Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GeekMeets: DeeTwenty Geeking Venue

Venue: DeeTwenty Geeking Venue
Address: 85 Jan K Marais Drive, Malanshof, Randburg
Hours: Weekday evenings from 4pm - 11 pm
            Weekends from 9am - 5pm (Sat) / 2pm (Sun)
URL: http://dee-twenty.com
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A little-known fact about me is that I am really into a competitive trading card game called Magic: the Gathering. One of the key things I love about being a Magic player is the opportunity to meet and make friends with other Magic players and compete in tournaments.

Of course, there are a few venues in Johannesburg where one can do these awesome things, but my regular spot, based in Randburg, is DeeTwenty, a place where geeks and just be geeks and do all sorts of geeky activities.

Thanks to DeeTwenty, geeks no longer need to struggle to find people to play boardgames with or having a space big enough to game at! DeeTwenty provides all these things for the cost of just R55 for a day pass. This also gets you bottomless coffee, tea, hot chocolate (with marshmallows!) and juice. This also includes access to their WiFi. DeeTwenty also has the PowerUp Bar, which supplies their visitors with a selection of sandwiches and other eats at reasonable prices.

For the uninitiated, DeeTwenty hosts themed events every week. A typical week will run as follows:

  • Monday - Star Trek Night - partake in various themed Trekkie games and roleplaying.
  • Wednesday - Board Games Session, Magic the Gathering (Commander format) and Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying
  • Friday - Magic: The Gathering Friday Night Magic (FNM) - a weekly tournament where one can win prizes and earn points
  • Saturday - Magic: The Gathering (Commander), Cardfight! Vanguard and roleplaying
  • Sunday - Roleplaying
The club is decked out with appropriate decor. From Marvel, to DC to Star Trek paraphernalia, it adds to the experience! The owner, Owen Swart, also runs music in the background from his extensive playlist of themes and other related tunes from all sorts of shows, films and games.

Owen started DeeTwenty in 2013, where it was originally based in Blairgowrie. Since it's inception, the club has grown and moved to a more accommodating venue and has cemented a diverse group of regulars. DeeTwenty is also home to Sad Robot, an online store that specialises in the sale of Magic: The Gathering cards.

So, if you are looking to get into games like Magic or get involved with a regular RPG group, this is the place to go! There are always folks around willing to help out and offer advice.

Stay tuned to the blog, as I will be doing a regular feature on Magic: The Gathering with posts on the game, how to play as well as interviews with prominent South African Magic players.