Post by Kyle

This is just a quick update today—just my fancy way of announcing a fun little Imaginary Wars “Imaginary Dollars” Points promotion that we’re running throughout November this year. Really, it’s almost better handled as a simple Facebook post, but I’m trying to get into the habit of squeezing just a little more from my scant spare time and channel it into doing regular blog updates. That, and I’ve been really digging the new season of “Stranger Things”–so much so, that I felt a simple Facebook post wasn’t enough.

My wife and I watched the original series last year and loved it. And because it’s Netflix, and everything on the television is now binge-watched, we quickly watched–and forgot–the series while distracted by all the other things we’ve binged (we just finished the Handmaid’s tale: chilling). It was fairly out of the blue that we recently re-watched the original season in October–not to prep ourselves for the upcoming series; we watched it just because. I couldn’t believe how well the series holds up a year later! It was with this second viewing that made me realise just how great a show “Stranger Things” is.

Despite all the nostalgia and call backs to ’80s-era technology and pop culture, the show manages to be more than just an updated take on “Goonies.” And because it so deftly juggles many dissimilar elements, comparing the show to the original Star Wars movie is strangely apt: back in the 1970s, George Lucas took many oft-used plots, archetypes, tropes and movie-making formulas to make Star Wars, a movie that was indefinable at the time (in that it was like so many other genres and yet did not quite fit into any single one’s parameters). The creators, the Duffer brothers, have done something similar with all their ‘stolen shots’ from ‘80s movies and rampant placing of 1980-era geek trappings. If viewed cynically, one might say that the show is nothing more than ‘80s nostalgia.  And yet, just as George Lucas had done forty (!) years ago, the creators have constructed a story that transcends the patchwork nature of all its components.

It was after the second viewing of the first season that I realised my ten-year daughter needed to see this show. This is a show that casts children (all around twelve years old) as not just the protagonists of the show but as the main actual heroes of the show. What’s more, the child-heroes aren’t imbued with any special abilities (well, OBVIOUSLY one of them is …but I’d argue that, important as she is, she isn’t one of the main heroes of the story). Sidestepping our parental misgivings about the rather generous amount of profanity used by the show’s twelve-year olds, we got our daughter to sit down with us and watch the show (but with plenty of warning whenever things were about to get a little too scary for her).

My wife and I enjoy the show for the wonderful, clever and tense romp that it is; but now when we’re seeing it through our daughter’s eyes: it’s a show that empowers her—due to the age of the main protagonists, the many of the very ordinary challenges they endure and because of the powerful roles that the show’s females are given (who’s the better shot with a handgun? That’s right, Nancy is!). Plus, I really like that the show champions intelligence and compassion.

All gushing aside, Season Two starts off with arcades and video games generally figuring prominently in the show’s landscape, with “Dig-Dug” becoming a specific hook for bringing in new characters to the show. This got Jim and I thinking: Imaginary Wars has a video game cabinet…and said cabinet also has “Dig-Dug” on it!

And thus, a promotion was born!

This promotion is more for fun’s sake …and maybe a little bit designed to introduce people to our “Imaginary Dollars” Points program. I know I’m not the best at flagrant self-promotion, but we thought this would be a fun way to put the spotlight on the benefits of accumulating points at Imaginary Wars! As fun as it is, it’s going to be a real challenge to just get your name on board! Right now, you need to score about 50,000 points just to get your initials on the board! (But don’t worry: we’re resetting the game every Monday night!)

So what does 100 points get you? Well, not much. But if you’re a regular customer at the store, getting your initials on the Top Ten list will be a nice little boost to your current points total. And if you get High Score, that bonus 1000 points could be worth around twenty dollars towards your purchase; it all depends on what your current total is:

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