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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This Week at ADB, Inc., 9-16 June 2013

Steve Cole reports:

This was the week of the Origins trip. Jean and the two Steves left on Monday June 10 at noon, the earliest departure ever, driving to Joplin on Monday night and reaching Columbus very late on Tuesday. The Steves pranked Jean repeatedly on the trip, e.g., convincing her that Indian tribes would fire flaming arrows at the car when crossing their reservation in Oklahoma. Jean responded by inventing "the whanger" which she used to smack the skulls of the Steves in the front seat when they acted up. It was great having Jean in the car as this cut down on the amount of driving the Steves had to do, but when she was driving she kept trying to stop at antique malls and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

Origins was good as we saw a lot of old friends, bought a couple of new zombie games, made valuable connections to new production sources, and made the sales quota despite a smaller crowd that just would not spend money. The fire in the building on Wednesday at least made this year memorable. The show is clearly changing (and not for the better) with more and more booths being non-gaming stuff (t-shirts, sculpture, jewelry, art, costumes, backpacks, and whatever else).

Tournaments are dead at Origins, and board wargaming might as well be dead (except for F&E). We will probably shift to non-tournament miniatures events next year. We had more people show up to play GURPS Prime Directive than show up to play SFB and FC combined. GAMA is selling cheap Saturday tickets to non-gamers to artificially inflate the numbers without helping game sales, but this does tend to attract more non-gaming booths.

The weather this week was pleasant, except for huge thunderstorms Sunday night that caused major damage; the roof of the ADB Building sprung a minor leak. The spam storm mostly remained at something under 200 per day.

New on e23 this week was the old TFG game ROBOTS!

Leanna kept orders and accounting up to date.

Mike kept orders going out, rebuilt the inventory, and managed customer service.

Jean also managed our page on Facebook which is up to 1626 friends.