September 27, 2017 / by Eric

Yes! That’s right! It’s time for everyone’s favorite convention, GeekGirlCon! And, like we do for all of our favorite conventions, we’ve got special events leading right up to it for all of our participants coming into town and looking to get into the spirit early!
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Starting with Geek Girl Trivia on Thursday night featuring a range of geek and girl related topics and one of your last chances to actually win GCC passes just for knowing stuff!

Then, on Friday, after you’ve set up your booth and are ready for a late lunch and/or early drinking (Hey, we’ve all been there. The Raygun is a Judgement Free Zone, okay!) our friends from Runic Games are setting up their Hob Happy Hour for you featuring four stations of play and food and drink specials for all GCC pass and ticket holders! Say, did I mention that we have pizza?!
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And, on Saturday Morning, well, what we call morning and most civilized folks call “noon,” we’ll be hosting our Ixalan Draft Day featuring great women-officiated play against fun, accepting, local players from a range of genders and ethnicities that, as a thank you for briefly leaving the Convention Center proper, is $5 off for all GCC pass holders!

Plus! Beer, pizza, espresso, pinball and so much more, every day from noon to 11pm (1am on Fridays & Saturdays!), all just a short walk away from the convention in our amazing all ages space in Seattle’s historic Capitol Hill Neighborhood!
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Capitol Hill, where all the streets are paved with rainbows…

September 18, 2017 / by Eric

First up is our Ixalan Prerelease this weekend. We have 4 events total for this one; noon & 5pm on Saturday and noon & 5pm on Sunday. All still have some room available if you’d like to preregister. Cost is $30, $25 if you prepay by this Friday night.
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The weekend after that on Saturday, 09/30, (boy, this month blew by!) we have our Geek Girl Con Ixalan Release Drafts at noon & 4 for that anyone coming in from GCC (we’re just a short walk away!) gets $5 OFF of our usual $15 buy-in to join.
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Then, looking a little further out, the Wizards are releasing both a new Modern Icons and a new Unstable set and we’ll be drafting both; the former in November, the latter in December.sneaky
We’re also developing a Modern Tournament to benefit Gay City which we will announce details about soon and have our regular Wednesday Night Magic Modern Tournaments every week if you want to prepare for it yourself. All of these events and more can always be found on our Events Page if you have any further questions.
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September 09, 2017 / by Eric

For us, the New Year begins on Labor Day. Labor Day is when everything shifts for us; the weather finally cools back down, the foot traffic shifts from visiting tourists to returning students, key members of staff inevitably move on so new staff step in, and both of my children return to school, necessitating and facilitating changes to my personal work schedule which affects everything else. All as we clean up and recover from our personal weeklong New Years Celebration, PAX.

And with every new year, comes changes. The two biggest for us so far this year are taps and our schedule.

Yes, that’s right. I just said TAPS! With custom D20 tap heads no less!

Actual D20 taps in their natural habitat.

Actual D20 taps in their natural habitat.

Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between ourselves, Maeloc Cider, Fremont Brewing & the Seattle Indies, we were able to get our initial tap system fully installed, tested and operational just before PAX and now it’s ready for you try out too.

We’re currently offering our ever popular Strawberry Cider, Fremont’s amazing seasonal Lush IPA and Odin’s Gift Amber on tap and will be rotating through a range of seasonals, many of which will be selected by you through our tip wars voting system.

Our Tips Wars! Now featuring... Your Mom!

Our Tips Wars! Now featuring… Your Mom!

Draughts are $6 and pitchers $15. We look forward to serving you.

Additionally, after seeing how many people were trying to get in early every day to get some of our great espresso now that Stumptown has closed, we’re going to be opening every day at noon and staying open until 11pm, 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, making us a great stop for all your lunchtime and afternoon coffee needs.

So come on by, get yourself a drink, play some pinball, and check out some of our events. You’ll be delighted that you did.

Say, speaking of pinball, have you tried our our BRAND NEW Ghostbusters machine yet? It screams!

Say, speaking of pinball, have you tried our our BRAND NEW Ghostbusters machine yet?
It screams
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– Eric

August 31, 2017 / by Eric

Though PAX is indeed amazing. And massive. And filled with everything that you love and are interested in. You may still find yourself wanting a little break.

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Break? Break from what? Whatever could he be talking about?

And when you do, we’re just a short walk away in Seattle’s legendary Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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A mystical land where all the crosswalks are actually rainbows!

