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Weekly Store Update: 30 May

This Memorial Day weekend has us looking forward eagerly to the long summer as we pause for a moment to remember the ultimate sacrifice so many gave to secure our freedoms. Around the shop it has been a wonderful week, with new games and preorders laid in, some webstore improvements, our board game giveaway winner, and more free content!


Hello there, It's Eric, your humble newsletter scribe, and I own Stone Valley Games with my wife Wendy. For the new folks checking in, welcome! This top portion contains our latest shop news, but if you'd just like to skip that to see what restocks, new items, and preorders we laid in last week just jump down to the bottom of the post and check it out. For those who want the inside scoop, let's get to it!


We have drawn the winner of our Shores of Tripoli board game giveaway! They are being contacted now, and we're not going to spoil the surprise, as the name is going to be released on the next episode of Solosaurus. That episode should be airing anytime now, and we're looking forward to Martin and Michael's next review! Now, if you signed up but your name was not drawn, do not fret! We have more board game giveaways coming every month! Naturally we have something up our sleeve for June, so stay tuned to see what we come up with next.


Last week we introduced you to the first two (of four) chapters of Czech Games' solo campaign The Search for Professor Kutil with The Lost Expedition, and The Survivor. They have now unveiled the next chapter The Tunnel of Terror! Here's how you can get to all of this additional content absolutely free!

To play the campaign, you will need a physical copy of the Lost Ruins of Arnak board game, and either their web app or a print-and-play document downloadable from their website

Even though we mentioned it last week, some might have missed the backstory. So, what is the solo mode all about? Well, the famous scholar’s expedition vanished somewhere in the uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean while searching for a mysterious island nobody believed existed. It seems the professor may have found what he was looking for, but what happened to his expedition? Only scarce traces of the team’s presence remain, but nothing truly explains where they are or what happened to them.

Soon Czech Games will release their fourth chapter in this exceptional campaign and we will be sure to relay it here!


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Trust me when I say that the landscape of coding has changed just a "little bit" since my heyday of HTML scripting from the early thru upper 90's, when my life then went in a different direction. I also did some BASIC, Visual Basic and dabbled in MUDs and MOOs back when games were much less graphic focused. Good times! So, I have a general understanding, which is what allowed us to get the webstore off the ground. However, as most things are fundamentally different from back then, it has become a crash course in brain surgery. Well, our long time readers know we signed up with a company called WP Tech Support several months ago. Since then they have been tinkering, I've been throwing them things to work on, and generally they have been fantastic. If you're thinking this is a paid advertisement, I would tell you that up front. This is just a happy customer. As owning a small business is a lot of trial and error in so many different ways, we firmly believe sharing is fundamental for all of us. It’s not other small businesses you need to be worrying about! So, straight up, these folks are legit. As you can see from the photo above I think we've got the webstore right where we want it. There is still work to do for mobile devices... actually, owning a website is like a garden, there's always weeding to do! This, however, is a fantastic accomplishment that I could not have figured out by myself. 


I am a veteran, and weekends like this bring back memories. I do not ‘live’ in that time mind you, it helped shape me like farming did before and contracting after. I’m too focused on moving forward to be stamped by any one aspect of my life. In any case, I retired from the military having served during peacetime and war. Not all my friends made it back though. It is so strange... Years have passed since I've been with them, but sometimes it feels like minutes. Memories of laughter and time spent together, quiet moments too, are just as fresh and vivid as ever. I have never been one to linger on the end, I am way more interested in celebrating life, the impacts they made that changed the world - even if in a tiny way. The flap of butterfly wings. Unlike a lot of my brothers and sisters in arms who are more stoic, for me Memorial Day is a celebration. I am not celebrating the sacrifice or lives lost...I'm celebrating the enduring result of those sacrifices. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful family, lifelong friends, a thriving business, and the freedoms inherent in all of it. I will take a moment this weekend to remember my brothers and sisters who did not make it home, and I will hold them in my heart. Then I will light up that grill and bring them with me to the party. Until Valhalla!


Okay, enough news for this week! Below are the Restocks, New Items, and Preorders added to the shop last week. You can click on the item to learn more, and many of the products have review and gameplay videos so you can see the game in action. If you're visiting our page and you'd like to keep up with our giveaways, sales, new products, and articles like this one just create an account here. Once created you will be subscribed to our newsletter and become enrolled in our loyalty system, instantly earning 50 Stones that you can use on your very first order. A Stone? One Stone is equivalent to One Cent. That doesn't sound like much, but you earn 2 Stones for every dollar spent and 5 for each product review, so though it may seem small, those savings add up fast! Redeem your Stones upon checkout, and they can save you up to 10% off your cart total. Loyalty Matters! 


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