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

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

MVP043: Round Table – Will Local Game Stores Survive?

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  The end of the local game store? In this round table episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss an article recently written by past guest of the show, Gary Ray. You can find Gary’s interview on the podcast at MVP020: Black Diamond Games, Gary Ray, and the Magic Bubble. Retail Headwinds and the Future Survivors talks about some upcoming changes and trends that will certainly affect the local game store businesses in North America. Will the effects be … Read More

MVP042: Round Table – Wizards of the Coast Sued By MTG Judges

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The Wizards Lawsuit In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss the details and ramifications of the recent announcement that WotC is being sued by four judges in California. The class action lawsuit claims that MTG judges have acted as Wizards employees in their capacity as judges.  We explore how the wizards lawsuit could impact the community from a game store owner’s perspective as well as the potential fallout for players of the game. It’s a … 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

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

MVP029: Rainy Day Games And Building An LGS That Stands The Test Of Time Part 2

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Today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast is part two of the Steve Ellis interview and yes, that’s a time travelling DeLorean in the feature image. Steve is the co-owner of Rainy Day Games in Aloha, Oregon in case you missed the first part, and if you have you should really check it out. The link is right here. In this half, we dive deep into consulting for the games industry, including design, development, and publishing. We also go over optimizing your … 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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