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Offline Emeraldlis

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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2017, 05:22:53 PM »
Haha , no probs undercover geek  O0 I'll report back on my next fact finding mission ....sir , yes sir !!!!!  ;D

It's a pity you can't lure the OAP's grandkids in with cheap booze ...oops , I mean gallons of cheap fizzy pop !, ....I'm sure they'd sneak the booze in for themselves  ::) 

I wonder if they would travel from the campus you have near leamington though , you know , if word got around that there was a gaming store where you are thinking of setting up ?
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2017, 05:27:35 PM »
Could be wrong, but I've heard that game stores make a lot of their profit off of snacks/food/vending sales. I heard that from one guy that was ex-Matrix PR and had designs to open his own gaming shop in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. Can't recall his name and don't know if he even did it, but I do clearly remember our conversation strangely enough. Probably because I'd LOVE to run my own gaming shop. But not unless I had really, really deep pockets.

Shut up, mirth, I can hear you now. :P

You certainly have the merchandise to open your store :P

I think it's pretty accurate that game stores make a good chunk of money off drinks and snacks. I know a guy opeates one of the few remaining FLGS in Southern Maine and the food/drink sales add substantially to his bottom line.

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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2017, 07:54:11 AM »
Could be wrong, but I've heard that game stores make a lot of their profit off of snacks/food/vending sales. I heard that from one guy that was ex-Matrix PR and had designs to open his own gaming shop in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. Can't recall his name and don't know if he even did it, but I do clearly remember our conversation strangely enough. Probably because I'd LOVE to run my own gaming shop. But not unless I had really, really deep pockets.

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You certainly have the merchandise to open your store :P

I think it's pretty accurate that game stores make a good chunk of money off drinks and snacks. I know a guy opeates one of the few remaining FLGS in Southern Maine and the food/drink sales add substantially to his bottom line.



I wonder why FLGS don't include a section for console gaming ? Y'know , make guys who want to do that wear headphones so that the noise isn't a distraction to board gamers . I know the cons to that are most people have there own consoles , game online with other friends , or just don't want to leave the house .......can't walk around your FLGS just wearing nowt but ya pants !!!  :o Then again who knows .......haha

But I think that would be very cool to have the option to do both , rent a board game , or a disc , and actually go meet up with your buddies face to face , rather than always online . Maybe that's just my preference though , gaming for me is about being social and having fun around other people  :) I also just think if I owned a shop like that I would be thinking of all sorts of ways to diversify and keep the place up and running , and appealing to more than just a niche market :)  I think it would be very cool to own that kind of a store .......and sounds like we could raid banzai_ cats stash to get up and running  ;D sorry mate , needs must ....for the greater good and all ...... O:-)
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2017, 08:57:13 AM »
I used to own a lan centre and we would host up to 30 players at any onetime, we'd get the occasional clan who came in, some who'd never met each other except online and they had a blast from Friday til Sunday but sometimes you just couldn't convince people to get out of bed and get their gear ready when, as you say, you could sit in bed in your pants and join our game

But I'd definitely prefer the sat with mates option than sat online with mates

I wish all shops like this good luck and hope them every success and one day hope to have one

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« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2017, 01:59:29 PM »
That sounds like an awesome business you had there undercover geek :)  that just sounds like a LOT of fun !  And yeah , I would much rather game with mates than alone or online . I really hope you get a game store up and running , all the best with it mate :)

I went to a game place with a bunch of friends last year during the summer ( haha , feels weird saying last year now ) don't know if you remember a TV show called the crystal maze ? You had to go through a series of rooms solving puzzles , could be a physical challenge or a mental challenge , and if you didn't solve the puzzle you got locked in the room .

