FAQ for the Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird SPRUNG 2 Art, Craft, Gift & Gaming Show April 29-30 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe this weekend:
HOURS: Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm LOCATION: Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA, The Garry D. Weikel Event Center (Building 604) COST: FREE! PARKING: FREE! ARE DOGS ALLOWED? Technically no, BUT nobody’s gonna be checking and we love dogs so as long as your dog is well-behaved, leashed and quiet… MASKS/VACCINES: Not required at this time, BUT masking is STRONGLY encouraged as it will make you more likely to win a door prize! ADA ACCESSIBILITY: ADA Parking clearly marked right next to the building, all aisles and pathways inside the building are nearly TWICE the width suggested by Washington State ADA Guidelines. CASH MACHINE? Yes there is an ATM in the lobby by the restrooms.
GREAT NEWS! We just got word from The Fairgrounds that the event which HAD been planning on charging for on-grounds parking on Saturday (because they don’t love you like Captain Slinky loves you) has decided AGAINST CHARGING FOR PARKING!!!
ALL THE PARKING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IS NOW FREE! Not just our little “Yellow Lot”! This means we can have right-at-the-building ADA Parking!
Let me tell ya, I was NOT looking forward to fielding a slew of complaints from folks who felt duped by our claims of Free Parking for our event only to find it was just one specific parking lot! Like, I could feel it… it…
So! Now that ALLLLLLL the parking is free, you REALLY need to come on down to the Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird “SPRUNG 2” Art, Craft, Gift & Gaming Show April 29-30 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA!
Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird Art, Craft, Gift & Gaming Show is THIS COMING WEEKEND (Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30) at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington! The theme of our annual SPRUNG show is GAAAAAAAMES!!! Mostly tabletop and RPG games, the traditional recreation of our people (the allergy-suffering, vitamin-D-deficient, squinting-at-the-sun people) during the Spring, which as we all know is full of POLLEN that is actively trying to kill us with each and every breath!
You can block out a lot of those allergens AND make yourself more likely to win a prize from Captain Slinky by doing ONE SIMPLE THING that you’re probably doing already – WEAR A MASK! That’s right! See, Captain Slinky has a lovely new “WHEEL OF FATE” that he will be selecting random people from the crowds to spin for prizes! And Captain Slinky is just naturally drawn to like-minded folk who found that their seasonal allergies were MUCH MILDER all through 2019 to 2022 because they wore a mask!
Are we REQUIRING you to wear a mask? No. Will it make you more likely to get a chance at spinning that wheel? YER DURNED TOOTIN’ IT WILL!
ODDMALL IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD DUNGEON MASTERS! So here’s the deal – The fine folks at Dirt Cheap Dungeons sent us a box of product that I’d REALLY like to show off at Oddmall in our Gaming Area, but I have no one available to show it off properly! So what I’m looking for is somebody that could run a few good old-fashioned Dungeon Crawl “Encounters” (like 4th Edition, remember that?). If you’re interested, please email us at email@example.com thanks! We will be eternally greatful!
YES the Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird is a FREE event, and YES we have FREE PARKING… BUT! There is another event at the fairgrounds on Saturday that doesn’t love it’s customers as much as Captain Slinky loves all of you, and they’re making THEIR customers PAY FOR PARKING on Saturday! Lucky for you, we have an official BACK-UP PLAN!
Please refer to this handy map of The Fairgrounds. Please excuse the crudity of this model. I didn’t have time to build it to scale or paint it. But here you see that if you just exit the main highway at the Cascade View Drive, you can slip right in to the YELLOW LOT where parking is FREEEEEE!!! There will be no “Inside-The-Fairgrounds Parking” on Saturday, you will HAVE to park in that Yellow Lot and walk. Handicap Parking should be available and clearly marked by the time the show starts, The Fairgrounds is still working it out.
If there’s one thing we Sprung folk love, it’s the indoorsiest of indoor activities – TABLETOP GAMES. Board Games, Miniatures Games, CCG, RPG… we love them all! And now, for the second year in a row, the Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird will be hosting a GAMING EVENT! We have at least 220 feet of tables – possibly MORE – dedicated to Tabletop Board Games, game makers, game publishers and gaming accessories. People selling their old games, people demonstrating new games, people trying to drum up interest for their games on Kickstarter, LOTS AND LOTS OF GAMES! And any spaces NOT being used for that? Will be used for playing MORE GAMES!!!
Here’s a sampling of the folks that will be setting up and showing you what they got:
Let’s Play Cafe (Local Game Store) is THE local game shop! A great mix of board games, CCG, Miniatures and Arcade Games! We can’t have a gaming convention and NOT invite the FLGS!
Nerd Wood Designs is coming all the way from Oregon to be with us and offer a wide assortment of gaming accessories and cool fantasy signage!
Blue Dragon Dice hoards and collects shiny click-clacks of unusually whimsical fashion! These dice really stand out and make everyone at the table go “Whoa, where did you get those DICE?!?”
Game Cultivation brings with them a wide assortment of gaming accessories that ALWAYS draw a crowd!
Thing 12 Games – Dice of Crowns and Click Click Boom – Two of the greatest quick-play games we’ve ever played!
Counter Clockwork Games is the creator/publisher of one of our favorite games, The Shadow Over Westminster – the only board game I know with a twist ending every time!
Briarpatchpumpkin creates incredible Magic Items and Gaming Assets that liven up any gaming environment!
Weird Works LLC has artwork and stickers and tarot decks and gaming stuff – they’re new, I haven’t experienced any of their stuff yet!
Pie Slice Dice makes quality, precision dice that you can really feel the difference! You have to hold them for yourself in order to experience the luxury!
