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We're plodding along and growing slowly in Canberra, Australia. Reddit SW Destiny group has shown steady subscriber growth. Potential is still there IMO.

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On 1/26/2019 at 6:55 PM, JuzFuzz said:

We're plodding along and growing slowly in Canberra, Australia. Reddit SW Destiny group has shown steady subscriber growth. Potential is still there IMO.

What are you doing that is working?

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We had 66 people at our local regional in Milwaukee. Drew people from Minnesota, Illinois, Iwoa plus the Green Bay Area north of Milwaukee.  Due to the cold weather all week we had a pin impromptu gathering Friday night and had 1-12 people show up to get reps in for the next day.  Last months he Green Bay regional had 36+ people make it.  The community around here has been solid.

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Game is going pretty well here in Raleigh, NC.  Usually about 10-14 people each Thursday night.  We used to do a weekly standard tournament for months and months and attendance had gotten weak so we decided to radically switch things up.  We do ONE tournament a month now typically standard and the rest of the month  we do different stuff including lots more of open play nights and themed open play nights. 

We have done a Solidarity Tournament, a Ladies Night Tournament ( must use all female character teams), Trilogies themed open play, a Valentines themed open play (must use thematic couples) a Carousel Event (a team format where you rotate opponents and decks between rounds and DURING the final round), a Battle Royale free for all event,  and this week is For the Love of Lobot open play  where you deck must include Lobot.  This months tournament is No Vader No Cry format.  Any Darth Vader Card or Anakin card is banned ( no fist , no Vader Sabre etc). 

When the new set drops we also do three drafts for one on release day, one two weeks after then one on the weekend.  Additionally we added one Saturday morning a month to our calendar as a Destiny and Donuts event.  It could be a draft, open play or a tournament,  but the idea is I bring in donuts and give  people a chance who cannot play on weeknights an opportunity to come out.  We even did a "Homecoming"event where we invited people who had drifted away from the game to come back out via a facebook group to try and win them back.  Each week we do a free raffle and give away something to the winner- packs, star wars toys, star wars key chains, loose action figures, something star wars related.  The idea being you have a chance to win something for free each week.

Another thing that has really helped to keep attendance up is we created a system called Emperors Cup.  Each week you get one point for attending a tournament or open play.  You get 5 points for first in a tournament, 4 for second and three for 3/4.  Key is you get one point for just attending.  This keep people coming back each week.  At the end of June the Top 16 points wise are invited tothe Rancor Pitt Invitational Tournament.  People are really into coming each week to make sure they get enough points to make that tournament.  In July we will reset and have another tourney in January.

Between the Emperor's Cup and the themed open plays, the weekend events, the free raffles, the drafts and the themed tournaments and alternative formats we are trying to keep the game growing in the area.  I am always looking for other fun formats to try so send me your ideas if you have them.

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Keyforge took a lot of wind out of Destiny's sails here locally in the Seattle area. At least four or five of our dozen or so stores that ran Destiny events in the past no longer host.

That said, our local community (maybe 50 or so players) is very active on Facebook and Discord, and recently made our own site for coordinating meetups and sharing ideas. Twenty-four of us even traveled one state over to their regional tournament, so I'd say we're still going pretty strong!

Our new site is http://www.cloudcityrollers.org

We cover most of Western Washington, and our content team includes writers from all over the state! Having an online place to call our own has definitely helped people stay invested and excited while we wait for Convergence. Having regular meetups and a decent amount of regional / premier events within an hour drive of most of us helps a lot too.

 

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Our community seems to be a direct ebb and flow based on FFG's overall support of the game. When a new set drops players are very excited and we have weeks of good size events, especially when there is current prize support. Unfortunately, waiting on previous sets and now waiting on convergence it's clear after 4+ months with no new product our community suffers. It also doesn't help that we haven't received any new prize support since quarter 3 of 2018. FFG missed Quarter 4 in 2018 and nothing has dropped for Quarter 1 in 2019 and that quarter is almost over.

Gamma also just wrapped up and reported Destiny in a downward trend.  No doubt lack of support and communication from FFG is what is driving down interest in the game. I love it personally and we'll continue to do our best to support it and the community but we aren't getting any help and it's frustrating. 

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It is completely dead in my FLGS and in my own house where my kids and wife all played with me at the start.  Now not even the kids want to play.  The cost was too much to be competitive and if you aren't at least somewhat competitive it can be a big NPE.  My last game in store was against a Yoda and some other jedi (sorry don't remember who) after the second turn he had 4 shields on both characters and had already killed one of mine.  That was just a stupid game.  Add to that the speed of the rotation when it was announced and we just gave up.  Not sure why the rest of the store quit but attendance was dying fast even before they announced the rotation.

Adding that I am not really even sure why I looked in this forum.  It has been a long time since I last even looked in here.

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My area is quite small, we have a local game club, but to my knowledge the game was dead on arrival.  Magic has a fair following around here and there are a lot of 40k players.  In my local group we have 3 players, only 2 of which actively collect and play (me and my sparring partner).

I don't think its a reflection on the quality of the game or even a desire to try/play the game, I think the main issues is the business model.  People around here know how to do math, so that is working against FFG right now.

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On 3/25/2019 at 7:51 PM, bgrelle said:

It is completely dead in my FLGS and in my own house where my kids and wife all played with me at the start.  Now not even the kids want to play.  The cost was too much to be competitive and if you aren't at least somewhat competitive it can be a big NPE.  My last game in store was against a Yoda and some other jedi (sorry don't remember who) after the second turn he had 4 shields on both characters and had already killed one of mine.  That was just a stupid game.  Add to that the speed of the rotation when it was announced and we just gave up.  Not sure why the rest of the store quit but attendance was dying fast even before they announced the rotation.
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Adding that I am not really even sure why I looked in this forum.  It has been a long time since I last even looked in here.

lol I agree with you that he is completely dead in the FLGS unfortunately

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The business model is fan it's suffering because ffg does not know how to support a product, with the lack of advertisements and the god awful prize support no wonder this game has not took off.The business model is fan it's suffering because ffg does not know how to support a product, with the lack of advertisements and the god awful prize support no wonder this game has not took off.

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Happy to say that the Destiny community here in Wilmington, NC has blossomed over the last several weeks!  

We went through some “dark times” during the later half of 2018 (with only a handful of active players) but “there has been an AWAKENING!”, and we’ve more than doubled our active player base. 

Hopefully it will continue!!

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On 4/14/2019 at 6:30 PM, Zordren said:

Happy to say that the Destiny community here in Wilmington, NC has blossomed over the last several weeks!  

We went through some “dark times” during the later half of 2018 (with only a handful of active players) but “there has been an AWAKENING!”, and we’ve more than doubled our active player base. 

Hopefully it will continue!!

We always see a resurgence when a new set drops and prize support is available.

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2 hours ago, GoldSquadron said:

We always see a resurgence when a new set drops and prize support is available.

Well, we continued to lose members most of last year despite having WotF and AtG drop, so I don’t think our recent revival has much to do with that. Most of our newer players don’t really know much about OP kits and Store Champs - they just seemed to take an interest in the game itself.

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