The Castle’s Ramparts

This weeks' Rolling for Initiative column follows up on last week's column on exclusives and looks at why distributors in general matter to the gaming industry. [...]
Mon, Aug 21, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the reasons for game exclusives and who benefits and who doesn't [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the implications of the announced exclusive games at Target as well as the announced non-exclusivity of Arcane Tinmen products. [...]
Mon, Aug 07, 2017
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While not mattering much to the individual consumer, exclusivity is a concern for stores since it limits places from which we can order product. For example, one reason it is hard to find the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game is that only one distributor in the US has the right to carry it, so if a store, any store wants to stock it in, the store has to open an account with that distributor. While good for the distributor since it brings more stores in as customers, it is not so good for the store since stores have to split [...]
Fri, Aug 04, 2017
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According to the below email from GenCon, the convention will have no onsite sales of badges and is close to selling out for the time in its history:Thursday badges have now sold out and only a limited amount of Friday badges remain for Gen Con 50. This is your last chance to get into the historic show! Gen Con is approaching its first full-sell out, and interested attendees will not want to wait to secure their Friday badge. There will be no onsite sales of badges, so don't delay; order your badge at gencon.com! [...]
Wed, Aug 02, 2017
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Every so often I see a news story about the resurgence of boardgames, as if they had gone away somewhere. This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at reasons why people are still surprised boardgames get played. [...]
Mon, Jul 31, 2017
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the D&D Miniatures Tomb of Annihilation set arrived yesterday and we have plenty of boxes and single figures.Bring the heroes, villains, and monsters from the jungle of Chult, as well as the Tomb of the Nine Gods to life in this latest series of fantasy miniatures!Collect all 44 figures from Tomb of Annihilation, the newest set of randomly sorted monsters and heroes in our exciting line of D&D miniatures, Icons of the Realms.Adventurers have been sent to the jungle peninsula of Chult, where they must face all manner of dangers in order to find the lost city. Adventurers will need [...]
Thu, Jul 27, 2017
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WOTC just made a major change to their promotional program, rather the way in which we handle promotional items. Prior to this, certain promotional items such as the Buy a Box Card and Game Day playmats, had to be destroyed after a certain amount of time if they were not used for the promotion for which they were designed. Now, after the promotional period has ended, stores can use them to enhance play in whatever manner deemed suitable. Stores, of course, still cannot sell promo items, they must be given to players. [...]
Tue, Jul 25, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at a couple of RPGs that appear influenced by Netflix' Stranger Things. [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017
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This week's Rolling for Initiative column looks at the one way WOTC could improve pre-releases and Friday night magic and no, it is not giving away more free stuff. [...]
Mon, Jul 17, 2017
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