Forget sexy! Pittsburgh is bringing nerdy back with a slew of events geared toward the city’s most geeky guys and girls. From live action role playing groups to Internet gaming gatherings, the region is bustling with nerd-worthy activities for all ages. If you’re ready for a nerdy night on the town, check out these events that cater to Pittsburgh geeks.
2010 Josephine St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Nerds consider this arcade/bar mash-up one of Pittsburgh’s hidden gems for the geekiest gaming. Whether you love arcade games and pinball, strategy and skill games or video games and Internet gaming, Games N’At has it. Try your hand at favorites like Star Trek-’91 Data East pinball or classics like Pac-man and Space Invaders in the arcade. Games N’At offers walk-in prices ranging from just $5 to packages for $60. You can also bring your own beer to the arcade and make use of some of the games’ drink holders.
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Cheyenne Grimes’ Obscure Games
4207 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Hours: March 6, 7:30 p.m.
If pub games are your geeky pleasure, head to Hambone’s Pub on Wednesday, March 6 to meet up with the members of the North Coast Gamers’ Pittsburgh chapter for Cheyenne Grimes’ Obscure Games. This week’s games center around a variety of dice games, including Catan, Quarriors, The Dice Game and Perudo; however, you are always encouraged to bring your own dice games as well. All levels of gamers are welcome to attend for an evening of games, socializing and cocktails. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Hambone’s Pub in Lawrenceville.
Mingo Public Star Party
Mingo Creek Park Observatory
10 Shelter Way, Mansion Hill Rd. Extension
Finleyville, PA 15332
Hours: April 19, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
If you’re fascinated by the final frontier, turn your eyes to the sky during the Amateur Astronomer Association of Pittsburgh’s Mingo Public Star Party. Learn about various celestial events such as planetary alignments and comets from special guest speakers ready to spill their secrets about the best sky gazing techniques. Don’t forget your telescope or binoculars to join in on the guided tour of the sky’s constellations and bright stars. The Mingo Public Star Party will be held weather permitting so contact the Mingo Creek Park Observatory at (724) 348-6150 to confirm conditions.
Xtreme Laser Storm Robinson
456 Home Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Since Milton Bradley released its Star Trek Electronic Phasers, the first laser toy of its kind in 1979, laser tag has grown in popularity among the city’s nerd crowd. Grab 20 of your geekiest friends and head to Robinson Township’s Xtreme Laser Storm for an all-night outing at $22 per person or go with just a few of your pals. Laser Storm games last about 10 minutes each and start at just $6 for one game. Xtreme Laser Storm also houses a variety of arcade games and a snack shop so you can stay energized while tagging your opponents all night long.
Strategy Gamers of Pittsburgh
Crafton Public Library
140 Bradford Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Price: March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Strategy Gamers of Pittsburgh holds regular gaming meetings every second and forth Saturday of the month at the Crafton Public Library where nerds can gather with one another to play a variety of strategy games. Join in on games like Risk, Qwirkie Cubes and Dominion or bring a game of your choice. Whether you’re an experienced gamer or new to the nerd world of strategy play, there’s something for everyone! Free drinks and snacks will be provided as will table-top board games.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.