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Subject: Boardgames now sold at Gamestop rss

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Joel Eddy
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Saw this over on the Boardgames subreddit. Interesting. Good move? Bad move? Signs of the singularity?!"!: *gasp*

I noticed no Euros of course. I would not expect it. Good or bad for FLGS? I vote "good".

http://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/1cqsr1/boardgame...



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Also what is the game to the right of King of Tokyo and above Game of Thrones?
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I think boardgames are coming into their heyday and are entering into the mainstream consciousness. This is just one more way that's happening. Yay!
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eekamouse wrote:
Also what is the game to the right of King of Tokyo and above Game of Thrones?


Looks like The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game. One of these things is not like the other.
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Good: I think it will be beneficial if the employees actually play and can give knowledge about the games they carry in the same way they give information about video games.

Bad: Seriously, JUST used my Gamestop Gift Certificate to get some iTunes gift cards in preparation for Agricola and Eclipse.

?: Do wonder how this will affect FLGSes in close proximity to these Gamestops and if the price points are comparable.

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If videogamers get tired of playing alone and this display exposes them to attractive games they can play F2F with their buddies, I say go for it! Growing the analog hobby gamer base is a good thing!

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I tend to think it will be fine unless Gamestop substantially expands the size of the shelf space for these games and/or starts undercutting the prices. I wonder if we know the effect Barnes and Noble had on FLGS? From what I saw, the prices were comparable.
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GameStop is to designer board games as Chuck Lorre and CBS are to "geek culture."

On a less critical note, I imagine it'd be good for GameStop to pursue tabletop games considering the next generation of consoles won't be allowed to play used games, which makes up a considerable portion of their sales.
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I'd say its a very good thing. After all when someone gets introduced to the hobby the next logical stop is the specialty store. When I can't find a car part at wal-mart I hit up an auto supply store where they specialize in parts and actually know something about they're inventory and its uses. Once more people know they want boardgames more people will seek out an FLGS. But thats just my thought, could be crazy heh.
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Maybe Gamestop will start to trade board games now. I bet I could get five bucks for trading in War of the Ring.

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GameStop is trying to get whatever revenue stream they can especially with the predicted turn from used games this upcoming generatioon. Those games are either directly or thematically tied to what they sell so it's a smart business move. Barnes and Noble sells Eclipse of all things.
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I quit playing boardgames in 1990 but got back into them in 2011 because pc games got to be crap. I think this may be a trend among serious gamers and is starting to get noticed by business savvy people.
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Still wouldn't touch gamestop with a 39 2\6 foot pole though.
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Bryan L wrote:
Maybe Gamestop will start to trade board games now. I bet I could get five bucks for trading in War of the Ring.

$10 if it was the Collector's Edition.
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dbailey wrote:
Bryan L wrote:
Maybe Gamestop will start to trade board games now. I bet I could get five bucks for trading in War of the Ring.

$10 if it was the Collector's Edition.

Easy there buddy... don't get too greedy.
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I just stopped by a GS this past Thursday and I didn't see any display like that.
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It's a great thing for board games to get as much exposure as possible.
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And off I go to trade in all my videogames for store credit...
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Videogamers seem like natural converts to AT-style boardgaming. I'm not sure Gamestop can succeed in being more than a gateway however, as OLGS offer much steeper discounts than online video game stores.
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jaybeethree wrote:
GameStop is trying to get whatever revenue stream they can especially with the predicted turn from used games this upcoming generatioon. Those games are either directly or thematically tied to what they sell so it's a smart business move. Barnes and Noble sells Eclipse of all things.


That was my immediate thought as well. This is foot in the door/test drive for a greatly expanded BG selection to transition their business model out of used video games.

A potentially brilliant corporate idea, provided they have knowledgeable employees and diversity/selection.
 
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ralpher wrote:
I'm not sure Gamestop can succeed in being more than a gateway however, as OLGS offer much steeper discounts than online video game stores.


Well, yeah, if you're willing to spend $200 - $300 on games to get flat rate shipping to make sense or to get free shipping.

Normal people (Normies for short) don't do that. They tend to buy one game at a time.
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Yay! I have credit! I think it's a natural move. They already started with all the phone and tablet things.
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They better not be just games featured on TableTop.

They're not? Phew.
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Hey, I took that picture!! The internet's a crazy place.

FYI, this was taken at a GameStop in Avon, Indiana (a western suburb of Indianapolis). The other side of the display included Dominion and 2 expansions, 7 Wonders, Marvel: Legendary, and a version of Axis and Allies.
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It's likely something only in a few select stores as a trial run, but anything that gets the hobby out there is good in my book.

I don't recall where or if I even read it, but I think Barnes and Nobles hasbeen regarded as "positive" to business elsewhere.
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asutbone wrote:
One of these things is not like the other.


Possibly, but it's not The Big Bang Theory. Eye grabbing IP's and Amerifun selections (and Munchkin which is a given as it's a big seller). The odd men out are Tsuro and 7 Wonders although Tsuro does have some cache with it's presence on Tabletop
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