Category Archives: Past Events

Review – Art Matter: The Sci-Fi Effect

The Sci-Fi Effect

Review by Karlyn Meyer On May 23, Chicago Nerd Social Club was invited to Art Matter: The Sci-Fi Effect, offered by Design Cloud in conjunction with Chicago Ideas Week. Described as “a panel discussion about science fiction’s impact on science, design, art, and culture,” the program centered around the book Make It So: Interaction Design

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #14

The Master and Margarita cover

For our thirteenth bookclub meeting we’ll be reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (we suggest the 2001 Penguin Classics printing). In it, the Devil visits Soviet Russia: the result is a wicked satire about good and evil and how they play within the social order. Some consider this to be one of the greatest books of

Nerd Xbox Live Game Night: CoD MW2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Hi, my name is Rachel and I am addicted to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I am not very good, but I enjoy playing the online multiplayer games. I go online and search around for a group that isn’t a bunch of 8 year olds that fire off swear words (or worse!) as they

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #13

Cover of Ringworld by Larry Niven

For our thirteenth bookclub meeting we’ll be reading Ringworld by Larry Niven. In it a team, both human and alien, ventures out to investigate an artificial strip of a world orbiting a star in order to determine its threat to the species of alien trying to escape a collapsing galaxy. Ringworld won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards,

Nerd Trivia Night

trivia

After a brief hiatus we are back with another nerdy social function. We invite all nerds/geeks and or dorks to join us for an evening of teamwork and trivia questions. Teams of five will compete for prizes and table discounts. We will be happy to bring our nerds together to form teams, you do not

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #12

The cover of Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

For our twelfth bookclub meeting we are reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Daemon opens as a detective novel investigating the deaths of two employees of an international gaming company and develops into “thrills, chills, and cyber suspense” according to Publishers Weekly. Join us for discussion of our current book as well as the opportunity to voice

Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookclub #11

cover image of Fables: Legends in Exile

For our eleventh bookclub meeting we are reading Fables: Legends in Exile, our first graphic novel for the group, and the first graphic novel released for the comic, collecting issues #1-5. Fables follows the real lives of various characters from fairy tales and fables who have been forced by the conqueror of their Homelands into a

D&D 201: How to Run an Interesting Encounter

DandDencounter

Being a Dungeon Master is hard, right?  It takes work, in-depth knowledge of the rules minutiae and a ton of time to make a game worthwhile.  How can anyone find the time to run a game?  It’s too much work! Wrong. We’ll show you how easy and fun sitting behind the DM’s screen can be. 

Nerdologues Night

nerdologues

Nerdologues are a “collection of stories and scenes written by nerds for nerds.”  We are offering 1/2 price tickets for our nerds to join us in supporting the Nerdologues performances and party.  There will be games, music, performance skits, and drinks. Retro Video Game Challenge: the Nerdologues have challenged our Nerds! Bring any Sega Genesis,

Science Fiction/Fantasy Bookclub #10

canticleforleibowitz

For our tenth bookclub meeting we are reading A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Canticle is set in a future where World War 3 bombed civilization back to the dark ages and follows a group of monks as they uncover knowledge and the hazardous path of the intellectual in a society where knowledge is