While in Seattle attending the Educause Security Professionals Conference for work, I had another unexpected random encounter with a gamer while traveling. I was returning to my hotel room from having dinner at the Raygun Lounge (a small but warmhearted gaming cafe), carrying a bag full of a Raygun logo mug, board game and a grail RPG box for me… Greyhawk Adventures: From The Ashes. As I was heading toward the elevator I heard a voice, “Someone has gaming on their mind, perhaps some Dungeons and Dragons?” I turned to see a gentleman with an Educause name badge standing near the elevator.
This chance encounter struck up a conversation. I found out he was also a gamer and was curious where I had just been. I told him about the Raygun lounge and that I was planning to check out another game cafe in the area, Cafe Mox, after the conference ended. He had a red eye flight that night and no afternoon plans so asked if he could join me on the excursion. Visiting a game cafe is so much more fun if you have someone to game with, so I gladly accepted.
Soon as our final session ended, we grabbed a Lyft ride and headed to Card Kingdom and Cafe Mox. We got there as they opened and proceeded to relax, eat, play games and chat for the next five hours. We were both quite in awe of the wonderful game store and cafe. The store was larger than any I have personally visited with entire rooms dedicated to RPGs, Miniatures, CCGs, Family games, and hobby games. If that wasn’t enough, the attached Cafe Mox decked all out in wood was inviting, had wonderful food, and gave us a place to try out games for hours on end. I got to teach my new friend Tides of Time while he taught me Oh My Goods! We then both learned how to play Jaipur and Flip City. Also enjoyed getting to know the staff at Card Kingdom and talking about freelance work I have done (Conversation started from seeing Mindjammer and Achtung! Cthulhu on the shelves. Always fun to see your work on the shelves of stores). Food, fun and fellowship…the perfect way to spend your last day before heading home.
Seattle was a good trip. Great conference and evenings I got to have some fun. Mount Rainier out in all its glory in the unusually sunny Seattle weather. The Seattle Underground Tour was great to finally see in person, a location I have used in a Dresden Files RPG campaign for years. I also got to check out Magic Mouse Toys which is across the street from the Seattle Underground entrance. There, knowledgeable staff in the games section introduced me to Raygun Lounge and Cafe Mox. I am forever grateful for those recommendations. I left Seattle on quite the geek high.
Where have you randomly encountered another gamer unexpectedly? Has that led to a friend to game with or an adventure to a local gaming store/cafe? How has your gaming hobby made traveling more fun?