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Time Enough at Last
In a Facebook group the other day, there was a discussion about how ROM piracy enforcement is starting to get harsher and harsher, ranging from outright litigation from publishers to prosecution by authorities to getting cut off by local ISPs for excessive ...
Time Enough at Last
Time Enough at Last
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The Money Train Requires Many Dollars But Only Two Rails
This article will be a bit brusque, so I want to start with a disclaimer.  Since it was recently made public that I was invited to take part in Wizards of the Coast's WPN Retailer Advisory Panel, I think it prudent at the outset to state that what you are a...
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Dominant
The weekend brought with it the prerelease for Magic's newest expansion, Dominaria , a throwback to the game's original setting with plenty of retro flavor and reasonable card power levels. Yeah, it was a success. Just about everything related to this relea...
Dominant
Dominant
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Convention-al Wisdom
It's about time for convention season again, and I'm seriously unsure whether or how much we want to participate moving forward.  I mostly pulled the plug on this business component after last year's Phoenix Comicon debacle, but opportunity continues to kno...
Convention-al Wisdom
Convention-al Wisdom
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Push Decay
Basic supply and demand tells us that there is a "sweet spot" for price at which it's low enough that the product meets its needed turn rate, but high enough that it's worth it for the seller to stock the item at all.  For a lot of merchandise, this "sweet ...
Push Decay
Push Decay
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Why We Do Pre-Orders The Way We Do
The new shiny is even newer and shinier when it's not here yet.  I assure you, I know this anticipation very well.  I cannot think of a product in recent memory that I am as eager to purchase as the forthcoming Ori and the Will of the Wisps for the Xbox One...
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Category Killer Killed By Category
Last week while I was at the 2018 GAMA Trade Show , Toys R Us announced what we all knew was coming before much longer: the imminent closure of all their stores .  Just like that, another fixture of 1990s category-killer big box retail is gone, and once aga...
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The High Sierras and the 2018 GAMA Trade Show
Last March at the GAMA Trade Show's final (for now) Las Vegas installment, I observed: Reno and the Peppermill [Hotel] will be tested in earnest next March.  If that test amounts to "be better than Bally's," Reno will probably do okay. I spent last week at ...
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Asmodee Makes Another Move
You'll have to pardon the spotty updating this week; I am at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno and not spending a lot of time in front of a keyboard. It's Tuesday and that means a long day of publisher presentations.  The one that had the most business consequenc...
Asmodee Makes Another Move
Asmodee Makes Another Move
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Thoughts, Part 9
It's about that time of year again.  Next week I'm off to the GAMA Trade Show, where I'll network with my peers and the various publishers, distributors, and other stakeholders in the comic and hobby game industry.  I'm mostly excited because it's the only ...
Thoughts, Part 9
Thoughts, Part 9
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