Citizen Shoutout: Game Shop Edition!

Welcome to the second installment of a brand-new monthly feature on the blog, Citizen Shoutout!

Each edition of Citizen Shoutout is an opportunity to say thank you. It allows us to put the spotlight on folks in the PuzzleNation community who contribute to the world of puzzles and games in a meaningful way.

And in our sophomore edition, I’d like to highlight my friendly local neighborhood game shop, Gamer’s Gambit!

Danbury, Connecticut is the home of Gamer’s Gambit, a combination comic book store, hobby shop, and hub of gaming activities of all shapes and sizes.

Boasting one of the widest ranges of games for sale in any store in the state, the store is a one-stop shop for all sorts of board games, card games, dice games, roleplaying games, escape room games, and even some video games. Along one wall, there’s a bevy of comic titles and graphic novels, along with all sorts of accessories, collectibles, and gaming paraphernalia. From Funko Pops to paint for miniatures, they’ve got everything.

But behind the game shelves, trade paperbacks, dice, and snacks, there’s the highlight of the store: the play area.

The tables are big enough to accommodate character sheets, DM screens, miniatures, and maps for an immersive Dungeons & Dragons game, yet narrow enough to allow for competitive rounds of card games like Magic: The Gathering.

And the game room is often the centerpiece of whatever’s planned for that day. With demos for new games, tournaments, regular game nights, costume events, and release parties for comic books, board games, and card games, there’s always something going on in the store.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, making their recommendations more reliable than most. After all, you’re getting the skinny from fellow gamers and roleplayers.

I can’t say enough good things about Gamer’s Gambit. It’s a great place to shop, try out new games, and mingle with fellow game enthusiasts. I’m proud to highlight the shop in our latest Citizen Shoutout.

But what about next month? I’m glad you asked.

In the future, I’d like to take suggestions from my fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers for those we highlight in each month’s post.

It could be a puzzler or designer who inspires you, a constructor who challenged you or surprised you with a puzzle, or someone who did something kind in a puzzly way.

Maybe you have a favorite local game shop / hobby shop where you meet other puzzlers, or that introduced you to a favorite game. Maybe your local library held an event that piqued your puzzly interest.

Maybe you’d like to give a shoutout to an escape room you think others would enjoy, or to a puzzly event (a scavenger hunt, a tournament, a collaborative event, etc.) or to someone who went above and beyond to make a puzzly experience truly memorable.

You can submit your suggestions for the next Citizen Shoutout on Facebook, on Twitter, or in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Halloween Answers edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday! Last week, we had two terrific Halloween-themed games for you, and it’s time to reveal the answers!

First up, it’s our Johnny Depp Cosplay Challenge! I posted this picture and challenged you to identify elements from as many Johnny Depp roles or films as possible:

  • The Lone Ranger / Tonto: bird on head, sheriff’s star
  • Edward Scissorhands: scissorhand
  • Dark Shadows / Barnabas Collins: long vampire nails/claws on other hand
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Raoul Duke: sunglasses, cigarette holder, camera
  • Pirates of the Caribbean / Captain Jack Sparrow: bandanna, coat, beads in beard
  • Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter: socks, scarf hanging from his pocket, pocket watch on chain
  • The Tourist / Frank Tupelo: bow tie, tuxedo vest

Did I miss anything?


Secondly, it’s time to reveal the puns behind our annual PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!

We challenged you to figure out these clever costumes, so let’s see how you did!

#1

She’s the Life of the Party!

#2

They’re the Spice Girls!

#3

He’s the guy that walks into the bar!

#4 (the gentleman next to Woody from Toy Story)

He’s Maroon 5!

#5 (under the red arrow)

She’s a copycat!

#6

He’s a formal apology!

#7

The one on the left is Oh Deer! and the one on the right is Holy Cow!

#8

She’s the Lorde of the Rings!

#9

She’s Ariana Grande! (R E on a grande)

#10

She’s someone you can count on!


Special thanks to the folks at The Chive and The Thinking Closet for their assistance in compiling this year’s punny costumes!

How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know!

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Halloween Pun edition!

Happy (almost) Halloween, puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

For the last two years, we’ve marked the spookiest of holidays by posting some punny costumes for you to figure out, and it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Halloween AND Follow-Up Friday by bringing you our third edition of the PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!

