One of the most disappointing aspects of the switch to the new software has been the lost of the newsletter subscription data we had built up over a year in the previous site. The importation of the data was horrendously inefficient and messed up, and by the time we had freed some time to look at it again, it had been months since the switch over. Making a decision to not import the data again was mostly to err on the side of privacy. Still, losing access to all that information was annoying.
Now the new software doesn’t automatically prompt customers to add themselves to the newsletter. In fact, customers must go out of their way to do so by logging into their account or using the small newsletter box. This has seen a much reduced number of new subscribers, a factor that isn’t great for prompting return customers.
Thus the recent redesign of the site to put the newsletter box to the right, and hopefully above the fold for most customers. This should prompt more customers / guests to add themselves to the newsletter. In theory at least. We will see.
We had a restock from our Canadian distributtor including a series of games from FunAgain / FRED Distribution.
New board games
Age of Steam
After some debate, we’ve decided to edit the directory structure of the site a bit more to clean things up. So now, we’ve got an additional two categories – Gunpowder under War Games and Adult Games under Family Games. Though that last sounds strange..
I’ve also taken some time to add even more tags to the site.
So lately, I’ve been running down to the US once a week. This is great because it means we are doing well in sales. It’s not so great for our storage space as we continually get a ton of packing materials and boxes.
Now, the packing materials we save for reuse since they are mostly weevils and brown paper anyway and I’d hate to discard them. Of course, that means I now have 5 big boxes of packing materials sitting around the warehouse waiting to be used (and this is the overflow after we ship everything out). But at least I feel justified keeping them around as I know sooner or later, I’ll be using them.
On the other hand, our orders all come in very large boxes – at least 3 feet by 2 feet by 3 feet. As a pack rat, I hate discarding these boxes for any reason – after all, I could use them again. Really. I could. I mean, I get an order that needs a box of that size every… month. Maybe.
Yup, you see the problem. I get 2 to 3 boxes of that size every week, and every month I use 1. I’m suddenly finding my storage space piling up with unused large boxes. Logically, I should send these boxes for recycling.
But the pack rat in me keeps going ‘mine’. We could use this. You know. 10 years from now. Really. So for now, I’m procrastinating… but I can see this ending badly very, very soon when my pack rat nature gets overwhelmed by my practical nature. At which point, a cleansing shall occur.
Battle line is Reiner Knizai’s best 2-player game, combining the elegance and simplicity based on set collection as seen in Lost Cities and the myriad strategic decisions of Blue Moon.
In Battle Line, players take on the role of generals commanding armies arrayed in a battle line, spread over 9 posts (flags). To win, players need to win either 5 flags in total or 3 adjacent flags.
Winning a flag is a mater of having stronger forces, in this case, determined by the colours and numbers played on the flag (to a maximum of 3 normally). With 60 cards, in 6 colours with strength ranging from 1 to 10, players will need to create forrmations to beat their opponent. These formations are basically drawn from poker hands, with the straight flush the strongest down to the straight and single numbers winning.
It’s a concept that is easy for players to grasp, but throwing in flags and tactic cards make the game more complicated and strategic. Battle Line is a definite winner for any 2 player card game and should not be missed.
Just a quick restock today, we’ve got a few more orders arriving from our various distributors throughout this week and early next week. Should be a good week for getting games that people want in-stock including the new Age of Steam.
Starfarers of Catan
And yes, that really is Starfarers. We found a distributor who still had some stock, and brought a few copies in.