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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 5:22:57 PM   
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Like many of you, I have been coming to this site for many years. Mostly lurking, but checking in at least once a day. Over the years there have been innumerable threads about Matrix pricing, how it sucks, how they don't know what they are doing, etc. Yet, they are still in business so they must be doing something right. I understand that the pricing model may not work for everyone; personally I have no problem with it. Do I wish there were more sales; of course I do, but if I really want a game I budget for it and pay what is asked.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 5:30:37 PM   
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Just look at the threads in this form about the game. It Shockingly silent except for this thread. Hmmm...I'm not going to debate you on British economics or the slitherine business model which at times is simply dumbfounding to anyone with retail experience .
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Again missing the point here..... Truth is 95% of the people who wanted to buy this probably already had. The only way now to make money from this game is to lower the price or make new add ons for it, at this point in time they aren't .

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It will be by those who find the price reasonable.

It will be who have an interest in the period.

$1.99 is a ridiculous price and is not sustainable.


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rogo727 with respect the point is not being missed at all. I do not know the detail of what % of people who want the game have bought it already (you say 95%), I do not know the economics of what Matrix paid and what they need to get their money back. Furthermore I do not know to what extent Matrix research was flawed (if indeed it was). But I do not need to know any of this stuff.

I am not putting my money into buying the rights - they are. They (the shareholders and management) are taking the risks, putting up the cash - in return for which they have the right to set the price and make decisions on the future of the game. That's just how things work.

We as consumers have a simple choice. Do we buy at the price quoted or not? If, as you suggest, Matrix have got this all wrong, then the price will no doubt come down again as they try and get as much money back as possible. If they have their strategy right then it won't.




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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 5:38:27 PM   
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quote:

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Just look at the threads in this form about the game. It Shockingly silent except for this thread. Hmmm...I'm not going to debate you on British economics or the slitherine business model which at times is simply dumbfounding to anyone with retail experience .
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ORIGINAL: rogo727

Again missing the point here..... Truth is 95% of the people who wanted to buy this probably already had. The only way now to make money from this game is to lower the price or make new add ons for it, at this point in time they aren't .

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ORIGINAL: Aurelian

It will be by those who find the price reasonable.

It will be who have an interest in the period.

$1.99 is a ridiculous price and is not sustainable.


warspite1

rogo727 with respect the point is not being missed at all. I do not know the detail of what % of people who want the game have bought it already (you say 95%), I do not know the economics of what Matrix paid and what they need to get their money back. Furthermore I do not know to what extent Matrix research was flawed (if indeed it was). But I do not need to know any of this stuff.

I am not putting my money into buying the rights - they are. They (the shareholders and management) are taking the risks, putting up the cash - in return for which they have the right to set the price and make decisions on the future of the game. That's just how things work.

We as consumers have a simple choice. Do we buy at the price quoted or not? If, as you suggest, Matrix have got this all wrong, then the price will no doubt come down again as they try and get as much money back as possible. If they have their strategy right then it won't.



warspite1

But what has this got to do with British economics as opposed to American, French, German or whatever - we all adopt the free market?? Its the law of supply and demand pure and simple. If Matrix - or any company get their pricing wrong i.e. they won't reduce price when they need to (as dictated by market forces and consumer choice) they end up with a ton of useless stock and run out of cash...

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 6:37:05 PM   
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Just look at the threads in this form about the game. It Shockingly silent except for this thread. ad.


Main game thread is on the AEGOD site. The release announcement in the Matrix folder says this.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 7:37:29 PM   
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To All,

Finally, if this is about PON can I just say that there is a perfectly appalling thread about its price in the PON forum. It really doesn't need to spill over into every other forum.

Best wishes,
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This is my opinion also.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 8:09:29 PM   
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To All,

Finally, if this is about PON can I just say that there is a perfectly appalling thread about its price in the PON forum. It really doesn't need to spill over into every other forum.

Best wishes,
Steve


No it doesn't. but that is the current agenda of a few disgruntled.

And it isn't just software publishers. Book publishers should too. I have one book with two page 108s. Another with a page put in backwards. Guess they should lower the price now.

I happened to look at a later printing of Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon some time ago. $110 for a book that hasn't changed in content since published. I have an earlier one listed at $95. And yet, people buy it.

Alexander Kent's Bolitho series sells for more in book store today then it did back in the 1980s. And yet, in one book, there is an entire paragraph missing, along with one line repeated twice.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 8:18:33 PM   
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To All,

Finally, if this is about PON can I just say that there is a perfectly appalling thread about its price in the PON forum. It really doesn't need to spill over into every other forum.

