By Ethan Robinson
If there is any great place to relax, have fun, and socialize, the Dragon’s Hoard is certainly a great option in town. Started by Andy Scott around a year and a half ago, Scott emphasizes wanting to give people a place to go to play tabletop games.
A few years ago, he recalled seeing a few people playing games in restaurants, or even on a tiny table at Baja Tacos, and knew that Sterling needed a place to support the gaming community.
And in that, the Dragon’s Hoard has certainly succeeded. Having recently moved location, it is still downtown and not far from Bank of the West. The new location has bigger, and several separate rooms fit for games. Dragon’s Hoard runs games almost all week, and supports a community of around 20 to 30 people, a good portion of which are high school students or recently graduated.
Games played on Wednesdays are Dungeons & Dragons, Thursdays are any tabletop game, Friday night Magic: The Gathering, with Mondays off and Tuesdays and Saturdays miscellaneous. Scott encourages high school students or anyone in fact to join in.
“We love this, and we want everybody to love it,” he said.
New players can be personally taught to compensate for the learning curve. For roleplaying games, players can even be given preset characters to be eased into the concept. Scott, who is from San Bernadino, California, but has lived in Sterling for 12 years, professed, “I love teaching people. That’s my thing. My dream was either A, become a teacher, or I’m going to end up teaching something I like more.”
Pretty much all of the games played are tabletop, though they may occasionally have digital events with Gamestop. Scott expresses interest in Dragon’s Hoard also expanding into Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.
To enter a game on Wednesdays or Fridays that is specially run, there is a small fee of five dollars. One part of the games is a version of Magic called “Commander League,” which is held as a competition at Dragon’s Hoard ranking the most points achieved by players. Commander League lasts about three months, and can cost about 20 to 30 dollars but it depends on how much you play. The money raised is used for prizes at the end in the form of t-shirts with the Dragon’s Hoard printed logo, awarded to top players.
The store is open for anything from 1 pm to 10 pm except for Mondays. Mostly, all promotion is spread by word-of-mouth, but Dragon’s Hoard also has a store and a Magic Facebook page.
When asked what Dragon’s Hoard ultimate mission and aspiration is, Scott reflected, “My biggest dream about starting this was to give everybody a place to go. I hate to sound cliche about it, but it’s one of those things where I wasn’t exactly the popular kid at school. Everybody always picked on you for liking the nerdy things. My biggest hope is that everyone’s comfortable here, everybody’s like-minded.”
For Scott, all monetary gain is a sidebar compared to seeing his community flourish and enjoy themselves. Also as someone who did almost every sport in school, Andy emphasized, “It doesn’t matter who you are, Dragon’s Hoard is a place to go to have fun, and play some games.”
Game club is also now unofficially affiliated with Dragon’s Hoard.