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.
Trivia

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!
Qomix

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!
nw nerd

On Sunday, March 4 we recover from hangovers with our Geek Girl Brunch.
GGB

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!

August 31, 2016 / by Eric

Whether you’re visiting from out of town or a local with or without PAX passes this year, we are always your Capitol Hill home away from home for all things nerd, geek and pop culture. We are an easy walk from the Convention Center, have great food and drinks in an all ages environment, and are hosting five days of special events just for you so come on up and see us while you’re in town.

Thursday, Sept 1

7:00 PM
Geek Out Trivia

The hosts of Nerdhole and A Podcast for All Intents and Purposes come together for one night a year to challenge you and yours to a trivia night like no other. Free entry, the geekiest questions the world has ever known and prizes galore await you!

trivia screen

Friday, Sept 2

8:00 PM
Game Jolt Indie Arcade

For one night only, those indie madmen, Game Jolt transform our space into a free arcade to demo, play and discuss this year’s newest, hottest, and indiest computer and console releases.

game jolt

Saturday, Sept 3

Noon & 4:00 PM
Conspiracy Drafting

Come experience Magic’s latest sensation for yourself. $15 buy in. Pods of 8. Smart, competitive, friendly players

1:00 PM
Hearthstone ‘One Night in Karazhan’ Official Release Party!

Orcas Distributing presents and hosts Blizzard Entertainment’s Karazhan Release Party and PAX PRIME Tournament. Registration begins at 1:00PM, tournament proper at 2:00. Come see what all the excitement is about!

6:00 PM
Pink Party Prime Preparty

Though PAX’s gayest, queerest, afterparty, Pink Party Prime kicks off at Neumos at 9:00, we are the Pink Party’s only official preparty for you to prefunk, test your costume, win prizes (including tickets to to the event itself) and have a generally grand time in between events.

7:00 PM
PAX CRITTERCONCRAWL

Those fervent Critical Role fans, the critters, are in town for PAX and they’ve chosen us to be their official crawlspace. The last time they did this, a bunch of surprise special guests showed up. This time? Who knows. But it is PAX…

Pink Party

Sunday, September 4

Noon & 4pm
Conspiracy Drafting

Come experience Magic’s latest sensation for yourself. $15 buy in. Pods of 8. Smart, competitive, friendly players

6:00 PM
Mark Dago & the Red Bennies
High Score Tour

Nerdcore Superstars DJ Shanty, Lord British & Jade Knight join Mark Dago for the last leg of his legendary High Score Tour and you’ll be there to personally witness the mayhem!
Red Bennies

Monday, September 5

6:00 PM
The Book of Starry Wisdom Release Party

Strix publisher and collection editor Simon Berman and illustrator Valerie Herron invite you to join them for the release of their latest kickstarted work, The Book of Starry Wisdom: Apocrypha of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu.
Starry Wisdom

You can always learn more about these and all of our events on our Special Events Page. We look forward to seeing you while you’re here, whether it’s for a day or for a lifetime.

December 17, 2015 / by Eric

Tonight! Thursday, December 17th, at 8pm (7:30 if you actually want seats, 6:30 if you want dinner) at the ever exciting Raygun Lounge it’s…

A GEEK OUT TRIVIA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Featuring!

Birthday girl Kelly Young!

santa kelly

Santa kissing booth with Mr. T.

Santa T

And shopkeep Eric Logan as Fezziwig in A Turkish Christmas Carol.*

At least two of the three appearances listed here are actually real.

*At least two of the three appearances listed here are actually real.

PLUS!

Live Kazoo Music! Celebrity Podcasters! Silly hats! Prizes! Geeky Trivia!

AND!
It’s all FREE!**

**But drink some beer and eat some nachos anyway, you cheap bastards. It’s how we pay the rent on those tables you sit at.

August 26, 2015 / by Eric

Then come check us out! Not only are we the only tabletop gaming store within walking distance (or a quick affordable cab ride!) from your downtown accommodations, but we’re also an all-ages game pub serving beer, wine, cider & mead AND a barcade featuring 7 arcade cabinets and 6 pinball machines of your favorite retro classics.

arcade

And that’s not all! This week we’ve got a number of special events guaranteed to make your Seattle experience memorable!

Thursday 08/27 8:00pm

Bring your nerd knowledge a-game for a very special PAX edition of our very own Geek Out Trivia Night featuring special guests from a Podcast for All Intents and Purposes and NERDHOLE!

Nerdhole

Friday 08/28 7:00pm

Join the women of Bitch Team Alpha and Can’t Talk Media for Give Me a Quest II, an evening of gaming, reveling and general awesomeness to support the Take This project.

GMaQ

Saturday 08/29 6:00pm

Whether you are on your way up to the PAX Pink Party Prime or are looking for an inclusive all ages alternative, come out and join us and Queer Geek Seattle for the second annual official Preparty.

Prepink

Sunday and Monday 08/30 & 08/31

We will be open all day both days for you to have one last great experience with friends new and old before you head back home.

lounge party

So come on up and see us while you’re here. You’ll be glad you did. We’ll see you soon.

December 17, 2014 / by Eric

We’re a week out from Christmas (Which, according to the Tardis Data Core, is a small town on the planet Trenzalore. And if you caught that reference, you should totally come out to Geek Out Trivia Night this Thursday. You’ll fit right in.) and, as I promised last week, we’ve still got a wide range of options to meet your holiday needs. Whatever they are.

Want to make a game donation to families in need?

You’ve only got a couple of days left to participate in our Used Game for New Game Drive as I’ll be taking the new games to Treehouse this Friday afternoon.

Need a wrapped White elephant or Secret Santa gift in a hurry?

We know. We get those requests every year. So we’ve prewrapped a bunch of mystery games by theme and price (they come in $5, $10 & $20 versions because we know most Secret Santa exchanges come with tight budgeting restrictions and you want to get the best bang for your preset buck). We’ll be wrapping new gifts daily with themes like “train,” “classic” and “star trek” (if you get the one marked “ferengi,” I promise you won’t be disappointed).

Turst him. Santa Quark knows what he's talking about.

When it comes to holiday deals, you can count on Santa Quark.

Speaking of wrapping, I’ll wrap one small to medium sized gift per customer, time permitting, when I’m around, for free, as a sign of appreciation and respect for your choosing us for your holiday gift source this year. For those of you who’ve seen my wrapping, you’ll know what a deal this is. I look forward to personally wrapping as many gifts as I can this year. We’ll see how I do.

Want to unwind from a busy day of holiday shopping?

This December, bring a receipt from Gamma Ray Games for $24.99 or more over to our Raygun Lounge and enjoy 10% OFF your purchase of any food or drink we sell, including our new grilled cheese and hot dog meal specials as well as our most popular (Seattle Cider!), hardest to get (Klingon Warnog! and seasonal beverages (Bah Humbug!). So come on in, take a load off, play a game with a friend visiting from out of town and enjoy a sweet deal on your meals and drinks together.

Running behind and need some last minute gifts?

We’ll be open every day between now Christmas, including Monday the 22nd and Christmas Eve itself. And speaking of Christmas Eve, we have a little tradition around here at Gamma Ray. Every Christmas Eve, I bring in a Special Guest and we co-host an intimate little gathering. Kind of like Johnny Cash or Dean Martin used to do. This year’s guests will be internet sensation Andrew Asplund from a Podcast For All Intents and Purposes and Abby the Wonderdog from… well, my backyard. Because nobody puts Abby in a corner. At least not on Christmas Eve. We’ll be doing some song and dance numbers, drinking a little too much and selling and wrapping gifts together all evening long. Just like in the days of yore.