The Manaverse Podcast is a podcast created for you, the gamer with aspirations of building your own local game store (LGS), the entrepreneur running an LGS who wants to grow their business, and the player who wants a behind the scenes look into their favourite hobby. If you’re looking for inspiration, new ideas, and interesting perspectives then Tom Traplin has you covered. Learn the business of selling some of the best games in the world including Mtg, Warhammer, Warmachine, Dungeons and Dragons, board games and Euro games from some of the best retailers in the industry. Once a week, Tom talks with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the game industry and pulls out the strategies, tactics, and systems that make their businesses so effective. With a special focus on Magic: the Gathering, you will learn how to level up your LGS and build a better community with Tom Traplin and the Manaverse Podcast.
MVP092: How To Run Magic Tournaments Online With Melee.gg
Steve Port joins me on the podcast to discuss his latest project, Melee.gg and the future of Magic tournaments, online and offline. Learn how Melee.gg can allow your game store to run Magic tournaments more efficiently than ever, both in store and on Magic: Arena.
Find out how the platform works, how you can run events with minimal staffing and still have a smooth tournament experience for your customers, and how the Melee.gg team is changing the way events are run.
Melee.gg is a great way for game stores to run tournaments that was previously reserved for the likes of the Star City Games Tour and other premier organizers.
Steve’s introduction to competitive gaming was in the early 90's when he began organizing leagues for strategy games. This was followed closely by organizing sanctioned events for Wizards of the Coast.
This early hobby quickly turned into full time employment as he acquired contracts with companies like Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, and Konami.
From 2001-2015 Steve organized some of Magic’s largest tournaments while also starting and overseeing several companies connected to the tabletop gaming world.
He's heading up Melee.gg with Jason Flatford, Brad Nelson, and Adam Shaw, each of which brings something unique to the team in addition to their shared passion for Magic: the Gathering.
Steve was also one of my first interviewees on the podcast years ago. He appeared on episode 14 of the Manaverse Podcast back in 2015, and now he's back to give us the lowdown on Melee.gg and the future of running tournaments online.
How did you get involved in Melee.gg?
From a complete newbie perspective, how does the system work?
How do you capture payments? Is there a limit? How are prizes (if any) distributed?
What are some best practices for running great tournaments with the software?
What's the biggest tournament you've seen on the platform so far?
How should store owners be using the platform to run events?
How can they get involved and become organizers?
What's planned for the future of Melee.gg?
https://mtgmelee.com/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FOrganization%2FApply (Become an Organizer)
https://mtgmelee.com/Documentation (Melee.gg Documentation)
MVP091: How I Would Improve Star City Games Marketing
Join me as I tell the story of interviewing for the position of marketing manager for Star City Games and my plan for improving the marketing strategy of one of the biggest Magic: the Gathering businesses in the world.
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MVP090: Knight Watch Games on the New Gamer Demographic of 2021 and Beyond
Brenda and Paraic Mulgrew are the owners of the incredibly thematic Knight Watch Games in San Antonio. Knight Watch Games is a full service gaming center that specializes in board games, card games, miniatures, and role-playing and is beautifully decked out in Medieval fantasy decor.
To quote one of their customers: THE OWNERS AND STAFF HAVE CULTIVATED A NIRVANA FOR GAMERS. A MORE OPEN AND WELCOMING PLACE YOU WILL NEVER FIND."
Brenda and Paraic on a mission to show what a game store can be in 2020 and beyond and during the episode we dig into what it takes to be a game store owner, the advantages of having a partner that compliments your strengths and weaknesses, and what game stores need to do to attract and serve the most misunderstand demographic of customers right now and turn them into raving fans.
Don't sleep on this one, especially in these strange times we live.
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MVP089: How Games Unlimited Raised $11,085 in Under 24 Hours
Kylie Prymus has been the owner of Games Unlimited in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 2015 but Games Unlimited is one of the original founding game stores in North America. Opening their doors for the first time in 1979, Games Unlimited has been serving the Pittsburgh community for decades, bringing people and games together the whole time.
With a special focus on being community oriented, family friendly game experts, Kylie and the Games Unlimited crew help people find the perfect game for their needs and have built a thriving business while doing so.
How Kylie got into the game business and how he grew Games Unlimited after taking over the ownership in 2015.
Why your customer's trust is the most valuable asset your business can have.
The impact of the shutdowns on Games Unlimited and how Kylie kept the business going.
Honeycomb - "We raised $11,085 in our first day! As a business that relies heavily on customer relationships, giving my customers a way to support us during the shutdown is a win-win for both of us."
How Kylie found out about Honeycomb and what lead to the decision to give them a try.
Tips for game store owners that are struggling right now.
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If you're a local game store owner in need of funding, working with Honeycomb Credit creates a way for your existing community to invest in the future of your business.
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MVP088: The Mana Boardgame Tavern is Open For Business
Shannon Ebbitt is the co-owner with husband Vince, of the Mana Boardgame Tavern in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, a steampunk inspired venue offering a variety of adult beverages combined with a library of board games for their patrons to enjoy.
The Mana Boardgame Tavern was conceived with the idea of bringing great games, great drinks, and great people, all together into a welcoming atmosphere. Add in a hefty amount of passionate geekdom and every night is game night.
Main Topics ExploredThe Kickstarter campaign that started it all
The story of how the building they rented burned down before they could open their doors
How Shannon and Vince came to the decision to open a specialty bar
Lessons learned during the launch
Raising money with Honeycomb Credit to stay afloat during the lockdown
Tips on running a successful crowdfunding campaign
Find out how you can run your own Loyalty Bonds campaign by going to manaversesaga.com/honeycomb
MVP087: Three Major Changes for Qualifying as a WPN Premium Store
Wizards of the Coast made an announcement recently on the WPN site detailing the changes to the program and what it takes for local game stores to qualify for WPN Premium status.
So let's dig into the announcement and talk about the three major changes to the program and some options for game store owners looking to become Premium.