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mn.sf (Minnesota SF) FAQ

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'Add the following to your FAQ.

'For: First Minnesota:
"Meets Fridays 7pm-2am at The Source, NW corner of Snelling &

'Also add:

'18XX railroad gaming and Settlers of Catan: Mike Schneider,

'And don't forget mention of Red Dragon Hobby, on Lake Street.'

mn.sf Asked Questions

1. How do I find gaming gatherings?


Fantasy Role Playing Gamers Association
FRPGA is a student gaming organization at the University of Minnesota
For info try Jim Felling at (612) 378-9581 or write c/o Dave Rust,
1826 North Alameda Street. Roseville, MN 55113

First Minnesota Historical War Gaming Society
Specializes in historical war gaming and multiplayer board gaming
For info contact Source Comics and Games (612) 645-0386

Gamesday Players
Board and card gaming almost every Friday evening
For info contact Richard tatge at (612) 824-5559

Lords of Chaos
Roleplaying emphasis on AD&D
For info contact John at (612) 698-6482

Midwest Area Gaming Enthusiasts
MAGE covers all aspects of gaming.
For info contact David Glewwe at (712) 722-1136, or 2802 360th Street,
Rockvalley IA 51247

Writes, produces, plays and promotes live action gaming in the Twin
For info contact Maurice 'Skip' Manton at (612) 776-9881 or Penny
Robinson at (612) 686-8830

St. Paul Area Road Knights
SPARK is a Car Wars club. Affiliated with the AADA.
For info contact Brian Strassman at (612) 487-6895

Role-Playing Special Interest Group
RPSIG is a loosely connected umbrella of gaming clubs focused on
promoting the hobby of gaming, educating the community on role-playing
and teaching members how to role-play.
For info contact

Twin Cities Becky Teed (612) 646-8190
Winona Karl Unnasch (507) 454-5330
Mankato Dena Connort-Millard (507) 625-4928
River Falls Charles Hahr (715) 425-9912

Twin Ports Gamers Guild
for info contact Jason Winter at (218) 728-1255

Southern Minnesota Gaming Society
SMGS does gaming, role-playing, board games and historical simulations,
and meets in Savage, MN
For info contact Todd (612) 895--1744, or Mike or Angie at
(612) 731-1294

Twin Cities Area Historical Miniatures Group
Military history and historical miniatures.
For info contact the Source (612) 645-0386

University of Minnesota Gaming Society.
for info contact same as Fantasy Role Playing Gamers Association (above)

Gaming BBSes:
Fire Opal (612) 882-4812
Science Fiction BBS (612) 423-7358
Greylien (612) 623-7850

Gaming list provided by Michelle Bottorff
Compiled Mar '97 **Some information may be out of date** Please send
updates, corrections, additions and meeting times to

2. Is this an appropriate place to ask about a puzzling line in
Eleanor Arnason's _Ring of Swords_? (Approximately: biters of rats
and poisoners of socks).

Mon, 29 Sep 97
David Lenander <>
Re: mn.sf (Minnesota SF) FAQ

'Actually, I THINK Eleanor has an e-mail address (unless it's lapsed
in the past couple of months).... I have an Eleanor Arnason page,


'and you could direct this question to me for asking her. As it
happens, I have asked this question, as someone asked it of me a while
back. It's a reference to CIA plans that became public in the 70s to
try to assassinate Fidel Castro with poisoned socks. The other
reference is to G. Gordon Liddy (I think) who was deathly afraid of
rats. In some autobiography, he recounts how, in order to overcome
this fear, he made himself eat a rat. Unfortunately, these references
were not as widely-known as Eleanor thought, and she regrets that she
put them into the book in a fashion that confuses people--many readers
seem to think they're missing another of the garblings of common
American aphorisms, which is something that occurs frequently in this

2. Are there any formal or informal groups which get together to Watch
Babylon 5?

3. What sf organizations, stores, etc. are there outside the Twin
Cities, in Minnesota and nearby parts of other states and provinces?
(Fargo and Thunder Bay, for example.)

4. How does a newcomer get in touch with Star Trek groups in

email Joan Verba at for information.

5. Is there an organized Babylon 5 fandom in this area?

The Minnesota sf community/communities

Note that "Minnesota SF community" is larger than "Minnesota fandom"
or "Minnesota fandoms". It includes, for example, people who
regularly buy sf at specialty bookstores. It's also larger than

I know there are groups, stores. etc. not mentioned here. Some will
be, if you (or someone) send me the information. Some won't be -- I
don't see any purpose in listing an invitational writing group, for

Additions and corrections from people in Minnesota (and adjacent
states and provinces) are welcome. If you _thoroughly_ disagree with
what I say here, it's probably easier to write and post a competing
guide than to change my mind.

Written SF

Central Club: Mnstf (aka Minn-StF, etc.) is less central than it used
to be. But it's where you go for information by phone (612-824-5559),
mail (EINBLATT) or web (; and it runs Minicon, the
largest local mostly-written-sf convention. Mnstf meets the first and
third Saturday of every month (usually); usually in someone's home,
usually starting at 2:30 pm. There is no programming.

Rivendell is the University of Minnesota Mythopoeic Society group.
Usually meets once a month for discussion focusing on one fantasy
book. During the school year, usually meets at Coffman Union; in the
summer, meets at people's homes.
David Lenander. Internet: D-LENA@TC.UMN.EDU home: (612) 292-8887
work: 626-3375 Rivendell Group web-page:

North Country Gaylaxians is for gay, bisexual, etc. sf fans. They
have good taste in restaurants.

Second Foundation meets about every six weeks to discuss one science
fiction author's works. Call Eric Heideman, (612) 825-9353.


Uncle Hugo's has a very good stock, both new and used. The new books
include some British paperbacks. Note: For most Post-Apocalypse
novels, you'll need to visit the siamese-nonidentical-twin Uncle
Edgar's Mystery Bookstore.

Dreamhaven also has a very good stock. Dreamhaven has magazines and
books Uncle Hugo's doesn't and vice versa. The main store on Lake
Street could be considered two stores: one for sf and one for popular
culture. The Dinkytown store is, I understand, mostly comix now.

Visual sf

For Star Trek groups, see Joan Verba, above.


Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers Alliance (MIFWA) meets quarterly
to discuss writing. If you're looking for a writing group, or your
writing group is looking for new members, this is a good place to
start. Call Eric Heideman, (612) 825-9353.

The Worldbuilding Society meets monthly to discuss worldbuilding --
that is, the background for sf and fantasy. For further information,
email or call (612) 871-5461.

Open writing groups: Are there any?


There are now housefilks once a month. ("Filk" was, originally, homebrew
music associated with the written-sf community. It has expanded into
various related fandoms, and has developed a singer-songwriter movement.)
Monthly Filk (music) circle at home of Laramie Sasseville, 3236 Cedar Ave.
S. Singers and instrumentalists at any level of ability are welcome. FFI:
Laramie 721-6076 or Date of the December gathering
not yet set.

Music is _sometimes_ played at Mnstf meetings.

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