We put on a FREE show every month on the second Wednesday of the month.

Doors for the main seating area open at 7:30. The show starts at 8:00.

Our regular monthly show happens at The North Door. Pueblo Viejo makes us tacos there.

It’s a pretty cool set-up. Be there and be square.


Next event: 

Nerd Nite 110: Nerd Fun & Games

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7:00ish– Alley entrance open
7:30– Seating area/main room open
8:00– Show starts

Speed dating is on hiatus until Spring!


Join us at the North Door on Wednesday, January 9th for this month’s Nerd Nite! This month’s speakers bring us a one-stop shop ALL the fun and games to start your new year RIGHT! Join us for talks on equations, LARPs, and character voice skills.


“An Introduction to the Sleestak Curve” by Sam Spetalnick

Referential humor comes from our desire for community and shared experiences, yet this almost universal human practice is woefully unexplored by science. Sam presents how The Sleestak Curve seeks to remedy that through a rigorous and groundbreaking process he is thrilled to make its public debut at Nerd Nite.

The Sleestak Curve is designed by Sam Spetalnick, Ava Spetalnick, and David Strickland. All three authors currently work in software (sales, product management, and development) and have educational backgrounds in music theory, journalism, and math.

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“Characterization Through ‘Voice’ In Roleplay” by Michelle Elbert

One way to differentiate yourself from your character is creating a “voice” for your character. Michelle explains how voice is more than the sounds you make with your mouth or the way you pronounce words; it includes all the choices you make in vocabulary, cadence, and structure and how it can be used in roleplay.

Michelle joins us again after being previously seen at Nerd Nite Austin talking about Cosplay and Costuming! She has been dressing weird and talking funny since she was four, which was kind of a while ago.

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“Beyond the Lightning Bolt: Intro to Modern LARP” by Marc Majcher

The word “larp” (live-action role playing game) often conjures the image of dudes running around in the woods with rubber swords—and that is a thing. Marc will discuss how this idea is a small part of a larger international larping scene, which includes anything from small-scale theatrical experiences to spending the weekend in a Hogwarts-inspired castle to exploring highly sensitive topics like the romantic and sexual relationships in a friend group, the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, or the nature of humanity and consciousness itself.

Marc Majcher is a developer/actor/director/teacher/game designer living in Austin, TX. He’s been writing, running, and playing RPGs for decades, and always has something new on the back (or front) burner.

 


As always, Nerd Nite is free. If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, or just show up (or both!).

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a drink, tip your bartenders, and relax!

ASL interpreters will be present. Our awesome librarian friends from the Austin Public Library will bring books, too.


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 Free at The North Door on 502 Brushy St. Austin TX

Speed Dating is on hiatus until Spring!

In months we are doing speed-dating, you can buy tickets at buytickets.at/nnatx

(Ambassador is on hiatus! Email us if you want to help! nerdniteaustincentral@ gmail.com!)