Hello again, Imaginary friends. Meet my new buddy, Belaphoss the Mad.
It’s been a bit since last we visited, and this entry has been somewhat self-impeding in composition. There is a LOT of activity in the hive and we have all been consumed with keeping our plans on track so that when we finally announce them, they will have substance and spine and become more than just the dreams from which they were born. All these plans, all these visions, slowly churning their way toward reality. So many cogs in the wheels, so many actions that must be taken before the next task du jour can commence. Of immediate interest, and in chronological progression are the UFS Pro Tour Circuit event (3/19), the Shadows over Innistrad prerelease (4/02), and our Grand Reopening celebration (4/15-4/17). The UFS PTC is an event that will award the winner a $300 airfare voucher and what amounts to an “expenses paid” trip to GenCon to compete in the championship event held there. It’s a pretty big deal, and we set up online registration for the event to assist our out-of-town guests with the process. At the time of this post (0147 the morning of the event), we have sold all but three of those slots. The Universal Fighting System is a collectible card game based primarily on fighting game properties (Street Fighter, Soul Caliber, Darkstalkers, King of Fighters) but also has the hugely popular Mega Man license as well as Penny Arcade in its utility belt. Locally it has a rather small but rabidly loyal following, but this event is bringing in players from cities as far away as Atlanta and Las Vegas, all to play in our newly revamped space. Our first flirtation with a major event in our new skin. Fire has been focused on this, now the day is at hand and we can move on to execution of the event and polishing plans for the Shadows prerelease. More on that and the Big Day in a later post, as they’ll each likely require a good amount of space on their own.
It has definitely been a period of adjustment, and shrinking our 2400 sq ft store/gaming space into a space far less than half that size has presented many challenges as well as opportunities to look at everything we do just a bit differently. The response from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive so far, especially when the initial disorientation of the new layout is adjusted to and they have an opportunity to share the vision for the massive play space we have created. A small handful of guests have actually walked in, looked in the gaming room, mumbled or “harumphed” and walked right out the door again without saying anything intelligible. I’ve found it curious, but it might be a sort of shock; I get that, it’s weird. Everything that once was is no longer, and that level of change can be off-putting for some people.The changes made to IMAGINE! have been executed on a massive scale, subtlety be damned, and if you happen to be one of those folks affected by them in this fashion and are reading this right now, well…sorry? Know that you are free to walk around the store spaces and explore them at your own pace, the space we have created is for you as well as everyone else that comes through our doors. It is intended to be all-inclusive, and we all have to find our own comfort on our own terms. I get it, I really do. In a couple of weeks we will be announcing more of the uses the space is designed for, and hopefully things will make a bit more sense then.
I have fielded several inquiries along the lines of “where’s all your stuff”, which is a fair question because, well…the “stuff” isn’t out there any longer.When we looked at the vastness of the inventory we had acquired, and the categorically undefinable nature of some of it (flea-market fodder?), we opted to remove the unknowns from sight and let those items sort of “earn” their way back onto the sales floor. We don’t really have space or the desire to let things sit on shelves that no one will want to adopt and take home. Our process is becoming streamlined.
The most requested “stuff” thus far has been our pre-owned RPG library, which has now been relocated (mostly) to the sales floor, right up front. There is also a MASSIVE clearance sale on the horizon, in conjunction with our Community Day Celebration, and you will have the opportunity to pick through hundreds of items at 50% off or more. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know so you won’t miss it. Subscribe here and make sure you’re following us, because our blog readers will get a jump on the announcement before it hits Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. This is more personal, and I appreciate the fact that you all are interested enough in what we’re doing to read these entries. Please also feel free to comment and interact with us here, and tell us how we’re doing from your perspective. It’s now 2 AM and I have to get up in five hours to get things done for Saturday’s events, so I’ll close with a few teasers of things to come soon (within the next few months!)
Angry Patrick (yes, the one from the radio) is a highly skilled woodworker, and is creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom for us. It will be available for anyone that would like to come in and play on it, and it is going to be absolutely gorgeous (I’ve seen the work in progress on it so far, it’s simply astounding).
We’ve partnered with some pretty heavy hitters in the local food and beverage world for our Community Day Celebration, including a brewery, an ice cream company, a coffee house, a well-loved food truck, and a very talented and renowned chef. Their identities will be revealed soon!
Our upcoming Shadows over Innistrad Magic prerelease event is not going to be simply another prerelease; it’s a party, and you are invited! It will be costume-friendly (with contest prizes tba), there will be foods beyond what we normally provide (famous for our Pancake events), and…just wait. If you only come to one prerelease event with us this year, make sure it’s this one. Seating is limited in order to ensure comfort. Bring a friend, also; you’ll both be glad you did!
Large-scale video game tournament events are coming to our IMAGINE! Thunderdome! Details are being finalized now, so as not to conflict with any other events of the same type on the same day. Saturday Throwdowns will be a thing soon.
New gaming schedules are being formulated now so that we will be able to accommodate more events for more types of games (including tabletop miniatures). If you would like to see something on the schedule, or would like to commit to running a game, let us know!
That, my friends, is well over a thousand words for this entry, so I’m going to call it a night/morning.
Thanks for playing!