ELDORADO – To the casual observer, the medieval village filled with warriors, wizards and mythical beasts in downtown Eldorado may not be readily apparent.
That's because it exists within the minds of those gathered to play a friendly game involving epic quests, treasure and magic at Infinity Comics Games and Toys.
On this particular evening, the classic role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons is on tap, and store owner Richard Hendrix is running the game. Players are gathered around a table in one of the comic book store's game rooms. Dice with various numbers of sides, in an array of colors, along with miniature representations of the characters the gamers will portray and swatch of larg-block graph paper cover the table.
Hendrix sits behind a large cardboard screen, and alternates between describing to the players what they are "seeing" to recreating the role of a grizzled dwarf with a thick Scottish brogue who appears to
be trying to send the group of adventurers on a quest.
When he opened his store on Sept. 1, 2015, Hendrix said he had for some time realized that there was a need for such a business in Saline County.
"At the time, it was difficult to find a store like this without driving at least an hour," Hendrix said. "There were a lot of gamers in the community, and the community didn't have anything like this."
The store, which is located at 911 Fourth St. in Eldorado, was completely renovated before it opened. Now, it's filled with bright, bold colors and walls of comic books, fantasy and science fiction-themed toys and games that go beyond traditional favorites like Monopoly. Trading-card games can be found behind the counter.
Various evenings throughout the week feature a particular game, Hendrix said. Some gamers participate in multiple games while others may only play one in particular. Tonight's Dungeons and Dragons game is an adventure module called "Storm King's Thunder."
Role-playing games, like novels, tell a story. However, they allow players to participate in the events of the story, and make decisions that will affect how – or if – the story ends.
Hendrix said all ages are welcome in the store, though for game nights the youngest participants are about 14-15.
For more information, call Infinity Comics Games and Toys at (618) 297-9392.