And, just like PAX,* we’ve got everything that you love and are interested in here too as well, like tabletop and console gaming, special guests, pinball, draught beer, pizza, and Dennis Rodman’s favorite sandwich, the Grilled Kimcheese! No, for real. We really do have those. Bolt invented them. They’re frickin’ good too. I know. I wouldn’t have thought so either. But they are.

Say, did I mention that we’re ALL AGES?!!??!

ALL AGES!

Or that we’ve got all your other favorite stuff too, like cosplay, espresso, and cocktails?

Heck! This Saturday night, September 2nd, we somehow even got permission to do a free screening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in our private back lot. Which, if I’m following it’s trailer correctly…

…is actually a remake of 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

…thus possibly making it the greatest film of all time, ever, period. I don’t know. But we’ll find out together this Saturday Night!

Can’t wait to see you there.

-Eric

*Okay. How, “just like PAX,” we are is totally up for debate. But we do have lots of games.

August 01, 2017 / by Eric

So you’re a gamer in town for Fleet Week and you have a little shore leave. Well, come on up and see us some time. Because, not only are we your closest game store in the entire city, but we’ve also got a fully stocked barcade featuring events, a full drink menu and an impressive range of retro pinball and full cabinet arcade games to distract your buddies with while you shop for cards. Plus! A 10% discount for all active duty military personnel with ID!
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“Events?,” you ask, “what events?”

Well, I’m glad you asked!

On Wednesday night, we have our ever popular Wednesday Night Modern constructed tournament at 7pm. This friendly, competitive tournament hosted by Queen Margot has a $12.50 buy in (that your military ID gets you a discount to along with all of your drinks) and features generous prizes in a fun local atmosphere.
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Thursday is a Very Special Sailor Moon Trivia Night hosted by Geek Girl Con and featuring topics about all your favorite manga and anime series! Show up in uniform and take advantage of our 10% off cosplay deal!
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Friday is Open Gaming with your weekend bartenders, Amy & Ro. Come have a couple beers, play some pins and check out a few of our great party games from our tabletop library.
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And Saturday is home to our legendary Saturday Morning Magic featuring Hour of Devastation drafts at noon & 4pm!
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So stop by while you’re in town and check us out! You’ll be thrilled and entertained that you did.
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April 19, 2017 / by Margot Martell

Well, I promised the shop owner, Lando, that I’d do a prerelease primer for Magic: The Gathering’s latest set, Amonkhet, so here it is you savages.

Amonkhet is a gorgeous Egyptian-themed Magic world full of deserts, mummies and symbology devoted to Lex Luthor Nicol Bolas. But most of you probably know all of that, and you’ve likely all seen the complete spoiler at this point, and if you’re familiar with the kind of Magic-related writing I do, you likely understand that I’m not really here to talk to you about strategies or strongest colors or bomb rares to relish in your prerelease pool.

No, no friends! I’m here to announce the launch of the latest Raygun social media entity, We Rate (MTG) Gods.* It’s a hot, up-and-coming Twitter feed** devoted to ranking all the glorious gods of Amonkhet based on strict and scientifically rigorous criteria to help you determine which one of Amonkhet’s five deities would make the best pet to bring home from your local god rescue. Gods will be ranked on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being the least-good and 10 being the goodest. LIke I said, it’s very scientific. I could go into the incredibly technical details of how we developed our patented*** God Scale (TM), but I’ll save you the jargon-y lecture so we can get straight into the rating process! Let’s get started, shall we?

God #2: Oketra the True
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Oketra is a pretty not-little kitty cat with 27 words in her text box! That’s some very advanced vocabulary you’ve got there, Oketra! But would such a wordy kitty make a good pet for you and your family? Let’s break it down below

PROS: Clearly box-trained (you can tell by the artwork), hypo-allergenic (again, you can tell by the artwork), probably not too much of a shedder, also v pretty
CONS: Many stories tall (so you’d need a big backyard or some HEFTY vaulted ceilings to house her), only poops out stupid warriors instead of adorable cats, probably makes some really nasty hairballs (refer once more to artwork), difficult to pet b/c large, flow-y robe

GOD RATING: 11/10 it’s hard to say no to an immortal bipedal cat

GOD #2: Kefnet the Mindful
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Kefnet is a 90-foot-tall crane-thing with some v intimidating wings and a very tall staff made for bonking dunces in the math classes he’s clearly teaching as a side hustle. Kefnet has 33 words in his text box, which is 32 more words than a dumb birb really needs if you ask me (flying is the ONLY word a birb needs and I WILL FIGHT YOU). I’m gonna tell you right now that Kefnet would not make a great house pet, on account of being gigantic and also birbs are terrible, but I’ll break it down for you below just in case you don’t want to take my word for it.

