WELCOME BACK jammydodger!!!!
Like always, we are ALWAYS happy to see people come back! Do not worry... you have been VERY busy. Moving domicile is no easy feat (I did that last October) and your move seems to be titanic! Really cool that you learned Swedish... especially since you are intended in spreading
Remember to take pics of your first game... and share them in a Battle Report! You know we all love to read them! Also, if you could do us a small favor... could you collect some data (LINK) about the Squads you play? We need to figure out how to tweak the Squad Rating for the next revision of TLRB (yes... we are working on that, no ETA), and the more information we get, the better.
Now for the big one... a gaming store?
WOW!!! UBBER COOL! First, feel free to put a discrete link to your store on your signature. I appreciate you respecting the rules (no ads), but a discrete link HELPS the community. Who knows... may be we got some members in Europe that could benefit from visiting or ordering from you guys. It would satisfy my curiosity, but the shipping would kill me!
It is really exciting that you are running a store and you ARE making events! Obviously you have the organizational skills. Only advice I can tell you... players love... WANT... to be the center of attention! Each Player wants to be the hero from which stories and legends are born.
gives you the tools to make that possible. The game is OBJECTIVE based, unlike many others that have an objective, but you get equally rewarded for killing the enemy (and as such, there is no point in attempting to reach the much difficult goals of the Mission Objective.) Naturally, Players will have triumphs and defeats... and if you encourage EACH PLAYER to write a little something on what happen, they WILL make even the most crushing defeat sound 'cool'... and legends are born!
In the 1st Campaign, there was a Player that could not win any games. In his 1st game, he lost the Leader and 3 Officers.
Any other person would had started a new Squad... but not the Duke of Earl! We saw his Squad struggling every game, and his horrible tactical decisions (... and I though I was bad!) made for horrible games. His short (3 paragraphs!) stories about each game were about incompetency, internal bickering and plain old stupidity. Until he was told he was going to face the Orks... he was supposed to assassinate their Leader. This Squad was undefeated in 8 games. Everyone laughed, patted the Duke and walk away. Like always, he went at it with relentless fury. Nobody was more surprised than me when HE won. Not only I lost for the first time... but I lost to Earl! His story became one of struggle against all odds, showcasing the resiliency of the human spirit! For that, we broke the rules of the Campaign and awarded him Campaign Victory. Of ALL the games, we always remember Earl's... what a riot!
Do the same for your players. Have them write a Squad background... require it. At 1st they will hate it. After every game, force them to write a short 'version' of the game, through their Squad's perspective. Suddenly bitter enemies, fears, overconfidence and boasting will surface. The PLAYERS will WANT to know what happened next! After few games, most will be writing something on their own... and you have in your hand THE best Campaign in recent memory at hand!
Well... take care! Great luck in your new venture! Remember the Prisoner Exchange 2012 (LINK). You could join... but this could ALSO work for you. Have EVERY Player in the Campaign make a Prisoner and have an exchange mid-campaign. Will create bonds among players!