April 2015

Note: Unless noted otherwise, most events are held at Event Horizon, our community center in the Waterbury Building (intersection of Central and Broadway) in NE Minneapolis, at 1121 Jackson St NE. We have a Main Hall (room 107), Classroom (room 106A), and Living Room (room 106).

Parking is on the east side of the building, enter door 1121C.

 Taking the bus? Got to the Metrotransit website and map to the intersection for Central Avenue NE and Broadway St NE. Routes 10 and 17 are the closest.

We are past the equinox and swinging into spring, and it seems like everybody is gearing up for everything. We’ve got  party rooms at Minicon and Anime Detour, a volunteer appreciation event everyone’s been invited to, lots of gaming events with the quarterly Recon miniatures gaming and International Tabletop Day in addition to regular UGG meetups, and the annual Team Trivia Challenge. On top of all that, we’re planning for Art-A-Whirl, CONsole Room auction, the Annual Picnic (y’all are invited, by the way), [email protected] (this year with parade presence), and CONvergence (party room, programming, charity auction, merchandise).


Facilities work April 23-28 Volunteers Needed – Facilities has a big project coming up in April for replacing the carpeting and repainting in 106 and 106A. Volunteers are needed to help empty the rooms of stuff, patching and sanding, priming and painting, then moving everything back in place. Please sign up on the Volunteer form if you are interested in helping.


Auction Donations Are Being Accepted – We’ve got upcoming auctions at both CONsole Room (the Doctor Who convention) and CONvergence (this year’s theme is dystopia). We’ll be taking donations at CVG concom meetings, and can make arrangements to take them at the center. If you plan on delivering your donation to a convention, we’ll be taking them Friday and Saturday at CONsole Room, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at CONvergence. Please complete the our Donation Online Submission Form so we can arrange delivery and have the bid sheet for your item ready.


May 17 | Election/Open Forum – Reminder that elections are in May. Three director positions with 2 year terms and one with 1 year (due to mid year appointment) are up, with 2 incumbents. Check out the Board Elections page for more information. The deadline to declare intent to run for any of these positions is May 1 CORRECTION APRIL 16, 2015. If you would like more information or are interested in running, please contact the Secretary at [email protected]. ETA – There will be a “Meet the Candidates” event after before the election. Date and location TBA.

Declared candidates: Seth Chmelik (incumbent), Jeff Boucher-Zamzo (incumbent)

Program News:

GPS Writing Contest – We are less than 2 months out from the deadline to submit work! Submissions will be accepted through 11:59pm May 15, 2015. For all the rules and details go to the website link.


GPS Space Camp Scholarship – The window for 2016 submissions will open October 1, 2015 and go through midnight December 10, 2015. The application will be posted on the website early fall. We have started a Facebook page to help get the word out, and we’ve uploaded pdf files of posters and flyers to the web site for people to print out and help spread the word.


GPS Arts Initiative – Group Show to be accepting submissions. Every artists has a different sensibility. See how a group of talented individuals can challenge your perspective and make you think, feel, and imagine a different world. 

Theme of Show: Dystopia

Proposal submission should be a one page PDF that includes:
Artist Contact info (Name, phone, email, website)
Photo of art piece(s) – A maximum of 3 items per artist
Dimensions (including weight if over 5 lbs.)
Price for sale or NFS

Pieces will be on display from May 22 – June 20th 2015. Deadline for proposal submissions are due May 1st at Midnight at [email protected]. Replies will go out to the Artist by Monday, May 4th. Pieces must be dropped off at GPS on Monday, May 18th and picked up on June 20th.  Contracts with GPS will be filled out when the art is dropped off on May 18th.

Suggestion/prompts for art forms: 2D (photography, drawings, paintings, graphics, etc.), 3D (fiber arts, paper sculpture arts, wearable art, etc.) Preferred if it can be displayed by being hung on the wall.  We will not be able to accommodate audio and video displays.

