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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farkel maker finds home for operations

BY KAREN SHIDELER
The Wichita Eagle

Legendary Games, which produces Farkel and other games, has moved its wholesale offices, warehousing, production and shipping operations to 212 S. Hydraulic.

"We do everything out of this building," said Charles Potter, president of the company he started in Salina in 1996.

Farkel is a dice game that's been around "for a couple hundred years at least," he said, but no one had written rules and put it together in package form until he did.

Potter ran Legendary Games from Salina until moving to Wichita in 2000. The company has been at a number of sites since then, most recently in a barn in rural Sedgwick County.

"I finally found a building that would work for us," Potter said.

He is leasing the space, about 8,000 square feet, from Keith Parker. Potter said the company moved earlier this summer.

He has nine full-time and eight part-time employees. They produce five versions of Farkel as well as three other family games. The games are sold at gift and game shops, including Barnes & Noble stores, and, in Wichita, Spice Merchant, Imagine That Toys and Dandurand and Gessler pharmacies.

Potter said the company has continued to grow since its beginnings. "We grow about, I'd say anywhere from about 15 to 40 percent every year," he said. "I don't know if we've ever had a down year — well, maybe one."

Reach Karen Shideler at 316-268-6674.

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