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

MVP057: Breakout Games, Surprise Winners, Unexpected Stinkers, And The Lessons Of 2016 Round Table

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In this episode of the Manaverse Podcast, the hosts of the show look back on 2016 and do a postmortem report. It’s always a good idea to look back on what went right and what went wrong. You can learn some very valuable lessons from your past if you have the … Read More

MVP054: Why Game Stores Fail

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In today’s show the hosts of the Manaverse Podcast discuss the reasons why game stores fail. Some percentage of businesses fail. The question is how do you make sure that your game store isn’t one of them? The sad truth is you can’t protect your business from failure completely. Many of … Read More

MVP052: Optimizing Your Product Mix

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In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast Wayne hosts John and I at Dueling Grounds in Toronto and we discuss the variety of ways a game store owner can build their shop’s inventory. We go over the product mix matrix suggested by a listener of the show which is quoted … 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

14 Ways Your Local Game Store Could Be Losing Customers

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You spend a huge amount of time and money trying to get customers to come through your doors, but are you making one of these 14 mistakes and sending them right back out again? Local game store customers are one of the most loyal, dedicated, and passionate groups of people you … Read More

MVP045: Round Table – Creating a Business Plan That Works

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  Have you written a business plan for your game store? In this round table episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss the importance of planning out your business. Sometimes that means sitting down and writing an actual, formal business plan and sometimes that means just writing down … Read More

MVP041: Travis Parry and The Nerd Store

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 Travis Parry and the tale of The Nerd Store Today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast features Travis Parry, someone you may recognize from the round table editions of the show. As the only co-host that hadn’t been interviewed one on one before, it was only a matter of time before … 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 … Read More

MVP038: Round Table – The GAMA Trade Show

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Welcome to the first edition of the Manaverse Podcast round table! In addition to the usual one on one interviews that you know and love, I’ve brought on a cavalcade of courageous co-hosts, a torrent of talent, an avalanche of entrepreneurial spirits, just for your erudition and entertainment. Every other episode of … Read More

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