PROS: NONE
CONS: Birbs have to be written into your will (inconvenient!), a Kefnet-sized birb cage would cost a large fortune, math is dumb, his robe is v plain and boring, feathers everywhere, birb poo everywhere, birbs are seriously terrible

GOD RATING: 2/10 would not recommend as a pet tbh

GOD #3: Bontu the Glorified
Bontu the Glorified Bontu the Glorified (Invocation version)
Bontu wants you to believe she’s a big scary crocodile but the reality of the situation is that some heartless jerk flushed her down a toilet in Queens when she was a wee-little god-croc and she’s been desperately searching for a forever home ever since. Bontu has 33 words in her text box but unlike that horrible birb monster Kefnet 33 words is a v appropriate amount of words for a giant cuddly crocodile god who is impeccably dressed and whose Instagram photos always look great with her trademark moonlit filter.

PROS: Giant crocodile, great as a home security system/pet combination, v stylish, not a picky eater, likes baths
CONS: Scaly exterior is not great for pets, robe is dry-clean only

GOD RATING: 12/10 she’s a v good crocodile I would def recommend adopting yrself a Bontu

GOD #4: Hazoret the Fervent
Hazoret the Fervent Hazoret the Fervent (Invocation version)
Hazoret is a dog-god and a doggone good one at that. She has 28 words in her text box and that is THE PERFECT AMOUNT for a PERFECT ANIMAL. FUN FACT: Hazoret is half-god half-border collie half-golden retriever and all delightful puppy love all the time and I feel like you don’t need me to explain why she’s great but I’ll do it anyway as that’s the job I’m here to do.

PROS: GIANT DOG, v good at fetch, always excited, loves neck scritches, housebroken, v floofy underneath her v stylish dress
CONS: ARF ARF ARF (that’s dog speak for NONE)

GOD RATING: 14/10 WHAT A GREAT DOG/GOD SHE IS

GOD #5: Rhonas the Indomitable
Rhonas the Indomitable Rhonas the Indomitable (Invocation version)
Rhonas is a big cuddly snek and if you don’t believe sneks are cuddly well you’re right but also he threatened me if I didn’t say he’s cuddly SO YES ACTUALLY RHONAS IS V CUDDLY (please don’t hurt me, large snek-god friend). Rhonas likes long slithers on the beach and is prone to flicking his snekky tongue when excited or happy (it’s kind of like purring except waaaaay creepier tbh). Rhonas has 31 words in his text box and that’s cool because 31 is a prime number and I’m kind of just vamping for time here out of fear of snek-god retribution if I don’t make his description as long as his god-piers’ descriptions.

PROS: Makes his own new coat every year via molting, omnivorous, fond of prime numbers, hypnotic glowing green eyes that can be used as a night light when you have to go pee at 2 a.m., other snek things I guess
CONS: THERE ARE MANY BUT I’M NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THEM B/C SNEK COERCION

GOD RATING: 10/10 b/c even at their worst and most threatening sneks are five times gooder than birbs (this is fact)

GOD #6: Sacred Cat
Sacred Cat Sacred Cat Token
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Sacred Cat’s creature type is “cat” and not “god” as THAT’S JUST A RUSE to throw you off of the true ruler of Amonkhet (which is this cat) (Whose name is Judith Light****, in case you were wondering).

PROS: JUST LOOK AT HER
CONS: NONE

GOD RATING:
SACRED CAT/10

So there you have it, folks – your comprehensive guide to this weekend’s Amonkhet prerelease. I’ll be judging all four flights we’re running this weekend (Saturday and Sunday at noon and 5 p.m. – make sure to sign up in advance for a sweet $5 discount on your entry fee), and esteemed Wizards of the Coast employee/spellslinger Chris Peeler will be taking on all challengers and handing out prize packs all day Saturday. Cycling is a great limited mechanic and gods make the greatest pets of all (except Kefnet because AGAIN I SAY BIRBS ARE TERRIBLE), and I cannot wait to see you all there.

