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

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 data and the willingness to bring a critical eye. Today, we share what we learned over the course of the last year and what we are looking forward to in … 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 the factors that ultimately determine your success or failure are entirely out of your control. There is always an element of risk, that’s Capitalism. But there are definitely things you … 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 down below for your convenience. Quote: Tom, I think a business plan is important but having positive cash flow is the key to any success. I think talking about is … 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

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 can serve and if you treat them right you can have customers for life. Screw it up and you will likely never see them again. What’s worse, they will probably take … 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 some back of the napkin calculations. It really depends on your goals and what you want to achieve with your plan. I know, it’s not the most exciting topic in … 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 we got to hear Travis’s story. It was worth the wait. During the course of the interview, we talk about how Travis spent over a year crafting and refining his … 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

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 the show will feature my esteemed co-hosts and I and we will be dissecting and exploring a particular topic within the games industry. For this episode I am joined by (in … Read More

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