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A FLGS where I used to live opened up about 4 years ago, they moved just after christmas to a bigger location so they could be a store/ gaming cafe and were 50-80% full most times I was there on an evening or weekend.


Sissyl wrote:
Does this correlate with less FLGSs?

Probably has a lot more to do with Amazon than anything.

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David knott 242 wrote:
Does anyone live in an area where new FLGSs have opened recently?

I do.

I'm delighted to have it - I live in Guernsey, which is an island, so visiting the next nearest FLGS involves a plane or a boat. However, their emphasis is very much on card games and computer games, with board games third and tabletop RPGs very much in last place.

I decided to get the 5th edition Core Books a few weeks ago, and took their last copies of the DMG and MM. They didn't have any PHBs, although they were willing to order it for me. (Needless to say, I didn't take them up on it; if I have to order something, Amazon is faster, cheaper and delivers to my door.) The only other 5ed WotC product they had was one copy of Curse of Strahd.

They have lots and lots of Pathfinder stuff.

In most places, that would be a sign that Pathfinder sells and 5ed doesn't, but in Guernsey it could equally imply the opposite, as getting in new deliveries depends on factors outside their control (primarily the weather).


David knott 242 wrote:
Does anyone live in an area where new FLGSs have opened recently?

Two within ten miles. The closer one is more about minis than anything else, with several gaming tables that are usually set up for wargames and evening opening for X-Wing, WarmaHordes, and MtG (they sell several card games apart from Magic). Their board game section has expanded, and on Saturday they've got a regular boardgame event which is kid-friendly. Their RPG section is rather small but they do sell a variety of games - D&D 5e, PF, and FFG Star Wars - but they don't have enough demand for an RPG evening.

The other one, a bit down the road, only opened last year. They started with a fairly even split in space between RPGs, board games, and miniatures with various card games near the desk. Their RPG section has got quite a bit smaller since then, and quite a bit of the initial stock has gone on the bargain shelves with the space it took up replaced by more 'family' board games.


MMCJawa wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Quark Blast wrote:

I think WotC will likely leverage the upcoming movie (2017? 2018?) to increase their sales. Deciding to do this looks to me like a no-brainer effort and should raise the tide for other RPGs as well.

Given the abysmal track record of D+D movies so far, I would not be betting the farm on this. How many failed movies will it take to get WOTC to stop beating this dead horse?

Instead of making movies titled "Dungeons and Dragons", I wonder if it ever occured to them to anchor a movie around a popular novel series instead, like maybe a set of books that keeps hitting the best seller list?

Those rights were sold Pre-Hasbro buyout, and DnD sold the rights in such a way that they have little if any control of them.

Hasbro has been fairly aggressive with producing big budget blockbuster adaptations of there products; While their movies haven't been exactly a huge critical success, one can't argue that the Transformer movies haven't made a ton of money.

Basically, comparing the previous attempts with both low budgets, poor scripts, and mostly no-name actors with whatever Hasbro is going to produce is probably not relevant.

Exactly this.

I'm not arguing that the movie cannot be a flop, just that it is far more likely to succeed*. And if the movie succeeds there is no way this won't also have a positive impact on 5E sales.

* With success having nothing to do with critical or Oscar accolades but mere ROI.


The first DnD movie had a pretty decent cast. It's biggest problem was an inexperienced director, who was also one of the producers.

And that same producer has been attached to most of the DnD films, including the next one. Though in his defense, even he felt he shouldn't direct the first one. That was the fault of other producers.


Melkiador wrote:

The first DnD movie had a pretty decent cast. It's biggest problem was an inexperienced director, who was also one of the producers.

And that same producer has been attached to most of the DnD films, including the next one. Though in his defense, even he felt he shouldn't direct the first one. That was the fault of other producers.

And hopefully he's learned something about making a good movie in the last (almost) 20 years. EDIT So I just checked IMDB and I'm not so hopeful now.

I only saw the first movie once and the guy who shrieked all the time was really annoying. Maybe not Jar Jar level annoying but right up there.

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