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

 

 

 

 

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?

How to stay focused during Spring Quarter

Continue reading How to stay focused during Spring Quarter

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!

What should I do this Spring Break?

Now that Spring Break has started, what is everyone doing?

For some of us, we are traveling in Hawaii for 8 days and sipping on lemonade (or a Mai Tai) on the beach.

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*sigh* “I wish I was here”

For others, we were too busy during Winter Quarter or too broke to plan an actual vacation. We are sitting at home contemplating on either staying in PJs for the rest of break or going out with our friends.

"All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day"

Why not do both? Sleep in, do a Netflix Binge, and go to an event somewhere close!

You may be thinking, “Huh? An event? Nothing ever goes on here…”

Continue reading What should I do this Spring Break?