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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from motleyslayer »
    so this is pretty unfortunate news for people in the US and Latin America. Wizards is suspending in store play in the US and LATAM even longer.

    at this point I don't know what to think
    Yeah someone else made a separate thread on this in the rumor mill:

    https://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/magic-fundamentals/the-rumor-mill/818153-organized-play-suspended-again
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    There were also rumors swirling in the news media recently about the potential for a second global pandemic with Bubonic Plague when China recently confirmed cases in the inner Mongolia autonomous region with two people currently in quarantine. On another note, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that they don't believe the resurgence of the Bubonic Plague in China to be high risk yet they said the same thing about COVID-19 as early as last year and look what happened afterward. Of course it didn't help when Trump ignored it as a hoax which led to our current predicament. Bubonic Plague isn't as deadly as it was back in the 14th century thanks to antibiotics though it could become a problem with rumors of antibiotics running out globally. If COVID-19 is found to only be curable and/or treatable with antibiotics as much as with the Bubonic Plague that could also spell disaster as well. Not saying it will happen but definitely something to watch out for.

    As for the recent revelation about COVID-19 being airborne, yeah I can definitely see how this will be a major challenge for Local Game Stores (LGS) where their infrastructure was never really built for Outdoor Play since they were originally designed for In-Store Play hence the name. The problem is that these stores aren't able to function like how some sports stadiums have a interchangeable roof depending on the cost of how much overhead is being used. The cost to maintain that sort of environment isn't worth it compared to being an online vendor like Rudy from Alpha Investments and Sports N More where they don't provide In-Store Play for people to play Paper Magic with the assumption that they're just going to play at home when they're not. Apparently only half of all offline MTG players prefer to play at their LGS while the other half prefers to play at home even though it's less convenient for gathering playgroups especially with those who don't have access to social media.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Thought I'd share this important news article to you all from the Associated Press:

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/07/06/scientists-urge-who-to-acknowledge-virus-can-spread-in-air/24547938/
    Quote from The Associated Press »
    LONDON (AP) — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown “beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air.” That means people in certain indoor conditions could be at greater risk of being infected than was previously thought. The WHO has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground. It has dismissed the possibility of airborne transmission, except for certain high-risk medical procedures, like when patients are first put on breathing machines.

    In a statement on Monday, the U.N. health agency said it was aware of the article and was reviewing it with technical experts. WHO has been criticized in recent weeks and months for its seeming divergence from the scientific community. The organization for months declined to recommend mask-wearing, partly out of supply concerns and has also continued to describe the transmission of COVID-19 from people without symptoms as “rare.” The letter was endorsed by 239 scientists from a variety of fields. It stated that the issue of whether or not COVID-19 was airborne was of “heightened significance” as many countries stop restrictive lockdown measures. The authors cited previous studies suggesting that germs closely related to the new virus were spread via airborne transmission. They said “there is every reason to expect” that the coronavirus behaves similarly.

    They also cited a Washington state choir practice and research about a poorly ventilated restaurant in Guangzhou, China, each of which raised the possibility of infections from airborne droplets. “We are concerned that the lack of recognition of the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19 and the lack of clear recommendations on the control measures against the airborne virus will have significant consequences,” the scientists wrote. “People may think they are fully protected by adhering to the current recommendations but in fact, additional airborne interventions are needed.” Scientists around the world have been working furiously to understand the new virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is thought to mainly jump from person to person through close contact, but adds:

    “We are still learning about how the virus spreads.” Martin McKee, a professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who was not linked to the letter, said the scientists' arguments sounded “entirely reasonable.” “Part of the problem is that everybody at WHO was moving with the paradigm of influenza, even though we know there are lots of differences between influenza and coronaviruses,” he said. McKee noted that with Britain's recent reopening of its pubs, restaurants and salons, the possibility of airborne coronavirus transmission might mean stricter interventions are needed indoors, including more mask-wearing and continued physical distancing. “We're getting accumulating evidence about super-spreading events happening in indoor spaces where there are large numbers of people in confined spaces,” he said. “Many of these are in exactly the circumstances that governments now want to open up.”
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from Narvuntien »
    There are enough things to worry about before getting to biological warfare (or what God thinks of you). You might just have anxiety, something that this virus is making worse, maybe seek some professional help. Seriously, you don't need to pull on those bootstraps yourself, Maybe, you just need some help because your brain doesn't produce the right amount of serotonin.

