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Ok, so I have finally reached the end of my little rope here. I have currently exhausted all available resources to get the funding for my Game Store I was starting save for a few others; I'm not holding my breath.

The reason being is that even to get any amount of credit, or any hope of ever getting credit for that matter, you must have a substantial amount of start-up money yourself. I've got a half decent job, but as it stands now, it would take me ages to come up with it on my own. Which is unfotrunate; my target market is begging me to open the store, but the target market also doesn't have the kind of scratch collectively to get it off the ground.

So, until further notice, it's on hold. But fear not; this ain't no Duke Nukem Forever.

I am holding off for now until the loan market gets into a better position for me to get what I need. This is really a huge blow, not just for me, but for many other local people who were hoping to get in on this and be apart of something big. I feel as if I have let down a large number of friends, both here on Destructoid and locally in my town. But them's the breaks.

So, what's next? More research and planning. I may not be getting any money, but I'll be damned if I don't attempt to put myself in a better position to start this up when the timing is better. God willing, I'll have our first LAN tourney sometime next year.

And now, I'll shut up about it. It doesn't put me in a good mood at all, and I really don't feel well today anyways (still sort of in my Turkey Coma). But, if anyone has any questions or wants to know more about it, shoot me an e-mail; I'll be happy to divulge all my tasty secrets about the store and marketing bits I have uncovered.

I want to thank all of you here at Destructoid for the support in getting this thing moving. What started out as a drunken tirade has transformed into something awesome; and it WILL happen. Just not soon.

Don't mind the temporary thing at the bottom, it's just cause the Fire Marshal was blinded by awesomeness and has to look at the store for fire safety.

And so I don't get horribly mangled, thanks to CTZ for checking in on the progress. He definitely has dibs on this one :)

This is the first of a deluge of photos were getting soon/gotten recently. For those of you not business inclined, this peice of paper lets me take money from the government to let people come in and pay me for murder simulators. I would post the rest, by I am going to a celebration party tonight, currently at work :P, and tomorrow I have bank spalunking to do. Wish me luck, bitches.

{Edit} I am getting my Flickr account set-up for the business shortly, so expect more pictures soon. Also, as soon as a bank gives me money, my entire Business Plan will be available for scrutiny/framing/fapping/reading over Google Docs. I also have a pretty sweet logo design that I am working on getting up here in the next couple of days. Thanks for the support, Destructoid. You all deserve cake.

11:37 PM on 09.30.2007

What the hell? Does anyone else have this? Cause I want a damn steak.

Okay, I haven't made a couple updates on time, but hopefully this will be the last one without any pictures of what is going down. I have already made agreements with the realator, and I go today to find the building. Wish me luck guys!

Also, thanks to BigPopaGamer, Detry, GuitarAtomik, SnaileB, Masterledz, and everyone else I played with last night. I had an awesome fucking time, and NEVER EVER PLAY MAD DASH WITH MORE THAT 8 PEOPLE! Also, Pirate Ships.

SO I finally decided to call the store, "Made of Win, LLC". This particular meme is sort of a staple inside joke around here. I use it frequently in that one game, Real Life, and people always get a laugh or two out of it. I think it will stand out on a nice big sign in front fo the store.

And while we are on the subject of stores, I seem to have found a suitable location to place the store now. It isn't very big, but it does work to our advantage because of the stupid amount of parking it has for such a small building. My only concern is it isn't exactly in the perfect location for this, but to be honest, the perfect location for this is a small treasure trove of cash on top of an undiscovered oil well.

I am now finished with ALL market research, including surveys. The surveys went pretty good, and I'd like to thank our Wal-Mart and our GameStop for sealing their own fates. /snicker

I am now into the cost-estimate phase of this, and now I'm really starting to see how much it's gonna cost. And it will cost a lot. But I am framing the check stub of my 10 grand in video games purchase. That's always been sort of a fantasy of mine; spending an irresponsibly large amount of money on gaming.

I don't have any pictures still, which sucks, cause I'd like for you guys to see what's up.

As for the naming contest, the winner was Nex with The Save Point, which will now be displayed, in all it's glory, above the bathrooms. This may sound like a pile of crap (which it might be), but on the surveys, The Save Point actually did the worst; the question was, Which of these names sounds most like a gaming store to you? a) The Save Point b)Replay Value c) Made of Win or d)Game Hall.

Made of Win coincidentally made the best, and the idea for the name was given to me by my older brother/assistant manager. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned when this Friday, I will form a raid group to tackle the hardest instance of Real Life; the Bank!

9:40 PM on 09.13.2007

Ok, so here is the update for this Friday. Also, bullet-points.

- I still have no idea what it is called, and I have some excellent names so far.
- I have a place I am looking at leasing, with a possibility to own. Pun not intended.
- I still need someone interested in painting the mural.
- I have all my secondary marketing data done, just need to go out and do surveys.
- Business plan is about 60% done, with 10% being my surveys, 20% being the Money bits, and 5% having someone review it. From then, it's off to the bank.
- I have a new business smart phone, and I love it to bits.

I'll break it down for everyone. Basically, I still have no idea what to call it, but I have narrowed it down to these: The Save Point (by our very own Nex), Replay Value (by another Dtoid clogger, but I can't for the life of me remember who), [Epic] Win Limited, and Headshot Inc.

The place I am looking at leasing is the same carcass of the old store that was there, minus almost everything. It has the holes drilled, and that's about it. But the rent is cheap, and the location is better than the other stuff out here, so it looks like we're gonna do it there.

I really need someone to paint this mural. Like, really bad. I was thinking about having some local people who are interested in doing it, but their art style is a little strange and I don't particularly feel it. If ANYONE wants to do this, please please PLEASE e-mail me. We might be able to make arrangements.

Surveys suck. Seriously. But The two I have I believe will be sufficient for the bank. I hope. But it's ok, cause the ESA and the NPD basically did all the other work for me.

My business plan is still on schedule, but barely, as I have school and my current job contending for most of my time. But it will press on, for the good of all gamers!

And my new phone really is badass.

And since you guys are whores for new info, here is more snippets!

I am also going to be doing a lot of retail action, along with the in-house rentals. Computer Games, Console Games, Card Games, Tabletop Games, Pen and Paper Games, and Gaming Apparel are probably going to be available at launch, provided this vendor I am talking to works out. While it's costs will increase, it will definitely bring out more people to the store to spend their weekends at. Them spending weekends at the store keeps the lights on, after all. The decision to start the store off with all of these wasn't an easy one to make; when you drop almost 50 grand in equipment, that kind of makes a dent in your start-up cash quick. I originally thought my estimate of 350,000 was too high; now I may believe it is too low.

If anyone of you would like to either sponsor or help with the store going up in any way, please drop me a line at my e-mail address at The community here has already expressed interest in the endeavor, and we could use all the help we can get. All who help, either by donating money, materials, or what-have-you will have their names emblazoned on a plaque for all to see in the front lobby.