Seattle Game Day Veteran Explorer

gamedayIf you plan on playing in the Magic: the Gathering Aether Revolt Game Day (or any in-person event for that matter) it’s not always as easy to find out when to play at your local game store (LGS).  You could rely on knowing two other players to help you out.

1) Know a Regular

This player spends their Fridays, Saturdays, and sometime Tuesday at the same store, they know everything going on there.  Their tournament organizer is their Facebook friend and is a snapchat away.  They’ll know when their game day starts.  If you have a couple of places to play you’ll have to more than one regular.

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2) Know an Explorer

This player navigates every local game store’s web site,  Facebook page,  Twitter feed,  Wizards locator, or dry-erase white board.  Knowing this player is great, assuming you like the same style of magic they do – pptq grinder, frontier, legacy, EDH highlander frontier, or the similar.   Unfortunately there are not many Game Day explorer’s so this one may be harder to find, except, of course, if you know about arczap.com MTG Events.

ArcZap MTG Events is like a Veteran Explorer – both an explorer and a regular – that you can trust to find you events that meet your schedule and location.

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We have two features to walk you through today.

Hot Search

In our article Tap This! Searchable MTG Events we walk you through the basics of using MTG Events search engine. One additional new feature we’ve added to MTG Events is the hot search button, which searches automagically to whatever is the current set of events of interest- as of today, the Aether Revolt game day events.  This will change week to week.  You can find it in the menu on the left.

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To use it, just go to arczap.com/MTGEvents  and click the button and all the Seattle area game day events will be shown to you.

Store Front

The main MTG Events page shows all the stores and all the events – which you can further narrow down with our handy filters by store, tags, radius, or key words.  But our second new feature we are announcing is a dedicated page for each store that we have events.  You can bookmark these pages and have at a glance every Magic: the Gathering event for that store without filtering or searching or knowing a regular.  For example, here is Shane’s store front page.

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It shows the store, it’s address, phone number, map, and calendar.  One really nice feature is the ‘open map directions’ button which uses google maps to give you an immediate directions and traffic from your current location to see if you can make it on time.

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There are three ways to access the store front page for the store you are looking for.

1) On the main MTG Events page, in the ‘Filter by store’ area click the store name.

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2) In event details click the store name

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3) Go directly – bookmark it.

Each store has a unique url on ArcZap, they all exist under the /store area.  For example, Shane’s direct link is:  https://arczap.com/store/ShanesBigLeague

Here are direct links for all the Seattle area store front pages holding Aether Revolt game day events.

A World Of Collections Comics and Cards

Barnes and Noble – Downtown Seattle

Blue Highway Games

Calico Cat Toy Shoppe

Card Exchange

Card Kingdom

Crazy Timmy Games

DreamStrands Comics

Emerald City Games and Comics

Fantasium Comics and Games

Game On! – Puyallup

Games and Gizmos

GameStar – Lakewood

Gamma Ray Games

Geek Fortress

Geek Girls Collectibles

Green Lake Games

Heroic Knight Games

Hills of Comics

Let’s Play! Cafe

Luke’s Gaming Shop

Meeples Games

Mill Geek Comics

MOB Man Overboard Games

Moon Dragon Games

Mox Boarding House

MuGu Games

Northwest Sportscards

PFC Games

Phoenix Comics and Games

PLAYlive Nation – Redmond

Roadside Hobbies

Round The Table

Shane’s Big League

Tacoma Games

TerraCrux Games

The Dreaming Comics and Games

Uncle’s Games – Bellevue

Uncle’s Games – Redmond

Uncle’s Games – Tacoma

Uptown Espresso and Gameporium

West Coast Sports Cards and Games

Wishes

Zulu’s Board Game Cafe

 

 

 

 

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Libraries have so many events!

We love events. We love the idea of getting together with your friends and bonding over an interest that you share.

In honor of National Library Week, we wanted to showcase a place that has events all the time. These events can be fun, informative, or even lifechanging. Here are 10 types of events that happen at libraries.

All Free!

1) Video Gaming (Or Card Games)

We all have a little geek in us. It’s what makes us interesting and fun! Libraries host video game events for teens. Want an adult one? Send your local library a comment and see if they can sponsor it!

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2) Survival

Did you know some libraries have events on how to survive in the wilderness? Or how to survive through college. They try to find ways to help people through bringing in professionals who have advice or authors who have lived through it all.

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3) Authors

That’s right. Libraries bring in famous and local authors to connect to the public. What a better reason to read a book? Or write a book?

