Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Hard Sixes - Advertising and club discount scheme

This is something I've been pushing today, getting in touch with local clubs. To be honest, it's not just for local clubs - anyone who is even just visiting the area and has their membership card with them is entitled. Good for sales, good for the RPG community. Below is the blurb I'm using:

'As we’ve just opened and we’re looking to support local gaming clubs as best we can, we'd like to extend an offer to clubs and it's members - buy anything in the shop and get a 10% discount as long as you have your club membership card with you. This offer extends to all members of all clubs and covers all the products in the shop. It does not apply to purchases on the website or Ebay.

We're at HARD SIXES, Units 42-43 Inshops, 65 South Parade, Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, B72 1QU, Tel. 0121 354 8600 for more information. Where we are is also known as Sutton Market, and when you walk in through the main doors, go on until the first 'crossroads' and turn right - we're just down there.'

I'm also advertising in the local rags the benefits of RPGs, and the fact that I'm putting on game demonstrations for people who are interested in getting in to the hobby. I'm hoping it'll attract some if not a lot of attention. Below is the mock-up for the advert:

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

HARD SIXES - The shop is now open and doing business

Well, it's all go now. There's no more planning or building to do. The shop is open and running smoothly, and we're doing business.

Here's the shop as it looks at the moment - we're hoping to be putting more on the outside in the form of posters and advertising.

The interior is now packed with stuff old and new, and we've even managed to get a gaming table and chairs in there with plenty of room to spare!

And here's a picture of our first customer Jason, who bought the Pathfinder core rulebook from us. He kindly agreed to strike a silly pose for a picture.

Yesterday I did my first RPG demo with new players who were very interested in bringing their friends down to have a go, and as such I've got more booked for next week. They're just simple half-hour to and hpur long sessions to show the basics and it really works. Here's to some more in the future.

We've got a dedicated website at www.hardsixes.co.uk and an Ebay shop slowly building.

Man. This feels good.

Monday, 2 August 2010

HARD SIXES - New Gaming Shop Opening

Make a note in your diaries. Tattoo it on your body. Scream it from the rooftops.

Hard Sixes is open for business.

Our official opening date is Saturday 7th August, but we're open now. Boardgames, Wargames, Roleplaying games... if the game needs your imagination, we'll be doing it. It's our goal to not only cater for the exisiting gamer but to actively try and bring fresh blood into the hobby. We want more people sitting around more tables playing more games. We'll be planning events, attending shows and promoting the social, educational, creative and entertaining nature of the products we'll be selling.

So, if you're in the area (being overseas is no excuse!) get yourself down to:

Units 42-43 Inshops
65 South Parade
Sutton Coldfield
B72 1QU
United Kingdom

Tell your family. Tell your friends. Tell them to tell their friends. Hell, tell them to tell people they don't even know. Even people they don't like. Tell everyone.

I'll be there. Waiting. Don't let me down. I'm lonely.