Pittsburgh PrePostPAX - (GASP games days posted for 2014)
Updated 2014-02-08 by zerzhul
Be sure to check out GASP here
. It's a regular thing you can plan to attend, and this thread can serve as a place to find out if other forumers are going.GASP game days for 2014:
- January 11th
- February 8th
- March 8th and 22nd (special bonus game day)
- April 12th - during pax east, boo
- May 10th
- June 14th
- July 12th
- August 9th
- September 13th
- October 11th
- November - GASPcon (dates and location to be announced)
- December 13th
We're not planning anything other than GASP meetups at the moment, but ideas are welcome.
If we would really like to try for a meet-up I would highly suggest skipping a standard restaurant atmosphere. You will give yourself ALL THE HEADACHES trying to pin down commitments for an exact head count for tables, and mingling will be a bitch.
A better bar or similar with food may be better. The idea is that folks can come in, go, tab up, order food if they like, nobody is stuck to a seat and you won't have a headache trying to count up and arrange anything short of a date. Because, like as not...... This is your baby now, Raughn! You'll probably have to make it happen! :-3
And remember, something just outside the city could work just as well, possibly even better for those of us without a lot of driving experience in and around Pittsburgh.
Melzway, I'm not familiar with the Robinson/Settlers Ridge area. Do you think any particular place there would be a good fit?
And yeah, definitely no South Side. Every place is small, plus odds are this will be happening on a weekend, and the last time I was on Carson St on a weekend, it was kind of a giant mess, to put it mildly.
Dave & Busters could be good cause they have games and activities as well. It's been a while since I've been there but it's a fun place.
That sounds promising, though I'm afraid all I would have for the dance floor is about 8 seconds of doing the robot. If you get to check it out or hear about it once it opens, let us know if it seems like a good fit.
It looks like Dave and Busters has contacts specifically to help plan gatherings, I'm going to reach out to them and see if I can get a feel for the best way to do something there.
I'm also thinking that a faraway weeknight, giving everyone time to plan, might be better than a weekend date when we might have to squeeze in on a busy night. I find that few people work traditional Mon-Fri shifts these days, anyway (myself included). Let me know if anyone has thoughts on that.
Also, I'm interested in Zerzhul's idea to potentially blend this in with another gaming culture gathering, and once I can make some time to do homework on nearby organizations and what they're doing, I'll post if something seems like a good fit.
@Raughn If this is a pre-PAX meet-up should we worry about other communities from the get-go? There can always be more than one meet-up. Based on the success and turnout of the first one, the PA PAX community can begin to incorporate other gaming communities. I just think it would be odd to initially incorporate a PAX meet-up with another community, because the point of this is to meet people who are going to PAX.
Another suggestion for something to do is make a run to the very cool ToonSeum downtown. It's one of three museums in the country solely dedicated to cartoon art.
I have no problems giving it front runner status, unless someone wants to debate the alleged lameness of Dave and Busters.
TurnedtoGold, you have a good point about keeping it just a PAX thing to start. I also love the ToonSeum idea, I had no idea that existed. To me, the bar/restaurant thing seems more appropriately social for an initial meet-up, then maybe the museum as a sequel? Of course, if there's support to do the museum to start, I can get behind that.
The short of it: Very table top games-centric. Including RPGs and board games. They have an on-site library but also are cool with folks bringing their own. Something worth considering, as well, they have a monthly Saturday 10AM-10PM GASP gaming day as well. Another great thing the 'Burgh offers the gaming community.
Also, I don't know for sure, but early January is looking like I'll need to have oral surgery. Impacted wisdom teeth. :?
We don't have to worry about any age gates for those under 21, except for the upstairs club area after 10 PM, something I'm sure we can live with.
Depending on the size of our group, they would be willing to reserve a table in the dining area and have a server assigned to us, with no particular commitment to orders, in case not everyone was in the mood to eat. If the group ends up being pretty small, they think we could probably grab a table in the sports bar.
So, I'm going to call the location officially locked down. I will update the OP sometime soon, and get notifications out for the Pittsburgh area forumers from the "where you're from" discussion that I haven't seen here yet, then we will work on the date and time.
OP is updated with some options, time to decide on a date. Please post your thoughts.
The 12th is the monthly meetup of GASP, so if anything, I'd say I'm busy that day.
for myself and ChaoticMuse (who is my Mister so I get voting rights for as can be confirmed by multiple other posters because he is useless on the forums and cannot be trusted to show up to vote because he is horrible at remembering this place exists but WILL show up when I tell him to because he is my DD and will want to be there :-3) we would love to toss a preference toward Jan 26th!
The 26th of January is a Saturday. I believe all the days listed are Saturdays, in fact.
Judging by posts so far, it looks safe to assume Menolly07, ChaoticMuse, TurnedtoGold, and Swae are "definites," with Blaaam, zerzhul, and Spoony Bard as "maybes." Please post if your status changes, or if you want to join in and haven't spoken up yet. We're almost at 6 confirmed, which is where Latitude 40 recommended reserving a table.
And zerzhul, I think I may have accidentally clicked "report" on your post when I went to type this one. Sorry if that actually went through somehow - that would be kind of a funny mistake to make with a mod.
Please confirm by Sunday, 1/13/13 if you will be attending, because I plan to make the reservation that week.