Duncecap Games is a local publisher of great “In-Between” games that the whole gaming group can love!
Studio Tophat is going to be your new favorite place to be – fun, cheap, creative and all about spreading the love of gaming!
Woodstock Games makes a new game called “Dice Fights” that I am kind of obsessed with – I love it when a game looks like it was as fun to make as it is to play!
The Doodle Realms is completely new to us, and it looks awesome! The type of creativity and devotion to an idea we love!
Bored Dragon Woodworking makes some absolutely wonder gaming accessories from wood, an absolute essential addition to any game group!
If you are interested in a reserved spot at one of these tables for YOUR playtesting, demoing, or even if it’s just to try and sell your giant pile of “We Played It Once And Now We Don’t Play It Any More” games – I’m looking at YOU, “Dead Of Winter” – you can sign up at https://form.jotform.com/220925585534057 A 10’x10′ space is just $75 ($200 the standard vendor booth fee because I LOVE GAMES) and you could split it with a buddy if you like – just get in here and connect with your fellow gamers!
ODDMALL RETURNS TO GEORGETOWN! At every show we’ve run this decade, people have asked when we are going to return for the Georgetown Carnival on Nebraska Street AND NOW WE HAVE OUR ANSWER! Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird At The Georgetown Carnival June 10 2023 at Nebraska Street in Georgetown (obviously)! Twenty of our finest, oddest vendors that are willing to do an outdoor show in Washington State, lining both sides of Nebraska Street surrounded by live music, a beer garden, and all sorts of fun! Join us, won’t you? More info as it becomes available!
I’ve been trying to get us a block of hotel rooms in Monroe for the upcoming Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird Art, Craft, Gift & Toy Show April 29-30 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA, and it looks like it just isn’t going to happen. It’s either NO DISCOUNT for groups under (INSERT NUMBER OF ROOMS THE HOTEL HAS), or they want to charge us MORE per room in order to hold them! I’m obviously doing something wrong, and I am sorry that I have failed you 😦
Hopefully, you will find this list of links to the closest-to-the-fairgrounds local hotels, along with my personal observations of them, to be helpful!
EVERGREEN INN & SUITES, MONROE – This is the hotel that Captain and Mama Slinky will likely be staying at. It’s back enough from the road that it’s nice and quiet, but really close to everything you could ever need. ADA Compliant, free continental breakfast with both Waffles AND Sausage Gravy (this is how I judge hotels). As clean and as modern as a late-90’s hotel can be without, like, a MAJOR renovation.
BEST WESTERN SKY VALLEY INN– It’s a Best Western. Ever been to a Best Western? Even if you haven’t been to a Best Western, just think what the words “Best Western Inn” brings to mind. Got it? Yeah, that’s it. It’s EXACTLY that. Pet friendly! “Includes Breakfast” which, in my experience, means bagels, donuts and yogurt to go. If it don’t say “International”, it ain’t got Waffles & Sausage Gravy! Probably the newest of the options, though.
FAIRGROUNDS INN – This is the hotel your dad lived in for a while when your Mom left him. It’s a place that JUST BY LOOKING AT IT, you’re pretty sure you know what it smells like in there. Right on a VERY busy, loud road. No breakfast at all (*siiiiigh*) other than a vending machine. Amenities include Bathroom, Soap, Electricity, Water… very basic. Oddly enough, I think the rooms her are the most updated of any hotel in Monroe, though, having a strong 2012 vibe!
EVERGREEN STATE FAIRGROUNDS RV PARK – And of course if any of you are Recreational-Vehicling your way here, the Fairgrounds has an official RV park that is very reasonably priced and we’ve never heard a complaint from any vendors that have chosen to stay there. No breakfast as far as I know, sooooo…
There’s probably more in the area, these are just the ones I know are closest to the Fairgrounds. You could probably stay in Woodinville or even Bothell and have a 20-minute drive to the fairgrounds if you like, you might even save a buck or two!
NOW AVAILABLE IN THE ODDMALL MERCH SHOP: This very special LGBTQA+ (aka “The El Jibbities” – LGBT’s) Rainbow Variant of our stunning Captain Slinky Presents Oddmall Emporium of The Weird SPRUNG Art, Craft, Gift & Gaming Show artwork by local art sensation Zachary “Goodbye Zach” Diaz! So how is this helping The El Jibbities other than just being a callous corporate cash-grab exploiting the current “Woke” media trends by slapping a rainbow on an already existing product?
Well FIRST of all, how dare you. SECONDLY, all profits from shirt sales – ALL shirt sales, not just this rainbow one – will be donated to one of our most beloved vendors, Frakking Bombs. Their family has been dealing with non-stop harassment and vandalism for over a year now involving rainbow flags and fences, and you can read all about it by clicking here and just scrolling back a bit to see everything BUT LONG STORY SHORT, THEY NEED TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY TO CONSTRUCT A METAL FENCE BECAUSE THESE JERKHOLES HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BURN THEIR WOODEN ONE DOWN.
And before you ask, YES the Police got involved, YES they went to court, NO nothing was done about it beyond a stern “If I catch you kids doing this type of stuff again I shall become QUITE displeased”. It’s beyond those steps, now it’s all about staying protected and staying safe.
We only make like a buck off of each shirt after the on-demand materials, printing, sales fees, taxes, and order fulfillment, so whatever gets made from these sales we’ll be doubling and then rounding up to the nearest hundred.
Or of you want to give them some cash directly, you can always slip ’em a few bucks through ko-fi at their address ko-fi.com/frakkingbombs but then you wouldn’t get a nifty shirt!