Summer is here, but Winter is Coming! We’re giving away two passes to Con Of Thrones 2017, just south in our neighboring city of Nashville, TN. Meet the likes of Carice van Houten (Melisandre, the Red Priestess) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsey Bolton) in person at this Game of Thrones convention!
Register to win by filling out the entry form and we’ll announce the lucky winner Monday, June 26th.
Buy your tickets at Nerdlouvia.com!
For those of you that don’t know, our mission at Nerd Louisville is to make Louisville the nerdiest city in the universe. But how do we do that? We have committed ourselves to fostering a sense of community, providing a hub to connect local nerds, and promoting Louisville as a nerd destination. In pursuit of our mission, we have also created the Next-Gen Nerds initiative, an initiative focused around the youth in our community with the goal of cultivating the next generation of nerds in and around Louisville. This program seeks to educate, inspire, and empower local youth.
One of our most recent Next-Gen Nerds projects was to donate dozens of board games to The de Paul School. The de Paul School is a highly accredited institution committed to the success of students with learning differences. They acknowledge the positive effect of gaming as both a social and educational tool. One of the many enrichment clubs that students can join at de Paul is their “Games of the World” club. After learning about this club, and their need to expand their game collection, we were happy to collect donations from our generous supporters and make a donation to the school. In addition to our donation, Nerd Louisville board members and volunteers also had the opportunity to meet some of the students and host a special game night for the school. Volunteers had a great time teaching students to play a variety of games including Risk, Codenames, and Monopoly. Students at the event particularly enjoyed Happy Salmon, and after several boisterous sessions of the game, everyone was exhausted. It was exciting to see the positive effects that tabletop gaming can have on kids first hand and everyone had a blast!
Nerd Louisville also donated three sets of Battletech miniatures to Knight Middle School for their after school gaming group including an “Age of Sigmar” starter set and two “Start Collecting!” boxes worth over $300!
This after school program, and others like it, challenge kids to be creative and social, and build stronger bonds with their school and their peers. Sixty percent of the students at Knight Middle are on free and reduced lunch, so they could use some support. Brandon Thomas, a teacher at Knight Middle, has worked hard to build a devoted gaming club with the enthusiastic support of Principal Catherine Gibbs. Your donations will enable us to continue supporting them in the next school year.
Watch this space for future news on our developing charitable initiatives. If you would like to donate to Nerd Louisville’s Next-Gen Nerds program, please contact us at email@example.com or donate online.
We would like to give a special acknowledgement to Schneider Electric for their generous donation to this project, and both Book and Music Exchange and The Louisville Game Shop for providing us with hefty discounts.
Louisville Area Crowd Funding Campaigns
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are crowd funding websites that help creators find the resources and support they need to bring their ideas to life. This week, we’re taking a look at several Louisville area crowd-funded campaigns that deserve your attention.
We encourage you to check these crowd funding campaigns out and support local nerds trying to make their dreams a reality.
Bagged & Bored
Bagged & Bored is a comedy web series that follows the retail misadventures of comic shop owner Kent Carney and his offbeat gang of employees! The show has its own unique style in the form of comic book parodies and pop culture references, all while focusing on a fun story with original characters.
Season one of the web series resonated with many people in the Louisville arts community, and season two looks to expand on that and create something bigger and better.
Affordable Dice Towers and Trays
“We started A&G Wood Working to fill a need of affordable dice towers to the gamer’s that are just like us. We would see dice towers for hundreds of dollars and feel that it wasn’t fair to a gamer who would rather spend that money on games. We started making them one at a time and selling them and we personally saw that its possible to provide towers at an affordable cost. This project has a low funding rate to help us grow our shop to do more kick starters in the future, but at the same time giving people affordable dice towers. This is our second Kick starter; already having one successfully funded and delivered on under our belt, this Kick starter is to expand, and be able to host a web site.”
8 Bit Coffee
“Are you a gamer, cosplayer, geek/nerd, or do you just love good coffee? If so, you’re one of us!
Walk into any café in the United States and you will find someone sitting at their laptop sipping coffee and almost no one talking or enjoying themselves. Cafes overseas can be quite different; some feature costumed characters serving up delicious drinks while others have colorful atmospheres that inspires their visitors to create amazing works of art. It’s time to ditch the library-style café and open a coffee shop where customers enjoy their unique experience.
This is why 8-Bit Coffee was started. Nerds, geeks, gamers, and cosplayers are a growing crowd of creative minds. At 8-Bit Coffee, cosplayers can meet up and show off their hard work as well as attend workshops to help perfect their craft. Lovers of board games will be able to take advantage of an inventory of games or bring their own to play with their friends (without cleaning up the house.)
Once the cafe is up and running, 8-Bit Coffee will begin to schedule gatherings and skill workshops. Workshops will be set up on community feedback and instructor availability. Topics may include streaming, video editing, costume design, sewing, and more!
The $10,000 goal will provide 8-Bit Coffee the minimum capital it needs to receive a small business loan. Any additional amount will allow the company to provide additional services such as extended hours, special guests, additional workshops, meeting spaces, a photography studio, and more!
