News, reviews, business articles and site updates for a board games store in Canada

Tarred with the same brush (Distribution Issues)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

A day after we did our post about distribution challenges in the gaming industry, we receive news that PSI has now informed their US distributors not to sell to online only physical stores.  If you don't know, PSI does the ...

Distribution Challenges for the Gaming Industry in 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016 Posted in business | 1 Comment »

My initial title for this post was 'market failures' but I realised that that wasn't entirely accurate, even if it is a better sounding title.  What I wanted to talk about was the increasing fragmentation of the market and the ...

The Distribution Chain

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Posted in business | No Comments »

Interestingly enough, as much as I complain about the distribution chain in the game trade, developing Fortress Geek as also shown what an industry without a few major distributors is like - and let me tell you, it's not pretty. The ...

Too Many Games!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 Posted in business | 2 Comments »

We've been slowly seeing more and more games arrive, more releases as the entire market and Kickstarter come into play.  And I have to say, there's major disadvantages to this flood of games that keep arriving. More Badness than Ever It's safe ...

Game Salute, Publishers & Online Stores

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 Posted in business | 6 Comments »

For those of you who don't know, Game Salute is a combined publishing / fulfillment / online store in the states that has been attempting to 'sweep up' numerous publishers into their fold.  One of the most controversial aspects of ...

Fear & Loathing Online

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 Posted in business | 7 Comments »

As an online game store, it sometimes feels like the entire industry is out to shut you down.  We're the evil demon in the mists, the boogieman destroying the fabric of the gaming universe.  We are the bad guys. The Loathing We've ...

Z-Man Games : 2 Months After

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 Posted in business | No Comments »

It's been 2 months since the biggest publisher since Days of Wonder (i.e. Z-Man Games) has gone exclusive on us.  It's been a rough couple of months in keeping stock for the games; as I'm sure it has been for ...

Musings on Kickstarter

Friday, June 15th, 2012 Posted in articles, business | 6 Comments »

The introduction of Kickstater to board game publishing over the last year or so has caused some major changes, with a lot of new independent games being published and dispersed.  It's also caused a lot of consternation among game stores, ...