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Doomstink

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#13438460 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 22 August 2016 - 02:25 AM

The $29.99 digital price came from the press release for Rez.

FWIW, we want games to be cheap but there may be several times where it isn't feasible. If we ever got the opportunity to make FF5 a reality, we'd likely be at $49.99 or $59.99 - we'd have to make it worth Nintendo and Koei's time.


#13438426 iam8bit: (PS4) Rez Infinite Physical Edition (iam8bit Exclusive) Available fo...

Posted by Doomstink on 22 August 2016 - 01:47 AM

I just mean that they ship (for a small bubble envelope) about the same time frame with the same level of care. It's pretty much the same exact service just with a different stamp on it declaring it media mail. I mean... I've shipped a lot of stuff Media Mail, First Class, Priority... time frames were pretty consistent between Media Mail and First Class.

In the end, as long as I get my game, I'm cool. Same for everyone that ordered from LRG today and will be waiting a few weeks for their games to show up. All of these companies kind of suck in one way or another. LRG's distribution center issues, glitchy website, and loose discs. iam8bit's use of media mail and inflated shipping costs (and supposedly poor customer service?). No one really does that great a job. Well... maybe fangamer. I thought their website worked fine and shipping seemed fair enough. I'll find out in October just how good these other companies are any better. In the end though... it's all about the games for me.

Loose discs will be a problem for iam8bit and anyone else shipping PS4 games. I'm so sick of people thinking this problem is exclusive to us. Do people really think that if we could fix this, we wouldn't? If I had an option to pay $1 more for better cases, I would. Loose discs are a nightmare issue and they plague ALL PS4 releases. I've started collecting videos of games in retail stores with loose discs just to refute the jerks who claim this is an LRG exclusive issue.

Also, even if we have fulfillment center issues, we *always* make sure people get their order. If something gets crushed we replace it. For a company with literally two people doing everything, I'd say we're doing a pretty killer job on most fronts.

I should also point out that Fangamer isn't doing any actual publishing. They're just doing fulfillment and distribution. Loose discs were a problem for them on RCR and if they had anything super limited and super in demand their site would have all the same issues (they use Shopify too, so does iam8bit for that matter).


#13437994 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 21 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

Just for full transparency and so there are no surprises in the future, our prices are based on our games' digital prices. There is always a possibility we could have a $40 or $50 release. For instance, everyone keeps requesting Dariusburst CS, which is $60 digitally. If we pubbed that it wouldn't be any less than $60 unless the dev granted us permission to go cheaper. Run sizes would scale back at higher prices because we assume less people would be interested.

Vast majority of our releases will end up at $24.99 or $29.99, though. :)


#13437986 Smaller/Obscure/Limited Physical Release Deals and Discussion Thread

Posted by Doomstink on 21 August 2016 - 03:32 PM

I'm assuming you will be adding them later then since you are already down to the "T's" in your initial list and missed on a bunch of them (Octodad, Breach and Clear, etc)? I'm also guessing you'll get to listing Retro City Rampage as well?

Great idea for a thread and thanks for taking the time to do it! Will be handy as I try to complete my collection.

Sounds like you are only listing current systems, right? Original DS probably won't be considered a current system but it has a number of limited and hard-to-get physical games such as Diamond Trust of London, Electroplankton, and the old Club Nintendo exclusives (Game and Watch Collection, Game and Watch Collection 2), to name a few.


For anyone interested, Jason Rohrer still has 3,700 copies of Diamond Trust of London for sale at http://diamondtrustgame.com/buy.php


#13437696 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 21 August 2016 - 01:41 AM

We're all sold out of Shadow Complex. Total time on sale was about 27 hours if you don't count the hours it wasn't live between batch 1 and 2. I'd say this was really successful for our biggest print run yet.


#13431256 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 14 August 2016 - 12:42 AM

Sekai Project is actually working really hard to lock down Grisaia for us. Don't totally know all the details but they want to do it and just need to get Front Wing on board.

There is a chance we'll be revealing our first Japanese release next week! It's coming out in September.


