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4:59 PM on 11.03.2012

BaltiNARP: You have ONE WEEK to prepare!



And it had been said that on the 9th day of November in the two thousandth and twelfth year of our Lord (Pac-Man), that all members of the coolest community on the inter-webs within driving distance would amass at the house of one Procyon, and there would be much rejoicing.

Games would be played, beer would slate their thirst, and laughter would ensue from the hearty gathering that took place. And they would descend into sleep at some ridiculous hour, only to rise up again the following morn, to play more games, and there would be much rejoicing.

Some gamers would attempt to find the most obscure arcade game they could find in the List of MAME, while others would filter through page after page in the Disc Volumes of PlayStation. Yet others still would attempt to familiarize themselves with far too many Wii games than could be counted. And there would be much rejoicing.

As the sun arced across the sky, food would be grilled, and Changston, holiest of cooks, would prepare a great feast for the masses that did show. And more beer would be drank than ever there was beer, and naturally, there would be much rejoicing.

Dancing aplenty would occur, either in front of the Kinect, or with Wii Remote in hand. Fighting in the Streets would occur within a room, sometimes II, sometimes III, and sometimes even IV (but almost never I), such was the majesty of the magic that occurred within Procyon's home. Plumbers would grow immense on Mushrooms, and there would be much rejoicing.

And sadly, Sunday would eventually arrive, and those who slept, curled up on couches or sleeping bags, or sleeping bags on couches, would awaken, bleary eyed, for one last round of gaming before the traditional trip to the Japanese Hibachi would commence. And then Procyon would gather the remaining attendees around, and he spoke thusly:

"It has been my honor to host these NARPs for lo these many years, and I shed a tear at the thought that this is to be that last one that I host. But my newly wedded wife is now heavy with child, and we must prepare for the coming of the legendary gamer, the one that is to save the future of video games for all eternity, for he shall be the one born with the Golden Joystick of legend. And it is my duty to train him for the upcoming battle against the mobile gods. And so, I embrace my destiny, and wish you all well."

And while a few tears were shed at the end of this speech, all felt relief at the wonderful memories created during the past weekend, and the fullness of the Japanese meal in their stomachs... and there was much rejoicing.   read


2:48 PM on 10.12.2012

Baltimore/DC NARP: Change is scary, so come party Nov. 9/10/11



Along the lines of all the changes that have taken place across the Dtoid website, the Baltimore/DC NARP is on the precipice (take THAT SATs!) of a change itself. Having been the host for three years, and just recently married, Procyon will be serving as the host for a sixth and final NARP. The time has come to pass the torch. But we don't have to worry about that for another six month or so because it's TIME TO GET OUR PARTY ON!

That's right, approximately one month from now, every member of the Dtoid community is invited to Bumblefuck Maryland, to Procyon's impossible-to-find house in the middle of nowhere for a 48 hour video game fest sure to delight, surprise, and create long-lasting memories that you'll still cry about 30 years from now.

For the uninitiated, there will be at least seven TVs running and hooked up to all your favorite consoles, like the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Dreamcast, Saturn, Gamecube, and even an Atari 7800 with tons of old-school cartridges (remember cartridges?) And last, but by no means least, is Procyon's MAME cab-ish thing in the room dominated by hundreds of Transformers.

Don't think you have to be from Maryland, DC, or Virginia to attend, we have people coming from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and as far away as New York, Ohio, and even Massachusetts. So if you have wheels and your free that weekend, come on down. If you want the details, please make sure that you subscribe to our google group, dtoidbaltimoredc ([email protected]) where you can get the address, learn about what everyone else is bringing , and even learn about Changston's amazing contribution to Scientific America!   read


10:32 AM on 06.05.2012

Final reminder: BaltiNARP this weekend!



That's right folks, while the west coast snobs bump elbows at E3 wine and dine in L.A., us fine east coast folk have the opportunity to do it up right, and experience one of the best aspects of the Destructoid community: the NARP.

You COULD miss this event. You COULD stay home and play Diablo III all by yourself. But think about what you'll be missing out on. A weekend in the woods of pure gaming epicness with some of D-toid's finest members. Access to a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, GameCube, PS2, Dreamcast, Saturn, a full MAME joystick, and even an Atari 7800, a Virtual Boy, and a Vectrex if you are so inclined. It's all here, and it's all waiting for you to get your greasy hands on.

