It's Dangerous To Go Alone!

One of the many awesome baked goods to be had at the Goodwill Gaming Mixer.  (I'm INVINCIBLE!)
 It's dangerous to go alone!

Yep, that's right folks, I finally carried out my first solo away mission.  It's a big, scary world out there - especially when you're a Star Trek geek wearing a red shirt - but I stepped up to the challenge, wandered out of my cavelike apartment dwelling, and faced the world.  What a glorious day it turned out to be, once I finally gathered the courage to -

Wait, that's not where you thought I was going with this?  Oh, you might be thinking of that other "It's dangerous to go alone."  The one with the old man, and the cave, and the sword that shoots people, and men in tights.  Yes, Legend of Zelda, through my formative years and young adulthood, was iconic.  It had a strong, silent hero, fierce villains, a story formula that never got old, and it was Nintendo.  This weekend, I had the rare opportunity to don that famous green tunic, take up my Hylian shield, and wield the Master Sword against a trio of very skilled foes.

And let it be known that the Hero of Time's shame at having been solidly trounced by a trio of Pokemon, a baseball-bat-brandishing brat, and a very tall chimp know virtually no bounds.  I'm pretty sure I should work on my swordsmanship before I plan on rescuing any princesses in the near future.

The man was right, folks: It's dangerous to go alone.  And this lone Hero of Time got his butt thoroughly kicked.

And it was one of the best butt-kickings I'd endured in a long, long time.

Official Butt-Kickers of Butts to be Kicked at SSB: Brawl!

Picking up that controller this weekend and hopping into Super Smash Bros. Brawl was an incredibly fun experience, and I gladly shout out a thank-you to the good folks at Goodwill Gaming.  Goodwill Gaming, who will be appearing in force at this year's Sci Fi on the Rock convention, are a terrific gang of gamers who use their love of console-based video games to raise money for charities, specifically charities that help out youth and youth organizations.  Most recently, Goodwill Gaming held a mixer event at Memorial University, and I was glad to attend and show my geek colors.

Dance Dance Revolution!

The event started at 5:00pm Friday afternoon and ran straight through until around 10:00pm that evening.  I don't think I've ever seen so many gaming consoles in my life.  The Mixer sported an old-school SNES set up along one wall running Super Mario World, while a projector and screen diagonal to it broadcast a four-man Super Smash Bros battle royale for the eyes of eager masses.  There were no shortage of Nintendo consoles or Nintendo-based games, and my inner nostalgic nerd saw that it was good.  Nintendo wasn't the only console or gaming giant represented through the event, though.  Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was featured, along with Guitar Hero: Legends of Rock, and a Dance Dance Revolution game on the far side of the room that I may or may not have caught John Michael Bennett playing.

The good gentlemen at the bar, manning their posts.

If the Nintendo nerd in me was pleased by the games, it was doubly pleased by the refreshments.  The beverages, alcoholic and otherwise, were outstanding, but where Goodwill Gaming really shone over the weekend was in the culinary goods.  Cookies, cake, and baked goods abounded, some of them shaped like Kirby and other video game icons.

Baked goods in abundance! (And they were delicious!)

The event had a terrific atmosphere, and it was wonderful to see so many people of all ages brought together by a mutual love of gaming.  I had a terrific time, met a lot of great people, and played a few terrific games.  I'm looking forward to seeing how Goodwill Gaming follows this awesome mixer event up at Sci Fi on the Rock later this week, and I hope that the nerd community of St John's will continue supporting this awesome venture.

Ahem, speaking of Sci Fi on the Rock...

As fun as all of this console and tabletop gaming over the last few weeks has been, Redshirt on the Rock is proud to announce that we'll be getting back to our Sci-Fi roots at long last with a few awesome major events coming up later this week.  We'll be holding the front lines at Wolf 359 during the Best of Both Worlds event at Empire Theatres this Thursday night (Because the line must be drawn HERE!  This far, NO further!), and after that it is my great pleasure to announce that Sci Fi on the Rock is firing up this Friday at 2pm.  

If you want information on the convention itself, all sorts of informations and goodies are available at, and the con will be running through the weekend.  Guests include Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed, Star Trek: Enterprise), Dean Haglund ("Ringo" Langley, X-Files), Gary Jones (Walter, Stargate: SG-1), and more, so If you've got an interest in just about any form of geekery under the sun and you're in the St. John's area this is one event you won't want to miss!

Sci Fi on the Rock kicks off at 2pm this Friday.  Hope to see you all there!  Check for more info!


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