Set Your Sails for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival

This very weekend the crew of PDXYAR is laying in a course for what could just be the zenith of the summer’s pirating season. Of course, we are talking about the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival.

Now in it’s fourth year, this pirate fest is one of our favorites. With something for all ages, there will be pirate music, pirates roving about, festival rides and lots of vendors. The three day event also offers succulent foods and hearty libations, the chance to purchase exotic wares, musical acts, performances, a scavenger treasure hunt and even fire dancing shows. Of course all of this will be served up in an atmosphere that would make the pirates of old feel right at home. In short, our kind of weekend.

If you haven’t been to the RBPF here is a taste of what you have been missing…

When: June 28th, 29th and 30th
Where: Downtown/Beach Front Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

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UPDATED- PDXYAR Returns to Maher’s Irish Pub

UPDATE: Avast! This weekend’s raid on Maher’s Pub has been postponed. We’ll let you know when it is re-scheduled.
This weekend set a course for Lake Oswego and join of the PDXYAR crew at Maher’s Irish Pub. If you missed our previous raids at Maher’s you can make up for it with not one, but two upcoming dates! The Jolly Roger will be flying high over Lake O this Saturday and Saturday, August 18th!

Join us for a fine evening of pirates, shanties, fine beverages and sumptuous foods!

What: PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

When: Saturday, August 4th and Saturday, August 18th– 9pm to 11pm

Where: Maher’s Irish Pub- 352 B Ave, Lake Oswego OR 97034

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Wonder Northwest Returns for Round Two of GLORY!

Make a clean sweep fore and aft, brace the mizen and set out the boarding netting for Wonder Northwest is luffing up on the larboard quarter! That is a call that should set your feet aflitter for there is naught else that celebrates all that is geek like this event..

Returning for the second, year Wonder Northwest brings together the best of all things popular culture and puts it in one place. Come out to see guests such as the Doubleclicks, the Alter Egos Society, Robot Uprise, Atomic Arts, PDXYAR and many more over the course this Saturday and Sunday. There will be panels and workshops, vendor booths, live music, a costume contest, a film festival and even Geeklesque!

All of this, and more, for the ridiculously low price of $8 per day or $15 for the weekend.

The Swashbucklers of Stumptown, PDXYAR, will be on hand once again this year to insure the pirating subculture is properly represented. We will be engaging in mock combat performances, performing shanties and manning the PDXYAR booth where you can acquire fine wares from our mates at Forge & Thistle. If that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we are also putting on a panel!


Perhaps panel is a misleading term. What we are putting together is more of an interactive panel workshop. Presented on Sunday at 2pm, Under the Black Flag: Welcome Aboard El Tiburon! is both both a living history discussion and an interactive role playing game. Attendees are welcomed to “join the crew” of El Tiburon and will be given a simple mission to go along with learning the tasks and challenges of sailing the vessel. Functioning very much like a “choose your own adventure” story, you will be able to learn the duties of officers, as well as the common daily tasks of the crew, aboard 17th century tall ship through example and hands-on role play.

For a full listing of all the Glory visit the Wonder Northwest site by clicking here.

Geek Olympathon is Upon You!

Once again the seminal moment of your geek year is upon up. We are talking about the annual opportunity to prove your inner geek Kung Fu is strong as you pit your mind, body and even your very soul against other like minded individuals with #GLORY! and fabulous prizes on the line.

Yes, the PGC3 Geek Olympathon is upon us.

PDXYAR will be taking part in the festivities again this year as we return with both the epic Liar’s Dice Tournament as well as the Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt! This year you will be competing for gold, silver or bronze coins. Those coins are worth 30, 20 and 10 points and at the end of the day you will turn in your coins to determine your overall placement in the Olympathon. Read on for the details of how PDXYAR can help you achieve geek glory.

Liar’s Dice

One member of each team will play against four pirates in a five player game. Each game will last roughly 20 minutes.

There will be two location where Liar’s Dice will be played:

10am – 1pm at the Backspace Cafe
2pm – 5pm at the Magic Gardens (21+)

Don’t be intimidated if you have never played Liar’s Dice. Our pirate trainers are standing by to teach the ways of the game!

Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt

Think of it is a scavenger hunt, but instead of looking for a thing, you are hunting pirates! We will post clues to Twitter and Facebook on which member of the PDXYAR crew you are to find and you will race the other teams to find them. Each round will start with posting photos of your targets and will be followed by three clues, the first being the hardest, and getting progressively easier. The object is to find the scallywag and post of photo of you with them to Twitter or Facebook.

