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Just What Is This Convention, Anyway? A Guide to Different Types of Cons

If you have had any exposure to fan or geek communities, you’ve probably heard about these so-called conventions that take place every year. These can range from small events at local community centers and libraries to massive events taking place at the largest convention centers and hotels. Each convention is unique in its own way—they’re all organized differently and have different goals and audiences. You’ll see a lot of terms to describe these different types of conventions out there,...

Twin Cities Gamers Celebrate the Release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

On the night of December 7, 2018, Level Up Games South St. Paul hosted a midnight release party for the latest installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game, highly anticipated within the Nintendo community, was first announced last March. Although it was late, the store was packed with people wanting to get playtime with the new game. It was clear some had been camping out for the entire evening. Backpacks and jackets littered...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 12, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 12, 2018. As we move into the season of everybody’s best-of-the-year lists, the new series launches get slim. This week I’m focusing on intriguing one-shots and special issues. Star Trek Waypoint Special Publisher: IDW Words/Story: Dave Baker, Nicole Goux, and others Art/Colors: Nicole Goux and others “The anthology series spanning 50 years of Star Trek returns in this oversized annual! These...

This Week in Geek (12/10/18–12/16/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 10th to Sunday, December 16th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Enter to Win a House with a Clock in Its Walls Prize Pack!

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is coming to Blu-ray and DVD December 18, 2018, and we have a giveaway just for you! Enter on Twitter and you could win: (1) Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack (1) adult T-shirt (1) youth T-shirt (1) drawstring bag All you have to do to enter is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us by 12:00 p.m. Central time on December 11, 2018, telling us your favorite Jack Black character We’ll randomly...

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Lives On After Death

One of the feelings familiar to anyone who is invested in a customizable card game (other than Magic: The Gathering, perhaps) is the fear of their favorite game being discontinued and the player base subsequently drifting off, their investment becoming all but worthless. But some CCGs persist afterward, sustained by strong communities not ready to drop their hobby. As one example, I recently joined a local play group for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, a game that like its namesake...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 5, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 5, 2018. Black AF: Devil’s Dye Publisher: Black Mask Words/Story: Vita Ayala Art/Colors: Liana Kangas “When a new drug called VANTA hits the streets, word is it’s the hottest thing since Ecstacy. For regular people, it has all the highs and none of the lows of traditional drugs. There is some fine print, however—for empowered Black folks, the drug causes a...

Why Every Game Store Needs a Code of Conduct

When I was a broke college student, I would visit my local game store to play Magic: The Gathering. Sometimes, I would encounter other players trying to mansplain the rules of the game to me—an experience many female gamers have had. When this occurred, however, the owner of the store always stuck up for me and told the offender to treat me as an equal player. I never forgot these moments and how comfortable I felt being in a gaming community...

This Week in Geek (12/3/18–12/9/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 9th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for December 2018

Welcome back to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of December 2018. The long night will soon be upon us all, and that offers us up a number of dark gatherings as we move deeper into the winter season. It may be cold, but things are just heating up for Twin Cities goths! Special Events Dark Energy December: Anything Goes What: Club Night When: Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 p.m. Where: Kitty...
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