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4) Business classes

Libraries want to develop communities by helping people turn their passions in to dreams, and then even to reality. Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Look no further than at your local library.

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5) ESL classes

Or even citizenship classses. These free classes are always attended well because there is a need. Libraries want to fill this need of building skills to find a job or go to school.

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6) Children’s Storytimes

Many of us have or will have children in the near future. Going to storytimes help jumpstart your child’s literacy skills by singing, playing, talking, reading, and writing! Even babies that are newborns benefit from these programs. The libraries give you tips on how to engage your child. It is also a great place to meet the same parents every week and form a communities of parents trying to pull it all together. Usually, they succeed.

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7) Science Programs

Since we are talking about children, libraries provide many STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for free! For example, have you ever wanted to build a rollercoaster? Or a robot that you can command? Many libraries have these resources for elementary age children and teens to explore!

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8) Technology Classes

For all ages, libraries provide free technology classes on everything from how to use a mouse to Adobe photoshop. Some libraries even have tech centers with a greenscreen and a camera for you to use. You won’t know until you check it out!

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9) Shakespeare, Opera, and More!

If the community wants programs about the arts, the libraries provide. Sometimes it’s a movie, sometimes it’s a real play.

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10) Book Groups, Language Circle, and More!

Have we gotten the point across that libraries have all sorts of events? It’s true. For example, check out the the Seattle Public Library Calender. There’s language learning groups, book groups, and even Shakespeare’s First Folio!!!

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We’re still at that point where we can’t believe these events are free to the public, whether you have a library card or not. Librarians are the best even planners.

What events would you like to see happen at your local library?

Don’t miss these weekend events!

This weekend is packed with events in all of our college campus areas!


 

Near UW

Jane Comfort & Company

Friday April 8, 2016

Meany Hall

8-9:30PM

Declared “a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance” by The New York Times, Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Comfort to create layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements. The program features the critically acclaimed Beauty. This provocative dance theater work explores the American notion of female attractiveness by framing the dialogue of the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire and appearance around the quintessential image of Barbie. Beauty is “wickedly funny and …isn’t interested in forgiveness” (The New York Times).

Chinese Dumplings 101: Food, Family, and Culture

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Mercer Court A

4PM-8PM

For UW students and family! Join in a night of learning about dumplings and make some to eat for FREE.

Saturday April 9, 2016

Meany Hall

8PM

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar emits sonic beauty as she explores Indian music, electronica, jazz, flamenco and Western classical music. The daughter and student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, her genre-defying style produces music as intriguing as it is beautiful. A three-time Grammy nominee, Shankar has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thievery Corporation, Herbie Hancock and her half-sister Norah Jones.


 

Near BC

FREE Meditation: A Tool To Balance Your Life

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Bellevue Library Room 1
1111 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The practice of meditation can contribute to a more positive, healthy lifestyle; a tool to reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq., who has been meditating for over 30 years as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

On Stage with Classical KING FM: Seattle Rock Orchestra

Saturday April 9, 2016

Resonance at Soma Towers 288 106th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Classical KING FM 98.1 is the Pacific Northwest’s voice for classical music and the arts. “On Stage with KING FM” adds to that dimension by sharing our love of live performance. We hope you enjoy and spread the word. In 2015/2016, Classical KING FM presents 6 concerts featuring some of our region’s top classical music and crossover artists.

Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet (along with the mesmerizing Tamara Power-Drutis) transforms popular song into art song, performing a program that reimagines the work of artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Bjork and others as intimate and emotional chamber works born for the recital hall.


Near CWU

Board Game Nights

Friday April 8, 2016

Nerdcore Toys

6pm – 11pm

Board games all night!

The Inland Poetry Prowl

Saturday April 9, 2016

Downtown Ellensburg

Noon – 10PM

An all-day literary event, NOON – 10:00 pm, taking place at various venues within easy walking distance in historic downtown Ellensburg. Featured poets include Tod Marshall, WA State Poet Laureate; Jake Andrews, WA State Poetry Out Loud 2016 Champion; and many other highly acclaimed NW poets from Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and Yakima. The prowl also includes craft talks, open mics, and a book fair. Immerse yourself in metaphor. Admission is FREE.

 


Looking for concerts?

Check out our Key Arena Calendar!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Do you say “no” to events too?

Events and networking events are hard to go to. Not all of us are extroverted and feel comfortable with striking up a conversation with a total stranger. It’s just not us.

