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6 Inch Move Store Review – Questing Knight Games

You’ll have to forgive me that this hasn’t come out on a Monday, either way I am getting round to the 3rd store in our new column and this time we are looking at something a little closer to home.

Questing Knight Games is a primarily bricks and mortar store based in the centre of Wellington, Telford in the sunny county of Shropshire. While it may seem a little unfair to pit a local store against the Internet behemoths there is a lot going for the little guy looking to compete. In this world where we consume an awful lot of electronic media smaller stores can be really up against it to turn a profit. Yet, there are certain things you get from these kind of stores that you cannot get from the Internet.

In the same vein as previous threads then, first of all let’s mark up the good things;

  • Excellent Customer Service – Alan, the proprietor, knows all of his customers by name and is more than happy to discuss things with you. I have never felt pressured into buying anything and he is always willing to offer advice
  • Excellent Knowledge of Range – You’d expect this but Alan knows each of the products he sells and directs customers appropriately
  • Wide Range of Stuff – Not as extensive as some web stores as there is limited shelf space but there is stuff on offer here that covers a broad section of the gaming fraternity
  • Discount – If you spend over £100 in store you get a 10% discount on your purchase
  • Orders – If the item you are looking for isn’t in stock then you can normally get it in around a week, Alan is willing to order stuff for you if it can be gotten. This can be quite convenient if you can’t get stuff online delivered to work or you don’t want it sent home, sometimes it’s annoying to get home from work and know you’ll need to take a trip to the post office to grab your parcel, or maybe you just want to hide the goodies from your wife…

I really enjoy popping into this place during lunch breaks and even if I am not buying anything just chatting with Alan and the other customers about gaming, either specific or in general. But we cannot just wax lyrical without trying to balance things out with a look at any negatives;

  • Limited Shelf Space – Probably the biggest con to a normal store, having to run it means that you are limited on stock you carry and the space to put it. Online retailers tend to be able to stock a lot more stuff as they are not paying overheads for a physical building
  • No discount from RRP – If I am right GW enforce this on all normal stores, they have to sell at RRP and the aforementioned overheads mean your costs are higher and these are inevitably passed onto customers. However, the £100/10% discount balances this out for me
  • Limited Range – although there are extensive ranges of stuff in the shop, some of the stuff I play isn’t there at all, forcing me online. GW stuff is abundant and that is probably the most played system anyway, however, newer offerings like Malifaux aren’t there, but with a local store you want a game to have a presence locally before stocking the items otherwise you might be stuck with stock you can’t sell

After the negative stuff I posted for Maelstrom you may I am trying to balance things out with a more positive review, however, I’m not that biased. I’m willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt and the opinions I have formed regarding the two stores I have reviewed are based on extensive personal experiences. Every time I got into Questing Knight I am greeting by name and that makes me feel like a valued customer and that means a lot. I know that online I am just anonymous shopper no. 14679332456069523131!!!!1!!!!eleven!!! so getting decent service is something I appreciate. Alan also supports on of Telford’s local gaming communities STAGS and having a store behind a club is a great thing to build the hobby.

Even if the prices are not the lowest you can get compared to online I will continue to buy from Questing Knight because of the great service, it is worth something extra in my mind. Especially as the discount sites aren’t always that prompt in getting me my loot.

So, onto the scoring then;

  • Pricing 8/10 – Not the cheapest around compared to online stores but no more expensive than you’ll get anywhere either
  • Store Itself – 8/10 – It is not a massive place but everything is well laid out and it is easy to find what you are looking for
  • Customer Service – 10/10 – Can’t fault Alan on this one, he knows his customers and is interested in them
  • Product Range – 8/10 – Not the largest selection of games but all the major bases are covered from Warhammer Fantasy to D&D to collectible Mini games to board games, there are several ranges of paints as well as tools and scenery

Overall that gives Questing Knight a whopping 34 out of 40, the highest result so far. It may not look much higher than Maelstrom on pure numbers but I cannot recommend this place highly enough.


