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Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 07:08 PM #1
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Hillside Games vs. The Wyvern's Tale: An Update
If you missed our story about the unethical actions of Hillside Games, Asheville, you can read that here.
The Wyvern's Tale, which is the new, soon-to-be game store opening in the Asheville NC area, has posted an update on the situation:
We want to thank everyone for their support in this time, it has meant a lot to us. The past week has been difficult, but being able to come here and see everyone's supportive messages has made everything all the smoother.
But now we'd like to take the time to say that it's time to move forward. We have received no further communication from Hillside Games. We are abandoning any hope that the do...main will be transferred to us. For now, Hillside has redirected www.thewyvernstale.com to www.wyvernstale.com, a site dedicated to a professional miniature painter. She does great work and if you're in the market for that sort of thing, we urge you to go take a look. If nothing else has come of this affair, at least she has gotten some new traffic, and hopefully new business. As long as the domains stay that way, we're content to leave it at that.
After researching the costs involved in disputing the domain, we determined that it would be pointless. Filing a dispute with ICANN is $1300 for 1 domain (and even more for all 6), and a lawsuit is even costlier, let alone the time involved. To pursue those avenues just to get a domain would be an absurd waste of our resources. We have better things to be doing. This game store needs to be open, and that's not going to happen if we waste all our time and money trying to get a domain. Yes, we goofed in not initially registering our domain. Lesson learned. Still, we believed the information should have been brought to light, and we did. But the public eye did not seem to sway Hillside's decision, and now it's time to move on.
We have registered www.thewyvernstaleavl.com and we intend to use that for all purposes going forward. For now, it just redirects to this Facebook page, but we'll have an actual web site in the future, so go ahead and bookmark it!
We've also contacted both The Deck Box (Fletcher) and Gamer's Haunt (Weaverville) and we are, and intend to remain, on very good terms with them both. We're more than happy to cooperate with them and you may even see jointly-sponsored events from us in the future. Please, if you're looking for Magic or other CCGs, check these guys out. They're both very friendly and very helpful!
And don't forget, you can always come join us at Firestorm Cafe and Books every Wednesday at 6pm for board game night! We will be giving demos of games every week, and you can always bring your own!
Now, we do have a game store to be getting open. The experience points have been doled out and dutifully marked on the sheet. Let's go find that next encounter! =)
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Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 07:30 PM #2
Guide (Lvl 11)
What the heck is wrong with Hillside Games? I guess the backlash wasn't large enough for them to fix this situation. What a horrible company.
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Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 07:51 PM #3
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Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 08:05 PM #4
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
I actually hadn't heard of this. Hillside Games should be trying to work with the community, including other stores not practicing underhanded business tactics. But it seems like their own store service and atmosphere will drive away business by itself, let alone this.
A Harper holds peaceful sharing of the lands above all other goals.
Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 08:08 PM #5
Grandfather of Assassins (Lvl 19)
It's pretty sad to be sure, I don't know why but I often find both the best and worst business owners tend to be in the CCG/TCG, board game and RPG markets, there is almost no middle ground. It's a really weird duality.
Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 09:11 PM #6
Lama (Lvl 13)
It's clearly a tactic that's backfired on Hillside Games, particularly since it got aired public.
Well, glad things worked out for Wyvern's Tale.
Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 09:22 PM #7
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
It's hard for me to summon more than a general "meh" regarding this whole thing.
There's no doubt that the owners of Hillside were not being gentlemanly and I'd be annoyed if they treated me that way. But I'd also just roll with it and go about my business without publicizing it. Simply put, you need at minimum, two jerks and a receptive media outlet to create something like this.
Were I in NC, I'd not patron either side simply because I wouldn't want to support either behavior pattern. Seeing this spread on enworld took my opinion of the management of the site down a few notches as well.
Good thing that much like the people and stores mentioned in this ongoing saga, my opinion matters very little in the grand scheme of things.
Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 11:08 PM #8
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
In a desperate hour, Drakonheim turned to necromancers to save the city. Now it must live with the consequences. Drakonheim: City of Bones, a systemless setting or any fantasy RPG.
Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 11:39 PM #9
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
If I could give this post negative xp, I would.
Being buillied and then publicizing the facts about it is hardly "jerky". Someone committed a crime here, and the other party merely mentioned it publicly.
Or perhaps you're accusing them of "tattling"? I.E. telling on someone just to get them in trouble out of spite?
Too often people confuse any admoishment of another publicly as "Tattling" or "ratting them out". In this case, Hillside Games appears to have done not only very jerky behavior, but illegal behavior (that's too costly to pursue justice for) as well as somewhat incompetent inflammatory behavior (i.e. "we'll sue you for libel for pointing out facts").
Sometimes, pointing out when someone is being a jerk is warranted. I certainly believe it so in this case, and I believe Wyvern's Tale has been fairly responsible and "rising above the crud" whenever possible.
Last edited by Aberzanzorax; Wednesday, 7th March, 2012 at 11:43 PM.
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Wednesday, 7th March, 2012, 11:44 PM #10
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
FLGS have a host of real issues facing their business model. Losing a domain name to a d-bag doesn't necessarily warrant outrage, IMHO.
Nuff said here because your opinion certainly is just as valid as mine.