Hello to all,
We are barely a month into 2017 and there is alot of change going on in the world around us. The gaming community also continues to change. At the Portal, it was decided by Jon to discontinue their relationship with Battlefront. Jon and I discussed this at length and it came down to a simple fact. The Flames of War Product was not moving as fast as BF wanted. They suggested to Jon that he replace the TO (me), and gave him a sheet of directions on how to host tournaments that would be more conducive to helping sales. They have also been shipping him product he didn't order and then charged him for it. Jon stood up for not just his store, but us as well. This was not an easy choice for Jon as I think he worried we would leave the store if he stopped carrying BF's products. I assured him we would stay and remain a presence in the store.
So now the question becomes whats next? We can still play FoW. It is an open gaming store, so that's not an issue. But running events will be harder without available product. After a few chats with a couple of you guys, I feel that some of you might even feel weird trying to run an event they do not sell product in the store to support. Now, we can just get product as prize support, Jon has assured me he can still direct order FoW product from other distributors. But the times, they are a changin.
Now, over the last few years, we have diversified (nice word eh?) our groups gaming interests to avoid burnout from focusing on just one game. Now this will come in very handy for us as we move forward. The Portal still has several fine choices that they buy product for. Warlord games (Bolt Action, Muskets& Tomahawks, Beyond the Gates of Antares, Pikemans Lament), We also have SAGA still in store stock (albeit mostly Crescent and the Cross). And I'm sure we can see about what Jon and his staff are willing to help us with as we move forward.
Now, this is a list of games we, in small groups or as a whole have also brought to the club
Flames of War
Muskets & Tomahawks
A Fistfull of TOW's
Chain of Command
L'Art de Guerre
Not too shabby,and there is alot out there for us to explore and try, so I say we move forward and open the horizons up!
Check your 6 (WW1 Biplanes)
Wooden ships and Iron Men (Using miniatures instead of counters)
Beyond the Gates of Antares (for a sci fi change of pace)
Killteam, Warhammer 40K Squad game (if we really want to torture ourselves)
Age of Sigmar (More Warbands)
So, there we are. I'd like to hear from all of you and know what your thoughts are on moving forward.