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Visit Denmark Geekstyle!

So, I often hear people on Twitter, mentioning visitting Denmark for some reason.

Thus I grant you: Zugrah’s guide to geekplaces!

Labitat.dk – their own description: Labitat is a hackerspace in CPH. We are a group of people with diverse interests in technology. We are an independent physical space, working creatively with technology, bridging interactive technology with design and art.
… and we love new faces!

Place: 7 H. C. Ørsteds Vej, Copenhagen.
Price: Free
TL:DR This place invents new cool stuff – currently working on the foodputer amongst other things.

Chassisarcade.dk – Their own description: Every Wednesday the arcade is packed and a group of us moves on to a bar and game on a retro system on their big screen. Everyone is welcome and the competitions that day are all free, we even provide some free beer/soda/crisps around 18:00.
Place: Faksegade 19, 2100 Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: Free, unless you want to play, then it’s 2-5 DKK each credit.
TL:DR This place offers you the opportunity to play on old computers, arcade machines and so forth!

http://www.faraos.dk/
Places: Skindergade 27, 1159 København K (Roleplaying and comics), Jernbanepladsen 63,
2800 Kongens Lyngby (A diverse selection from the CPH shop in a city north of Copenhagen)
Price: Free, until you ruin yourself buying comics, roleplaying gear and so many geek things, you didn’t even know you lacked.
TL:DR This place have a lot of roleplaying gear, comics, LARP items, Magic cards, roleplaying litterature and much more.

Fantask.dk
Place: Sankt Peders Stræde 18, Copenhagen
Price: Free until you ruin yourself from buying all the things you MUST own!
TL:DR – perhaps THE best place for comics in Denmark.

Experimentarium.dk – Their own description: We offer: Consultancy in a variety of areas including development of a business plan, administration, finance, management, fundraising, and marketing of science centers and other educational centers
Development, design and production of individual interactive installations and exhibits, as well as the exhibition as a whole
Development, design and production of innovative elements for playgrounds, school yards and similar scenarios
Place: Trangravsvej 12, Copenhagen
Price: 105-160 DKK
TL:DR Experiment and be a child trying out odd fun stuff for a few hours.

http://copenhagensuborbitals.com/ – Their own description: Copenhagen Suborbitals is a non-profit suborbital space endeavour based entirely on sponsors, private donors and part time specialists. Since May 2008 we have been working full time to reach our goal of launching a human being into space and to show the world that human space flight is possible without major government budgets and administration.
Place: Refshalevej 183A, Copenhagen
Price: None
TL:DR – Watch guys build a rocket!

http://laesehesten.dk/ (reading horse – term for people who read much)
Place – shops all over Denmark
Price – cheap – used games, books and geek stuff.
TL:DR – recycled books, comics, games and more. Does also sell new stuff.

If you know more places, please comment on this!

#Geekplaces

The status of the official wow forums.

So, in this blog, I’m going to comment on the -EU- forums, more peticularly the realm forum where I used to hang out from time to time.

I’ve stopped writing guides there, I’m mainly commenting on my own guild thread or a rare topic now and then, but by no means in the same degree as I used to.

Why, you might ask?

Well, the voting system, which I strongly dislike is one thing, I’ve written about that before, so I won’t repeat myself there.

But frankly, the generally allowed toxic tone, how people jump on you, sometimes in groups, and how namecalling and badmouthing, trolling and hostility is allowed, is more than enough to discourage even the most friendly and polite poster.

Report them, you might say. And yes I do report them whenever possible, but we never see any consequences, a 3 day ban is hardly felt and the guys are back to continue.

These days, we are actually being downvoted and told off for being helpful and for speaking common sense and supporting good behaviour.

It is not a forum I wish to engage in, hence I’m sticking to my blog and twitter.

To give you an example, in an offtopic thread the other day, a girl told about her beloved cat, who recently passed away, and granted us a short little video of it drinking water, while growling almost like a dog. A cute, non-offensive story about a pet she had loved and sorely missed.

A guy replied to her post, quoting her video and made comments as if he was pleasuring himself due to watching the movie.

The girl ofcourse reacted rather strongly, to a guy fapping to her deceased pet.

Anyone who tried to speak reason, or to agree with her right to be upset was downvoted and told off, the others told the girl herself she was an attentionseeker and should quit whining pretty much.

So goodbye wow forum. Until the day Blizzard decides to clean up their forums, I won’t participate. I will not support a field for trolls and hostility to grow in.

So… I think we’ve gone viral…

A guy shared this picture on wow reddit, and within a day, it has been viewed on Imgur 360k times.

I’m baffled. I had no idea such a small thing could ever turn into something so huge. I joined the thread as OP wrote to me ingame, and told about it, and I must say, I’m grateful for all the positive feedback from gamers in both America and EU.

I guess I might as well explain the concept behind Secret Santa, hopefully it could inspire others to do good to their community.

Secret Santa started, when a -at the time- random guy approached me ingame, shortly before Christmas.

He informed me, that he had enjoyed my posts on realm forum so much, that he wished to grant me 20k gold as a Christmas gift.

I was really touched, but at the same time felt a bit odd accepting so much money from a stranger – I mean, we all know the “random guy gives money to wow girl, because girl.” sentiment.

I thanked him very much, but declined politely, yet he insisted. After a while, we agreed that I would accept the money, but not for myself. Instead I would share them with our realm, by tricking people into doing something nice, replying kindly to a newcomer, invite newbies into RP, or simply just by watching a player do a random act of good to another player. The rewards should go to random people, no matter if they are on anyones friendslist or not. I believe we have given money to two people I know ingame so far, the rest have been complete strangers to me.

Any nice little act of positive, friendly, constructive, helpful behaviour can be rewarded if the players are lucky enough for us to notice.

We gave out 27 k gold during Christmas, continued past New Year, then took it up again during the anniversary of our realm, and trust me, I’m certain we’ll see more of this by easter, if not before.

As I write this, more than 50k gold has gone out, most from our own pockets – 7k donated kindly to us however from players who got inspired.

My friend prefers to stay anonymous, due to comments like this:

So we agreed, I would be the face behind this, as I’m quite used to being noticed already. Make no mistake however, my friend is reading the Reddit thread as well, and is equally stunned by the response as I am.

Our goal and purpose with this?

We wish to bring a smile upon the faces of our fellow players.

We wish to do our little to improve the community, by focusing on and promoting good behaviour.

We hope to inspire others to do what they can to help newcomers and their fellow gamers.

-Zugrah