A community gaming space and store is coming to Station North, offering a place for people to play trading card games, role-playing games or board games, and to buy new titles.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned game of chess with a glass of mead?
After a long week, sometimes one can barely muster up the energy to stay in and play board games. You get endless texts, emails and phone calls reminding you that you should be social, but your idea of a great time is playing a seven-letter word with a Q on a triple-word score square. Tell your friends you can’t join them on whatever physically exhausting outing they have scheduled because you’re needed elsewhere in the city to win a rousing match of Pictionary. The best part? You won’t be lying.
This Saturday at The WindUp Space is the first weekend gathering of the Baltimore Brews and Boardgames. Generally a group that meets Tuesday nights, they decided they needed more time for play and secured a second timeslot at the popular Station North locale. Grab a drink, head to a table, and play from an assortment of provided games. Feel free to bring your own, should you be so inclined. Their game list is extensive and includes classics like decks of cards, Scrabble, Boggle and Bananagrams, but ranges all the way to other games like Fluxx, and Gloom, that I personally have never heard of. There is a ping pong table in the back if physical exertion is more up your alley.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
4:00p – 8:00p
The WindUp Space
12 W. North Ave
To get out of the house and meet cool new people who play obscure board games! Alternatively, so you can sink a stranger’s battleship.
Free! Or at least, there’s no cover. Pay your tab, tip generously, and BYO Snacks.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly Baltimore-centric—but we’re putting it in the “worth a trip from anywhere” category. If you’ve visited downtown Frederick any time in the last, say, twelve years, you may have had the pleasure of stopping into Dancing Bear Toys—an old-fashioned, neighborhood toy store. To owners Tom and Marlene England, that means that nothing they sell requires a battery, or a plug, or a screen to attach to. They’re specialists in fun the way it used to be. Ah, the simple things. But why bring this all to your attention on today of all days? Well, today is the very last “Merry Monday” of the season at Dancing Bear. That means that today (they’re open until 8p.m.) they’ll be giving away 17 $17 gift cards (if that strikes you as strange, remember that today’s the 17th) at random throughout the day. That means potentially even more goodies and surprises you can bring home for the holidays.
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the relocated National Pinball Museum — and we haven’t — this slideshow on the Huffington Post gives great glimpse into the Inner Harbor attraction.
Here’s what the HuffPo has to say:
The one-of-a-kind museum is a perfect fit for Baltimore, which already boasts quirky attractions like the American Visionary Art Museum, the Baltimore Tattoo Museumand a John Waters-endorsed thrift shop called Killer Trash. (Indeed.)
The two-floor pinball museum offers a history lesson on the ground level, with vintage machines and an exhaustively researched look at the game, which began as yet another way for saloon-goers to gamble. Upstairs, an arcade of playable machines give visitors the opportunity to tilt to their heart’s content, with restored vintage games alongside elaborate ’80s and ’90s contraptions, including one game with horizontaland vertical playing fields.
Open Friday through Sunday, you wouldn’t spend your whole day here, but it’s a pleasant diversion when the harbor-side heat gets to be a bit too much this summer.