Best wishes,
Steve


No it doesn't. but that is the current agenda of a few disgruntled.

And it isn't just software publishers. Book publishers should too. I have one book with two page 108s. Another with a page put in backwards. Guess they should lower the price now.

I happened to look at a later printing of Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon some time ago. $110 for a book that hasn't changed in content since published. I have an earlier one listed at $95. And yet, people buy it.

Alexander Kent's Bolitho series sells for more in book store today then it did back in the 1980s. And yet, in one book, there is an entire paragraph missing, along with one line repeated twice.
warspite1

Back in the 90's I could have bought Third Axis Fourth Ally for £20-£30. Sadly I could not afford it. To buy new now is over $300 or $125 second hand......

Its a niche market we are in and thats the law of supply and demand.


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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 8:45:23 PM   
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Unless I read the RPS post wrong it was not about PON.

It was about making some older games into bundles.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 10:32:54 PM   
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Unless I read the RPS post wrong it was not about PON.

It was about making some older games into bundles.
warspite1

I think it was a general attack on Matrix pricing policy generally but using PON as the initial example thanks to the pricing discussion on that forum.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 10:42:22 PM   
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"warspite1

Back in the 90's I could have bought Third Axis Fourth Ally for £20-£30. Sadly I could not afford it. To buy new now is over $300 or $125 second hand......

Its a niche market we are in and thats the law of supply and demand. "
That is a supply problem, I doubt, with digital downloads, that supply would be a problem for matrix. The games aren't "rare" or hard to find.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 10:46:07 PM   
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There are loads of brand new board wargames that come out at the same price or less than one of the high price titles here..and yet think of the production costs of a boardgame over a PC game a boardgame you get a box full of goodies yet you can't even get a printed manual these days with a PC wargame. Go check the price of some of the GMT titles. I have Bloody April here and the box weighs a ton with all the wargaming goodness thats stuffed in it yet it's just as much a "niche" as any game here.

Tim Stone in my opinion is dead on the money. No matter how good the products are from a company they are capable of doing other things wrong..to overlook it because you enjoy their products is just blind fanaticism.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 10:51:48 PM   
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"warspite1

Back in the 90's I could have bought Third Axis Fourth Ally for £20-£30. Sadly I could not afford it. To buy new now is over $300 or $125 second hand......

Its a niche market we are in and thats the law of supply and demand. "
That is a supply problem, I doubt, with digital downloads, that supply would be a problem for matrix. The games aren't "rare" or hard to find.
warspite1

The rareness of the product was not the point. The fact that we are in a niche market is.

Why can Amazon sell a book about Romania in WWII at those prices? Why don't I ever see books like that in the bargain basement? It was a rhetorical question but of course its because not a lot of people particularly want to read that kind of book...and those that do are willing to pay.

Computer wargames - no not call of duty shoot 'em up stuff, but proper wargames, strategy games etc -that interest the sort of people that frequent the Matrix site can command a higher price (if the Matrix strategy is to be believed). You average spotty youth is not desperate for WITW or WITE2 - he'll take CoD or Sims or Assassins whatever.

I have no reason to disbelieve the Matrix strategy is sound - they are still around (thank goodness) and assume that they know what they are doing. They cannot sell PON at the price they have recently quoted and expect people to buy it, if - as some people are suggesting - they have totally mucked up their research and 95% of people who will buy it already have.




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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 10:58:50 PM   
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There are loads of brand new board wargames that come out at the same price or less than one of the high price titles here..and yet think of the production costs of a boardgame over a PC game a boardgame you get a box full of goodies yet you can't even get a printed manual these days with a PC wargame. Go check the price of some of the GMT titles. I have Bloody April here and the box weighs a ton with all the wargaming goodness thats stuffed in it yet it's just as much a "niche" as any game here.

Tim Stone in my opinion is dead on the money. No matter how good the products are from a company they are capable of doing other things wrong..to overlook it because you enjoy their products is just blind fanaticism.
warspite1

But wodin I am not "ignoring what they do wrong because I enjoy their products".

Where I think Matrix are wrong I say so - and I have mentioned my frustration with EiA many times - but, at the risk of flogging a horse that died, was buried and has thoroughly decomposed by now, I do not see what Matrix are doing differently to any other for-profit company with shareholders and investors to report to. They sell at where the market is. They have every right to do that.

