Upcoming Gamenight / Tweetup

Based on the success of the first one, the Seattle Gamenight / Tweetup has officially become A Thing, and will henceforth be held on the last Friday of each month. For the next, February 28, I have reserved a room at Cafe Mox, Seattle's premiere game parlour. The space only holds 10, so please RSVP via Twitter or email if you intend to join;

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Seattle Gamenight / Tweetup

SEATTLE! Impromptu gamenight/tweetup, 6 PM Thursday, 01/30 at the Elysian. http://t.co/BsrMDruXce— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewbaldwin) January 14, 2014 Come join me, royalbacon, hellbox and more on Thursday, January 30th at the Elysian on Capitol Hill for an impromptu gamenight / tweetup. The festivities will begin around 6 PM, and I will come armed with: @maxtemkin's Cards Against Humanity (and Werewolf) @malki's Machine of Death @cbdarden's

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Buyer Beware

If you and I share drinks or dinner or a movie or whatever, and you offer to pick up the check, I will accept without protest. This is not The Seattle Way™, which mandates a minimum of seven "oh no, I'll get this one / oh no, I insist" volleys between the parties, and allows for escalation all the way

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Tabletop Day Seattle

Wil Wheaton and the fine folks at Geek and Sundry have declared March 30 to be Tabletop Day. The Tabletop website has a map of events, including many in Seattle, but I'm going to list them here as well for convenience. I'll keep this post updated as a receive new information. Blue Highway Games (Queen Anne): No specifics yet, but

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A Head for Numbers

Over at Que Sera Sera, Sarah Brown has a post about the misconceptions that people (including myself) had as children. Be sure to read through the comments, which include such gems as, "My husband believed (still believes?) that limes are unripened lemons". Also in the comments are a few instances of readers coming to shocking realizations, such as the woman

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Seattle Shows

In January I broke my annual New Year's Resolution to forego resolutions, and decided to see at least one music show a month in 2012. And unlike the resolutions I actually document, this one is going swell. Fingers crossed that this post don't jinx it. My first, Fitz & the Tantrums at the Showbox on 01/20, is what convinced me

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Putting the I in Story

I worked as a customer service rep at Amazon in the late 90s, at the same time as Mike Daisey. I don't think he and I ever interacted one-on-one, but I knew who he was, saw him around the ol' cube farm, and received the emails he periodically sent to the department, alerting us to upcoming performances by his improv

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It’s an All-Skate

Sunday afternoon I took Squig to Skate King. I need not describe the venue to anyone raised in this area, as they already have a perfect mental picture of the joint throbbing in their forebrain. (It looks pretty much exactly as you remember it by the way, minus the Tempest machine.) For the rest: SK is a roller rink which,

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Fear of a White Planet

It snowed Monday morning, so local TV news anchors spent yesterday chugging Red Bulls in preparation for their annual "HOLY SHITTIN' PENGUINS SEATTLE SNOWMAGEDDON ALERT UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" show. By the time the evening broadcast rolled around, you'd think the powdery white stuff falling from the sky was weaponized anthrax. In their defense, Seattle does tend to seize up when it gets

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Dave Niehaus, 1935-2010

Seattle residents have the pennant at half-staff today, after the death of local legend Dave Niehaus. Dave was the color commentator for the Seattle Mariners from its inception in 1977 until ... well, until yesterday, pretty much. You may not care about baseball. But if you lived here, you'd have cared about Dave Niehaus. I don't, and I did. He

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