programming, we realized that this was unlike anything anyone has ever had to face. 2020 was a tremendously hard year. I often wonder how I could have been better prepared. Running a retail store during a global pandemic and quarantine is so far beyond anything I ever imagined might happen that it is hard to picture what we could have done differently.
I know so many people have lost so much over the last 10 months, but for Labyrinth, there have been some great things that have happened too. I’d like to remember some of those. 
  • Our community stepped up in unbelievable ways to support us – donating to the staff, buying gifts cards, buying so many games and puzzles, shoutouts on social media telling friends and family about us. The Martin Group hosted online trivia nights and gave the money raised to local, small retailers. Small businesses on the Hill banded together and supported one another. Mr. Henry’s let us use their restaurant to distribute orders when we were closed. City agencies and community organizations shouted “shop local, shop small” from the rooftops, and the community listened. 
     
  • We took our show online. We’ve run a bunch of Zoom events, and they’ve been a wonderful way to stay in touch with our customers. Kids’ D&D, Kids’ Magic, and Professor Arsenio’s Pokémon Hangouts have all been very popular. We even started a Twitch channel, live streaming gameplay and tips for gameschooling (learning through games). We saved all the videos on our YouTube channel.
     
  • We actually took the whole store online. We quickly created an ecommerce site, and have since spent a lot of time improving the functionality. We look forward to improving it even further. Our goal is to bring Labyrinth quality customer service and game knowledge to the web. We started a gift assist program before the holidays that has been extremely popular, and we plan to keep it. Even if you can’t come in, you can have our staff serve as your personal shopper. 
     
  • We didn’t get to host our normal used game sale or the 10th anniversary party we had started planning, but we had a blast with our summer Celebration of Gaming and our month-long 10th anniversary celebration. Special guest appearances by local game designers reminded us of more normal times. 
     
  • We are still supporting our community. We’ve donated (with the additional help of customers and community members) tons of games to local homeless shelters and other programs that are helping the less fortunate during this tough time. We also donated 3 huge boxes of toys and games to Toys for Tots, and helped several other groups provide holiday gifts for local kids. We’ve hosted several “game nights” on Zoom for local school and corporate groups, allowing folks to connect and laugh for a while. 
     
  • We were able to keep all the staff who wanted to stay. Even when we couldn’t work and no one was allowed to be at the store, we continued paying full wages until the middle of the summer. At that time, a couple employees chose to be furloughed and a couple others decided to go more part time, but they will be welcomed back as soon as they’d like to return. We have not fired anyone because of Covid. 
I’m not sure what 2021 will bring. Hopefully, it will be a better year. Hopefully, at some point, we’ll be able to welcome everyone back with open arms (oh, how I miss hugs and not counting how many people are in the store at any given time) and we’ll be able to run events again. But, until then, please know that everyone at Labyrinth wishes you nothing but the best. We hope you are healthy and happy, and that you laugh while playing games and smile when completing puzzles. And, more than anything, we hope to see you and talk to you again soon, to show you new fun games or beautiful new puzzles. We hope you’ll play!
 
 

Labyrinth Gift Assist Form



One of our favorite parts of the holidays is helping everyone find the perfect gift for their friends and family. This year we introduced the Holiday Gift Assist Form, a way for you to get that personal shopper experience from the safety of your own home. We're happy to say that we're keeping the service going through the New Year!

If you're looking to buy a game or puzzle for someone but aren't sure what to choose, fill out our Gift Assist Form and a Labyrinth staff member will get back to you within 48 hours with multiple suggestions for everyone on your list. 

You can find the form here

In this issue:


             Online Events Returning in January

             Learn to Play Pokémon Series

             Pokémon Team Challenge
                
             Bestsellers

Online Events Returning in January


December was an incredibly busy month at the store which means we trimmed down how many online events we were offering. Now that we have made it to 2021 we're so excited to bring some of our events back!
  • The Enchanted Labyrinth - A Role Playing Game adventure for children who are not quite old enough to play Dungeons and Dragons, The Enchanted Labyrinth blends education, storytelling, and creativity to provide a magical cooperative experience. Ages 5+, every Saturday from 9:30am-10:30am. Sign up for the first session here.
     
  • Girls' Guild of Heroes - Join DM Melissa in an inclusive space for girl adventurers in the second of our Girls' Guild of Heroes sessions! Ages 10+, Sunday, January 10th. Sign up here.
     
  • Introduction to Adult Dungeons & Dragons - Our adult D&D sessions are back! If you've ever been interested in learning all about Dungeons and Dragons this is the event for you! Ages 16+, Saturday, January 30th. Sign up here.
 
 

Learn to Play Pokémon Series

January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
 

Starting in January we are introducing a new online event, a Learn to Play Pokémon Series! This will be a series of 4 events all focused on helping young Pokémon trainers learn the game. These events will be run like a summer camp, where each session will work off what was learned in the previous session. Children who are signed up are expected to attend each of the 4 sessions, no refunds will be given for missing a session.

This event is perfect for any young Pokémon trainers who have been attending Professor Arsenio's Hangouts but are not yet ready for Labyrinth's Sunday Tournaments. No prior knowledge is needed to attend. These events are for ages 6+ and each child should have good reading comprehension skills.

These events will take place on January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Only one registration is required to attend all of them. Sign up here!

Pokémon Team Challenge

 

Because so many events have been canceled this past year, Play! Pokémon is introducing an online Pokémon Team Challenge, where local game stores will create a team to compete against other game stores across the world! To do this, each store will hold qualifier tournaments in the Standard format. The winner of each of our tournaments will have a spot on the Labyrinth team as we move onto the Team Play-Offs. 

These events will be 100% online using the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online service. All players will receive PTCGO codes just for participating! More codes and prizes will be given out based on results from the tournament. This event is only for adults in the Masters division. 

Details: 
Pokémon Team Challenge #3 - January 10th  Register Here
Pokémon Team Challenge #4 - February 7th  Register Here

December's Bestsellers

(Now with links to our online store!!!)

(Best seller list does not included collectible card games like Magic: the Gathering or Pokémon, or auxiliary products.)

By Quantity Sold
  1. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  2. Parks
  3. Codenames
  4. Sprawlopolis
  5. Wingspan with Swift-start *
  6. Azul
  7. Exploding Kittens: Original Edition
  8. Uno
  9. Bandido
  10. Wingspan Oceania Expansion
By Revenue
  1. Parks
  2. Wingspan with Swift-start *
  3. Azul
  4. Ticket to Ride
  5. Catan
  6. Pandemic Legacy Season 0
  7. Root *
  8. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  9. Codenames
  10. Klask

    * Wingspan and Root are both out of stock but we hope to have them back soon!
Why not earn rewards for your shopping? Join Team Labyrinth and for every $250 you spend with us, you'll earn a 10% discount! It's easy; all we need is your name!
 
The 10% discounts are good on any one purchase (where a greater discount doesn't already apply) and they never expire!
Be sure to check out our website and our Facebook for the most current news and announcements about events and new games. Until next time, keep gaming, and remember: play nice!
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