An events-packed August at Big Dog Books
Tuesday, 13th August
Big Dog Books can, on the surface, look like a simple comic book store but they have a lot more going on than that (seriously, a LOT). Your first clue that they aren't an ordinary shop is their opening hours, starting late in the morning or early in the afternoon allows them to extend their hours into the evening to provide a venue for all sorts of events and activities.
They have something for everyone; whether you're a fan of comics, board games, Pokemon, or even if you're looking for an opportunity to get away from devices and play some games in the real world.
Even better, Mi Rewards members collect Mi Points every time they spend at Big Dog Books. Click this link to find out about Mi Rewards
The following list is far from exhaustive so follow this link for a full list on Big Dog Books' Events page on Facebook.
Board Game Night
Looking for a light-hearted way to enjoy an evening with some friends? Every Tuesday night 5pm till 8pm is board games meet up night at Big dog Books (and we're not talking Cluedo or Monopoly).
Big Dog Books have games you've never heard of, from mystery, to adventure, to strategy, to logic, and beyond. Even better, you can try without buying with free access to their short games from their free library.
Alternatively, you can rent some of their more unusual games for just £3 per player (which your choice of hot drink). Whether you're up to speed on new and unusual board games, or if your experience only includes snakes and ladders; this isn't your normal night out and that's no bad thing.
Dates for August: Tuesday 13th, Tuesday 20th, and Tuesday 27th
'Magic: The Gathering' A game of strategy and ingenuity
Magic: the Gathering is a card-based game in which players use creatures and spells to defeat their opponent. It has a huge international following with international competitions offering prizes as high as £100,000 or more.
Our own Perth team (which operates out of Big Dog Books) has forged on to become one of the top fifty teams in the country. Don't let this put you off if you're new to the game though, the Big Dog Books team is all set to help you out even if you've never played a game in your life.
Beginners Magic is on every Saturday between 12pm-2pm. It's free and open to anyone who wants to come down for advice and deck building tips.
You can even come and try the game even if you don't have a Magic deck yet. As Stuart (owner of Big Dog Books) explains:
"People don't really need anything - if they have they're own decks already that's great but (as long as we've got them in stock) we have promotional decks we give out at these events to get people started so it's totally free."
If you're more clued up on the ways of Magic you can join in with Big Dog Books' Standard Magic tournaments every Saturday from 2pm till 5pm. Enter the tournament to be in with a chance of winning packs and exclusive promo prizes!
Entry is £5 (and you'll collect Mi Points on your spend if you're a Mi Rewards member, click this link to find out about Mi Rewards).
Just like Magic the Gathering, Big Dog Books offers both an introductory session and a tournament ('Pokemon League').
If you or someone you know is interested in learning the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) you can take advantage of the 'How to Play' event every Sunday from 12pm-2pm
You'll join shop Professors Lewis and Andy for a free tutorial on how to play and you can pick up packs of Pokemon cards from Big Dog Books' extensive stock.
Every Sunday from 2pm till 6pm its the Pokémon League at Big Dog Books!
Bring your team and challenge the rest of the pack for promos, prizes, and more!
Entry is £5
New Comic Book Day
Every Wednesday is New Comic Book Day. A chance to catch up on the latest edition of your favourite titles, or to try something new. Big Dog Books is a comic book store with real substance. You can look out for latest titles from Marvel and DC, along with a great selection independent comic book titles.
Please note that subscribers get first pick of the deliveries. However, subscriptions are free so there's every reason to get your name down in advance. It's a simple way to make sure you get your favourite titles.
Bark Club (Graphic Novel Book Club)
We've spoken about this unique book club experience before on the Mi Rewards blog. It's a book club with one slight difference; each month the group chooses to discuss a particular graphic novel in detail.
The next date is Tuesday, 27 August 2019 from 18:00-20:00 and they'll be discussing Mark Millar & Greg Capullo's smash hit sci-fi/ fantasy story of the year: REBORN
"Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else...Somewhere you have to fight to survive...Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you—the good and the bad."
The book is available to buy from Big Dog books and you still have plenty of time to read it before the 27th. On the night you can enjoy tea/coffee and chat with a diverse group of graphic novel fans.
Enough to keep you busy all August long
With all of these events, you could be spending a lot more time at Big Dog Books. Don't forget to collect your Mi Points. You'll be rewarded every time you spend on the huge variety of entertainment that they have to offer.