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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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.

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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.

"On Tap" Campaigns
“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.