    I was talking to you as if you were sane but you are a Peterson Fan *facepalm*
    I don't really follow Jordan Peterson all that much when I mainly found his discussion on the "Peter Pan Syndrome" to be really insightful to what the current generation of young adults are going through right now. Believe it or not it's actually based on an actual book published in 1983 titled, "The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up".
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I'm confused, are you a Millennial or Gen X?
    Both since I was born in the early 80's.
    LGS will fail or survive. LGS will return in time. It sucks, it isn't "fair". But its where we are at. Adapt and find your own answers. Patience and persistence is needed. Magic and gaming in general isn't over. Its changing. Hang in there. Smile
    The LGS had to end at some point. Why do we continue to latch onto things that no longer serve us according to God, especially If it's distracting us from getting closer to Him? Luke 16:13 says that no one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. It's hard because when it comes to gaming it glorifies ourselves more than it glorifies God. It doesn't necessarily mean that you hate God when it means that He's no longer the top priority to you while you're gaming which also kind of ties into the Lukewarm Christian mindset.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    I grew up during the Cold War. Needing to recognize where the nearest Nuclear Fallout shelter was. Practicing "duck and cover". (As if our grade school desks would save us from a nuclear blast. And yes our school practiced in the early 70's as we were near an Air Force Base and anti nuke rocket site) Fearing what the USSR was up to all the time. Mutual destruction. (MD is still around by the way.)

    The point is we made it through that stage. If we have to worry about germ warfare currently then we will do the same as every civilization has tried to manage their endgame scenario and hopefully make it through. Life goes on in the meantime. Its a sad fact that businesses will go under. Others will pop up to take their place in time. We aren't going to be stuck in this outbreak forever. Life is hard and there are NO guarantees. I see you are quoting scripture in your signature. Look more deeply and I think you may find some solace. Its not the end, look for the good, seize it and don't let others bring you down. Again I would urge you, find family and/or friends and play Magic for fun, kitchen table style. Teach people formats that you like playing. You can have fun without someone having to organize for you, DO IT YOURSELF!!! Smile
    I think this sort of speaks to the "manchild" mentality of young millennials (like myself whose also part Generation X) or as Dr. Dan Kiley (psychoanalyst) describes it as "Peter Pan Syndrome" who're people stuck living in their parents basements where they continue struggling to build stable foundations for themselves instead of having to rely on others to do it for them. I get why that's appealing to them because they don't have to put in as much effort without having to deal with the financial / marital burdens of what previous generations had to go through to get where they are today. Eventually as we get older we have to rely on ourselves more than others just to survive in this ever changing world we live in and I think that's one of the cruel lessons I learned about the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing is ever a certainty as tomorrow may be the last. That's why we got to try to make the best of what we already have left.

    As Jordan Peterson mentioned about "Peter Pan Syndrome", it's all about choosing your own sacrifice (not to be confused with suicide) instead of allowing fate to decide for you. When COVID-19 occurred people with the syndrome (such as myself) were no longer able to ignore having to sacrifice anything as the pandemic already made the choice for them and now it's up to those who've been affected to make up for lost time compared to those who already fully matured out of adolescence. The way I see it is to treat "Peter Pan Syndrome" as you would drink alcohol by drinking responsibly as long as you don't get drunk enough on your own nostalgia to allow it to consume you before you become sober as dangerous as that might sound. It's real easy to allow nostalgia to cloud our judgment on things that don't match what is or isn't culturally relevant by today's societal norms.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from Onering »
    Card slinger, its impractical to base a business plan on a once a century event. Practicality dictates that if there is a rare event that can possibly destroy your business, but it's rare enough that you are very likely to die before it happens again, you don't let that hold you back from running your business.
    Given recent advancements in 21st century technology I don't think outbreaks that require the kind of response that we've made with COVID-19 are as rare as you think especially If the smartest people on Earth are able to replicate it easily enough to cause biological warfare as a means of depopulating the planet without having to launch military strikes on other nations. In that kind of scenario you have a situation where vaccines are being used as political bargaining chips in order to further advance agendas of certain nations and terrorist groups instead of nuclear warheads like it was done in the past. Why? Because it costs them less damage while strengthening their own military forces all in one foul swoop even If it costs peoples' lives in the process regardless of where they're from. It's more about forced population control than divide and conquer.

