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Introducing the Kingdom Of Adventure

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KingdomOfAdventure

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Hey there,

I've been lurking for a wee while now after first hearing about here on the UK Business Forums which I'd only recently discovered also.
Introducing me first - My name's Dave and I live in the East Neuk of Fife. I've been working in IT (largely desktop/server area) for what's coming up for 15 years with the past 8 of those being in management roles of one kind or another.
Introducing the business - Kingdom Of Adventure will be a retail business specialising in comics and games (specifically board games, card games, roleplaying games and war games). By and large the product range will be non-electronic and will definitely not involve a computer or console... One of the business motivations is to promote games as a social face to face pastime and to demonstrate the benefits of comics not just from an artistic perspective but also from a reading perspective.
Coming from an IT background I'm only too well aware of the shift from traditional forms of entertainment to the online/electronic forms, particularly within the games market but also within the comic market. Whilst I know that playing games online and reading comics online is very enjoyable it also brings with it a lack of social interaction (other than the online aspect of course).
Kingdom Of Adventure will be part retail shop and part host (roughly 30% of the floor space will be reserved) to enable people who share hobbies to come into the shop and play the games, chat about the comics and generally get to know each other better. The business will connect with community groups that already have "game nights" such as Girl Guides, Scouts and through organisations like Duke Of Edinburgh will help establish other events in Fife.
The shop will launch online initially (August is current target) with a "proper" shop opening before March 2009, indeed the plan is to open before Christmas but keeping objectives to a reasonable timescale. The primary reason for the online opening is to ensure that I'm comfortable operating a business but also to start formally approaching the various Fife community groups and game clubs to promote the shop and the plans.
I think it's probably safe to say that this venture is a bit unusual compared to the other sorts of business on here but it's something that I've been planning informally for the past 5 years and formally for the past 2. I believe in the products that we will sell and the benefits they have not just for kids but for people of all ages. Yes that means girls too!

Why am I here? Likely to ask a few questions from time to time and might pitch in on the IT side of things given my background. Plus I might end up posting about games and comics from time to time to promote the products.

Any questions let me know.

Cheers,

Dave
 
fantasycouriers

fantasycouriers

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HI Dave

My nephew's dad is William King (warhammer). So all i will say is that there is a big market out there for this kind of thing, as long as you know how to tap into it correctly.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum
Alistiar
 
Power Lunch Club

Power Lunch Club

New Member
Dave,

Welcome to SBF, it's a pleasure to meet...and I wish you all the best with your venture...sound really exciting.

Look forward to your posts.

Kind regards

Gordon
PLC
 
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KingdomOfAdventure

New Member
Thanks for the welcome Alistair.

Has he moved back to Scotland because last I heard he was living in the Czech Republic?

Certainly the networking with existing clubs and other organisations will be key to how I get people into the shop in a sustained way.

Cheers,

Dave
 
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KingdomOfAdventure

New Member
Dave,

Welcome to SBF, it's a pleasure to meet...and I wish you all the best with your venture...sound really exciting.

Look forward to your posts.

Kind regards

Gordon
PLC
Thanks for the welcome Gordon, it's certainly an area I have a lot of personal passion for.
 
Gordon N

Gordon N

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Welcome to the forums Dave!

Nice to see a refreshing idea! I for one would like to see my kids showing more of an interest in non-computer games, and would encourage any venture based around this...

All the best with the business, keep us informed with the progress!

Regards,

Gordon
 
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KingdomOfAdventure

New Member
Welcome to the forums Dave!

Nice to see a refreshing idea! I for one would like to see my kids showing more of an interest in non-computer games, and would encourage any venture based around this...

All the best with the business, keep us informed with the progress!

Regards,

Gordon
Cheers Gordon, I'll post from time to time on my progress. Speaking with distributors this week and hopefully meeting up with a couple of club representatives.

Just realised that I didn't say in the original post that the brick & mortar shop will be in Kirkcaldy.
 
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davidc

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Hi Dave. Welcome to the forum. Good luck with all. You will love Kirkcaldy. I owned a bar restaurant there for 12 years called The Cafe Continental. The people are really friendly. Be careful where you site the shop though, as you know the High street is not what it used to be.
 
frockery

frockery

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Welcome to SBF, Dave! :)

Sounds a great business and I'm sure it will go well in Kirkcaldy. I know quite a few Fifers who may be interested so will let them know about your venture.
 
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KingdomOfAdventure

New Member
Hi Dave. Welcome to the forum. Good luck with all. You will love Kirkcaldy. I owned a bar restaurant there for 12 years called The Cafe Continental. The people are really friendly. Be careful where you site the shop though, as you know the High street is not what it used to be.
Just checked out the website for The Cafe Continental, looks good, what made you sell up?
The location is still very much a debate as I need to have a decent floor space to accommodate host space for in shop gaming and other events. That space will not be product retail space so the
 
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davidc

New Member
I think I sold out at the right time. The bar trade had changed with the supermarkets/ big chains etc.
I think you are right not to pay too much for the shop unit, as your business will not be so much about passing trade. It is always best to keep expenditure to a minimum, especially for the first couple of years. The last time I was in Kirkcaldy was a couple of months ago, and there was a few empty units on the high street. I think in this climate property owners will be open to negotiation....
The Fife Chamber of Commerce used to have a few good people in it, and The High Street Traders Association that used to be run by the manager of Marks and Spencer.
Good luck
 

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