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Paper Money #51: Retailer Unfriendly Packaging

Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro layoffs and HQ move, make a laconic attempt to cover other game news and finally, tear into some seriously crazed packaging problems on two new games that have just hit the market – from what is a bad package to why you shouldn’t be creative. Also, we learn that Rett’s prefered podcast beverage is…water. Next Show: Summer Releases – are they…

Paper Money #50: We’re not dead! iPad Board Games, News of the Weird and more…

Well, just as everyone is starting Summer Vacation, Ben and Rett are back to work after Real Life cruelly intruded on them. That said, they’re tanned and ready! First up, iPad Board Games in the News and then, News of the Weird. Lots of odd game tidbits in the news this week – including a couple Ben worked with (bit never printed). …

Paper Money #49: Mail Bag and Our Favorite Games

Ben and Rett answer questions about copyrighted PDFs (sort of), game conventions in Western Canada (sort of), producing plastic minis terrain(mostly) and more (again, sort of). Then, after 49 episodes, they indulge themselves in a gabfest about their favorite games. No worrying about business, or production or anything other than talking about games they love – gems, dogs and other faves. Why? Because its fun! Show Links: Crazy cool…

Paper Money #48: Little Wars and Printing Cards

Rett returns from Little Wars with tales of unimaginable – and very small scale – beauty, while Ben yammers on about the arcane art of printing cards for your game. All in a spritely 40 minute (give or take) package!

Paper Money #47: Opening a Game Store Followup

Slow news week this week, despite GAMA Trade Show! That’s ok though as it gives our feckless heroes a chance to revisit the topic of opening your own game store and hit a few points they couldn’t manage to get in last week. All that, plus…well, just that really. Show Links: The Purple Pawn – www.purplepawn.com Next Show: April 10th – Ben attempts to …

Paper Money #46: Opening a Game Store

Ben and Rett are back (minus the reverb) to talk about opening a game store. What do you need to know? How much will it cost? Things you never knew about Fixtures and Amenities. All this and the week’s news!

Paper Money #45: 2011 Show Guide and PP’s David Miller

(Sorry for the huge delay getting this show out. After 45 episodes it finally happened. We had a recording with bad audio that I couldn’t fix and had to use. Also, I had a fever.) In this show: Some news, David Miller recaps his trip to New York Toy Fair on behalf of the Purple Pawn and Ben and Rett review …

Paper Money #44: Should You Attend NY Toy Fair?

The guys talk some news (toy fair), some listener mail (toy fair), and about a certain show in New York this week (toy fair). That said, they also cover a fair amount of other topics including Purple Pawn’s industry survey and the usual pointless digressions, thickheaded observations, and dunderheaded predictions. All in a convenient 40 minute (ish) format. Next Show: February 25th (ish). …

Paper Money #43: Not the one about NY Toy Fair

Ben and Rett decide to wait one more show to talk about NY Toy Fair and instead ponder the Star Wars license and delve into some excellent reader mail about why you can’t find game sales figures on the Internet and more. All wrapped in a cozy blanket of friendly banter and, as is becoming the norm, weekly corrections! This is another long show, running just under …

Paper Money #42: 2011 Predictions

Happy New Year! We’re back with predictions for 2011 – ours and our listeners! (Be forewarned! We make up for skipping a show with an extra long 90 minute show this week.) Also, we talk about the new boardgameinfo.com and, in general, shoot the breeze about the game business. Next show: January 29th – New York Toy Fair

Paper Money #41: 2010 Predictions Revisted

Ben and Rett go where most pundits don’t dare: revisiting their predictions for the year. First, they tackle their predictions for 2010 to see how they held up. Then, the dynamic duo discusses important products in each product category. AND, they want YOUR predictions for 2011 to include in their 2011 Predictions show, coming January 14th. (Note: there will be no December 31 show. Believe it …

Paper Money #40: Niche Markets and Bein’ Green

It ain’t easy bein’ green, as Kermit the Frog once sang, but Ben and Rett talk about Hasbro’s new green effort. Also, lots of news and commentary about niche market games – and how you can make money in small places! (Everyone: Sorry for the late posting. Real Life and eBay have intervened with our placid gaming and podcast schedule!) Next

Paper Money #39: Starting a Convention

ChiTaG is this weekend and Black Friday is next week, but Ben and Rett talk about all sorts of news they missed last show- from the demise of GW Historicals and Heroscape to how Hasbro is killing Universal Studios. And, in listener mail, the undynamic duo talk about the best way to start a game convention. Kick back, turn up the volume and listen to your source on the …

Paper Money #38: Eternal Warriors’ Dan Duran

Rett is back and rested after missing a show and he and Ben celebrate with over 50 minutes of crazy game industry banter. This show: An interview with Dan Duran on his “new” podcast, TRU News, all about game boards and more reader questions about retail. Riveting, top dollar audio amazement delivered right to your ears via the magic of the Internets. Both of them. Ears…

Paper Money #37: DIY Manufacturing (and more)

Ben flies solo this week as Rett and the Internet conspire against him. Still, a good overview of some news as well as a brief primer on DIY vs. Turnkey manufacturing, digital vs. offset printing and US vs overseas manufacturing – as well as some loopy listener mail. Tune in. Turn on. Game out. Show Links: Purple Pawn – www.purplepawn.com Gamethonic – www.gamethonic….

Paper Money #36: 4th Quarter Advice

The sky isn’t falling, but 4th quarter is surely upon us. Are you ready? Listen to the week’s news and then Ben and Rett will illuminate what game manufacturers, retailers and designers should be doing this fall to keep their games moving. (Note: Rett imparts INSANELY useful information about retail “turns”!) Not exciting enough? How about Ben explaining the …

Paper Money #35: Awesome Listener Emails

Ben and Rett respond to a raft of reader mail (covering Wits and Wagers vs. Bet You Know It, game milieus, and more), as well as a recap of the week’s news (including the first Toys R Us news in awhile). It doesn’t sound like that much, but its a great show. Trust me. You’ll love it. We&#…

Paper Money #34: Is the Game Industry Recession Proof?

Ben and Rett ponder whether games are, indeed, recession resistant as the U.S. economy appears headed for a double dip recession. Also, they discuss ways to cope for game manufacturers and retailers. In addition, they weigh in on yet more Battleship movie news and Gamer travel agencies. Show Links: www.purplepawn.com www.geeknationtours.com www.wargameholidays.com Next Show: September 24th!

Paper Money #34: Is the Game Industry Recession Proof?

Ben and Rett ponder whether games are, indeed, recession resistant as the U.S. economy appears headed for a double dip recession. Also, they discuss ways to cope for game manufacturers and retailers. In addition, they weigh in on yet more Battleship movie news and Gamer travel agencies. Show Links: www.purplepawn.com www.geeknationtours.com www.wargameholidays.com Next Show: September 24th!

Paper Money #33: Zev of Z Man Games – How many games is too many?

This week we speak with Zev Shlasinger of ZMan Games about his recently posed question, “Am I printing too many games?”. We also have a great letter from Daniel in Sweden with lots of great questions about starting up a game company. Links: Purple Pawn – http://purplepawn.com ZMan Games  – http://zmangames.com Board Game Exchange – http://www….