by Kate Vinnedge
There’s a universal constant, a law of physics that can’t be broken; in every circle of friends, there’s a least one person who fits the “nerdy” bill.
If you can’t think of anyone in your friend group who does, I’ve got some news for you. But that’s okay, because there’s nothing more fun than nerding out!
If you’re the nerdy one (like me), we’ve got some great ideas for places to bring your friends, where everyone will be guaranteed to have fun! And if you’re not a nerd, bring these places up to your friend who is - you might be surprised at how much fun you have.
And without further ado, here are the four places in Richmond to get your nerd on!
Asteroids. Contra. Area 51. Street Fighter II. Crazy Taxi. Skee Ball. Air Hockey. And so much more. If you haven’t been to Circuit yet, you need to get there yesterday. From pin ball to basketball, Circuit is the perfect setting to get all of your arcade fixes.
Located in Scott’s Addition, Circuit is what happens when two (absolutely fantastic) things come together: games, beer, and food. With brews from local favorites like Hardywood, Veil, The Answer, Ardent, Three Notch’d, and Triple Crossing, and a whole bunch more, you’re bound to find a drink as much as a game you love. And hey, the food is fantastic too!
If sitting around the table and sharing some laughs, some adventures, and maybe even a few tragedies (all fictional, of course) with your friends is more your speed, you need to get out to One Eyed Jaques!
Located in the heart of Carytown, One Eyed Jaques specializes in board games, card games, role playing games, puzzles, novelties, and a lot of other great nerdy things. There’s a different event going on practically every night, and they’re open every day until 11 P.M.! During the day, one or two of the play tables are usually open, so if your adventurers need a place to play, just contact the friendly One Eyed Jaques staff!
Nestled near 821 Cafe, in between Monroe Park and Oregon Hill, is the retro gamer’s paradise, The Tech Exchange. At this overflowing electronics boutique, you can buy, sell, and trade for almost every retro (or mildly-retro) game you could think of, as well as find other electronics and media like DVDs, cell phones, iPods, tablets, and Blu-Rays.
A second spot in Carytown to get your geek on is Bits and Pixels, another retro video game store. Find that game from your childhood you’ve been longing to reconnect with, or just stop by to ask the employees a question about that one level of DK you just can’t beat. Bits and Pixels also showcases and sells art, as well as other peripheral gaming goods.
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