The attendance list is starting to swell in the final week leading up to the NARP. So what's it gonna be this weekend? You can stay home alone playing Diablo III in your underwear. Or you can chill with a cool group of people, some of whom may be playing Diablo III in their underwear... but at a NARP. Wanna get in on the goodness? Join the dtoidbaltimoredc google group!

Of course, if you get tired of games, you can always engage in some girl talk with Tino and Moe P0w3r...   read


2:31 PM on 05.29.2012

Less than 2 weeks away: BaltiNARP nostalgia


That's right ladies and gents, the first 2012 BaltiNARP-extraordinaire will be kicking off in less than two weeks!!! Come Friday June 8, attendees will be rolling up from every corner of the northeast, and then some, for 48 hours of pure video gaming bliss. Classic games, current games, and everything in between will pretty much be at your finger tips, while you chill at Procyon's crib nestled in the woods half way between Baltimore and Harrisburg.

In anticipation of this mighty event, we're asking all you past attendees to share your fondest memories of BaltiNARPs gone by. What have you enjoyed most, how long have you been attending, what brought you out the first time?

If you're never been before, but plan on attending, that's cool too! Tell us what you're most excited about and most looking forward to.

We look forward to seeing you all, old and new!   read


1:27 PM on 05.08.2012

BaltiNARP: You have one month to prepare.


Once E3 wraps up, the party is moving from the west coast to the east coast. The festival known by many names such as the BaltiNARP, the Mid-Atlantic NARP, and the Raven's Cheerleaders car wash in my driveway (please?) takes place from Friday evening, June 8, to Sunday afternoon June 10. All the usual suspects will be there. For the uninitiated, you can look forward to a weekend of pure video game debauchery at Procyon's house, including:
* The Nintendo basement: Wii and Gamecube, along with some GBAs for those rare GC/GBA compatible games (Pac-Man Vs.)
* The Next-gen living room: Xbox 360 and PS3 on a 46" flatscreen.
* New-school vs. Old-school kitchen: In one corner, a PS2. In the other corner, an Atari 7800
* The Sega love room: A Dreamcast and Saturn set up and ready to go in the guest room.
* And last but not least, the joystick pedestal of MAME, the god of ancient and classic arcade games.
Do you really want to miss this? I don't think you want to miss this. So get on board the dtoidbaltimoredc google group, to get all the latest up-to-the-minute details and let us know you're coming. Otherwise, how will Changston know how much delicious food to cook?   read


2:47 PM on 10.03.2011

1 month to prepare for Balt/DC NARP extraordinaire



It is going down Novemeber 4th, 5th, and 6th. The one, the only, mid-Atlantic D-toid gathering for all you mid-Atlantic folk, is happening just about one month from now. Free up your calendar and block that weekend out, cuz you won't want to miss it. We're talking:

7 TVs in 5 rooms running video games 24 hours a day,
Just about the coolest group of gamers you'll ever meet,
Amazing food prepared by Changston (if he can make it),
All your favorite hits from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s,

And the fun of having your ass handed to you in direct head to head competition that doesn't involve using the interwebs. Highlights will including pouring 40s out on the lawn for our dearly departed brother Nick Chester (and by dearly departed, we mean moved to Boston), while early comers get to rummage through the box of promotional video game goodness that fell off the back of his moving truck when he pulled away, and Procyon greedily snatched up.

Don't miss what may very well be the biggest pre-MAGFest NARP bash ever held on the east coast!   read


11:34 AM on 05.12.2011

Celebrities expected to appear during Spring BaltiNARP 2011



That's right! At some point during the Spring BaltiNARP 2011 this weekend, celebrities are expected to appear in other places. See what we did there? But screw the celebrities, you should come to the NARP anyway!

Reasons not to attend include:

* You don't like fun,
* You don't like video games,
* You don't like meeting really cool people,
* You don't like meeting really cool people who like fun and video games.

If none of the above applies to you, you should definitely be there.

Shout out time: WHO'S COMING?   read


6:58 PM on 05.03.2011

Super BaltiNARP 2011 Spring Edition: Less than 2 weeks away!



Feast your eyes on only a small portion of what you'll be missing if you don't attend this season's Baltimore/DC NARP event. Behold the sight of Dong Dong Never Die running with arcade controls. We understand, you may be busy attending your great aunt's garage sale, or you may live some place far away like Indonesia. But our estimates* have predicted that approximately five thousand visitors from China alone will be flocking to Maryland just for this event. And three of them may actually be women!

