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David Tracy
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Well drat. Back when there were journals some people posted good game stores in Austin, Texas. I am going to Austin next week and I wouldn't mind paying a visit to some. Would someone mind posting the info on the game stores again?

I will be pretty busy what with the music and the drinking and the Chuy's and the BBQ, but just the same, I have to Geek out a little!



 
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Journals are still here... under the BGGBlogs forum, and the search brings this one up:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthrea...

 
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Great Hall Games. http://www.greathallgames.com Say hi to Rob and Beka.
 
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Great Hall has already been listed so I'll add the other; Dragon's Lair (http://www.dlair.net/aboutus.html#austin)

It's a really pleasant store to shop in, good range of minis, board games, comics, anime, RPGs, CCGs. Not as strong on hex and counter wargames as Great Hall (though often a touch cheaper.)

It's on Burnett just north of 2222/Northland/290 (among that road's various names!)

 
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I second Greathall Games. It's right down the road from Chuy's North location. While your there you can check out their 150+ game library. Dragon's Lair isn't far from there either. It's another gamestore, but without the game library. Dragon's Lair does have comics though, if that's your thing. BTW, what does BBG stand for?

Greathall Games and Distractions
Austin, Texas (512)505-0055
5501 North Lamar, Building A
ACROSS FROM U HAUL
1 block south of Lamar & Koenig (Koenig is also called 2222)

Dragon's Lair
(512) 454-2399
Burnet Road just north of Koenig/2222

 
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Heh, sorry, I meant BBQ. I love going to a place just outside of Austin called 'The Salt Lick'. There are many options for BBQ in and around Austin though.

Thank you very much for info. I will definitely check out the stores you all suggested.

 
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Just a heads up, Thor's Hammer is either closed or it has moved. Maybe another Geek has the low-down?
 
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Thor's Hammer has moved farther out 183 to the strip mall that has the Big Lots store. (I think that is McNeil & 183)
 
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gashlycrumb wrote:
Heh, sorry, I meant BBQ. I love going to a place just outside of Austin called 'The Salt Lick'. There are many options for BBQ in and around Austin though.

Thank you very much for info. I will definitely check out the stores you all suggested.



The salt lick is the definitive BBQ that everyone should do while in Austin. If time is contrained, there are Rudy's BBQ all over town that is also pretty good.


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Doing SXSW?

Man, that has become huge, with the film festival, interactive, and music fest. Now if we could only squeeze in a SXSW Games Festival as well, it would be a perfect circle... I'll be like most other Austinites during SXSW and avoid downtown like the plague. I haven't got to the point to spend $30 to see a band I can see any day of the year for $5......

 
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I participated on a panel at SXSW Interactive called "Why I like working in the cultural gutter". I was chosen because I design videogames and I shared the stage with a porn star and two sf writers. It was pretty interesting and some of the discussion mirrored discussions that I've seen here about the "geek factor" of the hobby. Personally, I'm not embarrased by what I do, but some are. There was a documentary called Ubergoober, that was produced here in Austin, in which they interviewed several gamers and I was surprised to see the number of gamers that are afraid to mention their hobby.
 
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It probably is wise to stay away from the downtown if you are a local. It is just a wee bit nuts. I promise to do what I can to help support the local gamestore economy while I am there.
 
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SXSW is a great time to head to South Congress, set up a lawn chair near Jo's Coffee, JBWeld a quarter to the sidewalk and score the fun;

1 point for a kick
5 points for a bend-over and try to pick up
10 points for the use of a tool
20 points for returning for additional attempts

WARNING: keep a pocket full of quarters on hand and immediately intervene if anyone under 13 makes an attempt. Give them a quarter and invite them to score with you! (lesson learned from destroying an 8 year old's view of humanity.)
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The sad part of the last couple of years, is that it has been overun with politics. You won't see as many "local" bands get to play, because they weren't accepted. So I guess it has grown into something bigger than itself. What you will see is a lot of LA types, industry types, with a few gems tossed in. But for a traveller on vacation, it's a sight to see. Where else can you see 1000 bands in one place. I mostly do the film festival myself lately, which I think is becoming the best part.


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Japan Nite Rocks! Petty Buka was killer last year.
 
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Yeah, the whole festival has changed considerably. There are great anti-SxSW shows though, and thankfully my GF is from there and she is good at seeking who to see and where. One thing we never miss is Japan Nite, and yes, Petty Buka does rock. I am guessing that Pong and Honky will be playing and they are local and fun to see.
 
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Yes Japan Nite is always funny as all get up:

http://sxsw-asia.com/JapanNite2005/

I may also go see the Bluegrass festival as well:;

http://www.bluefishent.com/

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gashlycrumb wrote:
Heh, sorry, I meant BBQ. I love going to a place just outside of Austin called 'The Salt Lick'. There are many options for BBQ in and around Austin though.

Thank you very much for info. I will definitely check out the stores you all suggested.


You can't beat the Salt Lick. I've been missing it ever since I moved away cry
 
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