Once upon a time Desert Sky Games, in Gilbert, AZ, was a hub for Magic the Gathering players. They focused on having the best supported games, turnouts and merchandise. However over the recent months I’ve been hearing some really weird things. From the disgruntled recounts of their reduced MTG table space. To the constant reorganizing/merchandising of the store. For the most part I’ve dismissed these recounts but I never truly expected the most recent and depressing article on DSG’s Blog spot.
The article shown here mainly talks about International Tabletop day, the trials, tribulations and the bleak outcome of the event. Seriously after reading this I felt so bad I debated about driving down to DSG and giving Michael Bahr a hug.
He continues the article by complaining about restocking, purchasing promos and giving an explanation on why they sold the ITTD Promotional items. I completely understand running a business is hard work. It takes lots of time, money and effort but I don’t see how posting an article like this helps their image. Customers are what drive your business and if you’re not enthusiastic about your events and products then why are you here?
Further more International Tabletop day is a bit like Christmas. Yes companies are going to find a way to make a buck off the holiday but it’s a celebration built around gaming and a day to appreciate the hobby we all love. With DSG’s questionably failed event I truly wonder why they would want to host another ITTD in 2016. More importantly this leads also me to wonder, “Where are they going in the future and why have they been trying to fix something that wasn’t broken??”