Schedule of Events 2017

September

General News:

All Month: We will be working on the Charleston Project in the store most of the month. Come by and watch our progress.

Nathan and Bret will be taking vacations this month (not at the same time!) so if you need help with specific topics, please call ahead to make sure the appropriate person is present.

Saturday, September 2nd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model building and painting from 2 pm until 4 pm. The subject to be determined by interest or request. Let us know if there is something specific you want to see.

Saturday, September 9th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The focus of this particular demonstration will be airbrush painting and weathering a plastic structure as well as our usual wash and drybrush techniques on various railroad equipment but the same techniques apply to other vehicles and equipment as well. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, September 16th: Bret is on vacation and there will be no demonstration. Normally we do track laying demonstrations on the 3rd Saturday.

Saturday, September 23: We will probably not be able to host a scenery making demonstration this Saturday (Nathan is on vacation) but this may change at the last minute.

Sunday, September 24th: Rail Tales will host the Pre-Release tournament for Magic the Gathering Ixalan. The store will be closed to non-event traffic for this event, although patrons will be able to pick up or drop off repairs and other work.

Saturday, September 30th: Rail Tales will host a DCC installation demonstration and a DCC Q&A for all interested parties. For this demonstration, we will be installing a sound system in an old Athearn ‘blue box’ locomotive and demonstrating basic programming and the use of the NCE Power Cab system. Time permitting, we may do a second non-sound installation.

 

Gaming News:

NEW!: Rail Tales will continue to host X-wing minis. This is an open event for this month and until we get the prize support for a league.  Start time is 5 pm and the end time is about 9 pm.

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Hour of Devastation except for the 29th, which will start the new Ixalan format.

Every Sunday EXCEPT the 24th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until 8 pm.

Saturday, September 2nd: X Wing minis from 5 until 9 pm.

Sunday, September 3rd:  Magic the Gathering: Standard Showdown from 1 pm until 5 pm.

Sunday, September 10th: Magic the Gathering: Standard Showdown from 1 pm until 5 pm

Saturday, September 16th: X Wing minis from 5 until 9 pm.

Sunday, September 17th: Magic the Gathering Open House: Ixalan from 1 pm until 5 pm (Come check out some of the cards before the Pre-release!)

Sunday, September 24th: Rail Tales will host the Pre-Release for Ixalan. Registration starts at noon and the even starts at 1 pm. As always, if we have at least 18 players, we will provide free pizza.

Saturday, September 30: X Wing minis from 5 until 9 pm.

 

Club News:

Saturday, September 9th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Due to Scheduling conflicts, there will be no workshop for the Jefferson Railroad Club this month.

 

 

August

General News:

All Month: We will be working on the Charleston Project in the store most of the month. Come by and watch our progress.

Saturday, August 5th: The Virginia Train Collectors will hold their annual summer show at the Charlottesville Elk’s Lodge from 9 am to 4 pm. This is a great local show with lots of things to see. Rail Tales will have a portion of the Jefferson Railroad set up for public viewing. This is a work in progress so visitors can see various stages of the model railroad building process. Attendees of the show can show their tickets or a flyer from Rail Tales at the store and receive a 10% discount on regularly priced store items this day only.

Rail Tales will not be doing a demonstration in the store this Saturday.

Saturday, August 12th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The focus of this particular demonstration will be airbrush weathering and continuing work on a Cathedral model and various railroad equipment but the same techniques apply to other vehicles and equipment as well. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, August 19th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration. We did not get the turntable in last month so we will try again this month.

Saturday, August 26uly 22nd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. The subject of this demonstration has yet to be determined but our intention is to do a mountain. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

NEW!: Rail Tales will host a new event for the store: X-wing minis! This is an open event for this month and until we get the prize support for a league. Play will be on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays most months (and the 5th Saturday if there is one). Start time is 5 pm and the end time is about 9 pm.

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Hour of Devastation.

Sunday, August 6th: Rail Tales will host a Magic the Gathering event: Games Day Hour of Devastation. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that the run time for this event is after normal store business hours. The store will be closed to all non-event persons.

