A Dad’s Garage Weekend

Over in Edgewood this past weekend, an eventful showcase occurred at the Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Saturday night featured the third weekend of the world-premier production of Black Nerd by Dad’s Writer and Improviser Jon Carr.

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Black Nerd
The play as a whole was extremely entertaining and maintained a subtle seriousness concerning cultural issues within the black community. Throughout the course of the play, Marcus consistently breaks the fourth wall to comment on many of these issues while also voicing his own opinions on the prejudices of being a “black nerd”.  

Director Tiffany Porter explained, “My goal in directing this piece was to have people see a piece of their own life….It is a story about acceptance of self.”

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Ticket
Marcus was played by Dad’s Garage Rookie Avery Sharpe, and included an ensemble cast of Dad’s Improvisers and many talented Atlanta actors and actresses.

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Black Nerd Cast
The final showings will be August 2nd-4th , so you should definitely plan on attending if you haven’t already.*

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TheatreSports
That same evening also marked the 23rd Birthday of Dad’s Garage, and featured a “Birthday Edition” of TheatreSports.

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TheatreSports is Dad’s longest running improv show, and consists of two teams ready to compete in a variety of improv games. Suggestions for themes are asked from the audience which can then be used once or throughout each game.  

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Team 2
 I am honored to say that my “popcorn” suggestion was used in many of the games that evening which truly touched my Gnomey heart.

 

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The Thinking Process
To conclude my weekend at Dad’s, the Giant King and I attended the annual “Daddy Awards”.

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Dad’s Birthday Cake
The Daddy Awards focus on awarding specific Dad’s Garage writers, improvisers, and staff members. through submitted votes. Some of these awards included: Hannah Aslesen for Rookie of the Year, Andy Coen for Best Male Lead and Karen Cassady for Best Female Lead.

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Daddy Awards
 Black Nerd was also the winner for Best Original Script while Tiffany Porter won Best Director. 

All and all, Dad’s Garage and the Dad’s Family provided an amazing summer weekend for myself, and know more will come.

*Click Here To Purchase Tickets For Black Nerd
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Who To See At Dragon Con 2018: Part Three

It’s time for Part Three of the Gnome Queen’s “Who to See” at Dragon Con 2018. Let’s take a peek at the Guest List.

At the top begins with Costume and Prop Designer: Robert Allsopp. Allsopp has worked with countless theatre companies around the world including the Tokyo Opera, the Royal Opera House, and The Met Opera. Allsopp has also provided costumes for films such as the Thor sequels, 47 Ronin, and 300: Rise of an Empire. He was also the main costume and prop designer for the award-winning London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Golden Globe-nominated actor and director Tom Cavanagh will also be making an appearance on September 1st and 2nd at Dragon Con. Cavanagh is known for his acting and directing of Warner Brother’s The Flash as well as an extensive television, film and theatre portfolio. Cavanagh also works closely with “Nothing But Nets” which aims to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria in Africa.

For those of you interested in martial arts, Ninkage ryu bujutsu Grandmaster Sabutai Musashi will be in attendance as well. Ninkage ryu bujutsu is a Japanese martial arts system which includes weapons-study such as Kenjutsu, bare-handed techniques, Iaijutsu, and the art of the sword. Grandmaster Sabutai Musashi was inducted into the United States Karate Alliance Hall of Fame in July of 1992 and has been providing demonstrations at Dragon Con since 2005.

One of my own personal picks includes award-winning actress Jennifer Morrison. Morrison has starred in a variety of films and television shows such as Once Upon a Time, House, M.D., Mr. and Mrs. Smith and How I Met Your Mother. Morrison also owns the film production company: Apartment 3C Productions where she directed her first film: Sun Dogs in 2017.

For those of you who enjoy comics and music, then I would definitely try seeing Afua Richardson. Richardson is a comic book creator as well as a musician and singer for the band: Waking Astronomer. She has been dubbed an “Honorary Woman of Marvel” for her works which includes the Blade the Hunter series, and is a Nina Simone award recipient.

Best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Cheree Alsop will also be attending. Anderson has written countless novels including the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and the comedic horror series Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Alsop has also published over 40 books in a variety of fantasy genres and has taught for the League of Utah Writers.

Another renowned actor in attendance includes Eddie McClintock.  McClintock is known for his work on Syfy’s Warehouse 13 as well as starring as Jack Payne in the USA Network’s series Shooter. He will also be hosting the Dragon Con Masquerade on September 2nd.

