In addition to our totally rad overall Third Eye 2015 Gift Guide (which you can check out by clicking here), we’ve also put together a list of our top 10 favorite gifts to give the gamers in your house this holiday season!
Some of these are eternal classics (Settlers of Catan, anyone?) and some are new additions, but we guarantee all 10 of these will make your gamer happy this holiday!
For the Magic the Gathering Fan: MAGIC THE GATHERING BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR Gift Box
Available at Third Eye Comics and Third Eye Games!
We know, we know — those Magic players can be hard to shop for, ’cause let’s face it: they’re on top of those new sets as soon as they hit.
However, what they may not have is the brand new and totally awesome MAGIC THE GATHERING: BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR Holiday Gift Box!
This gorgeous collector’s box can store up to 2,000 Magic cards, and also comes with tons of cool extras, like:
5 BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS
20 BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR BASIC LAND CARDS
SIX ILLUSTRATED PLASTIC DIVIDERS
And, a special alternate-art BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR promo card that’ll totally spruce up your MTG fan’s deck!
OK… before we go any further: we know that there may be some of you out there who have a Third Eye Faithful who absolutely has it all.
And, hey, that’s fine, because we have a solution for you: the Third Eye Gift Card!
Available for purchase online (so you can order online, and have it mailed to YOUR Third Eye Faithful!), or in-store for purchase the counter — this is the easiest way to ensure a smile this holiday season.
And best of all – you can use these at both Third Eye Comics & Third Eye Games!
Got a social butterfly in your life?Well, here’s a game that can accommodate up to 75 players – seriously!
Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don’t know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time. A Moderator (who isn’t on a team) runs the game.
Included for a limited time: the Wolfpack expansion!
Ultimate Werewolf takes place over a series of game days and nights. Each day, the players discuss who among them is a Werewolf and vote out a player. Each night, the Werewolves choose a player to eliminate, while the Seer learns whether one player is a Werewolf or not. The game is over when either all the Villagers or all the Werewolves are eliminated.
Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition features amazing artwork, comprehensive rules, and a fantastic moderator scorepad. What’s more, it supports more players than any other game: 75 of your closest friends can converge on one or more villages using the components in this box.
Know someone who yearns for the golden age of gaming? Metroid, Mario, and all that jazz?
This is perfect for them!
The ultimate HD remake: Hyperkin presents the RetroN 5, a revolutionary new way to experience classic games in high definition; the first of its kind with an all-digital HDMI output. The RetroN 5 plays Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Famicom, Super Famicom, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Megadrive cartridges with enhanced resolution, improved interpolated sound, screenshot capture, and the ability to have on the fly save states. The RetroN 5 is the retro gaming console that brings you back to a world where recharging health is cheating, you can have as many guns as you want, and achievements aren’t just some numbers on a screen.
- RetroN 5 console
- 1 Bluetooth Wireless Controller
- 1 HDMI Cable
- 1 AC Adapter with 4 variable head sockets
Got someone who you’re trying to get into tabletop gaming, or maybe they’ve shown some interest in trying something new?
Here’s a great game to start their tabletop game library: CATAN!
In CATAN, players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan®. Expand your colony through the building of settlements, roads, and villages by harvesting commodities from the land around you.
Trade sheep, lumber, bricks and grain for a settlement, bricks and wood for a road, or try to complete other combinations for more advanced buildings, services and specials.
Trade with other players, or at local seaports to get resources you might lack. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins.
OK, so we tried to avoid repeats from last year, but… we’re sorry: nothing, and we mean nothing, beats SAGA as THE go-to gift to give someone you want to get into comics. Just trust us: they’ll fall in love with this.
There is NO better comic you can give someone right now that’s brand new to the hobby than Image Comics’s SAGA, and the recently released hardcover, collecting the first 18 issues (500 pages) is the perfect gift.
Not to mention the never-before-seen sketches, script pages, and roundtable discussion with the creators that’s packed into the back of it!
What’s SAGA about ? Picture A GAME OF THRONES by way of STAR WARS, in this sexy, subversive sci-fi fantasy drama for adults that tells the tale of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war.
Now, Hazel’s fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation.
A must-have — this is what you give someone when you want to turn them into a comic reader.
Available at Third Eye Comics & Third Eye Games
Got someone in the house who’s wayyyy too into RESIDENT EVIL? Or maybe they just can’t get enough of Telltale’s WALKING DEAD game?
DEAD OF WINTER is the PERFECT gift for them.
Dead of Winter is the first game in this series, designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour. It puts 2-5 players together in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity are either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.
Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means the players are working together toward one common victory condition–but for each individual player to achieve victory, they must also complete their personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or worst of all: vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s only looking out for their own interests!
Dead of Winter is an experience that can only be accomplished through the medium of tabletop games. It is a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony’s morale up.
Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily- thematic, wildly-varying decisions, that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.
For the RPG Fan: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
Available at Third Eye Comics & Third Eye Games!
Whether you know someone who hasn’t rolled a D20 in 20 years, or they’ve been playing nearly every incarnation faithfully ever since — the new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5th edition books will make them extremely happy.
This new edition of the long-running fantasy role-playing game is the perfect balance of fun and stat-building, so both brand new players and long-time players will love the heck out of it.
Want our cheat sheet on what you gotta get? Here’s the essentials: PLAYER’S HANDBOOK, DUNGEON MASTER’S GUIDE, and MONSTER MANUAL. Stick those 3 under the tree, and you’ll be hearing the dice rolling in no time flat.
Available at Third Eye Comics & Third Eye Games!
So, if you’ve got a big fan of card games, board games, and the like at home, and they’ve played pretty much EVERYTHING — then, BOSS MONSTER is here to save the day.
This fantastic retro gaming-inspired dungeon-building card game delivers a super fun game where you compete to become the ultimate villain: teh final boss at the end of a side-scrolling dungeon.
Packed with nostalgic references to 8-bit video games, dungeon-crawling RPGs, and geeky popculture, BOSS MONSTER is a must-have.
So, your gamer’s in the shop every week, right? You’re not sure what his or her massive library already contains, and you’re not sure just how many boxes of their favorite card game they’ve gotten recently, right?
We can help. SUPPLIES! We’ve got all sorts of gaming supplies, ranging from dice to dice sets to dice bags to card sleeves to card boxes to binders, and so much more!
Supplies is always a welcome addition to any gamer’s library — and there’s never enough of it, so if you’re looking for a couple of fun stocking stuffers, this is perfect!