Testing positive

September 23, 2020

tl;dr:
Today is Wednesday, 23 September 2020.  I have received a positive COVID-19 test result.  If you were at the Mayfair store on Friday late afternoon (~4pm-7pm), you may have been exposed.

I am the second back-of-house Barrister to test …

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Farewell, Oak & Shield

September 8, 2020

TL;DR: our Oak & Shield Gaming Pub has closed. Our Board Game Barrister locations at Mayfair Mall, North Shore, and South Milwaukee remain open.

All adventurers know in the back of their mind that their adventures will come to an

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Building Skills by Building Things

September 5, 2020

I want to talk about learning by building.

Let’s start here:

I built a birdhouse.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve been steadily taking more of an interest in woodworking. I suppose that’s a bit of an understatement. …

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Must be present to win – we’re reopening: why now?

August 18, 2020

Good evening, everyone.

Way back in May, when our governmental leaders were ignoring the advice of public health scientists and issuing a conflicting cluster of recommendations (and the occasional regulation) on how to reopen businesses and the economy, I realized …

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John Ernst Cafe

July 17, 2020

We often mention that our Oak & Shield Gaming Pub is proudly located in the old John Ernst Cafe building, but does that name mean anything to those folks who didn’t grow up hearing the name—or who never had a
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Farewell, Greenfield

June 24, 2020

On the ranking of things I get to write, this one ranks at the bottom of the scale. I’ve been putting it off for a week or so, “waiting for more information” I’ve been telling myself, but it is time.…

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Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

Reagan famously referred to the United States as a shining city on a hill with the eyes of all people upon us.  Today, that shining city has risen up in protest because we have manifestly failed to live up to

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The Barrister Bounce Back Plan

May 13, 2020

Update 30 June 2020: the sustained protests against police violence has created a natural experiment that has produced the heartening if unsurprising finding that the proper use of masks really does significantly reduce the transmission of SARS-COV-2.  While our Barrister …

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Making Dice—Day 4: Finishing and Polishing

January 11, 2020

Start making your own dice—from start to finish!

Check out Day Three: Demolding, if you missed it last time, or get started at Day One.

Day Four: Finishing and Polishing

You would’ve noticed when pulling your dice that …

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North Shore Friday Night Magic – Modern: new structure

October 3, 2019

Good evening, my fellow Modern players. We have some changes coming to the Friday Night Magic – Modern event at our North Shore location. These changes are limited to this event at this location.

Starting Friday, 11 October 2019, Modern …

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