6 Inch Move Store Review – Wayland Games

A long while ago, back when digital watches were still thought of as a pretty neat idea, I made a decision to be cool, quit gaming (at the time I was heavily into 15mm Napoleonics – heck I WAS cool) and move from my hillbilly hometown to the heavy metal metropolis of Birmingham. I managed a few years of a cool game free lifestyle before fate tempted me and opened a shop called Waylands Forge just down the road from me. Well soon enough I was back on the elixir of throwing dice and not washing quite enough and getting back into AD&D and Cyberpunk 2020.

So when someone mentioned recently that there was an internet force known as Wayland Games I got all reminiscent of a small collection of bearded gamers under the Auchinleck Tower. But no, it’s not the same people. Wayland Games operate out of a big warehouse in Greenland and seem to be operated by the same people who do the Santa Claus stuff.

They are simply amazing. Place your order, and a little elf in a transit van turns up at your house in a day or two with your toys. Seriously though, I like to use this company and have used them many times.

On The Plus Side:
– They sell EVERYTHING!!!
– They deliver quickly
– They are reliable
– Website is easy to use

On The Down Side:
– They are cheap, but not the cheapest (but not by much)
– I can never seem to get their supposed loyalty scheme to work

So there you have it. Wayland Games are a good internet distributor. If you want quick, reliable service from the comfort of your own home then I can recommend them.

6 Inch Move Store Review – Maelstrom Games

Welcome to a new feature over here at 6 Inch Move. There are many purveyors of the particular kind of crack that we enjoy with our hobby, many offering various discounts on the RRP of products in order to entice customers. So, us being the generous kind of chaps we are, we thought we’d provide you with reviews of not only the more traditional bricks and mortar stores but also those online retailers we have used. The plan is to plop one of these up every week and provide our usual unbiased opinion of the various facets of each operation.

So, without further ado our first retailer is one of the largest in the UK… Maelstrom Games!

These guys are a bricks and mortar outfit but also have a formidable web presence. I’ve used the web store on numerous occasions but have never been into the actual building so for the purpose of this review we’ll just be looking into the web store.

Personally I refer to these guys are everyone’s favourite “we’ll ship it when we can be bothered” web store. What keeps me coming back is the fact that not only do they offer a competitive price to start with but there are frequent offers emailed out to their mailing list subscribers. All of this means that you are looking at cheapo deal hunters like myself hitting up the site so that I can get my hands on my models for knockdown prices. So, first of all let’s have a look at the good;

  • Good discounts across ranges
  • Range of postal options – nothing worse than putting together a whole wad of stuff at 20% to work out you have to re-mortgage your house in order to afford the postage
  • Large range of models and accessories available
  • Easy to navigate site
  • Your goodies are well packaged when sent out

The range of stuff they stock is really quite impressive and if you were to merely look at the good side of things then you can understand how they are one of the larger places that you can buy stuff from, however, from personal experience and also from discussions with Servitob there are some negatives here that really cannot be ignored;

  • Despatching is hit and miss (mostly miss)
  • Could be simpler to cancel orders
  • Order Now!! Status on items doesn’t really tell you that they have no stock of that item

Time to elaborate on some of these. I got to use the Easter discount recently, there are a couple of things I was after, something for Warhammer and Malifaux. I out in an order on a Monday at lunch time, all items were shown as in stock and yet I got the despatch notification over a week later… I am pretty anxious to receive one item in particular from this batch of stuff and waiting isn’t one of my strong points. I know that they have the physical store to look after too but I kind of expect an outfit of their size to be able to despatch in stock items within a day or two. I don’t think this is unreasonable.

Now, this isn’t always the case, sometimes they do send stuff out within their “we usually ship within 2-3 days” I still think that’s a long time but if they put it on the site I can’t complain, however, when it takes 7 days before something ships, well, I get less than impressed. This is my biggest problem with them if I’m honest. Even accounting for the discounts in this latest instance I’d have been happier to go down my local store and pick up a full price copy of what I’m after. The waiting time makes the extra expense worthwhile, especially considering the service I get from the store I go to.

When you contact them they are really quite pleasant but then that is easy on email, maybe if I’d have given them hell over why it can take a week to put stuff in a box and send it in the post I may not have received as civil a response.

So, let’s break down my thoughts and create the areas that we are going to be using to judge our various stores on.

