MVP053: The Problem With Pucatrade

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  The problems with Pucatrade are the subject of the show today, specifically the release of the Future Site update and the effects of its crumbling economy. After a fundraising campaign and many months of development time, Pucatrade’s newest incarnation has left many of its user disappointed and wondering at the path the trading site has taken. When you add that into the inflation of the Pucapoint and Pucatrade is in a very precarious position. Let’s explore some of the issues facing … 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

Streaming Magic On Twitch.tv – OBS Settings and Twitch

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Today, as part of the continuing series on streaming a live Magic tournament to Twitch.tv we’re going to cover creating an account on Twitch and getting your OBS settings ready to go. If you haven’t read the first entry in the series, you should go do that first otherwise most of this won’t make as much sense. You can find the first article right there at Streaming Magic on Twitch.tv – The LGS Tech Guide. I’ve done things a little differently … 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

MVP035: Player 2 Press Start – KW Vintage Games

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KW Vintage Games – from retro to cardboard Joaquim Mendes is quite the character.  Our guest today is the owner of one of the most unique shops in Kitchener, Ontario. Within the walls of his relatively small store is virtually any retro video game or Magic card you might want. It resembles the Room of Requirement in a lot of ways and Joaquim’s customers love it that way. KW Vintage Games is the shop we’re talking about in this episode of … 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

MVP030: The Methods Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House Use To Reach Hundreds Of Customers Each Week

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Welcome to the 30th episode of the Manaverse Podcast. I’ve got a great show for you today, our featured guest is the creative content manager for one of the premier LGSs in North America. Perhaps you’ve heard of them, Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House. That’s right, we’re going to dig into the promotions and marketing strategies of two of the most well known game stores in existence today. Jordan Short will be our guide as we explore the tips … Read More

MVP028: Rainy Day Games And Building An LGS That Stands The Test Of Time Part 1

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Today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast features Steve Ellis, the co-owner of Rainy Day Games in Aloha, Oregon. Steve had so much insight into the world of game store ownership that I once again had to split the episode into two parts. With over fifteen years of experience running a full line game store Steve has pretty much seen it all. And lucky for us, he also pretty much shares it all. Steve digs deep and we explore some of … 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

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