This month for GPS

April 11GPS Team Trivia Challenge

We are less than a month away! Have you put your team together?

The Team Trivia Challenge is a game show-style trivia competition for teams and a fun-filled event for both competitors and spectators alike.

Teams of up to four members each test their science fiction and fantasy knowledge on a variety of topics ranging from movies to books to comics to television to science and more. Eight teams (the previous year’s defending champions – Team Phobophobia– and seven challenging teams) compete for bragging rights and (modestly budgeted) fabulous prizes!

Competitors please arrive no later than 2:30 pm for elimination rounds

The main event starts at 5:30 pm

Location: Fantasy Flight Game Center 1975 County Road B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113 (map)

Sponsored by Fantasy Flight Game Center

For this year’s list of books and details on how to register a team please check the Team Trivia Challenge website page.

#geekps #GPSTrivia


April 11 | 10am – 10pm | International Tabletop Game Day / GPS Movie Night

The Movie Night is teaming up with United Geeks of Gaming from 10am to 10pm for all day gaming fun!

 It’s that time again. We are having Open Gaming on International TableTop Day. Like last year, there might just be some other planned activities also. So keep your eyes out for it.

  • 11am to 4pm We are doing a Iron Designer Challenge from 11am -4pm. What is this you ask… Check the Meetup link for more information:
  • Noon to 8pm We are having crock pot pot luck from noon to 8pm! RSVP to that link to let us know what you are bringing. If you will not be bring something to share but want to eat, we ask you make a suggested donation of $5.
  • 3pm to 7pm will be RPG with Blades in the Dark Quick Start. Space is limited, so RSVP on the link.


Movie “Night” Expect a day full of entertaining titles screening in the Classroom (room 106A) intermixed with the live feed of Geek and Sundry’s Tabletop Day festivities. While  one of the movies screened on April 11th will be based upon a tabletop game, we wanted to give some other toys a chance, too. Here are some hints to the titles you can expect to see:

  • A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. To David Lightman, “Global Thermonuclear War” will just be one hell of a game. To everybody else, it will be hell waiting to happen.
  • An ordinary construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe into eternal stasis. This film packs in the star power, with appearances from Batman, Han Solo, Gandalf, Green Lantern, Abe Lincoln, and the AWESOME Wyldstyle.
  • Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines. Hell breaks loose, a Level Five quarantine is raised and only the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, including stars Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike, are allowed in or out.
  • Video game adventuress comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. It’s Angelina Jolie vs the Illuminati in this 2001 Action/Adventure hit filmed on location in the UK and Southeast Asia.

Still not sure you’ve figured out the titles? RSVP through the Eventbrite link and get them emailed to you. As always, feel free to bring along a comfy chair and some friends. There will be snack food and beverages available for sale at this event, but you’re welcome to bring your own…and don’t forget about the Pot Luck!

April 17 | 6:30pm – ? | Volunteer Appreciation Day
GPS is hosting an event to say thanks to the volunteers who make the Twin Cities such a fantastically geeky place. Invited: volunteers from GPS, Convergence Events/CONvergence, Anime Twin Cities/Anime Detour, MNFurs/Furry Migration, Quad Cities Anime/Anime Fusion, Manticoran Navy/Manticon, CONsole Room, S.C.A. Nordskogen, MNStF/Minicon, Diversicon, Gaylaxicon, JOFcon, Twin Cities Makers/Hack Factory. If we’ve missed anyone, it is not intentional. Consider yourselves invited. 

This will be held in the Main Hall (room 107) of Event Horizon. Details are still in the works, but there will be food & beverages, games, possibly movies. For questions please email [email protected].


