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07-06-12 06:57 PM
RetiredFlagellant Hello. We are searching for a suitably sized building (we will need about 40,000 square feet) that we can convert and fit out so it is unlikely that we will open for business this year. We will try and push it to coincide with the release of The Hobbit film. We will be starting a Youtube Channel to promote the business and the amazing boards we have planned; keep your eyes peeled for future updates.
06-08-12 10:07 PM
Words_of_Truth Any further news on this?
05-09-12 02:54 PM
RetiredFlagellant Thank you all for the support, encouragement and sound advice. It certainly generated lively debate! My opinion on the enforcement of painting standards and player levels, etcetera, is that the arena will be offering an atmospheric and inspiring place to play a miniatures battle game. It is not in the business's interest to be turning away customers if they haven't painted their Empire Swordsmen (on a personal level I play friendly games and its more important to me to have a good laugh, so it doesn't bother me that there will be unpainted models on the table). We will have a meeting/seating area with a cafe (seperate from our book/hobby store) so we are hoping that this will facilitate customers finding new opponents. We have had a massive response but still need more market research to confirm the results and lead the business development.Thank you again.

Access the market survey here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...VGFZbEM4WEE6MQ
04-29-12 07:22 PM
Words_of_Truth I was hoping a gaming club was going to be set up near where I live in birmingham, because I don't like going to Sutton Coldfield, rather it was closer to me. Unfortunately the organising of the club has been put on hold.
04-29-12 05:41 PM
TheKingElessar
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People might hate me for this, but I like your general idea vanquisher.

When I started I had a very hard time finding people to play, I can't talk to people easily and find allot of people don't want to approach me, I've never had much help with this so frequently found myself not playing, or playing some very unpleasant people.

I still have this problem today and it is depressing, so I would love this kind of help and interaction, if you could can you PM me the club you go to as well.

So having a little system where somebody could help me find a game until my confidence grows and I know people better would be amazing as hopefully I would get to fight people like me gaming wise.

So top idea, I really like it, great for us shy people.

=^.^=
Where that is the case, as I said, the members should be on the lookout to try and involve newcomers in the atmosphere, if not necessarily the gaming - and the staff following on.

'Sadly' Vanquisher has been banned, but perhaps the OP can pass you on the info.
04-29-12 05:09 PM
TheReverend Can we all chill out and get back to the strippers idea?... I know we already have 16 strip clubs in Birmingham but one more wouldn't hurt

As for gamping boards, to begin with you could just use sheets of ply with grass mats glued on, there are at least two railway hobby shops in Birmingham that sell grass matting and a whole host of other terrain (they had 12 trees for £18 this weekend which is a bargain!!)
04-29-12 04:01 PM
Sakura_ninja People might hate me for this, but I like your general idea vanquisher.

When I started I had a very hard time finding people to play, I can't talk to people easily and find allot of people don't want to approach me, I've never had much help with this so frequently found myself not playing, or playing some very unpleasant people.

I still have this problem today and it is depressing, so I would love this kind of help and interaction, if you could can you PM me the club you go to as well.

So having a little system where somebody could help me find a game until my confidence grows and I know people better would be amazing as hopefully I would get to fight people like me gaming wise.

So top idea, I really like it, great for us shy people.

=^.^=
04-28-12 03:41 PM
Truefaith IF I walked into a store and always had to play someone of comparable skill lvl how would I ever get better?

I love playing against better players, I have played from Toledo OH to Tampa FL, and after every match win or lose be and my opp almost always talk about what either of us could have done differently or better...

This thread was about a STORE, not a CLUB. The Store wants to know what people want from a STORE/ARENA, some of the issues being tossed around in this thread maybe solved if you distinguished the 2.

What I look for in a Store is open space and designated spaces. Meaning, typically in the USA we have Card Floppers and Miniature gamers playing in the same store. I like to see an area and set of tables for each that are separate and appropriate for the match (card tables for Card games, 6x4 for Minis).

Also I would like to see a variety of terrain multiple types/scenery also varying sizes. So that it could be used in 40k, Fantasy, Malifaux, Warmahordes. The varying sizes are important for this because the 3x3 or 4x4 skirmish games want lots of terrain but smaller base sizes, imo.

Also as said before, drinks and snack are a money maker. Specially if you enforce no outside drinks or snacks. This way you can mitigate the 64oz Big Gulp falling over and soaking the carpet... cause you only sell bottles with screw on caps... You could still allow carry out meals in store, but not drinks.

The final thing I love seeing is product. Lots and Lots of product, blisters, boxes, bits, everything related to the major hobbies in the area. I am much more inclined to buy something if there is more to see, "hey look they have a xxx, hmm if im getting this i need that to go with it or might as well get some of those..."

Just some ideas on a game store...
04-28-12 01:40 PM
Sethis We-ell this got heated fast.

On topic, I consider the following to be key parts of a good club:

- Have somewhere to buy drinks (alcohol optional, soft drinks mandatory), snacks and possibly food (even if it's just a take out next door - consider asking for a discount if you order in bulk for events, most places will do it)

- Have a large number of tables, ideally 12+, in a variety of colours (snow, sand, grass, urban etc)

- Have a decent quantity of terrain with a mix of area, ruins and LoS blocking pieces

- Have an organised method of storing the terrain so that it doesn't get damaged and is easy to find

- advertise anywhere you can, so there is always a trickle of new people joining

That's about it really.
04-28-12 11:01 AM
TheKingElessar I *DO* wish you'd stop putting words in our mouths Stella.

If someone comes in and makes no effort to speak to people, then the gregarious ones of the group should make the effort to draw them in - filing that, the staff should indeed get involved DOING WHAT GW STAFF DO THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ONLINE HATE.

It should not be their default, and staff should not be looking to interfere - people come out of their shells when they're ready, just get them involved, having a laugh, making friends. Gaming can come later.
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