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New Board Games: July 30th, 2015

July 30th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

20th Century Limited
Alchemy!
Alchemy! Famous Alchemists, Amazing Potions, & Remarkable Places
Arctic Scavengers: the Base Game, HQ and Recon
Arctic Scavengers: Recon Expansion Only
Barony
Compounded
Compounded: Geiger Expansion
Deck Building: The Card Game
El Gaucho
Firefly: the Game – Esmerelda
Firefly: the Game – Jetwash
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Deck 3 – Demon’s Heresy
KMC Premium Hyper Matte Sleeves – Black
Metal Adventures
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Hell Unleashed
Steam Torpedo: To Your Positions!
Scopa!
Takoashi University: Marie Claude
Takoashi University: Work Study
Takoashi University: Fitness Club
Ultimate Warriorz
Weiss Schwarz: Booster Pack – Attack on Titan

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New Board Games: July 27th, 2015

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Galaxy Defenders: Operation Strikeback
Galaxy Defenders: Extinction Protocol
SOS – Sheep In Trouble
Star Wars LCG: Chain of Command Force Pack
Talisman: The Harbinger Expansion
The End of The World RPG: Wrath of the Gods
Quartermaster General: Air Marshall Expansion
Zombicide: Lost Zombivors Expansion

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New Board Games: July 23rd, 2015

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Barbarossa
Brandon the Brave
Broom Service
Charades
Dungeon Fighter: The Big Wave
Firefly RPG: Ghosts in The Black
Flip City
Force of Will CCG: Crimson Moon’s Fairy Tale Booster Box
Force of Will CCG: The Castle of Heavens and Two Towers Booster Box
Monster Laundry
Super Dungeon Explore: Brave-Mode Candy
Super Dungeon Explore: Herald of Vulcanis
Super Dungeon Explore: Captain R
Super Dungeon Explore: Kaelly Nether Strider
Super Dungeon Explore: Mistmourn Coast
Super Dungeon Explore: Nyan Nyan
Super Dungeon Explore: Ser Snapjaw
Super Dungeon Explore: Tabbybrook Mage
Star Munchkin 3: Diplomatic Immunity Expansion
Warmachine: Convergence of Cyriss – All-In-One Army Box

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Balancing shipments through multiple parties

July 21st, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

As many of you know, we’ve started using UPS as a shipping option for international shipments. Part of the reason for this is due to pricing – it’s actually cheaper (marginally) to ship to some countries with UPS with our discounted rates than with Canada Post. A side goal is to reduce our cost of shipping to the US to a more manageable level for large shipments.  While the Small Packets USA costs is extremely reasonable for shipping, it only works for packages up to 2kg.  That means that most of our US orders are for smaller products.

Currently, we are on a tiered discount level with UPS, with shipping costs reducing as we spend more on a rolling basis.  It’s a good system, especially at our current spend levels since it gives us specific goals to shoot for in terms of shipments.

However, to get the most out of it, we need to hit the next tier up. Unfortunately, it’s a chicken and egg scenario – we can’t provide good rates till we ship a lot, but customer’s won’t purchase from us till we get good rates.  So occasionally, we balance out shipments by contacting individual customers who are shipping outside of Canada to see if they’re okay with us shipping via UPS rather than Canada Post.  It’s more work, but the goal of course is to eventually move up the tiers and get a decent (and consistent) shipping rate.

The obvious question is why don’t we move to UPS in Canada? The simple answer is that it’s more expensive to use UPS for most shipments in Canada, even at the best discount rates UPS can provide us.  As such, it makes more sense to keep Canada consistent with Canada Post and move to cheaper rates with them.  Of course, we’re now at a size that moving from one tier to another requires a significantly higher number of shipments.

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New Board Games: July 20th, 2015

July 20th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

12 Days of Christmas
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Heroes of Normandie: German Army Box
Heroes of Normandie: Commonwealth Army Box
King’s Kilt
Krakatoa
Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins – Deck Builder’s Toolkit

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New Board Games: July 16th, 2015

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CHEW: Cases of the FDA
Dead Man’s Chest (Standard Box)
Dragon Run
Game of Crowns
Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins Fat Pack
Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins Booster Pack
Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins Two-Player Clash Pack
Magic the Gathering: Magic Origins Intro Pack – Set of Five
Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron Dice Building Game Starter Set
Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron Dice Building Game Foil Pack
DC Dice Masters: Age of Ultron Collectors Box
Rallyman
Xanadu

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New Board Games: July 9th, 2015

July 9th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

The Lord of the Rings LCG: The Wastes of Eriador Adventure Pack
Alien Frontiers: Expansion Pack #5
Alien Frontiers: Expansion Pack #4
Android: Netrunner LCG – The Underway Data Pack
Cryptworld Horror RPG
Leagues of Adventure: Rocket Race
Pandante
Shadowrun 5th Edition: Lockdown
Weiss Schwarz Trial Deck: Attack on Titan

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New Board Games: July 6th, 2015

July 6th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Cthulhu’s Vault
Drakon
D60 35mm Opaque Black w/ White
D60 35mm Opaque Blue w/ White
D60 35mm Opaque Green w/ White
D60 35mm Opaque Red w/ White
D60 35mm Opaque White w/ Black
Dungeons and Dragons Fantasy Miniatures: Icons of the Realms Promo Figure
Enemy Coast Ahead: the Dambuster Raid
Mythic Battles: Heroes’ Bloody
The Walking Dead: The Prison
Warpaints: Base Primer – Aegis Suit Satin Varnish

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Common Entrepreneur Mistakes

June 30th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

Over the years, I’ve managed to make a bunch of common entrepreneur mistakes, and after reading a friend’s mistakes, it gave me the idea for this post. So, here’s my highlights:

Burnout

Burning yourself out from working too many hours is extremely easy.  There’s always something more to do, something new to get done or something that has to be completed otherwise it won’t get done.   Burnout is just way too easy. The really tricky thing is that different people have different levels of what would make them burn out.  I have a friend who has no issue with 80 hour work weeks, while many others end up burning out in 50 hours.  Worst, what you can handle throughout your life.  I used to be able to work 80 hours and not burn out, these days it’s down to 50 hours before I start having issues.

Being Pound Foolish

When we first moved downtown and I started taking over all the tasks including shipping, I decided that it’d make more sense to not pay the $15 a week to have Canada Post come pick up our packages but instead I walked the boxes to the Post Office which was 3 blocks away.  I ended up carrying 20lb / 30lb packages all the way to the office, sometimes taking a couple of trips a day. Penny pinching at its worst.

Being too nice

Sometimes, it’s just too easy to put others ahead of the business or your own needs. My most common mistake has been taking too long to let someone who just isn’t working out go in this case, but it crops up in other areas too. When you are running a business, being too nice often impacts the bottomline -and when you own the business, that means it impacts your own income.

Taking on too many projects

Slightly different than burning out, but part f being an entrepreneur is being a bit of an adventurous soul. You always want to try something new, and all too often you end up taking on a new project. And then another one. And then another.  Sometimes without finishing the one’s you first started. It’s too easy to end-up with a ton of failed projects with all your time split between them all and none ever actually finishing.

 

 

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New Board Games: June 29th, 2015

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Alchemist Academy
Albion’s Legacy
Dragonflame
Eminent Domain: Microcosm
Fate Dice-Frost
Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Bigger Basic
Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Tavern
Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Ship
Pathfinder Player Companion: Monster Summoner’s Handbook
Rumpelstiltskin
Spielbox Magazine: Issue 2 (2015)
The Resistance 3rd Edition
Trains: Map Pack 2 – Europe/Italy/California

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