Do you want to build a Gingerbread House?

It’s National Gingerbread House Day and we have some gingerbread houses ready to be built! Bring along your friends and family to take part in the festivities, play some board games, or enjoy a fun holiday movie classic. Enjoy a fresh cup of hot coffee – first drink free when you download our app! There is no better way to celebrate the Winter season!

To find out about other events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T – in Google Play store or Apple App Store. You can also follow us on Instagram @thelounge

 

 

Game Night: Apple TV Gaming, Board Games, and Card Games

We got a 98” TV and an Apple TV loaded with fun games like Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Real Racing 3! Want some multiplayer fun? We also have a selection of board games and cards games to enjoy. Bring your friends, family, and competitive spirit!

To find out about our other awesome free events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T. Or follow us on Instagram @thelounge

Game Night: Apple TV Gaming, Board Games, and Card Games

We got a 98” TV and an Apple TV loaded with fun games like Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Real Racing 3! Want some multiplayer fun? We also have a selection of board games and cards games to enjoy. Bring your friends, family, and competitive spirit!

To find out about our other awesome free events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T. Or follow us on Instagram @thelounge

Game Night: Apple TV Gaming, Board Games, and Card Games

We got a 98” TV and an Apple TV loaded with fun games like Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Real Racing 3! Want some multiplayer fun? We also have a selection of board games and cards games to enjoy. Bring your friends, family, and competitive spirit!

To find out about our other awesome free events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T. Or follow us on Instagram @thelounge

Game Night: Apple TV Gaming, Board Games, and Card Games

We got a 98” TV and an Apple TV loaded with fun games like Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Real Racing 3! Want some multiplayer fun? We also have a selection of board games and cards games to enjoy. Bring your friends, family, and competitive spirit!

To find out about our other awesome free events we host, download our app – The Lounge By AT&T. Or follow us on Instagram @thelounge

Capitol Hill’s Raygun Lounge rolling out barcade expansion, espresso

(Image: Gamma Ray Games/Raygun Lounge)

(Image: Gamma Ray Games/Raygun Lounge)

Fans of Gamma Ray Games and Raygun Lounge have likely noticed some changes and can expect a few more in the coming months.

A grand reopening to celebrate the overhaul including new lighting, and some layout changes for the combined Capitol Hill retail/gaming/eating/drinking space is planned for Saturday. More arcade games, coffee and beer taps are on their way.

“The neighborhood has changed a lot and the market has changed a lot so we’re kind of adjusting,” owner Eric Logan told CHS. “…What we used to do worked seven years ago. It doesn’t work today.” Continue reading

Donnatella Against Humanity: IT’S A TRAP

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It’s BAAAACCCKKKK! This time on a monthly schedule!

Do you like Cards Against Humanity? How about a little trivia? Join Seattle’s most boxy-hipped, athletic drag queen for an evening of fun at Gamma Ray Games / Ray Gun Lounge!

Teams from single players on up to groups are encouraged! No buy in, enjoy drinks while you play. Prizes for best team name and overall winner provided by Gamma Ray / Ray Gun and more!

Door at 7pm, Show at 730pm

FREE!

CHS Pics | Hearthstone and cupcakes

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(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Pokemon Go still brings a crowd to Cal Anderson. It’s not the only game bringing people together on Capitol Hill. Wednesday night, CHS stopped by a regular Hearthstone meetup. We won’t begin to try to explain the game to you but we can tell you about cupcakes from host venue Cupcake Royale and free pizza from Windy City Pie. Seattle gaming company RumbleMonkey is behind the Hearthstone meetups designed for both the “competitive player” and those who need to “practice.” The meetups are free and BYOD — bring your own device. You can watch the RumbleMonkey Facebook page to keep track of the next get-together.

‘Capitol Hill is lousy with zubats’

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

If you see people wandering Capitol Hill with faces buried in their phones… well, it’s just another Thursday in Pike/Pine. But there is, indeed, something new on the streets of Capitol Hill and it is giving the mobile device-enabled yet another digital addiction to serve as well as a new excuse to wander the neighborhood.

Pokemon Go, an “augmented reality” game the company has been hyping with Nintendo and Google spin-off Niantic since last year, has finally been released to the wild — along with, apparently, Squirtles, Caterpies, Beautiflies, and Heliolisks. (OK, bring it nerds — I dare you to be the first to tell CHS that there are no Squirtles in Pokemon Go.) Continue reading

Pike/Pine’s Puzzle Break builds business on ’live-action’ games

“Welcome to the room. You have one hour to escape.” This mysterious introduction leads you into Puzzle Break’s brand new game, Escape the Midnight Carnival, which opened last weekend. Located in the studio spaces below 10th Ave, this unusual “live-action” game business has called Capitol Hill home since debuting in 2013.

The idea for the new puzzle came from the company’s “Chief Creative Officer,” Lindsay Morse. “We agreed to do no clowns,” said Nate Martin, CEO and co-founder.

Using a broad range of themes, Puzzle Break’s games are designed to each be their own world, a niche experience, like walking into a period piece. Their last puzzle, a nautical themed adventure titled Escape from 2,000 Leagues, is still open for playing.

“Our chief creative officer has a huge number of themes, and when it becomes time to open a new room, we sit down and see what we are feeling, what kind of puzzles we can shape to an overall theme, so when you are solving a particular puzzle it feels appropriate and it furthers the story of the theme,” Martin tells CHS.  This attention to detail is what makes the game work — and now you’ll know more about bugs and Mayan mythology than you ever thought you would.

Down the ramp to Puzzle Break (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

Down the ramp to Puzzle Break (Image: Kate Clark via Flickr)

CHS first reported on Puzzle Break in 2013 as the small company from a product manager at Electronic Arts and a visiting assistant professor, Classics at the University of Puget Sound, began its venture dedicated to “designing and tuning puzzles and environments.”

Puzzle Break has now been in operation for three years. The first puzzles were bootstrapped, the co-founders sourcing much of the tools and props from thrift stores, creatively making ends meet. But, as they soon found out, people love puzzles. Their popularity continues to grow, and tickets often sell out for weeks in advance. From 2014 to 2015, Puzzle Break’s revenue increased 270%, with over 20,000 players and counting, the company touts. Tickets run $30 per person and group sales are a big part of the business. The strong financials have allowed Puzzle Break to research and create increasingly sophisticated and intricate puzzles.

Many of the puzzles in the new game were designed and built through a partnership with SoDo MakerSpace. Laser cutting, 3D printers, and beautiful craftsmanship made the puzzles and props authentic and charming.

Escape the Midnight Carnival, which involves multiple types of beetles, the Mayans, and a gaggle of codes to break, continued to gain more and more depth as we played it, the game revealing new layers of detail and plot as discoveries were made. Similar to learning the method and language of a crossword puzzle, you get better at it the longer you play. Teamwork is critical, communication is key, and you must beat that clock.

Puzzle Break Seattle is located at 1423 10th Ave. To find out more and buy tickets visit puzzlebreak.us.