MVP061: Building Mind Sculpt Games From The Ground Up

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In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast we’re talking about Great Bend’s newest game store, Mind Sculpt Games. So new it doesn’t exist yet. Usually, I interview game store owners that have been in business for a few years and have found some success already but we’re doing things differently in this episode.  Today our special guests are Darcy and Daniel Leech, they are the soon to be proprietors of Mind Sculpt Games in Great Bend Kansas. Darcy has been buying … Read More

MVP059: Guardian Games and Fostering a Magic Community with Gene Joo

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Guardian Games, the Grandest Game Store in Portland is the subject of this episode of the Manaverse Podcast. Gene Joo is the special guest today, he’s the Magic Department Manager of Guardian Games in Portland, and he shares the strategies that he’s used to build up and foster a thriving Magic community. A strategy that has been critical to Guardian Games continued success. We get into what it takes to start a community from scratch, but also how to keep a Magic … Read More

MVP053: The Problem With Pucatrade

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  The problems with Pucatrade are the subject of the show today, specifically the release of the Future Site update and the effects of its crumbling economy. After a fundraising campaign and many months of development time, Pucatrade’s newest incarnation has left many of its user disappointed and wondering at the path the trading site has taken. When you add that into the inflation of the Pucapoint and Pucatrade is in a very precarious position. Let’s explore some of the issues facing … Read More

MVP044: Round Table – Will Magic Digital Next Make Magic an E-Sport

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Is Magic Digital Next Wizard’s Answer To Hearthstone? In this round table episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss the future of Magic: the Gathering. We also discuss how it may impact local game stores. With Wizard’s announcement of Magic Digital Next and the declaration that Magic is in the top 5 of E-sports, it appears that Wotc is trying to make some bold moves to keep it’s current momentum going. With Hearthstone dominating the digital card game market … Read More

MVP042: Round Table – Wizards of the Coast Sued By MTG Judges

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The Wizards Lawsuit In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss the details and ramifications of the recent announcement that WotC is being sued by four judges in California. The class action lawsuit claims that MTG judges have acted as Wizards employees in their capacity as judges.  We explore how the wizards lawsuit could impact the community from a game store owner’s perspective as well as the potential fallout for players of the game. It’s a … Read More

MVP040: Round Table – How To Run Great Events That Grow Your Game Store

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How to run great events that grow your game store Running events is one of the most effective ways to grow the community for your game store. If you do a good job organizing each one and provide a good experience, events can be an excellent source of revenue and increase sales, but they can also be a double edged sword. If you don’t put in the effort, a poorly run event can harm your reputation and drive your customers … Read More

How do you define a friendly local game store?

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Before we can figure out what make a friendly local game store successful, we need to define what makes a game store a game store in the first place. What defines your friendly local game store? Friendly local game stores come in many shapes and sizes. Some are big, some are small. Some sell board games, others might sell miniatures or collectible card games, and still others comics, video games, or Japanese anime. Some stores have a large play space … Read More

Going First And Being Proactive

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Being on the play is generally where you want to be in Magic. There are exceptions, sometimes the extra card is more important but most of the time having the tempo of playing first is a big advantage. The same idea applies to life and our everyday interactions that we have with those we encounter. The first time a customer walks into your LGS, they have no idea what situation they are going to walk into. Will it be a … Read More

$75,000 Worth of Magic the Gathering Cards Stolen in Austin, Texas

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Pat’s Games, a pillar of the Austin, Texas Magic community and past guest of the Manaverse Podcast has suffered quite the blow recently. According to a post they made on Reddit, they were broken into in the wee hours of the morning and had $75 000 worth of Magic the Gathering cards stolen from their inventory. That includes $17 000 in Expedition lands alone. Apparently the daring and dastardly thief (thieves maybe) managed to pull the locked, front door off … Read More

MVP035: Player 2 Press Start – KW Vintage Games

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KW Vintage Games – from retro to cardboard Joaquim Mendes is quite the character.  Our guest today is the owner of one of the most unique shops in Kitchener, Ontario. Within the walls of his relatively small store is virtually any retro video game or Magic card you might want. It resembles the Room of Requirement in a lot of ways and Joaquim’s customers love it that way. KW Vintage Games is the shop we’re talking about in this episode of … Read More

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