From: Snowflake, Arizona
I'm more of a collector, so I snatch up games at discount on Gamer's Gate because these days (now retired) I'm at the point where paying more than $5 is often beyond my cash flow for a game that I might mess around with for a few hours and then never touch it again. When I pay full price, it's for a game that is either a sequel to a series I already do play extensively (All the Tiller's ACW titles, for example, rushed right out to get Campaign Overland); or something that I have been following in development (Witp:AE, WiTE, and MWIF, for example); or a nice package option such as the DW discount for the expansions; or the 35% off Christmas Sale. That said, I have no problem with Matrix pricing, but would like to see a "loyalty" program of some sort.
If you are a collector and you spend money on games in the fashion in which you describe then I must congratulate you because you either (1) picked the most acceptable college degree for financial means or (2) saw your share of luck on Wall Street. Because, I, paying for necessities as I do in this economy, which seems to be a greater share of my income than other years, have little set aside for gaming. This amount is less than it was other years, as my profession has not changed. If you are a collector of Matrix Games, then I'd say you are doing better off than most of the wargamers that play Matrix Games (buying games just for the sake of owning them rather than for the sake of playing them) and you likely represent only 20% of the wargaming PC market.
Having said that, what you say and your position financially, I cannot relate to and therefore seems to be irrelevant to my grievances altogether.
You are new around here or you would know that I retired two years ago from teaching Social Studies on the Navajo Indian Reservation. I have bought a 40 acre "off the grid" horse ranch, am near achieving self-sufficiency on food, water, and power. I go in to town maybe once every week to pick up mail, hay, animal feed, and sometimes a few grocery items (bulk flour, beans, oatmeal, rice, frozen or canned veggies if on sale, and baking supplies mostly - as little processed items as possible). I occasionally buy a $5 Veggie Subway for a treat, but otherwise haven't been in any kind of restaurant in over a year and a half. My food budget is $100 a month. I bake my own bread, my chicken flock produces eggs, my goat herd will soon be producing goat cheese and milk. I sell eggs and baked goods to my neighbors for extra cash. My end of month bank account balance is usually around $6 till the pensions and social security deposit.
I can squeeze out $5 for a tiny bit of entertainment as collecting games is the only bit of excess I allow myself (and I suspect more than 20% of us are primarily collectors with only a few games that we play regularly). I don't do anything else other than running the ranch. I'm happy with nature and the 40 + living creatures that I care for (dogs, goats, chickens, and horses). I have gotten a lot more selective about what I do buy and full price games take a bit of skimping to afford these days but I still support Matrix games with at least a half dozen purchases a year.
I don't think I'm "better off" than most gamers, but I am unique in living an extremely frugal and simple lifestyle ($28,000 in Social Security and three small pensions, and $12,000 of that goes to pay for the ranch).
If anyone should be complaining about Matrix prices being too high, it should be someone like me, but I disagree with everything you've posted in any of these threads and really disapprove of the bitter tone that you take when doing it. Go start your own game company and run it the way you see fit. If you don't like Matrix/Slitherine pricing or policies, then take your business elsewhere. Why do you have to be so hateful in your tone? They've answered and explained every issue you have raised, but you just keep on going.... Please... enough already!
Love & Peace,
Far Dareis Mai
My old Piczo site seems to be gone, so no more Navajo Nation pics :(