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New Board Games: November 26th, 2015

November 26th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Base Raiders RPG: Boiling Point
Blood Rage
Bomb Squad
Bomb Squad Academy
Bottlecap Vikings
Catacombs (3rd Edition)<br /
Concordia: Salsa
Crabs Against Humidity: Volume One
Crabs Against Humidity: Volume Four
Neuroshima Hex 3.0: New York
Munchkin: Christmas Lite
Munchkin: Kittens
Pax Pamir
Pax Porfiriana Collector’s Edition
Shadows over Normandie
Spielbox Magazine: Issue 5 (2015)
Steam Time
Survive: Dolphins & Squids & 5 & 6 Player Expansion…. Oh My!
Terra (Party Game)
The Gallerist
Tumult Royal
XenoShyft: Onslaught – Hive Expansion

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New Board Games: November 24th, 2015

November 24th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Team Box
Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Collector’s Box
Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Play Mat
Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Foil Pack
Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man Starter Set
Russian Railroads: German Railroads Expansion
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG – Mask of The Pirate Queen
Tail Feathers
The Lord of the Rings: The Land of Shadow Saga Expansion
The Voyages of Marco Polo

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New Board Games: November 20th, 2015

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

7 Wonders: Duel
Awesome Kingdom: The Tower of Hateskull
Achtung: Cthulhu – Shadows of Atlantis
Birds of A Feather
DC Comics Deck Building Game Crossover Pack #3: Legion Hero
Forge Wars (2nd Edition)
Ghostbusters The Board Game
Heroes of Normandie: Civilians Under Fire
Jumbo RPG Dice Set of 7 – Opaque Black with White
Magic the Gathering 2015: Commander – Box of All 5 Decks
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Shadows Over Normandie: Cthulhu Mythos: Call One
Superfight: the Anime Deck
Superfight: the Walking Dead Deck
Superfight: the Challenge Deck
The Game

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Top 10 Games of 2015

November 20th, 2015 Posted in articles, business | No Comments »

Starlit Citadel’s Top 10 Games list of 2015 is now up.   As always, it’s a list of great games that are releasing (or have released) that we think most gamers will love. It’s a pretty broad range this year, with a few games currently out of stock though we expect there to be restocks for most of them before XMas.

As always, it’s worth noting that the Top 10 list is based off sales on in the site and some personal tastes in the company.  This is not the Top games list by Kaja & Joanna of the video review, they’ll be filming that list at the end of the month and it should be listed before the end of the year.

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The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau Donation Drive

November 18th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

This year, we are going to be collecting funds for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau so that they can provide games for teens and tweens.  It seems that they often do not have sufficient games for children in those ages, and since we all want more gamers to play with, we thought it’d be a great way for us to help.   It’s a bit late on our announcement since we wanted to make sure they were good with this before we did the announcement and we just received a confirmation e-mail today.

To participate, you can do one of two things:

  • add a gift certificate specially created for them directly to your cart.  Choose any amount you are willing to donate from $1 to 1,000 or;
  • at checkout, click on the $5 Donation button at the bottom of the Checkout screen to add a $5 donation

All donations will be totaled and tracked and Starlit Citadel will match every dollar donated.  All funds will then be used to purchase games at cost (our cost that is!) and donated to the LMCB on December 18.

To clarify on the donation amount:

  • If we raise $200 from our customer’s donations
  • We will match the total donations by $200
  • And purchase $400 worth of games at cost.  This will work out to be approximately $800 worth of games at full MSRP.

So please donate, we’re looking forward to running our first ever charity drive.

PS: Many thanks to Elise for the idea and putting all this together.


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New Board Games: November 13th, 2015

November 13th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Above and Below
Between Two Cities
Close Counts
Clockwork Wars: Sentience Expansion
Codenames (Restock)
Favor of the Pharaoh
Linko (a.k.a. Abluxxen)
Mindtrap 20th Anniversary Edition
Mindtrap: Shadow Mysteries
Munchkin: Stocking Stuffers
Mysterium (Restock)
Redshirts 2: Leprechaun’s Revenge
Savage Worlds: Nemezis – Galaxy
Spyfall (Restock)
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG – Strongholds of Resistance Rules Supplement
Super Dungeon Explore: Emerald Valley Warband
Super Dungeon Explore: Deeproot Wolf Rider
Super Dungeon Explore: Goro
Warehouse 51

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Crowdfunding Fulfillment

November 13th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

As many of you know, we have been completing Crowdfunding (Kickstarter) Fulfillment for Canada and recently have branched out to doing fulfillment for the US as well.  In addition, we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries asking us for pricing and other details.  While we have been happy to answer those questions, I thought it might make more sense to create a singular website with all that information and the numerous questions we get asked. So, we did – Starlit Citadel Logistics.

