IGWJD2019: Dallas/Ft. Worth Area Gathering

There’s been interest in an International GWJ Day meetup for the DFW area, so I’m creating a thread for coordination and so others can express interest. Based on conversations, it sounds like the official IGWJ day on 10/19 probably won’t work for many of us, so we may punt it back a week to 10/26 (the following Saturday).

I want to do a bit of a brainstorming session to figure out places we could meet and things people want to do. Since DFW runs pretty wide, I think meeting in somewhere centrally located would make it easy for more people to attend, maybe like Grapevine, Irving, Bedford, etc. But I’m sure we’re all used to driving long distances around here.

So far, here's what I've come up with:

There’s a few escape rooms in Grapevine we could do. We could do Escape the Room which has some fun looking themes, or we could go to Corky’s Gaming Bistro, which has escape rooms, a large arcade, and axe throwing. (I’ve already done the Alcatraz escape room there)

If we want to do board games, Madness in Plano is probably the best place, but it’ll be a hike for anyone on the west side of the metroplex. Generation X Comics and Games in Bedford looks like an alright option that’s more in the middle.

And for food, Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell is good. Just throwing it out there.

What do the rest of you think?

I'm definitely good with Corky's and I'd be willing to drive up from Keller over to Madness to hang out with ya'll. GenX is a good option as well. Sorta depends on where everyone is coming from.

As for food...can't go wrong with Hard Eight.

I’ll have to get a hall pass from the wife, but I’ll be back from work travel by then. Looking forward to it.

I’m out on the east side of Dallas, just past Rockwall.

I'm in Richardson, so kinda in the middle of you two. I shouldn't have an issue getting a day on the calendar, just need to give enough heads up.

Bumping to give others a chance to see the thread and chime in, and throwing out a couple more ideas.

Corky's is still a really good all-in-one place where we could spend a few hours, but since Vypre is way, way over there we may slide it a bit more towards the east, depending on who else wants to join in.

To that end, there's a few escape rooms in Plano near Madness that we could go to.

There's also a few escape rooms near 635 and the turnpike that might be easier for everyone to get to. We would probably have to find other stuff to do afterwards, depending on everyone's interests and availability.

We could always just spend an hour playing Space Team on our phones.

Have fun with DFW iGWJ Day!
Wish I'd looked y'all up when Beldera and I were in Dallas for six months back in...2011'ish?
Glad to have made the connection with Scottish via PAX South shenanigans tho'!

Couldn't agree more, PewPew. If you and Beldera are ever back down this way, be sure to give me a call. Lots of new board games that need some table time! (that extends to the rest of ya'll in DFW, too!)

I’m a maybe at the moment. I might be working that day, but I’m on the far west side of Fort Worth so if anything is in Plano, that’s a bit of a haul for me.

With that, I think it makes sense to meet at Corky's in Grapevine, since that's the most centralized option for everyone on the far sides of the metroplex. So we're still shooting for 10/26 (the week after the official IGWJ day). Does anyone have a preference on time to meet? Maybe early afternoon like 2pm, and then if we run long and want to eat somewhere we can do so. Or if we need to eat with our families instead, we can be done with time to do that too.

If there's any lurkers out there, now's a great time to hop into the thread for coordination.

Update: So to get a bit more information, if we want to do escape rooms at Corky's, it's $29 per person. Axe throwing is $29 per person for a 75 minute session, and if people want to do that we would probably get our own bay. The arcade area is $10 for 1 hour, and $12 for 4 hours. The way the arcade works is you just get a card and can play as much as you want for the time period, so me and a coworker brute forced through House of the Dead 2 that way.

There are also tables there, so if someone wanted to bring a board game or two, we could probably do that as well. I saw no rules against it, and as long as we're paying customers I doubt they would say anything.

Let me know what everyone might be interested in doing.