Welcome to Alternate Universes!

Welcome to Alternate Universes!

Collectable gaming cards, miniatures, board games, and more!

Serving the Greater Philadelphia area since 2004

We are a family-owned game store with three locations in the Greater Philadelphia area, plus an online store! Come in and play your favorite collectable card or miniatures game at our clean, well lit facilities! We provide plenty of table space for free open play every day. We buy & sell single cards for Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh! & Pokemon at all of our stores. Stop by and say hello!

We are very happy to announce that Alternate Universes has opened an online store selling singles and sealed product of Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and more!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE STORE

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New Mask Requirements at Alternate Universes

 

Chandra, Masked Up

Effective immediately, AU is requiring all persons using our table space to be masked at all times while in the store.

If you are here to use our table space, you MUST wear a mask the whole time you are in the store!

If you need a mask, AU has you covered! Just ask for a mask at the front counter.

Thanks for helping keep the staff and all your fellow gamers safe!

MTG Innistrad: Double Feature Prerelease Drafts – January 22nd–23rd

MTG Innistrad: Double Feature Prerelease Drafts at AU

MTG Innistrad: Double Feature Prerelease Drafts
Saturday, Jan. 22nd at AU Blue Bell
Sunday, Jan. 23rd at AU Wilmington

We’re holding Magic: the Gathering Innistrad: Double Feature Prerelease Drafts! Saturday, Jan. 22nd at AU Blue Bell! Sunday, Jan. 23rd at AU Wilmington!

Each player who enters gets an Eternal Night showcase Endless Ranks of the Dead Promo!

Innistrad: Double Feature combines cards from both Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow into a spine-chilling draft-ready set! Innistrad: Double Feature is available in displays of 24 Draft Boosters in English only, and each booster contains the following 15 cards:

4x Midnight Hunt commons
4x Crimson Vow commons

2x Midnight Hunt uncommons
2x Crimson Vow uncommons

1x Midnight Hunt rare or mythic rare
1x Crimson Vow rare or mythic rare

1x Silver screen foil card

Click here to learn more about the Booster Draft format: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/booster-draft

Alternate Universes Blue Bell
Saturday, Jan. 22nd
Registration: 2 pm
Drafting begins: 3 pm

Alternate Universes Wilmington
Sunday, Jan. 23rd
Registration: Noon
Drafting begins: 1 pm

Entry: $40

PRIZES (per 8-person pod)
3 – 0: 5 Double Feature booster packs
2 – 1: 3 Double Feature packs
All other records: 1 Double Feature pack each

Endless Ranks of the Dead eternal night showcase promo

MTG Commander Parties – January 29th and 30th

MTG Commander Parties at Alternate Universes

Magic: the Gathering Commander Parties
Saturday, January 29th at AU Blue Bell
Sunday, January 30th at AU Wilmington

Since our Blue Bell and Wilmington stores are now both WPN Premium Stores, we get to hold a brand new event: Commander Parties!

Commander Parties are a fun, FREE Commander format event, where players will get to experience a narrative while they play, and influence the story’s outcome via the course of their games.

Saturday, Jan 29th at AU Blue Bell
Sunday, Jan 30th at AU Wilmington

Registration opens: Noon
Play begins: 1 PM

Alternate art Conjurer’s Closet promos will be given out during the event!


Here is a rundown on how Commander Parties work:

Commander Parties are a narrative-based event where players are separated into four factions to experience a story set in the world of Innistrad. Players are welcome to bring any Commander Deck they want to the event. (We also have preconstructed Commander decks for purchase that you may use in the event!)

Players will begin playing in typical Commander Pods, starting a normal game of Commander. Each player will be handed a faction card, and a video will take over, guiding the players through the story.

Players will be asked to raise their faction cards based on the number of a faction’s resource they have. The faction with the most raised cards is allowed to advance along the game board, granting all the players in that faction an in-game bonus.

