There will be few (if any) posts this week, because I am working on a side project: the Hugo House Annual Inquiry. But if you are a Seattlelite (or will be in town next weekend), read on — this may be something you’ll be interested in attending.
Hugo House is a Seattle-based non-profit somethingorother that focuses on literacy and the arts. Every year H.H. hosts a big event called a “Cultural Inquiry,” where they pick a theme and host a number of activities and installations related to that theme. Two years ago the theme was Maps; last year the theme was Surveillance. This year, the Annual Inquiry is all about Games. As it turns about, a couple of the folks over at H.H. read the yeti and know about my fondness for games and
hornswoggled talked me into participating.
There’s a lot of really great stuff going on (check out the schedule), but here are the pies that I have a thumb in:
- Friday, 10:00-11:30 pm — A Guide To Visitors Story Slam: I am a frequent participant in A Guide To Visitor’s storytelling shows. The theme of this evening’s tales will be “Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: the way we use others as pawns and the mind games we play on each other.” I helped arrange this, and there’s a fair chance I will also tell a story.
- Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm — “Break The Safe” Tournament: Local game company Forrest-Puzan Creative will be showcasing a new game they designed by throwing a “Break The Safe Tournament.” Break The Safe is a very-cool cooperative boardgame where the players work as team, finding keys, disarming booby-traps and evading guard dogs. (More details on the game here.) The winning team will win an seminar on the art of locksmithing sponsored by Broadway Locksmiths, which is so cool that I wish I wasn’t disqualified from winning (although I’ll probably try to finangle myself into that seminar just for helping put this thing together). The tournament will include a tutorial on the game, so even if you’ve never heard of it you are still encouraged to participate. If you’re interested in joining, assemble a team of four and register by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Wendee (206-547-7155 ext. 106). (Please note the caveat mentioned below, though.)
- Saturday, 10:30-midnight: Late Night Lying Game and Gamenight: Come watch me sit in front of a crowd of people and lie my fool head off. Afterward I will be participating in the Hugo House’s casual gamenight. And by “participating in” I mean “drinking”.
- Sunday, October 5th, 10:30 am — Treasure Hunt: I’ll be hosting a Treasure Hunt similar to those I hold for my friends every year. (See this as an example.) I’ll have a semi-official page up for this later today or tomorrow. The hunt will be run in teams of three or four and should take around 90 minutes. If you want to participate, I’m asking that you let me know in advance (Again, see the caveat).
The Caveat: To participate in any of above events (including the Break The Safe Tournament and the Treasure Hunt), you have to pay that day’s admission. That the bad news. (Well, it’s not really “bad,” since all the $$ goes to a good cause — namely, Hugo House.) The good news is that once you pay the admission, you get access to all of the events that are held during that time frame. And, like I mentioned before, there’s a lot of good stuff going on. Sherman Alexie will be talking about “Dungeons and Dragons” (seriously), James Ernest (the guy who is Cheapass Games) will be there giving game design seminars and talking about high-stakes poker, there will be a couple of panel discussions about video games and society … it’s gonna be cool.
You can get ticket information over on this page. Hope you can make it!