Life's just a great big game for Dan Yarrington
“My family didn’t have a lot of money to spend on movies or outings, but we loved to gather around and play Monopoly and Risk,” Yarrington said Friday.
His company, Game Salute, located on Tinker Avenue, continues to grow with each passing year.
Having worked in the game industry since 1996, Yarrington is the founder and CEO of Myriad Games, a Granite State retail chain with locations in Salem, Manchester and Amherst.
The company had humble beginnings, with an 800-square-foot warehouse on East Industrial Drive in Manchester. By 2011, the company had three employees.
“We’ve been pretty overwhelmed, but in a good way,” he said.
Three years ago, due to growing product demand, Game Salute moved to its current facility in Londonderry, where the company continues to prosper.
Initially, Game Salute occupied about 3,400 square feet of space in the office park off Harvey Road. Today the company has expanded to fill four bays, totaling 14,000 square-feet.
The company recently hired a full-time administrative assistant, and company officials said they’ll have a better idea of future staffing needs by year’s end.
Game Salute distributes nearly 150 different game titles, some but not all of which are designed or published in Londonderry.
Yarrington said about 20,000 games have passed through the site over the past several months, with games sold at locations all over the world. Game Salute currently has offices in various locations throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The company also maintains an active online presence, with games sold via Internet retail sites like Amazon as well as on Game Salute’s website.
The two-player game mimics troops in battle, with each roll of the dice leading players closer to victory.
“They really take the daunting task of fulfillment and distribution and streamline it with utmost precision,” Lowry said. “They have always communicated with me clearly as I got my sea-legs on in the world of making games.”