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The Art of the Gaming Dojo

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

The Art of the Gaming Dojo

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. The average gamer is 35 so I want to include but I also don’t want to forget about the next generation of gamers. RMG: What type of gamers do you hope frequent The Gaming Dojo? JB: We want gamers whether you want to play Magic the Gathering or a competitive Smash player – come one come all. RMG: What type of events or programs do you have at the lounge? JB: Our primary program at this point is our Game...

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

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

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

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 is also one of the highest educated areas in Denver and fit my demographics I was looking for. RMG: What makes Funtastic Games different than other area game stores? CP: I guess the major difference is that I will be family orientated and really promoting the family’s need to unplug and reconnect with family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I will still have miniature games and card games, but my major focus will be on...

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

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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

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

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

ThanksGaming at RockyMountainCon

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

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

D&D Adventurers League at Conclave of Gamers

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

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Justin Suzuki on Conventional Wisdom

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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Lets Talk Nerdy

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lets Talk Nerdy

John Betancourt of Girls of Geek12 talks about Nerd Nite: I think one of the many, many things that I enjoy about the wonder that is Nerd Nite Denver, is the fact that this is a program that is always fresh and original. After all, no two speeches are the same. I’ve learned about cosplay, I’ve learned about air traffic control and heck, I’ve even been blown away by childhood hero Rob Paulsen doing his thing. You can read the full article at...

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Anomaly Con 2015 Draws Near

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Anomaly Con 2015 Draws Near

John Betancourt of Girls of Geek 12 gets excited about the upcoming con season and one con in particular: It’s that wonderful time of the year again my friends. As the snow begins to melt and the world begins to pull itself out of a deep winter slumber, there is one wonderful set of events that always follow with it…I’m talking of course, about con season. Yes the time has come at last to gather with our friends at a hotel for a weekend to celebrate our various love for a particular fandom or genre. It’s a most wonderful time of year since conventions truly get into your skin and your blood and for the month of March the one I’m excited about the most is Anomaly Con.   Read the full article at...

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Matt Rowles of Gamers for Veterans on Geek Street Society

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Matt Rowles of Gamers for Veterans on Geek Street Society

Matt Rowles, president of Gamers for Veterans was on Geek Street Society to talk about GenghisCon and the future of the Denver Gamer Association. You can fast forward to about 10 minutes for the start.

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Con on the Range Recap from Girls of Geek 12

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Con on the Range Recap from Girls of Geek 12

Daniel of the Girls of Geek 12 website gives details of his adventures at Denver’s newest game convention, Con on the Range. Con on the Range has answered that challenge offering space for your group as well as some pre built scenarios for the novice and experienced gamer alike. Read the full article at GirlsofGeek12.com...

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Denver Gamers Association

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Denver Gamers Association

With Tacticon coming up at the end of this month Rocky Mountain Geeks thought it’d be a good time to interview Bill Stilson from the Denver Gamers Association, the group that puts on GenghisCon and Tacticon. What is the Denver Gamers Association? Denver Gamers Association (DGA) has been running local gaming conventions, beginning with GenghisCon in 1979. TactiCon (formerly Son of Genghis) began in 1986. Our mission is to promote the design, development, study, and play of simulation games, including boardgames, wargames, fantasy and science-fiction role-playing games, sports games, and miniatures as an educational, recreational, and social activity; and to coordinate with groups and persons in the region having similar interests. In our ConJr program, we aim to help parents of the next generation of gamers promote and foster a love of gaming, good-sportsmanship, and creativity as well as enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and learning to be a team player. As we are a not-for-profit organization, we hold an auction at every Convention. It’s the perfect opportunity to recycle your well-loved games to other players, find a new interest, or pick up a copy of an out of print game. Proceeds from each auction are donated to local and national charities. How are you involved with the DGA? I am the president of the DGA board which consists of 7 total members, including myself. I am also the Tacticon Convention Manager and the Genghis con Security coordinator. How long has the DGA been around? It all started back in 1979 with Genghis con and in 1986 Tacticon was started (original named Son of Genghis con) Can anyone become a member of the Denver Gamers Association? If so, what are the benefits? As the DGA is only a board of directors you have to be asked to replace a member moving off the board. Really there are no benefits for being on the board. As far as conventions go, anyone can volunteer to help. Depending on what they request to help with determines if they can be used. For example if someone wanted to help with registration but we already had full staff they would not be able to help. As far a judges, people who RUN games, we are always looking for them. Your two major events are Genghis Con in February and Tacticon at the end of August, are there others? Those are it. Well those are the 2 conventions that we run. We did, and plan to, have a booth a Denver Comic Con. We do try and support other shows if we can by offering up badges, events and shirts as prize support. How would you describe Genghis Con? Both Genghis and Tacticon are gaming conventions that focus on social gaming. Board games, Role Playing, & Miniature gaming is the most popular games. We do have LARPs (live action roleplaying) and Card games (no gambling games) but Collectible or Living card game. We offer up a con jr for kids 7-12 to come and learn how to game. Genghiscon also offers a painting area, classes with special guests and a painting competition. How would you describe TactiCon? See above but add that Tacticon has included Railcon, a smaller convention run by Train Gamers assoc. They run only train games…and there are more than a few....