    And It's not so much that COVID-19 style viruses aren't the new normal when the potential of them being used for geopolitical warfare is extremely dangerous compared to the traditional means of how we normally view geopolitical warfare through the use of military action and physical weapons. In order to diminish the possibility of another COVID-19 style outbreak we really need more safeguards in place to help prevent this sort of crisis from occurring again though currently we don't have that at the moment right now. Given how technology continues to advance it will be a lot easier to genetically modify a COVID-19 style virus to where it ends up becoming more advanced than the last that makes it more difficult to fight against. The question is whether If those who fulfill these kind of evil deeds are willing to risk the collapse of the global economy in their march for conquest.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Quote from Onering »
    Seems as though my area is starting to mandate masks out in public with the second wave of coronavirus coming in from recent outbreaks in California, Florida, and Texas. I can see this making it more difficult for people to play Paper Magic at Local Game Stores (LGSs) since they won't be able to breathe as well by messing up their concentration though it's a small price to pay to help save humanity from this public health crisis. Sadly I think we're back to square one again with the phase 1 protocols we dealt with in March this year as a lot of state governments are starting to roll back their re-opening plans which means more herd immunity through social distancing.

    So it looks like we'll be seeing round two of government lockdown with more stimulus checks being sent to everyone which means more inflation to make everything three times as expensive as it was before. There were already delays with recent Paper Magic products like Commander 2020, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Jumpstart with Double Masters possibly getting delayed due to this second wave coming in. There's definitely going to be a whiplash within the Secondary Market because of these delays and recent inflation woes creating artificial demand for these products with very limited supply. We're already heading into a bear market If not already.
    Dude, the inflation rate is DOWN this year. This is understandable if you know anything about how inflation actually works, because when the economy loses money inflation goes down. The stimulus checks were a drop in the bucket and did little to counteract the severe downward pressures on inflation. That doesn't mean that the prices of certain products that are experiencing bottlenecks haven't gone up, but they haven't gone up do to inflation (the relative devaluation of currency over time as the amount of currency grows) but due to scarcity and the resultant price gouging. Many things that add to costs have gone down, such as the price of fuel which reduces the price of shipping, raw materials as producers of those materials are forced to sell for less money as demand plummets, etc. There's no evidence that magic, or the sort of products lgs' sell, are being impacted by scarcity pricing. Neither are rents going to go up as much as they usually do, because landlords face the problem of finding tenants to fill the space at a time when tenants are having trouble paying. Landlords have an incentive to wave rent and write it off as a loss rather than leave the store empty and still not get rent, because they at least keep a tenant that has proved reliable until the pandemic.

    This is going to be a hard year and many stores will go under, but it won't be THE END. Also keep in mind that COVID is a perfect storm virus that can be spread easily, is hard to contain, and is dangerous enough to matter. Something like SARS1 or MERS doesn't spread as easily, is quickly noticed and easy to track, and can thus be contained without these kind of measures despite both being far more deadly. These kinds of diseases aren't the new normal, COVID-19 is best though of as a century disease, the sort of thing that will show up about once every hundred years. Medical advances mean any given disease is less likely to be a century disease (flu used to be a great candidate but our knowledge of it and ability to quickly develop targeted vaccines means that even a flu like the Spanish flu is unlikely to rise to the level of COVID-19), but increased exposure to animal sources means our exposure to new diseases has increased and spread is easier due to globalization, so things sort of even out.
    So how can Local Game Store (LGS) Owners and Employees take the financial risk that you're wrong about this knowing another public health crisis similar to COVID-19 does occur in the near future leading to more government lockdowns? You have to expect people to be practical. There's no way in hell that they would rebuild into an industry that can be wiped out overnight without any safeguards or protections especially when they were already severely limited to what they could do in the first place. Even If the desire to rebuild is there, LGS Owners and Employees can't have any faith, security, or peace of mind ever again. A lot of these businesses especially now have to make the difficult decision to either stay open or go bankrupt without renewing their lease even with a discount because it's simply not worth the risk.

