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Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:51 pm 
 

Ralf, you missed my point. Gamers should absolutely run game companies. Just like lawyers run law offices, doctors run doctors offices, etc.

But companies need, no, require professional advisors, accountants, tax planners, marketing groups, IT departments, etc to run efficiently. TSR was a management nightmare. WotC is a corporate machine, not some guy in a office playing Magic all day long. WotC clearly figured out how to operate after its success with MtG; prior to that it was a basement operation. WotC capitized on its success while TSR destroyed itself. The difference is a sound business plan backed up by professionals.

The most successful companies are the ones who realize they need help, then they go out and get it. TSR was a joke. They were so tied up in who had more controlling interest than who, it destroyed the company. No one was listening to the supporting infrastructure, though it really seems there was no supporting infrastructure to listen to (which is worse, yet).

I'll let you in on a little secret. It doesn't matter if you are selling cars, books, houses or popcorn, your business needs to function as a business. Find your niche, create a good product and drive on. Be creative and do what you do. But gosh darn it, listen to the business pros. Or you can join the other 75% of new businesses that fail.

It takes a lot more than a good product to be successful. And that is the sad, boring, unsexy truth behind any business.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:54 pm 
 

bbarsh wrote:But gosh darn it, listen to the business pros.


Yes, or better yet, become one yourself! In the beginning, all that matters is the product, if the product is good, people will buy it, the cash flow will grow. Then, after a certain point (when the company has grown big enough), highly professional structures are needed. That's where I totally agree with you. I wouldn't so much listen to them consultants, but the knowledge must be within upper management. Like, when Arneson/Gygax invented roleplaying, it was OK for Gygax to run the company - until a certain point. Same story with Adkinson/WOTC/MTG.

That's the ideal constellation for any young company - someone who knows the product and someone who knows how to run a business. Perfect, if it's one and the same person.

Would you agree?


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:53 pm 
 

Absolutely! I think we are in total agreement.

I started my company by myself; built one home sold it, built another and worked my ass off (70-80 hours a week easy). My wife was gonna kill me; said she would see me more often.

It takes desire and love for the product, service or whatever. That love must be fed by hard work. That is how to start a business, in my opinion. You have to believe in the project no matter what anyone says. Then you learn more, grow, become successful. But then you need help. Almost anyone can build one house a year, maybe even two. But that's gonna get old and you poor. Your business grows and then you need professional help - accountants, lawyers (Oh I hate them so!!!), insurance specialists, etc.

You see, all I am saying is that business have two sides. The one the customer sees - i.e. the product and staff. Then there is the business side. Just because you know the product does not convey to knowing how to run the business. It makes my head ache sometimes, but if I want to be successful, I have to face reality. TSR did not.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:42 pm 
 

Gygax just commented in a thread on ENWorld that Tim Kask may have created the name Kwalish.  

See Historical Importance...D&D if you're curious.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 5:12 am 
 

bbarsh wrote:Absolutely! I think we are in total agreement.

I started my company by myself; built one home sold it, built another and worked my ass off (70-80 hours a week easy). My wife was gonna kill me; said she would see me more often.



I agree. I run a game store, not a bulding company, but I fully share all the BBarsh opinions. I am a gamer when writing reviews, paying with friends or partecipating in forums, but when I'm working in the store I am a retailer: I don0t order what I like, I order what sells. I have been called many times 'a bastard' - for example when throwing out Magic players convinced I run some youth center and not a business and so thinking they can buy cards, boosters and boxes elsewhere but playing here all day.

It takes hard, hard work to succeed. I work from Monday to Saturday and often Sunday too, for tournaments and such. Holidays are very limited. You have to confront inefficient suppliers and banks from hell. You have to confront bizarre people wanting your advice but buying elsewhere (Internet being a prime example) because it costs less. No wonder at least two other stores opened in the last years but all failed and closed their doors.

