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Steve Cole
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Retailers, like all humans, are trapped between what they want to do (defined by interests, or requests), what they can do (limited by time, space, and money), and what they have to do (to keep the doors open). There are only so many hours, so many shelves, so many dollars. Having game tables is good, but it comes at the cost of a lot of shelves. Given limited time, they focus on what they don't have to "sell" but what they just have to "keep on the shelves" so people come and buy it. That's all retailers, not just game stores. Ever wonder why grocery stores sell so much stuff that isn't food? (e.g., school supplies, party supplies, cosmetics, books, magazines, medication, music, and on and on).
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My heart and Katra go to SFB for always and forever. It's logical.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can say is that I enjoyed it in the 80's and now play it again in the 21st century.
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irashaine1972
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Cole wrote:
. Ever wonder why grocery stores sell so much stuff that isn't food? (e.g., school supplies, party supplies, cosmetics, books, magazines, medication, music, and on and on).


I will tell you why ,being a longtime grocery store manager, its maximize the average basket "ring". That is the average amount of dollars customers basket contents come to overall each day. Every year a store pushes to increase this year after year. It indicates the overall growing attraction to your particular store. Therefore providing a well rounded shopping experience, in theory, will make your store more of a one stop destination. Increasing your business while decreasing the competitors.

That being said I am glad the SFU is alive and well. I have been in the gaming hobby for about 30 years and of all the years I have been shopping ant hobby/game stores it seems that SFB has been one of those products that has always been lurking around. However I must say that I only ever tried it once probably about 17 or 18 years ago but I was so into Warhammer and other such things it didn't really catch on. I was really into running FASA Trek in those days and a big ST fan on top of it but SFB just seemed sorta cumbersome. That and it was also the peak of the TNG days and the films were at an all time high in popularity (think Undiscovered Country) so I suppose in alot of ways SFB seemed a little dated in its context.

However after many years of gaming and after endless playing of Warhammer and Warmachine and Historicals and RPGs and Card Games galore I find myself a little burnt especially on the fanboy competitive immature climate of the game scene.

So in order to find something "new" I have become interested in something"old". Or at least that has been around since the beginning. After checking out and being fairly impressed by FC I am giving SFB another go as well. In doing so I actually realized one big thing that has contributed to my dissatisfaction with alot of game sis the ever increasing simplicity. I actually miss the heavier detail and bookkeeping that seemed to be far more common in games back in the days when introverted, overly intelligent, excessively imaginative young men poured over mostly black and white books and documents in cold garages, studies and vacant university halls late at night working out the events in some distant world or universe.

It seems to all given way to a mass marketing scheme that emphasizes power gaming and spending money over what once was something done for the love of imagination.

Seems almost like SFB is one of the last few systems that refuses to disconnect from its roots and what I think of as the classical gaming traditions from the early days of the hobby and those of us that have been along for most of the ride.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

irashaine1972 wrote:
Every year a store pushes to increase this year after year. It indicates the overall growing attraction to your particular store. Therefore providing a well rounded shopping experience, in theory, will make your store more of a one stop destination. Increasing your business while decreasing the competitors.


Purchase list for ADB store: Captain's Log 42, loaf of bread, Klingon Attack, dozen eggs, Fed CA mini, butter, Briefing #2, gallon of milk. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot the DVD of Klingon Gurlz Play Beach Blanket Bingo.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the one in the plain brown wrapper? Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAHAHAhAHA! Steve, you crack me up.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Czuhars wrote:
HAHAHAhAHA! Steve, you crack me up.

"Kzintis Gone Wild" Order now!


And don't forget Orion Slave Girls Gone Wild going "WHOO HOOO!!" and "YEEAAHH, PARTYYY"! Laughing

(Yes I listen to WAY too much Bob and Tom Cool)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm holding out for "Romulan girls play beach bingo" to go with my Romulan border boxed set! LMAO Laughing
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