For fans of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, then get ready to meet Victoria Atkin. Atkin is the voice of Evie Frye, the first playable female character of the franchise. She also starred in the post-apocalyptic science fiction television series: Extinct.

Actor and Improviser Lucky Yates is another key addition to my list of personal picks. Yates is the voice of Dr. Krieger on the hit FX television show Archer, and can be found at Dad’s Garage Theatre House over in Edgewood.

And finally, for those of us who remember The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (it was amazing don’t deny it) then get excited to see author Zac Brewer. Brewer is a New York Times best-selling author and goes by the nickname “Z” online. Z is a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate and travels around the country to raise awareness on mental health and bullying.

To view the full Guest “Who to See” line-up, check out http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=guests 

For my final Dragon Con 2018 “Who to See”, I will be focusing on the “Attending Professionals”.

Bye for now!

 

Funday Sunday feat. the 7th Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival

When people think of Sundays, many anticipate the dread of the weekend concluding. No one enjoys going back to work or school; however for the Gnome Queen, I view Sunday as a unique mystery. Anything can happen and its usually less crowded throughout most of Atlanta.

My Sunday began with the FIFA World Cup Tournament Finals. I watched the game with some good friends and food, but unfortunately had to see France beat Croatia 4-2.
Viva la France.

Later on, I celebrated National Ice Cream Day with the Giant King at Sub Zero Ice Cream. Sub Zero is located across from Centennial Olympic Park and uses liquid nitrogen in its creation. Customers can mix and match countless flavors and milk-bases including Diary-Free, Fat-Free, or Custard. The flavors and bases can then be mixed with add-ins which is then frozen using the liquid nitrogen.

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Sub Zero Ice Cream
I got the Brownie Batter and Amaretto mixed with Andes Mints and Cookie Dough Bites while the Giant King got Peanut Butter and Chocolate mixed with Peanut Butter Cups.

He loves his peanut butter

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The 7th Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival
Afterwards, we hit West-Midtown for the main event of the night: The 7th Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival hosted at Actor’s Express. The Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival occurred both Sunday and Monday evenings, and included 60 one-minute plays by some of Atlanta’s established and emerging playwrights and directors.

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Kevin Qian & Joshua Quinn
Each play also featured an assortment of many talented Atlanta-based actors and actresses, which included my loving Giant King.

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Post-Show Chatter
The plays were broken down into “clumps” of 10 and were organized based on theme. Many of these themes included current political trends, cultural references, and overall social issues. Each “clump” was unique and provided an interesting outlook on the modern world.

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Post-Show Chatter
My choice “clump” was definitely the first one as well as various plays from clump 5 and 9. Out of all of the plays, Hard Candy by Steve Yockey was hands-down my most favorite. It was humorous and involved a dangerous argument over Gobstoppers and Jawbreakers. (Cough Cough Gobstoppers rule.)

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Post-Show Chatter
The commitment and work of each playwright, director, and cast member made the night extremely entertaining, and I am excited to see the creativity at next year’s show.

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Actor’s Express Season 31 Play Guide
If you’re interested in seeing more shows at Actor’s Express, check-out their website https://www.actors-express.com/

Rosé All Day at Urban Tree Cidery

For Brunch this past Sunday, my good friend Ke and I swung by Urban Tree Cidery for their special “Rosé All Day” drink event. Urban Tree is Atlanta’s first cidery, and is located in West Midtown on Howell Mill Road.

Urban Tree produces all of their ciders in-house from locally grown apples in Mountain City, Georgia. Along with a full-bar, Urban Tree has a unique ability in concocting tasty ciders with a variety of spirits. I do enjoy my spirits.

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Rosé All Day Menu
For Rosé All Day, Urban Tree mixed-up three creative cocktails with their newest Rosé cider; these included: the “F’Rosé” which was frozen and blended with vodka, a “Glowsé” which had gin from the Old Fourth Distillery, and a “Brosé” which came with Moonrise Rye Whiskey.

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The Party Bar
Co-founder and Event Coordinator Jackie Waice explained that the event was planned in honor of the Rosé cider’s release, and 10% of all bottle sales will go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Non-profit.

Rosé All Day began promptly at 12:30 P.M., and you know the Gnome Queen always arrives on time.

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F’Rosé
For a warm day like Sunday, I sipped on the F’Rosé while Ke ordered Urban Tree’s Original Cider.