    If you open up a Local Game Store (LGS) and you're not wealthy then you're going to get crushed not because of competition but it's really in terms of market share and even during the best of times when no one can make a profit was because you were still competing against online retailers where they're selling a sealed product cheaper. Your competition isn't just necessarily your neighbors, it's also online, that's just how Magic: the Gathering is. Not just online vendors but also Arena. So when you have all these odds stacked against you and the only resource you have in your favor is your community and when that community is actively being told not to go to your Local Game Store (LGS) then you're kind of screwed. That's our current situation right now. I don't think these smaller mom and pop stores without the financial backing and without the bank loans can survive a public health crisis this severe.

    After a second government lockdown I pray for these LGSs not being sarcastic here. We all want these stores to survive but not all of them will and even If they do survive then they're just delaying the inevitable at that point even If they do get tons of market share. So when can our MTG community come back to normal? Probably never. The more that you go out in public to play Paper Magic or any other gaming hobby then the worse it will be long term as it will take much longer to recover. That's really the irony of the Local Game Store (LGS) business model where they only have one massive selling point and that's the overall local communities actively supporting them. I don't agree with a lot of people about what the best outcome for this is going to be. It's one thing when one store is open for events while others aren't when it's another to just downsize overhead and shutdown In-Store Play to keep sales going.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    If Konami is postponing In-Store Play Events Indefinitely for Paper Yu-Gi-Oh! then what does that say about how Wizards of the Coast has been handling the situation with COVID-19 for Paper Magic? Most LGSs couldn't even get any of their Core 2021 Pre-Release Events to fire last weekend and even If you paid for a Pre-Release Kit with bonus booster packs at your LGS then what was the point of playing it at home when there's no one to play with? Did Wizards of the Coast expect every MTG player to have access to a $400 webcam with Discord communication to live stream Paper Magic games online or something? At least I saved my $1,200 Stimulus Check for more important things.

    I was talking to a Paper Pokémon TCG player a few weeks ago about whether or not If he was supporting his LGS by playing in their online tournaments (assuming he paid the entry fees) where they have Discord servers and frequent Twitch streams to be active on and then told me to **** off immediately after. I asked him what I said that pissed him off but he never bothered replying back to me about it. I got some feedback from some Yu-Gi-Oh! players online though one was suspicious about why I even bothered to communicate with them since I quit Yu-Gi-Oh! back in 2004. Whether they like it or not we're supposed to all be in this together since we need LGSs to play our favorite gaming hobbies. Most people don't see it that way anymore.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    No sane LGS owner is going to renew their lease on a store that went bankrupt when the business model itself was already doomed to fail because it was too reliant on cash flow in order to succeed.

    Game Over
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    Seems as though my area is starting to mandate masks out in public with the second wave of coronavirus coming in from recent outbreaks in California, Florida, and Texas. I can see this making it more difficult for people to play Paper Magic at Local Game Stores (LGSs) since they won't be able to breathe as well by messing up their concentration though it's a small price to pay to help save humanity from this public health crisis. Sadly I think we're back to square one again with the phase 1 protocols we dealt with in March this year as a lot of state governments are starting to roll back their re-opening plans which means more herd immunity through social distancing.

    So it looks like we'll be seeing round two of government lockdown with more stimulus checks being sent to everyone which means more inflation to make everything three times as expensive as it was before. There were already delays with recent Paper Magic products like Commander 2020, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Jumpstart with Double Masters possibly getting delayed due to this second wave coming in. There's definitely going to be a whiplash within the Secondary Market because of these delays and recent inflation woes creating artificial demand for these products with very limited supply. We're already heading into a bear market If not already.
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  • posted a message on The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of the Local Game Store (LGS)
    https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/46032/brick-mortar-retail-sales-expected-decline-14-2020
    Quote from ICv2 »

    Overall retail sales in the U.S. are expected to decline 10.5% in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic , according to a report by eMarketer as reported by Chain Store Age. A sharp divergence between brick and mortar sales and ecommerce is emerging, with online sales expected to rise 18% and offline sales expected to decline 14%, according to the report. Offline sales may take up to five years to return to pre-pandemic levels, the report predicts, and despite increases in e-commerce sales, total retail sales will also take years to recover.