Your reward for achieving this lofty goal is a shiny coin. We will award gold, silver and bronze coins to the first, second and third team to find and post a photo with the target. This year we are making a modification to the rules: each team can only be awarded one coin. We will run four rounds of the game, so everyone will get a chance for the GOLD!

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t forget to use the Twitter hashtag #olympathon throughout the event and #scallywaghunt for during our competition. #olympathon trended huge last year, let’s do it again!
  • To make sure you get all the clues, Follow @PDXYAR on Twitter or “Like” PDXYAR on Facebook.
  • When you post the photo of you with the target, make sure to mention or tag PDXYAR so we can be sure to see your victory.
  • Just because you see a pirate walking someplace, don’t assume that they will be the next target. We will be employing decoys to ferret out those who might want to get the edge on the competition.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and don’t be afraid to hustle. This game was very popular last year so you are likely to be up against some stiff competition.
  • Since your team can only get one coin, you might want to employ some game theory. You have 4 rounds to acquire a coin of varying point values, if you see that someone else has won the round do you go for the silver coin and the sure points. or do you wager on being able to get the gold in the next round? The evaluation of risk/reward vs the probabilities of placing should keep you busy for a while.

Pirates, Swords and Cannons and #%@! the “Classroom” Experince!

The cataclysmic crash of cannon stealing the air from your lungs, the explosive report of a musket as it’s butt drives back into your shoulder and the feel of a blade leaving your hand to spiral towards a distant target all have the power to transport one back through the veils of time to a more romantic age. These things can anchor us to a history where men and women sailed the seas without the benefits of satellites to tell them where they were, or to traverse trackless, and often hostile, forests without even a map. It can remind of us of when only a campfire provided light and bereft reality television and smartphones bearing a thousand MP3s the only entertainment was the telling of tales and the joining of voices in song.

Photo courtesy of Byron Dazey

This tether to the past is part of why the pirates of PDXYAR do what they do (well, that and the rum).

Now though, we would like to share it with you in a way you wouldn’t be able to even if you were to visit us at the firing line at the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival or at the infamous Thunder Ridge at the Portland Pirate Festival. No this time we don’t want you to watch us perform, we want to teach you to do it.

PDXYAR has teamed up the preeminent outdoor educators of TrackersPDX to create a wholly unique two day, overnight, learning experience. Together we have put together a course of safe hands-on training with cannons, black powder small arms and bladed weapons.

Intrigued yet? You really should be.

You will come away from this weekend with a wealth of experiences that you simply can not acquire elsewhere. TrackersPDX and PDXYAR will teach you to be a part of a gun crew for both carriage mounted cannons and single mortars. You will not only learn to load and shoot a variety of black powder weapons, but engage in a target shoot to demonstrate your new skills. You can even polish your boarding party skills by learning to throw knives, daggers and tomahawks.

Even the location and accommodations for this class will be memorable. Being held at Camp Tracker in Sandy, you will be camping in either a custom built yurt or tipi, eating meals prepared in a wood fired outdoor kitchen and at night you will hear tales of high seas and learn sea shanties around the campfire.

Now, waste not a minute and make like smoke ‘n oakum over to the TrackersPDX site for complete class details and to reserve your place now via the link below!

Time for Free Comic Book Day!

Trivia Question: what is the significance of the first Saturday in May?


Yes, that’s right. Free Comic Book Day is almost here! Of course this means you need to make plans to visit your local Things From Another World on Saturday, May 5th. The good folks at TFAW have put together a stunning collection of comic book creators, who will be at all three Portland area locations. And that is on top of the special free comics–while supplies last–as well as big savings, and even the beginnings of TFAW’s astonishing Mega Sale.

PDXYAR will, once again, be adding a decidedly pirate flavour to the day as we will be on hand at the Milwaukie & Portland Things From Another World locations. We will be singing shanties, engaging in a fight or two and of course posing for pictures!

Now if you find yourself not being able to make it to the Portland or Milwaukie locations, do not fret- all is not lost. While there won’t be a pirating presence at the Beaverton TFAW (not officially at least), there will be duly sworn representatives of the Empire and even the Rebel Alliance will be on hand throughout the day. As the great folks from the Vader’s Fist, the 501st Legion’s Cloud City Garrison will be joined by the Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion at the Beaverton TFAW store from 11am until 6pm. While they will definitely be posing for photos, I can’t promise you will get any intergalactic shanty singing out of them though.

