This Week in Geek - Thanksgiving Week Edition: Nov 22 - 29

There aren’t any big, dramatic festivals this weekend, but there are fifteen different low key excuses to get together with a few like minded geeks for some casual funtimes. Despite Thanksgiving, you can enjoy five consecutive days of boardgames with groups spread all over Austin. If that’s not enough geeky goodness for you, media fans can huddle together to watch the zombie soap opera Walking Dead, head up north to see John Carter of Mars with STARR, or stay central to watch some classic Doctor Who on the Alamo’s big screen. Of course, if your idea of a relaxing holiday weekend involves curling up with a good book, the Austin Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book Club’s meeting is this Saturday.

Halo 4 Tournament
Nov 23, 6:00 p.m.
Microsoft Store
3309 Esperanza Crossing
Join us for bi-weekly gaming tournaments at the Austin Microsoft Store every other Friday; join us this week for Halo 4! Player spots are limited to 32 so arrive early since this is a first come first served event.

Austin Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book Club
Nov 24, 1:00 p.m.
Monkey Nest Coffee Shop
5353 Burnet Rd
This month, the literary geeks get together to discuss Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey.

Austin Doctor Who Fan Club Watches The Claws of Axos
Nov 24, 1:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
5701 W. Slaughter Ln
Ain't It Cool News, BBC Home Entertainment, and the Alamo Drafthouse are collaborating to bring you an afternoon of classic Doctor Who on the big screen. The showing itself is free, but they do ask you to purchase a $5 food voucher in lieu of a ticket.  Meet your fellow Whovians and get your timey wimey wibbly wobbly fix with a classic old series episode while waiting for this year’s Christmas special.

Nocturnis-Amtgard Park Day
Nov 24, 2:30 p.m.
Brushy Creek Park
3300 Brushy Creek Rd
Cedar Park, TX
If the SCA has too much authenticity and LARP’s don’t let you get violent enough, check out this boffer sword fighting group. If you’re not familiar, boffer swords are usually made from PVC coated with foam and duct tape with a nice cloth cover.  People get together to beat on one another, drink, and go camping. If you’re an outdoorsy geek looking for some good exercise, check them out.

Board Game Night with Austin Single Gamers
Nov 24, 4:00 p.m.
Newk's Express Café
9722 Great Hills Trail #130
Let's meetup for some board game fun!  I plan on bringing Settlers of Catan, Small World,  Bohnanza, Apples to Apples, Kingsburg, Saboteur, and The Resistance, just to name a few. If you want to just come an hang out and watch people play, that is cool too. If you can't make 4 pm, but want to drop by later, that is totally fine as well.

Geeks Who Drink Meetup
Nov 24, 9:00 p.m.
Opal Divine’s Marina
12709 Mopac
Trivia lovers can join a team for the chance to show off their smarts and win free drinks.

Austin Dungeons and Dragons Meetup
Nov 25, 11:00 a.m.
King's Hobby Shop
8810 North Lamar Blvd
Almost anything goes in this post-apocalyptic, fantasy, cthulhu romp 'round the sandbox of our imaginations. Swords & Wizardry and this campaign make it easy for players to come and go, join in the middle, etc. Rules are simple and characters are quick to roll up.  New players always welcome. The rules are free to download. All you need are dice (and you can borrow some of those until you get your own).

Central Texas Boardgames Meetup
Nov 25, 2:00 p.m.
Silver Grill Cafe
4005 W. Parmer
We will play a wide variety of board games. Usual favorites include Dominion, Kingsburg, Small World, Race for the Galaxy, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Tichu (a card game) and many others. Bring your favorite game! Someone will most likely want to try it. Come out and have some good fun and good eats! The restaurant loves us. Sometimes we are the only ones there and most of us eat at least once there.

The Walking Dead Watch Party
Nov 25, 8:00 p.m.
Stomping Grounds Cocktail Lounge
3801 S. Congress Ave
Join the Austin Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club for another trip to post-apocalyptic Atlanta.

Girl Geeks of Austin Board Games and Brews
Nov 26, 7:00 p.m.
Black Star Co-Op
7020 Easy Wind Dr
Enjoy some microbrewery beers along with Euro style boardgames in the company of your fellow geek girls.

Pathfinder Society Meetup
Nov 26, 7:00 p.m.
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy
6111 Burnet Rd
Looking for some new faces around the gaming table?  Delve into ancient dungeons, uncover lost knowledge, and advance the secret goals of your faction--whether it be the freedom-fighting Andorans, the good-hearted Silver Crusade, the shady dealings of the Sczarni, or the strict laws of Cheliax--and gain experience and loot for your character no matter where you game!

South Austin Game Night and Boards and Brews Meetup
Nov 27, 6:00 p.m.
Rockin Tomato
3003 S. Lamar
This weekly gathering of gamers regularly hosts over 40 people playing a dozen different games. New people are always welcome.

Science Fiction & Technology Aficionados of Round Rock Watch John Carter of Mars
Nov 27, 6:45 p.m.
HomeField Grill
2000 S. IH 35 , Round Rock, TX
Join STARR for a fun evening of discussion, dinner, and a classic science fiction movie, 2012’s John Carter of Mars.

Girl Geeks of Austin Nerdy Knitting and Fiber Arts
Nov 27, 8:00 p.m.
Genuine Joe’s Coffee House
2001 W. Anderson Lane
Enjoy a laid back night of knitting, crochet, embroidery, or whatever fibercraft you love in the company of your fellow nerd girls.

Central Texas Boardgames Meetup
Nov 28, 7:00 p.m.
Wonko's Toys & Games
13776 N. Highway 183 #116
Boardgaming isn’t limited to south Austin. If you live up north, join the Central Texas Boardgames Meetup at Wonko’s Games. They have a library of a couple hundred games and plenty of people happy to play them with you



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