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WinterCon 2017 by Metro Detroit Gamers

WinterCon 2017

Since 1972, Metro Detroit Gamers has been a staple in the area for everything gaming. From WW2 war games to modern sci-fi board games and everything in between, it can be found at an MDG event. At WinterCon 2017 this was no different. Games were abundant and the gamers even more so, and just as their website boasts, they hold one thing above all else, having fun!

The group’s core of players has expanded over the last few years as the hobby has picked up. Even though these players have been around since the beginning, they were incredibly welcoming to the new blood. With gamers from young to old, and with tastes from classical to modern everyone could find a game to enjoy and learn.

The con itself also offered up raffle tickets for playing games that allowed you to pull from their prize table, which was full of both popular games and hidden gems. Play a game, get a ticket, win a game. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Tucked into private rooms, tabletop RPGs were spinning tales of adventure, horror, and heroism with a number of games being played. Stumbling into a group getting their Classic Dungeon Crawl on made me want to sit down and roll up a character.

All in all the event was a wonderful time and all those who enjoy games of any kind should add WinterCon to their calendars because they won’t regret joining this crowd.

Photos by Krista, article by Rob, and edited by Austin

 

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This Week in Motor City Geek – Feb 18th 2017

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 18th

This week you can celebrate Fat Tuesday, take in some late night artwork, and create a top-notch D&D character!

After Dark: Mardi Gras

Michigan Science Center

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-9pm

$15 Entry (21+ Only)

More info HERE

What is it? Celebrate the fantasy of Fat Tuesday without leaving Detroit! Hang out in the always awesome Michigan Science center with the Detroit Pleasure Society Jazz Band, fire dancers, stilt walkers, mask making and, of course, drinking!

D&D Character Creation Workshop

3&UP Board Game Lounge

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-11pm

$7 Entry

More info HERE

What is it? This is the second workshop in the D&D/Pathfinder series is Character Creation. Ron, the resident D&D buff,  will be going through what a typical character build consists of, what makes a good character, how to use the characters in D&D, and matching the characters to the players. Beginning and seasoned players welcome!

College Night at the DIA

Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb 17th, 2017, 6-11pm

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? All tri-county college students are invited to the DIA for a free evening of live music in the Rivera Court, a scavenger hunt with prizes, dance party, snacks, a cash bar and free admission to “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate”.

Animanga 2017 Call for Art

Online

Feb 19th, 2017

More info HERE

What is it? This is the deadline to submit art for a local Animanga art exhibition. The show will be held in March 2017 and art is being accepted from all genres of Manga literature and Anime.

Vault of Midnight Feb Game Night

Queens Bar Detroit

Feb 20th, 2017

$10 Entry (includes $5 drink ticket)

More info HERE

What is it? Experienced game masters will be on hand with a stack of our favorite games to introduce you to and help you learn how to play. Tickets are limited to 25 people, so act fast because they will absolutely sell out!

Behind the Scenes with Dog Might Games

The smell of sawdust still hangs in the air as the wood burning stove pops and crackles nearby. It keeps the frigid winter night at bay as the Dog Might crew sits around the table, plotting and planning. But this time they are not planning a new project or marketing strategy. No, this time they plan to take on the Army of Lamashtu, Mother of Monsters that threatens their kingdom and with it the rest of Golarion. They are playing Pathfinder after a long and productive week. But worry not, for they have more than enough fight left in them to save the day.

The above is not an uncommon occurrence in the Dog Might workshop where The Mikes and Crew work day after day to produce wonderfully designed and handmade gaming accessories. The Dog Might team was nice enough to allow us a behind-the-scenes peek into their shop and see how gaming magic is made. With skilled hands and a keen eye for design, this team has put out six successful Kickstarter campaigns and hundreds if not thousands of beautiful gaming pieces.

Dice Towers for Days!
Dice Towers for Days!

From deck boxes to adventure chests and dragon sheaths, each of the products that Dog Might Games sends out has been designed, carved, sanded, stained and sealed all inhouse. Their most recent creation, the Dragon Tray comes in a number of designs, finishes, and interior fabrics making each one unique to the player.

Phoenix Dragon Tray with Black Dragon Scale
Phoenix Dragon Tray with Black Dragon Scale

Dog Might is a crew of great guys, making absolutely artistic accessories for every gaming need. So if you’re a gamer, check them out and get in on their Kickstarter while you still can.

http://dogmight.com/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dogmight/the-dragon-tray

Video by Adam Herbstreit of Wolverine Lake Films

Photos and article by – Rob “Roto” Lewis and Austin

Escape Room-Zone tour!

What is an escape room?

