My name is Thomas Traplin and I'm the Founder of and the Manaverse Podcast.


This Is What ManaverseSaga Is All About...

You own a local game shop. You have dreamt of the day leading up to it. Games and Magic are more than just a hobby for you, they are your passion. You want your business to succeed and be able to support your lifestyle. You want to make money doing what you love. You have probably thought:

  • Will this work? How did the best shops do it?
  • How do I find new customers?
  • How do I know what products to stock?
  • How big a part should the internet play in my business?
  • Holy shit! When did the price of that card triple and why didn't I know before someone bought all 12 copies we had!

You may be a shop owner, a back pack trader, a budding entrepreneur, or an online retailer looking to improve your business. But if you've asked yourself any of those questions...

...then you're in the right place.


Here's How ManaverseSaga Can Help You Maximize Your Game Business

The typical store owner is a hobbyist first and business person second. There is a large gap between the people who open the doors to their game business for the first time and the entrepreneurs who have been in the industry for 10+ years.

I want to bridge that gap.

Take the skills, systems, and strategies that make the best game stores the best and help reduce the learning curve that crushes so many aspiring shop owners.

I believe Magic: the Gathering to be one of the best games in existence and the community around it a great market to build a business around. But in order for a business catering to Magic to work, that business needs the proper tools and resources to succeed.

We do that by using the strategies that have built the best game stores in the industry combined with solid business fundamentals.

So instead of just owning another underground dungeon style game store, subscribe to and learn how to build the best god damned game store in town.

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What You'll Find Here

1 - The Blog

This is where you can find strategies for improving various aspects of your shop. I'll be honest... my posts have gotten better over time. I don't have a perfect schedule but do aim to release something new every Wednesday. The blog also occasionally features the thoughts of game store owners I have interviewed for the Manaverse Podcast.

Manaverse Saga is an archive of tools and resources for retailers in the TCG and game business. Magic has been a part of my life for the last 15 years. I've played casually and competitively, organized tournaments, and owned a friendly local game store. I will share with you all the lessons I have learned by owning and running a Magic retail business, organizing events, and playing Magic competitively.

The benefits to you the reader will be learning from my mistakes and successes as well as learning from a some of the most successful people in the Magic community.

2 - The Manaverse Podcast

In addition to the blog I also produce the Manaverse Podcast. Magic is about the journey. The successes and the set backs, wins and losses as well as hilarious top decks and blow outs. Many of the episodes will explore the experiences of a entrepreneur in the Magic community.manaverse podcast

By delving into each interviewees experiences, besides being a fascinating look into their life, we can learn more about this fantastic game we all love. The Manaverse Podcast is a resource for entrepreneurs in the game business who want to build their business and forge a stronger community.

There is a new episode of the Manaverse Podcast released every Friday morning and I welcome you to share the journey with me and join in the conversation. The one thing all Magic players like to do next to playing Magic, is talk about Magic. Come join the discussion and we can improve together.



thomas traplinAbout Thomas Traplin

With my experience as a business owner in the Magic community, I have a unique perspective to bring to the conversation. I am also a husband, father, Magic player, business strategist, operations supervisor, Dragonball Z fan, and philosopher. Not necessarily in that order.

There isn't a lot of information out there with regards to the business side of Magic and I believe everyone who plays this excellent game can benefit from knowing more about each other. Entrepreneurs in this industry are a vital component of the Magic ecosystem and they know plenty about their player base but not so much the other way around.

The Magic community will be far stronger if we share our knowledge and work together.

I also want to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs and enhance the community as a whole.