If Matrix thought that every game developed would be worth $1.50 after 3-years, how much longer would they be in this game? I don't know the answer to that for a fact, but I can guess.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 11:25:09 PM   
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Make no mistake THEY DID NO RESEARCH REGARDING THE MARKET PRICE of this game. They admitted this on that forum. And while it is true that m/s has every right to sell any game at any price they want too. I have other issues I have that I pointed out. As a paying customer I demand much better customer service from them.. I feel like I'm feeding a heard of old goats with banter .
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"warspite1

Back in the 90's I could have bought Third Axis Fourth Ally for £20-£30. Sadly I could not afford it. To buy new now is over $300 or $125 second hand......

Its a niche market we are in and thats the law of supply and demand. "
That is a supply problem, I doubt, with digital downloads, that supply would be a problem for matrix. The games aren't "rare" or hard to find.
warspite1

The rareness of the product was not the point. The fact that we are in a niche market is.

Why can Amazon sell a book about Romania in WWII at those prices? Why don't I ever see books like that in the bargain basement? It was a rhetorical question but of course its because not a lot of people particularly want to read that kind of book...and those that do are willing to pay.

Computer wargames - no not call of duty shoot 'em up stuff, but proper wargames, strategy games etc -that interest the sort of people that frequent the Matrix site can command a higher price (if the Matrix strategy is to be believed). You average spotty youth is not desperate for WITW or WITE2 - he'll take CoD or Sims or Assassins whatever.

I have no reason to disbelieve the Matrix strategy is sound - they are still around (thank goodness) and assume that they know what they are doing. They cannot sell PON at the price they have recently quoted and expect people to buy it, if - as some people are suggesting - they have totally mucked up their research and 95% of people who will buy it already have.






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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/20/2013 11:40:28 PM   
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Make no mistake THEY DID NO RESEARCH REGARDING THE MARKET PRICE of this game. They admitted this on that forum. And while it is true that m/s has every right to sell any game at any price they want too. I have other issues I have that I pointed out. As a paying customer I demand much better customer service from them.. I feel like I'm feeding a heard of old goats with banter .
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"warspite1

Back in the 90's I could have bought Third Axis Fourth Ally for £20-£30. Sadly I could not afford it. To buy new now is over $300 or $125 second hand......

Its a niche market we are in and thats the law of supply and demand. "
That is a supply problem, I doubt, with digital downloads, that supply would be a problem for matrix. The games aren't "rare" or hard to find.
warspite1

The rareness of the product was not the point. The fact that we are in a niche market is.

Why can Amazon sell a book about Romania in WWII at those prices? Why don't I ever see books like that in the bargain basement? It was a rhetorical question but of course its because not a lot of people particularly want to read that kind of book...and those that do are willing to pay.

Computer wargames - no not call of duty shoot 'em up stuff, but proper wargames, strategy games etc -that interest the sort of people that frequent the Matrix site can command a higher price (if the Matrix strategy is to be believed). You average spotty youth is not desperate for WITW or WITE2 - he'll take CoD or Sims or Assassins whatever.

I have no reason to disbelieve the Matrix strategy is sound - they are still around (thank goodness) and assume that they know what they are doing. They cannot sell PON at the price they have recently quoted and expect people to buy it, if - as some people are suggesting - they have totally mucked up their research and 95% of people who will buy it already have.





warspite1

But if that is true - and reading the responses by Matrix it would appear they were unaware of the $1.50 and similar sales - whilst that is surprising, that is of no interest to me.

As I say, the question for Matrix is will they be able to move PON at their new price or not - only time will tell, but that's up to them. I am neither an investor or employee of Matrix - I have enough problems of my own to worry about without concerning myself with Matrix sales strategy

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 12:01:16 AM   
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Make no mistake THEY DID NO RESEARCH REGARDING THE MARKET PRICE of this game.


I believe they said they priced it the same as it was on the AEGOD site. Why does it matter what it was being sold for on other sites by a different company. Even Johan came on here and didn't realize how cheap they were selling it on Gamersgate.

And I guess I am in the very minority on not really caring how the Easter dale went. 10% of of everything isn't bad.

No company is perfect. Verizon FIOS was rated the top cable company in the US, but if you go to the forums there are lots of people complaining.


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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 12:05:27 AM   
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But I don't want to be a guinea pig or paying beta tester either.



But, in essence you are just that when you buy a game retail brand new release day or even week or month. You're a paying beta tester to find them the bugs and ctd's and all that other stuff and you or some other smucks if not you pay the full price to be just that. In my line of business we like to call it "invisible residue" you can't see it before you buy it but it's there and you "know" it's there. Yet, you go ahead and buy it anyway knowing full well there's going to be issues and flaws for months to come.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 12:21:45 AM   
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Too bad that NWS no longer sells Matrix Games games.


