MVP049: Gary Sproul on the Haunted Game Cafe

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Gary Sproul describes the terrifying history of the Haunted Game Cafe Today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast involves a deep dive into the murky fog and buried past of Gary Sproul. Gary is the ghostly proprietor of the Haunted Game Cafe in Fort Collins, Colorado. He comes on the show for a one on one interview in this episode. We explore Gary’s fascinating work experience and find out how it helped him build a thriving game business. The Haunted Game … Read More

MVP048: Round Table – Does your game store need a website?

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Many game store owners think their Facebook page is all they need to compete online and reach new customers. Tom Traplin, John Coviello, and Gary Sproul come together on this episode of the Manaverse Podcast to discuss the question: Does your game store need a website? Spoiler: You sure do! We break down the process of getting your game store online to make it simple and easy. We discuss the basics of choosing your domain name, getting the website hosted … 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

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

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

MVP037: Tom Traplin and the Manaverse Podcast are back!

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The triumphant return of the Manaverse Podcast is here! No, this isn’t a cruel April’s Fools joke. The Manaverse Podcast is back! This episode of podcast is a short bite size update, a way for me to reintroduce myself to you, my listener. I talk about the gap between episode 36 and 37 and what I’ve been up to in the mean time as well as the upcoming plans for the show and the website. I also tell the tale … 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

MVP036: Checkmate with Black Knight Games

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The featured guest on today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast is Jay Mason-Grant. Jay is the owner of Black Knight Games in Hamilton, Ontario.  Jay has a pretty interesting origin story for how he got into the business, and yet the path he took is often overlooked by those who want to build their own LGS. Running an LGS is quite the undertaking so any experience you can get before hand can give you a decent advantage over those who just jump … Read More

MVP034: The Nerd Haven Update – 5x The Haven

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Nerd Haven v2.0 Welcome to a slightly delayed edition of the Manaverse Podcast. Today’s podcast is an update with a previous guest. Roughly six months ago Aaron Tillman started up Nerd Haven with $500 and a laptop. Now, he’s expanded into a location with more than 5 times the space and picked up a new business partner. We dig into the details of the last few months and find out how they made it happen. The topics for this episode … Read More

MVP033: Face To Face Toronto – How To Run Massive Magic Tournaments And Other LGS Secrets With Kelly Ackerman Part 2

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Face to Face Toronto – The Duelist Welcome to part 2 of the Kelly Ackerman/Face To Face Toronto interview. Today Kelly and I talk about the big mistakes, the big wins, and a bunch of tools and resources you can use to build an awesome game store. Get ready to get to know the duelist in this episode. The topics for this episode include: The biggest mistakes Kelly made early on The biggest victories Kelly’s favourite customers, the good, the … Read More

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