Interview 31 – Mike Brodeur, part 1
by Dan Repperger

* (0:25) Mike unlocked the “Local Guest” achievement.

* (1:25) Derek Knutsen’s Kickstarter for the Universal Storytelling System.

* (3:19) Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management, written by Phil Vecchione and Walt Ciechanowski and based on advice from impeccable sources.

* (4:59) Introducing Mike Brodeur from The Fantasy Shop chain of game and comic stores.

* (11:29) Finding the “friendly” in “friendly local game store”.  Why it’s missing far too often and how The Fantasy Shop addressed the issue.  Chad and Mike have a bromance.  Dan drops history about the defeat of the Spartans, though he confuses the Thracians with the Thebans.

* (21:31) Winning over the person that would rather shop on Amazon…or not winning them over at all.

* (30:45) Selling a product you don’t know.

* (34:50) “This is not a library!”  Distinguishing between browsers and freeloaders.

* (39:44) The relationship between bricks-and-mortar stores and digital products, such as PDFs.  Bits and Mortar.

* (45:11) The finite resource of space.  How decisions are made about what to stock and where.  Why We Buy by Paco Underhill.  Carrying a diversity of products and selling them to a diverse audience.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Julia

Guests: Mike Brodeur

Comments (1)

DragonhelmJuly 11th, 2013 at 12:12 am

I just wanted to compliment the Booters on a fantastic interview!

A lot of what Mike talks about reminds me of how Pulp Fiction treats me. They make suggestions, but aren’t pushy. And they genuinely enjoy their products.

Looking forward to part 2!

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