It was an unusually grim sight this past weekend as three tabletop gaming companies coincidentally closed their doors on the same day. They all released similar public statements citing increased competition and a limited amount of hobby game store space available to them.
First to call it quits was Spartan Games, publishers of miniature-based games like Uncharted Seas, Firestorm Armada and Dystopian Wars. In their public statement, they thanked everyone for the business and indicated they’re hoping for some kind of buyout to save their skin.
Today we have published a statement about the sad closure of our company. As we say in the statement, we regret any losses incurred by anyone associated with our company.
Throughout the years that we have traded, we have prided ourselves on the highest level of product quality and customer satisfaction. This has been delivered consistently and is evidenced though annual customer research. We are keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in acquiring either stock, assets or the business.
Next to shutter their doors was Tor Gaming, most known for the tabletop war game Relics. Among the issues listed for going out of business, Tor strongly implied they vastly prefer the traditional hobby game store model and dislike the industry’s move to crowdfunding.
Over the last couple of years we have seen a steady decline in sales and as such Tor Gaming no longer has the resources to spend on the marketing and advertising required to make our voice heard over all the other voices in this industry. This has ramifications on our ability to develop and produce new products to support the Relics line. We could continue by making use of more crowdfunding projects and moving away from the more traditional ‘distribution model’ for selling but I feel that would be the wrong decision as I am not happy putting the financial risk on to the shoulders of our customers.
Finally On The Lamb Games, who created the games Brushfire and Endless Fantasy Tactics, had its last word.
Ten years ago we started On The Lamb. It was an excuse to make the games we wanted to play, and share them with the world. In those ten years we released three games, multiple books, and over a hundred miniatures. We’re proud of our games and we’re thankful for our family, friends, and fans for supporting us for the last decade.
Unfortunately, this is our goodbye. On The Lamb is closing down, the webstore will be shut off at the end of the year.