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Original Cider
Along with refreshing drinks, patrons could purchase tacos from Propósito food truck as well as sweet treats from Southern Peach Pastries.

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Southern Peach Pastries
“I loved mixing the flavors of my cider with my tacos. The blend of flavors was tasty and exquisite,” said Ke.

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Propósito
Ke ordered two Chicken Fajita Tacos while I got some plain tortillas to snack on.

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Sippin’ On Cider
After finishing my F’Rosé, I decided on the Brosé which was both crisp and strong. It immediately became my favorite.

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Brosé
The event as a whole was extremely enjoyable and created a relaxed Sunday atmosphere for all attendees. So if you’re like me and prefer liquor and cider, then I would definitely recommend swinging by Urban Tree Cidery. Their Tasting Room days are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Enjoying the Sunday Air
For more details, check them out at https://urbantreecidery.com/

The Red, White and Brews Bar Bash

Is that a Charcoal Grill I smell? Maybe some fresh Apple Pie?

Are those Fireworks exploding in the night’s sky?

Is that a Flag of Red, White and Blue?

Well, we all know what that means: it’s Independence Day.

The day we celebrate how Americans came together in order to counterattack a bunch of evil E.T.s that invaded and—wait, wait that’s the movie Independence Day?

Regardless, we all know what the 4th of July truly means for the U.S. of A.: partying. And to kick off this patriotic weekend, I spent my Saturday at the Red, White and Brews Bar Bash.

Hosted by the Atlanta Bar Tours, this bar crawl was anything, but boring. With the slogan, “Make America Drink Again”, the Giant King and I knew to come thirsty.

The crawl took place throughout the Buckhead bar area and began at the Lost Dog Tavern. At check-in, patrons were given a map, free beads, and a raspberry-vodka comp shot. (It was really tasty too.)

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Atlanta Bar Tours’ Crew

Some of the participating bars and restaurants included: Buckhead Saloon, Churchhill’s Pub, Red Door Tavern, Moondogs, and so many more. Each establishment provided complimentary shots, $3-$2-$1 drink specials, or different food offerings.

Once we received our gear, the Giant King and I made our way next door to the Red Door Tavern for some drinks. I got a tequila sprite and the Giant King got a vodka-water. Had to start off easy, ya know?

We then decided to head back over to Lost Dog Tavern for some good music and games. At Lost Dog Tavern, bar-goers had the option of playing either cornhole or water pong. This Gnome Queen had to see if her skills had lessened any since school ended.

While my throwing wasn’t the best, (I play soccer and run) I was able to maintain a solid lead over the Giant King. Until he came back and destroyed me. C’est la vie.

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Patriotic Cornhole

From Lost Dog Tavern, we made our way to Buckhead Saloon. Here, we took some shots and ate some tacos while watching Atlanta United decimate Orlando City. ‘Twas a good game.

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Buckhead Saloon

Throughout the course of the night, the Giant King and I primarily focused on the $1 shots. I do enjoy some shots.

At each location, patrons could be spotted by their fabulous choices of red, white and blues. From bald eagle t-shirts to American flag stilettos, this bar crawl was the most ‘Murican dream for all to see.

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A Game of Water Pong

And while this hadn’t been my first crawl with the Atlanta Bar Tours, it was definitely one of my top favorites. The atmosphere of each establishment, the walking-distance and the overall camaraderie between patrons was extremely appreciated.

To end our night, the Giant King and I made our way to the Elbow Room for their $8 18-inch pizza special. We may have had a little too much of it once we got home.

But hey, that food-coma was totally worth it all.

So have a patriotic Happy 4th of July from the Queen of the Gnomes, and keep the fireworks away from trees mmk?

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Dragoncon Halo Cosplay

Who to See at DragonCon 2018: Part Two

Welcome back to the Gnome Queen’s ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

Let’s jump into the Performers of “Who to See”.

Beginning with the Brobdingnagian Bards of Austin, Texas, the group’s musical style has been described as a unique mix of Scottish and Irish traditional-folk music. Voted “Best Folk Act” at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, the Brobdingnagian Bards are back for another reunion show just for Dragon Con. So if you want to get in touch with your Celtic roots, these are the ones to see.

Next includes the self-described “bawdy, nerd-folk comedy band” The Misbehavin’ Madiens. The Misbehavin’ Madiens have incorporated their love for pirates (same) and performing together since 2012. The band’s musical style is a combination of feminism, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, sex-positive music, and much more. I’ll sure to be catch their  show, and of course take some pictures.  

