I can hardly believe it, but here we are on the occasion of Little Shop of Magic's 20th anniversary. First and foremost I would like to all thank the fans and friends of our industry who share our love of games, and have given so much to us. We would not be here today without you. Second, I'd like to thank the publishers, distributors, volunteers, Wizards, Goblins, and even the detractors who inspire us to do better.
It was 20 years ago last month that my previous business partner and I decided to share a tiny retail space to sell our extra Magic singles. At the time, there was no grand business plan. In fact, we were not really sure if Magic was even going to stick around or not: we were just a couple of college kids trying to make room in our apartments while putting a few extra dollars into our beer fund. Had you told me then that I would find myself today directing a small army of Wizards and Goblins, running events at the Venetian, hosting national championships, or even having esteemed guests from Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, Steve Jackson Games, Mayfair, AEG and many others in our store, I probably would have called you crazy.
The fact of the matter is, all of this happened, and it happened because of friends like you. Without you, we would not have been as successful as we have been; so, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my staff, I thank you for all that you've done for us in our first 20 years. As a token of our appreciation, I would like to recognize your contributions by extending you our employee discount for the weekend.
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by, say hello, enjoy cake, refreshments and maybe a game or two: it will be great to see you again. Otherwise, if you live far away and haven't mastered your appparate spell yet, you can still get a 'thank you' deal by entering coupon code 'Happy20' during checkout on our online store.