I’m still trying to figure out how the bean counters figured this benefits Matrix ? they couldn’t have asked for better (FREE) advertisement or endorsement for that matter……NWS was always plugging Matrix new releases across the community why cut them out ?

I ‘ve spent a boatload more on matrix titles at NWS then I ever have at the Matrix store, many I wouldn’t have even bothered with despite the discount pricing NWS, same as with GMT HPS.

good luck with it..........

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 1:49:20 AM   
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Because you asked your question after his post and I stated what I said because you apparently did not
understand the principles of the free market.
We do dictate the price of products.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 2:27:01 AM   
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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 4:49:22 AM   
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Because you asked your question after his post and I stated what I said because you apparently did not
understand the principles of the free market.
We do dictate the price of products.


So, why did the dealer turn me down when I offered $1,000 for a 2013 Mustang GT500? Or even a 2009? Being that we dictate the price of products?


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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 5:39:06 AM   
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So, why did the dealer turn me down when I offered $1,000 for a 2013 Mustang GT500? Or even a 2009? Being that we dictate the price of products?


'We' = plural and 'me' = singular. The 'market' assumes the existence of the former. In this case, your $1000 is rejected because the dealer is reasonably confident somebody else will offer more and can afford to leave the car unsold until they do. In the unlikely event the car remains unsold at a higher price, your $1000 will become increasing attractive. Don't hold your breath, though

Things get messy selling games online because, unlike that Mustang, there is to all intents and purposes an infinite supply of the product. So, sticking with your scenario, the dealer could sell you the Mustang for $1000 and then sell the identical car to a dozen other people unlucky enough not have spotted the car when you did for $50k apiece. Which, oddly enough, is a rather better analogy to PoN than I thought it would be!




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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 5:54:16 AM   
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So, why did the dealer turn me down when I offered $1,000 for a 2013 Mustang GT500? Or even a 2009? Being that we dictate the price of products?


'We' = plural and 'me' = singular. The 'market' assumes the existence of the former. In this case, your $1000 is rejected because the dealer is reasonably confident somebody else will offer more and can afford to leave the car unsold until they do. In the unlikely event the car remains unsold at a higher price, your $1000 will become increasing attractive. Don't hold your breath, though

Things get messy selling games online because, unlike that Mustang, there is to all intents and purposes an infinite supply of the product. So, sticking with your scenario he could sell you the Mustang for $1000, and then sell it to a dozen other people for $50k apiece. Which, oddly enough, is a rather better analogy than I thought it would be!





I am well aware of the difference. OK, so *we* go and do try it? Why cant' we? It's either a free market or it isn't


We don't have the control of the market some think we have. Especially such a narrow one as this. Cut the price too low, and they can decide that it just isn't worth it to continue. Either supporting the old as well as making new ones

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 10:16:14 AM   
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I like homemade strawberry-banana ice cream.

warspite1

What the......????

Why did you have to go and say that?? Here we are having a perfectly reasonable debate about Matrix pricing policy, economics and the free market and you have to go and toss in that highly incendiary, trolling remark.

I don't know who you think you are parusski but you need to watch your step with your strawberry-banana ice cream %^&* - and then compounding the crime by throwing the "homemade" grenade into the mix. Your getting ahead of yourself and now your ego's writing cheques your body can't cash.

I expect better of you and remind you to read Ambrose's 1924 tour-de-force:

How mentioning homemade strawberry-banana ice-cream on internet forums can lead to global disaster. Ambrose. S (1924) CRA Publishing.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 1:57:50 PM   
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I’m starting to get an idea why David H leaving Matrix was never announced, many here have been supporting Matrix and Company for a decade + and understood their strategy /pricing . It’s becoming exceedingly tuff to make that argument with the current library of Slitherine and Matrix titles.