Sunday, August 13th, 20th, and 27th: Rail Tales will host an Hour of Devastation  Standard Showdown event starting at 1 pm. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that this is a change of day for the Standard Showdown. 

Every Sunday: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Open gaming will be accommodated along side the the other events on Sunday.

 

Club News:

Saturday, August 12th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Monday, August 28th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a private operating session offsite. Setup starts at 10 am with running from 1 pm until 3 pm. This is open to club members only. There will be no workshop this month.

 

July

We deeply apologize that our website was down for the first half of the month and we were unable to post anything. As you can see, it works again. Thank you to all the persons who helped with the various issues that caused this.

General News:

All Month: This will be a chaotic month for Rail Tales with both Nathan and Bret doing dealer training with MTH and Soundtraxx respectively and with various on-site projects under way. We will therefore be short staffed many days and ask our customers to bear with us.

Saturday, July 1st: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model and painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm.

Saturday, July 8th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The focus of this particular demonstration will be weathering a Cathedral model and various railroad equipment but the same techniques apply to other vehicles and equipment as well. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, July 15th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing track and a turntable on a standard module.

Saturday, July 22nd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. The subject of this demonstration has yet to be determined. This demonstration may be filmed.

Saturday, July 29th: Normally this being the 5th Saturday in the month, it would be a demo of digital installation but in this case, Bret will be in Colorado learning advanced digital installation.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Amonkhet on the 7th and then will shift to Hour of Devastation.

Saturday, July 1st: Rail Tales will host a Magic the Gathering event: Standard Showdown Amonkhet starting at 7 pm. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that the run time for this event is after normal store business hours. The store will be closed to all non-event persons.

Sunday, July 9th: Rail Tales will host a Magic the Gathering event: Hour of Devastation Pre-release starting at 12 noon.

Saturday, July 15th: Rail Tales will host a special extra draft of Hour of Devastation.

Saturday, July 22nd and 29th: Rail Tales will host an Hour of Devastation  Standard Showdown event starting at 7 pm. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that the run time for this event is after normal store business hours. The store will be closed to all non-event persons.

Every Sunday except the 9th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Space may be limited on the 23th but at least 1 table will be available.

 

Club News:

Saturday, July 8th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, July 23rd: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a workshop on module building and detailing starting at 1 pm. This event is open to the public for questions and answers. New potential members welcome.

June

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales will be constructing portions of the Charleston Project, an HO train layout as well as other projects.

Saturday, June 3rd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model and painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm.

Saturday, June 1oth: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The focus of this particular demonstration will be weathering railroad equipment but the same techniques apply to other vehicles and equipment as well. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, June 17th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing track and a turntable on a standard module.

Saturday, June 24th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. The subject of this demonstration has yet to be determined. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Amonkhet.

Every Saturday: Rail Tales will host a Magic the Gathering event: Standard Showdown Amonkhet starting at 7 pm. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that the run time for this event is after normal store business hours. The store will be closed to all non-event persons.

Every Sunday: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Space may be limited on the 25th but at least 1 table will be available.

 

Club News:

Saturday, June 10th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, June 25th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a workshop on module building and detailing starting at 1 pm. This event is open to the public for questions and answers. New potential members welcome.

 

May

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales will be constructing portions of the Charleston Project, an HO train layout as well as other projects.

Saturday, May 6th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model and painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm.

Sunday, May 7th: Rail Tales will be attending the 31st Annual Shenandoah Valley Model Train & Railroading Show at August Expo in Fishersville, VA. Come see us at the show! The store will still be open for business as well. For more information, visit www.acmrrc.org

Saturday, May 13th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, May 2oth: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing wiring and turnout control on a standard module.

Saturday, May 27th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. The subject of this demonstration has yet to be determined. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Amonkhet.

