Monthly Archives: August 2010

We Take You Live to the Scene

We usually post a preview on Fridays and a poll on Mondays, and obviously we missed the last one of each. We’ve been super-busy, and obviously getting the store open takes priority over web updates.

So instead of the usual fare, I’m going to get you up to speed on the latest happenings.

Renovation

The biggest push is getting the physical space ready to go. The demolition is done, and right now the electrician is hard at work. We’re working closely with him on where we’ll need power. Rest assured, there will be ample outlets around the tables for laptops.

Soon we’ll get the plumber, A/C guy, and coax guy in. After they’re done, insulation, drywall and flooring. After that, “Volunteer Work Day 2: Not So Much Work, Actually” commences. We’ll do our own painting, build gaming tables, assemble shelving, and do a few other odd jobs. As long as you can paint or even hand out drinks you can come pitch in. It’ll be awesome.

Time Table

The contractors are still the fuzzy part. Considering September is nearly upon us, we’re going to bump back the target opening date to early October. Late September’s not impossible, but it’s probably unrealistic. I’d rather come back later and say we’re opening in September after all than push it back later.

Other Things

We’re slowly acquiring fixtures and signing contracts for things like credit card processing. Allie’s been busy getting our finances set up and researching harder than a half-insane Cthulu investigator. I’ve been working on designs for bumper stickers, t-shirts, and even a fresh website. Two words: lens flare. (Just kidding.)

Oh, and there’s a banner over the door now, so it’s easier to spot. More signage to come.

Around the time of Volunteer Work Day 2, we’ll be able to flesh out ongoing event schedules and set an exact opening date. We’ll also take pre-orders (since we’ll have somewhere to store them).

The Near Future

Expect communications from our end to slow down in September. There’s a lot to do, and besides working tirelessly to get open we’re also trying to make time for our 3 year-old daughter. Allie’s also phasing out of her “real” job with a bunch of Presbyterians (including Project Homecoming). We should be able to get a forum going here soon, so you guys can pick the topics.

Otherwise, it’s all about getting the store open. If you want to help and haven’t signed up, email info@plus1gaming.com and get on our pre-open email list. Whenever there’s a chance to pitch in, that’s how we ask.

And by all means let us know any of your questions, comments or concerns. We seriously love hearing from you guys. Put it here in the comments or email Allie or me.

We’ll keep you updated.


Chronometric Specificity

Our planned hours (especially their lateness) were a big topic, and late hours battled for the top spot on the Important Things poll. This week I want to take a finer toothed comb through this one.

If you would be so kind to let us know: when would you most often stop by +1 Gaming? I broke it up into two polls, since most folks have somewhat different schedules between weekdays and weekends.

When Would You Stop By on a Weekday?
  • Evening, 5 pm to 8 pm (51%, 36 Votes)
  • Night, 8 pm to 10 pm (24%, 17 Votes)
  • Afternoon, before 5 pm (18%, 13 Votes)
  • Midday, 11 am to 1 pm (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Late night, after 10 pm (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Early (before 11 am) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

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When on a Weekend?
  • Afternoon, before 5 pm (42%, 28 Votes)
  • Night, 8 pm to 10 pm (21%, 14 Votes)
  • Midday, 11 am to 1 pm (19%, 13 Votes)
  • Evening, 5 pm to 8 pm (9%, 6 Votes)
  • Late night, after 10 pm (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Early (before 11 am) (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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Demolition Nearly Complete

This week’s preview is a little different. Demolition is nearly done. All those pesky walls blocking the view have been removed. This combined with some updates to the 3d model made me think it was a good time to touch on layout again. With pictures!

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of actual photos with views of the model. There’s an overview shot after the jump.

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Heat of Battle IV

You may or may not know, a bunch of folks do regular wargaming at the National WWII Museum downtown, and this August is the next convention, Heat of Battle IV.

