A basic template for the perfect nerdy evening – costumes and friends are optional
I totally admit that I am a bit of a nerd. Although, in the age of the hipster, that seems like a cool thing to say, I really am a proper nerd. I literally know everything about Star Trek, my favorite location in the world is the LHC at CERN, I write for a popular Star Trek blog and I‘ve met most of the actors at conventions at least once. I travel around the world and pay extortionate sums of money to ask these actors the same questions I asked the last time I saw them and I half expect them to remember me. One of my truly treasured memories was when Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) gave me a big hug and told me I was handsome. Yes, nerdgasm ensued.
Being a nerd aint easy; a lot of work goes into devoting half your life to a television show whose lowest rated series ended 11 years ago. Nerds come in all shapes and sizes and can call themselves nerds for a variety of reasons (it’s not all Star Trek). Whatever your nerdy pleasure may be, be proud of it and embrace it. I couldn’t care less if you were a Trekkie, a Warsy (If that’s what they call Star Wars fans, I’m not sure) a hardcore Magic the Gathering player or even if you enjoy cosplay and your costumes are awful. Be proud of who you are.
So I was sitting at home the other night, deeply engrossed in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise (an acquired taste, I know) when I started to wonder what makes the perfect nerd night. Is it the movie? The television series? The food? The company? I wasn’t sure so I started to formulate my perfectly nerdy evening of awesomeness. It would have to be on a Saturday, as most nerds have jobs in IT during the week and zero party invitations at the weekend. Invite your friends over and prepare the following:
The schedule of awesomeness:
3PM – 5PM Board Games
Board games are pretty darn awesome. In an age where everything is digitized and virtualized, E-this and I-that, online and uploaded, sometimes it’s incredibly satisfying to play a complex and strategic game that involves more than a controller. I am lucky to have friends who have shelves that are full of the latest and greatest board games on the market, but I have 2 clear favorites:
The aim is to power cities. You have to buy power stations that require different materials to run, buy the materials to run the power plants and then buy cities to power. You get more money each turn for the cities that you have successfully powered and the game ends when someone powers a pre-determined number of cities. It doesn’t sound too complicated but there are many complexities and twists in the game that will keep you 100% focused. It takes a few games to get your strategy figured out, but once you have it, you will be addicted. It usually takes 1.5 – 2 Hours to complete.
After a few games of Splendor, I was literally hooked and sent my girlfriend down to the shops to buy me my very own set. The game itself involves chip-collecting and card development, building your resources until you can buy the bigger, more valuable cards and win the game. There are various strategies to the play and many formulate ways to go straight in for the kill whilst others try to build from the bottom. It’s a much shorter contest than Power Grid, lasting only about 30 minutes depending on the players, but you can guarantee that you won’t want to stop at a single game.
5PM-6PM Snacks and Drinks
Courtesy of Quark’s bar, here are some Star Trek inspired drinks selections:
.5 oz Melon Liqueur, .5 oz Smirnoff Citrus Twist Vodka, .5 oz Triple Sec
James Tea Kirk
.75 oz Bacardi Superior, .75 oz Gin, .75 oz Vodka, .75 oz Blue Curacao, 1 oz Sprite
Vulcan Mind Meld
1 oz Bacardi Superior, 1 oz peach schnapps, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz Cranberry Juice, 1 oz Pineapple Juice
After an epic board game session and some exhilarating battles, you will be in dire need of some nourishment. How about some Star Wars inspired meal ideas?
6PM-7PM – Debate Time
After a few Star Trek cocktails and some food to get you energized, you will be feeling a little bit wise and in the mood to challenge your nerdy buddies. I like to think of myself as a master-debater and I have proven my master-debating techniques many times.
Some debatable topics:
Star Wars Vs Star Trek
Star Wars is an elitist, anti-democratic universe where Force-users lord over everyone else, while Star Trek offers a more populist view where the leaders may be the best and brightest, but still human.
(Science fiction author David Brin)
Is Pluto a Planet?
In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “dwarf planet.”
Would Sex with Superman Kill Lois Lane?
Not if he was Super-gentle, but one ‘expert’ thinks that because ejaculation is an involuntary action, Superman’s semen would be faster than a bullet. Debate away… http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html
DC Vs Marvel
While DC doesn’t have the market share of Marvel these days and it certainly doesn’t have the breadth and depth of popular characters, it does have two characters — Superman and Batman — who are more recognizable to anyone on Earth than any Marvel character – http://www.therobotsvoice.com
7PM-10PM – Movie Time
Now it’s time to enjoy some relaxation time with a good movie. You might want to have a few more cocktails but don’t drink too much! Here are some ideas courtesy of Hollywood.com
Shaun of the Dead
Simple yet smart and funny, Shaun of the Dead is often considered one of the best horror-comedy movies ever made.
“Would you like to play a game of chess?” A movie about a teenage hacker that ends with an artificial intelligence playing a game of tic-tac-toe will titillate the nerve endings of any geek.
If there was any movie only a geek could put together, it would be Fanboys. With cameos from William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Kevin Smith, Ray Park, and Danny Trejo, it’s basically a geek’s wet dream.
10PM+ Hometime / Televsion
YouR buddies will probably be pretty tired after all that nerdy fun but if you still have the energy, you can always catch up on some great tv shows. Here are some of my favourite episodes from my favorite series’:
Star Trek: Enterprise – The Breach – (Season 2, Episode 21)
An emotionally charged episode that centers on Dr Phlox and his treatment of an age-old enemy and how we can put our differences aside. This is what Star Trek is all about.
Game of Thrones – Baelor (Season 1, Episode 9)
The Film School Rejects rank this episode as the best yet. It has it all; bloodshed, sex and betrayal.
Smallville – Homecoming (season 10, episode 4)
Den Of Geek reckon that Homecoming was the best Smallville episode of all time.
Every final season needs a compilation episode, but this doesn’t feel forced or unnecessary. Past experiences are there to remind Clark and the audience how far they’ve come, and a glimpse into a future where Clark and Lois are married and working on the Daily Planet’s eighth floor is a thrilling peek at how the show ties into more familiar territory.
Anything I missed?
Suggestions for your own nerdy evening?
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