Game Store Confidential

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I've hit this sort of weird phase again... the one where not a whole lot seems to be going the way I want in one area and in other areas ideas are coming so fast I have to jot them down or else forget them for all eternity.

The store is doing fine. Better by a decent margin than I thought it would. The downside is that it eats up my time. I'm up and down all day. Never a sustained peroid of time to write or make serious eBay progress.

I really, really need to cut something out... it's impossible to do everything I want in such a limited amount of time.

I have decided to go ahead and apply to the county for the remaining split on the property. By splitting off 5 acres I can sell it for right around 100K. That leaves me plenty of room on the rest of Mosquito Acres to set up and board as many as 10-12 horses. In the process I'd have to drop 46K on the mortage to get free title on the 5 acres I want to sell. That means I could refinace and see another $400 or more drop in monthly payment.

I swore I'd never personally sell another of my own houses, but I think I can handle selling 5 acres with no realtor and save about $5k commission.

So now I have the ship game, the car game and yet another potential project. My old RPG that I wrote back in the 80's resurfaced. I found my last remaining copy. I did a re-read and saw that I could easily revise and update it, add good art this time and probably do a limited run for a $15-20 price tag. I sold about 3,000 of Excursion when I first wrote it at $6 a copy. I think I can easily sell 1,000 copies if it's updated. I think I'm much more competent now than I was then and even though there's no real money in small press RPG's, there is satisfaction. And the sweet little ego stroke I always get when I create something and total strangers give me money for it.

I want out of retail. That's a given. With the web site that Marshall and I are planning, the boarding business and about 2 years of remaining eBay product, I'll have plenty of time to shift my focus and generate income some way other than being in retail jail.

The store was hopping today with a MechWarrior tounament, a Pirates tournament and other people cruising through to buy this and that. Down the street about 3 blocks is the city park. There was apparently some sort of Harley Owners Group rally there because about 400 Harleys cruised by the store from noon till 1pm. I really, really didn't want to be in the store. Not that I wanted to go mill around with a bunch of people I didn't know either... but today would have been perfect for a nice ride on my Harley.

Tomorrow I'll get all the forms I need off the internet for my plans with the property and get that ball rolling.


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    Its good to know that you are alive and doing well. I was just looking for your store on the Internet and came across this. Just can't see myself buying much from All About Games.
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    A long time Dark Horse fan if you don't remember.

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