As if anything else could compare to the pinnacle of gaming that is Dong Dong Never Die, there will be many other opportunities to get your game on, including but not limited to, an Xbox 360 and PS3 on a big screen in the Modern Living room, a Dreamcast and Saturn in the Sega Love bedroom, arcade madness in the MAME room, Wii and GameCube set up in the Nintendo Loyalty basement (plus a pool table), a PS2 in the "Changston makes awesome meals" kitchen, and an Atari 7800 on the other side of the "Please cook on me Changston" stove. If that's not enough, hell, bring your own stuff, the more the merrier.

May 13th through the 15th: be here. If you live in the area and you're not on the dtoidbaltimoredc google group, first of all, shame on you. Second of all, get the hell on it so you're up to date on this, and many more activities that take place throughout the year.

* Estimates are not intended to be factual statements. What, you thought senators were the only people who lied?   read


1:53 PM on 04.08.2011

Mark your calanders: May 13-15 = next NARP!



Just a little more than one month from now, Destructoid members from the MD, DC, VA, DE, PA, and NJ communities (did I get everyone this time?) will be getting their NARP on at Procyon's house. This semi annual get together is your chance to bump elbows with some of Destructoid's most elite and notable members during a weekend long gaming fest. Picture a house with at least 7 TVs and monitors up and running at all times, playing the latest games, and challenging players to many of the classics, including this year's feature game, Dong Dong Never Die (screenshot above)! Also get the opportunity to taste some of Changston's amazing cooking maybe possibly. So save the date. If you have other plans, cancel them! You won't want to miss the epic epicness. If you're not on the Balt/DC destructoid google group, get on it today!   read


9:55 PM on 03.22.2011

Cherry Blossoms get-together.



It's like that, but less inky.

A group of BaltimoreDC Dtoiders are getting together in Washington to see the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom. It's a good time to get together, be one with nature, y'know. Hippie stuff. Here's the schedule of the day:

Date: Sunday, April 3

11 AM - Meet up for a dim sum breakfast at Hollywood East Cafe. 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902-4640 (In Wheaton mall)

1:30-2:00ish PM - Arrive at the L'enfant Plaza metro stop, walk on over to the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

If you're interested, join our google group and let us know!   read


11:42 PM on 02.02.2011

Video Games Live Concert - Feb. 26



MAGfest tided over some of our music and video gaming needs, but we need more. As fate would have it, the Video Games Live show is playing in the DC area. Held at the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Symphonic Orchestra will be playing a wide variety of compositions, from the 8-bit melodies embedded into our memories to the grand orchestral suites that prevail today. Polish your monocle and dust off your top hat and prepare to inject some culture into your life. Or just come anyway and have a kickass time.

Time: Feb. 26, 8:00 PM
Place: Music Center at Strathmore (Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Stop on the Red Line)
Cost: $35.00 per ticket

If you're interested, join our google group and let us know. We're planning on ordering tickets by Feb 11 so reply by then.   read


6:46 PM on 11.10.2010

Balt/DC NARP real reason behind blog reset!!!



The following blog post does not represent the position of Destructoid, DtoidBaltimoreDC, and any of its members in any way, and is purely the mad ramblings of someone who managed to hack into DtoidBaltimoreDC's account.

Don't buy this nonsense about the testing out of #old Destructoid and #new Destructoid. That's just a cover up perpetuated by the right wing religious conservative Destructoid administrators! No, the REAL reason behind the missing posts is because the announcement for Baltimore/DC's next NARP was SO EPIC, that the other NARP communities were SO JEALOUS and they conspired together and lobbied Destructoid to make it disappear!!!

That's right, you heard it here first, but the TRUTH MUST BE REVEALED. They don't want you to know that the NARP will be held on November 19, 20, and 21. They don't want you to know that any Destructoid reader is invited to crash at Procyon's pad in the middle of nowhere in northern Baltimore County right off I-83 for the whole weekend to play video games non-stop. They don't want you to know that there will be EIGHT STATIONS set up to satisfy even the most eclectic video game tastes, including everything from the latest consoles to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 1 & 2, the earliest days of Atari gaming, and the greatest arcade games ever made emulated and playable with real arcade controls!

They don't want you to know that you can join the Baltimore and DC Destructoid Google group at [email protected] to be kept informed of the latest community developments. And they don't want you to know that you can email Procyon for details about the party at Procyon.SJJ (at) gmail.com.

But we do. Because we care.

You've learned about it. You can't unlearn about it.   read





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