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Me in Detroit at the Shadows Over Innistrad Debut event.
Me in Detroit at the Shadows Over Innistrad Debut event. For this design we created three themed escape rooms on three continents, Melbourne, Australia; Bologna, Italy; Detroit, USA.

My website has been neglected for the last year or so. I have a new job and a slightly new focus. With a new chapter comes a new website! Moving forward I will be talking about events, pop culture and general musings.  My new job allows me to work on very cool events, designing immersive experiences for fans of Magic: The Gathering and pop culture. It’s pretty cool.

These past few years I have been able to create unique and innovative designs and I want to tell you all about it. Stay tuned!

Desert Bus!

Desert Bus

Starting with a pre-show on Friday and going until FOREVER (No, seriously, when does this thing end? It could legitimately go on forever), Liz will be in Canada Desert Bussing with the best of them. She will be producing the Prime Time segments (6-10pm Pacific each night) as well as the pre-show event on Friday from 6:30-8:00pm Pacific.

For those unfamiliar, Desert Bus For Hope is an online charity event where individuals play the game “Desert Bus” and do other various silly tasks while livestreaming 24 hours a day. This continues until donations run out. Last year it went for over 6 days and raised over $440,000.

Desert Bus raises money for Child’s Play, an organization that provides toys and games to over 70 childrens’ hospitals. This organization is very near and dear to Liz’s heart, and she wrote a fantastic post about it a couple years ago.

Cheer Liz and the entire Desert Bus team on by visiting desertbus.org. We can’t wait to see what will happen this year!

2nd Annual Dammit Liz Holiday Special!

The Dammit Liz Holiday Special [#lizmas]

Join us for this second annual event, December 2nd at the Triple Door in Seattle. A musical and comedy event celebrating the holiday season with merriment and laughter. An all-ages show! Holiday cosplay strongly encouraged.

Doors at 6:00pm – Show at 7pm

[Tickets]

Host:

Graham Stark

Confirmed special guests:

The Doubleclicks

Kyle Stevens

Joseph Scrimshaw

Super Guitar Brothers

Mike Selinker

Graham Stark Holiday

Our host, Graham Stark, is a member of the internet sketch comedy group, Loading Ready Run. For the past 10 years they have created videos to entertain the masses. Through his company Bionic Trousers, Graham has worked as video director and producer on such projects as Penny Arcade’s Strip Search and Cards Against Humanity’s Deathmatch. He can be found on twitter as @Graham_LRR.

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks are a pair of sisters — Angela and Aubrey Webber — who sing about Dungeons & Dragons, dinosaurs, and Mr. Darcy. They play cello and ukulele. They have been called snarky, geeky, and sweet. Their latest album, Lasers & Feelings, includes songs about Mars Curiosity, meeting people on the Twitter, and their emotions. The Doubleclicks tour the country regularly, playing at game stores, comic shops, and conventions, and have shared bills with Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm and Wil Wheaton. Photo by Jessie Kirk

Kyle

Kyle Stevens is the frontman and songwriter for the Seattle based nerd-rock band, KIRBY KRACKLE; a band who writes specifically about comic books, video games, pop-culture, and things that are awesome. KK has spent the past 4 years touring comic cons all over the US and Canada, and just this last April completed their second tour of Australia as part of the multi-media entertainment expo, Supanova.

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Joseph Scrimshaw is a comedian, writer, and squirrel enthusiast. He’s brought his geek-flavored comedy to w00tstock,  SF SketchFest, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruiseCrazy, and more. He’s written for RiffTrax, the radio show Wits, and an episode of Getting On With James Urbaniak. Joseph’s podcast Obsessed has been featured as a “Staff Favorite” on iTunes. His latest comedy album is Flaw Fest: a comedy show about horrible human flaws with a bonus music album of songs inspired by the show. Featuring music from The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, John Roderick, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Mike Phirman, and more. Joseph wastes all his free time tweeting about not having enough free time.

