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

Opportunities in the Board Game Industry

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 Posted in business, general | 6 Comments »

A recent post on a forum asking if it was a good idea to start an online game store had me thinking.  The simple answer is no (definitely not in America, not so great in Canada either really).  However, 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 ...

Warehouse or Retail Store?

Monday, September 26th, 2016 Posted in business | 6 Comments »

We are coming up on our end of the lease fast and while we've made the decision that we will be moving to a new location as our rents have now increased to a point that we no longer think ...

Asmodee to acquire F2Z Entertainment

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 Posted in business | No Comments »

So it looks like F2Z Entertainment is about to be purchased by Asmodee.   For those of you who don't know, F2Z owns Z-Man Games & Plaid Hat Games, which means they own the IP for Pandemic, Mice and Mystics and ...

Spinning wheels

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 Posted in general | No Comments »

Posts on the business side have been particularly quiet lately.  There's a lot of things going-on behind the scenes of Starlit Citadel, but most of it would be dead boring to those not involved in it.  For example, the last ...

2015 In Review: Industry Changes

Friday, January 8th, 2016 Posted in general | No Comments »

I occasionally write these posts about the year before, talking about how the year went or not. I sort of didn't do a massive review for 2014 last year, more discussing what would happen in 2015 instead. This year, I'll ...

Sucking the cashcow dry

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

Mayfair Games has updated the Settlers of Catan game with a new, 5th edition  Guess what they changed? A few graphics and a difference facing on the box.  What else did they do - they increased the base price to ...

An old-timer perspective

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

I wonder how those who have been in this industry for 20 / 30 years feel sometimes? I know in the last 8 years, the changes that we've seen have been immense ourselves.  More direct competition from retailers, more direct ...

The difference $20 makes

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

One thing that's particularly interesting for us is the way sales on Fortress Geek and Starlit Citadel differ, particularly in terms of the average item ordered.  On Starlit, quite a few products used to sell in the $30 - 40 ...

Industry Report 5 (2011 Numbers)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 Posted in business | 2 Comments »

I just checked into Statistics Canada and their 2011 numbers are finally out.  I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on looking it over, comparing what I have from the 2008 numbers to the new 2011 numbers.  This is ...