New Games: July 26th, 2012

New Board Games

A Call to Arms : Federation Fleet Box Set
A Call to Arms : Klingon Fleet Box Set
A Call to Arms : Star Fleet Romulan Fleet Box Set
A Call to Arms : Star Fleet Main Rulebook
A Call to Arms : Squadron #1 – The Federation
A Call to Arms : Squadron #2 – Klingons
A Call to Arms : Squadron #9 – Romulan
A Call to Arms : Squadron #5 – Klingon vs Orion
A Call to Arms : Squadron #7 – Federation Reinforcements
Starship Merchants Game
Ars Magica 5th Edition
Ars Magica Convenants
Ars Magica Hedge Magic Revised
Call of Cthulhu LCG : The Unspeakable Pages
A Game of Thrones LCG : Chasing Dragons Chapter Pack
Down in Flames : Wingmen
Thunderbolt – Apache Leader

Sales by Manufacturer – Q2 2012

Thought I’d do an update from our previous sales by quantity pie-chart.  This time, we’re doing it by revenue since I actually think more in terms of revenue than quantity most of the time.

Manufacturer Sales by Revenue at Starlit Citadel - Q2 2012

By basing this on revenue, we can see publishers like MayDay games drop off the chart entirely.  With it’s exclusive agreements, Alliance definitely has a large chunk of our funds flowing to it too.  A big surprise for us is GMT Games in the Top 10. It’ll be interesting for us to drill down to see how much of that is Twilight Struggle.

SEO – What Doesn’t Work Anymore

For those of you who don’t know – Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the term used when a website attempts to list themselves on the front page of the Search Engines for certain keywords.  There’s a lot that goes into SEO and because it is based on the ranking algorithms of the search engines, it’s constantly changing.  What you knew to work a year ago might not actually be valid anymore.

I’m going to discuss what isn’t valid any longer, in hopes of getting less spam:

1) Blog Commenting

This hasn’t been valid in about 2 years. Ever since the  ‘nofollow’ attribute was added, most blogs automatically ‘nofollow’ all blog comment links.  So stop sending out your spambots. It doesn’t work

2) Reciprocal Links

No, I don’t want to exchange links with your random site on porn / casino games / celebrities.  No, really.  I don’t care – reciprocal links haven’t worked in… what? 5 years?

3) Directory / Search Engine Submissions

No, I don’t care or want to submit to 50,000 directories.  The vast majority of those directories are junk and certainly not worth paying you to submit my site to.  Worst case scenario – you could actually hurt me.

4) Page Rank

I don’t care what your Page Rank is.  It’s nice you’re at 5. So what? The data is inaccurate and out-dated by at least 6 months.



Running out of Ideas

I’m running out of ideas in terms of business blog posts.  At least for the next little while – I’m sure I’ll come back to it with new comments / etc but without rehashing things I’ve already discussed, I’m at a loss of words.

So; what would people like me to talk about? Or again or in more detail? I’m open to discussing most things ; and if I’m not I’ll discuss why I’m not 🙂

We’ve got a few game reviews scheduled for certain, and I’ll be posting some data about game sales soon (once year-end fiddling with numbers is over).  However, I’d definitely like feedback on what else to write about.