It sometimes seems like we're toiling endlessly trying to make it from day to day, but it's holidays like Thanksgiving that remind us how blessed we actually are. Around the shop Eric has several weeks of healing to go but is getting better every day. We have launched the first Giveaway for December and have other things to discuss too. Like the next sales event. Check it out!
Welcome to our weekly newsletter! For our new readers I'm Eric, and Wendy and I run Stone Valley Games. This newsletter is our way to share both local and world-wide gaming news of interest that popped up last week. It also provides our subscribers, both local and remote, some information on the going's on around here so everyone feels like part of the action. At the bottom of this newsletter we show you the restocks, new items, and preorders added to the store last week. It's not too difficult to navigate, so let's get to it!
SHARE THE LAND
We hope Thanksgiving afforded you the opportunity to take a much-needed break and spend time with loved-ones. This is a wonderful time of year to reconnect and take a bit of a respite as we have so many holidays clumped together...hence the whole Happy Holidays greeting from now thru the New Year.
In any case, we ran across a really interesting article that provides thoughtful, historical perspectives on the first settlement in New England and the story of the Pilgrims. Here's the link: Ten Pilgrim Facts You Need to Know. We knew most of this...but there were some interesting nuggets in there. Enjoy! (There's a board game idea in here too - worker placement paradise just waiting to happen).
GIVE IT AWAY
As we've mentioned last week, we have two giveaways scheduled for December, and the first one is ready to go!
From Meeple, Myself & I and Stone Valley Games, welcome to the Oniverse Giveaway! That's right, all six games in the Oniverse will be given away to one lucky winner. The winner will be drawn on December 26th, the same day the Top 100 Reviewed Games reaches its ultimate conclusion! Make sure you also tune in to hear what games made Jason's Top 5!
Our giveaway is open to everyone in the United States. The winner will be drawn on 26 December 2022 and contacted via the email address they provide. While not mandatory, we ask that you fill out the entire form (especially the address) so we do not lose any time getting the winner's prize shipped out.
Check out this link to find out more about the Oniverse Giveaway and sign up today!
Part 2 of our December board game giveaway will be revealed in next week's newsletter. We're planning for something very special, so make sure to check it out!
This is the first Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday since we've been open that we didn't host a weekend-long sale. Of course, I'm completely to blame by choosing this time of year to acquire a shiny new hip and am not physically able to meet that challenge quite yet. I am agitated but satisfied that I made the correct decision.
I can tell you that this annual sale really helps get us healthy on the tally sheet though, so that's a touch of concern. However, I think we can make up for it. Instead of running our sale from 25 to 28 November, we're going to relabel it an End of Year sale and run it from 28 to 31 December.
This should actually do two things for us. First, it will help eliminate some stock right before our end of year inventory (which is super helpful for tax purposes) and will help balance the books right before the year ends. On top of that, customers may have Christmas money and might want to get something from our shop they didn't receive for Christmas. I expect to be physically capable of handling it all by then, so it should be wins all around!
We'll give you more details on the sale in the coming weeks but anticipate our normally crazy sales across numerous categories. It's going to be awesome!
YOU CAN'T BRING ME DOWN
Many of you know I've been recovering from a complete hip replacement. Initially I was going to discuss how aging sucks, with all the surgeries, pain and general discomfort. However, those things are really much less impactful to me than all the wonders aging has brought, such as wisdom, experience, understanding, tolerance and peace. I often quip that the younger version of me wouldn't even talk to the older version of me - as they are completely different people, and the younger version wouldn't take the advice anyway.
I guess that's what you get when you're forced to slow down and heal - lots of time to think. Things are continually trending in the right direction on the recovery though, and I am quite confident that we'll have the storefront opened up again on 19 December. While the curbside-pickup has been an amazing option keeping us in the game (pun intended), it'll be nice to have customers in the shop again.
Oh, and I know you probably caught it, but my section titles this week have been some old throwback rock, metal and thrash tracks. Rock on!
THE WRAP UP
Okay, enough news for this week! Below are the Restocks, New Items, and Preorders added to the shop last week. You can click on the item to learn more, and many of the products have review and gameplay videos so you can see the game in action. If you're visiting our page and you'd like to keep up with our giveaways, sales, new products, and articles like this one just create an account here. Once created you will be subscribed to our newsletter and become enrolled in our loyalty system, instantly earning 50 Stones that you can use on your very first order. A Stone? One Stone is equivalent to One Cent. That doesn't sound like much, but you earn 2 Stones for every dollar spent and 5 for each product review, so though it may seem small, those savings add up fast! Redeem your Stones upon checkout, and they can save you up to 10% off your cart total. Loyalty Matters!