It’s a collaborative gameplay style designed to immerse players in an in-store experience unlike any they’ve had before. Their actions will influence the course of the game and players may achieve one of multiple different endings.

Conjurer's Closet alt-art promo card

Yugioh Battle of Chaos Sneak Peeks – February 5th and 6th

Yugioh Battle of Chaos Sneak Peeks at Alternate Universes

Yu-Gi-Oh Battle of Chaos Premiere! Sneak Peek Events
Saturday, February 5th at all three stores, plus February 6th at AU Blue Bell!

A Yu-Gi-Oh Premiere! Event AKA Sneak Peek is a casual event where you can buy packs and boxes of Battle of Chaos before the official release! If you buy 5 or more packs of Battle of Chaos, you get the Premiere! Field Center card (while supplies last), and entry into our Premiere! Playmat and Ultra Rare promo giveaways! The Sneak Peek runs all day from open to close.

We’re also holding a Sneak Peek tournament at each store during the event! You don’t have to enter the tournament to participate in the Sneak Peek. Battle of Chaos cards are legal during the tournament!

Tournament entry: $10
Each player gets 2 OTS Packs or 2 Booster Packs for entering (depending on availability)

AU Holmes
Saturday Feb. 5th
Sneak Peek: all day!
Tournament: 1:00 pm

AU Blue Bell
Saturday Feb. 5th + Sunday Feb. 6th
Sneak Peek: all day!
Tournament: 1:00 pm

AU Wilmington
Saturday Feb. 5th
Sneak Peek: all day!
Tournament: 2:00 pm

Format: Advanced Constructed, Swiss, 4 rounds (or 3 rounds depending on attendance), no Top Cut
Battle of Chaos cards are legal during the tournament.

PRIZES
4 Rounds:
4 – 0: 10 $4 Yugioh packs
3 – 1: 5 $4 Yugioh packs

3 Rounds:
3 – 0: 7 $4 Yugioh packs
2 – 1: 3 $4 Yugioh packs

Yugioh Battle of Chaos Sneak Peak Game Mat

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty SEALED Prerelease Tournaments – February 11th–13th

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Prereleases at Alternate Universes

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Prerelease Tournaments
February 11th–13th at your local AU!

We have Magic: the Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Prerelease tournaments February 11th–13th at all three of our stores! You can pre-register for as many prerelease events as you want! Stop by your local AU to preregister today!

All Prerelease tournaments are 3 rounds. At the tournament start time, each player is given a Prerelease Pack to build a deck and play for 3 rounds. Prizes can be collected after Round 3. Lands will be provided for free at the event.

Neon Dynasty Preorders are open now too! Stop by your favorite AU location to pre-order today!


To play in official MTG events, you’ll need a Wizards Account email. It’s easy and free!
Login with your Magic Arena account, link your DCI number to an account, or make a new account here:

🧙‍♂️ https://accounts.wizards.com/ 🧙‍♂️

Once you set up your account, try downloading the Magic Companion App, where you can check-in to the tournament you’re entering, enter results and see pairings on your phone, and more! You’ll still need to visit us in-store to register/pre-register!


Entry fee: $30 ($35 Store Credit)

2-Headed Giant: $60 per team (+$5 for each player using Store Credit)

AU Holmes

Friday, Feb. 11th
7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 12th
5:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 13th
1:00 pm

AU Blue Bell

Friday, Feb. 11th
3:00 pm
7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 12th
11:00 am
3:00 pm
7:00 pm (2-Headed Giant)

Sunday, Feb. 13th
2:00 pm

AU Wilmington

Friday, Feb. 11th
3:00 pm
7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 12th
11:00 am
3:00 pm
7:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 13th
2:00 pm (2-Headed Giant)

PRIZES

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set Booster Packs are awarded based on your tournament record after 3 rounds.

3-0: 8 Set Boosters or $40 credit
2-0-1: 6 Set Boosters or $30 credit
2-1: 4 Set Boosters or $20 credit
1-2: 2 Set Boosters or $10 credit
All other records 1 set booster

2-Headed Giant prizes are doubled and awarded per-team.