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 7pm
Cost: FREE (hence the name)
Where: The 3 Portland area Things From Another World locations (details below)

TFAW Portland, OR

9:00 am: Doors open!
12:00-2:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Jonathan Case – Artist for Dark Horse Comics’ The Guild FCBD book
* Terry and Rachel Dodson – Artists for Uncanny X-Men and Defenders
* Emi Lenox – Creator of EmiTown
* Steve Lieber – Artist for Alabaster, featured in Dark Horse’s FCBD books
* Jeff Parker – Writer for Hulk and Thunderbolts
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-4693

TFAW Milwaukie

9:00 am: Doors open–enjoy free coffee from Spring Creek Coffee House, while supplies last!
10:00 am: Trackers Earth will demonstrate how to shoot a bow and arrow like Hawkeye! (Note: foam arrows only.)
12:00-4:00 pm: Live-action Heroclix.
All day: Kids’ art table.
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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10977 SE Main Street
Milwakie, Oregon 97222
(503) 652-2752

TFAW Beaverton


9:00 am: Doors open!
2:00-4:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Ben Bates – Artist for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD book
* Amy Mebberson – Artist for Strawberry Shortcake and Muppets
* Chris Samnee – Artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Serenity
* Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner – Writer and artist for Witch Doctor

All day (while supplies last):
Free Starbucks coffee for customers starting at 9:30 am!
Demos and giveaways from Game Trader.
Free cookies from Subway.
Plus: Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion.

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4390 SW Lloyd Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 643-4222

The Frank Reade “Land, Sea and Air Tour” Begins!

What could be better than an evening of high adventure with the near-mythic steampunk inventor Frank Reade, Jr? How about if such an event spanned three nights and involved some local steampunks, superheroes and pirates?

This is what you will get when you attend the “Land, Sea and Air Tour” book launch event for Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett’s new work, “Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention.”

Yes, we are talking that Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. As in the same Portland duo that brought you the critically acclaimed book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel and the Eisner Award–nominated science fiction comic book series Heartbreakers. Now the pair are delving back into a time before Jules Verne had his flying machines and H.G. Wells envisioned spaceships, to when the globe-trotting inventor Frank Reade became the original steampunk hero. Beginning in the mid-1870s and continuing for over forty years, Frank Reade magazines were the world’s first science fiction periodicals. Now Paul and Anina are bringing Frank and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention!

“A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order”
Publishers Weekly

To celebrate the release of this new book, the Guinan and Bennett have created a thoroughly unique launch event. Dubbed the “Land, Sea and Air Tour” the event will run three consecutive Wednesday’s this month. Not only will each night feature a separate theme of Land, Sea and Air at different local book stores, it will also have special guests to compliment the theme. And yes, this does include PDXYAR. On the 15th of February, we will not only be providing our own brand of piratical fun for the “Sea” themed night, but Paul will be actually engaging in a battle with the crew of El Tiburon, while playing the part Frank Reade, Jr!

Obviously you will want to be at Bridge City Comics for that, but before you start thinking of what night to attend, might we strongly suggest that you attend all three. You see, there’s a prize at the Feb. 22 grand finale event. When you attend this Wednesday’s event at Floating World Comics for the “Land” event, with special guests Rose City Steampunks, Local 23, you will get a “Land, Sea, and Air” passport. Get your passport stamped at all three events and you will be qualified to win a special prize. The first ten adventurers who make it to all three events and get their “Land, Sea, and Air” passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins” (which will also be available for purchase).

Now that I have got your interest, here is the complete schedule for three events:

Feb. 8, 6-9 pm: LAND
Location: Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
Guests: Rose City Steampunks, Local 23
Vehicle: Frank Reade Jr.’s Valiant, an electric battle-wagon

Feb. 15, 6-9 pm: SEA
Location: Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Guests: PDXYAR
Vehicle: Frank Reade Sr. & Jr.’s Centennial, an electric ironclad gunboat
Bonus: A mock battle between pirates and author Paul Guinan as Frank Reade Jr.!

Feb. 22, 7-10 pm: AIR – The Grand Finale
Location: Things From Another World
4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Guests: Alter Egos Society
Vehicle: “Wild” Kate Reade’s Aegis, a helicopter airship
Bonus: Prizes awarded to the first ten people who attend all three events, plus all attendees will have exclusive opportunity to purchase custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins.” Also, an original skit by the Alter Egos Society!

