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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More