If you’re into cello music with a meowing cat keyboard, then The Doubleclicks are the duo for you. Sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber have created songs involving dinosaurs, cats and Netflix since 2011. The Doubleclicks have also been featured on several NPR programs and their newest song “Afterparty for One (Frozen Pizza Song)” released this past February.

Another fan-focused band hails from the wizarding world of Charlotte, NC: Hawthorn & Holly. Since 2007, Hawthorn & Holly have been playing songs about Harry Potter and have cast a major spell in the wizard rock community. Along with HP, Hawthorn & Holly have also written songs about The Hunger Games, Dr. Who, and many other fandoms.

For those of you who truly want to be entertained, then the “geek-rock” god Tom Smith is the man to see. He incorporates pop culture, fantasy, adventure, and so much more all into one exciting show. Smith is adored by pretty much everyone who has seen him and has been performing at Dragon Con since 2004.

My two personally picks are DJ Nemesis, and Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas (keep drinking that hater-ade). DJ Nemesis is an amazing mix of techno, house, psychedelic and countless other genres. Nemesis has been a DJ since 1997 and has played all over the world.

Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas are a fun, rock ‘n’ roll dance-party that believes in having “as much fun as humanly possible”. The band features the beloved voice actor Tom Kenny, along with the Hi-Seas’ band leader Andy Paley. The Hi-Seas have a rotating cast of musicians who’ve toured and recorded with artists such as Lorde, Cheap Trick, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

You know I’ll be in the audience for both performances.

Finally, the Kings of Dragon Con’s “Who to See” Performers: Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC). Founded as a non-profit in 1984, the ARTC have been dedicated to the world of audio theatre (radio drama) and have adapted countless literary works from Bram Stoker to Robert Louis Stevenson. The ARTC’s first live performance: H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, was presented at the inaugural Dragon Con in 1987 and have performed at every Dragon Con ever since.

They truly are Dragon Con royalty.

For the full Performers “Who to See” line-up, check out http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=performers_list

My next “Who to See” will include the Dragon Con 2018 “Guest” section.

See ya then!

Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl

Were you in Edgewood this weekend?

Well, an exciting event occurred this past Saturday: the first-ever Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl “The Clockwork Dungeon”.

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Hosted by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons, the inaugural Bar-Crawl included 12 exciting Tabletop Games and 4 Team-Factions which each moved from Josytick Gamebar, The Beer Garden and Noni’s.

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Joystick Gamebar
Each Team-Faction began and ended at Level 5 with approximately 5 Adventurers per table not including their DM.

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Black Pudding at The Beer Garden
Adventurers, DMs, and Spectators were also encouraged to dress-up in their best cosplay.

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Black Pudding Faction
While I was unfortunately only able to come right before the Final Battle, the overall atmosphere of each bar had been incredibly enthusiastic.

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The Purple Worms at The Beer Garden

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Joystick Gamebar Tabletop
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The Beer Garden
While I do love my Joystick, I remained predominately at The Beer Garden with the Giant King and my BFF “Bartleby the Wise” from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Fun & Games

“I really enjoyed the experience of watching the Crawl and how everyone was cosplaying,” said Bartleby.

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Bartleby the Wise & The Gnome Queen
At 6 P.M., the initiative for the Final Battle was rolled.

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The Giant King as a Rogue
The monster? A Giant Red Slaad.

Red Slaad

The “Slaadi” are large bipedal frogs which can sometimes appear humanoid. A dire aspect of a Red Slaad is its ability to reproduce by infecting a living host, so this was no small Boss Fight.

The Boss Fight was designed uniquely for the Bar-Crawl experience; instead of health, the Slaad needed 30 consecutive hits to be defeated.

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The Purple Worm Faction
However, players needed to be very strategic in their approach. One wrong move, or missed dodge would leave an adventurer infected with a Slaad egg. These eggs, if allowed to mature, would erupt from the adventurer’s chest causing an instant death.

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The Pink Pixies at The Beer Garden
During the Final battle, the Pink Pixies had landed the most hits on the Red Slaad, but victory was an overall group effort with each Team-Faction contributing.

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The Raffle Prizes
The night concluded with an after-party which included a cosplay contest and a raffle for fun prizes.

All and all, the Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl was a resounding success and you all know that the Gnome Queen will be at the next one.

Dragoncon Halo Cosplay

Who to See at Dragon Con 2018: Part One

You know what’s happening Labor Day Weekend right?

