The Harsh Reality: A Game Store Owner Talks Business

The owner of Imperial Outpost Games, the main gaming store on the West side of Phoenix, AZ recently started blogging and has several very impressive posts about the state of game retailing.  The posts really get into some deep detail about the expenses and sales at a local game store. His comments on issues like pre-orders and the RPG market fracturing itself to death were something of a surprise to me.

If you are interested at all in retail game store realities, then this blog is for you.

Word from the Outpost

Here are some of the posts I mentioned. There is a lot of great content on the blog, but I felt these worthy of special note.

Pre-orders and the game retailer

Supermarket vs. gaming space

Where does it all come from Part 1

Where does it all come from Part 2

Where does it all come from Part 3

This series is particularly interesting in regards to what is moving at this store and the market share of certain games.

That is enough to get you started, but keep for some insight into a modern retail game store.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer



Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

2 thoughts on “The Harsh Reality: A Game Store Owner Talks Business

  • December 11, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Some great links but white text on a block background! It like bing in 1995 all over again. This is one blog I’m only going to read via its RSS.

  • December 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Nice find, Trask. Gotta agree with Chris about the readability.

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