The Art of the Gaming Dojo

The Art of the Gaming Dojo

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

Denver is diverse in it’s geek population. Today we talk to Junae Bennett, Grand Master at the Gaming Dojo: Rocky Mountain Geeks (RMG): What’s your involvement with The Gaming Dojo? Junae Bennett (JB)I am the owner of The Gaming Dojo RMG: Tell us briefly about The Gaming Dojo. JB: The Gaming Dojo is a place for all gamers to come and collab in a non hostile environment.I want to bring all gamers together from Cards Against Humanity to Call of Duty. RMG: You’re a relatively new gaming lounge, when did you open? JB: We opened in July of 2015 RMG: How did you choose The Gaming Dojo as the name? JB: The Gaming Dojo has a significant meaning because there is where you come to be schooled and get better. I also run an after school program that teaches kids problem solving, critical thinking and coding through video game. It is a true Dojo. RMG: How would you describe The Gaming Dojo? JB: The Gaming Dojo is a friendly competitive gaming environment where anyone can come and feel welcomed. We welcome everyone of all ages. RMG: What inspired you to have a game lounge? JB: The Gaming Dojo came about because I wanted to know more gamers and I also wanted to give kids a place to get the gaming experience. Not everyone can afford the next gen systems and I want everyone to be invited into the gaming culture despite their financial status. RMG: How many people work at The Gaming Dojo? JB: Tell us about them. It’s just Junae Benne and a few volunteers every now and then. RMG: Why did you choose Aurora, CO to base the lounge? JB: I live in Aurora and I care about the community here therefore, I wanted to uplift it with a gaming lounge. RMG: What makes The Gaming Dojo different than other area gaming locations? JB: The Gaming Dojo is different from other gaming locations because it’s based on the community and it’s needs. We have our after school program for youth to not only entertain them but educate them. We also have free movie nights with free popcorn every month. We love to see people have a good time. RMG: What is your favorite game at the moment? JB: My favorite game at the moment will have to be Mortal Kombat. I get super hype about it every time I pop it in. RMG: What are some of your goals for The Gaming Dojo? JB: We would love to see more people and more community involvement. We would also love more opportunities to support the gamers and people of Aurora and then branch out to other cities. RMG: You’ve stated that one of your goals is be a place, “where gamers of all ages can come and interact in a non hostile environment.” How are you ensuring that? JB: During the day time we invite gamers from about 8years old to come through however, after around 10pm it’s a 21 and up crowd....

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Where will the newest game store in the Denver metro area be opening?

Where will the newest game store in the Denver metro area be opening?

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

We’ve got a store spotlight for you this week as we interview the owner of the newly minted Funtastic Games, Corey Pemberton. RMG: What’s your involvement with Funtastic Games? CP: I am the owner/operator. RMG: Tell us briefly about Funtastic Games: CP: Funtastic Games is the newest game store to come to the Denver area. I sell board, miniature, card, RPG and educational kid games along with puzzles and some toys. I will have a store front for sales and a separated Gaming area to come and play any game you would like to share with friends, family or meet new people to game with. I also have a large private room for parties or even RPG Adventures! RMG: You’re a brand new store, what are the dates and details of your grand opening? CP: I will be opening on Saturday Nov. 28th and my Grand Opening will be on Saturday Dec. 5th. At the Grand Opening we will be open from 10am – 10pm, There will be free food from 12pm-3pm, (menu will be listed later on my Facebook page), Game Demos all day including popular board games, great new miniature games, and some D&D/Pathfinder games. And of course a nice DISCOUNT for everyone that wants to swing by and check out my new store. RMG: How did you choose Funtastic Games as the name? CP: Funtastic Games is just one of those names that stick in your head and you cannot shake it out. I am a game store that is looking to cater to 3 different types of groups the biggest being Families, second is young professionals and third, of course, hard core gamers. So I wanted my name to bring out the type of Funtastic Family FUN that I [want] my store to become. RMG: How would you describe Funtastic Games? CP: FUNTASTIC!!! RMG: What inspired you to have a game shop? CP: I have been a huge gamer for 25+ years and when I moved back to my home state of Colorado I decided that it was time to open my own business and have some fun again doing something that I loved to do. RMG: How many people work at Funtastic Games? Tell us about them. CP: Just one at the moment (Me), with some family help, my wife is my CPA and my two boys will be helping out as needed to run demos and anything else I can get them to do. RMG: Why did you choose Lousville, CO to base the shop? CP: Louisville is a great location for many business and personal reasons. I love the North Denver area and wanted to live in the Longmont area, I have always wanted to live on the front range. As for business reasons the Louisville/Lafayette/Boulder area is one of the fastest growing areas for families and when it comes to Game stores it...

