Satisfy your board-game fix at Sumter's DragonFly

Game store opened Aug. 1 near Shaw Air Force Base

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 1/9/19

If you're into board and card games of strategy, such as Settlers of Catan, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, you need not drive to Columbia any longer because there's a growing "Game Room" right here in Sumter.

Matt Neiswinter, …

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Satisfy your board-game fix at Sumter's DragonFly

Game store opened Aug. 1 near Shaw Air Force Base

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If you're into board and card games of strategy, such as Settlers of Catan, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, you need not drive to Columbia any longer because there's a growing "Game Room" right here in Sumter.

Matt Neiswinter, partner of DragonFly Games, recently took on a game store in Shaw Square plaza at the corner of Broad Street and Peach Orchard Road.

Neiswinter and his wife, Dani, who is active duty at Shaw Air Force Base, met as "gamers" a few years ago when the Broad Street shop near Shaw was known as Ray's Hobbies and More.

They bought the game store from the previous owner when it was about to go out of business last summer, Neiswinter said, and opened under the new name on Aug. 1.

"We purchased the business for a couple reasons," Neiswinter said. "One, we wanted for Sumter to have a place for gamers to go because there was no other place; and two, sentimental value because we did meet here."

He and his staff of six part-time employees have greatly increased the merchandise selection since DragonFly Games opened, Neiswinter said.

Board, card and table-top miniature games at DragonFly are often based off TV shows, movies and video games, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Trivial Pursuit, and staff are trained to teach all the games to customers, if necessary, he said.

Nights and weekends are popular game times for customers in the store's Game Room in the back of the facility, and there is no membership fee to join, according to Neiswinter.

If customers like a game, they can purchase it in the retail shop area of the store. Board game prices range from $14.99 to $159.99, he said, with an average price of about $49.99.

DragonFly has a selection of at least 300 board games to choose from, he said, and there's virtually something for everyone.

"We have things for people who are into certain types of movies, specific books or specific video games if they really haven't been a board-gamer," Neiswinter said. "We have board games that would interest the majority of people, even if they don't realize it."