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Re: [singles-2619] Game Meetup News: Additional Venue Will Let More People Attend Meetups

From: Lloyd B.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:23 AM

About me: I used to own War Dogs Game Center, so I have experience running a game store. Since then, I've written business plans and consulted for other people who plan to open or have a game store. I write the Business of Gaming Retail, a game store advice column on I've been gaming since 1980, mostly D&D, but I've played hundreds of games.

About FLGS: While a new store, I obviously have lots of contacts in Jax. I've seen old War Dogs customers come in daily since we opened last week. We have 2500 square feet, most of it dedicated to play space. We plan to increase our board/card game inventory to a larger stock than I had at War Dogs.  Starting from day 1, we have a larger and more diverse inventory than anyone in town except Borderlands. Soon we'll surpass them, too. Which is sad, really, because I don't consider this to be a lot of inventory by my standards.

We're in the old space vacated by Sun Coast Comics when they closed, so a lot of gamers are already familiar with the store. We have cleaned it up a bit, though, and without the action figures and anime and stuff, there's a much more open feel.

On 1/15/2013 8:31 AM, Marie wrote:

Thank you for the information. Your message has been received by the group via your email. I would like to know more about you and your store, so I'd like to pay a visit in person sometime this week. I was not aware of you before. :)
That said, the primary reasons why I've opted to work with Mike Benson at Happy Viking are: 1) his venue has ample space specifically for board gaming which he is interested in sharing with us to bring together the local board gaming community, and 2) his store has physical games in stock that may be of interest to our members at prices competitive with what we would pay online.
While all local game stores are appreciated for all that they do, Happy Viking is the first I have encountered so far that offers both of these qualities concurrently.
I look forward to meeting you soon and learning more about what you do!
Thanks again,
Marie Niesse-Barlow

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