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Offline Steve Resk

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The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:13:50 AM »
I had a conversation with someone the other day at PAX east about how long the classic version of Rawdeal had lasted “successfully” from a sales stand point. This person (who to my knowledge did not play at all) was certain that according to her research he game did not last 5 years in its original version.. I said I lived through it and it lasted for more than 5 years, citing the card 5th anniversary. Anyway, I didn't have the time to argue this point. I could be wrong, so I am curious if anyone has an knowledge on this.
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Re: The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 06:34:12 AM »
Introduced in 2000, Raw Deal is an out-of-print collectible card game published by Comic Images and licensed from World Wrestling Entertainment.[1] It was released in August 2000.[2] It was designed to replicate the action of a professional wrestling match. The game was designed by Michael Foley and Barron Vangor Toth. On November 14, 2007, Comic Images released a Press Release stating that they had lost the WWE License due to declining sales.[3] The game ceased production in December 2007.

So the answer is about 7 years and two months, since the last year was probably all revo and post $$3 I'm sure that when the finances started to drop on it
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Re: The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 06:48:38 AM »
To back this up a little more, I looked at card images of The Rock and Mr. Kennedy, since they were in Premiere and GAB, respectively. The copyright date on the Rock is 2000, the copyright date on Kennedy is 2006. That doesn't give us the month, unfortunately, but at a bare minimum, even if it had been December '00 and January '06 (which I'm pretty sure it wasn't,) that's a minimum of five years and one month, not counting Revolution 1-3. Her research is wrong.
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Re: The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 07:02:14 AM »
Thanks guys,  I'm surprised its 5-7, but I had a strong feeling under 5 just didnt make sense.

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Re: The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 07:08:50 AM »
If the final set was released in Dec 2007, I'm sure it found its way into 2008, and if I remember right, qualifier winners still got wrestlemania 2008 tickets but nothing else
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Re: The Longevity of Rawdeal Question
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2020, 05:33:41 AM »
Sorry for thread necromancy but a while back I did some digging across promotional posters and the CI website (wayback machine) for release date information. I'll post what I've got here for posterity:

* Premiere - August 2000, at GenCon
* Fully Loaded - January 2001
* Backlash - July 2001
* It's All About the Game (trash can) - November 2001
* Survivor Series - November 2001 (same as It's All About the Game)
* Mania - April 2002
* Summerslam - August 2002
* Ruthless Aggression (card box) - November 2002
* Velocity - February 2003
* Survivor Series 2 - May 2003
* Insurrextion - late July 2003
* Absolutely Raw & Ultimate Smackdown (tins) - November 2003
* Divas Overload - 20th March 2004
* Wrestlemania XX (tin) - March 2004 (the week after Wrestlemania)
* Vengeance - August 2004 (debuted at GenCon)
* SummerSlam (tin) - June 2004 (yes, it was released before Vengeance despite being numbered afterwards)
* Lethal Library (battle bag) - 9th December 2004
* Armageddon - February 2005
* Survivor Series 3 - May 2005
* Unforgiven - September 2005
* Royal Rumble - December 2005
* No Way Out - April 2006
* Great American Bash - August 2006 (GenCon)
* Revolution - December 2006
* Revolution 2: Extreme - April 2007 (to coincide with Wrestlemania)
* Revolution 3: Judgment Day - pre-release GenCon August 2007 (Raw Deal's 7th anniversary)

TL;DR Raw Deal first released at GenCon 2000, and officially ceased production on 31st December 2007 as per the announcement on their website. I know the Japanese-language printed cards were released in August 2004, but do not know about the first dates of other languages. The first updated tournament kit and Backstage Signature were available from January 2005.