Welcome to Owning Your Business: A Hobby Game Industry Podcast from Mantle Media, and your source for the most knowledgeable and successful gaming retail professionals. Listen to conversations with professionals from all corners of the hobby gaming industry. In the hopes that we can bring you the information you need to make the best business decisions. We want to break down some of the barriers between distributors, publishers, and retailers, get to the truths behind some of our industry’s biggest myths, and most importantly, generate positive conversations about some of the most taboo topics. Hopefully, together, we’ll be able to learn, laugh, and explore this ever-growing and always-changing world of the hobby gaming retail industry.
I’ll be your host and guide, Tony Cox. In our first episode, we talked with Gary Ray about opening a game store from scratch. And I want to thank Gary for sharing the episode with other professionals. The feedback so far has been great and I really appreciate everyone who has reached out with their thoughts. In episode two we talked with Lynn Potyen about how to tell your store’s story and the basics of organic marketing. In this episode, we’re going to talk about a completely different, and often overlooked, business model in the game and retail industry. While attending PAX Unplugged in December of 2022 I was able to sit down with convention veteran, Andrew Zorowitz of Foam Brain Games and talk about the new convention landscape, the differences in the retail store and convention booth business models, and where the convention scene is headed. We’ll hear from Andrew in just a moment. On our next episode, I’ll be sitting down with Intellectual Property Attorney, Seth Milman. We’ll be taking a deep dive into the Wizards of the Coast gaming license debacle.
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