It’s Time for the Stumptown Comic Fest!

Yes indeed, it is time once again for the Stumptown Comic Fest. This Saturday and Sunday, at the Oregon Convention Center, this will be the biggest Fest yet. With two full days of artists, guests, panels and events, this year you will also find pirates prowling around the booths.

The pirates of PDXYAR will be establishing base camp at the Things from Another World booth (see map below) on both Saturday and Sunday. But you will also find them all about the festival floor entertaining the crowds and being a general nuisance. (I probably am not supposed to tell you this, but we might be running some games while we are there. Keep a weather eye on Twitter and Facebook for announcements.) Don’t forget to swing by the TFAW booth and get your picture taken with a pirate!

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 16th and 17th
What Time: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sun 12am-6pm
Cost: $7/day, $12/weekend • Kids 10 & under FREE (with adult)
Get can your tickets online via TicketsWest
Where: Oregon Convention Center

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Critical Hit Geeklesque!

After a full day piratical gaming with PDXYAR at GameStorm 13 what better way to unwind then a night of Geeklesque? While the expression may be over used, Critical Hit Burlesque’s Geeklesque will be a uniquely Portland event. Where else will you find a mixture of Geek themes and burlesque performances?

If that isn’t enough to get you off the couch and head to Guardian Games Saturday, March 26th at 8pm, then perhaps we can sweeten the pot. Beyond the performances, there will be raffle and trivia, as well. These will be featuring fabulous prizes from event sponsors Floating World Comics, Hot Lips Pizza, Hollywood Vintage, and yes, you guessed it, PDXYAR!

For a full run down of the event, with a list of performers, check out the Geeklesque Facebook page

What: Geeklesque!
When: Saturday, March 26, 2011 8:00 pm
Cost: $8
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR

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GameStorm 13 is Coming!

The Northwest’s premiere social and strategic gaming convention, GameStorm, is set to take over the Vancouver Hilton March 24th through the 27th. Now in it’s thirteenth year, GameStorm has a full scheduled of gaming events. dealers, a swap meet and special appearances.

As one would expect, PDXYAR will be in attendance (just look for the rowdy pirates or listen for a hearty echo of “Yar!”). Not only will we be there, but we have a full on broadside of activities planned. Below you will find a schedule of our offerings:


2:00pm Liar’s Dice
8:00pm Liar’s Dice Epic Throw Down


10:00am Pirate Fluxx
12:00pm Savage Worlds 50 Fathoms
3:00pm Pirates of the Cursed Seas Sealed Pack Game


10:00am Munchkin Booty
1:00pm Pirates of the Cursed Seas Sealed Pack Game

Don’t forget, if you are the sort of rouge to enjoy pirate gaming, check out PDXYAR’s Gaming site by clicking here.

Here are the particulars:

What: GameStorm
When: March 24- 27 For hours click here
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Tel: 360-993-4500

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Ice Pirates! Really, We’re Not Kidding.

If you live in the Portland metro area, pirates are coming to an ice rink near you. Yes, you read that right. While pirates generally prefer warmer climes and water of a less solid variety, this Friday the Swashbucklers of Stumptown will make and exception.

PDXYAR will be joining other crews in support of the Portland Pirate Festival as we come ashore at the Rose Garden while the Winterhawks take on Seattle. Not only will there be pirates wondering the area, posing for photos and perhaps even singing a shanty or two, but the evening will also feature “Pirates on Ice.”

If you are unable to make the game in person, make sure to watch the game on the Fox Sports Network (FSN) to see if your favorite pirate makes it on camera!

What: Portland Winterhawks vs the Seattle Thunderbirds
When: Friday, March 4th at 7pm
Why: Why? Um, Pirates!
Where: The Rose Garden

Get your tickets here:

The Time has Come: The League Season 5 Finale!

Are ye prepared to cross blades and stand in the face of thunderous cannon fire as ye match wits with cagiest pirate captains ever to sail the seas of a constructable strategy game?  Ye had better be, for it is time for the PDXYAR Pirates League Season 5 Finale!

The finale gets underway at 7pm on Saturday, February 26th at Guardian Games.  The event is open to all ages and anyone interested in playing, not just current league players.  Please note that minors will not be allowed entry to “The Critical Slip” bar area, and current league players must play under the current point restrictions (click here for details).  If you are not a league player you may construct any fleet they desire from the three sealed packs they receive for paying the entrance fee.

Speaking of the entry fee, this will be $20.  For your money you will recieve three packs of “Pirates of the Cursed Seas” and five tokens good for a drink or slice of pizza.

You will be playing for first of all glory and the honor to unseat the season 4 defending champion, Seacrest.  As well, we will have glorious prizes for those who compete and the League winner will be awarded the trophy until the next finale.

What: The PDXYAR “Pirates of the Cursed Seas” Season 5 League Finale
When: Saturday, February 26th
Who: Anyone- League players, non League players, all ages
Why: Glory, fun, pirates, prizes, pizza and beer
Where: Guardian Games
303 Southeast 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 238-4000

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[Updated] Neverworlds Masquerade- Faeries vs Pirates

UPDATE: In some late breaking news, we have learned that the Bilgerats & Pyrettes will be playing in the pub between the mainstage sets at the Faerieworld Masquerade. Add this to the list of reasons to make the journey to Eugene this weekend!

