BAS Special Honors the Pirates of PDXYAR!

This week will long be remembered in our hearts and our over-stretched stomachs thanks to an announcement made by Big-Ass Sandwiches.

“This week’s special celebrates the PDXYar Pirates, friends of BAS & a ridiculously awesome group of people.”

It goes without saying that we are most honored! Now get out there for Drunken Jerk marinaded chicken breast, pineapple and orange coleslaw, hand-cut fries- “The Captain Jerk Sparrow,” only at Big-Ass Sandwiches!

Big-Ass Sandwiches is located at the corner of SW 3rd & Ash St., Portland, OR 97201

Marian Call and the DoubleClicks Play Bridge City Comics

Tonight will be a special one at Bridge City Comics as they present Geek Girl Awesome with Marian Call and the DoubleClicks. This, Bridge City Comics’ very first Concert in the Courtyard, is a free show (artist donation requested) starting at 7pm.

If you are not familiar with Marian Call, this is the perfect opportunity to see what you are missing. Here is a sample of the glory you are in for this evening:

You can listen to more of Marian’s music and buy CDs here.

As I have already mentioned Portland’s own DoubleClicks share this unique bill with their own wonderful style as you can see below:

You can watch videos and find out more about the DoubleClicks here.

Come out and join us for what shall prove to be a night of musical glory! When you do you will be inspired to give a $15 in donation for artists and even pick up a CD or two.

You can head over to Facebook and let them know you are coming on the event page

Marian Call can also be found on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube
The DoubleClicks are also on Facebook, Twitter and the YouTubes

For more information on the event visit Bridge City Comics

Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave in North Portland:

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The Swashbuckler of the Month- Master Dingo!

The Swashbuckler of the Month is a new feature where we highlight a member of the PDXYAR crew. Consider it sort of an employee of the month program, if you will. The exception being that sometimes we will select the crew member based on merit and diligent attention to their duties, while other times it is whomever threatened the selection committee the worst. I will leave it up to you to determine who fits in which category.

What is your name?

Domingo Sanchez Villareal is the name I currently use.

What is your position aboard El Tiburon?

I currently hold the positions of Sailing Master, Armsmaster and Shipwright, because I have too much free time, apparently. I need a higher pay grade!

Do you have a nickname, or something you prefer to be called?

My friends call me Dingo. Actually, my enemies probably call me Dingo, too. My mother did NOT call me Dingo, though.

If so, how did you get that nickname?

Long story short, I may possibly have spent a tiny bit of time in Australia due to a slight misunderstanding. Possibly. Maybe. I spent some time in a canoe with William Dampier. That should tell you something.

Where are you from?

Technically born in Dunkirk Scotland, raised across much of Scotland but mother moved to England before I was ten and I lost much of my accent and learned to fit in with the Sassenach. From there I reached my majority (or close to it) and toured Bavaria, learning all manner of stupid things that a young man learns.

What were your parents like?

Mother was loving, but stern. Her second husband, my stepfather, was a British widower, who was more stern and considerably less loving, given that he suddenly had an extra mouth to feed with no real skills, nor active desire to better itself.

Do you have any siblings?

I do not. I have several older step siblings, but we do not get along and the less said of them the better. Apparently once one begins raising a child such as myself, one decides they have achieved perfection. Either that, or they decide they’ve allowed hellspawn into their house and swear to never breed again.

How did you become a pirate/privateer?

After a brief period of time spent in Bavaria, I managed to sign on with a merchant ship going to Virginia, after a brief stop to in Jamaica. Whilst in Virginia I joined up with Captain John Cooke and raided with him for 3 years, taking various Spanish properties along the coasts of Peru and Mexico. It was while I spent time with this fleet that I met William Dampier, who would later be so important to me. Also during this time I developed a passing command of Spanish, which has since faded, siginificantly. Quite significantly.

How long have you been a member of the crew?

I have been onboard in various capacities approximately 18 months as a member of the El Tiburon. I was briefly in command, then recruited and put up for captain one Ragnar “Redgoat” McHaggis. Yes, I am responsible for that. Sue me when we get back to port.

Made any friends on board?

Many. All who are onboard consider Dingo a boon companion, yes? Yes?

What about enemies?

Jimmy Long Guns. And that damn monkey. Well, really, monkeys everywhere. It’s those damn thumbs of theirs. That just can’t be good for us.

How do you feel about the Spanish?

Warmly, they have provided me with an unwitting livelihood for some time.