Saturday, May 6th, May 13th, and May 27th: Rail Tales will host a Magic the Gathering event: Standard Showdown Amonkhet starting at 7 pm. This is a standard format event, so please bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out for the event if requested. Note that the run time for this event is after normal store business hours. The store will be closed for all non-event persons.

Sunday, May 21st: Rail Tales will host the Amonkhet Games Day beginning at 1 pm. Registration starts at noon. This is a standard event, so either bring a deck list or be prepared to fill one out.

Sunday, May 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Space may be limited on the 21st but at least 1 table will be available.

 

Club News:

Saturday, May 13th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Note that there is no public meeting of the The Jefferson Railroad Club this month. The operating session will be held off site and will not be open to the public.

 

 

April

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales will be constructing portions of the Charleston Project, an HO train layout as well as other projects. Battle of Trenton will be in the store for viewing for the first week.

Saturday, April 1st: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model and painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. In this case, the intent is to build a small wood HO model structure.

Saturday, April 8th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, April 15th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing wiring and turnout control on a standard module.

Saturday, April 22nd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. The subject of this demonstration has yet to be determined. This demonstration may be filmed.

Sunday, April 23rd: Rail Tales will be closed for normal business in order to host the Magic the Gathering Pre-Release for Amonkhef. As always, drop-off and pick-ups are allowed but the store is physically reconfigured for this event, so browsing will not be permitted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, April 29th: Rail Tales will host a DCC Decoder installation and discussion. We will try to do a basic install and a sound install in the time allowed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Aether Revolt for the 7th, 14th, and 21st but will switch to Amonkhef for the draft on the 28th.

Saturday, April 15th: Rail Tales will host a Magic Open House beginning at 7 pm. This event includes instruction for new players and a free casual Standard tournament. All Participants will receive foil cards.

Sunday, April 23rd: Rail Tales will host a Pre-Release event for Magic the Gathering Amonkhef. This will be sealed deck format. Registration starts at 12 and the event itself begins at 1 pm. As always, if we have at least 18 attendees, we will provide free pizza. The store will be closed to normal business for this event.

Sunday, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Space may be limited on the 30th but at least 1 table will be available.

 

Club News:

Saturday, April 8th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, April 30th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will hold a workshop on module design and construction beginning around 1 pm. This will be a good introduction to module work if you are interested!

 

 

March

General News:

Sunday, March 5th: Rail Tales will be closed for normal business in order to host the PPTQ: Kyoto event (see gaming news). This is a rigorously judged professional event. Non-participants will be allowed to pick up and drop off things at the front desk but non-participants will not be allowed to browse in order to avoid interfering with participants!

All Month: Rail Tales will continue construction   of the 3rd diorama for the American Revolutionary War Museum (The Battle of Trenton) until it is completed.

Saturday, March 4th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model and painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. 

Saturday, March 11th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm. As always, we will include basic airbrush work and for this demonstration, we will be doing mud, rust, and chipped paint weathering. The model club meeting will immediately follow the demonstration.

Saturday, March 18th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track-laying and wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing track on a standard module. We will also be doing some light installations.

Saturday, March 25th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery making techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm or later. This will be a demonstration of water installation, including moving water, still water, and deep water pours. As this will in some cases be new to us, it will probably involve some ‘not-to-do’ as well. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Aether Revolt for the 3rd, 10th, 24th, and 31st. On March 17th, participants will have the option of drafting Modern Masters (for $30) or Aether revolt (for the usual $14) if at least 6 players agree to play each format. Players in the Modern Masters draft may provide their own packs but will have to purchase one (1) prize support pack. The store will provide prize support for players purchasing packs for the draft.

Sunday, March 5th: Rail Tales will host a PPTQ (Preliminary Pro-Tour Qualifier) for Magic the Gathering Kyoto Pro Tour. This will be a Sealed Format Event. The entry fee is $35 including all necessary card packs. The event begins at 1:00 and runs until all rounds are completed. As always, if we have at least 18 attendees, we will provide free pizza. The store will be closed to normal business for this event. Note that this event is a professionally judged event. Rail Tales is not responsible for any inconvenience caused by the rulings or decisions of the judge.

