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Author Topic: Support Your FLGS  (Read 3019 times)

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Re: Support Your FLGS
« Reply #75 on: January 25, 2021, 10:18:11 PM »
Even so, how do we expect to get new people into the hobby without brick and motor representation?
The same way I and thousands of others did, by playing at your friends house with your friends. I live in a city of 3 million people but I can count on one hand the number of places that you can play D&D in public. I don't see how brick and mortar stores can represent a significant percentage of new players.

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« Reply #76 on: January 26, 2021, 08:29:23 AM »
The same way I and thousands of others did, by playing at your friends house with your friends. I live in a city of 3 million people but I can count on one hand the number of places that you can play D&D in public. I don't see how brick and mortar stores can represent a significant percentage of new players.

Seconded simply not enough LGS to make a difference. I first played D&D not buying go to one I saw someone off in a corner at my high school reading the 1E PHB. The art really drew me in. Not to mention and maybe it's a sad state of affairs of our culture most are taught or simply go online to order everything and anything. If I decide to purchase the 5E PHB at 3 am in the morning I can go on Amazon and have it delivered to me door with Prime the next day. As opposed to waiting to the weekend or Thursday or Friday night to go to the LGS.

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« Reply #77 on: January 26, 2021, 08:44:05 AM »
One guy ran a demo of a Conan board game and it was so neat that I bought a copy, and later I found out that he got in trouble because some of the stuff he was using was from a kickstart instead of from the store so he was told not to run demos any more if he couldn't follow the rules.

If true, this is probably one of the dumbest things I've heard of a store doing. Please, don't run games at our store that results in direct sales if you use something literally unattainable from the store itself.

Especially in combination with the fee to play.

I can understand the fee (though I think that varies by city - likely not viable in the cities where people are likely to have game space at home) but once you have the nerds paying to come hang out at your store, let nature take its course and they'll buy a decent chunk of stuff.
I've seen a place that had pay to play, but every purchase (books, minis, snacks, etc.) included credit toward this. If you wanted to play in store, regular buying habits made it essentially free. If you didn't,  it was a freebie you could ignore (it wasn't transferable though except on gift purchases, so use it or lose it). Worked well enough for that store for over 10 years.
I mentioned two game stores near me. The other one has a policy much like this -- it costs $5 to play at an Adventurer's League table, but right away they deposit $5 credit into your account so that when you buy stuff that credit can come right off a purchase. Essentially, folks who buy stuff get to play for free.
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« Reply #78 on: January 29, 2021, 10:53:21 PM »
Last couple of days of our Support Your FLGS initiative. If something is of interest, we encourage you to pick it up this weekend!

I also want to say that I appreciate the publishers who have participated! We'll find more ways to continue working with local game stores in the future.

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« Reply #79 on: February 21, 2021, 09:23:51 PM »
Just an update to say:
Ship to Store returns! With our January promotion ended, you can once again use our ship to store option to have RPG books delivered at discounted shipping to your local Canadian game store. Your friendly local retailer receives a 10% credit on all ship-to-store sales, and gets to see RPG products they may not have otherwise. This option is visible on check-out and lists the current stores we work with in your province. (We're always looking to add more too!)

In addition, for a short time, you can designate any Canadian FLGS to receive a 5% affiliate bonus on all sales (including PDF sales).

I hope folks will continue to discuss FLGS and suggest ways to support them in this thread.

Meanwhile, I’ve provided some details for FLGS and potential publishers over in this thread in the News & Adverts forum, and plan to add product details their semi-regularly.
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