However, there are many ways and reasons to go to events.

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The first reason,

1) Human beings were made to socialize

Socializing makes us happy. That’s why customer service is such a highly valued part of retail. Happy employees, happy customers. Next time you get your groceries checked out, smile and ask the cashier how they are doing. This is a nice gesture for the employee but also for yourself.

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The second reason is more lucrative,

2) You can’t network without meeting new people

Especially for us college students, networking is a fundamental part of getting that dream job (or that entry level job that will get us to our dream job). So practice practice practice. Go to some events that are made up of your existing social group. Or create your own get-together for just your group!

3) Learn something new

Many people go to events (chess club, martial art practice, or MAGIC) to learn something new. Life-long learning is a valuable skill to achieve life-long happiness. Make a bucket list of all the things you wish you knew how to do. Then find other people or groups who do those things. Approach them as a beginner and they will show you the ropes. Who knows, you may find your next best friend.

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4) Be able to answer the question, “How was your weekend?” with pride

Some of us love to spend our day offs alone at home. However, why not divide up your weekend in half and do something on Friday/Saturday and then have a lazy afternoon? Being away for a part of the weekend makes the lazy Sunday that much sweeter. Being able to tell your colleagues a little bit about yourself outside of work/school also strengthens your relationship with them. It makes your time with them go by faster because you have something to talk about.

Now for the real reason why we all go to events…

5) Free food!

College events have been increasingly providing food for attendees because that’s what attracts us. Food in the dorms is so expensive and the grocery store is just too far away. Cooking is also a hassle in your small apartment/dorm. Or you may just not have time for it.

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Now go get that free food!

 

Plans for New Year’s Eve?

First of all, Happy New Year! 2015 has been an incredible ride for ArcZap.

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We focused on bringing events to you and finding out what you want. Next year, our resolution is to make it all bigger and better!

We will be celebrating by reflecting on all that we accomplished this year in various places, but what about you?

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Let us help you with that! Here are some events happening in all of our campuses:

See the ArcZap events list here

Continue reading Plans for New Year’s Eve?

New Features: Mobile and More

Have you logged in lately? There have been many new changes to ArcZap! But here are the major changes and new features:

1) Look and feel

We went with a friendlier interface this time with a softer color scheme and friendlier fonts. The event calendar is easy to navigate and the side menus have been consolidated.

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2) Navigation bar

Groups, Events, and Messages  now share the side navigation bar with easy access from the top

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3) Mobile friendly

Look for events on the go and upload photos right away! We want to make searching for your next party fast and easy.

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4) Goodbye to “spam” emails

Emails are no longer sent immediately but instead come in a single daily summary email.

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However, you can choose to receive event invites and reminders immediately.

Emailing your group alias will stay normal but comments, updates, and messages will be sent in a summary email once a day.

5) Event Reminders Revamped

Event Reminders are individualized and you can have it text you, email you or both.

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6) Event editor

If you own a community or a group, there is now an event editor that can tell you when there are errors in events to be corrected. Tutorials for this will be given to those who curate events.

7) Are you sponsored by a community?

Groups who have a sponsor community, can see the community events amongst your group events. This reduces your need to check both places.

 


 

Now… screenshots can only show you so much. So, try out some of these features for yourself!

 

 

Looking for Winter Break Events?

Some of you are already on Winter Break!

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But some of us still have a few days to wait…

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So after a few days of Netflix binge-watching and eating everything in sight, what is there to do? (Besides see Star Wars)

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Continue reading Looking for Winter Break Events?

Whoa, Games at the Library?

Did you know that November 21st is a day for libraries around the world to participate in International Games Day? This means there are board games

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Card games

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and even video games!

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Continue reading Whoa, Games at the Library?

The Google of Events

We just released a new version of our site and we think you will love it. Not only did we listen to all of your feedback and made drastic changes, we also created a whole new section of our site for EVENTS.

Continue reading The Google of Events

Do something fun these past few weeks? Create your own celebration board!

Sadly, Spring Break has come to an end. But there were some amazing events these past few weeks that deserve to be remembered.

For example, we went to Sakura Con this past weekend. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is a Northwest Anime Convention in Seattle. We went because our marketing intern was performing for the closing ceremonies and ran a workshop on Chinese martial arts.

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Yes, all these girls are holding swords. They were teaching them too! How awesome is that?!

Besides her awesome performance and workshop, we saw many crazy, yet cool things.

Continue reading Do something fun these past few weeks? Create your own celebration board!