Hi. I run D and D Encounters in a local store once a fortnight. I'm finding the process of keeping it going difficult. Firstly the Encounter packets are not being delivered to the store by the NZ supplier. I've already asked the owner of the Vagabonds store and the manager if they can follow up with this issue. The Vagabonds store manager tells me the supplier is new and not trained. I've had to use other sources for adventures rather than the advertised events.
Secondly, none of the 4th Ed books are moving off the store shelf with the news of Next being in development. I'd like to help the owner move stock by running Encounters, but Next being released shortly makes this hard. I've suggest charging players 2 dollars for a session and giving them a dice, but that doesn't move the books. Any suggestions?
Lastly, I had considered using Next rules, but the playtest packet is nolonger available to anyone. That means new players can't get access to it without me breaking the agreement with WotC. This also doesn't help the Vagabonds store sell anything for the space Encounters takes up. What rule system are people using to run Encounters right now?
This is a really trick problem balancing venue needs and supporting people playing D and D in a public location.