April 20 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | GPS Arts Initiative – Figure Drawing Salon
If you sketch, draw, or paint, mark your calendar. Every third Monday of the month, the GPS Arts Initiative hosts a Figure Drawing Salon. From 6:00 until 9:00 PM, artists of all skill levels will have the chance to draw a live model and hone their craft.
The salon meets in the Classroom (106A) at Event Horizon. A small contribution will be requested to help cover the model’s honorarium. So bring your friends — the more artists join us, the smaller everyone’s contribution will need to be. For questions email [email protected].


May 15-17 | Art-A-Whirl @ GPS

VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We’ll need folk to help with set up on Friday (starting noonish) and teardown on Sunday after 5pm, staff the merchandise table all 3 days, some wandering hosts to help around the building, Crafty Geek folk to help with the kids program from noon to 3 on Saturday and Sunday, and greeters to answer questions and talk about all we do. Email [email protected] to volunteer or apply for a table in our vendor space. 

Upcoming for GPS 

  • May 15-17 Art-A-Whirl at GPS
  • May 18 – GPS Open Meeting / Election Meeting
  • May 23MinneFaire 6 at the Hack Factory
  • June 13 – GPS Annual Picnic
  • June 27-28[email protected]
  • July 2-5 – GPS @ CONvergence – Party Cabana, Charity Auction, Programming
  • August 1 – GPS Ice Cream Social

Club News (alphabetical by club) 

Black Hat Collective
April 25 | 1pm – 5pm | BHC Monthly Meetup
Graphic artists helping each other stay on target. Drop in to room 106A if you’re interested in joining us for an art jam, or email [email protected]. 
Crafty Geek  

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107 Come and make something awesome!

April 18 | 1pm – 4pm Saturday Salon and Tea
Come in from the cold and hang with your friends for more crafty goodness. Room 106A. 
April 16 – This month’s project is making Book Charms. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details and to RSVP so they know how much to get for materials. 
Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek)
Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm | Rooms 106/106A, sometimes 107
People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetings start January 8 and coincide with the Crafty Geek meetup.


Geeks Read
April 7 | 7:00 pm | Monthly Club Meeting
Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm.
All meetings will take place at Event Horizon room 106 unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring in any books you feel like donating to the lending library.


Geek Physique
March 31, April 7, 14, 21  | 7:00 pm | Haidon Gumdo
Haidong Gumdo is a sword art, beginners will start with foam and wooden swords. This is a regular class repeating for 8 weeks. At the end students maybe ready to test for their gold belt.
April 2, 9, 16, 30 | 7:00 pm | Geek Slink Belly Dance
Join us for a 6 week session full of shimmies, shakes, and just enough sweat to get your new year amped and healthy.  Because at Geek Physique, you can be healthy and fit at any size!
April 4  | 2:00 pm | Geek Archery
Whether you’re an old hand, or you’ve never shot before, come join us as we launch a volley of pointy sticks at some familiar targets. This event is open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Place: Lauderdale Community Park
NOTE: As this event is dependent on the weather, we will announce any cancellations by noon, the day of the event. RSVP on the event link. Hope to see you there!


GPS Photography Club
April 21 | 7pm | Monthly Meetup
This month’s topic is Film or Sensor. Email [email protected] if you have questions.



Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop.  Our members range from those just starting out to established authors with multiple book contracts. Follow the event links to RSVP (some meetups have a limited number of spaces open) and get details on locations and updates from organizers.


Topic As we head into Spring (at long last!), our April topic of discussion will be Making Mysteries. Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies – East side – 310 White Bear Ave, Saint Paul


April 15 | 6:30am | IndieReCon 2015
2015 IndieReCon is a free, online, virtual-con hosted by the Alliance of Independent Authors http://allianceindependentauthors.org. They will be streaming a series of events from all over the world. Watch the times of the events though, some start as early as 6:30 AM CST.


Topic TBA online, Lunds Market Uptown.


April 19 | 2pm | April Crit Group
Topic TBA online, Lunds Market Uptown.


