MVP065: Personal Development And Tools For Success

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This is the third episode in the series where we’re exploring the question “If a game store wants to grow their game store business today, what should they do?”    If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes of this series, I recommend you go and do that before diving into this one. You can find episode 062 Marketing Your Game Store by going to manaversesage.com/mvp062. And episode 063, How To Craft An Exceptional Experience by going to manaversesage.com/mvp063.   WooWoo warning, we’re … Read More

What do you do differently?

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In business, as in life, we tend to want to emulate what everyone else is doing. It feels safe. We take the beaten path instead of venturing out on our own into new frontiers. Even as game store owners we do it. And we’re a pretty unorthodox bunch to begin with. Not only are we entrepreneurs, rare enough as is, but we have picked a niche so deep that we often refer the mainstream consumer as a “muggle” or a … Read More

The Death Spiral

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The dreaded death spiral. The downward slide into oblivion. Before we get into that, though, a story is in order. Not so long ago… A few months ago I walked into a restaurant I had never been in before. I was looking for something yummy to fill my belly with and the place looked like it could do the job. Don’t worry, this ties back into the games business eventually, I promise. Now, this restaurant had been around for a while … Read More

MVP047: GeekyGami’s with Allen Hicks // Nerdish Haven has evolved!

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GeekyGami’s has appeared! The story continues. Allen Hicks comes onto the Manaverse Podcast today to share with us the latest update to the tale of Nerdish Haven in Coffeyville, Kansas. Nerdish Haven was the fledgling local game store we’ve been following almost since it’s inception. And a lot has changed in the last few months. Allen came into the picture at a time when Nerdish Haven was struggling and has managed to turn it around. In the process Nerdish Haven has … Read More

On Nihilism and Depression

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This post is a little different from the usual topics I write about on this site but it’s been on my mind recently and I wanted to lay out my thoughts on paper so to speak. Maybe you will gain something from my ramblings, maybe you’ve felt the same way so if this helps even one person it will have been worth the effort. Firstly, I’m lumping these two seemingly disparate outlooks together because they have similar effects on a … Read More

MVP023: Nerdish Haven – The Story Of How To Start An LGS With $500 And A Laptop

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Today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast features Aaron Tillman. He’s the proud owner of Nerdish Haven in Coffeyville Kansas. In this episode we explore an LGS in the very first days of it’s existence. That’s because Nerdish Haven opened it doors for the first time on June 1st this year. Instead of the usual interviews with owners whose stores have been open for years, we’re going to the ground floor, the early days of a brand new LGS. Aaron and I … Read More

MVP017: Pistols at Dawn! Wayne Mittlestead on Dueling Grounds

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Wayne Mittlestead comes onto the Manaverse Podcast today to talk about life, love, and happiness as an entrepreneur… sort of. Wayne built Dueling Grounds in Toronto, Ontario from the ground up. With 11 years of experience Wayne has a lot to share with regards to running an LGS. We go over his humble beginnings and trace the path that lead up to the modern day Dueling Grounds, the tough times and the good. Sometimes being an entrepreneur means making sacrifices, and Wayne … Read More

MVP013: Metal Galaxy, A Ninja Star In Space

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Pascal Espinosa joins us on the Manaverse Podcast today. Pascal is the owner of Metal Galaxy in Calgary, Alberta where Magic is currently thriving. Not only does Metal Galaxy have a past podcast guest (MVP008) in their backyard with Gordan Johansen`s Sentry Box, Pascal also competes against his previous business, Trilogy. Despite a bunch of the best game stores in Canada being just next door to his shop, Pascal has carved out a niche that is working very well for his business. On today`s episode … Read More

MVP007: How Perseverance And Determination Can Build The Foundation For A Successful LGS With Gabe Escobedo and Game Haven STL

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Game Haven STL takes the G in LGS very seriously. In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast, I talk with our featured guest Gabe Escobedo about Game Haven STL. Gabe is a study in conviction. We quickly find out that he works around 100 hours each week running his business and serving his customers. Gabe runs a slightly different style of shop from the other entrepreneurs I’ve talked to on the podcast. In addition to the usual suspects of Magic: … Read More

MVP006: The Power Of The Acronym, JBC And Just By Chance Games

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In today’s episode, we have a conversation with Larissa Loomes. Larissa is one of three owners of my friendly local game shop Just by Chance Games (or JBC as I know it) in Waterloo, Ontario. We talk in depth about the early days of a brand new store. The planning stages, the research, the resources. The ethics of opening a game store instead of an alternative business. Then we go into the present and find out what is creating results … Read More