That’s right, the one and only: Dragon Con.

Beginning in the fall of 1987, Dragon Con was founded on the combined interests of comic-book fans, gamers, and science-fiction readers. Since then, the convention has expanded into various fandoms, literary genres, and creative aspects of “nerdism”.

With my own love for comics (DC) and cosplaying, the Queen of the Gnomes is here to give you an all-access pass to the ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

With over 100 actors, writers, artists and more, this year’s “Who to See” is going to be the talk of the ATL.

For this article, I will be diving into some top picks for the “Featured” section for this year’s Con.

Starting with legendary comic-book artist: Scott Hanna; Hanna has been in the comic game for years and has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics. He is also one of the co-founders of the Arts and Fashion Institute.

Comic-book artist and writer: Joe Benitez has created works for DC and Image Comics. Benitez is also the creator of the Lady Mechanika and Wraithborn series

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a prime focus of my own personal pick-list. Kenyon is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and is known for her Dark Hunter series.

Comic-book and professional artist Sho Murase is to also make an appearance.  Murase is hands down one of my favorite artists and has created a variety of pieces for Disney, DC and Marvel. Her portfolio always includes a dark-twist and continues to expand on a global sphere.

And while I may be a DC lover at heart, I do enjoy Mike Colters portrayal of “hero to hire” Luke Cage. The newest season of Luke Cage is to premiere tomorrow on Netflix and damn does it look good.

The dream-man of so many Dr. Who and Torchwood fans, John Barrowman, will also be around to smile and swoon.

For my American Gods’ fans (both book and show), be on the look out for Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Demore Barns (Mr. Ibis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy). Season two couldn’t come fast enough.

The incredibly voice-actress Tara Strong will also be heard around the Con, and hopefully to stay.

For those of you who want some nostalgia, writer Christopher Paolini of the Inheritance Cycle, Roscoe Orman of Sesame Street (Gordon Robinson), and former professional wrestler Ric Flair will also be in attendance.

And finally, my own personally favorite, the voice of Spongebob himself: Tom Kenny! 

All of you judging me right now can drink your hater-ade somewhere else, because this man has voiced the greatest character in cartoon and meme history. There is no argument that will ever change my mind.

If you want the full line-up of Featured “Who to See”, check out  http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=featured_list

My next “Who to See” will focus on the Performers of Dragon Con 2018.

See ya then.

 

 

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The Atlanta Drunks & Dragons at Joystick Gamebar

Looking for a good game of Dungeons & Dragons?

Well, the Queen of the Gnomes of course knows where to go.

Down in the Old Fourth Ward at Joystick Gamebar, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have been hosting the popular role-playing game since September of 2017. With a diverse and welcoming group of Dungeon Masters (DM), the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons are always ready to connect players both new and old.

Started by Dr. Bradley Goodnight and his wife Dr. Jessica Goodnight, the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons have helped to create a world of gaming, fun and overall player-inclusivity.

“Our goals are to enjoy D&D without excluding anyone who wants to learn or get better,” said Dr. Bradley.

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The Atlanta Drunks & Dragons provide multiple “on-shot” and on-going campaigns with a variety of levels and characters.

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“On Tap” Campaigns

“When I’m a DM, I like to play the “Death House” campaign. Characters start at level 1, so the perils and dangers of the dungeon have more weight, and the choices have graver consequences,” said Dr. Bradley.

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The meet-ups take place Monday and Tuesday of each week, and all are welcome to the DM Happy Hour at 6:00 P.M. Around 7:15, each DM “pitches” their game idea, and players choose from there.

A noticeable (and amazing) aspect of the weekly meet-ups was the diversity between players. Dr. Jessica, who runs a women’s-only campaign table, believes in encouraging female players to partake in D&D regardless of their play-levels.

“We’re not here to judge others; we want everyone to feel welcome no matter how long they’ve been playing or if they’re a man or a woman.”

The women’s table currently has six-players and hopes to grow in the near future.

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Long-playing DM Chris also believes in making new-players feel at home within the D&D community.

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Chris, who has been with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons since its conception, explained that his favorite part of the meet-ups was the overall camaraderie.

“Making new friends as an adult can be hard, but D&D is an excellent way to meet new people without feeling forced to.”

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The diversity of players includes all ages (over 21 of course it is at a bar), ethnicities and backgrounds ranging from psychologists and scientists, to thespians and stay-at-home parents.

