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.
MVP096: Dized - How To Automate Your Board Game Demo Table and Sell More Board Games
Jouni Jussilla is on the Manaverse Podcast to talk about Dized, a digital companion designed to be used next to physical tabletop games. We all know that one of the biggest obstacles to picking up a new game is learning the rules, which is why we often refer to our friends to teach us. It creates a much better learning experience and gets us into the game faster.
Imagine having that exact same experience in a highly interactive and engaging app with an ever expanding library of tutorials that you can use to teach anyone how to play. No need to slog through a 15 page rulebook before you can even get set up. Just jump right into the game and learning as you go.
This is where Dized comes in. With Dized, players can learn games while they play and enrich their tabletop gaming experience and it can do everything from Smart Tutorials to full game expansions!
Dized brings the experience of the best video game tutorials to the board game table and we're going to find out more right now.
What is the origin story of Dized? How did you guys get into this business?
What is Dized and how does it work?
How much does it cost?
How the content creation tools work?
Who creates the content?
What are some of the best ways store owners can use the app to sell more games?
How does the advertising system work?
Where can listeners go to get started?
Dized is beneficial to all industry operators:
Publishers can make their games more accessible with smart tutorials and more immersive with digital content. Dized has also proven to be very efficient at demoing games at expos!
Retailers can use Dized as a “demo person” at the store, and Dized offers a great selling point: “If you buy this game, you can skip the rulebook and learn while you play!”
Board Game Cafes can utilize Dized as “someone” who teaches guests how to play the game and is able to handle all the tables simultaneously!
Reach out to Jouni: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MVP095: GAMA EXPO 2021 Review
GAMA EXPO 2021 has come and gone so let's talk about what went well and what could be improved on. Today, I'm breaking down my experience with the Expo and some of the difficulties I ran into while registering for the event, as well as talking about some of the advantages of the Spatial Chat system and how it can be made even better for next years Expo.
If you want to be part of a community on your business journey to share ideas with and continue learning, you can become a member of the Manaverse Network by going to manaversesaga.com/join. That's where you can get access to all the seminars from the recent LGS Success Summit as well as additional exclusive content.
MVP094: Hold The Line! One Star Reviews, Speculators, and Pricing To The Market
If you’ve been open for any length of time in this business you’ve probably run into someone who thinks they deserve a special deal.
Maybe they’ve been a long time customer, maybe they’ve just rolled in off the street and feel like you owe them cheaper prices.
At the moment of this recording there is a surge of speculation in the Pokémon market with a huge number of people buying up product in order to resell and flip on platforms like eBay and Facebook.
Depending on who you ask, this is either a great opportunity for store owners to clean up, or a problem that’s going to create a lot of unhappy customers.
Let's talk about how we should deal with speculators and crazy hot products in short supply, as well as the inevitable one star reviews and how we can use them as a marketing opportunity to reach your real customers.
MVP093: Grow Your RPG Community with StartPlaying.Games
Devon Chulick is the Founder and COO of Start Playing Games, a service that helps connect tabletop RPG gamers and professional game masters together to create amazing gaming experiences.
Devon has been involved in the eCommerce industry for over a decade with a number of businesses under his belt. He enjoys reading, volleyball, pizza, and Dungeons and Dragons, and today we're going to get to know Devon and how his latest project is bringing about the age of the professional dungeon master.
How did you get into tabletop RPGs?
What is the big idea behind Start Playing Games?
How can game store owners use the platform to grow their businesses?
What kind of tools do people need to become a GM and run great gaming sessions?
What are some best practices you've seen from the most successful game masters on the platform?
What do you have planned for the future of Start Playing Games?
How can game store owners learn more and get involved?
Remember, there's always room to improve and opportunities available, and if you want to be part of a community on your business journey to share ideas with and continue learning, you can become a member of the Manaverse Network by going to manaversesaga.com/join. That's where you can get access to all the seminars from the recent LGS Success Summit as well as additional exclusive content.
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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