The Castle’s Ramparts

We work pretty diligently to keep our bathrooms looking nice and well stocked. Why? Anyone in business will tell you that a businesses' bathrooms is key to the operation. If a business had dirty bathrooms, it is a good bet that other parts of the operation are not run well either. Good bathrooms, good operation. [...]
Wed, Jun 28, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the history of gaming furniture maker Geek Chic and possible reasons behind its recent closure. [...]
Mon, Jun 26, 2017
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Scott's ICV2 column for this week looks at how to improve the annual giveaways for Free FPG Day [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017
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Those of you who have played Magic for years will remember the Unglued and Unhinged sets of humorous cards, that released in the early years of the game. The closest thing we have seen to those we have seen in recent years have been the annual Christmas promo cards sent out to stores that participate in Wizards's programs. Well, now Wizards has announced the drought of humorous sets has ended with the release of Unstable this December. No specific details have released regarding the set's cards have been released, except that they are silver bordered and will total about 216 [...]
Wed, Jun 14, 2017
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WOTC announced today that Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard play. You can read the full column here but the gist is that, while the card is not fundamentally broken, and the prime deck running it, Temur Aetherworks, is not dominant in terms of wins, but in tournament play, 10% of the time its user has a Turn 4 win. Since the deck also factors into a large number of unbeatable draws, WOTC decided it needed to go. [...]
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the offerings for Free RPG DAy [...]
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
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Modiphus has announced yet another Star Trek RPG, coming out later this summer:Today StarTrek.com announced the launch of our pre-order for Star Trek AdventuresWe're currently sharing solicitations with your usual distributors for the range of Star Trek products, expected to hit retail early September. The Borg Cube is expected to ship later in September, due to production pipelines. Demand for these is expected to exceptionally high, so please confirm orders as soon as possible (your distributor will advise dates). Heading the list is the Star Trek Adventures Core Rulebook a full colour hardback allowing you to create your own Star [...]
Wed, Jun 07, 2017
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This week's ICV2 column looks at possible effects of the recently announced deal between Asmodee NA and Alliance. For the consumer, it shouldn't have any effect. For other members of the channel, the effects could be more pronounced. [...]
Tue, Jun 06, 2017
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This week's ICV2 column looks at the difficulty of enforcing a MAPP (Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy). [...]
Tue, May 30, 2017
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Just how does shopping at your Friendly Local Games Store (or any other local retailer) help your local community? Three reasons ( I can think of more but these are the three that come to mind immediately):1. Jobs. Roughly 15 million people, or about 5% of the entire US population works in some aspect of retailing. Granted, it is not a glamorous job or an especially well paid job, though the average retail worker makes just over $18 an hour, according to statistics from the federal government, works just over 30 hours [...]
Tue, May 30, 2017
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