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“Unplug. Sit down. Reconnect” at The Board Game Republic, Denver’s newest game cafe’

“Unplug. Sit down. Reconnect” at The Board Game Republic, Denver’s newest game cafe’

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Board Game Republic needs your help to become realized at the intersection of 1st and Santa Fe in Denver. An unforseen expense to the tune of $6,200 could stall the project, and that’s where you come in. Keith Meyers and Adam Alleman have launched a Kickstarter to get over this final hurdle to launch their geeky business, but need the support of  us, the Rocky Mountain Geeks. With your pledge you can help build a fantastic community of games while having a tasty bite to eat and slaking your thirst with a Colorado beer. The campaign ends November 23rd. Every share and every dollar counts, so please pledge, even a dollar, and share with your friends. We can’t say enough about how much we love board games! In fact, we think board games have the ability to make everyone better people – better at communicating, better at critical thinking, better at compassion, and they help people with their memory, their education, and even their social skills. The benefits are numerous. And if they make everyone better people, it stands to reason that it makes the world a better place. So we want to get people together in an inviting social environment, sitting down with games, and letting them have at it. It’s one of the richest experiences you can get, and we are all about that! So when we say our motto is “Unplug. Sit down. Reconnect” we mean it! You can pledge to help build this fantastic community vision at the Board Game Republic Kickstarter...

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ThanksGaming at RockyMountainCon

ThanksGaming at RockyMountainCon

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Gamers Giving will be hosting ThanksGaming in conjunction with and at RockyMountainCon, November 7th & 8th and are looking for Game Masters, board game teachers, and volunteers. The hours of the convention are Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. GMs who run 6 or more hours of games will get into the convention for free. We are asking for the following volunteers: RPG Game Masters Board Game Library management Board Game Library – game teaching/coaching General Event Volunteers Special thanks to Conclave of Gamers for the use of their extensive board game library. We hope you will come to the convention to see some great guests, partake in a great convention and help support Aurora Rise (a Colorado 501c3, non-profit charity) If you’re interested in being a GameMaster or otherwise volunteering you can contact them at their Website or Facebook...

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D&D Adventurers League at Conclave of Gamers

D&D Adventurers League at Conclave of Gamers

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 in Blog, Convention, Events | 0 comments

Here is the current schedule for D&D Adventurers League at Conclave of Gamers​ in Denver next month (4/16-4/19). If you were a Kickstarter backer or purchased a badge from ConclaveOfGamers.org you should have access to schedule games at cog15.sched.org. Anyone can view the schedule but you need to have purchased a badge to get invited to reserve seats. We’ll have games made for beginners with no experience necessary with or without character creation that can be 1,2, or 4 hours. We’ll have walk up games so you can just sit down and play with a DM standing by. We’ll have plenty of 4 hour games and even one 8 hour game. We’ll have game for advanced characters (levels 5-10), including the last 5 adventures from the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. I’ve created three play tracks. That way if you want to play adventures in order by level, you can sign up for each of those games. For each low level track I included playing in 2 sessions of 2-1 since the adventure consists of 5 mini adventures and you can usually get 3 done in a 4 hour session. We’ll have 3 Regional Preview adventures, 2-5, 2-6, and 2-7 that won’t be playable at stores until May. Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire will also be in attendance. Bring your magic items that you do not want and trade them or purchase one of Fai Chen’s many oddities, scrolls, & potions. You can see the details of all of the adventures here:...

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Justin Suzuki on Conventional Wisdom

Justin Suzuki on Conventional Wisdom

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Justin Suzuki, a local RPG community leader and president of Gamers Giving waxes poetic on his blog about the local con scene. The Denver, Colorado gaming community is going through a period of evolution right now. The Denver Gamers Association which runs two gaming conventions, Genghis Con and TactiCon, have handed control and ownership of said events over to another organization. As of right now this new group has had some issues answering some basic questions about what the future holds for these events. All that is known is the idea seems grand, and in my opinion, is forgetting the most basic elements of what makes a convention successful…. As discussion have been happening (most talk has been that of anger and confusion) some have been wondering what can be done to save Genghis and TactiCon. Read more on his...

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