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October 11, 2016 12:00 AM

BIG BUCKS Justin Beausoleil of Border City Games holds the third edition of the Black Lotus card from Magic: The Gathering, now worth $6,499.99 US. Beausileil opened Border City Games in February and the store has been growing its inventory steadily since.

When Justin Beausoleil and his friends got sick of driving to Edmonton for more than half a decade to buy and play cards for Magic: The Gathering, they finally decided to bring the action home instead.
“We’d come home and then just sit in one of our basements and play semi-competitively with a prize pool and all that; we were doing that for six years and finally said, well, why doesn’t somebody just open a store? So I did,” said Beausoleil.
He opened up Border City Games less than a year ago at 4920 50 St. and started selling mostly Magic: The Gathering, a collectable card game, then due to demand began carrying Warhammer, a product made by Games Workshop, soon after.
As more people found out about the shop, a wider variety of products were requested, and now Beausoleil has the shelves stocked with various board games like Settlers of Catan and Kill the Bunny, and trading cards like Pokeman and Yu-Gi-Oh!, which are highly sought after by the younger crowd that visits the store.
“People really enjoy it; everyone comes in and they’re already in a good mood,” Beausoleil said of Border City Games.
“Some people have come in wanting a specific game and if we don’t carry it, we actually have four different distributors, so we’ve been fairly successful in ordering anything anyone wants and people really like that because they don’t have to travel to Edmonton or Saskatoon like a lot of people were already.”
Border City Games also plays host to a few different game campaigns and tournaments, like its Magic league that runs every Tuesday, a Magic field league every Thursday, and Friday Night Magic, a program sponsored by game creators Wizards of the Coast, that gives out free cards and promotional products to people who attend.
Another game asked about a lot was Dungeons and Dragons, so Beausoleil set up a campaign for that too, where players also meet on Tuesdays, and it became so popular he had to set up a Thursday group to handle the volume of role playing gamers who wanted in on it.
After about eight months in business he considers his store to be a customer driven gaming haven, where buyers not only have the luxury of buying products previously only available by driving a few hours, but have the opportunity to play with like minded gamers in an RPG friendly environment right in the Border City.
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the shelves of Border City Games, Beausoleil reiterates, “One of our biggest things is, being unique, if we don’t carry it, we’ll bring it.”

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