Sunday, March 12th, 19th, and 26th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Space may be limited on the 19th and 26th.

Sunday, March 19th: the store will host a Modern Masters 2017 draft event starting at 1:00pm. Contact Nathan (984 1170) for details.

 

Club News:

Saturday, March 11th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, March 26th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will hold a workshop on module design and construction beginning around 1 pm. This will be a good introduction to module work if you are interested!

 

 

February

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales will continue construction of the 3rd diorama for the American Revolutionary War Museum (The Battle of Trenton).

Saturday, February 4th: No demonstration. Bret will be out of the store most of the day. 

Saturday, February 11th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques: weathering and airbrushing from 2 pm until 4 pm. The model club meeting will immediately follow.

Saturday, February 18th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track-laying and wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, installing track on a standard module.

Saturday, February 25th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery making techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm or later. This will be a demonstration of our mountain making technique. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Aether Revolt.

Sunday, February 5th, 12th, and 19th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Note that space may be limited on the 12th due to Games Day for Magic the Gathering.

Sunday, February 5th and 19th: the store will host a magic event based on demand. Contact Nathan (984 1170) for details.

Sunday, February 12th: Rail Tales will host the Aether Revolt Games Day starting at 1 pm. This is a Standard event.

Sunday, February 26th: Rail Tales will host an operating session for the Jefferson Railroad. The store will be open for this event but space limitations will preclude gaming on this day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Club News:

Saturday, February 11th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, February 26th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will hold an operating session beginning around 1 pm. Setup starts at 12. If you are interested in joining our club, come by and check it out!

 

January

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales will begin construction of the 3rd diorama for the American Revolutionary War Museum (The Battle of Trenton).

Sunday, January 1st: The store will be closed January 1st for New Year’s Day.

Saturday, January 7th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic model building and painting techniques from 2 pm to 4 pm. 

Saturday, January 14th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of advanced painting techniques: weathering and airbrushing from 2 pm until 4 pm. The subject of this demonstration will be the structures for the Trenton diorama. These structures are made of plastic and we will be showing how to make plastic structures look like they are not plastic.

Sunday, January 15th: The store will be closed for normal business to facilitate the Magic the Gathering Pre-Release for Aether Revolt (see Gaming News). As we expect a large crowd, only event attendees will be allowed admission.

Saturday, January 21st: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track-laying and wiring using flex-track from 2 pm until at least 4 pm. We will be working in HO scale for this demonstration, specifically modifying existing trackwork by adding a switch and line.

Sunday, January 22nd: Rail Tales will host the battle of Clairmont as seen in Kelly’s Heroes, war-gamed in 28mm using Bolt Action rules. We hope to start the action around 1 pm. This event has been postponed until a future date due to illness.

Tuesday, January 24th: Rail Tales celebrates its 3rd Birthday in the current location.

Saturday, January 28th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery making techniques from 2 pm until 4 pm or later. This will be a demonstration of our snow scenery techniques. This demonstration may be filmed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Kaladash on the 6th and 13th and will then switch to Aether Revolt for the 2oth and 27th.

Sunday, January 8th, 22nd, and 29th: The store will be available for open board gaming from 12 noon until at least 8pm. Note that space may be limited on the 22nd due to the space needed for the Clairmont battle.

Sunday, January 8th, 22nd, and 29th: the store will host a magic event based on demand. Contact Nathan (984 1170) for details.

Sunday, January 15: Rail Tales will host a Pre-Release for the MtG Aether Revolt set. This event begins at 1 pm (the store opens at noon for sign-in). As always, if we have at least 18 attendees, we will provide free pizza. If we have 32 or more, there will be a special door prize. This event was a huge success! Thanks to all the participants!

 

Club News:

Saturday, January 14th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet at the usual 4 pm time.

Sunday, January 29th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will meet to determine the layout and configuration for our Operating Session in February. If you want to be part of the operating session, you need to attend or contact Bret Jones at the store to make other arrangements!