Welcome to Nerd Nite NYC, hosted by Matt Wasowski (matt @ nerdnite.com) Donate to Nerd Nite here.

NERD NITE on a BOAT:  On Thursday October 2, 2014 we’ll hold a special night on the party boat The Frying Pan to help kick-off the NYC SUBMERGE! festival. This Nite is open to the public and features 3 of our greatest hits (pinball, thumb-splitting shrimp, and the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride). Read about the full line-up here.

MAIN EVENT: Trivia is back!! And three presentations to give you a fix post-New York Comic Con and New York Super Week. The presentations will discuss the the dastardly and dark history of Monopoly, how the heck giant armies in the movies (like in The Hobbit or 300) get fed, and gaming in ancient Egypt.  Fun!  And trivia is back too…so bring friends, form a team, and win some badass prizes.  Because you’re so smart.  And at this point you’ll have had 5 days to wind-down from New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, so get back into the swing of things at Nerd Nite.  Nerds are tough..you don’t need that long to recharge and get back out there!. Buy tickets here.

Nerd Nite
Friday October 17, 2014
Trivia+Presentations at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm) – $14
Presentations-Only at 9:15pm (doors at 9pm) – $10
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
F train to York Street or A/C to High Street
Buy tickets here

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
Monopoly: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
by Mary Pilon
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Description: Most people who play the board game Monopoly are unaware of how it came into existence, how the story of its provenance was wildly distorted, how Parker Brothers stole the rights to the original game away from its owners, and one man’s lifelong obsession to get them back. The true story involves a left-wing economist in Berkeley, Quakers, a lost feminist stenographer, a fabled New England family firm on the brink of destruction, and as a bonus, you’ll learn why there are still 40,000 board games entombed somewhere in Minnesota.

Bio: Mary Pilon is a sports reporter at The New York Times and the author of “The Monopolists,” a forthcoming book that tells the scandalous true history of the world’s most famous board game (Bloomsbury, February 2015). She previously worked as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote about various aspects of economics and the financial crisis and has worked at Gawker, USA Today, and New York Magazine. Find her at marypilon.com and tweeting @marypilon.

*Presentation #2
“Who’s Feeding These People!?” The Logistics of Fantasy Armies
by Alexander King

alexander_kingDescription: On film and TV, fantasy armies are awe-inspiring hordes, with nothing but armed warriors stretching into the horizon. But keeping that many soldiers fed and provisioned was a monumental task, and we never see the people who made fielding such armies possible: the cooks, woodcutters, prostitutes and priests who invariably followed real medieval armies. So join us to find out the essential info on how to fuel a band of homicidal zealots…. you know, in case that ever comes up.

Bio: Alexander King received a Bachelor’s in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania, and a “Bachelor’s” in “Fantasy Economics” from spending a lifetime wondering about the fixed costs associated with runesword production.  By day, Alexander is an analytics consultant, but by night, he works towards becoming a game designer, so that he can have a day job that sounds even nerdier than ‘analytics consultant.’ Drop him a line at @AKingTweets if you’d like to talk about gaming, economic history, or fictional worlds.

*Presentation #3
Powerful Pastimes: Table Top Gaming in the Ancient World
by Ava Vitali

ava-vitaliDescription: Table top gaming has become a modern leisure activity – but did you know that its roots go far back into history? Come and hear about the ancient ancestors to the games we now know and love, and learn about their surprisingly important role in helping to maintain spiritual and cosmic stability in the ancient Egyptian and Roman worlds.

Bio: Trained archaeologist and art historian Ava Forte Vitali is a Featured Lecturer at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. Her series, “Death and the Occult in the Ancient World” aims to bridge the gap between the educated, academic community and the eager, interested public. She has excavated in both Egypt and Turkey, and completed her Master’s Degree at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where she focused on domestic cult in Ancient Egypt. She currently works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collections management for Greek and Roman Art and spends her time enjoying her neighborhood of Astoria, a fair number of heavy metal shows and probably too much Sci-Fi television.

You can contact Nerd Nite NYC Boss Matt Wasowski at m...@nerdnite.com or buy his new book here.

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