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coastermonger
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I was curious if there's already an established board game store on STT. If not, perhaps this is a niche where I can help.

Imagine something similar to a library, except instead of books on the shelves there are board games. You walk in to find an extremely wide selection and variety to choose from - classics, new games, even types that are considered hard to find. Catan, Ticket to Ride, Risk, Monopoly, Magic the Gathering, 7 Wonders, Cranium, Diplomacy, Apples to Apples, Pandemic, Dominion, Agricola, Carcassone, Life, ...you name it!

The idea is that you could buy a cheap day pass or monthly membership to come and go as you please. More than just a "library," it would be a hang-out joint for a group of your friends, or you could come solo to mix and mingle with fellow gamers. Snacks and drinks would be on hand, and outside food would be welcome if you want to bring that in. If you like the game you're playing, you could buy a copy of it for yourself or have it special ordered.

Strategy games, party games, casual games, solo games, cooperative games, card games, collectible games, puzzle games, this place would aim to have it all. Personally, I find the concept of board gaming to be incredibly rewarding. They're great for a rainy day or a lazy afternoon. They can be used to break the ice, have a great time with friends and family, and test your wits and skills for fun and entertainment. Best of all, they require no batteries.

Let me know your thoughts and I'll see what I can do 🙂

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CAtoSTX
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I have little hope for most stores since we lost our only bookstore.
I know the gaming store concept, but think the clientele is TOO niche for a place like STT where the overhead of having a store is exorbitant.

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divinggirl
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I love this idea! My friends and I used to do game nights all the time - not sure why we've gotten away from it. It's a great concept that would also provide a good social setting as well. However, I am not sure how lucrative or sustainable it would be in an area with such a small population.

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mtdoramike
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BOARD GAMES, really, you do realize we live in the computer age. Now if you opened up a computer cafe with the idea of having gamers come in to play on line games, then you might stand half of a shot of it making it through the first year. But you are wanting to open up a business with little to no capital using BOARD GAMES, don't get me wrong, board games are great when the power goes out and is off for days. I can take a chess set down to any bar and play all day or night and only pay for what I consume.

The reason why book stores went out of business is because they couldn't compete with all the online book vendors as well as most books being online and easy to access.

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ms411
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People in the Caribbean mostly play dominos, so you lose a large market segment. Some hotels and villas provide games for their guests. I have games still in the box, because I can't find people interested in playing.

Board games are good in areas with cold winters, but in warm climates you mostly enjoy the cool nights and talking with friends.

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