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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.

The Manaverse Podcast: Magic: the Gathering Business / Game Store Entrepreneurship / LGS Professionals Tom Traplin

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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.

    MVP087: Three Major Changes for Qualifying as a WPN Premium Store

    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.


    https://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/evolving-wpn-premium-covid-19-and-beyond (https://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/evolving-wpn-premium-covid-19-and-beyond)

    • 8 min
    MVP086: Now Is Not The Time To Open a Game Store, Do This Instead

    MVP086: Now Is Not The Time To Open a Game Store, Do This Instead

    If you're in the planning stages of your future game store or were about to launch, you should put everything on hiatus right now.


    Hold off on opening your doors or making any major purchases in the near future because the circumstances in which you would be operating are changing, almost by the day.


    If you went through the effort of putting together a business plan, the very assumptions the plan is based on are now incorrect. A business plan presupposes a few things, like a somewhat stable economy, reliable infrastructure, and a reasonably consistent regulatory environment.


    But that's no longer the case. Let's talk about what you should be doing instead of pulling the trigger on your game store plans and how to set your business up for success later on.

    • 10 min
    MVP085: Resources and Advice For Staying In Business During The Covid-19 Pandemic

    MVP085: Resources and Advice For Staying In Business During The Covid-19 Pandemic

    The situation is changing day by day and for many game store owners, business is anything but the usual.


    Social distancing and isolation have made the traditional model for local game stores unfeasible if not impossible. Hosting events is no longer an option and likely won't be a long time.


    And for the stores in regions that are particular hard hit like California and New York, options are even more limited as they've been forced to close their doors entirely.


    But there is some good news. The industry as a whole is coming together to help support the front line game stores and there are still ways to keep your business running, even in the midst of a lock down situation.


    John Coviello is on the podcast again to share how he's dealing with the situation in his business, and some of the things he's been doing to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic. Listen in to learn how publishers and distributors are creating programs to help your business continue to generate revenue as well what government programs are being made available to small businesses so they can weather the storm.


    Click here to join the Manaverse Network free for 30 days (http://manaversesaga.com/join) and stay connected with other store owners and stay on top of what's happening in the games industry.


    See the full list of available resources at https://manaversesaga.com/mvp085-resources-and-advice-for-staying-in-business-during-the-covid-19-pandemic (https://manaversesaga.com/mvp085-resources-and-advice-for-staying-in-business-during-the-covid-19-pandemic)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    MVP084: Get In Front of More Customers with WeTabletop

    MVP084: Get In Front of More Customers with WeTabletop

    Joe Masilotti is on the show to talk about how WeTabletop can help game store owners get in front of more customers and fill up their events more consistently.


    WeTabletop allows players looking for games to connect with store owners hosting those games, and they're not just restricted to the usual suspects. Players can find nearly any table top game on the system.


    For game store owners, WeTabletop is a completely free way to reach more customers and sell more games. Due to the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, WeTabletop is also offering store owners to host remote/virtual events so there is no excuse not to claim your store's page right now.


    Go to https://wetabletop.com to get started.

    • 39 min
    Coronavirus Is Here, Now What?

    Coronavirus Is Here, Now What?

    Is coronavirus worse than the flu? At this point it doesn't matter, the panic and fear is real.


    Governments are taking this seriously.


    Coronavirus is going to affect all retail but game stores are a unique business model and are very focused on face to face interaction. So what do local game store owners need to be concerned with over the coming weeks and months?


    Health Concerns


    Do you have a plan in place for what happens when your team gets sick? What about you?


    What are you doing to reduce the spread of disease? Hand sanitizer


    Economic Concerns


    Supply chain issues, China manufacturing is reduced. Shipping is delayed as countries go into lockdown. What can you do to prevent issues with restocking? Will likely affect board games more than other products as majority is manufactured overseas, can you refocus product lines to others that won't be as affected?


    Do you have enough of basic items like toilet paper! to last a prolonged shortage?


    Do you have enough set aside to float the business if sales are reduced for the next 6 months?


    Dealing with quarantines, reduced foot traffic, low to zero event attendance, reduced sales.


    Insurance isn't going to cover this.


    RecommendationsPersonal, have food/water/basic supplies on hand. Prepare to self isolate if necessary, at least a few weeks worth. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face. You will likely be infected or someone you know so be prepared to be knocked out for a while.


    Put a plan in place if you can't work for up to a month. Does your manager know how to order or take care of other admin tasks? Do you have a chain of command in place? In the extreme case, what happens to your business if you die?


    Speak to your distributors and suppliers. Ask them if there any items they expect to see shortages of, consider stocking up now if necessary. 


    Be proactive, not reactive. Speak to your staff about ways to reduce the spread of the disease. Put up guidelines for customers as well. Avoid touching each other's cards or game pieces as much as possible, wash your hands often.

    • 31 min
    MVP083: Justice Has Been Served

    MVP083: Justice Has Been Served

    For those who haven’t heard the tale, Pat’s Games was robbed a little over three years ago and the bad guys made off with over $60,000 worth of high value Magic cards. The story of the burglary went far and wide, ending up on magazines and news stories all around North America.

    Well, three years later Pat Johnson has emerged victorious in her court case and is now on the podcast to talk about what happened, how we got here, and what fellow store owners and Magic players can do to protect themselves. If you want to own a little piece of Magic history and support a good cause, Pat is selling the recovered cards at a nice discount and the money is going to be donated to a charity for MS. Click here to check out the Pat's Games website and find out what's available.

    Topics

    Story recap



    * What happened three years ago

    * What was stolen

    * Media coverage of the theft



    The court case



    * Chronology of events, the arrest, the trial

    * Key people involved in the case

    * Some of the obstacles that Pat encountered over the past three years

    * The villain’s behaviour before and during the case



    How other store owners can protect themselves

    To get a reach out to Pat Johnson you can find her on Facebook and on Patsgames.com. Pat would also like to specially thank and mention her lawyer Brian McConnell, Brian had to put in a considerable amount of time learning how to play Magic and the way the Magic market works. If you need a lawyer that's also fluent in Magic lingo, Brian is likely your man. 

    Another important shout out is to Card Kingdom, who were crucial to the final outcome of the case. With Card Kingdom raising the red flag the bad guys may never have been caught so kudos to them.









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    • 1 hr 16 min

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