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Game on: Local shop offers hurricane relief while patrons continue to slay dragons

Myrtle Beach Games is offering hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
Myrtle Beach Games is offering hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Courtesy of Juan Rodriguez, marketing coordinator at Myrtle Beach Games

Friday nights are supposed to be Magic The Gathering nights at Myrtle Beach Games. Hurricane Florence forced the store to cancel the event that brings locals together to play the popular card game.

But Myrtle Beach Games considers its patrons to be more than just customers and is finding ways to help keep them safe through the storm.

“Our gamers have become a family and you look out for your family during times like this,” said Juan Rodriguez, marketing coordinator for Myrtle Beach Games.

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Myrtle Beach Games is offering hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Florence. Courtesy of Juan Rodriguez, marketing coordinator for Myrtle Beach Games

He said keeping the entire community, not just gamers, safe is the store’s biggest priority. The shop created a group chat to connect people staying in the area and is offering to help people find shelter.

Local residents visited the beach to take a quick look as Hurricane Florence arrived in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Friday morning, Sept. 14, 2018.

“So far no one has needed help finding housing. However, as long as it stays flood-free, we will be using the shop as an emergency go-to location for anyone who may need one,” Rodriguez said.

Over 40 people have joined the Facebook message group the store created to connect gamers staying in the area.

As the storm threatens to knock out local power lines, board games don’t require electricity. Rodriguez said that he has heard of gamers continuing to play throughout the storm, but for now nothing is happening at the store. But that could change.

“If a group of us wind up seeking shelter at the shop, just try and stop us from slaying dragons and casting spells,” Rodriguez said.

Myrtle Beach Games is located on Socastee Boulevard and sells board games and card games. It also has nightly events to bring people together for one game.

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