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Even Joystick’s bartenders’ partake in the fun; manager and DM Jacob Tadych runs his own on-going campaign and is specialized in levels 8-15.

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“I love how in-person the game is; it gets people out and you never know who you could run into,” said Tadych.

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While I myself have only spectated D&D campaigns, the atmosphere and unique one-shot options provided by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons has definitely piped my interest in playing.

I wonder what character the Gnome Queen will choose?

When asked about any upcoming events, DM Chris detailed the first-ever: “Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl”.

The Crawl is to take place at 12 P.M. June 23rd with twelve games occurring at Joystick, the Beer Garden and Noni’s. While tickets are unfortunately sold-out for game-play, spectators (over 21 duh) are more than welcome to move from each location for a strong drink and some serious fun. The Crawl will also include tarot card readings, D&D bingo, and an after-party at 7 P.M.

You know I’ll be there in all my Gnomey glory.

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So whether it’s for the adventure, friendships or simply the alcohol, make sure you come roll the dice with the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons.

 

A Memorial Day Weekend

What a Memorial Weekend! As you all know by now, this Queen of the Gnomes loves going out and having fun with friends. And what better way to kick-off the summer season than in Edgewood and Decatur?

My weekend began Friday night where I attended a humorous game of Pathfinder. The game began around 7 and concluded at the late hour of 2 A.M. Only 5 characters were taken hostage, and unfortunately we’ll only know of their dark fate at the next encounter. (I don’t understand a word I just said either).

The next day, I was up early at 8 A.M. (I know horrendous) to head over to Dad’s Garage in Edgewood. Here, I was allowed an exclusive look at their upcoming web-series: “The Garage”. The series follows a dramatization of the lives of a few of the Improvisers which includes my loving Giant King. As of now, filming is set to wrap around June summer and will premier later this year.

Dad's Garage Theatre Company
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

My next activity was a 4-mile jog around the Atlanta BeltLine. If you haven’t adventured around the BeltLine, I definitely suggest the Eastside Trail which hits most of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward areas. The scenery and Graffiti highlight the uniqueness and beauty of the ATL, and showcases the creativity of many local aspiring artists.

Afterwards, I spent the rest of my day and evening at Joystick playing Guess Who and Mad Gab. Joystick is one of my favorite bars in due to the ever-changing cocktail menu and game options. While I may have lost each round of Mad Gab (I had never played before), the Memorial Weekend was going incredibly well.

Joystick Gamear
Joystick Gamebar

On Sunday, I again started my day over in the Edgewood area, this time at Krog Street Market. The Market was bustling with locals and out-of-towners, both of whom were in complete awe of the food stalls and shops. The Market features a variety of restaurants from Bar Mercado to Richard’s Southern Fried Chicken. I myself was on a business venture where unfortunately I had to remain strong in the face food of temptation. It was difficult, but I preserved.

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Victory Sandwich Luau

Later on, I attended the annual Victory Sandwich Luau in Decatur Square. The Luau had an unlimited BBQ buffet and offered a variety of new summer drinks.  My order: “Sucker In a Three Piece”; think a Manhattan, but stronger.

Food Menu and Sucker In A Three Piece
Food Menu and Sucker In a Three Piece

While I awaited for the Giant King, I made my way over to the SOS Tiki Bar. Here I met Christin, who explained that her friend John was from out of town and wanted to know where they should go next.

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This Queen of the Gnomes of course had the hook-up. For beer I suggested Twain’s, The Square Pub, and Brick Store; Raging Burrito & Taco for margaritas, and live music at Eddie’s Attic. Once the Giant King arrived, I parted ways with my new friends and wished them a happy bar-hop. For the rest of the evening, the Giant King and I partied around Victory and ended our night with a game of Bocce Ball at Leon’s Full Service. After the long, cold winter I finally regained my title as Queen of Bocce Ball which had been lost back in October.

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On Memorial Day, I began at the Stone Summit Climbing Gym for a hearty cardio and bouldering workout. For those of you interested in a new type of exercise, I thoroughly recommend climbing at Stone Summit. With three locations in Midtown, North Atlanta, and Kennesaw, Stone Summit provides a fun and unique way to get fit and meet new people.

I then ended my weekend at one of my friend’s houses for cookout where I grilled an assortment of chicken, hotdogs, and veggies.

It was definitely an exciting weekend for this Gnome Queen and hopefully you all had just as much fun.