Our Games Workshop section jumped the miniatures section bookshelf, marking it's onward march towards the front of the store. It's mostly a symbolic move, but one that allows me to envision our miniatures outside of their designated space. It's the most compacted area of the store and the most profitable, so perhaps the toy department will shrink a bit to some day make room for tin and plastic.
Our Warhammer 40K section will be complete by mid-Summer, meaning we'll have every model offered in the line. We're pretty close now, but we need to shift some inventory around before we can afford to finish. It doesn't help that the hot 40K sellers need to be stocked in such depth. It's good, because it means we're selling stuff, but it takes away from breadth. These are the problems you want to have! We have become the local GW store and as for 40K, it seems we can do no wrong (queue warning sirens). Warhammer Fantasy is a top game now as well, but there are certain items that don't sell, while everything for 40K is selling.
The Flames of War section compacted a bit and our army boxes are on clearance starting at below cost on eBay. We won't be carrying army boxes again, except for special orders. I don't want to say I'm giving up on this game, because sales are erratic but still not horrible, but the product line is simply too wide and the game isn't dynamic enough to encourage people to play obscure models and one-off armies. Only a historical gamer at heart would choose lesser equipment options or less involved nationalities. It's also a game that has failed to capture many new players over the last year, and new players move "back list" stock, while new "late war" releases have failed to energize the existing players. Flames of War is the one miniature game that hasn't blossomed with the addition of a game center. I suppose they can't all be winners.
As long as Battlefront continues to self destruct as a company, FoW will not prosper the way it did when BF was actually releasing new producst that players wanted.ReplyDelete
Yeah, the problems with FoW are entirely the result of bad decisions made by Battlefront.ReplyDelete
They were doing great, but suffered from a few growing pains. Rather than simply fixing those issues, they decided to completely overhaul the way they did business. In doing so they failed to fix the problems they had and they created a whole bunch of new ones.
I'll still play FoW as I became quite bored with the more popular 40K. BF may have business problems, but that doesn't mean their game is totally screwed up.ReplyDelete
I'll take Panthers and Konigstigers over Leman Russ and Land Raider tanks any day. The Vindicator is a nice piece of kit though.
Maybe you can help us jump start FoW this Summer. Our big problems is we don't have an established group.
I'd be willing to do that. If a time can be set aside on the weekends for FoW then I can probably plan ahead for them.ReplyDelete
All I need is a source of period-appropriate terrain and of course some tables, and at least one other person that can devote their time to it.
There was a group playing, but two of us moved away (Fulminata and myself), other players' work commitments; and I had problems making to regular games regardless, because of transportation issues (hopefully solved now).