When the ship approaches battle, how do you feel, personally?

Grim. Killing isn’t something to be done lightly, and when Dingo needs to kill he wants to do so as well as possible, so as to cause as little unnecessary pain and suffering as possible. Unless wounded of course, then it’s pain sandwiches all around.

Are you a fighter?

Oh, most definitely, yes. During my travels I acquired a series of skills. I learned to throw knives from a travelling troupe of Roma. From a curious Cossack I learned to throw hand axes, which is similiar to the tomahawk throwing styles I learned from a wounded Iriquios who I helped back to health. Before preying upon them I learned a touch of La Verdadera Destreza from a Spaniard I also learned most of my Spanish from. Only later did I learn he was in fact a Vasco (Basque). Lesson learned. From William Dampier I learned to use the cutlass and hanger, to great effect in keeping my hide intact. It was not until many years later that I learned to use pistol and shot, coaxed into such activities by one Ragnar “Redgoat” McHaggis.

Are you any good?

If not great, I am, at the very least prolific. Also, my willingness to throw a bucket at someone’s head has held me in good stead. My ingenuity and unique fighting style (if you can call it a “style”) make me not merely difficult to fight, but almost impossible to defeat. Not to mention that I’m a very, very fast runner.

How did you become so?

A truly misspent youth, adolescence and adulthood. I travelled through Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Bavaria, Germania, the Dutch Republic, Jamaica, the colonies (specifically Virginia) learning whatever I could along the way.

What weapons and tactics do you like to use?

Knives, from behind if possible, but otherwise I like to evade, obfuscate and then get inside, crippling and killing as fast as possible. If forced into a prolonged fight, I pray that I have shot and load in my pistol.

What’s your favorite color?

Grey. Shadows, ash and sharks, mate. This is the life of Domingo Sanchez Villareal.

Seafair Pirates Landing

This weekend when Seattle’s Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach PDXYAR will be there. With the events kicking off at 9:30 this Saturday, the pirates are scheduled to storm the beach between 11:30 and 12:30pm (seriously, did you expect pirates to get up earlier than that?) and mark the official opening of the Seafair Season

PDXYAR will be a part of the street fair again this year. Visit with us at our booth and engage us over a piratical game or two. Besides the Liar’s Dice, this weekend will mark the return of the Epic Scale Pirates game! Of course, you can always expect the possibility of a spontaneous shanty or maybe even random sword fight. We will be there from around 9:30 (or as soon as the Captain manages to shake the crew loose from the racks) and will be there until they kick us out.

Getting there:

Can’t Make It?

Now, we certainly understand if you are not able to follow us up to Seattle for the day, but if you can’t that leaves you no excuses! This weekend also marks the premiere of Trek in the Park. Don’t miss, “Mirror, Mirror,” or the bad, bearded Spock will know…

D&D Camp!

There have been very few times in my life that I have wished I was 12 years-old again. One such rare occurrence came recently when I learned that Guardian Games is offering a learn-to-play Dungeons and Dragons summer camp for kids 12 to 15.

Guardian Games will have two camps to offer this summer. The first camp will be July 11th – 15th, 2011, with the second coming August 15th – 19th, 2011. For both sessions, camp will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm each day.

With a cost of $125 for five days camp which is sure to afford many amazing adventures in roleplaying. Players/Campers will receive everything they need to roleplay including the official Dungeons and Dragons Player Handbook, their very own D&D dice set of their choice, a mini-figure to represent their character, character sheets, power cards and much… MUCH more.

There is no experience required and imagination is the only limit.

Space is limited to the first 16 players to sign up for each camp, so pull on your Boots of Speed, click your heels and get down to Guardian Games to gather more information and sign up (Note: sign up is only available in the store)

TFAW Hosts Art Opening

On Friday, June 24th, Things From Another World’s Hollywood location will be hosting an art show and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett. The art show features a selection of prints and a display of rare toys and artifacts from the pair’s book, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. This book, a fictional “historical,” tells the story of a mechanical man/prototype soldier, built during the 1890s and follows his adventures through World War I. The work has not only received the Emperor Norton Award, it has also been recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe).

To add to the evening, the event will also include a sneak preview of artwork from Paul and Anina’s upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. The intriguing concept of the book promises to be the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. As a feature of this exhibit, Paul will present the first public showing of the elaborate model he built of “Valiant”, Frank Reade’s electric battle wagon.

