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Third time will be a charm for Galt Museum Nerdfest

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Three is the luckiest number for the third annual Nerdfest at the Galt Museum, which features three days of fun and games, March 19-21 and will be capped off with a talk about a 3-D printer.Chris Roedler is pumped about Nerdfest the Third. Photo by Richard Amery
“We’ve split the trivia night and game nights into two different nights,” said Chris Roedler, noting the fun starts on Thursday night, March 19 at  7 p.m. with trivia.

“ We have 60 different question and 10 different categories including  music,movies, comics , Lethbridge  history and we have  a few surprises thrown in,” he added.

All night game night follows on Friday night  beginning at 9 p.m. and going all night long.
 They will have vintage  video game systems from Nintendo and Atari to an Xbox 1.

“ We’ll also have a Apple iie if anyone can get it working and an Atari which probably nobody will be able to get working,” he said.

 There will also be board games and a new role playing game on the History of Lethbridge based on Werewolves.

Archivist Andrew Chernevych has overseen the creation of Werewolves of Lethbridge, developed by Galt staff — a new strategic role-play game based on the popular Werewolf (or Mafia) party game. The play involves secret identities and confrontation between the informed minority (Werewolves) and uninformed majority (Citizens). The current version has been enhanced with details pertinent to the history of Lethbridge.

“ It operates the same way Werewolves does. There’s secret identities and disguises. It’s going to be really fun,” he continued.
 But the highlight of Nerdfest 3 is  keynote speaker Patrick Wirt from Corbel 3D in Vancouver who will be part of a discussion on the history of printing culminating  with a demonstration of a 3D printer.

“ We’re going to be reproducing a squeeze toy,” Roedler enthused adding 3D printers have an array of uses from reproducing everything from exhibits to artificial limbs  and replacement parts for bigger items.

“We’re excited about it. We’re going to be able to see how it works and possibly  get one for the Museum,” he said.
 They will be using one of the 3 D Printers from the university for this demonstration.
“ There are a lot of benefits  of these,” he observed.

 He is excited about the event and is expecting several hundred people   to turn out.
“ It’s all over the radio and social media. There will be lots of games and lots of fun,” he said.

 The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 19 7– 9 p.m.

Who played Spiderman in 2002? Was American Pie written about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly?  Does The Hobbit pre-date the Lord of the Rings? These and many more questions will be on the screen… play as individuals or as a team using our state-of-the-art Trivia Machine, and compete to win fabulous prizes! 
All-Night Games Night

Friday, March 20  8 p.m. –Saturday March 21 9 a.m. must be 14+ | cash bar | supported by Kapow Comics
Have you been involved in Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Settlers of Catan, or other games? Or are you the curious type who would like to see how they unfold? Then get your game on at our third All Night event! Feel free to bring a midnight picnic, pillows in case you need a break and, of course, your favourite game(s). You’ll also be among the first to play the Galt’s brand new Werewolves of Lethbridge card game.
The History of Printing – From Stamping to 3D

Saturday, March 21 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where would we be without printers? From the early days of stamps and ink to today’s 3D printing of limbs, cars and copies of museum artifacts, the world of printing has come a long way. Discover the evolution of printing, and witness a 3D printer in action with Patrick Wirt from Corbel 3D.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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