Posts tagged ‘Videos’

Winter Break – Time for a Breather!

Well, our first real holiday season has been quite a wild ride…and a much better ride than we could have imagined.

If someone had said to us in July that we better start preparing now for what was to come…oh, and by the way, stock up on all that inventory of which you only sell a few (because it will go in and out of stock like nobody’s business), I probably would have told them they were crazy.

The good part is that they would not have been crazy! It was us that was crazy!

We had a great tip (thanks Tao at Starlit Citadel) to get involved with the Board Game Geek Secret Santa – and we did. We were the first US store in the list (thanks Tom Vasel of Dice Tower). We had so many sales, it blew our doors off (Thanks Board Game Geek Members).  By the way, if you are a gamer and NOT a part of this program, you are missing out BIG TIME! You all treat each other very well.

Unfortunately, we did not anticipate some of the stock issues we had. Dominion, Pandemic, Stone Age, and Battlestar Galactica were the kings of the holiday and we only just got Stone Age late last week. We have just sold our last copy of Dominion (and are awaiting another print run from Rio Grande). Sadly, Fantasy Flight seems to have missed the boat (figuratively and literally) on Arkham Horror. We were quite surprised to see how popular this game was – we still have two orders waiting on the reprint of this game – hopefully it will come within the next week or so. Sorry guys…

One last item that gave us a little surprise was how many of our Strategy Bundles we sold. There are a lot of people out there that are getting Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, and Carcassonne as gifts this year. This is FANTASTIC, but a little unexpected.

As as side note, if you have a bundle you would like to see, let us know. If you have a bundle on our site you think should be our January Bundle of the Month, leave a comment on this post and let us know. We will see what we can do for you.

The good news is that we doubled our sales in October, then again in November. By the middle of December, we had already beat our amazing sales figures in November. I won’t say it because I don’t want to jinx a good thing.

Then, we had a great, unsolicited post on the Geek – about our Best Dang Points program (which is real by the way). Our goal is to provide you all a blog with content written by fellow gamers, so it contains information that is beneficial to you, the gaming community. Trust me…if we tried to keep up this blog with quality reviews and strategies by ourselves and sell games and promote a web site and feed our families at the same time, we would be basket cases, probably divorced, and the entire project would suffer for it. So, we looked at paying writers. Well, again, for the gaming community, we thought this would be a sucky idea. You would still not get what you needed from us. So, we decided that we would pay you all with something you wanted – and we would get what we wanted. You get games…we get content for the blog. Win-Win.

Well, you all responded in spades! We got at least 20 submissions in a weekend. So, over the next few months, watch this blog for your fellow gamers articles. There is some really good stuff coming.

So, needless to say, we are taking a little breather to be with family for the holidays. We hope you can respect that and not get too upset if we take a little extra time to get back to you on questions or orders. We expact to be back in full force by January 2.

We have some good stuff planned for the new year – a new home page, more videos (we hooked a sweet deal from the suppliers to let do something that does not exist out there yet), more strategy guides, more quickstart guides, and more reviews. We expect next year to be really great.

If you have any ideas on how you would like us to mold Best Dang Games to fill unmet needs, let us know. If you like what we are doing, let us know…so we can continue doing what makes us special. That is what will keep us around.

Happy Hannukah! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! We will see you in January.


December 22, 2008 at 10:40 pm 1 comment

World of Warcraft Adventure Game and Power Grid Videos Posted

We created two new videos for you this month.

I was so excited this month! I am a huge fan of the Warcraft PC games. I have never played World of Warcraft. I know what happens if I do – my life gets sucked away and nothing gets done. Therefore I avoid it. I saw the World of Warcraft board game and thought “Wow, that would be great to play”. I never did. I learned that it was a five-seven hour event. Again, stayed away because I would not have anyone willing to devote that amount of time.

But, this month, Fantasy Flight Games answered my request for a shorter version of the game. I give you World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game.

As with our other product videos, we show you all the details of the parts, pieces, and basically how the game is set up. The goal is to help you determine if you want to add this game to your collection.

By the way, this video has been viewed over 5,000 times on YouTube. Holy Cow!

The second video is about a game I have been curious about. So, we picked up a demo copy and opened it for you to see and for us to learn how to play. This game is Power Grid from Rio Grande Games. It is a very interesting game.

The goal is to buy the most efficient power plants you can through an auction system. Then, you need to buy resources to supply power. At that point, you need to connect your power plants to cities. You get points for the cities. The interesting thing about the game is that it gets more expensive as you go and resources become harder to get. Also, there are not any die rolls or card plays in this game. It is all you! Either you can win or not. It is all on the table for you to see what the other people are doing. If you get behind, it becomes very hard to come back.

This game ships with a double-sided board, so you can play in the US or in Germany. There are also some expansion boards that offer other countries. This allows you to change up your game experiences.

As always, enjoy the videos.

I think next month, we will venture to the land of Catan and look at Settlers of Catan and Traders & Barbarians – the new expansion. We will probably also look at 1960: The Making of the President.

August 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Carcassonne and Puerto Rico Videos Uploaded

Today, we have uploaded our first two – of many – videos showing you different board games.

For these first two, we chose Carcassonne and Puerto Rico.

We have taken a slightly different approach to these videos than what is already out there. We decided to go with product shots that show off the great artwork of the box, the boards, the bits and pieces, and the instructions. There are plenty of videos out there by others who do a much better job of showing you how to play. No need to reinvent that wheel. We do want to provide you with enough information about what the game has to offer, what you might be dealing with regarding size and amounts of pieces, and how to set up a typical game. They are designed with no audio

This one is for Carcassone.

This one is for Puerto Rico.

Let us know what you think. Do you like it? Is it boring? does it meet a need to know what the games are without a lot of talking about rules and stuff.

June 28, 2008 at 2:18 am Leave a comment


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