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Nerdy Things to Do in Edmonton

by Leah Paterson

In the land of Edmonton, where the shadows lie... there are... well... a lot of nerdy things to do. There was a time when being a nerd was a bad thing, but those days have gone the way of the Time Lord. Put on some SPF and venture out of your parent's basement, get your pocket protectors ready, and check out all the nerd-tastic things that Edmonton has to offer.

Overklocked Gaming and Computers
Calling all night elves, street fighters, and solo mids... if you like video games, you'll love Overklocked. Overklocked is the largest LAN centre in Alberta, featuring over 100 gaming systems. They host tournaments, monthly overnight lock-ins, and weekly gaming nights. Whether you head down with your crew or fly solo, you'll find a great place to hangout and bone-up on the latest in computer and console gaming.

Board Game Cafés
Are you a Settlers of Catan master? Do you crush Cylon fleets like a pro when you play Battlestar Gallactica? Do your friends call you the king of Cards Against Humanity? Edmonton loves board game cafés (we built this city on rock and wheat after all), and you'll find your favourite games at Table Top, The Gamers Lodge, Board and Brew, and Hexagon. If you're overwhelmed by their collections, don't worry. The expert staff members can help you pick something you'll love and will even show you noobs how to play.

Happy Harbor Comics
You don't need a bat signal to know that Happy Harbor is the place to be. Whether you're a Marvel or DC fan, this is your comic book headquarters in Edmonton. Named Canada's Best Comic Store at the 2007 Shuster awards, Happy Harbor has become the largest comic retailer in Western Canada. Looking for a great new read? Just ask the beyond friendly and knowledgeable staff and they'll hook you up.

Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are the bomb dot com. Seriously, they are the most fun. You'll need to channel your inner Jessica Jones in order to solve a series of clues and escape before the clock runs out. Trust me, your heart will be racing. Make sure to try your hand at Escape City's Quarterback Sneak, which features a ton of innovative Edmonton inspired puzzles.

Denizen Hall
Beer and arcade games in one place?! No, you're not dreaming. The 27-piece arcade at Denizen Hall has original games like Pac-man, Donkey Kong, and Street fighter II, and classics such as House of the Dead, The Simpsons, and Konami’s X-men. Oh, and don't forget the six retro pinball machines. They also have a great selection of craft beer, and host live music on the regular. Hey, nerds like to let loose and cut a rug too.

Dark Matters
If you think Telus World of Science is rated G, then listen up. Dark Matters is an 18+ event featuring food, a bar and a live DJ. Each Dark Matters evening has a different theme, from Fears and Phobias to The Science of Sex, with a variety of activities, like hands-on science experiments, games, and exclusive access to galleries. Mild-mannered scientist by day... party animal by night.

Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre
You didn't think we'd leave out the movie geeks, did you? Located at the Garneau Theatre, Metro Cinema is a classic art deco movie house and a throwback to the timeless cinema experience. Metro shows a little bit of everything on its velvet-curtained single screen: documentaries to foreign films, filmmaker debuts to timeless classics and even new releases that aren't playing elsewhere in the city. Plus, the affordable popcorn paired with an Alberta craft beer makes for a screening that's truly delish.

In town this weekend? The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo is rolling into the city from September 22-24, 2017. With stars like William Shatner, Gene Simmons and John Rhys-Davies, you'd be frakin' crazy not to check it out.