Not particularly inspired in terms of naming, but I think it gets the point across.

The Business Case

I’ve mentioned before that in terms of actual business sense, crowdfunding fulfillment will never pay our bills.  A ‘big’ Kickstarter like Red Dragon Inn 5 which we just completed only had about 200 or so backers in Canada.  We charge $3 per order handled and that includes box cost.  So, on a ‘big’ Kickstarter, our revenue is $600! We’d have to do a lot of Kickstarter’s to cover the cost of the space in Canada.

On the other hand, the Kickstarter in the USA was significantly larger – over 10 times.  At those rates, you only need a few ‘big’ Kickstarters (or a lot of small – medium sized Kickstarters) before you are able to generate a decent revenue stream.  It’s part of the reason why we started offering the option down in the USA, and partly because we had quite a few questions from Kickstarter creators who wanted to know if we would do so.

This will still be a very much side-project, one that I’ll tackle (i.e. market) when I have a bit of free time and/or need a break from my current projects.  We seem to have generated some great word of mouth and I am content to let the business grow that way.

In the future, expect most of our posts on Kickstarter Fulfillment directed to the other site.

Oh, and I swear I’ll get back to writing more blog posts soon. Things have just been very busy on the backend and finding mental energy and time to write posts, especially posts that I can publicly post, has been in the premium.

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New Board Games: November 6th, 2015

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

Alien Frontiers: Expansion Pack #6
Alien Frontiers: Faction Pack #4
Alien Wars
Baseball Highlights: 2045 (Deluxe)
Baseball Highlights: 2045 (Super Deluxe)
Fire and Axe: A Viking Saga
Flash Duel: Second Edition
Heroes of Normandie: Gazette #3
Impact City Roller Derby
Kobolds Ate My Baby: Even More Things to Kill and Eat
Me Want Cookies
Monster My Neighbour
Nature Fluxx
Nothing Personal: Associates
Nothing Personal: Expansion Pack #1 – Game Designers
Nothing Personal: Expansion Pack #3 – Movies and TV
Nothing Personal: Power and Influence
Pirates of the 7 Seas
Red Dragon Inn 5: The Character Trove
Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Halden The Unhinged
Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Wrench
Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Zariah The Summoner

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New Board Games: November 4th, 2015

November 4th, 2015 Posted in general, new releases | No Comments »

Android: Netrunner LCG – Data and Destiny Deluxe Expansion
Android: Netrunner LCG – Opening Moves Data Pack (Restock)
Fox’s Party
Flick ‘Em Up: Stallion Canyon
Flick ‘Em Up
Fury of Dracula (2015 Edition)
Monster My Neighbour
T.I.M.E. Stories
T.I.M.E. Stories: The Marcy Case

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Update to Pre-Order Policy

November 4th, 2015 Posted in business, site updates | No Comments »

We have now changed our pre-order policy to streamline our processing by charging all customers with pre-orders the entire cost of the order immediately.  There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that we are already doing the same for PayPal customers and now, it’s the same for all orders.  This creates a much fairer environment for all concerned and makes it easier to keep track of what has / has not been charged.

In addition, the change in policy reduces the backend hassle / updates / inventory tracking that we are doing for all pre-orders. We no longer need to worry about charging customers for orders held for over a month with in-stock items and will speed up our processing of pre-orders when the pre-orders being to arrive.

Obviously, from a business perspective it also improves our cash flow for our business. We no longer have to ‘float’ the in-stock product with our funds and for pre-orders, we have a guarantee on the number that we need to bring in at the very minimum, which will allow us to increase our pre-order numbers.

If you have any questions about the policy, feel free to comment here on just contacting us direct.



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