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HIGHLAND | A passion for gaming led friends Michael Becze and Sean Carey to carve out a successful business in a growing niche market.

The two opened Mythic Monster Gaming in Highland in November. The 1,600-square-foot store focuses exclusively on gaming, including board games like HeroClix, Settlers of Catan, and War Machine, in addition to several table top role playing games.

“Michael and I have been friends for years and gaming has been a big part of that friendship. We each have had aspirations to start our own businesses and we know this business well, so it made a lot of sense,” said Carey, of Griffith.

The shop focuses heavily on a popular tradeable card game called Magic: The Gathering, first released in 1993, and hosts multiple tournaments for players during the week. A portion of the shop features tables for players to compete.

“Magic: The Gathering is our focus because we already have a nice community of Magic players. We offer a huge variety (of cards) and the MTG community has noticed,” Carey said.

“Shops tend to use a system of collectible binders to store and display their cards which we have determined doesn’t do a great job at merchandising your product. So we have set up display cases throughout the store housing roughly 1,000 cards available to purchase. No more binders at Mythic Monster,” Becze said.

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Becze, of Lansing, studied fine arts at Indiana University and worked for seven years as a manager in food service. He is now in charge of purchasing and managing accounts.

Carey studied fitness and health at Purdue University Lafayette, and in addition to managerial experience, worked within the Lafayette Public School System and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He now enjoys keeping inventory and assisting customers.

“It’s been great. We have had a lot of people checking in to see what we are about and then coming back a few days later to pick up a board game or participate in a game. We love the interaction,” Becze said.

“Games are social and require people to play. We want to be the place that makes that happen for everyone,” he added.

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