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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Join Us for a Nerdy Slog Happy Hour at the Raygun Lounge on Friday, December 7th

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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We've been telling you about the Raygun Lounge, the bar-and-gaming venue that was Kickstartered into existence by the good folks at Gamma Ray Games, for months now. The Lounge's temporary liquor license finally came through this morning, which means that it's time to celebrate with Slog's nerdiest nerds.

Next Friday, December 7th, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Mary Traverse, Rob Lightner and Paul Hughes of the Stranger Testing Department, and I will be at the Raygun Lounge to play board games and card games with anyone who shows up. There will be special guests (including a few game designers and game artists who will teach their games to anyone who's interested) and, of course, there will be booze. If you show up right at 5, you can probably squeeze two longish games in, but if you can't show up until later, we'll announce when new games are starting so you can hop right in. No game experience necessary, and hardcore gamers are welcome to come and share their knowledge.

We'll be announcing the special guests in the days to come, and you should let us know if there are any games you want to try out. I'm ashamed to say that I've never played Settlers of Catan or Small World, so those two would be right up at the top of my list. But I'm open to just about anything; come and teach me your nerdy ways.

 

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1
Diplomacy would make for a great icebreaker game with people that don't know each other.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 2
paul, you forgot the annual slog happy gift exchange.
Posted by scary tyler moore http://pushymcshove.blogspot.com/ on November 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
3
If you can, give Dominion a try.
Posted by TechBear on November 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
4
Elder Sign anyone?
Posted by Avtar on November 28, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Mary P. Traverse 5
I would like to try Elder Sign!!
Posted by Mary P. Traverse http://dinosaurnews.tumblr.com on November 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
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Oh I'm in. I'll bring some smaller/faster games to boot. Last time this came up a couple folks were interested in Chrononauts...
Posted by Chris B http://eccentric-orbit.org on November 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 7
I AM THERE!!!! YIIPPEE!!!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
disintegrator 8
Drinks there yet?
Posted by disintegrator on November 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
9
huh, I thought I was going to Ray Gun at that time for a ladies-only gaming event: http://www.facebook.com/events/504528549…
Posted by downbythefreeway on November 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
disintegrator 10
Oh. Can't read. Dur.
Posted by disintegrator on November 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
Diplomacy takes too long sometimes.

Elder Sign sounds fun.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 28, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 12
@1 I'm probably the only Slog reader to find this hysterical.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 13
I am so excited, you have no fucking idea. You guys now owe me new pants.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 14
eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Posted by mr. herriman on November 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 15
By the way, Settlers of Catan is best played by its strip variant rules.

Basically, 1 victory point = 1 garment.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Good point @15. One of my colleagues just picked that up.

Since he's from S Korea, probably plays it Gangam style.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Puty 17
Mmmmmm Catan ooooh Dominion
Posted by Puty on November 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 18
Too bad A Mighty Fortress takes 18 hours to play. It's a great way to get six people to stab each other in the backs repeatedly. I could have my buddy mail me the only copy I've ever seen.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 19
For those us who have time for this type of foolishness during Happy Hour, there's always the Rendezvous.
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on November 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM · Report this
Lissa 20
Yaaaaaaaaay!
Posted by Lissa on November 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
biffp 21
Go see the Tragically Hip at Sodo.
Posted by biffp on November 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 22
Ooh, I miss the Tragically Hip.

New Orleans is sinking, and I don't know how to swim, @21.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM · Report this
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There's plenty of room to have two events going on at once. They're not going to kick out all of the dudes from the entire lounge :p
Posted by Annichka on November 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Report this
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Hi, Eric from the Raygun Lounge here. We regularly double and triple book events because it creates a great community atmosphere (as you can see from our calendar http://www.gammaraygamestore.com/events/… we overlap events practically every night of the week). We thought that Ladies Night and Slog Night would be a great mix. We've received some feedback from both groups suggesting we may have been wrong about that so we're looking into it. I can assure you, however, that whatever happens, we love Ladies, we love the Slog, and we love games, and we guarantee that both groups will get their respective regular Friday nights whether they choose to spend them together or not.
Posted by Eric from Gamma Ray & the Raygun on November 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
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Eric, from Gamma Ray & the Raygun, I love how you thoughtfully mash-up your communities for maximum entertainment and adventure :-).
Posted by MiniPwny on November 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM · Report this
Enigma 26
Eeeeee! You waited 'til I got back from Mexico to host the Nerdy Slog Happy!!
(Or you waited 'til they started serving booze, but I'm gonna be self-centered here.)

Can't wait to play games with y'all!
Posted by Enigma http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/ on November 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM · Report this
Enigma 27
@12 Nope, I totally giggled thinking of the few times I've played Diplomacy. It would definintely be an interesting ice-breaker.
Posted by Enigma http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/ on November 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM · Report this
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20 min - 2 player: Flash Duel
20 min - group: Resistance
60 min: Galaxy Trucker
90 min: Alien Frontiers
120 min: Merchants and Marauders
Posted by dirge on November 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM · Report this
Paul Constant 29
Hi downbythefreeway @9: We checked with Lounge staff to make sure that there were no conflicts on the 7th; we were flexible about dates. I didn't hear about your event until after I published this post, and I'm sorry if you're upset. As I understand it, the Lounge would still have been open to the public—men and women—during your event, even if the Slog event didn't happen. I promise we won't interfere with your event; I just want everyone to have a good time. We'll all be playing games, and there will be tables set aside for both groups.
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on November 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 30
But, careful, @9 - If you try to attend two events simultaneously in the same place, you will tear a hole in the fabric of space-time.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
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Hi, Ashley from Queer Geek here, I planned the ladies meetup. I'm sure we can all fit in the lounge next Friday. Plus I'd love to kick Paul Constant's ass in Small World ;)
Posted by nerdtastic on November 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 32
Also let's not lose sight of the fact that the two groups are not mutually exclusive.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on November 30, 2012 at 6:44 PM · Report this
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Thanks for being so generous with our scheduling quirks everyone. We're very confident that it's all going to work out great. But if, worst case scenario, both groups are so popular that it just gets too crowded, we'll alternate future Fridays to make sure that there's friendly, inclusive room for everyone going forward.
Posted by Eric from Gamma Ray & the Raygun on December 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 34
can we bring cookies?
Posted by scary tyler moore http://pushymcshove.blogspot.com/ on December 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this

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