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty PREORDERS at Alternate Universes

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Preorders Open Now!

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Pre-Orders are now OPEN at Alternate Universes!
Stop by your local AU to pre-order today!

Magic: the Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Pre-Orders are open now at Alternate Universes! Stop in to your favorite AU location to pre-order!

🏮 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Pre-Orders 🏮

Prerelease Pack // $24.99

Set Booster Box // $109.99

Draft Booster Box // $109.99

Collector Booster Box // $229.99

Bundle // $39.99

Set of 2 Commander Decks // $69.99

Each box you pre-order comes with the exclusive Buy-A-Box promo Satoru Umezawa!

Satoru Umezawa Buy-A-Box Promo


Prerelease Weekend: February 11th–13th

SEALED Prerelease Tournaments are all weekend! Preregister in-store today!

Prerelease Kit, Draft Box, and Set Box Preorders can be picked up during Prerelease Weekend!

Bundle, Commander Deck, and Collector Box Preorders can be picked up starting on the set’s release on February 18th!

🌸 Prerelease Pre-Sale: February 11th–17th 🌸

Even if you didn’t preorder, you can still purchase Prerelease Kits, Set Boxes, and Draft Boxes during the Prerelease Pre-Sale! ✨ Collector Boxes can be purchased during the Pre-Sale at AU Blue Bell or AU Wilmington due to our WPN Premium Status! ✨

MTG Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty officially releases on Friday, February 18th! Stop by your local AU to preorder today!

Alternate Universes Store Hours, Weekly Schedule, and Tournament Prize Structures!

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Up-To-Date Store Hours, Weekly Schedules, and Tournament Prize Structures

Come to any of our stores and enjoy free open play any time of day, any day of the week! Bring your friends to play some games, or make new friends when you visit! Our stores are outfitted with tables and public restrooms, and are regularly cleaned. Masks are available at the counter for anyone who wishes, and we encourage our players to wear masks while in the store.

We buy and sell single cards everyday! We are always happy to look at Magic: the Gathering, Yugioh, and Pokemon cards that you’d like to sell. Feel free to bring your cards in anytime! If you have a large or particularly valuable collection, please call and make an appointment so we can sit down with you and give your collection proper attention.

We hold weekly tournaments for Magic: the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, and more! We also hold special events most weekends! Special events are typically larger events, with a larger attendance and bigger prize payouts. Information on these can be found on our website and social media pages several weeks prior to the event.

Read below for our up-to-date hours, weekly event schedule, and our unified prize structures for ALL of our weekly tournaments.


STORE HOURS

Holmes

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 PM
Mon – Thurs: Noon to 10:00 PM
Friday: Noon to 11:00 PM
Saturday: Noon to 9:00 PM

Blue Bell

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 PM
Mon – Thurs: Noon to 10:00 PM
Friday: Noon to 11:00 PM
Saturday: Noon to 9:00 PM

Wilmington

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 PM
Mon – Thurs: Noon to 10:00 PM
Friday: Noon to 11:00 PM
Saturday: Noon to 8:00 PM


WEEKLY EVENT SCHEDULE

WEEKLY EVENTSSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Holmes1 pm
Digimon
2 pm
Vanguard
6 pm
D&D Night
7 pm
Board Game Night
6 pm
MTG Commander
6 pm
Warhammer 40K
7 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!
6 pm
MTG Commander
7 pm
MTG FNM Modern
1 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Blue Bell12:30 pm
Pokemon League-Style Play
1 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!
6 pm
Warhammer 40K (Basement)
6 pm
MTG Commander
7 pm
MTG Modern Mondays (uses Weekend Tournament structure)
6:30 pm
MTG Standard & MTG Commander
7 pm
Digimon
7 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!
6:30 pm
Vanguard
7 pm
Dragon Ball Super
6 pm
MTG Commander
7 pm
MTG FNM Draft
7 pm
MTG FNM Legacy
Special Event Day
WilmingtonNoon
Pokemon League-Style Play
7 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!
6 pm
Warmachine
7 pm
MTG Standard
6 pm
MTG Commander
7 pm
MTG Draft
6 pm
Board Game Night
7 pm
MTG Modern
6 pm
MTG Commander
7 pm
MTG FNM Draft
1 pm
Digimon

TOURNAMENT PRIZE STRUCTURES

Moving forward most of our weekly events for all of our games will use these entry fees and prize structures.

