Monday, June 11, 2018

Free RPG Day

This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at this Saturday's Free RPG Day and why we like it. We will have pictures up this evening of this year's offerings.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Unrivaled Tournament Collapses

The Unrivaled Boardgame Tabletop Championships, which premiered last year with $4  million spent on launching last year's tournaments and some $100,000 in prizing, cratered dramatically this year, to the point that the company has cancelled this year's tournaments and will refund the money collected from the 200 or so stores that had already signed up to participate:

Unrivaled was simply born from our love of tabletop gaming and the vision of bringing together players and events on a local and national footprint.  We debuted Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships in 2017 and spent over $4 million to launch and run the tournament all the way through the Finale in Las Vegas.  Our plans for 2018 included more games, a larger prize pool and an extensive level of support to bring local retailers and venues into the action.

Recent unexpected changes have occurred with the financial status of our parent company, Oomba, Inc.  Given these changes we are no longer confident that we will be able to fulfill a quality product for this year’s Unrivaled tournament.  We believe it is in everyone’s best interest that we cancel the event this year and do everything in our power to make all partners and participants whole.  This orderly wind-up will be taking place immediately.  It is with our deepest regret to announce this change in plans. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

HeroClix Avengers Infinity Boosters

Just got in a restock of the HeroClix Avengers Infinity boosters. These sold out in one day when we got them originally so stop by soon if you want to pick some up. We will host the postponed release tournament on June 10th at 3 p.m. $20 entry

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Betrayal Vs. Gloomhaven

This week's Rolling for Initiative column compares the premier customizable boardgame, Gloomhaven, to the recently announced Betrayal Legacy and discusses why Goomhaven has remained so popular.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day is coming July 13 and we are deciding how to celebrate. We are thinking having a pile of free french fries in the game room but am open to ideas. How would you like to celebrate National French Fry Day here?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Legacy Betrayal

WOTC has announced a Legacy version of Betrayal at House on the Hill. Interesting idea but the Legacy fad seems to have tapered off. Risk Legacy did really well as the first title in the category and the first "season" of Pandemic did well. Seafall, however, the first Legacy game without a tie-in to another franchise, pretty much crashed and burned. FFG sold it off at a pretty seep discount on the company website last Christmas.

Charterstone has done OK, although it did not call itself a Legacy game; nor did Gloomhaven, though Gloomhaven is selling on other points, such as its sheer size and difficulty to get. If Gloomhaven was readily available, I don't think we would see nearly the demand for the game that we currently see.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Marketing Concept

This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the marketing concept and how it has broadened over time.