Vive La France: Part Deux

Feb 27, 2006 twenty five past seven am


Update 1:  Still looking for a place to meet.  About 15 people have said they would be there, but saying you're going to be there and being there are not the same thing, so, long story longer...I have no idea how many people will be there.  Someone mentioned that we should meet in the Catacombs.  Fun idea, but not really practical.  If you have any suggestions, please email me or post them.    Worse case, we meet at the Louvre and you guys can show us, chapter-by-chapter where the Davinci Code took place.

OK, here's the plan, at least part of it.  We'll meet up on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00 pm.  I don't know where yet, but we'll need to find a place that allows adventure gamers.  Not sure what Paris is like, but in the States those places are hard to find these days.

I'm open to suggestions.  Food, drink and stinky cheese are a must.  Clayton and I are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Set your RSS readers to channel Grumpy Gamer and stay tuned for a location update.

Other people's comments:

Posted by Yenzo on Feb 27, 2006 five to eight am

"I'm open to suggestions.  Food, drink and stinky cheese are a must."

Hm. So you really think they gonna let you into Chirac's office?

Posted by Alex on Feb 27, 2006 twenty five past nine am

Do you ever do meet-ups like this state-side?  You know, if fans wanted to buy you lunch, or stinky cheese, or a Chrysler LeBaron or something?

Posted by Surronded on Feb 27, 2006 half past nine am

:D Nice news... I'll think about it seriously :D

Posted by Yenaphe on Feb 27, 2006 ten to eleven am

I'll be there !

Posted by Erik on Feb 27, 2006 ten to one pm

My first contact with a PC game was MI the first in 1990, at age 8. Since 2004 I have internet so I thought about Guybrush as a nickname in games I play online.
I live near Paris, so I HAVE to be there.

Posted by Whup on Feb 27, 2006 ten past three pm

No wonder we don't hear much from Clayton.  He doesn't look very grumpy at all.

Posted by Clayton K on Feb 27, 2006 twenty five past seven pm

Looks can be deceiving.

Posted by Vincent Hamm on Feb 28, 2006 twenty five past two am

I can confirm this, I had my share of Clayton's grumpyness....

Posted by The Shy on Feb 27, 2006 ten past eleven pm

French food sucks....
Why don't you have come in Turin during the Olympic Games?
;-)

Posted by Tramb on Mar 1, 2006 five past midnight

Do you really want us to send Napoleon once more to Italy?

Posted by Roman on Feb 28, 2006 quarter past one am

god, this will be great...
Are you thinking more about lunch or just drink ? any places in Paris you like best ?

Posted by Yufster on Feb 28, 2006 five to four am

You should come to Brighton you know, it's super here.


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Posted by Edmundo on Feb 28, 2006 ten to ten am

No! ��

Posted by Tramb on Mar 2, 2006 ten past midnight

It depends if you're a mod or a rocker.

Posted by m0 on Feb 28, 2006 quarter to eight am

Europe seems to be the place for adventure games these days

Posted by Jeff on Feb 28, 2006 noon

Posted by protagonist, antagonist, whatever on Feb 28, 2006 twenty five to two pm

Damned, Ron, you wouldn't be thinking about coming to Turkey and doing an Istanbul meet-up, would you, now? I'd guarantee you 50 devoted adventure worshippers to be there. And those are only the ones I do personally know. Everybody's been to Paris, man, who's been to Istanbul, huh?

Posted by Bo on Feb 28, 2006 twenty five past three pm

Seriously, there are some very good reasons for americans NOT to got to Istanbul these days... no offense, just an opinion

Posted by DasJan on Feb 28, 2006 twenty five past four pm

When you finally make it to Germany we could meet here:
http://www.monkeysisland.com/

That would be cool deluxe :)

Posted by M4SQUER4DE on Mar 1, 2006 five to five am

Hum...
The problem is I can think of many places to go, but they are usually fit for eating/visiting OR meeting with numerous people. Not really both...

A few ideas though...
* the city of science & industry (http://www.cite-sciences.fr/english/indexFLASH.htm) Huge place, many funny things to do and see, (including the star wars expo, ^^ hu hu !) and a huge park to take a walk if the weather permits it... But no real place to sit and talk I can think of... :(
* the "Blue Lagoon" restaurant inside the "pirates of the carribean" attraction in Disneyland Paris (funny place, but a bit far from Paris + expensive entrance fee, and I guess coming to France to visit a Disneyland is quite silly... :p )
* "Chez Papa" a very... special restaurant featuring great traditional french food where you often have to share your table with someone else with a cool "RPG inn mood" ^^ No way to book tables though and sometimes there's A LOT of people...
* Le Louvres. Of course you HAVE to see it, but it's really huge, there are miles and miles of corridor to walk through and very few places to sit. Visiting it in only one day is silly as you can't appreciate anything and it gets worse when your feet get tired... Places to eat or drink around it are either very expensive or not fit to sit and chat for more than 5 minutes.
* The catacombs. Extremely cool but a bit creepy and some places are a bit... physical to go through. A few places are still closed following renovations. Not fit for a meeting IMHO...
* Cour St-Emilion : a very popular area theses days, many restaurants and pubs, but not very "typical"... A little park nearby, "car free" zone. Quite a lot of people on saturdays.
* Bastille : another popular area with a lot of restaurants and bars, but i'm concerned as to the possiblity of 15 people getting together at the same time in one of these places...
* Le quartier du Marais : many restaurants, quite a lot of typical ones, but a majority of them are quite small...
* Le p�re Lachaise : Huge cemetery with a beautiful park. If you want to pay a visit to Jim Morrison or Moli�re... ^^ (http://www.pere-lachaise.com/perelachaise.php?lang=en)
* Les Buttes Chaumont : a very old park (1867) with a lot of funny places (hills, suspended bridge, old temples...), near Montmartre (difficult to be more typical than that ^^), but in winter... I don't know... :p

I'll keep thinking about it...

