Magic The Gathering pre-release events were today, and there was quite a hubbub surrounding this event. People were out in droves, spending their Saturday at local game stores playing the game. How do I know this, you ask? Today we spent visiting local game stores to leave fliers and meet the game store management. There were pros and cons to hitting the streets on the same day as the release.
1. There were hordes of gamers out and about.
2. There was excitement in the air as players’ favorite game was played around the many tables in the stores.
3. The managers and owners were present in nearly every store.
1. There was so much activity we only had a few minutes with each store manager.
2. Parking was impossible to find!
Despite the flurry of activity in the stores, almost every manager and owner present took the time to visit with us. We were welcomed into their store, they expressed interest in our game and company, and were helpful and supportive in every way.
Local game stores offer so much more than selling games. They have tables for people to play games and visit. They have tournaments to play their customers’ favorite games. They provide a community – a place to meet other gamers, hang out and do what they love to do. They also support their community by posting community boards, they sponsor gaming events, and they have inside knowledge of what is happening in the gaming world. Visiting with a gentleman from one of the stores, we discovered a game developers group that we are going to visit to meet and support other like minded people.
Next time you are considering buying a game online to save a couple of bucks, remember your local game store. Keep our gaming community alive and well, and check out what they have to offer.
We are ordering our T-shirts for the contest and to wear at the game convention, Genghis Con, in a few weeks. Once the winners are selected, we will get sizes and send them off to print. Here is an example of what they will look like:
Thank you for supporting our project, your local game stores, and Goblin rights everywhere. Once again, here is a link to our project, The Goblin Pit Fight.