Read the Book/See the Movie

April 10 | This month’s movie is based on the short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” from the book “Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”

Social time at 7:00 pm – movie begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Our gathering location rotates venues so email [email protected] for location.  Feel free to bring a snack to share!


2nd & 5th Friday  April 10 & 24 | 8:30pm – 11pm | Classroom (106A)
The Anime Twin Cities/GPS co-sponsored club will be showing free classic anime movies and series. Join us and socialize with other people who enjoy anime as much as you do. Due to holidays there will be only one meetup this month. Questions? Contact: [email protected].


United Geeks of Gaming

Open Gaming | normally the 1st & 3rd Saturday, Apr 11 & 18 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107, 106A

RPG Gaming | Sundays after Open Gaming, Mar 22, Apr 12 & 19 | 12 pm – 8 pm, location TBA.

Designers Sessions | Tue Mar 31 in 106A, Fri Apr 10 in 106, – These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.

FSA BattleTech Tabletop | Fri Apr 3 –Fallout Shelter Arcade has set up a tabletop game night first Fridays with U.G.G. in mind. Beginner friendly, check out the meetup link.

Crafty Gamers | Thu Apr 16 | 7:00 PM  –  UGG joins Crafty Geek to hang out for a few hours and work on whatever scenery making, miniature painting, map making or other gaming projects, we want to do in the company of others.

Partner News



April 19 | 2pm – 4pm | CONvergence Open Volunteer Meeting
CONvergence will be having an open volunteer meeting for anyone interested in helping out at this year’s convention. There will be a room at the DoubleTree in Bloomington with representatives from departments looking for help, so come on down if you are interested.

Do you have questions or concerns about CONvergence 2015: DoublePlusGood? Perhaps you have suggestions for things you’d like to see the convention or organization try, or policies to adopt? Maybe you’d just like to learn a little more about how Convergence Events operates?

April 19 | 5pm – 6pm | Convergence Events Open Meeting

Do you have questions or concerns about CONvergence 2015: DoublePlusGood? Perhaps you have suggestions for things you’d like to see the convention or organization try, or policies to adopt? Maybe you’d just like to learn a little more about how Convergence Events operates?The Convergence Events board of directors would like to invite you to join them for an open meeting at the Doubletree in Bloomington, 7800 Normandale, Blvd.

Talk with the Convergence Events board of directors, ask questions, give feedback, and get a brief update about the annual convention.

Attending Convergence Events open meetings counts towards the two official committee meetings required for CONvergence member voting rights in Convergence Events elections. You can read more about voting rights requirements in the Convergence Events bylaws here.


April 26 | 2pm | CONvergence Social Gathering: Host department TBA

We will be having monthly gatherings hosted by different departments to brainstorm/find volunteer opportunities/learn and just have a nice get together. Let’s get together and have some nerd time. These gatherings are 100% optional and no volunteer hours are given, but come if you can anyway. The gatherings will be held at Grumpys Bar and Grill in Downtown Minneapolis. There is free parking in back and a menu of reasonably priced yummy food and cocktails. Kids are welcome to join during the daytime. We have a semi-private meeting space on the side of the building called the City Club. Just look for the geeky T shirts and the people sucking up all the free Wi-Fi.
April 26 | 1:30pm | Nerf Herders Open Meeting
Planning for herding the nerfs continues. Meeting will be at Event Horizon in room 106A. For questions email [email protected]. Volunteers Past, Present, and Future are all welcome!


Anime Twin Cities

April 7 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | April Kotatsu

Make some new friends at our open hangout night! Bring games, cards, writing, knitting, any other hobby that suits you. Or just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation. This is a public gathering; come relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^
Look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo.
Location: Perkins, 7520 University Ave NE in Fridley


April 12 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Anime Detour Post Mortem
DoubleTree Bloomington.


April 27 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | ATC S.O.S. Meeting
Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting! Staff meetings are held Event Horizon in the Waterbury. We will be meeting in 106.