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Free RPG Day!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Blog, General Geekiness | 0 comments

Free RPG Day!

Tomorrow is Free RPG day! http://www.freerpgday.com/stores.htm here’s a bunch of stores within 100 miles of Denver that host Free RPG Day! The Wizard’s Chest www.wizardschest.com 303-321-4304 230 Fillmore St. Denver, CO 80206 Crit Castle Games 3033669313 323 Airport blvd #120 Aurora, CO 80011 Enchanted Grounds www.EnchantedGrounds.com 303-470-1010 8800 South Colorado Boulevard Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 Total Escape Games totalescapegames.com 303-482-1829 6831 W. 120th Ave. Broomfield, CO 80020 CollectorMania collectormaniaparker.com 3037663530 19555 E Parker sq Dr Parker, CO 80134 Karliquin’s Game Knight www.karliquin.com 3035451745 2085 30th Street Boulder, CO 80301 The Haunted Game Cafe hauntedgamecafe.com (970) 402-2466 3307 S College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80525 Petrie’s Family Game www.petriesgames.com 719-522-1099 3502 Hartsel Drive, Suite 100 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Gryphon Games and Comics www.gryphongamesandcomics.com 970-224-3599 2020 S College Ave Unit B Fort Collins, CO 80525 Gamers Haven http://www.gamershavenco.com 719-531-9863 5730 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Enchanted Realms 719-418-2187 6799 Bismark Road Ste. A + B Colorado Springs, CO 80922 Gryphon Games and Comics Cheyenne www.gryphongamesandcomics.com 307-638-2424 1710 Central Ave Cheyenne, WY...

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Blizzcon 2013 News

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Local geek and friend of the site, Sean Caspian give us an overview of Blizzcon 2013 from California.

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Organizer Interview: Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Organizer Interview: Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection

This week we talk to Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection. Greg, tell our readers who you are and what your involvement with Animeland and Colorado Cutthroat Connection. Hello, my name is Gregory Richardson, owner of Colorado Cutthroat Connection (C3) and the National Video Game Association (NVGA). We are marketing and event management group for large gaming events across the nation. In terms of our involvement with Animeland, C3 has provided the ultimate gaming experience over the last 6 years. Going into its 7th year C3 was asked to take a large role in the convention with operations and the overall functionality of the show. I accepted the role as Director of Operations for Animeland and looking to grow the C3 and Animeland brand together. What conventions do you put on in Colorado? Currently C3 supports the following shows: • Denver Comic Con • Animeland Wasabi • CutthroatCon • Rocky Mountain CollectorCon What kind of con is Animeland Wasabi? Animeland Wasabi is a pop-culture show with an emphasis on anime. Anime has been influential in all of pop culture and Animeland showcases this influence by providing great programming surrounding all things anime. Based on the idea of “New Way to Anime”, Animeland tries to bring a new approach of experience anime. What kind of con is Cutthroat Con? CutthroatCon is gaming convention showcasing all gaming in Colorado. CutthroatCon is also the championship for our national program SuperCon 2K Series. Overall the show is made to showcases all gaming in Colorado and beyond through panels and workshops, competitive and casual play, showcasing new gaming products and more. What are the dates for each con? Animeland Wasabi 2014 is February 28th – March 2nd 2014. CutthroatCon is slated for the end of the year How long has each con been going? Animeland Wasabi is a going on it’s 7th year while CutthroatCon is going on its 4th year How many attendees did you have for each con last year? How many attendees do you expect to have for each con this year? Animeland Wasabi capped at 4000 attendees last year but is looking to grow to 15,000+ in 2014. CutthroatCon brought in 500 players from the southwest area What kind of vendors will you have for each con? Both cons provides a variety of vendors from different industries. From game development, anime vendors, sword vendors, comicbook vendors and more each con provides a variety of opportunities for to find anything and everything they desire in anime, comicbook and gaming. Do you have special guests? Who are your guests for each con? Both Animeland Wasabi and CutthroatCon present a variety of guest. From the gaming side of the fence we bring in guest such as Justin Wong and Jacob Davis. From the anime and pop culture side of things we bring in guest such: • Jeremy Shada, star of Finn on adventure time • Johnny Yong Bosh, former black power ranger, voice of characters in Bleach • David Vincent, voice actor for Bleach and a variety of games • All our guest for Animeland Wasabi are located here – http://animelandwasabi.com/guest/ Any specific con events you would like to highlight? Animeland Wasabi and CutthroatCon put a big emphasis on gaming. The game room for both events is one of kind...

