No more Adult Yugioh @ D20
We sincerely apologize to the majorly of Yugioh players who are lovely and respectful people that the continued tone set by the rest have forced us to this decision, but the persistent problems created by bad apples in the group (language, aggression, unfair trading, shoplifting) have reached a point to force us to decide to ban all adult Yugioh play at the store. We will continue to allow kid play only on Saturday from 1-4 for now and evaluate this as time goes on.
Why Yugioh and not any of the other games? This has been puzzling us as well. While we have had a few incidents with other groups, about 95% of the issues at the store have come from the Yugioh days. This has been an issues with many of the other stores in the area, about half of which (such as Games of Berkeley have come to the same choice. While the majority of people who play any game are lovely, there were enough people who set the tone of the group in the wrong direction that in spite of a year and a half of gentle to more serious talks, and banning of several people, we were unable to get the group as a whole to understand that we are very serious about the store as family friendly and a “Safe” zone.
- No swearing, aggressive or threatening comments
- No anti-gay, racist, sexist or sexual inappropriate comments
- No intimidating or shaming others
We have been successful at creating that in every other community, but a year+ of working between gentle and firm with the adult Yugioh community has been ultimately incompatible with what we are trying to have as the safe comfortable store we are working to create. A few weeks ago we installed some new security cameras and discovered a large amount of shoplifting happening within that group, much of it being observed by other members of the group.
Can Yugioh players come for other events or days?
Players are welcome to join the other communities of players, but there will be zero tolerance for the attitudes and behaviors that caused this problem.
We will be closed for free play on Sunday and Tuesday, and will restart with different tournament play in s (including Cardfight! and potentially Pokémon, Magic and/or chess and other game tournaments). Pack purchase will be required to be in the store on those days and there will be no Yugioh play or trading allowed in the store with the exception of those 14 and younger on Saturday’s between 2-4 for now..and hopefully in that group the good behaving kids can keep anyone who heads in the other direction in check so we don’t have to do the same thing for the kids.
Shortly after this was posted, the store was broken into and robbed of aprox $13,000 worth of product. What became clear in the investigation was that it had been people who had been regulars in the store and those people had been in the group of regular Yugioh players. (Among other things, the only accessories beyond a few binders that were stolen were an entire rack of Yugioh sized white Player’s Choice sleeves. Anyone who knew the Yugioh community well is nodding their heads in understanding how this is the equivalent of a big spray painted “it was Yugioh players that did this” on the wall.) The confirmation of this came the next Sunday, when I planned to announce to the Yugioh community that we had banned the game entirely from the store. I was unable to do so because of the 40+players who usually came, none showed up.
We banned Yugioh from the store in 2012, and two things happened. The tone of the store became, for lack of a better term, more gentle. And we started becoming profitable for the first time about 3 months later. It turned out, as we became better at tracking the inventory, that there had been much more shoplifting then we every imagined.