A: Yeah, we're a little surprised too.
Q: When did this happen?
A: Just this last week, pretty much. Negotiations were Monday, contracts were drafted Tuesday and Wednesday, and then signed
Thursday (7/09/09)! This happened blindingly fast. Much thanks to Vivian Abraham, legal counsel to the Boston geek community for her invaluable aid during negotiations and for drawing up contracts that can be read by non-lawyers!
Q: How did this happen?
A: Rob Dougherty, the founder and owner of Your Move Games, approached us looking to sell his store. Rob also runs the really big Magic:
The Gathering events in the Boston area and designs and produces games like Battlefront and Epic CCG. Rob realized that he hadn't been giving the store the attention it really needed to prosper, and so he came to us.
Q: Why you? Not to be indelicate, but wasn't Pandemonium dead in the water 2-3 years ago, and begging for help?
A: Yes, we were. But a lot of people really helped save Pandemonium from destruction and turn things around. They are:
1) All the folks who bought the store t-shirts in February 2007. I cannot thank them enough! Eight hundred people participated in the
Great T-Shirt Drive, allowing the store to raise enough money to get the IRS off our back and keep the store afloat. Wear those shirts
with pride! They saved the store.
2) The 'Arvard 'Ard Boyz, who came to Pandemonium after Games Workshop closed its store in Harvard Square. As a group, they raised
Pandemonium's sales overnight at a time we needed a little extra wind in our sales.
3) Karyn my fiancee and my family, whose advice and support have been unstinting from Day 1.
4) Store manager Christopher Melville, whose efforts over the past year put the store over the top and into the black.
5) And always all of Pandemonium's customers, both the ones who followed the store from Harvard Sq., and the ones who discovered us in Central. I can never thank you enough!
We still do have a lot of debt right now, but we are on top of it and are making our payments on time, with a little left over. Knock wood!
Q: Okay, so now what? What are your plans?
A: Well, not much is going to happen in July. There are a lot of events going on this month at both stores, and we don't want to
disrupt any of them. Also, we need some time to poke around a bit: do a thorough inventory, talk to the customers, etc.
We have a LOT of planning to do. The general idea is that we will coordinate and specialize the events and inventories of both stores.
Our philosophy is that it is better to have a basic selection of something in one store and a truly awesome selection in the other than
to have mediocre selections in both. By coordinating events, we hope to increase our diversity of offerings and further build Boston's
We are definitely open to suggestions! Please head over to the forums at http://pandemoniumbooks.com/forum/ and select the "Feedback" topic. Let us know what you would like to see at Pandemonium and at Your Move Games!
Q: Are you going to spiff up the Your Moves space at all?
A: Jeepers yes! We don't have much cash on hand right now, but a little spiff will go a long way. We will also be re-doing Your Move's
website (at www.yourmovegames.net, but it is not up yet) and also starting up its own email newsletter.
Q: So, you are keeping the Your Move Games name? The store in Davis Sq. isn't becoming Pandemonium East or something?
A: Nope, that location remains Your Move Games. Rob was insistent on this matter and I fully agree, because Your Move Games is a different place than Pandemonium. Pandemonium is a science fiction store with a lot of games. Your Move Games is pure games store.
Q. How about store memberships and discount policies? Separate and different, separate and the same, or completely identical?
A: Hopefully completely identical, but each location has different store software, and we will need to figure out which one we want to go
with, and that will determine our membership policies.
Once again I would like to thank everyone for your support over the years and for your patience over the coming transition period. I am certain that we will screw up at least once in a big way before things are running smoothly. If we do, please let us know! Feedback is very important. Please comment either below or at the Feedback topic at pandemoniumbooks.com/forum/.
Now to work!