New Board Games: December 30th, 2016

Alchemists: King’s Golem
Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game
GURPS: Discworld Roleplaying Game
Numenera Starter Set
Ogre: Sixth Edition
Star Wars: Armada – Rebel Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack
Star Wars: Armada – Imperial Light Cruiser Expansion Pack
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Jabba’s Realm
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Jabba the Hutt Villain Pack
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Captain Terro Villain Pack
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Alliance Rangers Ally Pack
Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Ally Pack
Star Realms – Promo Pack 1
The Great Zimbabwe

New Board Games: December 15th, 2016

Burke’s Gambit
Exploding Kittens: Imploding Kittens Expansion
DOOM: The Board Game
Great Scott! The Game of Mad Invention
One Night: Revolution (Kickstarter Edition)
The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
Mare Nostrum: Empires – Extra Dice
Mare Nostrum: Empires – Odysseus Markers and War & Peace Markers
Mare Nostrum: Empires – Buildings Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Striker Expansion Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: U-wing Expansion Pack
Scythe (Restock)
Scythe: Invaders from Afar

New Board Games – December 9th, 2016

Android: Netrunner LCG – Martial Law Data Pack
Baseball Highlights: 2045 Expansion #1 – Coaches
Baseball Highlights: 2045 Expansion #2 – Rally Cap
Baseball Highlights: 2045 Expansion #3 – Naturals
Baseball Highlights: 2045 Expansion #4 – Robots
Black Orchestra
Camel Up Cards
Catch a Falling Star
Citadels (Revised)
Clash of the Battle Goats
Collection Oniverse – Nautilion
Modern Land Battles: Target Acquired
Nitrol Glyxerol
Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Core Game
Warfighter World War II: Expansion 1 – Americans vs Germans
Warfighter World War II: Expansion 2 – The British
Warfighter World War II: Expansion 3 – Soldiers
Warfighter World War II: Expansion 4 – Gear

Business Plans – Write one or not?

It’s strange. I know a lot of people (including us!) pour hours into writing a business plan.  When we first launched, I know I devoted a ton of time writing one.  In the years since then, I’ve worked with a few other businesses and launched others and in all these cases, the work being done being an Internet / Digital business, we didn’t bother with a business plan.  A lot of the time, those businesses failed, a few times, it went well.

Looking at our options and what we did, I wonder if it makes sense to write one.  I know, best practice wise that you should.  However, after a while,  you realise that you end up asking those questions yourself anyway.  Of course, it might vary a bit depending on how much money you are really talking about – most of our other businesses that we ‘launched’ we were talking $5-10,000 in expenses.  Launching a business like Starlit Citadel cost significantly more.

However, if you know the business (or just business in general), sometimes the time taken to write a formal business plan could be spent doing more important things – like research into your location or your competitors or ways to save money on the business.   To me, a business plan is a way of asking the important questions in a structured way, but if those questions are being answered, perhaps it doesn’t matter if it isn’t written in Times New Roman, 12 font, double-spaced with proper titles.  Maybe it’s just better to make sure the questions are answered and you are moving ahead.

Certainly, I’ve seen a number of businesses die in the business plan phase, not because of the lack of capital or time but because businesses moved too slow and another business came in and did it.  Sometimes, it might just be better to fly with the seat of your pants.

Just don’t spend more than you can afford to lose.

New Board Games: December 1st, 2016

A Game of Thrones LCG: There is my Claim Chapter Pack (2nd Edition)
Conan: The board Game
Crisis: Tokyo
Istanbul: Letters & Seals Expansion
Legendary Inventors
Loony Quest
Moral Dilemma
Pax Renaissance
Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport
Star Wars: Destiny – Kylo Ren Starter Set
Star Wars: Destiny – Rey Starter Set
Star Wars: Destiny – Awakenings Booster Pack
The Blood of an Englishman
The Lord of the Rings LCG: Sands of Harad Deluxe Expansion
Treasure Lair