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Supporting your Friendly Local Game Shop

From: Johann
Sent on: Friday, March 2, 2018 11:45 AM

Hello my fellow geeks and gamers!

I want to talk with you about the importance of Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS's) to our meetup, and to the local gamer community in general. For years, there has been a symbiotic relationship between game stores and game players. Stores have provided us with free table space to play in, and in return, most of us bought games from their shelves.

In the last week, I have heard of two local game shops (and rumors of more) that have been forced to change that arrangement. They now have to charge for table space, either in store credit or as a flat table fee.

That is not a good sign for our hobby as a whole, but I don't blame the stores for doing this to keep their doors open. I think it is a sign that we have not been adequately supporting their BUSINESSES.

One of my long time pet peeves is hearing gamers who play in store space, then say "I liked that game. I will go online to buy a copy." Of course, online retailers can offer their games cheaper than our FLGS's can. And part of that is because they are NOT paying for floor space and tables to host local gamers. Part of their markup enables them to provide the less tangible services that they do to our community.

But rather than pointing fingers of blame, I want to discuss ways that we can be better supporters of our friendly neighborhood game shops. We in Austin are blessed with over a dozen great game stores.

So, my fellow geeks and gamers, the next time you are enjoying a game at your Friendly Local Game Store, please make sure you are giving them some support. Buy a game, an expansion, a card pack, or even just a snack.Show them enough love in return to help them keep their doors open.

Thanks for listening!


Jeff "Johann" Johannigman

Chief Organizer


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