    Big increases in sales of groceries and health, personal care and beauty are expected to drive the increases in ecommerce sales. New behaviors like "click-and-collect" (used by many comic and game stores during shutdowns and partial re-openings) have grown dramatically, according to the report.
    Keep in mind that this does actually pertain to MTG still and not COVID-19 as a whole since this does impact offline sales for Paper Magic when it comes to the Local Game Store (LGS) as this will more than likely push these businesses to have the kind of online presence that they probably didn't have before the pandemic. Either way you look at it this does seem to have a negative effect on In-Store Play since there will be less people to attend small Organized Play events due to social distancing. In last weekends Core 2021 Pre-Release Event there was only a turnout of 6 players at one LGS.

    So in order to try to offset the damage these LGSs will need to charge players with higher entry fees to make up for low player attendance since they're not allowed to have more than 10-15 people at these small events. If these LGSs are charging less than $15-20 to play at a Pre-Release Event or for FNM Standard then that's going to negatively impact their business unless those profits alongside e-commerce sales via card singles and other products are enough to get them to pay rent in order to stay in business. The question is will it be enough to reach that $1,000 a month threshold in order to break even.
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  • posted a message on What's It Like Being a Local Game Store (LGS) Owner / Employee?
    It seems like most people who are passionate for gaming and collectibles who open their own LGS are usually those who lack the proper business experience in retail to operate it well enough that they can afford to pay rent to keep their landlord happy especially when you take geography into consideration. Nobody wants to walk into a store feeling like they're going to get mugged in a dark alleyway especially If there isn't as much overhead for In-Store Play or If the public restrooms are unsanitary since that creates the kind of constant gate keeping against female customers from entering the store. That's why maintaining a good public image hence the "Friendly" in "Friendly Local Game Store" is important even though most people refer to it as just a "Local Game Store" or "LGS" for short. Having a set of rules and guidelines to foster a safe public community is key to maintaining this type of business.

    It's hard to manage MTG at an LGS given some of the policies that Wizards of the Coast applies to you as a store owner / employee who really only have a few avenues of making money in MTG. One being tournaments based on players expecting to get exactly what they put in to the tournament not realizing that you have to provide a judge and/or employee plus electricity, cable, and so on and obviously you have overhead on a rent as well where you're not making very much money at all from the tournaments. If somebody puts in $20 they expect to get $20 worth of product. If they put in $25 and the product is $20 like a Pre-Release Kit they're expecting $5 of bonus products and owners / employees used to get a lot more from Wizards of the Coast. These LGSs can't afford to give away their revenue as prize support because they need it in order to stay in business.

    Another big thing is Food & Drink. There's a big misconception on Food & Drink that it's somehow generating a ton of income and that's absolutely not true and when you're buying a beverage regardless If it's alcoholic (even though they don't serve beer at any LGS in my vicinity) you want to stay there longer. The hard truth about running a retail business is that you don't want people to stay in your store for 6-8 hours and not buy anything. In the case with Pokémon TCG, you have parents who drop off their kids at an LGS for Pokémon League and other sanctioned events like Pre-Releases and Standard Tournaments and then when the kids get picked up by their parents they want to buy some new cards where they normally drop between $10-20 on Pokémon TCG. It's kind of like a babysitting service where the LGS sort of babysits the parents kids, they buy Pokémon TCG product, and out they go.

    I guess there's one group worse than MTG players in terms of how long they stick around an LGS without paying a dime and that would be Warhammer because once they buy their set much like with how Living Card Games work then they don't buy another set for awhile. The cost of buying one set is very expensive so it's not like they're a buying a set every single time and the LGS owners / employees need cash flow. They need people to buy things every time they come to their store. So whenever the owners / employees' turnover is very low that's definitely a bad bad scenario. People can just sit at an LGS for hours and hours and not buy anything and the owners / employees are faced with the difficult decision of whether they kick them out right now or later. They can't kick them out cause then they'd get a bad review but then they're like, "Oh I'm a customer". It's a code, they're not really a customer, they didn't buy anything.