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We Are All Strange

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog, General Geekiness | 0 comments

We Are All Strange

Game Designer, Sean K. Reynolds replied to a video post by Monte Cook and Shana Germain, we couldn’t have said it better: Post by Sean K Reynolds, game...

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Organizer Interview: Conclave of Gamers

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Organizer Interview: Conclave of Gamers

This week we interview Chad Uecker, organizer of the Conclave of Gamers. CoG is in the process of raising money to expand Conclave 2014 on Kickstarter. What is the Conclave of Gamers? The Conclave of Gamers is a gaming convention in the Denver area that focuses on table-top gaming of all kinds: board and card games, role-playing games and miniature games. We have scheduled games, events and tournaments, but we also encourage open gaming. So, everyone who comes is encouraged to bring some of their favorite games to share and teach. You are welcome to ask to join any game that isn’t full and start any game as long as there is an available table. We’re also a convention that wants to expand the gaming hobby. Therefore, we are open to all level of gamers. We can help you find a great game to play whether you are new to the hobby or a veteran. Except for a couple of tournaments, all of our games will have the rules explained before play begins, so this is a great opportunity to give gaming a try! How long has CoG been running? This will be our 3rd year. How many attendees do you had in the past and how many expect to have this year? The first year we had 80 people, the second year we had 100 and for our third we’re expecting 250 – 400+ attendees. We’ve added RPG’s and miniatures for next year, a sanctioned Puffy Billy tournament and have moved to a great venue. What kind of events will you have? We’re still at the beginning of scheduling events but we already have: * a game developer’s area for beta/play testing – we already have 5 developers who are on board and two others that are tentative. * a Puffing Billy tournament (train games) * Flames of War and De Bellis Antiquitatis tournaments (miniatures games) * plans for a variety of board game tournaments * plans for a variety of scheduled RPG’s including the standards along with a new RPG: Shaintar. In addition, as an open gaming convention, there will be hundreds of other games played throughout the weekend as our attendees can start any of their own games or check out a game from our board game library. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? As always we’ll have a table-top gaming auction, for people to buy and sell used games. Anything else you’d like to mention? Our Kickstarter is going now and the more pre-registrations we get now, the more events and possible special guests we can add for 2014. Where can we find Conclave of Gamers online? Kickstarter ConclaveOfGamers.org Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/conclaveofgamers Twitter: @conclaveofgamer G+: gplus.to/ConClave...

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Rocky Mountain Con Organizer Interview

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Rocky Mountain Con Organizer Interview

