I'm a product designer in Melbourne, who takes every chance I get to go exploring.
Keen to release your inner geek? Or are you just interested in checking out people that can, at times, seem like an entirely different race?
I present to you: Barcraft.
But a little background first. StarCraft is a video game with its first version released in early 1998. Since then it has sold more than 11 million copies, and released several expansions and a sequel.
Seen a similar image before? Chances are they're all playing StarCraft. Courtesy of Toffelginkgo, Wikipedia Commons.
StarCraft is played competitively across the globe, and some of the particularly talented earn enough money from this to make a living. If this is making very little sense to you, fear not. It makes very little sense to many people.
[ADVERT]The Paragon Hotel (corner of Loftus & Alfred St, Circular Quay) holds a Barcraft for StarCraft finals. Similar to heading to a bar to see a game on the big screen, Barcraft allows you to have a few drinks and watch the finals, or even have a go at StarCraft yourself.
I'd like to stress that you do not need to be a StarCraft player, or even a gamer, to attend and enjoy yourself. The atmosphere is euphoric, and with 800 geeks in attendance, it's definitely a fantastic experience.
The next Barcraft will be on May 19th, with the finals starting at 7:10pm. If you're just there to soak up some nerd culture, probably head in a bit later when things are really getting exciting.
Barcraft will be held at the Paragon Sports Bar. More information and the Facebook event here.
Note: if you're interested in the game itself, you can try it out for free here).