Anime Fusion

April 4 | 1pm – 3pm | Convention Planning Meeting
Open to anyone interested in volunteering for Anime Fusion. The meeting will be held in room 106A at Event Horizon.


CONsole Room

April 21 | 6pm – 8:30pm | Console Room Planning Meeting

Convention planning meeting for Furry Migration 2015, Back to Migration. Volunteers are welcome. The meeting will be held in room 106 at Event Horizon.

Other Announcements:

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 6pm – 9pm | Open House at the Hack Factory

Come down to the Hack Factory and see what Twin Cities Maker is all about. Wednesday night is our weekly Open House night, everyone’s welcome! Address is 3119 E 26th St, Minneapolis.

 Apr 1, 8, 15, 22  | 6pm – 9pm | S.C.A.

The weekly meeting for Barony of Nordskogen, a chapter of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Held in the Main Hall and Classroom (rooms 107 and 106A) every Wednesday.


Apr 12 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm  |  S.C.A. Dance Class
Apr 26 | 4pm – 6pm | S.C.A. Dance Class

This is a bi-weekly practice for period (historical) dance open to anyone interested. Each meeting will include instruction in techniques and specific dances from different time periods and different countries, such as English, Italian, court, country, etc. All skill levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to join in. Open to the Public 

 Apr 7  | 6pm – 9pm | Twin Cities Adobe Users Group

More in-depth instruction into Adobe Illustrator including vectorizing images and more work with type. Check out the Meetup for more information and to register. Cost is $5. Room 106A at Event Horizon.

 Apr 7  | 6pm – 9pm | Twin Cities Adobe Users Group

More in-depth instruction into Adobe Illustrator including vectorizing images and more work with type. Check out the Meetup for more information and to register. Cost is $5. Room 106A at Event Horizon.

April 21 ” 6:30pm – 9pm | JOFCon Organizational Meeting

We’re going to be meeting at the hotel this time, so we can review the space for people that haven’t been there before. I’m planning on getting dinner at the Dover, the hotel restaurant, probably around 5:30, and then review the space at about 6:30. For more information about the convention generally, go to Facebook event JOFCon Minneapolis 2015, or check out the official website.

DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

 May 2  | 6:30pm – 11:30pm | D.I.O.D.E.S. May Day Ball

The May Day Ball is coming around again this year, and tickets are now available for purchase. It will be at the Triune Masonic Temple in Saint Paul.

 May 23-24 | 10 am to 5 pm | Minnefaire 6 at the Hack Factory

Have you planned your calendar and registered for all of your cons and events yet? Check out the links below:

Apr 2-Apr 5     MiniCon 50
Apr 24-26            No Brand Con
May 1-3                Demicon
May 1-3                Minneapolis Comicon 2015
May 2                   Free Comic Book Day
May 2                   May Day Ball
May 8-9              Digital Destruction (2D)
May 8-10            Animinneapolis
May 16-17           MCBA Springcon
May 21-25          WisCon
May 22-24       MantiCon
May 29-31        CONsole Room
June 12-14          MLP – MSP
June 26-28         Fourth Street Fantasy
Jul 2-5                CONvergence
Jul 24-26            Diversicon
Aug 21-23           Geek.Kon
Aug 28-30        Furry Migration
Sep 4-6               Metacon
Oct 9-10             NerdCon
Oct 9-11            JOFCon 2015
Oct 16-18         Anime Fusion
Oct 23-25          Arcana 45
Oct 23-25          Crypticon
Oct 24-25          PokéCon
Feb 6-8, 2016   Supercon
May 6-9, 2016 Costume Con 34
Aug 17-21, 2016 MidAmeriCon II (WorldCon)
Oct 7-9, 2016     Gaylaxicon

Submissions for publications should be emailed to [email protected].

Deadline is the 15th of every month.

If you would like to see more exciting GPS and geek events, please visit the calendar. If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, email details to [email protected].

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