Michael Morkve has attended the Siege of Augusta, an annual gaming convention, for several years, but this time his role was different.
"My support of gaming events turned into a business," said Mr. Morkve, who opened Kingmaker Games in West Town Shopping Center less than three months ago.
At the gaming convention, held Friday through Sunday at ,Augusta Towers Hotel & Convention Center, Mr. Morkve sponsored a few events along with running a booth displaying his merchandise.
About 120 people attended the convention, which is in its 16th year, said Paul Elkin, the convention director.
"This hobby draws a lot of people," he said.
Many people, including Mr. Morkve, said they enjoy the hobby of miniatures because of its artistic nature. Many of the figures are made of plastic and can be purchased without painted details.
For those not interested in painting the miniatures, Charlie and Cheryl Duval, of Little Metal Men in New Ellenton, had plenty of painted figures for sale.
The couple carry a wide assortment, including a few not found in gaming battles. They also carry a selection of cartoon characters such as Popeye and Snow White.
"We also have a line of Christmas and Halloween figures," Mr. Duval said. "The newest thing is the pirate girls. Pirates are hot now."
At the weekend Siege, Phil Viverito ran the event's featured game, the Siege of Carthage.
"He's asked to host a lot of games. We are fortunate to have him," Mr. Elkin said.
The games are based upon battles - some are historical battles and others are fantasy based.
Even when the convention is not in Augusta, there are two local spots where area gamers gather, said Drew Gaddy, a co-director.
"Every Saturday, you can find a game at Kingmaker Games," he said. "Also, you can find games at Comic Books and More on Gordon Highway."
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