Yours deliriously,
Margot

*Not a real Twitter, and definitely not owned/created by myself or anyone else at Gamma Ray Games
**Seriously it’s not a real Twitter feed it’s a dumb gimmick I’m using as a through-line joke for this rant
***We def did not patent the God Scale, sorry for the lil’ fib U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
****Not verified as Sacred Cat’s name, but you can’t tell me it isn’t the perfect name for her

April 03, 2017 / by Ro Chelle

Seattle is an epic pinball location. It’s tough to find a bar without at least one machine stashed in the back corner. Raygun Lounge put out the call out to all of our dedicated pinball patrons by offering our first ever tournament. The third Friday in March, thirteen people gathered to show down and maybe win fabulous prizes. Sponsored by Not Your Father’s Root Beer from Smalltown Brewery, the swag on the table included glassware, apparel and various bottle openers.
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First, second and third place winners also received store credit and all-important bragging rights. The results of this tournament did not count toward IFPA ranking points but that didn’t stop our flipper flickers from having fun and meeting new people. Over half the competitors confessed they’d never played in a pinball tournament before. The $2 entry fee and laid back atmosphere gave them the perfect opportunity to try something new. The grand prize winner, Damian Smolko, was one of those first-timers!
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The next Raygun Lounge pinball tournament will be Friday, April 28 so mark your calendars. Also check out our website for other fun monthly events such as DonnaTella Against Humanity, Gaymer Night and the Indie Game Industry Mixer!

March 09, 2017 / by Ro Chelle

Another Emerald City Comicon has come and gone but this one was extra-special for an important reason – it was my first! I’m foreign to Seattle just like the horse of a different color isn’t native to Oz. Living here for just over a year, I’m mostly familiar with the wacky Seattle sights and ECCC weekend is no exception. Short of going to the convention center itself, behind the counter at Raygun Lounge might be one of the best places to experience the con. I was granted a front row seat for the nerdtastic conversation and costumery that punctuates any good Comicon.
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Curious newcomers and returning friends descended on the Lounge Thursday evening for a multimedia trivia contest hosted by Raygun regular Andrew & his friends. Special guests from Comics Chat with Gat, the Nerdhole, and A Podcast For All Intents and Purposes took turns hosting rounds and stumping teams with obscure knowledge. Eight teams participated during the event and prizes were raffled off between rounds. After the dust settled our first place team was Alternative FAQs, second place went to Ronald Raygun Lounge and third place was claimed by Indiegogo presents Wendigo: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go: A Tale of Vertigo.
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Friday night was a more low key gathering featuring a Queer Comics Mixer hosted by Northwest Press. Sharing the space with our monthly Hearthstone tournament, everyone enjoyed another exciting raffle of prizes and plenty of good times. The easy-going vibe from Friday night was a nice lull before the main event on Saturday – NW Nerd‘s annual costume contest! The Lounge was transformed into a cosplay runway where all the best ECCC costumes strutted their stuff for the masses. Prizes were awarded for a variety of categories pitting fantasy and sci-fi characters against each other for the top spot. Check out the highlights on the NW Nerd Instagram.
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After a super hectic weekend of comics and community building I have to say ECCC is a blast – and I haven’t even been to the Con yet! I am already looking forward to our next big weekend celebrating Sakuracon April 14th-16th. Stay tuned to our events page for info about parties dedicated to anime and 20 successful years of this unique convention.
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March 02, 2017 / by Eric

That’s right, we’re just a short walk from the convention center and we’ve got food, drinks, swag and events all weekend long to make it worth your while when you do. We’ve even got espresso from 10am on if you want to coffee up on your way down! It’s glorious around here these days, I tell you. Just glorious.

And it all starts on Thursday, March 2nd with our annual Comicon Trivia Night hosted by all of your favorite nerdlebrities from a podcast for all intents and purposes, nerdhole & comics chat with gat.
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Then, after your amazing first day of the con on Friday, March 3rd, come out for our Queer Comics Mixer with the editors of the Northwest Press and Jetspace Magazine!
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But our (if not THE) biggest party of this year’s comicon is definitely going to on Saturday, March 4, when NW Nerd takes over hosting duties for our massive annual cosplay contest & all night party!
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On Sunday, March 4 we recover from hangovers with our Geek Girl Brunch.
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And on Monday, March 5 we’ll be OPEN ALL DAY from 10am – 10pm for all of your last chance gaming, comics and pop cultural needs on your way back out of town.
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To learn more about any of the events I listed here (or the bunch, like our Comicon Hearthstone, Magic the Gathering and Android Netrunner tournaments, that I didn’t!) head on over to our Events Page and see what we have for YOU this very special Emerald City Comicon weekend!

