Closed Wednesday and Thursday

posted on 11/24/15

We will be closed Wednesday (11/25) and Thursday (11/26) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Critical Hit will be open again Friday, just in time for FNM!

Pre-Registration & Pre-Ordering

posted on 09/08/15

Battle for Zendikar PreOrders and Pre-Release Registration is OPEN.

Details available in store, come on by.

Closed Sunday Open Monday

posted on 09/04/15

CHG will be closed on Sunday, September 6th. We will be open on Labor Day with more details about Battle For Zendikar as well as Preordering information.

Stay Tuned...


posted on 07/13/15


It is with both excitement and fond reflection that we are announcing that ownership of Critical Hit Games is scheduled to transfer to Chance Kirchhof on November 1st, 2015. Over the past five years we have been proud to guide the operations of Critical Hit Games as we moved locations, underwent multiple renovations, and played countless games with both new and old friends. The decision to transfer ownership is prompted by Landon’s recent acceptance of a job in Bettendorf, IA. While we do not plan on moving out of Iowa City immediately, the opportunity to sell presents us with the flexibility to more easily relocate in the future without disrupting the community that has been the foundation of Critical Hit Games.

We are ecstatic that Chance, one of our long-time community leaders, will be continuing Critical Hit’s mission of providing an atmosphere of service and community where players can come together to make friends and share in their love of gaming. A primary reason that Landon and I started our journey with Critical Hit was to help ensure that a friendly and open play space for gamers of all sorts remained available in the Iowa City area. We shared that vision with Jerod Leupold nearly five years ago and now we share it with Chance. We are confident that he will continue on with Critical Hit’s community-driven philosophy as well as bring fresh energy and perspective to the store.

In the coming months you can expect to see Chance more frequently as he gradually takes over our current operations. Our hope is for the store’s transition of ownership to be as seamless as possible to the community. Store credit balances and special orders will be retained and no disruptions to our events or services are expected.

The time Landon and I have spent with Critical Hit Games has given us a wealth of great memories and friends. As we move on to new endeavors, our desire to see Critical Hit flourish as a destination for those who want to meet others and share their passion for gaming will continue. We sincerely hope that everyone shows Chance the generosity and support you have provided us the past five years. Following the transition, we look forward to starting a new relationship with C.H.G. as customers and as gamers.


Thank you,

Kate Hoynacki-Fry and Landon Fry

Owners - Critical Hit Games

Magic Origins Pre-Release

posted on 06/28/15

Pre-Release Weekend is July 11th and 12th!

To Pre-Register, stop in the store or go to:

This will be the final Magic core set! Learn about the origins of some of Magic's most famous planeswalkers and bid farewell to annual core set releases.

Scheduled Pre-Release Events:

Saturday, July 11th

Midnight (after Friday Night Magic) - 3 rounds - payout by record - $25
11am - 4 rounds - skins payout - $25
4pm - full rounds and cut to top8 draft -
payout by record - $25
8pm - 2 headed Giant - payout by record - $16

Sunday, July 12th

11am - 2 rounds - skins payout +1 pack to everyone - $20
2pm - 2 headed Giant - payout by record - $16

Pokemon League Challenge

posted on 06/21/15

Our next Pokemon League Challenge will be Sunday, June 28th. Registration begins at noon and the tournament begins at 1pm. This League Challenge is open to all Pokemon TCG players with a legal deck. Entry is free. Prizes for top players include special league challenge promo cards and championship points.

Deck lists are required so come early to register. This is a great entry-level premiere event for newer players. Please call us or send an email to if you have any questions.

Modern Masters II Drafts

posted on 05/20/15

Saturday 5/23 @ noon - 4pm - 8pm
cost = $40
payout= 6-4-2-2-1-1-1 ( for 8man pod )

Pokemon Sealed Event - Delayed

posted on 05/09/15


Tomorrow's (5/10) scheduled Pokemon sealed event has been delayed until Sunday, May 17th. Sorry for the inconvenience. We encourage everyone to be nice to their moms tomorrow and join us next week.


posted on 04/23/15

What Format: Sealed Dragons of Tarkir Cut Top 8 Draft

What Day: Saturday, May 2nd

What Time: Registration @ 1:00pm

What Money: $40

What Prizes: Pay-Out to Top 8 amount dependant on Attendance.


International TableTop Day 2015 - April 11th

posted on 04/04/15

International TableTop Day is Saturday, April 11th from 10am - 10pm

Stop in for a day of games, promos, prizes, and sales. Entry is free. All ages and experience levels are welcome and all featured games will be taught to new players.

View the complete event schedule

TableTop Day 2015

Additional Details:

Join us to celebrate the third annual TableTop Day with a day of board games and prizes. Players of all ages and experience levels are welcome. All featured games will be taught to new players. Entry is free.

Regular Promos:

Everyone is eligible to win a chance to select a regular promo. Names will be drawn for promo selection each hour. You must be present to win.

Promos include (but are not limited to) 7 Wonders Wil Wheaton cards, Sheriff of Nottingham Trophy of Awesome cards, and Felicia Day Dead of Winter survivor promos.

Premium Prizes:

To win a premium prize, put a ticket in a drawing for the item of your choice. You will earn one ticket for visiting the store and gain more tickets by playing and buying games. You do not need to be present for the drawing to win. The drawing will be held at 9pm.

Premium prizes include (but are not limited to) special edition games like Dead of Winter TableTop Day Edition and Dead Man's Draw TableTop Day Edition.

Featured Games:

  • Dead of Winter
  • Splendor
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • 7 Wonders
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Krosmaster Jr.
  • The Resistance
  • Love Letter
  • Cash n' Guns
  • Dixit
  • Sushi Go!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game League and Learn to Play
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Carcassonne
  • Munchkin
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Small World
  • WarMachine/Hordes Miniatures Learn to Play