All this and you get to meet Paul and Anina, who will be TFAW’s special guests at this year’s SDCC without the long drive. The event kicks off at 7pm and runs until 10pm. There will be copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing. Also, you are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).

Hope to see you there!

Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival

Fresh off the fun and excitement of the 2011 Geek Olympaton, PDXYAR will be returning to our regular pirating duties this weekend as we set course for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival. This first year of the Rockaway Beach pirate fest will feature not only PDXYAR, but there is also Treasure Hunt, Kids Scavenger Hunt and Sundown Submarine Races.

PDXYAR will be on hand Saturday and Sunday with a full line up pirate offerings. Beyond the PDXYAR Merchandise & Gaming Booths (open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday) we will be offering the following entertainments:

Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Fire Dancing: 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM

After the Fire Dancing, join us for a raid on Rick’s Roadhouse!

Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Getting there:

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UPDATED: The Geek Olympathon is Nearly Upon Us!

UPDATE: Here is video of this morning’s opening ceremonies!

This weekend, Portland will bear witness to a never before seen event as PGC3 presents the Geek Olympathon!

OLYMPATHON 2011 from Zachary van Buuren on Vimeo.

For two days, at venues all around PDX, geeks will be called upon to demonstrate their prowess in events such as:

Racing the Tubes Alleycat Bicycle Race
Swords From Stones
Costume Contest
Long-Box Long-Jump
Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt
The Great Bagging and Boxing Race
Fruity Oaty Crafty
Left 4 Dead Last Man Standing
Liar’s Dice

PDXYAR will be around all weekend to celebrate everything Geek. Aside from the potential shanty, occasional sword fight and a bit of rum consumption, we will be running the Liar’s Dice competition on both Saturday and Sunday. We are also sponsoring the Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt(Hint: if you follow us on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook you may be able to receive hints to help you win this event) through out the weekend.

You will definitely be able to find PDXYAR pirates at Saturday night’s Drink-a-thon (I know, shocking isn’t it?). While Music Du Jour (aka Ken Texley, aka Bosun’s Mate Fjørd Porkins) provides music, Captain Redgoat will share the hosting duties with Dawn AM of BookCycle PDX for an evening of Geek themed entertainment and thrills. Just to make sure things are exciting, PDXYAR will be playing with fire… literally. Greta, Main Mast, Pottie and Master Dingo will be doing a fire dancing performance that is sure to amaze and impress.

There is still time to get your team together! Register here and then compete for Glory! and magnificent prizes.

Multi Artist Studio Sale this Weekend

Need some pottery, ceramic art and sculptural work but have been a little cash strapped. Check out the 9 artists, including our good friend Mark Heimann of Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots, offer original work in clay, wood, and glass at the Ceramics Studio of Janet Buskirk and Jim Koudelk. The line up of artists includes:

Janet Buskirk – Colorful porcelain & stoneware dishes
Laura Cooke– Pottery for everyday use with colors and forms inspired by nature
Steve Dirks– Hand carved wooden spoons
Alex Farnham– Hand blown decorative and functional glass.
Nancy Hart – Porcelain tableware decorated with colorful garden images
Mark Heimann – Pirate Pots, Kanji Lanterns, bowls, mugs, platters and surprises!
Ji-Min Lee– Beautifully decorated, elegant functional ceramics
Ginger Steele– Functional salt-fired stoneware

Check out the selection at:

4614 SE Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97215
at corner of SE 46th and Salmon

The Sale runs Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 11am-6p

Bilgerats and Pyrettes Play the Hawthorne Theatre

Plunderous pirate music is set to once again take the stage as the Bilgerats and Pyrettes play the Hawthorne Theatre June 2nd. Join the crew of miscreant musicians, which includes some of our very own PDXYAR shipmates, as they preform a truly unique acoustic collection of pirate themed music in an all ages show. For those not fortunate enough to have experienced Bilgerats & Pyrettes before, you can expect to enjoy music includes traditional sea shanties, along with original compositions and familiar contemporary pieces


Remember when ordering your ticket online to use the coupon code BILGERATS699 to get $2.00 off.

Order Tickets HERE!

For more information on Bilgerats & Pyrettes:

Their downloadable single found here
Connect with the band on Facebook
Enjoy some of their music below:


Concert Details:

When: June 2nd

Time: 7pm

What: An all ages concert (cash bar with a valid ID only)

Cost: $10 advanced tickets/ $12 at the door

Where: The Hawthorn Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland (Note: Online maps may place the theatre at 3862 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard)

Why: Because you are a pirate- enough said

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