Interview 32 – Mike Brodeur, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:20) The biggest myth Mike would like to dispel about his job.

* (5:07) The role and importance (or lack thereof) in available play space.

* (12:58) Whether it’s necessary to hire people that are already into the hobby.

* (25:36) Why do so many stores fail?  The Specialty Retailer’s Handbook by Dave Wallace.

* (32:50) In an age of increasing decentralization in the RPG industry, the rise of the small press, etc, how does a game store decide what to stock?

* (40:59) The biggest challenges in the near future for retail shops.  The important relationship between stores and game creators.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Julia

Guests: Mike Brodeur

Comments (3)

TritiumJuly 11th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I would have liked to heard the Mike’s comments on White Wolf/Onyx Path/By Night Studios (all the same enterprise…) entirely leaving the retail market. Might have been interesting, might have been a blow of topic.

White Wolf/Onyx Path have talked a big game about working to find a way to get the FLGS in their new business model, but i have not seen anything of it.

(for reference: a few years back white wolf stopped having regular print runs, and shipped only PDFs, and more recently, Print on Demand)

DanJuly 11th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

That’s a great question. WW really reduced its profile, which was a long fall for the (at the time) #2 game game company.

We intend to have Bro-Door back on to talk about a random gaming topic, but we could certainly make that a banter topic.

Saul MoralesJuly 15th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Hey there, I must say I thought Mike was totally correct with the atmosphere of a Hobby/gamestore. I have been playing rpgs since 1979 and thought in my town there was not game shop of any kind, my sister lived in the Bay Area(San Jose) and there was this Huge Hobby shop that carried all the RPG’s available. It was literally the size of a grocery store. Me and my older brother in heaven. I bought stuff there, but after a while they had this guy at the gaming counter that was a complete tool. He was just into Warhammer and nothing else. He had no sense of customer service and would roll his eyes and shake his head and mumble to himself. I stopped shopping there because of him. And sadly I am in retail but being customer orientated really does work.

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