I hit up a new store to get on the list for Neverwinter day and the new encounters season and they are charging five bucks for goodie bag on D&D day and five bucks every Wednesday for encounters. My last haunt didn't do that is this legit?
Two of the three stores that host Encounters in my area charge. Illusive Comics and Games doesn't.
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One of our local stores charges $3.00, another $2.00.
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Avatar Comics And Games doesn't charge for Encounters, and gives anyone who DMs an Encounters game 30 Store Reward Points.
For the entirety of the past two seasons, we had a group of local gamers come to our FLGS to play Encounters, and not so much as buy a bag of chips. The owner was really questioning the reasons to keep Encounters going at the store, especially since he had to pay staff members to DM instead of, you know, working the counter.So, for next season, he's requiring people to purchase 2 packs of Fortune Cards (or the actual Neverwinter Campaign book, since it's worth more). It's a one-time purchase, and once made, they can play Encounters for the entire season.Opinions on this tactic are sharply divided. Some of us see this as just another way to support the store, and figure 8 bucks for 12-13 sessions of D&D is just fine, especially since it allows the store to support the volunteer DM's (the swag from WotC has been...ah....less than stellar. Ooh, generic tokens!).Others feel that they spend a lot of money at the store already, and don't like being told they have to purchase specific products in order to play D&D- especially gamers who aren't overly fond of the Fortune Cards to begin with!
For the entirety of the past two seasons, we had a group of local gamers come to our FLGS to play Encounters, and not so much as buy a bag of chips.
One of the FLGS nearby charge 2$ to access the gaming room, where D&D Encounter is played.
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I hit up a new store to get on the list for Neverwinter day and the new encounters season and they are charging five bucks for goodie bag on D&D day and five bucks every Wednesday for encounters. My last haunt didn't do that is this legit?It is my understanding that the Game Day and Encounters events are supposed to be free. As far as I know, the store does not pay anything for the Encounters and Game Day materials except the commitment to run the events in their store (they might pay for shipping).If they are providing things on top of simply hosting the game (i.e.; the aforementioned "goodie bag"), then I suppose that gives them an excuse and loophole through which to charge ("You are paying for the goodie bag, not the game.").Ask Wizards CS if this practice is kosher. If not, report the store and find a new venue.
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Serving as a meeting ground for groups doesn’t, by itself, make any money for the store. Sure, it invites extra purchases and the like, but it doesn’t ensure them. Roleplaying requires a fairly low capital outlay from the consumer anyway because not every at the table needs a copy of, I dunno, Martial Power 2.
Having more people in the store who are not actually buying things also increases the cost of the store as they need to divert labor resources to ensure that people aren’t stealing or making a mess of the place.
So charging for a table seems fair. $5 / person does seem high relative to other stores that might charge one or two bucks a person. That said, $5 for four hours of entertainment isn’t an unreasonable ratel.
$5 / person does seem high relative to other stores that might charge one or two bucks a person. That said, $5 for four hours of entertainment isn’t an unreasonable ratel.
$5 for two hours might be pushing it. Still, a cover charge cuts back on the number of anklebitters all hopped up on Mountain Dew running around, so it’s probably still worth it.
5 bucks is a rip off, although id gladly fork that over rather than buy fortune cards.
Think of it like a cover charge at a bar/club.You go, you hang out with your friends for awhile, and maybe you actually drink something. But you still pay at the door if you want to come in....