Ready, player one…ready, player two…FIGHT! Our gaming community here in GGB PGH is strong, and our resulting Video Gamers brunch in June was one of our most exciting yet. We had the amazing luck of teaming up with Victory Pointe Gaming lounge on the Southside to enjoy a full afternoon of games of all kind with amazing brunch food. Their milkshakes are to die for!
Because Pittsburgh is so amazing, the city had many fun activities going on the day of our brunch including a baseball game and our big Pride march. The folks at Victory Pointe were originally going to be closed to the public that day, but they had enough willing staff to open up just for us and another private party. We basically had the run of the place, and we cannot thank them enough. But this was a two-player game, because we were Victory Pointe’s guinea pigs for brunch. Their menu, which includes amazing staples like crepes and homemade potato chips, was tested out as a full-scale brunch using our rather large crew as a way to gauge whether Victory Pointe was able to handle enthusiastic brunch crowds. And they did a good job! So keep your eyes open for a full on gamer brunch from them in the future.
The model at Victory Pointe is very cool. We payed a flat fee for all-access armbands that got us not only into the arcade on the bottom floor, but also into the game room on the second level. Upstairs there lives just about every board and card game you can imagine, plus a couple gaming consoles, garage band, and an amazing virtual reality setup. Brunchettes were like kids in a candy shop, obviously. We played for hours and only took breaks to eat their amazing food and raffle off goodies, some of which was donated by fellow Brunchettes! We also saw the return of Brunchette Bingo which helps us get to know our new members a bit better.
But of course we didn’t just brunch like no one was watching, we also went to see Wonder Woman together and had a wonderful time! There wasn’t a dry eye in the theater. What an awesome movie for us ladies to go see together. I think we all needed that boost and extra motivation and pride in ourselves and all of the ladies in GGB, and Wonder Woman absolutely gave us that! We also got to meet some newer Brunchettes who were coming out with us for the first time. We do more than just brunch, and when you’re a new Brunchette it might be a few weeks or a month before we get to see you at one of our formal get-togethers, but coming to our extra social outings is always an amazing way to get involved asap. And if you have social anxiety, coming to a more low-key outing before a brunch can help you make friends before the big event so you perhaps don’t feel so intimidated coming to brunch. We get it, it can be daunting, but just know that we are all so excited to meet you!
GGB PGH has also started a new way to communicate with one another, forum style. We created a Discord account (used a lot by our gaming officers to communicate with their clans), and Brunchettes can sign up and dive into different topics to connect with other Brunchettes who are into the same awesome stuff. Another really amazing development is…MERCH! That’s right, we’ve finally got our merch game on and designed some fun GGB PGH shirts for purchase by Brunchettes and friends of GGB. We can’t wait to wear our pride for our wonderful group on our person!
Our GGB PGH summer is in full swing, and in July we will be having our annual Happy Birthday, Mr. Potter! picnic. We love this event because there is no cap on the number of ladies who can attend, and we get to show our skills during our very own GGB House Cup! We also barbeque so hard, it isn’t even funny. And we’re rounding off the summer with a long-awaited Lord of the Rings brunch in August. We can’t wait to see you there! Thank you to Victory Pointe for pampering us like the geeky queens we are, to the city of Pittsburgh for always being amazing, to HQ for their support, and to all our amazing Brunchettes. You are all Wonder Women!