Weekday events will be 3 rounds regardless of the number of players.
Weekend events will be 4 rounds as long as 10 or more people enter (otherwise 3 rounds)

There are no longer be playoffs/Top Cuts for weekly events. Instead, at the end of the tournament, each player gets a prize based on their win/draw/loss record.

Weekday Magic, Digimon, Cardfight!! Vanguard & Pokemon Tournaments (3 rounds)
Entry: $10 cash / $15 store credit

3 – 0: $40 store credit
2 – 0 – 1: $30 store credit
2 – 1: $20 store credit

MTG Drafts (3 rounds)
Entry: $20 cash / $25 store credit

3 – 0: $40 store credit
2 – 0 – 1: $30 store credit
2 – 1: $20 store credit
All other records: 1 Draft booster of current set

Yu-Gi-Oh! Weekday Tournaments (3 rounds)
Entry: $10 cash / $15 store credit

3 – 0: 7 $4 Yugioh packs
2 – 1: 3 $4 Yugioh packs


Weekend Magic, Digimon, Cardfight!! Vanguard & Pokemon Tournaments (4 rounds)
Entry: $10 cash / $15 store credit

4 – 0: $50 store credit
3 – 0 – 1: $37 store credit
3 – 1: $24 store credit
2 – 1 – 1: $16 store credit
2 – 2: $8 store credit

Yu-Gi-Oh! Weekend Tournaments (4 rounds)
Entry: $10 cash / $15 store credit

4 – 0: 10x $4 Yugioh packs
3 – 1: 5x $4 Yugioh packs

Alternate Universes Blue Bell & Wilmington are now WPN Premium Stores!

We are proud to announce that Alternate Universes Blue Bell in East Norriton, PA and Alternate Universes Wilmington, DE have officially been designated WPN Premium Stores!

Thanks to the hard work of our employees and the dedication of our community, AU Blue Bell has officially become a WPN Premium store. Over the past months, we’ve been working hard to improve our store and thus your playing experience with us. Our Blue Bell store has been remodeled with new paint, carpets, bathrooms, tables, signs, monitors, and more. Only about 5% of WPN retailers have become WPN Premium stores. Achieving this status means that we’ve reached a point where our store provides one of the highest quality gaming experiences you can get from any LGS, and it’s not just because of our looks. It’s because we as a business are committed to providing a very high quality experience to our players. When you come to our store, you can expect a clean, professional, friendly, and fun environment. And now that we’ve reached Premium status, we’ll be able to make your experience even better. We’ll be able to hold exclusive events when they’re available, and offer exclusive products and promos. You’ll notice a couple of other changes around the store as time goes on, and as we continue to work closely with Wizards of the Coast.

Thank you to our community. Without our thriving, enthusiastic, and all-around wonderful community of players these past 16 or so years, we wouldn’t have been considered for this achievement. Whether you have been with us from the beginning or have just learned about us this year, thank you! We look forward to continuing to provide the best gaming experience that we can, and we hope that you’ll continue to join us.

Join The Alternate Universes Discord Server!

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>>> CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR DISCORD! <<<

We made an official Alternate Universes Discord server!

Now you can connect with us even though our physical stores are closed for the time being. Our online store is still open!

Request singles and products, play games with others over video chat, get updates on events and store news, and participate in events such as Magic: the Gathering FNM at Home or our weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! remote duel tournaments!