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CHG's response to Covid-19

Hello to all of our gamers.

With the growing concern over the spread of Covid-19, we have found ourselves at a crossroads and are navigating the difficult path dividing the financial stability of the shop and its staff and our ethical responsibility as small business owners to promote social distancing to ensure the health of our community at large in Iowa City and beyond. We take this rapidly evolving health risk very seriously and hope all of you are as well.

As of today, March 17th, 2020, we are closing CHG’s public gaming spaces and canceling all events, big and small, as well as casual play for the immediate future. We expect this to last at least through the end of March and will reevaluate the situation at that time and provide any updates both on FB and our website at www.criticalhitgames.net.

This decision was not an easy one to make. It is by far the most difficult scenario we’ve faced since assuming ownership of Critical Hit Games in 2015. That said, we acknowledge that our public gaming spaces can be quite crowded during busy periods and we feel we must be proactive about reducing the risks these high-traffic areas may pose during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the coming weeks, and likely months, we ask all of our gamers to bear with us as we develop and institute new policies here at CHG. We love our gaming community and are proud to have grown into a safe space for all to gather and play together free from judgment or prejudice. As an LGS, we do not have the privilege of working from home, which makes this situation all the more scary for us. Our hope is that by instituting these precautionary steps now, we will be able to avoid a complete closure in the future.

We are committed to remaining open, minimizing the loss of wages to our staff, and providing our community with gaming and hobby staples, as these forms of escapism are needed now more than ever. We have implemented increased and more rigid cleaning and sanitizing protocols in our public and retail areas (including tables, chairs, doorknobs, counters, register screens, credit card readers, etc.) and will be servicing in-store purchases and online orders alike. We will also still be buying in cards, toys, and video games. So, feel free to submit orders, or offers of items to trade in, via our website, over the telephone, or in person. We appreciate all of our gamers more than we could ever properly express. CHG is trying its best to do what we feel is right while also looking out for the welfare of as much of our community as possible and we are grateful for your continued support as this public health crisis unfolds.

Stay safe and keep on gaming.

Chance Kirchhof and Wayne Hoover

Owners - Critical Hit Games

Magic the Gathering Guilds of Ravnica Pre-Release Weekend

  • Midnight Pre-Release Event - Friday (technically Sat.) Sept. 28 at Midnight. $25 (3 Rounds).
  • Saturday Morning Magic Pre-Release Event. Sept. 29 at 10am. $25 (3 Rounds).
  • Saturday Main Event. Sept. 29 at 2pm. $25 (Full rounds + Top-8 Draft). Prizes based on attendance.
  • Saturday Nightcap. Sept. 29 at 7pm. $25 (3 Rounds). Payout by record.
  • Magic Sunday Brunch. Sept. 30 at 11am. $25 (2 Rounds + 1 Pack + Skins).
  • Sunday Fun-Day Two-Headed Giant. Sept. 30 at 2pm. $25 (Two-Headed Giant! Three rounds). Payout by record.

Play in 3 or more Guilds Pre-Release events this weekend and be entered to win a free box of Guilds of Ravnica!

We are closed today.

Due to lousy weather, we will be closed today (Friday, 12/29/17). Stay safe and warm, gamers! We hope to be open for our regular hours tomorrow.

CHG's Procrastinator’s Delight Holiday Sale!

 Friday, Dec. 22

  • MtG Iconic Masters booster packs are $8
  • All MtG Standard booster packs are 3 for $10 (Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Ixalan); must buy 3 to receive discount
  • Blood Bowl Board Game = $75 (Normally $100)

Saturday, Dec. 23

  • All Board Games are buy 2, get a 3rd of equal or lesser value free
  • All MtG & Pokemon singles are 20% off
  • MtG Iconic Masters booster packs are $8
  • All MtG Standard booster packs are 3 for $10 (Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Ixalan); must buy 3 to receive discount
  • Ixalan Bundles are $25
  • Miniatures (Warhammer, WM, BB, D&D) are 30% off

*Sale prices do not include tax.

Hours:  Fri − 2pm to midnight, Sat − 10am to 7pm, closed Sunday and Monday for Christmas

Holiday Hours

Friday 12/22 -- Reg. hours, 2pm to midnight
Saturday 12/23 -- 10am to 7pm
Sunday 12/24 -- Closed for Christmas!
Monday 12/25 -- Closed for Christmas!
Tuesday 12/26 -- 2pm to 9pm
Wed.12/27 -- 2pm to 9pm
Thursday 12/28 -- 2pm to 9pm
Friday 12/29 -- Reg. hours, 2pm to midnight
Saturday 12/30 -- Reg hours, 10am to 10pm
Sunday 12/31 -- Reg. hours, noon to 6pm
Monday 1/1/2018 -- Closed for New Years!
Tuesday 1/2 -- Reg. hours (2pm to 10pm)

MTG Unstable In-Stock Now

MtG Unstable is here! Our Faux Tour on Saturday is sold out (big thanks to everyone that signed up), but we will be running fill-and-fire Unstable drafts all weekend. Entree fee is $16. Plus, we have special Earl of Squirrel promos to hand out (while supplies last). So come on out to CHG and enjoy some Unstable zaniness.

Magic the Gathering PPTQ Richmond

This Saturday, November 11th, join Critical Hit Games to get started on your path to qualifying for Pro Tour Richmond 2018!
• Pre-registration starts at 10am.
• Event begins at 11am sharp.
• Entry fee is $35.
• Standard format.
• Full rounds plus cut to Top-8.
• Prizes awarded only for Top-8.
• Prizes will be based on attendance.

MtG Ixalan Pre-Release Schedule

  • Midnight Pre-Release Event - Friday (technically Sat.) Sept. 22 at Midnight. $25 (3 Rounds).
  • Saturday Morning Magic Pre-Release Event. Sept. 23 at 10am. $25 (3 Rounds).
  • Saturday Main Event. Sept. 23 at 2pm. $25 (Full rounds + Top-8 Draft). Prizes based on attendance.
  • Saturday Nightcap. Sept. 23 at 7pm. $25 (3 Rounds). Payout by record.
  • Magic Sunday Brunch. Sept. 24 at 11am. $25 (2 Rounds + 1 Pack + Skins).
  • Sunday Fun-Day Two-Headed Giant. Sept. 24 at 2pm. $25
    (Two-Headed Giant! Three rounds). Payout by record.

MtG Aether Revolt Gameday Weekend

Magic the Gathering Aether Revolt Gameday Weekend!!!

Saturday, February 11:

  • Gaming starts at 11am, with Pre-registration at 10am.
  • Entree fee is $10.
  • Standard.
  • Full rounds, plus Top-8.
  • Top-8 has a payout based on attendance.


Sunday, February 12:

  • 1st round starts at 1pm.
  • No registration fee for this event, absolutely free to play today.
  • Four rounds.

Magic the Gathering PPTQ Kyoto

This Saturday, Feb. 4th, join Critical Hit Games to get started on your path to qualifying for Pro Tour Kyoto 2017!

  • Pre-registration starts at 10am.
  • Event begins at 11am.
  • Entry fee is $30.
  • Standard format.
  • Full rounds plus cut to Top-8.
  • Prizes awarded only for Top-8.
  • Prizes will be based on attendance.
  • 1st Place wins an invitation to an RPTQ for Kyoto 2017 Pro Tour for Hour of Devastation.