The beginning of next month will bring Coloradans a new geek convention. Rocky Mountain Con will debut on November 9th & 10th at the DIA Crowne Plaza hotel. For more information on the con, see the Rocky Mountain Con event listing.   We interviewed Tim, the convention organizer and this is what he had to say. What kind of con is Rocky Mountain Con? Rocky Mountain Con really is about all things geek. We are working hard to bring in something for everyone. How long has Rocky Mountain Con been running? This is the first of what we hope to be many Rocky Mountain Con’s. We have been wanting to do this for years and thought now is the time. How did you get connected with Aurora Rise? To be honest I have been on the Board of Directors for Aurora Rise since day one. Many of the others helping with this convention also help with Aurora Rise. How many attendees do you expect to have? By our numbers we are looking to have between 2-5 thousand people attend. Since this really is about charity we hope we have even more so we are trying to get the word out as much as we can. What kind of vendors will you have? We have worked very hard to get all kinds of vendors in from comics, games, anime, cosplay, toys and scifi. How many vendors? We just opened up more vendor space by moving the gaming area to its own room so we are looking to add a lot more to our list and in Artist Alley. Right now we have over 20 and adding everyday. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? We are really excited that are panels are going to be more on the learning side. We are calling it Comics U but it is so much more then that. We want people to really learn how to get into comics and hoe to make things for their costumes and more. What kind of game events will you have? We will feature sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh, HeroClix and Magic The Gathering tournaments in the gaming area and are looking to add more as we speak. Where can we find out more information? http://www.RockyMountainCon.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-Mountain-Con/442800775816898 Thanks...

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Local Geek: Artist Eddie the Yeti

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog, Local Geek | 0 comments

Local Geek: Artist Eddie the Yeti

I was first introduced to Eddie the Yeti’s art at the Grand Opening event for the Adventurer’s Quarter game store in Arvada, Colorado. Eddie will be donating several pieces of art for the Thanksgaming charity event on November 2nd, 2013. This week we talk to Eddie the Yeti about his art.   Who are you and what do you do? I am the “y3t1” officially. Many friends call me Eddie the y3t1 or Eddie the Yeti. I draw and paint some pretty chaotic art. I also am an information security consultant on the side. I am a staff member at the DefCon conference in Las Vegas each year and sell a lot of art for charity there I also do a lot of art for the Rock industry. I have done 17 album covers and a lot of personal work for Dan Spitz from ‘Anthrax’ and Doug Huffman from ‘Boston’. My art has also been featured on the History Channel. Where did the moniker, Eddie the Yeti, come from? My kids actually. I climb a lot mountains (climbed all the 14ers before it was the cool thing to do). One day my kids got a happy meal and there was a plastic Yeti in it as a toy. It said ‘Eddie the Yeti’ on the foot so they called me Eddie the Yeti. It stuck. Why do you do art? I really started doing art heavily in 2004 to deal with a lot of bad things that were going on in my life. It was a private thing. Then my friend Russ Rogers encouraged me to put up a website with my art and it took off from there. It is a release. “Art supplies are cheaper than therapy” I always say. How did you start adding food to your art palette? I am an untrained artist. I do not know the right way to paint or draw so one day I was feeling particularly chaotic and went to the refrigerator for some ‘paint’ and it took off from there. I ended up experimenting with many food stuffs for color and tint. I found out that in addition to their color properties several respond to heat in odd and wonderful ways to I incorporate that in many pieces as well. I commonly use Ink, Wine, Soy Sauce, Lime Juice, Tea, Coffee, Hot Sauce, Cherry Juice, POM Juice, Blueberry Juice, Mustard, and a lot of other food. What’s your background? In art? Almost none. I had gentleman try to help me do an oil painting back when I was a kid. I did not do well in the one art class I had in high school. I thrive on chaos in my art and being heavily directed to work in a certain style is painful for me. What art do you most identify with? I am a bit eclectic. I like Picasso and Dali and Steadman and Giger and Banksy. Many others but those are some of my favorites. What themes do you pursue? My earlier work was all emotionally based and frankly, fairly negative. I was working out a lot of pain. Over time I have explored many themes. There is usually some darkness or dark element involved even in the ‘pretty’ work. A friend once stated “If you drew a...

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ThanksGaming Charity Event Organizer Interview

