Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-11

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

We know that the current COVID-19 crisis will hit our hobby hard. What are you doing to help support your favourite tabletop publishers and designers during this time?

Supporting on Patreon and Kickstarter. But honestly, I was doing it before that time. I'm just continuing my level of support even through the crisis, though I did add a couple of ones that I'd been on the fence about. Also considering purchases from Pelgrane and Evil Hat that I was planning to put off- I know that they aren't shipping, but I'll have the PDFs. And I've got a backlog so long that it's ridiculous so I'll probably not read them before they start shipping in any case.

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Patreon mostly, but also picking up stuff on itch.io and DTRPG. Also participating in various platforms like Discord, Pluspora, and Mastodon, along with online forum discussions.

I think I need to get some gift certificates from the FLGS soon.
Our local FLGs is closed for the duration... the owner, an old friend, is trying to get some of the government small business money last I heard, but without that working out he will probably be out of business. Even then he only had 2 years left on his lease on a block where all the other shops are on a month by month basis and no lease and the building owners are looking to sell the building to developers.

(He's unlikely to be able to afford to relocate if they survive these events, 35% of his business depends on in-game tournaments and the like which will be impossible until the all-clear sounds for large social groups).
Alliance/Diamond are in shut down (they are the main distributors to stores) so any stores that are still operating can't get in new stock. Most of the publishers are unpaid via them and the stores right now going back a month or more, and some publishers have no warehouse space of their own, their stuff goes from the printer to the Distributor direct and is stored there... so no product there either.

There are exceptions (I think Pelgrane and Chaosium are still doing some direct shipping) but pretty much the commercial end has got Drive thru and not much else for an income source right now.
I'm not doing anything special with regards to buying games. I don't think the game publishing industry is an industry that is particularly effected by the crisis, though of course physical shops are. But my local shops have been terrible about stocking RPGs, so I tend to order them online anyway. There's a very friendly but not-so-local game shop in a different city that recently mailed me about their webshop, so maybe I'll use that.

Locally, my efforts are more directed at keeping restaurants in business by ordering food from them; many local restaurants started delivering food in an attempt to stay in business, and I'd like them to succeed.
@Martijn Vos - I think it's easy to underestimate the effect on the gaming industry. With the printers, distributors and stores closed down, there's little supply chain for the industry up and running. You see the effect in books most in Amazon. Amazon is the largest buyer of books in the business- and they aren't buying books. That means the rest of the chain is getting no money in. How can this not affect the business as a whole? Larger publishers have reserves, but a lot of smaller publishers, which make up the bulk of the industry, do not.
Alright, I'll see if there's anything I need to order. Probably through that shop.
Unfortunately not much. Our income has taken a huge hit so there isn't any room in the budget to help out others, we are just trying to make due with what we have.

What I have been doing is trying to promote the things I can on social media. If the local store has a sale or is doing curbside I share it. If a publisher has a sale I share it. If a write is putting out their stuff free or cheap during this period I promote it.

That's about all I can do at this point.