ENTERPRISE GAMES NEWS
We will be exhibiting at two game conventions this Spring. The first will be at CincyCon at The Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday March 1 thru Sunday March 3. The link to the convention's web site is http://www.cincycon.org/index.html This will be the first time that we have set up at this convention, but I have heard great things about it.
The second convention will be Little Wars at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Illinois on Friday April 26 thru Sunday April 28. Their link is http://www.hmgsmidwest.com/main%20LW.html We have attended this convention for many years and always have a great time here.
If you should happen to be attending either of these conventions, please stop by our booth and say Hi. Also, if there is something from our web site that you would like us to bring along for you to purchase or just look at, go ahead and let us know before then so that we can pack it in the van. We hope to see you.
We are home from the GenCon 2012 game convention. There weren't as many high quality wargames in the auction this year, but we did pick up a few things. These include copies of Bloody Road South, Omaha: The Bloody Beach and Bloody 110 by The Gamers, an unpunched copy of Raiders & Traders by Chaosium, and an unpunched Great Medieval Battles Quad by SPI which came from the TSR research library. We will be adding these and the other purchases to the web site within the next couple of weeks.
One interesting section of the auction involved an archive of TSR products that was found by the new owners of the company, Wizards of the Coast. TSR had put aside sealed copies of most of their products for legal and research reasons which were stored in a warehouse and which the WOTC people recently came across. They decided to offer a portion of these to the GenCon auction with proceeds to go to the Gary Gygax memorial fund. There were 100 lots which were auctioned off during the charity portion of the auction on Saturday night. Most of the items were long out of print roleplaying items, but there were a number of board games including a lot of every SPI/TSR title, all in shrinkwrap, a sealed copy of Divine Right, an early edition Fight in the Skies, and a lot of 3 SPI sealed flat packs which included Legion. Since it was for charity, the bidding went quite high on everything with the SPI/TSR lot going for $450. It was very interesting seeing some of these older products including the roleplaying stuff.
As always, the convention and auction was a lot of fun. Always special interest in the auction is to listen to the auctioneers talk about the early days of GenCon (which started as a wargaming convention), TSR and gaming in general. The convention continues to grow each year, especially since the move to Indianapolis, and I just heard yesterday that the total gate was over 120,000 attendees.
As I noted in my news item below, we recently acquired the business inventory of my friend Tim Stabosz. Tim asked to use our web site to reach out to his many friends and former customers, and I am happy to provide him with that opportunity. Below is Tim's message to you.
Dear former customers:
I wanted to take the time to explain "what happened to Stabosz," and Don Pawley has graciously provided the opportunity for me to do that. The changes in the way out-of-print wargames are bought and sold, over the last decade or so, combined with my increased involvement in the stock market, and other demands on my time, pretty much "dictated" my fading out from being a games reseller. As you probably all know, I enjoyed the "merchandising" aspect of it immeasurably, and the personal contact with all of you. With that in mind, Don Pawley and I have known each other for nearly 20 years (originally meeting on the old Prodigy network in the early to mid 1990's), and I am proud to call him my friend. After much deliberation, I'm pleased to announce that, as of summer 2011, I have sold out my remaining games inventory to Enterprise Games, and Don will be carrying on from here for me.
I'm still in LaPorte, Indiana, and would be delighted to hear from any of you. You can contact me at email@example.com, or call me at (219) 324-5087. I should also say, I do still attend GenCon almost every year (I've attended 29 out of the last 30 GenCons!), so you can always see me there...in the auction.
My best wishes to all of you, old friends. I greatly appreciated the chance to be of service to you. It meant a lot to me. And my best wishes to Don, in his diligent and dedicated commitment to provide reliable service at fair prices for the specialized niche of OUR wargaming community.
Tim Stabosz Inventory Purchase
I am sure that many of you have dealt with Tim Stabosz. For approximately 20 years, he has been in the business of selling games (wargames, family games and roleplaying items) through his mail-order business. We met back in the late '90's at GenCon in Milwaukee and have stayed in touch on a regular basis since then. Recently, Tim decided to phase out his games business and approached us with the idea of selling his inventory to Enterprise Games. We have concluded that purchase and have begun to move his inventory from LaPorte, Indiana to our warehouse. Over the next several weeks, and probably months, we will be adding those items to the listings on our web site. As usual, the blue print will indicate new items to our listings and many of those will be items that we have acquired from Tim. I thank Tim for this opportunity to carry on his business, and I am sure that he will still be involved in our hobby.
As always, we want to purchase wargames, whether individual titles or whole collections. If you want to raise some extra cash or get a credit to trade for new items on our web site, send us your list of what you have available and we will give you a quote. If you are in the midwestern US, we can travel to your location, evaluate your items and give you a payment on the spot. Let us know if you have any questions on the procedures.
Non-Sport Trading Cards Added to Website
For a number of years, we have sold non-sport trading cards. If you are not familiar with them, these are trading cards with assorted themes other than being sports related. These include movies, television shows, historical topics, art, etc. We have literally hundreds of thousands of these cards in stock which are from the 1950's up to today. I have decided to add these to our web site. They will be located on a separate sub-section of our website which can be accessed from a link on our home page. Due to the large quantity and diversity of these cards, it will literally require months to add our complete inventory. However, I have input a number of the recent card sets. If you are interested in James Bond, Lost, Alias, etc., you can check it out at Enterprise Cards.
As I said, we will be adding titles all of the time, but feel free to ask if you are looking for something in particular. Some of the items still to be added include Civil War News and other cards from the 1960's, many sets from the 1970's & 80's, Star Trek and Star Wars sets and many autograph cards.
New Listings in Blue
As many of you have noticed, I have recently started highlighting new additions to the game listings. As I add new games to the lists, I am highlighting these by the use of blue typing. I am not doing this for common titles but rather for ones which are new to the lists or have some unique feature. This will apply to recently released games as well as out of print ones. Usually, I will leave the blue print in place for about a month.
SPI Parts Acquired
Enterprise Games has recently acquired a large stock of SPI parts. These include unpunched counter sheets, maps, rule books, charts, etc. The majority of these items were obtained from Lou Zocchi of Gamescience. When SPI closed their doors, he managed to get the rights to purchase assorted SPI parts from their warehouse. Over the years, he used these parts to assemble many SPI games, including Campaign for North Africa, Bloody April, Next War and Atlantic Wall, to name a few. We have now obtained the remainder of the parts from Lou. You may view the listing of available parts by clicking on the following link SPI PARTS
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