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

ThanksGaming Charity Event Organizer Interview

This week we talk to Justin Suzuki (@JustinSuzuki), the organizer for the ThanksGaming charity event. This event is held at Total Escape Games in Broomfield Colorado on Sunday November 2nd,  for more information, prices, location, & how to register see the calendar event. What is Thanksgaming? ThanksGaming is a tabletop gaming day that is held for charity. How did you choose Broomfield FISH to benefit? What do they do? Total Escape Games and those who help organize ThanksGaming wanted the Autumn event to help out food banks. We also wanted to pick a local charity to help out. Last year we picked Broomfield FISH because they provide holiday meals to families in need. FISH is a local food bank and charity. How much of the proceeds go to Broomfield FISH? 100% of the money goes to charity. Right now we are lucky in the fact that TEG gives us the space for free and we have zero overhead. It will be my goal to keep it that way if at all possible, but as the event has grown I can see the possibility of needing a larger space. How long has Thanksgaming been running? ThanksGaming has been running for a three years now. It started out being called, Rise of the Wombat. How many attendees do you expect to have? We expect to have at least 80 attendees. 80 attendees is quite a lot, can the TEG store handle that many or do you have additional space? TEG is able to handle 8 game tables going at once. So six players at each table. Plus the landlord of the shopping center has agreed to let us use an empty storefront to allow us to run more tables. Plus all 80 don’t play at once. We have three game slots throughout the day (9-1, 2-6, 7-11). What kind of events will you have?  For the first time we will have board gaming. [Organized by the Conclave of Gamers] Other than that we have a ton of fun games that still have spaces available. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? We’ll be having several drawings for additional donations to Broomfield FISH. Tell us more about the drawings What we will have is multiple prizes and spots in front of every prize for people to put tickets into. In a sense they are bidding on the prizes they want to win. If they get 20 tickets they can put all 20 into one prize draw to increase the chances of winning. Tickets are given out to everyone who plays in a game, plus you can buy more tickets and help us raise more money for FISH. Who are your sponsors for the drawings? The prize sponsors so far: Andy’s Movie Minute, Conclave of Gamers, Denver Gamers Association, Dune Trader Games, Front Range Games, Margaret Weis Productions, Reality Blurs, Rocky Mountain Geeks, RoleplayDNA,  & Total Escape Games will also provide some...

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Store Spotlight: Adventurer’s Quarter

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog, Store Spotlight | 0 comments

Store Spotlight: Adventurer’s Quarter

For our first article, Rocky Mountain Geeks interviews the the new Arvada, Colorado game store, Adventurer’s Quarter. We talked with Jacob, one of the co-owners and this is what he had to say. How did you choose Adventurer’s Quarter as the name? Adventurer’s Quarter is a district in the town of Waterdeep in the Dungeons and Dragons setting. Rick and I met playing D&D, so a quarter of town where fellow adventurers could meet up seemed like the perfect title for what we wanted to create. How would you describe Adventurer’s Quarter? We’re a game store focused on teaching new games, making even the most daunting looking games fun, and keeping the community stocked with the type of games they want to play. What inspired you to have a game shop? Rick’s been playing RPGs and board games for decades and has always wanted to create a nerdy place to meet new folks; while I worked in the game industry and played as many tabletop games as I could find. Together we felt our combined knowledge could create something awesome for Colorado gamers to enjoy since there were so few options in the area. How many people work at AQ? Who are they? Just two right now, Rick and myself. We’ve got some great volunteers coming by for specific game nights to demo and run events like Magic and Munchkin. Why did you choose downtown Arvada to base AQ? We wanted a game store people off the street could feel comfortable walking into and Arvada has a lot of folks walking by all day; some who have played games before and a lot of new folks just looking to learn. What are some of your goals for AQ? Ideally we’d love to be a reliable source for your local gaming needs, whether it be for new releases or classic games. Eventually we’d love to serve food and drink on the premises and make our store as much a destination as it is a location to grab games. What type of gamers frequent AQ? We’ve got a lot of casual gamers just looking for space to meet new people. There’s also a slowly growing miniature wargaming crowd, playing Infinity, Warhammer and Warmachine, who are super enthusiastic and love to show off their armies. Our Magic: The Gathering playerbase is very laid back and takes the competition in stride win or lose. Anything specific you’d like to mention? We’re always open to events being held at the store, so drop us a line if you need a gaming space to raise awareness or just have a good time. For instance: October 20th the Everitt Middle School is raising money for their music department and we’ll be playing games all day to that end! What are your regular store events? Monday – Modeling and Painting Night: 5-8pm Tuesday- Board Game Night: 5-8pm Wednesday – D&D Encounters Night: 5-8pm Friday – Magic: 5-8pm Saturday – Freeplay Wargaming: 10am-10pm Sunday – Freeplay Board Games: 10am-8pm Where can we find Adventurer’s Quarter: Address: 5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd R500, Arvada, Colorado 80002 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denvergamestore Twitter: @AdventQuarter G+: Adventurer’s...

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