It’s simple. I post a picture, and you guess what the costume is.

For example:

He’s Batman! (With Catwoman beside him!)

I’ve compiled ten costumes for you to figure out. Let’s see how many you can get!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Halloween Costume Game, Volume 3!

#1

#2

#3

#4 (the gentleman next to Woody from Toy Story)

#5 (under the red arrow)

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10


Special thanks to the folks at The Chive and The Thinking Closet for their assistance in compiling this year’s punny costumes!

How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know! And Happy Halloween! (If any of them stumped you, don’t worry! I’ll be posting the answers next week!)

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A Costume That’s Off the Depp End!

Halloween is this Saturday, and one of the best things about the holiday is how creative people get with their costumes.

This creativity can come in several forms. Sometimes, it’s the costume itself, an idea that wows you as ambitious or clever or totally unexpected. Other times, it’s the execution of the costume, either in how impressive the effort involved is OR how ingeniously they’ve kept their budget reasonable.

In college one year, I was short on funds for a costume. But one thing never in short supply around Halloween are empty candy wrappers. So I took an old shirt, glued candy wrappers to it (along with some stray kernels of popcorn and an old cell phone) and I went to a costume party as the floor of a movie theater.

It’s one of my favorite costumes to this day, because it required me to think outside the box.

Today’s post is also about a costume that’s outside the box. Many people dress up as celebrities or famous fictional characters for Halloween, but rarely do they dress up as many characters simultaneously.

Check out the photo below! Our costumed gentleman has decked himself out in the trappings of numerous Johnny Depp films. Can you name them all?

This is a great costume, not only because it’s ambitious and meticulously put together, but because there’s clearly a great deal of thought behind it. Terrific stuff!

Oh, and if you’re looking for more puzzly costume fun, check out our Follow-Up Friday post this week, as we celebrate our Third Annual PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Halloween Puns Edition!

Happy Halloween, puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

Last year, we marked the spookiest of holidays by posting some punny costumes for you to figure out, and it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Halloween AND Follow-Up Friday by bringing you a second edition of the PuzzleNation Punderful Costume Game!

It’s simple. I post a picture, and you guess what the costume is.

For example:

costume1

She’s a dust bunny!

I’ve compiled ten costumes for you to figure out. Let’s see how many you can get!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Halloween Costume Game!

#1

costume2

#2

costume3

#3

costume4

#4

costume5

[Picture courtesy of the cleverboots at The Thinking Closet.]

#5

costume6

#6

costume7

#7

costume8

#8

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph

#9

costume10

#10

costume11


How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know! And Happy Halloween!

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Tetris edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

For those new to PuzzleNation Blog, Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and update the PuzzleNation audience on how these projects are doing and what these people have been up to in the meantime.

And today, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tetris! (Following up our post last year about the 29th anniversary of Tetris, of course.)

[Feel free to leave this a capella version of Tetris’s Theme A music by musician Smooth McGroove running in the background to properly set the mood.]

If crosswords are the top pen-and-paper puzzle and the Rubik’s cube is the top puzzle toy, then Tetris has to be the top puzzle game of all-time. It is instantly recognizable and completely unforgettable. (I still get a little anxious whenever I think about the music speeding up when I got too close to the top of the screen.)

It’s available for every video game console, computer, and media device, and has been for decades. Alexey Pajitnov’s incredibly addictive puzzle game baby has conquered the world, and today, we are proudly to join in the global celebration with a few of our favorite Tetris themed pictures.

We previously featured a Tetris Halloween costume in our puzzly costumes post, but these kids upped the ante with four Tetramino pieces as a team costume!

Someone even managed to render the blocks in origami form! How cool is that?

And then there’s this enterprising chef, who whipped up a Tetris-themed bento box full of blocky veggies to enjoy!

We’ve collected more Tetris images on a special board on our Pinterest page, so feel free to check them out in honor of today!

And to Alexey Pajitnov, thank you for years of puzzle pleasure. Your game has crossed borders and won the hearts of millions. You changed the puzzle landscape forever, and for the better.

In closing, here’s another famous Tetris tune performed a capella style for your enjoyment:

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