“We” are a small owner/operated “niche” hobby publisher was understandable back in the lean early days , this policy or argument is no longer valid to me or should be to anyone that’s been around to see the evolution of this company, hell I remember the days I would pick up the phone and just shoot the $hit with David. I understand that atmosphere is gone but also understand along with that is any pricing leverage imho ………………….. it wasn’t just the game I was purchasing , it was a small hobby store and the people involved I was investing in.

freemarket has nothing to do with it, I expect to pay a premium at “mom ‘n pops” , honestly I no longer see Matrix storefront in that light ………………………….just saying







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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 2:00:33 PM   
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I have just read the comments on this post as I have been somewhat busy over the last few days. So here is my two cents worth. As a small business owner that provides a service as it's main source of revenue, you match your prices based on what the local market will tolerate. If your prices are towards the high end then your compitition will look more attractive to your likely customers. If your prices are at the low end then the customer base will filter towards using you; depending on such elements as the quality of your provided service and name recognition. Matrix may also be fishing to see how much interest there is in their products before evaluating whether to alter cost. As a new member of this forum and Matrix games, I have to say that price will only make me question buying a matrix game if the customer reviews are more towards the negative end. If the reviews show a high customer satisfaction, then I will consider buying regardless of the cost. I usually will be one of those who wait 3-6 months before buying a new title regardless of the cost or seller just to get this feedback.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 2:36:31 PM   
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Interesting topic and I think the RPS article is spot on - there has been a noticeable shift with this publisher since Slitherine bought Matrix. Perhaps nostalgia on my part but it no longer feels part of a wargaming community, but simply business.

I see people keep interchanging Matrix with Slitherine. Matrix is no more, Slitherine bought them out. There is a new emperor - Slitherine Group.

I love AGEOD, they make some great games; I bought PON upon release, it is not one of them. I think Johan in the Pricing thread nailed it on the reasons why.

Ian McNeil's comments on people valuing games more if they pay more, intent to forcibly shutdown the ability to purchase said game from elsewhere (monopoly), perception of demos and outlets like Steam are frankly bizarre imo. Slitherine's intent and attack not too long ago to go after 'someone' who dared give negative reviews of one of their games was distasteful. They are not one of the good guys in my book.

I think people are beginning to see the elephant in the living room

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 2:50:48 PM   
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Have to agree Ron sadly. When some of the old guard (check some of the join dates) are starting to have issues..something is up...

Funny their perception of Steam..yet do I see Panzer Corps up on greenlight..surely hypocrisy.

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ORIGINAL: Ron

Interesting topic and I think the RPS article is spot on - there has been a noticeable shift with this publisher since Slitherine bought Matrix. Perhaps nostalgia on my part but it no longer feels part of a wargaming community, but simply business.

I see people keep interchanging Matrix with Slitherine. Matrix is no more, Slitherine bought them out. There is a new emperor - Slitherine Group.

I love AGEOD, they make some great games; I bought PON upon release, it is not one of them. I think Johan in the Pricing thread nailed it on the reasons why.

Ian McNeil's comments on people valuing games more if they pay more, intent to forcibly shutdown the ability to purchase said game from elsewhere (monopoly), perception of demos and outlets like Steam are frankly bizarre imo. Slitherine's intent and attack not too long ago to go after 'someone' who dared give negative reviews of one of their games was distasteful. They are not one of the good guys in my book.

I think people are beginning to see the elephant in the living room


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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 3:22:29 PM   
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I have no problems with the pricing of PON, Slitherine/Matrix pricing in general (old/new titles), nor have I noticed a less friendly company since Slitherine took over. The above has seen both companies grow which has meant many titles for our hobby to enjoy.

I do understand that they are making more money than they otherwise would have with the current pricing model but I don't care. I continue making the guys in U2 even richer as well. I enjoy what they do and I pay for it.

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RE: Rock paper Shotgun on Slitherine and pricing. - 4/21/2013 3:26:52 PM   
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This is very interesting. Can someone point me in the right direction about the personal attack as I would love to see slitherines customer service skills put to the test. Again when you have the CEO as your main customer service relations guy you have major problems.
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ORIGINAL: Ron

Interesting topic and I think the RPS article is spot on - there has been a noticeable shift with this publisher since Slitherine bought Matrix. Perhaps nostalgia on my part but it no longer feels part of a wargaming community, but simply business.

I see people keep interchanging Matrix with Slitherine. Matrix is no more, Slitherine bought them out. There is a new emperor - Slitherine Group.

I love AGEOD, they make some great games; I bought PON upon release, it is not one of them. I think Johan in the Pricing thread nailed it on the reasons why.

Ian McNeil's comments on people valuing games more if they pay more, intent to forcibly shutdown the ability to purchase said game from elsewhere (monopoly), perception of demos and outlets like Steam are frankly bizarre imo. Slitherine's intent and attack not too long ago to go after 'someone' who dared give negative reviews of one of their games was distasteful. They are not one of the good guys in my book.

I think people are beginning to see the elephant in the living room



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