If you are interested about learning more about Paul, Anina and Frank Reade, Jr, here are a few helpful links:

Visit the Frank Reade website by clicking here.
You can join the Frank Reade Facebook group by clicking here.
You can buy Frank Reade, and Boilerplate on Etsy by clicking here.
Read about the event on the by clicking her.
Read the Comic Book Resources interview with Paul and Anina by clicking here.

Pirates Return to the Space Room Lounge!

Legend has foretold of a shining city beneath a towering mountain where culture and peace flourish. Yet, the Ancient Seers knew it was not to remain so for long. They have seen visions of great sails billowing and a stout wooden vessel making port in the the fair city under a flag of black. They have seen a great horde of ill favored men and stunning, yet contumelious, women coming ashore and descending, in the way of a mannerless rabble, upon a local public house month after month.

As it has been foretold, Pirates are returning to the Space Room!

Yes, indeed, after a holiday hiatus, the plans for the PDXYAR, Dangerous Kids and The Space Room Lounge to present “Pirates” are now complete. Not only is this much loved event returning, we have all worked together to come up with some improvements we hope will be to your liking.

The first change to Pirates (v2.0, if you will) is sure to make you happy. No longer will the event be held on Thursday nights! Instead, in order to preserve your sick days (and ours!) “Pirates at the Space Room” will now be held on Friday nights. In fact, you can plan right now to join us on the second Friday of every month.

On top of the usual singing of shanties, amazingly delicious (and dangerously potent) special drinks and general tomfoolery, you can look forward to a few new additions. One such addition is a Liar’s Dice Challenge. In this you will be able to challenge a pirate to a game of Liar’s Dice and if you win… well, let’s say there is a reward that certain state and local regulations prohibit us from discussing in an open forum.

The first of the new and improved “Pirates at the Space Room” will be Friday, February 10th from 8pm until midnight. After that will be occurring every 2nd Friday of the month. Make your plans, grab the number to your favorite cab company and we will see you there!

When: Friday, February 10th from 8pm until midnight (then every 2nd Friday of the month)
Where: The Space Room Lounge
4800 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 235-6957

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PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

This weekend set a course for Lake Oswego and join of the PDXYAR crew at Maher’s Irish Pub. If you missed our first two outings at Maher’s you can make up for it on Friday, January, 20th at 9pm.

Join us for a fine evening of pirates, shanties, fine beverages and sumptuous foods!

What: PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

When: Friday, January, 20th- 9pm to 11pm

Where: Maher’s Irish Pub- 352 B Ave, Lake Oswego OR 97034

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The 2nd Annual Ocracoke- A Pirate Gathering

Legend has it that near the end of his infamous career, Blackbeard came up with a plan to fortify a base to make it into a pirate haven. The location for this endeavor was to be village of Ocracoke, in the North Carolina colony, where many believe the pirate had established a “business relationship” with the colonial governor.

In memory of this idea, our good friends from The Copper Coin Festhall are presenting “Ocracoke- A Pirate Gathering” in Centralia, Washington, this weekend.

The 2nd Annual Ocracoke- A Pirate Gathering kicks off on Saturday, January 14th at 1pm. This 21 and over event will be featuring games, shanties, grog, belly dancers, performers and food. PDXYAR will be on hand to provide not only shanties, but also a performance featuring the sultry stylings of The Broadsides.

If you are not familiar with The Copper Coin Festhall, it be not your typical bar. Harkening back to an earlier age, The Copper Coin operates essentially on the concept of Bring-Your-Own-Booze, but with a twist. Just bring a bottle of rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila,or whatever you like and give it to the bar. Then you get to drink what ever you like all night. The Copper Coin has a large selection of cocktails and tasty drinks they can serve. Simply put, be good to The Coin and they’ll be good to you!

On top of the delightful entertainments and fine drinks, here will be a free dinner on Saturday night, as well as a free breakfast Sunday morning.

For those coming from out of town, a special discount rate has been set up with the King Oscar Motel of Centralia. Tell them you are with the Pirate Gathering and you can get single rooms available for $40 or a double room for $45. Follow this link for contact information.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14th 1pm
Cost: $15
Where: Fords Prairie Grange Hall
2640 W. Reynolds Ave, Centralia, WA

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