Well about 20 of us went to this place called lough key forest park , they have a set up like the crystal maze . OMG ....it was a lot of fun !!! We split into teams and competed against each other , if you got a part of the puzzle wrong , you couldn't get through the whole room and had to start again ....so you had to remember how to do the first part .....tricky on memory puzzles !! It was very physically challenging , crawling through trap doors , and through glass floor tunnels , and squeezing through tight spaces ...I loved it  :D and the puzzles were really challenging ...and hilarious in parts . It was a really awesome day out . I really want to go again this summer , but camp as well . It's got another activity center there , zip wires  and such , I'd love to give that a try next time :)

I love being outdoors , I'm definately an outdoor type girl :)  but to be honest doing anything like that socially with friends is right up my street !
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2017, 10:04:05 PM »
Sounds like a gaming cafe. We have 4 of those (with a 5th open or soon to be open) in Edmonton now, which seems like an absurdly high number. But it's a great business model for a gamer...pay whatever the fee is, play games, and I can get something to eat and a beer? In.

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« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2017, 12:04:56 PM »
Sounds like a gaming cafe. We have 4 of those (with a 5th open or soon to be open) in Edmonton now, which seems like an absurdly high number. But it's a great business model for a gamer...pay whatever the fee is, play games, and I can get something to eat and a beer? In.

Agreed , Arctic blast  :bd: I think those places are a gamers dream , and it's a nice way to spend time , relaxing , playing a game , the atmosphere in the place I go to is a nice laid back vibe  :) sadly no beer ....but hey , there's a street of bars right around the corner , so it's all good !!! Lol . Hope the new shop that opens turns out to be a good one , at least you have plenty of choice  :D
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2017, 10:49:43 PM »
Sounds like a gaming cafe. We have 4 of those (with a 5th open or soon to be open) in Edmonton now, which seems like an absurdly high number. But it's a great business model for a gamer...pay whatever the fee is, play games, and I can get something to eat and a beer? In.

Agreed , Arctic blast  :bd: I think those places are a gamers dream , and it's a nice way to spend time , relaxing , playing a game , the atmosphere in the place I go to is a nice laid back vibe  :) sadly no beer ....but hey , there's a street of bars right around the corner , so it's all good !!! Lol . Hope the new shop that opens turns out to be a good one , at least you have plenty of choice  :D

If they at least have good coffee, that's a nice fallback from beer.  :)

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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2017, 08:04:24 AM »
I need some advice guys please :) how weird would it be if I turned up to a gaming cafe by myself ? I haven't been able to go back here recently with my gaming partner for various reasons , and I'm feeling the need to open a board game !!! Do you think they will rent out solitaire games ? And how weird would I look sat there by myself playing it !!!!!  :-\
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2017, 08:11:20 AM »
Go by yourself and put a sign on your table that says "will game for food"
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2017, 08:15:08 AM »
Go by yourself and put a sign on your table that says "will game for food"

 :DD........food AND booze !!! Might improve my chances of winning  ;) honestly though , do people just show up at these places hoping to get someone to join them in a game ?
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2017, 08:51:32 AM »
Go by yourself and put a sign on your table that says "will game for food"

 :DD........food AND booze !!! Might improve my chances of winning  ;) honestly though , do people just show up at these places hoping to get someone to join them in a game ?


That's certainly one way of going about it.  Brant had a good suggestion with the standing note.

I would ask someone working there that question, about how best to get a 'pick-up' game going there.  They're generally pretty helpful on the topic.

They may also have designated nights for certain games.  Where pick-up games, with whomever is looking to play, are more likely.  The employees/owner should be able to fill you in on such things if you ask about it.  It's in their interests to get more regulars in the store more often, too.


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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2017, 09:31:44 AM »
Go by yourself and put a sign on your table that says "will game for food"

 :DD........food AND booze !!! Might improve my chances of winning  ;) honestly though , do people just show up at these places hoping to get someone to join them in a game ?

yes.

and "will game for food" sounds a lot less desperate than "let me be your third wheel"
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2017, 09:37:48 AM »
Es, if you're unsure about gaming cafes, or places that sell games, there are gaming clubs that meet at people's houses.
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Re: Dungeons and doughnuts
« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2017, 04:53:17 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement guys to go and give this a try by myself  O0

I'm not sure about going by myself to someone's house for a game Besilarius. I think I'd feel much more comfortable about doing that with someone else to go with, b/c knowing my luck I'll end up with the Neanderthal  ::) but thanks for the link because you never know I might try that in the future :)

I am going to ask about gaming groups though when I go back to the store , and hopefully they'll have something that I can join in on over there :)  now to go make that sign..............
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