Posted by Erik on Mar 1, 2006 ten to seven pm

*About La cit� des sciences et de l'industrie is currently on a videogames-themed exhibitions semester (check http://www.cite-sciences.fr/francais/ala_cite/carrefour_numerique/jeuxvideo/), . There's a couple of places to eat inside and a restaurant to meet up too http://www.cite-sciences.fr/english/ala_cite/cite_pra/info_pra/global_fs.htm
Seems to be the best choice.
*About the catacombs : forget it, the only "cool" meetings taking place in these are at night, and they're illegal... During daytime there are just tours. Plus you need to wear some sewer outfit, not to mention the stench, definitely not a good idea.
*Weather-bulletin : it snowed quite hard last night, it melt fast but temperatures will stay around zero (celsius) until saturday, so there's still a little risk of snow/icy rain slowing down car-traffic.
Wear hoses under you pants people :-)

Posted by TheSmashingPenguin on Mar 1, 2006 five to five am

I'll be there, March 7th...

Posted by Yenaphe on Mar 1, 2006 quarter past six am

By the way Ron, take your DS and your Mario Kart ! I'll be there, and i'll have my MK ready. Clay, take yours also (if you have one of course).

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Mar 1, 2006 ten past eight am

I'll have my DS, so will Clayton.

Posted by Roman on Mar 2, 2006 five am

Me too, this will be cool

Posted by protagonist, antagonist, whatever on Mar 1, 2006 half past six am

Now this is gonna turn into some jinxed political debate and Ron (as the sensitive host) is not gonna be the least happy about it, BUT:

Come on Bo, do you think that people are so dumb that they can not distinguish between a country's politics and it's people? If you are one of those people who still believe the FOX news, get a grip, man. I have a dozen American friends here who live as happily as punkrockers in a Bad Religion concert. Now put that hamburger down, step out of your mainstream media driven, prejudical attitude and act a little guybrush here. If the rest of the world would treat the Americans the way the Americans treat them, we would be in a far worse mess right now. Thank god the rest of us have some manners.

Guybrush'd go for a Madagascar meet-up, a Nigeria meet-up, a Finland meet-up, a Chile meet-up, a Russia meet-up, a Vietnam meet-up, an I-am-out-of-ideas-for-remote-countries-meet-up as much as an Istanbul meet-up. Broaden and strech your mind.

Posted by protagonist, antagonist, whatever on Mar 1, 2006 twenty five to seven am

Now that I reread it, I did get impulsively offended. I shouldn't have. Not in a nationalistic way or anything. It's just that the state of the world upsets me. Anyway, lots of fun for everyone at the Paris meet-up.

Posted by protagonist, antagonist, whatever on Mar 1, 2006 twenty five to seven am

i hate politics. somebody shut me up.

Posted by TheSmashingPenguin on Mar 1, 2006 twenty five to nine am

Hi Ron
I'm a french fan of yours, quite willing to attend a meeting on Saturday.
As you seem to be looking for a place to meet, i propose you this :

Zikadelic Bar,
26 rue Orfila
Paris, 20th arrondissement

Besides the fact it's only 5 minutes from my place, it's a small but nice bar, with not-too-expensive beer and great music.
The only thing is that they usually open at 5PM to 1AM. I called the manager, and he told me that, yeah, if 15 people comes up, he agrees on opening the bar earlier for us. (meaning : 2PM)
But I need to be sure we're all going there, so as to confirm this to the bar manager as soon as possible.

And it's very close the P�re Lachaise cemetery, so you can take a walk there before or after the meeting (reaaally beautiful place).

Tell me quickly what you think of that... It's easy to get to the bar thanks to the Metro : the stop is Gambetta, on line 3.

Posted by Alex on Mar 1, 2006 twenty five past ten am

March 4th is when i'm having my birthday party. I hope these don't interfere with eaxh other...

Posted by Marla on Mar 1, 2006 quarter to two pm

Awesome, an adventure game meetup in Paris...

Has a location been decided yet?  

"Food, drink and stinky cheese are a must."

Um, this is Paris, you cannot ever escape from those things.

What about here?

http://www.hip-bars.com/lizard/

Or, this place would be sweet, but it's only open in the evenings:

http://www.guinguettepirate.com/


-Marla

Posted by Rodi on Mar 2, 2006 five to one am

Isn't the Akuda bar somewhere in France? Propaganda!

Posted by Marzhin on Mar 2, 2006 quarter to nine am

Too bad, saturday I will be working (at the Cit� des Sciences et de l'industrie, for the GAME convention)...

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our sweet capital, Ron ;) And also that my fellow french adventurers won't be too annoying :p

Posted by 转速表 on Mar 10, 2006 five to one am

Besides the fact it's only 5 minutes from my place, it's a small but nice bar, with not-too-expensive beer and great music.
The only thing is that they usually open at 5PM to 1AM. I called the manager, and he told me that, yeah, if 15 people comes up, he agrees on opening the bar earlier for us. (meaning : 2PM)


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