Secondary Markets

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I backed the game Star Realms on Kickstarter. You know this. I said I was going to do it. I suggested you all do it and most of you said "Meh" and some of you are as frothy-mouthed and fanatical as I am. The game is addictive and quick to play, and its recent release on Android and iPhone as well as other computing platforms has brought even more people to the game.

The game is $15 MSRP and comes with everything two players need to play. "Great" I thought. "Everything is self-contained and there are no singles so there won't be a secondary market."

Oh, Jason, you poor, naive son of a gun.

This week, Nick Becvar was kicking around eBay and noticed something insane.



I was given a stack of these promos for supporting kickstarter, and I gave most of them away.

Worse than that, I scooped in the finals of a local tournament and refused prize because I already had 2 Star Realms playmats and a stack of the promos!

Worse than that, I played with my deck unsleeved and the cards are jacked up beyond repair.

You know how you see torn up Alpha power and say "What kind of asshole would tear their cards up like that?" Me! I did! In 2014! A professional financier gave away exclusive promos, refused them as prizes and jacked up Alpha cards. With decks sold out and not available hardly anywhere, sealed decks are going for triple their MSRP of $15 on eBay right now.

Folks, never forget how these things work. Even if there is no need for a secondary market, one is still going to exist. Gamers gonna game, and if the game is good, like I absolutely think Star Realms is, secondary markets gonna.. mark?

Anyway, the next time a game like this comes along, I'm getting every promo I can get my hands on. And I'm playing with freaking sleeves. I don't care if the cards don't fit in the box after.

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4 thoughts on “Secondary Markets

    1. Not relevant to my point, but definitely relevant in general. Games that won\’t last 10 years are relevant with respect to exclusive promos that come out initially, but if the game doesn\’t go long, I feel less silly about not sleeving my \”alpha\” deck.

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