A week from Saturday, Eugene will be the place to be, as the Faerieworlds Winter Celebration presents the Neverworlds Masquerade.  Normally great bands and free flowing grog is enough to get our attention, but this year the  Neverworlds Masquerade casts down a challenge that should not, nay- must not be ignored.  With a theme of “Faeries vs. Pirates” the event will feature a tug-of-war battle between the two groups to determine which will rule Neverworlds at Faerieworlds this summer.

Now, as if an epic battle between buccaneers and sparkly, winged opponents was not enough reason to suit up and strap on your cutlass, there is more.  This year’s masquerade will benifit the Portland Pirate Festival. The fine folks of Faerieworlds will be donating a cash payment as well as a portion of the ticket sales to help the ensure the Portland Pirate Festival remains afloat.

So, let’s recap… Pirates, Faeries, a battle for dominance and bragging rights, music, dancing and it will help the Portland Pirate Festival.  Sounds like there needs to be lots of folks setting a southerly course on I5 that weekend.

Ticketing and Information:
When: January 29
The doors open at 7:30, the music starts at 8:30

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children

Buy your tickets here

For more details and list of preformers visit the Faerieworlds Winter Celebration website

2011 Winter Celebration Passes

Getting there and lodging:

Faerieworlds is currently working on a special discount hotel to be announced this week.  This will be announced here.

The event will held at the McDonald Theatre

1010 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 345-4442

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The Portland Pirate Festival- A New Home and New Dates

On Tuesday the Portland Pirate Festival announced the iconic event will be moving ports of call. Unlike previous years, the sixth annual festival will be held in Old Town, St. Helens.

Wait there is more. Not only is there a change of venues, but new dates as well. This year you will be able to carouse with pirates, buccaneers and other scallywags over the Labor Day weekend! With the main event scheduled for September 3rd and 4th, there is also the possibility of a special soiree on the evening of the 2nd.

Of course, PDXYAR is planning on once again being a part of this swashbuckling cabal, be on the lookout for details as we get closer to September!

[Updated] Bilgerats & Pyrettes to Play the Hawthorne Theatre December 19th

[Update] From Bilgerats & Pyrettes:”Tonight is the night. For you who purchased hard copy tickets from us in advance, you’ll be on the WILL CALL list, just in case you lose that ticket. We will be playing before 9:00 pm, if that helps! See you all tharrrrr!!!!”

[Update] It has been announced that there will be a couple additions to the show. PDXYAR’s own Captain Redgoat will be preforming a special telling of “A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas.” As well, Captain Whitebeard himself will be making an appearance!

Plunderous pirate music is set to take the stage as the Bilgerats and Pyrettes play the Hawthorne Theatre this December 19th. Join this crew of miscreant musicians, which includes some of our very own PDXYAR mates, 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


For the pirate community, this is more than just another show. Bilgerats & Pyrettes is the very first pirate band booked to play an Afton show at the Hawthorne Theatre. Ticket pre-sales is done in advance and the numbers of tickets sold will determine when they play and if they are invited to ever play the venue again. If this is your kind of music make sure to get your tickets and help expand its reach!

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: Decemeber 19th

Time: Doors open at 6:45. Playing order to be determined by ticket sales

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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Olde Towne St Helens- The Halloween Towne Gathering

Come out on Saturday and join the likes of PDXYAR, the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs and other crews associated with the Portland Pirate Festival for the Halloween Towne Gathering.

Beyond the Halloween flavored fun of this event we will be attempting to break world record for Largest Halloween Gathering.  To do so we will have to beat Bloomington, Indiana’s 2009 record of 508 people in Halloween Costumes gathered in one place.  So, suit up and head for St. Helens!

Registration for the Guinness World Record™ attempt begins at noon with the count will be conducted between 5pm and 7pm.

Where: Olde Towne St. Helens, OR

When: Saturday, October 30

Cost: Free with a canned food donation

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If you are unable to find parking at the event site, extra parking is located at St. Helens High School & Lewis & Clark Elementary School.  Free Park and Ride will be offered from 3pm-9pm to Olde Towne. The stops include St. Helens High parking lot,Lewis & Clark school parking lot and Olde  Towne’s Court House Plaza.

Wonder Woman Day V

What would happen if you were to mix pirates,  Mandalorian Mercenaries, super heroes, super villains, stormtroopers, Starfleet and a bunch of Browncoats just in the from the black?  Believe it or not, these are just some of the highlights for Wonder Woman Day V.  This popular Portland event that brings together diverse pop culture groups, comic book artists, comic strip artists, animation artists and special guests all for the benefit of four domestic violence programs.

This is the fifth year for the free event and the previous four have raised over $89,000 for Bradley Angle and other domestic violence programs as a part of National Domestic Violence Month.

Wonder Woman Day is a kid friendly event features a bevy of artists, including many doing signings and sketches.  As well, you can view rare Wonder Woman collectibles, have your picture taken with a real super hero, place a bid in the silent auction, win prizes and even sing some karaoke.

This year you can visit with, not only PDXYAR, but the Mandalorian Merc- Northwest Clan, the PDX Browncoats, the cast of Trek in the Park, the Alter Ego Society, and the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion.

Come on out and join your friendly neighborhood pirates!

12 noon-6pm

Located at Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon

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Sunday, October 24, 2010