The first FLGS that we’d like draw your attention to is The Wandering Dragon in Plainfield, IL. Kevin and Laura Martin opened The Wandering Dragon in June of 2012 after realizing that there was a large gaming community in their area but no local game store to support it. They saw an opportunity not only to fill their gaming retail void, but to create a place where the gaming community could gather and enjoy their shared interests. In less than a year, their efforts have not only grown the community, but really made it thrive.
Their selection of games and gaming supplies is impressive, with new games coming in all the time. But The Wandering Dragon has worked hard to define themselves as more than just a store. They provide a unique gaming atmosphere and services seldom found in other stores.
Open Gaming and Scheduled Game Nights
The Wandering Dragon has a large gaming area dedicated to hosting a number of different gaming events. From Open Gaming hours where people of all ages are welcome to come in and play the games of their choice, to scheduled gaming events where groups can gather on a regular basis to play their favorite board/card/role playing games. Their family friendly gaming atmosphere and spacious game room make it the perfect place to gather and have fun with whatever game you like.
Thinking about buying a game, but not sure if it will be fun enough to justify the investment? Interested in a game genre and want to check out similar games to the ones you love? The Wandering Dragon invites you to peruse and try out their sizable gaming library. Not only do they have a plethora of games that you can test out and play, but if you have any rules questions, they’re more than happy to help explain them to you.
In addition to the open gaming and scheduled events, The Wandering Dragon also plays host to a variety of game league events and tournaments. This is perfect for those groups or individuals that like to play games competitively. They use the online service “Meetup” to draw gamers together and organize/schedule their wide variety of gaming events. Play for fun! Play for prizes!
The Wandering Dragon organizes and hosts multiple game auctions throughout the year. These are a great opportunity to sell off any old games and/or ones that you don’t play anymore. The store auctions off your old games and you get a portion of the sale. It’s a great way to clean out your old gaming collection and earn some money towards buying new games. It’s also an excellent way to pick up gently used games at great prices.
Give back to the community and having fun doing it!
Not content to just help out the gaming community, The Wandering Dragon also organizes and hosts gaming events to help out local charities and support their local community in general. Through events like their “Serious Fun” 24-hour New Year’s gaming marathon (with multiple drawings and prizes, and a huge variety of games played throughout the day) they raised over $4,000 to donate to the Lamb’s Fold Center for Women & Children.
In less than a year’s time, The Wandering Dragon has blasted onto the scene and truly shown how vital gaming stores can be to this community and gaming culture. They are a rare breed of FLGS that shows what a gaming store could (and should) be. If you’re in their area, we strongly recommend you check them out. And be prepared to have some fun!