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November 22

Vacation in nature--without a car to get there?

I am taking a much-needed vacation in December before the holiday season. I would LOVE to get out of the city for a week and just wander around in nature, but I don't know where to start given the potential obstacles. I grew up going to Acadia National Park in Maine...so I'm basically looking for the same thing somewhere warmer. [more inside]
posted by picardythird at 5:13 PM - 5 answers

Show me the greatest esports matches of all time

I would like to learn how to appreciate esports as a spectator. I have a hard time getting into random Twitch matches. Please link me to your favorite YouTube videos of classic or important or especially cool matches! I'm mostly interested in MOBAs (LoL, DOTA), not so much Starcraft/CoD/etc. Thanks!
posted by prize bull octorok at 2:32 PM - 4 answers

Which competitive family games are fun to play noncompetively?

My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 10:04 AM - 16 answers

November 21

Public meeting in Boston with parking?

Where can I hold a public meeting for about 25-35 attendees in Greater Boston, with parking? Our group sometimes has attendees drive in from other states, so the usual suspects of city library branches or community centers are often a big pain for folks that need to find parking. Are there free meeting spaces that are near the T for transit users, but with easy-ish parking for car users? This is not for government or political organizing use, rather a meetup around a shared interest. Thank you!
posted by lillygog at 7:42 AM - 2 answers

November 20

Archery buffs: How do I purchase my first ever Archery Equipment/Bow?

Adult female standing at 5'2 seeks a badass olympic recurve bow for her new archery hobby. [more inside]
posted by rancher at 5:03 PM - 5 answers

Identify this gameboy advance game for me?

A game I played something like 2 decades ago, can you identify it? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:09 AM - 4 answers

November 19

We're on a road to nowhere, come on inside

Carcassonne tournaments — how do I get in on this action? [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon at 11:12 PM - 1 answers

Help me understand Blizzard's Battletag system and disable it

World of Warcraft Battletag - since the Warlords of Draenor expansion - is now showing my unguilded alts to my Guild members...please make it stop. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 5:24 AM - 8 answers

November 18

Hotel crafting with a toddler?

I'm leaving for 20 days in a hotel room with a three year old in tow. At home, we do a lot of crafting, and I'd like to bring something to work on in the evenings that is safe around her, bonus if she can join in.As the three year old loves to unravel my knitting and can only sort-of crochet, is there something else? [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah at 12:56 AM - 26 answers

November 16

DVD-ROM vs PC download

Hello--I see that the new game Civilization: Beyond Earth is available as both a DVD-ROM or PC Download. They're virtually the same price (just under $50). I'm wondering why this is--I would think that the download would be slightly cheaper since there is no physical item to ship.
posted by lirael2008 at 6:54 PM - 15 answers

November 15

Playlist halp: happy retro instrumental cocktail night?

Anywhere from Dixieland to Penguin Café Orchestra, via Django Reinhardt and something Latin, what musicians/tracks/albums can you suggest for a 4-hour playlist to make a happy, potentially boppable score to a cocktail party? Would be nice to divide it into intro, main and outro parts - but all suggestions are welcome for a fun, refined, vocal-less (or at least mainly so), non-pop soundtrack to a charming, light-hearted evening. (Bonus points if sourceable via Rdio.) Thanks!
posted by progosk at 1:23 PM - 17 answers

Which console should I buy during Black Friday: Xbox 360 or Xbox One?

New to the gaming world and my kids want an Xbox. Xbox 360 will be available for $100 and the Xbox One will be available for around $300. Since we have no game library, is it worth the extra money for the latest console?
posted by Bushmiller at 11:56 AM - 21 answers

Cruise- and wind-friendly game suggestions needed

My partner and I are going on a 10-day cruise to the Caribbean with another couple, and we plan to spend a lot of time lounging outdoors on the pool deck playing board games. We're trying to find games without cards or crucial pieces that will blow away when the wind picks up. Want to know about our preferences? Read further! [more inside]
posted by Somnambulista at 6:09 AM - 8 answers

November 14

Where to find a chain guard suitable for biking with a skirt?

I like to wear long skirts, and I like to ride my bike. Unfortunately, these two activities are appear to be incompatible -- is there a suitable chain guard I can install on my bike? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 2:47 PM - 8 answers

Recommend some books! Not-for-me edition

What do horror, Louis Theroux "Weird Weekend", thrillers, the show catfish, and crime fiction have in common? That's right, stocking stuffers for Mr Moonlight. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 12:02 PM - 14 answers

November 12

Is this quilt crazy?

I would like to make a person a quilt for Christmas. I have basic sewing knowledge but I have not done any quilting beyond sewing squares together to make pillows. Is this a feasible project, and where do I start? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 8:10 AM - 21 answers

November 11

Want to find a chess club for my kids in millbrae CA

I want to join a chess club or start a chess club for children (beginning level) in the millbrae, San Bruno area of California. I appreciate any related information. Thanks
posted by akomom at 3:11 PM - 2 answers

Modern-ish animation suggestions

I'm a mid-30s guy who loved the traditional animation of my youth. I never really grew out of cartoons. Don Bluth is my spirit animal. I just watched Over the Garden Wall and it touched on just about everything I love. I was seriously gushing after every episode. That is what I want more of. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 7:18 AM - 28 answers

November 10

Like hiking the Pacific Coast trail...only not

A massive, difficult undertaking. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. A commitment to something big and challenging. What is it? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 12:49 PM - 31 answers

Group Project Workspace Midtown Weekdays NYC

NYCfilter: I have a group that just formed that’s looking for a free-ish workspace in midtown on weekday nights. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 8:20 AM - 1 answers

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