Capitol Hill Coolness

Philip Philip
Feb 23

Hey, did we mention that this year’s Go Play NW will be held in the Richard Hugo House? Why yes, I believe we did, and we posted photos of it to boot. But where is this fantastic venue? Why, right in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Some of you may recognize the neighborhood from our first Go Play NW in 2007, as that year’s venue, Seattle University, is just a few blocks south. And of course some of you are from Seattle and know all about it. But for the rest of you, let me give you some idea.
First, right across the street from Hugo House is Cal Anderson Park, and if the weather’s nice, you should consider getting your lunch to go and eating in the park. It’s got a cool fountain and reflecting pool, some large chessboards along the pool, and plenty of places to just relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Hugo House is just a couple blocks away from the intersection of Capitol Hill’s two main commercial districts, the Pike-Pine Corridor running east and west, and Broadway running north and south. Both feature a mix of cool bars, restaurants, cafes, and funky shops. Just within a few blocks of Hugo House, there’s the Elysian Brewing Company (where we had our impromptu Friday night gathering for the first Go Play NW), Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Boom Noodle, Via Tribunali pizzeria, Caffe Vita, Espresso Vivace, Annapurna Cafe Indian cuisine… and lots lots lots more.
Capitol Hill’s a cultural center as well as a commercial one. It’s generally viewed as the heart of Seattle’s LGBT community, and several bars in the area cater to that crowd. The pulse of Seattle’s music can be felt here too, at clubs such as Neumos, the Comet Tavern, and Chop Suey. Just around the corner from Hugo House is the Northwest Film Forum, and a couple blocks down E Pine Street, the Landmark Egyptian Theatre has midnight movies every Friday and Saturday night. There’s the Repertory Actors Theatre, there’s the art-and-alcohol combo of Grey Gallery & Lounge, there’s old-school dancing at the Century Ballroom and modern electronic music and DJ culture at the Electric Tea Garden… again, more stuff than I can reasonably list out here.
I really enjoyed being at the Freehold Theatre last year, I felt it was fun having our gathering right in Belltown, surrounded by some of Seattle’s nightlife. But I’m really excited to be back on Capitol Hill this year, with its own nighttime craziness like Belltown (though Hugo House is safely insulated from that noise) but a coziness too that Belltown just can’t match. Capitol Hill’s probably my favorite neighborhood in Seattle, and I hope you’ll love it too.

Pics of the New Venue

ping ping
Feb 16

Hey, check out the pictures of the new venue with all the cool gaming spaces!
We took these pictures during our first scouting mission last July on what turned out to be the hottest day on record in Seattle. No kidding. 103°. I don’t know about the other guys, but I was positively dying on the vine! Even through the haze it was clear right away the space was a total winner.

The Team in the Caberet

Register Now!

Feb 09

Event registration for Go Play NW 2010 is up and running. Jump in now and reserve your place at the table.
The sooner you register, the sooner we’ll know you’re coming, and that will make us happy.

Go Play NW 2010 is Coming

Feb 09

They said it couldn’t be done.
They said 2009 could not be topped, that we should quit while we were ahead and open up a donut shop. After stuffing ourselves with donuts (power of suggestion), we huddled and decided: screw that, we’re going to tempt fate, defy the odds, damn the torpedoes…
That’s right: Go Play NW 2010 is coming.
See that date at the top of the page? June 18-20. That’s when the fun is. Save that date. See all that stuff over on the left? That’s everything you want to know about Go Play NW 2010. Where it’s at, how to register, the works.
We’ve got an awesome new space. Yes, last year’s venue was excellent. This one is even better. Impossible, you say? The hell, we say.
We’ve got 26 solid hours of gaming scheduled. Does that much gaming packed into one weekend violate both State and Federal health regulations? Could it actually cause you serious bodily harm? Maybe. We’re not lawyers, and we don’t care! We want to game!
What’s missing? Just one thing: you. And you can fix that right now. Because it really won’t be the same without you, especially not for you.

Shiny New Website & Blog

Feb 09

Your eyes are not deceiving you. We have a shiny new website! In fact it’s so shiny and new that we can’t stare directly at it without our eyes burning.
Under the watchful eye of our totem sasquatch, we’ll be updating the site with news and maybe even some behind-the-scenes action so you can follow along as Go Play NW 2010 comes together.
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