Owned and operated by a proud Louisville native and veteran.”
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our first ever GM Master class. We had approximately 45 attendees and five speakers. Presenters discussed free and affordable resources and apps for running D&D and other games, world building, how to handle various player actions, general table etiquette, being mindful of your audience and convention play.
Special Thanks to Our GM Masterclass Sponsors
We’d like to give a special thanks to Brian Engard, a designer for the FATE series of games, who shared his expert knowledge of the system and even donated a copy of FATE Accelerated for our giveaway.
We also want to thank our sponsors, Legend Comics and Game Science for providing modules, dice, and other GM materials for our giveaway. As always, thanks to our partners at Kaiju for providing space, chairs, etc. and also for donating some of their own t-shirts this time for our giveaway.
Every other Sunday, you can Slur Your Role with us at Kaiju. Every Monday we host GameKnights there, and Kaiju also has their own video games available everyday.
You can see photos from the GM event, including winners with the prizes in the gallery below.
Nerdlouvia 2017 is coming! Tell us what you want!
We’re bringing back Nerdlouvia for 2017 even bigger and better. Whether you attended last year or not, we’re looking for your input on the event!
Please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey regarding this year’s Nerdlouvia. You aren’t required to answer every question, but the more data we have, the better we can plan an awesome con that everyone enjoys! At the very least, please use this survey to mark your interest in going. We know tickets last year sold out very quickly, and we intend to expand capacity, but we need to know by how much. Please comment with any questions and the Nerdlouvia Director will reach out to you with answers. Thank you!
Volunteers Needed: Louisville Free Public Library Partnership!
For 2017, Nerd Louisville is launching a partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library. We will have two big initiatives: a presence at the annual How To festival in May and regular roleplaying and board gaming sessions aimed at local kids held regularly at local library branches.
The library branches interested in hosting NL gaming groups are:
- South Central (opening sometime in summer 2017)
Dates and times are flexible and will be determined as we gather volunteers.
Anyone interested in running a game session or otherwise helping us to spread the nerdery through city-wide gaming outreach at the library, please post in our community forum here.
Hello fellow nerds!
We’ve had a busy year here at Nerd Louisville! First, we’ve been growing our community through the forum and social media from a few dozen to over 1200 nerds. Second, we’ve had twenty-one successful Slur Your Role events (SYR XXII starts at 4pm today!). Third, we threw our first ever gaming micro-convention–NerdLouvia. And finally, there’s the other side of our mission which is to enhance the lives of underprivileged local kids through programs like Little Nerds.
In June we began the “Little Nerds” campaign to bring gaming to underprivileged children in Louisville. Our community was generous and quick about donating, and in just a few weeks we raised enough money to provide gaming books and supplies to children at Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Iroquois High School, and the Newburg Boys and Girls Club!
We are grateful to our community for their awesomeness and generosity in supporting Nerd Louisville and these youth enrichment programs. In 2017 we have several new initiatives aimed at expanding our nerd community and bringing gaming to more kids–check back for photos and details soon!
Need the perfect stocking-stuffer for your nerd? How about Nerd Louisville T-shirts, dice, lapel pins, or bumper stickers?
‘Tis the season to donate and get some nerd merch! Text 502-435-5647 and Nerd Santa will deliver to you the same day, anywhere in Louisville or nearby Southern Indiana. Donations help us to support nerdy at-risk kids and to make Louisville the most awesome nerd city in the universe!
*Minimum donation $5, or $15 with T-shirt.
We’re looking for reliable and self-motivated nerds in Louisville (and surrounding areas) to volunteer with us!
Nerd Louisville is an all-volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit. Our mission is to make Louisville the most awesome nerd city in the universe by providing the ultimate hub for nerd news and information, supporting local nerdy groups and organizations, and cultivating a new generation of nerds.
What can you do?
We need help with a variety of tasks that you can help with!
- Track events and add them to our calendars
- Assist at events with various duties (signup, setup, cleanup, etc.)
- Photograph our events and articles
- Submit art and promotional materials
- Write articles about nerdy people and groups or help with editing
- Find interesting nerds and nerdy groups in Louisville to interview for podcast / articles
- Run games at our events and for Little Nerds initiatives
- Help to promote our organization and events
- Community outreach on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- And, much, much more!
Do you have some special skills (e.g. artist, coder, etc.) that we can leverage? Let us know!
Are you interested in volunteering?
We’re throwing a holiday party to thank our current volunteers and staff. And, we also want to invite folks interested in helping us in the coming year. We’re inviting potential volunteers to attend. Hang out with us, have a drink, grab some food, and sign up to volunteer with us.
The party will be on Dec. 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kaiju (event details).
Can’t make the party but want to volunteer?
We’re also expanding our Board of Directors!
In January, the Nerd Louisville board of directors will hold their 3rd annual meeting and nominating new members to our board. Our goal is to expand the board with members who are interested in taking the most active role in the direction of Nerd Louisville in the coming year. If you think you want to join our organization, the best way to begin is to start by volunteering.