February 2014

February – it’s the shortest month of the year, but still packed with things to celebrate (e.g. Groundhog’s Day!) and geeky things to do (see below). If you are bored, it’s your own fault.


GPS Movie Night

February 8 | Event Horizon room 107. 

Set up starts at 6, film starts at 7.

February is a double header. Trench coats and fedoras. Singing nightclub bombshells. Are they both comic, or cartoonish? One movie main character based on a comic actually did a cameo in the book the other is base on (by Gary K. Wolf, 1981). To get the titles, “buy” the free tickets here https://gps-movie-night-feb2014.eventbrite.com/.

GPS Open Forum

February 18 | Event Horizon room 107

Social hour starts at 6 pm, meeting starts at 7.

Come talk to us about geekery in the Main Hall, room 107. All members, volunteers, partner members, and people interested in what we do are welcome. We tell you what we’ve been doing and what we want to do. Also, we want to hear from you! Please bring your comments and questions, and let us know what’s going on with you.

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Crafty Geek

Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27

From 6:30pm – 9 pm in Room 106A

Come and make something Awesome! Once a month Crafty Geek does a new project/build. This month has not been announced yet, so check out the Meet Up group for information.

Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek)

Here’s a place with the space for sewing folk to get their groove on and hang out at the same time. Recurring meetings coincide with Crafty Geek. but there will be additional times scheduled on a weekend day, so check the website or Meet Up group for updates and specific room info.

Thursdays (February 6 & 13 in 107, 20 & 27 in 106) from 6:30pm – 9 pm

Sunday February 9 from 1pm – 4pm in 107


Geek Physique is booting back up

SPACE IS LIMITED – Go to the Meet Up group to sign up. Thursdays February 20 – March 27 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Brace yourself…SHIMMIES are coming!  That’s right, Geek Slink is back for the 2014 season with GPS and Geek Physique for a 6 session series starting February 20. 

Geek Slink is a casual belly dance class for folks of all ages, sizes and character classes.  Total n00bs as well as seasoned veterans with higher level XP are all welcome to come and shimmy with us! This is a casual ‘workshop’ style class!  Please understand that as Geek Slink frequently has fairly large attendance numbers, 1 on 1 individual assistance is not always possible.  DO expect, however, to have a lot of fun in a no pressure, safe space environment.

Geeks Read

Tuesday February 4th from 7pm – 9:30pm

Event Horizon room 106

We will be discussing Brandon Sanderson’s “The Emperor’s Soul.” Then after the main discussion for those interested we will be discussing book 2 of The Spirit Walker Trilogy – Cold Fire by Kate Elliott. GPS

Photography Club

Tuesday, February 18, 7pm – 9pm

In February we will be working with Steve Fastner to work out photography of larger artwork pieces. See the website for details.

Read the Book/See the Movie Friday, February 21

This club meets monthly in a member’s home. Email [email protected] for time and place. This month’s movie is based on Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

Tsuinshi – the ATC/GPS co-sponsored club will be showing free classic anime movies and series. 

Questions? Contact: [email protected]p.org

Fridays February 14th & 28th from 8:30pm – 11pm

United Geeks Of Gaming (U.G.G.)

Open Gaming – Come and spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games. Bring your favorite Board, Card, Miniature, and Role Playing Games.

Saturdays, February 1 & 15 from 10am – 10 pm

Room 107 on the 1st, 106A & 106 on the 15th

Designers Session – The “”Designers Sessions”” series of events are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together. We will discuss our experiences and difficulties of developing the systems, mechanics and lore of our hobby. We will debate the pros and cons of game systems, and assist each other with problems in the games we are currently working on. We will also play test games that designers are currently working on, or just play games that we really enjoy.

Friday, February 14 from 6:30pm – 10pm in 107 Tuesday, February 25 from 6:30pm – 10pm in 106A

Upcoming for GPS

GPS Writing Contest Once again it’s time for those so inclined to put pen to paper/fingers to keyboard to create and submit for the GPS Writing Contest. Deadline for both manuscript and graphic novel entries is May 15, 2014. For details and rules please see http://geekpartnership.org/writing-contest/.

GPS Team Trivia Challenge will be at Pepito’s Parkway Theater on Saturday April 12. Elimination rounds start 2:45pm. The main event starts at 5:30pm.

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 comics to television to science and more. Eight teams (the previous year’s defending champions and seven challenging teams) compete for bragging rights and (modestly budgeted) fabulous prizes!

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

Partner News

Convergence Events

Feb 23  |  2pm-5pm  |  Ops Open Meeting

at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis on Washington Avenue. Not just for Ops volunteers, all are welcome for an early con fix. There’s a short meeting at the beginning, socializing for the rest of the time.

Feb 25  |  2pm-5pm  |  Nerfherders Open Meeting

at Event Horizon in the Waterbury, room 106A

Nerfherders public meeting! Come learn what we do and how you can help us keep people moving through CONvergence smoothly.

Anime Twin Cities

February Kotatsu

Date and Time: Tuesday February 4th, 6:30-9:30 PM

Location: Perkins, 7520 University Ave. in Fridley

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 have a meal and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^. Dinner is pay-your-own-way

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Here in the ATC community, we have many people who are directly and indirectly affected by diabetes. This is a great way to get together with a bunch of our favorite people to help out for a great cause.

The walk is February 22nd, 2014 at 8:30 AM, at the Mall of America in Bloomington. All are welcome to join our team as we support the mission of the JDRF. If you can’t join us at the walk, feel free to donate so that we can reach our goal!

Our team page is here.

Other news: Have you registered for all of your cons yet? Check out the links below.

Jan 31- Feb 2 Supercon (http://supercon.info/)

Mar 7-9           Marscon (http://marscon.org/2014/)

Apr 4-6            Anime Detour (http://www.animedetour.com/)

Apr 17-20        MiniCon (http://www.mnstf.org/minicon49/)

Apr 25-27        Omegacon Spring (http://www.omegacon.org/)

May 16-18       Console Room (http://console-room.mpls.cx/)

May 23-25       Brit Con (http://britconmn.org/)

Jul 3-6             CONvergence (convergence-con.org)

Jul 25-27         Diversicon (www.diversicon.org)

Sep 12-14       Furry Migration (con.furrymigration.org)

Oct 17-19        Anime Fusion (animefusion.net)

If you would like to see more exciting GPS and geek events, please visit the calendar.