  • Price – 9/10 – Not the highest discounts I’ve seen but this is the main reason I’ve ever gone there
  • Store itself – 8/10 – the website is not that bad at all really, easy to find what you want
  • Customer Service – 4/10 – Not really impressed here at all, reasons given above and that isn’t based off a single incident
  • Product Range – 10/10 – These guys stock an awful lot of stuff and most of it is in stock. Pre-orders are available but sometimes you’ll find the latest stuff being out of stock, even though the store isn’t all that clear about that until you get to know it

Overall that gives Maelstrom Games a 31 out of 40 not a bad result. As long as you aren’t eager for your stuff to get to you then feel free to give them a go, there is a money back scheme but it’s hardly worth mentioning unless you are spending serious sums and the hit and miss sending out of your stuff will probably annoy you at some point reducing your chance of coming back and realising the savings you get from the loyalty reward.

Stay tuned for our next review coming next Monday.

6 Inch Move – 100 posts young

I know, this isn’t the post you’re expecting and don’t worry that post will rear its head. This is just a post to recognise a milestone here at 6 Inch Move as this is the 100th post that we have made. I thought it proper to take time out to recognise the hard work and diligent efforts of our blogging team. These are the guys that make gaming fun for me and the conversations we have over the gaming table and during other social outings helps me shed the hard slog that is life in the big wide world.

To mark this momentous milestone I have picked out some of my favourite posts (they are not all mine) that have appeared on the site since we started up. These are the ones that I either received positive feedback about, were well written or just made me laugh. There is much more to come from the site in the future and I’m excited about the services that we can potentially offer to the gaming community besides all the huge numbers of forums out there.

So, without further ado, please look back and enjoy the following posts;

Space Hulk Rules Review – For me the stand out gaming release of last year

Remembrance Day

More Space Hulk – Servitob waxes lyrical about Space Hulk

Uncharted Seas Shenanigans

Sportsmanship – Something we should always be keeping in mind

Gribblin goes cold-blooded – Also known as my Daemons getting a whooping

Wargaming – Negativity and You

Good morning Intarwebz, how are you doing?

I am sure that you, like me, are aware of just how awesome a resource the Internet can be. Not just a repository for media of the female of the species in various states of undress doing unusual things with various food groups, but a fount of information and communities of like-minded individuals. Normally a hobby that is stereotypical filled with either pre-pubescent youths or sweaty, bearded old men locked away in their parents dungeon comes into the (normally shunned) bright lights of socialism and we find many places where we can engage with others, finding (shockingly) that the majority of gamers are just normal folks with a liking for half-naked elves, or whatever.

However, there is also a feature of Internet communities that are not so positive. While this medium has, in a way, brought the hobby to a more mainstream audience there has been an effect born of forums that does not just take place within our favoured pastime. This follows on from my post earlier in the week regarding the eagerness and excitement you can feel when a project clicks for you and I feel that this behaviour is increasingly prevalent. I’m willing to admit that we see perhaps a subset of the community who are active participants online and this may skew the results but we can deal with that.

What I am talking about is the negativity that seems pervasive sometimes when discussions of armies come up. Taking for an example the newest Fantasy army, the Skaven, I have read discussions that on some occasions are downright damning of various units and their abilities. I’ll also admit that these discussions seem to revolve purely around what will be viable for a tournaments and while I commend the fact that tournaments are more frequent and better established these days I would hazard that this is not the preferred way of gaming for the vast majority of gamers. I have read threads posted that could completely crush enthusiasm if you were planning something that is being discussed and these discussions rarely touch on those things that are positive. This isn’t purely the case with the latest armies, this can be anything at all, it really does seem that the more negative the person the more vocal they are when the Internet beckons.

Luckily for most of this I can try to ignore what is being said. I’m not a tourney player, I enjoy the quiet competition between friends gathered around a suitably transformed dining table. I’d also like to point out that this isn’t something only linked to Games Workshop’s games but is present among other companies as well. Any game involving an army list obviously will have some units that are seen as sub-par and others perform way beyond their points cost, however, I’m a keen believer that the game is what you make of it and all this negativity is unnecessary. We should enjoy trying things out and experimenting, not merely talking about which unit are auto-includes or that you should never take unit X because player Y reckons it sucks donkey wang without having ever actually used it.