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KenofYork25 Aug 2017 6:37 p.m. PST

I am reading with interest the posts about Tor Gaming, Spartan Games, and On the Lamb games having all closed today.

The industry has certainly gone through a great deal of transformation with the advent of crowd funding, the shift of production to China, and the massive increase in volume and quality of products.

It seems perhaps some companies would be looking to merge or cooperate more than just give up and close.

I know I have reached out to numerous other companies and been ignored or rejected outright many times. Some of those people have since closed up shop. I have worked with a couple of people with mixed results also. Sometimes not so good, other times pretty great.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

"Tor Gaming, Spartan Games, and On the Lamb games having all closed today."

Whoa! Did they at least have any big sales on leftover stock?

Dan

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 7:21 p.m. PST

Nope

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Aug 2017 8:22 p.m. PST

…On the Lamb games having all closed today

According to our records, On the Lamb Games has been inactive since at least December 2015. Their website went offline some time ago.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 9:18 p.m. PST

Cottage industries like this don't strike me as a good business model for merging. You either succeed or you don't. Who are small business owners going to merge with?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

79th is right. Merging is awkward. But they can sell out to a larger operation, and I wish more of them would. The failure of a business doesn't necessarily mean the product was no good, and there are some very nice figure and terrain lines which can't be had at any price these days.

The current favored mode seems to be either leaving everything in a shed somewhere, or selling lines to busy individuals who never quite find the time to restart production.

emckinney26 Aug 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

Maybe there are just too many product lines … Does one company picking up more product lines help if they're not getting economies of scale?

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