I’m only now learning the full extent of what these guys do: re-enact battles the first Thursday every month via miniatures. It’s all volunteer, so museum visitors participate for free and learn about historic battles through the best possible medium: games.

You can register here. Email questions to walt.burgoyne@nationalww2museum.org.


Colossal Is a Special Order Size

We’re lining up a lot of designs and inventory, so this week we wanted to ask: what’s your t-shirt size?

You can pick multiple options on this one to include other people you might regularly buy for, like family or minions. If you have any other attire desire to express, sacrifice it upon the altar of our comment form.

T-Shirt Size
  • Large (34%, 12 Votes)
  • X-Large (29%, 10 Votes)
  • XX-Large or Larger (23%, 8 Votes)
  • Medium (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Child's Sizes (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Infant/Toddler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Small (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Retail Is as Retail Does

We wish we could stock every gaming product, ever. Well, almost. But instead, we’re making reasonable plans based on what we think we can sell and how much fits into our ambitious budget. The budget, and ultimately the number of products available, might change when the realities of renovation hit us.

If things go mostly to plan, we’ll open with:

  • Board Games: at least 80′ of shelves for at least 70 board games, plus expansions
  • Minis: 224 square feet of wall space full of miniatures and accessories including Games Workshop, Privateer Press, WizKids, and historicals
  • one free-standing display of GW paints and painting supplies, and hopefully another display for Valejo paints
  • Card Games: a counter display case full, with cabinets to store extra boxes
  • one free standing display of various card accessories like binders, sleeves, boxes and counters
  • LARP: a handful of boffer weapons, maybe some costumes and stage makeup (please email me or Jeremy if you are a LARPer and have suggestions)
  • RPGs: at least 64′ of shelves full of books
  • at least 32′ of shelves full of roleplaying aids and accessories
  • 24′ of shelves full of kid-oriented games and geeky stuff
  • up to 16′ of shelves full of frequently rotated oddities
  • our own small line of geeky t-shirts
  • storage space for keeping extras of high-turnover items

Looks like you’ll have a lot of shopping to do, amirite? There’s even room for product expansion later when (hopefully) business picks up enough to match our grandiose space.

We hope that you will pre-order/reserve a copy of any new products coming out. We’ll order more than that, so you don’t have to do it. However, it would really help us make sure to order enough for everyone. Pre-orders will help us gauge popularity of an item and guarantee a copy for the most interested customers. We want to do our best to minimize dead stock, but not at the expense of your purchasing pleasure.


Coming Soon!

New poll! I want to know what is coming out soon in the world of gaming that you’re looking forward to most. And no, +1 Gaming doesn’t count this time.

Obviously the poll options are super-general, so please name names in the comments. It can be something that already came out that you just haven’t gotten your hands on, too.

What's Topping Your Wish List?
  • A new supplement (32%, 8 Votes)
  • A totally new game (32%, 8 Votes)
  • A new edition (16%, 4 Votes)
  • A new accessory (12%, 3 Votes)
  • Something else (8%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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This week’s poll is fairly lightweight. We’re brewing some more weighty fare, but it’s taking a little while with all the contractor business we’re dealing with. Thanks for your patience.


Work Day Success, XP Gained

Work Day Crew

The Work Day crew as of lunch time

Our first volunteer work day was fantastic. We had 10 people come to work throughout the day. The crew tore out a mountain of sheet rock, removed studs, broke down drop ceiling, disconnected light fixtures, scraped up tile, and we even cleaned up after ourselves. Despite near-total exhaustion by the end, we had a great time.

I cannot fully express how amazing it was to see how far we got. A huge thanks to everyone who came, and also those who would have come apart from extenuating circumstance.

We were all a little busy to take pictures while we worked, but we got a nice action shot around lunch time. I have photos from when we first looked at the place, and I snapped some after we finished working. There’s a gallery below the jump.

PS: Look forward to a new poll tomorrow.

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