Anyway, I LOVE this job  :D  :D  :D

  

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 9:17 am 
 

Isn't business ownership grand! You pour your soul into it, work a million hours, take pride in what you do, and then you fight to survive. :)

Funny how many things are the same, even an ocean away. I too cannot sell what I like best. I have to build and sell what will sell. No different than your retail outlet. If either one of us based our business decisions on emotion, game over.

And don't you just love being "shopped" for price and information, only to have the customer use it against you at another supplier, retailer, etc? Happens to me, too.

I think what some of the posters were getting confused about is the difference between love of the business and love of running a business. They are often totally at odds.

I am envious of your game shop, though. About 10 years ago, when I made the transition from employee to employer, I looked real hard at starting a gaming/comic book store. It was probably my first love. But, it would have been real easy to fail because of those reasons. You wouldn't believe the number of those stores that have failed in this area (metro Detroit with a population density of about 3 million.

Good luck. Keep the fires burning. Just a few more years to retirement...about 30 or so... 8O  8O  8O


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:24 am 
 

Resurrecting a very old thread just for research purposes.

Here's a LONG interview with Gary Gygax that some may want to reference later.  I placed it here because other links to this information found in this thread don't appear to work anymore.

The Ultimate Interview With Gary Gygax


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:11 pm 
 

benjoshua wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:Resurrecting a very old thread just for research purposes.

Here's a LONG interview with Gary Gygax that some may want to reference later.  I placed it here because other links to this information found in this thread don't appear to work anymore.

The Ultimate Interview With Gary Gygax


Awesome stuff! Thanks Ben!

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:21 pm 
 

This thread resurrection had me shuffling through the Internet looking for other fun interviews.  I came across this interview of Tim Kask on YouTube (posted by Dorks of Yore).

Tim Kask On TSR #11: Two-Hour Un-cut Q&A - YouTube

Wonderful Q&A.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:46 pm 
 

benjoshua wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:Resurrecting a very old thread just for research purposes.

Here's a LONG interview with Gary Gygax that some may want to reference later.  I placed it here because other links to this information found in this thread don't appear to work anymore.

The Ultimate Interview With Gary Gygax

Well, that didn't last long. I'm getting a 502 Bad Gateway error.

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:13 pm 
 

SimperingToad wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:
benjoshua wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:Resurrecting a very old thread just for research purposes.

Here's a LONG interview with Gary Gygax that some may want to reference later.  I placed it here because other links to this information found in this thread don't appear to work anymore.

The Ultimate Interview With Gary Gygax

Well, that didn't last long. I'm getting a 502 Bad Gateway error.

:(


Hmmm... still works fine for me.  I suspect a smarter mind than mine can suggest a solution.   :?


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:18 pm 
 

SimperingToad wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:
benjoshua wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:Resurrecting a very old thread just for research purposes.

Here's a LONG interview with Gary Gygax that some may want to reference later.  I placed it here because other links to this information found in this thread don't appear to work anymore.

The Ultimate Interview With Gary Gygax

Well, that didn't last long. I'm getting a 502 Bad Gateway error.

:(


From the Wiki-Errors website:

502 Bad Gateway Solutions

Since a 502 Bad Gateway error is usually directly related to a server problem there are three things to try when resolving the situation.
Steps:
1) Retry the action. Use the refresh button on your tool bar to attempt to reload the page.
2) Come back again later. Sometimes a 502 Bad Gateway error is only a temporary problem of the website you may be trying to access.

One thing to note is that this URL pushes a Social-Media log-in pop-up window when you load the webpage.  If your browser isn't pop-up friendly (type of browser or browser setting), this could potentially create misleading errors.  Shot in the dark.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:37 pm 
 

Working okay now. I didn't change a thing.

Temporary hiccup, I suppose.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:26 pm 
 

Amazing to see this as Tim gets out of chemo.

We need a Jon P interview--especially as he has six books in progress.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:12 pm 
 

Steve Marsh wrote in Let's make an interview with Tim Kask!!!:Amazing to see this as Tim gets out of chemo.

Ick. Sorry to hear that.  :(


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