#13430467 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 12 August 2016 - 09:47 PM

Here's the deal - right now we're 50/50 on dropping the fulfillment center immediately but we realize how improbable it would be to do that a week before a massive sale. The owner of the fulfillment center emailed us a heartfelt response fully accepting the blame for everything that happened and we've been assured that there will be no more screw ups.

 

If any huge mistakes happen during Rainbow Moon or Shadow Complex's fulfillment we're pulling it all back in-house. I'm making arrangements so that we're prepared to pull out should we need to. We're a huge client for the fulfillment center and they don't want to lose our business. It's unlikely anything will go wrong on the next round of games.

 

That said, we'll be making things right for anyone affected or impacted by this. Everyone will get what they ordered.




#13416885 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 29 July 2016 - 03:47 PM

I hope they ban whoever that jackass was.

We did and then got a humorous email from him with every excuse in the book. Dude ordered the game before we had removed the thing that makes the "Add to Cart" button show up. What a joke.

 

I've learned from this that future low-inventory items like this might need to be stealth added to the site. We have an upcoming SMRPG + Vinyl OST bundle that will definitely need more consideration before we just throw it out there.




#13412529 Retro City Rampage PS4 Reprint

Posted by Doomstink on 25 July 2016 - 03:11 PM

Oh man, 2 days later and 1250 left...

It's selling about 50 - 60 copies a day right now. It will take quite some time to sell out.




#13411095 Retro City Rampage PS4 Reprint

Posted by Doomstink on 23 July 2016 - 08:35 PM

It's going to take days for the remaining stock to sell. I'm actually wondering if there will ever be a non-gold variant of the game at this point. The reorder quantities for PS4 games are high enough where I kind of don't foresee vBlank bothering past the 3K gold copies.

I'd love to know the breakdown of new customers vs people who already bought the first release. I have to imagine many of the people who were demanding a reprint did not put their money where their mouth was.


#13410257 Retro City Rampage PS4 Reprint

Posted by Doomstink on 22 July 2016 - 08:22 PM

Ahh so you're the guy I've been harassing on Twitter about making physical copies of the Rebirth series games happen XD

Yep, that's me. :)




#13410204 Retro City Rampage PS4 Reprint

Posted by Doomstink on 22 July 2016 - 07:38 PM

#1981 with an email confirmation at 1:00pm. Hopeful that they did start at 1,000.

If I had to guess, it probably started around 1,800 because vBlank sold the DOS version through this same storefront (there were 1,000 boxed copies of that).

 

Just for clarity, my company (Limited Run) had nothing to do with this release. We just tweeted Brian's announcement so fans of physical games would be in the loop.




#13410027 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 22 July 2016 - 05:33 PM

Thanks for the reminder. I was order #2417 just now.

As a heads up, that order number probably started at 1000 when Vblank opened their store. Shopify defaults the first order # to 1,000. We had a heck of a time explaining that when we put B&C up for order and people were worried that order #1500+ wouldn't be fulfilled because there was only 1,500 copies available.

 

Judging by your number and that Brian had probably sold 700 things before (from the DOS version), he's through about half of the 3,000 special editions.

 

Scratch that - I was order #1965 at exactly 1:00. Sounds like 500 - 1,000 sold in thirty minutes.




#13410012 Retro City Rampage PS4 Reprint

Posted by Doomstink on 22 July 2016 - 05:26 PM

This is a cool idea. $6 shipping? Hmm...

 

It's weird that at $30 I wasn't going to hesitate. $36? I'm not sure.




#13359936 Limited Run Games Thread - Dragon Fantasy The Black Tome of Ice [PS4/Vita] Se...

Posted by Doomstink on 08 June 2016 - 06:48 PM

Still haven't gotten Oddworld because they said there was a "shipping error"... Supposed to reship this week, first game bought from them, might be my last.

As of yesterday the affected orders have all been shipped out. You should receive it soon. Don't let this burn you on us, Oddworld was our biggest title to date and we shipped it out by ourselves (just two people). We've started using a fulfillment center so this kind of stuff won't happen anymore.