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About

Lancaster has many great things, Mount Pleasant, General Sherman's home, The Fairgrounds, and the people in the community. One thing it does not have, but desperately needs, is a quality game store to serve that great community. That is where this project comes in. I want to utilize my experience and knowledge to create a game store that becomes the hub of tabletop gaming in the area. By offering the best games on the market, offering demos and hosting regular events, I feel this will support and expand the community of gamers in Lancaster and Fairfield county. 

Over the last few years tabletop gaming have had an ascendant growth never seen before. According to Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition had 8.6 million players in 2017. Board games sales have grown 28% in the US in 2016. Hobby games in general are an 1.44 billion dollar market in the US and Canada.  Lancaster has seen a steady population increase, between 2000 and 2014 the population has increased 12.1% along with a median household income increase of 23% between 2000 and 2016. 

Among all this, I have meet and spoken to a lot of local gamers, they want a game store. To me a game store is much more than dice, books, cards and board games. It is a place that starts you on a journey of experience and imagination. A place where you find lifelong friends and share great adventures with them. I believe I can provide that launching pad and meet the need for a game store in Lancaster Ohio.  

The Rewards!

The Custom six-sided dice with the store logo!

Dice in all their glory!
Dice in all their glory!

T-Shirt!

Here it is, the sample of the official Odyssey Games T-Shirt.

+5 to awesomeness!
+5 to awesomeness!

In addition to the wonderful rewards, all backer's names will be added to a Hall of Hero's plaque that will be hung in the store.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk of running any business is under capitalization, the 'running out of money' problem. You can have enough money to open the door, but do you have enough to keep them open until the store becomes self sufficient. Keeping a realistic view of the finances is key and I believe that by relying on lower that average sale projections to run a break even analysis does just that. I have based my research on "Game Retailer Guide" by Lloyd Brown and "A Specialty Retailer's Handbook" by David and Kelli Wallace. The one book that really helped immensely is "Friendly Local Game Store" by Gary Ray. I have also picked the brains of other game store owners over the last couple years. I have degree in business management and have experience working retail and specifically in game stores, I feel this will prepare me for this journey.

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    Stringing the bow!

    Odysseus reaches Ithica, but his journey is not complete. He has to do one last thing to finally make it official. He has to string his bow. It's the final test to prove his measure as king. Opening a game store is like reaching Ithica, but as the owner I have one last duty to make it official, run a game. Who ever selects this reward will get everything from the previous $50 level and a spot at the table of the inaugural DnD game. It will be a classic module of my choice which will be announced before the end of the campaign. If you would like to back this consider that you will be on your own as far as lodging and transportation is concerned. It just guarantees a spot at the table.

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