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International Tabletop Day 2014

International tabletop day

International Tabletop Day

Want to hang out with a group of fun geeky people at a Hackerspace and play some awesome games? How about homemade snacks and homebrew beer? Still not awesome enough for you? Well, how about we hack an Xbox Kinect and scan you, then 3D print a custom game piece with your face on it, or make custom game counters on a laser cutter?

Come on by Pumping Station: One, Chicago’s biggest Hackerspace, on April 5th and have some fun and maybe even learn a few skills! Bring your favorite games, or if you want some supreme geeky-points, bring a game you designed and play-test it with us [we can even discuss how to spruce-up your game with lasercut or 3D printed pieces, hint-hint]!

This event is public, so bring your family, friends, or just awesome gamers you know and wanna hang out with! If you want to take part in making the 3D printed game pieces, or laser cutting custom counters, we do ask for a minimum of $1 suggested donation to cover materials. If you want to see this stuff continue into the future, please donate more! Proceeds will go to Pumping Station: One’s donation box.

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03 2014

International Tabletop Game Day!

International tabletop day

International Tabletop Day

If you haven’t heard about it, please visit http://www.tabletopday.com for info.

This Saturday, the 30th, will be an international game day event! Want to play some creative, imaginitive games? Want to have some home brewed beer and some tasty snaks while you do so? How about hanging out with some awesomely geeky people? Analog Game Night is the event to do all of that in one awesome hackerspace! Got an old favorite or something you just bought at a Tabletop Day event at your local game store, or maybe a game you designed at home and want to bask in the overwhelming geeky glory you so deserve? Bring it and play it with all of us at Pumping Station: One!

When: This Saturday, the 30th, at 5pm
Where: Pumping Station: One

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03 2013

Analog Game Night: RPG Edition

This coming game night on Saturday the 2nd will be a special edition event! As usual, a variety of games will be provided for those who do not wish to participate in the larger game, but the main focus will be on a Quickstart [a small RPG campaign that can take place in one night] for the World of Darkness Roleplaying system titled “Nightmare at Hill Manor”. I plan on going all out on this game, bringing a few minor props to interact with, optional maps for reference, and even a soundtrack for a few selected events!

If you plan on joining in on the game, I have pre-made characters available, but, really, it’s more fun to make your own. Here is the World of Darkness system overview, including how to make a character, and here is a character sheet for you to download, print, fill out, and bring to the game for reference! Here’s what all the players, and characters, need to know at the start:

the spirit insideJanice Poole from 3C is late setting up your apartment complex’s bi-weekly poker night due to the ongoing construction on the road outside the building. She seems like a bit of a busybody, but after talking with her in passing a few times, you’ve decided that, really, her personal questions and insistence of inter-apartmental socializing is just her way of trying to make this old apartment complex feel like home for everyone.
She dragged you into a poker night a few months back with the promise of free food and a chance to win a little pocket cash. And, even if it wasn’t really your thing at the start, you’ve found yourself coming back each time for some reason or another.
The other regulars at poker night are people you see in the halls of the apartment complex from time to time. A polite nod, or a wave hello is about the extent of interaction you usually get when you are away from the poker table.
As you all settle in for your friendly game, you get the feeling that something is off about tonight, the air just feels wrong. But you shake it off as just another feeling of paranoia that everyone gets from time to time and go on with your game, soon forgetting about it.

And then the trap falls shut…

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02 2013

Analog Game Night This Saturday!

GAME NIGHT!

Bring your favorites!

 

Anyone got a cool new game to play? Wanna play it with a bunch of other gamer geeks? Got any awesome new minifigs, counters, or gaming dice sets that you want to show off to people for some geek cred? Just wanna hang out with some fun people and play games, drink beer, and eat some tasty snacks?

Bring  your favorite games over to Pumping Station: One this Saturday, the 2nd, at 7pm and play the night away! As usual, all games are welcome [even cuddle dice, though you may have a hard time finding people to play with], homemade games are extra awesome!

See you there!

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01 2013

Analog Game Night This Saturday!

Bring your favorites!

 

Anyone got a cool new game to play this holiday season? Wanna play it with a bunch of other gamer geeks? Got any awesome new minifigs, counters, or gaming dice sets that you want to show off to people for some geek cred? Just wanna hang out with some fun people and play games, drink beer, and eat some tasty snacks?
Bring  your favorite games over to Pumping Station: One this Saturday, the 5th, at 7pm and play the night away! As usual, all games are welcome [even cuddle dice, though you may have a hard time finding people to play with], major gamercred to homemade games.

See you there!

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01 2013

Macabre Makeup Class 2

bloody will makeup

Demo from Tuesday night

 

It’s that time of the year again, boils and ghouls! Do you still lack ideas for costumes? Maybe you just want to take your existing costume a couple steps further? This three part course will teach you what you need to know about making realistic bruises, contusions, and wounds that would make your mother scream!
Part 1 on Thursday @ 7pm will feature the basics of wounds to make them look real and painful, instead of painted on.
Part 2 on Friday @ 7pm will feature how to use latex to create torn or blistering skin that bleeds.
Part 3 on Saturday @ 7pm will feature how to use makeup wax to create wounds with deapth and how to include embedded objects.

Single class: $10
Full course: $20

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10 2012

Open Knitting Lab – Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Kninjas: Open Knitting Lab wednesdays @ 7Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level.  Join us to hang out and enjoy knitting with others.  I will help you get started, figure out a pattern, troubleshoot problems and work on designs.  If you have questions or need guidance in buying supplies, email me at ARTG33K74@gmail.com

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03 2012

Makeup Class: Wounds and Contousions. This Saturday!

BittenWant an extra-special detail added to your costume this year? I’m teaching a short series of classes on theatrical makeup starting this Saturday, the 8th, at 5pm-7pm [possibly shorter depending on the number of students]. The class will cost $10-20, based on the size of the class. the more people show up, the cheaper it’ll be, so bring your friends! The first class will be going over bruises, scrapes, and small superficial wounds. The second class will focus on deeper cuts, peeling skin, bites like the one pictured, and some serious gore. The third class will be focusing on embedded items, like pencils, knives, and so on, and will include a recipe for washable, edible theater blood and we’ll be making our own embeddable items!

Days: October 8th, 15th, 22nd
Times: 5-7pm
Cost: $10-20 based on attendance [the more the merrier cheaper]

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10 2011

A QR Code That Returns Your Keys

Have you ever lost your keys on the train or the street and had to give them up for lost? Some stores have keyfobs with a barcode connected to your store account, so the keys can be turned in at any of those chain stores, and the store will contact you or even send you the keys!

But what if that chain is no longer around, or you’re on vacation in another state and they don’t have the chain store there? Then what? This QR code keychain design will allow someone with a smartphone to take a picture of the fob and automatically send you a text that they found your keys, with their phone number so you can call them and arrange to get your keys back!

QR Code Keychain. Photo has been altered to protect the phone number encoded on the fob.

The code can be generated any number of places or you can have fun with URI schemes yourself. Much like the mailto protocol, sms format is

sms:5555555555?body=I%20found%20your%20keys!

Once the code was generated, I etched the acrylic on our laser cutter, going over the etching twice for extra depth, and filled the recessed areas with polymer clay [you can use fimo, sculpey, etc.], put it in the oven to set and covered with a clear layer of nail polish for added protection.

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10 2011