Geek Til Dawn... AGAIN!

Just in time for Mother's Day, DeFRAG ran our 5th Geek Til Dawn event. Geek Til Dawn is where DeFRAG keeps the CDM Building open all night, from Friday to Saturday, playing games, watching movies, and just having fun being total nerds all night. It is by far my favorite event of the year, and we do it twice a year, once in the fall, once in the spring.

Phil (left) and me VERY EXCITED at Geek Til Dawn
Photo by Kevin Geisler

We had a brand new shirt for sale this year, which is pictured above. We try to have a new t-shirt at every Geek til Dawn, a fun, limited edition thing that members can wear to show off the Geek Til Dawns they have gone to. I thought the shirt turned out pretty well, and it was a big hit with the membership. Plus, we had cupcakes, but not just any cupcakes. These were caffeinated cupcakes, make with Bawls energy drinks. Pretty much the most delicious way to stay up all night.

Plus, we raffled off a brand new PS3 Slim and a copy of God of War 3, an awesome prize. In the end, the winner was a guy who ended up buying just 3 raffle tickets. We calculated his win chance at 0.8%, and he was thrilled, it was pretty awesome to see. I know I would have loved to win a PS3 for $5, wouldn't mind that one bit. We're not quite sure how we're going to top this raffle prize next Geek Til Dawn, but I'm sure we'll think of something, we always do. And with how popular these raffles have been, we can afford to do some really awesome ones.

Our PS3 Winner JoJo!
Photo by Kevin Geisler

So we had a lot of fun events going on during Geek Til Dawn. In the PC lab, we had time for Counter Strike: Gun Game, Left 4 Dead 2, and everyone's favorite, Team Fortress 2. I tried to play some Gun Game, but the labs filled instantly for all three events, so I just got to play a tiny bit of TF2, but that's it. In the console lab, we had events for Modern Warfare 2, the Blur beta, and the Halo Reach Beta. If you don't know, Blur is an upcoming game by Bizarre Creations that I like to describe as Mario Kart with real cars, and it's a boatload of fun. We had bunch of people lining up to play the beta, plus, a packed lab for the Halo Reach Beta session. I haven't had a chance to play Reach yet, but it looks great, and a lot of people were having a great time with it at Geek Til Dawn.

Plus, we had two huge events for Magic: The Gathering. First, DECC, DePaul's Educational Card Club, held a "cube draft," whatever that is. I don't play Magic, so I don't really get the terms, but it was full, and everyone was having fun, so that's good? Then after that, a local card and board game store Galactic Force sponsored a Magic Draft, which was also packed, and seemed like a great time. Plus, outside of all of these great events, including Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Super Street Fighter IV.

LOTS of board games.
Photo by Kevin Geisler

My favorite event of the night was a game I learned at GDC called Witch hunt. It goes by a bunch of names, Werewolf, Mafia, but I know it best as Witch hunt, so that's what I'm calling it.  Which hunt is a social game where a bunch of people sit in a circle, which becomes a village. In the village, a few people are randomly assigned as witches, and they become their own secret team. At "night," everyone closes their eyes, and the witches "wake up," and secretly pick a victim. Come morning, that person is out of the game. Then during the "day," the entire village, villagers and witches, work together to try to find the witches, while the witches try to throw off the village. It's a great game of deception and reading people, and we played a good 4 hours of it Monday morning. A great way to end a great event.

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