February 25, 2017 / by Ro Chelle

Last Wednesday, February 22nd, was the official launch day for the Food Truck Champion kickstarter campaign. The most recent release from Daily Magic Games, this much anticipated card game reached it’s funding goal in less than 2 days. Fortunately, there’s still time to get in on the action and pledge your dollars for exclusive backer rewards and a copy of the game when it’s released in October 2017. A fun, easy game for 2 to 5 players, this competitive resource management card game will have your stomach rumbling as you race to build the best food truck in your neck of the woods.

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Playtest Northwest hosted an event at Raygun Lounge on Friday for Food Truck Champion enthusiasts. Lucky gamers got a chance to preview the art on a demo copy of the retail game and everyone had fun learning the finer strategy of creating a great street food business. Players get to choose what part of their operation to invest in by choosing cards from the communal market.

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As with real food trucks, the amount of space you have must be balanced against what you are trying to sell. There’s also a chance to hire personnel and expand your space but don’t forget to serve the customers! The player with the most popular food truck at the end of the game wins.

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Game designer and event host Nicole Jekich says, “We wanted to create a game involving food because it’s a topic everyone can relate to. It’s been a lot of fun designing the game and seeing it come to life.” She and her co-host Luke Turpeinen will be back at Raygun Lounge tomorrow night on Sunday, Februrary 26th for another round of playtesting Food Truck Champion. You can also catch them next weekend at Emerald City Comic Con where they will pimp Food Truck Champion to the masses descending on downtown Seattle.

Raygun Lounge is celebrating ECCC with the following events:
* Thursday, March 2: Geek Out! Trivia Night: ECCC Edition
* Friday, March 3: ECCC Gay Comics Mixer
* Saturday, March 4: Northwest Nerd Cosplay Contest

Come by on your way to the Con for some espresso and swing by after for the parties. Game on!

February 23, 2017 / by Ro Chelle

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Raygun Lounge has spent nearly five years at 501 Pine happily serving gamers of all ilk in the afternoons and evening. While searching for ways to improve, we stumbled onto the simplest solution – be open MORE! So we’re now set up with a super high-tech espresso machine prepped and ready to load you with caffeine starting at 10am Tuesday through Sunday. Stop in for a morning mocha or swing by for pinball and a latte after lunch. And of course we still have boozy libations for the gamers getting off work – including Irish Cream for your coffee!

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Weekends are already a great time to visit the Lounge for casual games. Every Saturday we have Magic: the Gathering drafts at noon & 5pm and Sunday is always a lively time on Capitol Hill. Our new hours provide a chance for folks to form weekday groups that enjoy quick games over lunch or a cappuccino before second shift. The goal is to give the people what they want – starting with more menu options. Give us a try the next time you’re craving something caffeinated and be part of the current Raygun revolution. We greatly appreciate you and all your feedback.

February 21, 2017 / by Ro Chelle

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These days Cards Against Humanity is ubiquitous at most game nights. A self-described game for horrible people, the only thing missing from your typical experience is a fabulous hostess judging your attempts at humor in front of a room full of people. Fortunately, once a month DonnaTella Howe graces Capitol Hill with her impeccable sense of style and passion for party games. Competing teams submit answers to the given fill-in-the-blank phrases and attempt to make a drag queen laugh out loud. You get to hang out with Empress Olympia 45 and potentially win great prizes at the same time!

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This past Friday a couple dozen people battled humanity together in the name of frivolity, fun and friendship. Four teams total – Buck Futters, Fun Bags, More Than Meets The Thighs & Hallah Back Girl – kept the game interesting with high scores in every challenge. Party-goers are treated to rounds of classic CAH as well a random trivia round! Fridays are a busy time in the Lounge but DonnaTella’s vivacious personality keeps her fans captivated amidst the chaos. Potential prizes include discounts on your tab and awesome swag. Make plans to test your wit against other enterprising Cards Against Humanity teams and see if you can persevere. The next event Against Humanity is scheduled for March 17th and can only be found at Raygun Lounge. Our favorite Queen would love to see you there.

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If you just love gaming in general there are plenty of chances left to catch an event at Raygun this month. Thursday, February 23rd, is our next bi-monthly Gaym Night – a great place to meet new people in the local community. Try something completely different when you join the launch party for Food Truck Champion on Friday, February 24th and a playtest for Bears vs Babies on Sunday, February 26th. The next Lounge trivia night will be held in celebration of Comicon on Thursday, March 2nd. Show up early to get a good seat!

 

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