Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Buzzkill

This Saturday, October 23rd, is the D&D Gamma World Game Day, which is the official release event for the game. My FLGS, Brookhurst Hobbies is running this event which I signed up for on their Meetup website. I'm subscribed to the daily digest of posts from their discussion boards and was shocked and saddened to find out that in order to play in the event, each player is required to purchase one of the Gamma World Booster packs. Booooo!!!

This seems to go against the grain of most of the Game Day events that I have played before. There has never been a requirement to buy anything. I'm just interested in playing the game and see if I would like it. It's like going to a car dealership and wanting to take a test drive of a car you're interested in and they make you buy the gasoline to do so.

So, what if I go to the store, buy a booster pack and decide that after I play the game that I don't like it enough to buy a copy?. What the hell am I going to do with the stupid cards I was "forced" to buy in order to play? It looks like a bad marketing strategy on behalf of Brookhurst Hobbies, thats for sure.

I will just have to decide not to go. Oh well, I can deal.

7 comments:

  1. It's not just Brookhurst - I have read about this GW pay-to-play BS at game stores around the country. It must be some sort of Hasbro deal. DiceHouse in Fullerton is having a GW session Sunday that I beleive is free (sponsored by Dead Gamers Society meetup).

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  2. Really? Maybe Wizards overprinted the Booster packs and this is their way of unloading them. It strikes me as strange because even at Gen Con, it was stated repeatedly that the boosters were not a necessity to play the game and they were not encouraging players to buy a shload of them. Maybe a Hasbro suit heard that and freaked. Well I may have to check out the DGS Meetup events schedule. Just so happens I'm a member. :)

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  3. Yeah, it's WotC, not your FLGS. I picked up two packs yesterday and you get a mix of Alpha (mutation) and Omega (equipment) cards for about $3.99 a pack.

    The cards are not *required* to play the game, but they are required for the event. I'm guessing because Wizards wants to show people how it can enhance play.

    I'm going to my local kick off too. I'm reserving a final judgment until then.

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  4. P.S. My interpretation is that they're trying a new model with GW as a combo collectible card meets RPG game. Buying boosters day of release is how they run their Magic the Gathering events.

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  5. If you go to the DGS event on Sunday I will be at Joe Goodman's table doing the 3pm Dungeon Crawl Classics playtest (along with Brunomac from the Temple of Demogorgon blog). Stop by and say hi, if you wish.

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  6. @cyclopeatron: Looks like all the events at the DGS are all full. The guy running the Gamma World game is a friend of mine. I may just drive on up to visit and watch.

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  7. Do like I do with all the stupid cards I've accumulated over the years -- use 'em as bookmarks!

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