Posts Tagged events


There was an event tonight I went to called Bring Your Own Wingman that was actually a pretty clever design for getting single folk together. I ended up going with Paul, Sophie and Ginger, although we made a dinner stop at Umi Sake House first (nom nom sushi so delicious).

The rules were simple:

  • You must be single.
  • You must bring a friend – a woman if you are a man, a man if you are a woman – and this friend must also be single.
  • During the event, you talk up your friend to other folk who are interested in them!

Really a brilliant idea, even if this one’s execution was lacking. You get a bunch of interested singles, plus the benefit of reference/perspective information from a friend of theirs RIGHT THERE in the room, plus the ratio of men/women is excellent. In thinking about it, I thought maybe pairs would stick together so there’d be a fair bit of 4-person chatting, which can be unfortunate (maybe two halves like each other but then the other two halves are left twiddling thumbs). A good addition to the system might be a way to get people moving around to talk with more folk?

This brings me to the execution part: when we got there, it was packed like sardines and very uncomfortable! (General rule: if I can’t walk to your bar without pushing people around, I probably don’t want to be in your bar.) So, testament to the event’s success! But I think a bigger venue, or just a better distributed venue – smaller rooms connected around – would have been waaay better. Plus it would have encouraged more movement! I’m interested in trying to do something like this again, but hopefully not as overpacked as it was last night.

(We ended up going to karaoke instead, obv.)

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Resolved for 2013

I am starting up my blog again! I really enjoyed doing them for a year, so here we go again. Starting with my yearly resolutions!

I posted on Facebook that I am going to do a person-to-person resolution for each of my friends who ask for it. 40 so far and counting! I figure it’s a good way to get myself doing great things with my great friends. :) Sign up if you haven’t already!

Here is my full list of 2013 resolutions:

  • This is the year of confidence. I intend to let that be my guiding principle in my actions this year!
  • I’ll post a blog a day on this here site, every day of the year.
  • I’ll organize an event a month for friends, likely a party or outing.
  • I’m going to sing no song more than once for karaoke all year, while trying to maintain how much I go right now (~1/week). Thanks Amanda for the inspiration!
  • The aforementioned person-to-person resolutions.

Should be a fun year!

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Greg Collins

Greg is the events coverage coordinater for Wizards, and among other insane work responsibilities like managing entire websites worth of content for Magic, he organizes and takes the lead on the event coverage we do for events. It’s pretty cool his name came up on my random sampling, because here I am in Amsterdam, having traveled for a Pro Tour event, and even though I am doing gunslinging (playing against all-comers as an R&D member) this time, it is Greg’s willingness to try me out as a reporter for event coverage that got me into traveling for Magic in the first place!

Greg’s very good at his job, and it’s awesome working with him. He’s always on top of what needs to get done, and manages a wide variety of personalities and… eccentricities?… during each event. I did high school and college journalism, but let’s be honest – students kind of fly by the seat of their pants when doing event coverage of any kind. Greg weaves excellent stories by properly using each of his writers, video guys, photographers and “talent” on camera at each event I’ve attended with him. He and I also worked together as a lead producer/developer pair for the current iteration of the Magic website, which was definitely one of my most enjoyable (challenging, but fun and dynamic) projects at Wizards as a web dev.

I definitely need to start hanging out with Greg more beyond Teriyaki Time Thursdays and events, because he is a genuinely great human being and I’m glad we are coworkers and – dare I say it! – friends.

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I don’t often post about Magic stuff here because a significant portion of my readers (friends) don’t really care.  But about four times a year, something Magical happens that I am bouncing up and down about – the releases of our new expansions!  Today is one such release, and here’s the plan for the day:

  • Go to work and print out my profile sheet.  I made this myself – it says a little bit about me, what cards I helped design, and what I do at Wizards.  It helps break the ice for people who want to come play against me (not that I’m any big name, but I am wearing WotC wear so it can be a little uncomfortable for people).
  • Collect the remainder of the cards I need for my casual decks.  This mostly involves raiding our company store of the new expansion since those cards aren’t really available widely yet.  I am finished with my normal deck and mostly finished with my crazy fun deck.
  • Go to Seattle Center and watch people play for a bit.  It’s still a bit early to start gunslinging, but I might start doing that right away.
  • Gunsling – as in, fight allcomers – as in, play Magic against them and talk to players, gathering opinions and thoughts on the new set, and answering questions that they have.  Also, I give out a booster pack as “prize” to anyone who plays me.

After playing Magic for some hours, I want to try to make it to a Sci Fi and Fantasy Film Festival in Seattle, which Joe told me about.  The tickets aren’t actually on sale until noon today, but luckily the box office and theater are very close to the location in Seattle Center where we’ll be playing Magic.

It’s one of the few times I get to play real Magic these days!

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