Super Guitar Bros

The Super Guitar Bros are not actually brothers – they’re bros! Steve and Sam met back in 2007 at a local coffee shop where Sam was performing with a mutual friend of theirs. After seeing Sam’s classical skills, Steve knew they had to start making music together. During their first jam session, everything clicked. They’ve been playing together ever since. www.youtube.com/SuperGuitarBros www.facebook.com/SuperGuitarBros www.superguitarbros.bandcamp.com

Photo by Rasmus Rasmussen

Game and puzzle designer Mike Selinker is not going to let his lack of appreciable talents stop him from entertaining the Holiday Special crowd. Mike is known for designing games like Risk Godstorm, Unspeakable Words, Lords of Vegas, and the upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, often with collaborator James Ernest of Cheapass Games. His puzzles appear regularly in Wired, the New York Times, Games magazine, and on a massive crossword wall at Capitol Hill’s Eltana restaurant. He’s the president of the Seattle design studio Lone Shark Games, leading the creation of massive puzzlehunts around town and at PAX and other conventions. If you don’t know about the prank he’s playing at any given moment, it’s probably on you. Photo by Rasmus Rasmussen

Calling All Interns!

The Dammit Liz Productions Internship Program is now accepting applications!

Are you looking to get more experience working events? Do you like to have fun? Do you enjoy volunteering for conventions? Well, check out the Internship Program. Become a Darnit!

Deadline for applications is October 31st, 2013. 

For more information click the Internship Program tab at the top of the page, or go to:  http://www.dammitliz.com/dammit-liz/internship-program/

 

New Project! The Tabletop Deathmatch.

Deathmatch

Dammit Liz Productions is proud to produce the TableTop Deathmatch at Gen Con Indy 2013!

From Cards Against Humanity:

“Cards Against Humanity will host a one-of-a-kind independent tabletop game design challenge at Gen Con Indy 2013.

Unpublished independent game creators will present prototypes to a panel of industry-leading designers including Mike Selinker (Lone Shark Games, Wizards of the Coast, Avalon Hill) Luke Crane (The Burning Wheel, games project specialist at Kickstarter), Shari Spiro (Founder, Ad Magic), and the creators of Cards Against Humanity.

The most promising game presented will win $7,500 towards the production costs of a first print run with Ad Magic and a table on the floor at Gen Con Indy 2014.

“We exhibited at Gen Con last year, and one of the most exciting things we saw at the convention was the playtest hall with these incredible cardboard prototypes,” said Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity. “We’ve received so much help with Cards Against Humanity from the gaming community and we’d like to pay that debt of gratitude forward.”

Luke Crane, game designer and games project specialist for Kickstarter, said, “Gen Con is the genesis of tabletop gaming as we know it. The Gen Con Tabletop Deathmatch continues the tradition of hackery and innovation that birthed this crazy hobby in 1968.” He added, “Please submit your games so I can judge your soul apart!”

Shari Spiro, founder of the game printer Ad Magic said, “We’re excited to partner with Cards Against Humanity for this contest. Ad Magic has printed Cards Against Humanity from the beginning and we would love to help give another game the same start.”

Eli Halpern, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity added, “I couldn’t be more excited by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to crush the dreams of independent game designers.”

Prizes are furnished by Cards Against Humanity, Ad Magic, Gen Con LLC., and Maxistentialism Inc. The Deathmatch design contest is produced by Dammit Liz Productions.

Applicants can learn more and submit their game at CardsAgainstHumanity.com/deathmatch.

Cards Against Humanity is an independent card game that was initially funded on Kickstarter. It’s now the top selling, best rated, and most wished for item on Amazon.com. The entire game is also available as a free download at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.

Desert Bus for Hope

This week I am particapting in a special online event called Desert Bus for Hope.

If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is a sort of online charity drive with proceeds going to Child’s Play Charity, a charity that gives money, toys, games and video game consols to chicldren’s hospitals.

Last year I posted about my own personal experience and way this cause is so important to me.

This year I told my story to wired.com

To check out the crazy entertainment as they stream live for 24 hours a day for the next few days or to donate to the cause log on to  desertbus.org

 

The Dammit Liz Holiday Special

 

I love Christmas. I love the whole holiday season. There is magic in the air. Lights are hanging from trees. Holiday movies speak of the importance of friends and family. There are gifts!

This season has inspired historic entertainment moments like the Star Wars Christmas Special and A Colbert Christmas.