An escape room is a life size puzzle game. A group of people are locked in a room and must follow clues and hints to escape. The earliest ones were opened about ten years ago and they have been exploding in popularity. Motor City Geek was invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Escape Room-Zone  in Farmington Hills.

When we arrived, we were met by the manager, Sean. He was, frankly, an amazing guide. His enthusiasm for the rooms was palpable and made the whole experience incredible.

He started us out in the first room that was built, the Mad Scientist room. Because we want to go back and experience it, we were careful to avoid spoilers. Sean gave us a demonstration of a few of the surprises (including lighting). The best way I can think of to describe these rooms is that it’s almost like an “I SPY” page in real life. I saw a lot of interesting and unexpected items from which you have to chose the important ones, helping you to solve logical, physical, and investigative puzzles.

From there we saw the Haunted Room. This is the recommended “date room” because it’s smaller, darker and more intimate. Once again I can’t give spoilers, but I think there might be a moment or two I’d scream out loud in this room! That might be because I’m a wimp, but I was excited by some of the surprises.

There’s a more kid-friendly puzzle room that you escape by playing your favorite childhood games. But the kid room got a whole lot cooler when Sean showed us the hidden door that led to…

The Bank Heist room! As a former teller at Chase, I’d like to think I’d rock this one, but as a teller, I never had to deal with bombs 😉 And yes, there are bombs.

Probably the coolest room there was the Prison Break room. This was a more complex room and it was complete with an isolation cell, group cell (yes, you ARE shackled to start off with) and another section we couldn’t see for spoiler purposes.

They are apparently building another room, museum themed, that allows up to 30(!) people to experience the escape room craze at once.

Worst part? I’m a scaredy cat. I’d probably scream. Multiple times. Best part? The building is haunted by a ghost named Lisa. Her origins are murky, but she’s been known to move items around while the staff is alone in the building. While Sean told us the story of Lisa a light in the room turned off by itself! He promises he didn’t do it… come investigate for yourself.

Escape Room-Zone is open 7 days a week. Located next to Zap Zone. Click here to book your escape room experience. Use code FB5NOW for $5 off! Locations in Farmington Hills, Canton, and Waterford.

Article by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author

http://mallorycrowe.com

 

 

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III Review

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III

Motor City Geek went retro last night. The Michigan Science Center held their third After Dark: Vintage Video Games. Tickets were $15 to get in the door which included one drink ticket and unlimited play time at the 20+ vintage games. The arcade games were provided by Offworld Arcade.

The geeks were out in full force. The same event in July sold out and this one seemed just as popular. Before the doors even opened there was a line outside the MSC. The games were spread out over two levels and each level had a cash bar serving beer and liquor (The drinks were Mario themed. I tried the Princess Peach for… research purposes.)

Even if you weren’t into gaming, there was plenty to keep you entertained. From pixel art perler bead tables so you could bring your favorite characters to life or exploring the awesome Michigan Science Center exhibits with a drink in hand. (And who hasn’t ever wanted to do that?)

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters Detroit answered the call for fun. They brought with them their own Ectomobile, a collection of console Ghostbusters games and The Real Ghostbusters arcade game! To top it all off they had their own Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and were more than happy to take photos with anyone and everyone!

Motor City Gaming also did a live podcast at the event (including a few giveaways).

Detroit Respect was one of the few vendors selling. (And, yes, I did get something )

Worst part of the night? There were waits to play games. The unfortunate side effect of the event being popular. But with so many options, most people could just hop to another cabinet and enjoy another game while they waited.

Best part of the night? I loved everything Ghostbuster related.

Overall verdict? I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and variety of activities provided. This was an affordable way to spend a really fun Thursday night and learn some science facts along the way!

Event review by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author

http://mallorycrowe.com

 

 

List of games provided by Offworld Arcade
Q*Bert
Tempest
Track and Field
Forgotten Worlds
Punch Out
Elevator Action
The Simpsons
Gauntlet
Joust
Spiders
Smash TV
Mappy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bad Dudes
Robocop
Atari Video Pinball
Moon Patrol
Asteroids
Toki
Mario Kart
Golden Eye
Super Smash Bros
Just Dance
Sega Games
Guitar Hero
Duck Hunt
Atari 2600 Games

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III

The third Vintage Video Games event at the Michigan Science Center was a blast! This was our first time attending and I’m glad we made it out. Offworld Arcade brought in a truckload of arcade games, Detroit Respect were selling some awesome shirts, the guys from Motor City Gaming were broadcasting live, and Ghostbusters Detroit were out in force.

I’ll have an event breakdown up this weekend. Thanks everyone for a great time! Thanks to Mallory Crowe for contributing some of these photos!