The Castle’s Ramparts

When you get a group of game retailers together, sooner or later the topic of MAP (minimum advertised pricing) and its enforcement, or lack thereof, will come up. For those not familiar with the term, Minimum Advertised Pricing is the term for a policy put in place by many, but not all, manufacturers stating that, in exchange for the manufacturer allowing the retailer to be an official reseller of the product, with any benefits and access to product that may entail, the retailer agrees to not advertise a discount of more than a certain amount on those products specified by [...]
Thu, May 25, 2017
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This week's ICV2 column looks at the concept of Minimum Advertised Pricing [...]
Mon, May 22, 2017
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Generally the first product to enter a market does better than competing products entering the market, even if the subsequent products are superior to the original one. This is what is called "first mover advantage" and can be seen in dominance of Dungeons and Dragons in the RPG field, despite far superior systems that have come out since the game's original release.However, first mover advantage is not enough, as the story of Hydrox shows. A bad name will harm product image and allow followers into the market to displace the original product. [...]
Fri, May 19, 2017
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Good column by Ken Blanchard on making memories in a store. We were very pleased (and a bit overwhelmed) by the number of people who stopped into the store this past weekend during SIUC's graduation and talked about their times here at the store, even remembering the time when we were, for so many years, on the second floor of the Island. Thank you for coming in and reminding us why we do this. [...]
Tue, May 16, 2017
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This week's ICV2 Column looks at the decline in retail sales people and the growth of retailtainment. [...]
Mon, May 15, 2017
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Yesterday, GAMA announced the 2017 Origins Awards' nominations:he Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design (AAGAD) released the list of games nominated for 2017 Origins Awards. The Awards will be presented during the annual Orgins Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday, June 17.This year the AAGAD will award honors in seven categories, which will be voted on by the members of the AAGAD. There will also be a “Fan Favorite” category, which will be voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair.Best Board Game· Blood Rage by (designed by Eric M. Lang)· [...]
Fri, May 12, 2017
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I have talked about web pricing and value before. This copy of Stratego illustrates exactly what I mean. This fantasy themed version of the game came out in 2008 and went out of print soon after. A Google search shows the game priced anywhere from $10.99 to $299.99 The only time a price you find on the web should be taken seriously is if you find a consensus of pricing on the item. If you find several people listing your copy of Stratego for $300 then you might be safe in pricing it that, but if an equal number price [...]
Sun, May 07, 2017
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Unfortunately, chaps like this are a problem with rating systems, not only in the gaming industry but with all consumer rating systems. He rates just over 100 games a 10 and 7242 games a rating of 1. If you believe that his ratings are at all accurate, he would have to have played a different game or expansion every day for almost 10 years. Somehow, I just don't see that happening. If you are considering purchasing a game and using online ratings to help you decide, be sure to look at those doing the ratings as well. [...]
Fri, May 05, 2017
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Noted game designer Richard Tucholka, designer of The Morrow Project, Fringeworthy, Stalking the Night Fantastic and others, has passed away. Eulogy reprinted with permission:Donald Jones of Thunderhead Gaming has written a tribute to him that I think covers everything pretty darn well, and which is reproduced here with permission.-----It is with broken hearts that we at Thunderhead Gaming must say goodbye to a lifelong and dear friend, game designer and creator of dreams, Richard Tucholka.In 1980, when we opened one of the first commercial gaming centers in the country, it was an experiment that we weren't sure would succeed. A [...]
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
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At the May 2nd city council meeting, Mayor Mike Henry will proclaim May 6, 2017 as Free Comic Book Day in Carbondale.Mr. Thorne,The Free Comic Book Proclamation is set to be read at Tuesday's Council Meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. Thanks-Faith JohnsonAdministrative SecretaryCity of Carbondale618.457.3229 [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
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