Thinking about this season got me thinking, maybe I should put together a great geeky holiday show! And I am! I’ve invited my friends to help out. On December 1st in Seattle, at the Triple Door, there will be holiday nerdery! This is going to be one crazy and awesome night. Hope you guys can come and celebrate the season with me, geek style.

Special guests! Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Stepto, Kyle Stevens….and more?

More on the show

Tickets

Ladies of Ragnarok Tour

Next week I leave on an adventure with some geeky ladies. I will be driving a van half way(ish) across the country.  Starting September 26th I will be on the road with Molly Lewis and the Doubleclicks. We are touring the northeast and Midwest. We have some help from a few nerdy friends along the way, such as Marian Call, Joseph Scrimshaw, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, and Mike Phirman.

It is my first big tour and I am learning a lot as I go. I’m hoping people turn out and enjoy the show and that I do not get lost along the way.

I am very excited about this tour, these are talented ladies I am traveling with. They are great performers and really have a fun and infectious geeky style.

If you live near any of the cities below, I hope you’ll come out and see us. Check us out at www.ladiesofragnarok.com

 

#Mollyclicks tour dates

A video!

 

 

A little bit about the ladies

Young songwriter Molly Lewis, according to Wikipedia, writes “comedic songs on pop culture topics that trend toward the nerdy.” Her original songs and covers, accompanied by her masterful ukulele playing, have earned her over 4.4 million views on YouTube. Her cover of the Jonathan Coulton song “Tom Cruise Crazy” won her the “Ukulele Video of the Year” award from UkuleleHunt.com, and earned her the attention of Coulton himself. Lewis soon became a staple at Coulton concerts, and on the Internet-culture-based touring variety show w00tstock. Her first album, “I Made You A CD, But I Eated It,” was released by DFTBA Records and received local and national press. Lewis recently blew the Internet’s mind when she was invited to sing her song about wanting to have Stephen Fry’s babies to Stephen himself at Harvard University. http://sweetafton23.com

 

The Doubleclicks are a self-proclaimed “nerd-folk” duo, based in Portland, Oregon. The band is made of the Webber sisters: Berklee College of Music graduate and cellist Aubrey, and songwriter and ukulele player Angela. In 2011, the band started a “song a week” project, in which they posted new songs on their YouTube channel every week for a year – ranging in topics from superpowers to grammar. Their music, particularly a music video for their “Dungeons and Dragons” song created by Brooklyn-based artist Brad Jonas, boosted the Doubleclicks into position as a songwriting voice of the geek and gamer community. The band has toured to gaming and comic conventions and has shared the stage with Wil Wheaton, Amanda Palmer, and Paul and Storm. Though the tracks on The Doubleclicks’ first studio album “Chainmail and Cello” come from “a geeky place,” reviewers note that the Doubleclicks’ music has a broad appeal that can reach beyond the walls of the local game store. http://thedoubleclicks.com

Molly Lewis’s Big Musical Graduation Party!

So it looks like it is going to be a busy summer for me. Which is great!

The first big thing is MOLLY LEWIS’S BIG MUSICAL GRADUATION PARTY!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this show. This is the first show listed as “a Dammit Liz Production”.  Seriously, my name is on the poster and everything. I’m getting an extra copy for parents to put on their fridge.

This show has been such a pleasure to work on. Not only do I get to work on the logistic type things and coordination, but I also get to be involved with the creative aspects. We were able to put together a great show with talented people and fun bits of entertainment.  I mean, just look at this group:

Molly Lewis (duh)

Marian Call

The Doubleclicks

Jason Finn

Kris Straub

Stepto

Vixy & Tony

If you are in Seattle on June 24th, come by the Triple Door and see the Molly Lewis Show! It is going to be awesome!

VACATION!

I just got back from four exquisite days of relaxation. I realized as I sat with a book looking out at the ocean that it has been forever since I went on a real vacation. Like a no-work vacation. I even turned my phone off!

So I’m a little behind on blog posts, project reports and picture posting. I also have a few articles to write. Until I get caught up, enjoy the pictures below of my vacation.

Sunset and a glass of wine in Cannon Beach.

 

Seagull waits hoping for a handout.

 

The view from the beach house deck. AMAZING!