Dragon’s Den Gaming opens new store in Beckley
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Along a busy street in Beckley, a new, veteran-owned business opened on Monday, October 4, 2021. Dragons Den Gaming is brainstormed by former Staff Sgt. military and Iraq war veteran Allen Walker. The new business first opened to the public along North Eisenhower Drive.
Humble owner Allen Walker found his love for card games such as Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and others in Iraq. Allen decided to bring this love back and share it with his hometown.
“This is where I learned to play magic on a deployment and brought it back with me,” Allen said. “It was the love of playing magic that after I became 100% disabled and couldn’t teach anymore that I made up my mind I can open a business, why not open this one . “
Walker announced that his store is a safe place for players to come and play in an environment that has everything a player of any skill level could need to get involved. Something local players like Sean Belcher appreciate.
“With the opening of the store, it’s a great place for me to be away from home and be away from all the issues that I have in my day-to-day life. It’s pretty much a place where I can be myself, ”Belcher said.
It’s not just fun and games, as Walker also has a background in teaching and earned a master’s degree in education. Something he hopes to bring to his store to offer some help to the community he grew up in.
“I use a lot of this training to help people with anxiety issues and I also have military PTSD. So I use a lot of things that I have experienced in my tips to pretty much help others, ”Walker said.
So it doesn’t matter if you are looking for the latest Magic the Gathers merchandise, Warhammer books, build your own models, some specialty Japanese snacks, a place to play with new friends, or just to chat about whatever you need, Walker hopes you think of Dragon’s Den Gaming.
Dragon’s Den Gaming is located at 606 North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley across from Mountaineer Ford.