    The worst case is when they buy online and then they bring it to their LGS though we're all guilty of this so it's rather a moot point I guess. In the case with card singles we often times think they make a lot of money and theoretically it can however it's a fictional way of making money but you do have to come to the general conclusion that Wizards of the Coast is now selling singles direct-to-consumer via Secret Lair so that's not good. There's still a convenience purchasing card singles from your LGS that Wizards of the Coast hasn't made a Secret Lair of that you know you're odds of receiving them in the mail is more consistent to how Wizards of the Coast has been operating on this. Sadly the profit margins for MTG singles are razor thin because the math doesn't work compared to buying booster boxes / sealed product. But then how can a owner / employee sell booster boxes / sealed product for less than $80 that a customer bought for $86 when they can't and they're going to lose customers?

    Online MTG Content Creators like Tolarian Community College used to encourage players to support their Local Game Stores but later turned back on it because his own LGS wasn't able to pay him like Card Kingdom does since they're much bigger. That's a big problem and part of the issue is that If you own a LGS or work there as an employee and you don't have a really good YouTube channel to help promote yourself and your business then you're kinda screwed. That's the only reason why someone would pay you more money when they can get it cheaper from someone else online. There have been LGSs going out of business long before the pandemic, one of which I know was located at a really bad intersection on the highway that was almost impossible to get in and out of especially during construction work and another I knew of that mostly sold Force of Will TCG products which was located right behind the grocery store I work at.
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  • posted a message on Is the Boros Guild Racist?
    So somebody posted a message on reddit awhile ago accounting an incident where he/she was wearing a Boros Legion shirt in public where a woman thought it might of been inappropriate due to inciting racism:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/heom7z/psa_do_not_wear_a_boros_legion_shirt_in_public/

    The Boros Guild symbol does have connotations of being a white power / white supremacist symbol of some type. People have tattoos of this symbol, pins, collectible items, and this symbol appears on every Boros foil. Of course this was a symbol that Wizards of the Coast designed for MTG long before the Black Lives Matter Movement became a thing and now they might have to take it back. They're not the only game with a fantasy element that militaristic police oriented and you throw on top of it that Boros is kind of a police state where they do have images of beating up goblins and people while arresting them. A lot of the images of Boros arresting are them shooting fire at criminals.

    The Boros Guild is found to be a fascist police state where they believe in stamping out any diversity. MTG has always been very segregated, it's a lot like the economy of a spaceship game that was very popular called EVE where people sold their ships for a lot of money online on eBay back when you were allowed to do something like that. When they sold these ships on eBay they would trade, sell, and there would be real cash like hundreds and thousands of dollars would go into one ship and that was a micro economy. So you could learn about economics via manipulating this environment and World of Warcraft had something very similar to COVID-19 which was showcased in an episode of YouTube's Game Theory:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTGHSpgp5mc

    So what happened in World of Warcraft that MatPat explained in that episode of Game Theory is very identical to what's happening today but on a much bigger scale.
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  • posted a message on What's It Like Being a Local Game Store (LGS) Owner / Employee?
    Are you passionate about what you do? Is it as miserable of an experience as I've been hearing about? Are there any retail horror stories involved? I know it's incredibly difficult for tournament grinders where they're forced to work during Organized Play events without having the weekends off. Now I know the recent pandemic has made it more difficult to work in this industry especially with no real safeguards and protections to help stay afloat. While the desire to rebuild is there it's impossible for an LGS Owner / Employee to have any faith, security, and/or peace of mind knowing that their business will survive another Government Shutdown due to a COVID-19 style pandemic.

    So instead of diverting from the main topic, I want to know what led you to become an LGS Owner / Employee in the first place and was it worth it in the long run or did you regret getting into this business before the pandemic? Do you have a thriving community that you're proud of supporting or are you looking for other business opportunities that you feel are more fulfilling than what you've experienced already? Does your business have a strong online presence through social media, e-commerce, eBay, etc.? What do you do for marketing / advertising in trying to attract customers and potential new players for MTG, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon TCG, and similar games?
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