Wreckless Pics and Good Press

There is still a lot of buzz about PLAY’s Wreckless Tournament.  Our enthusiastic sponsor, The Sprout Fund, provided a photographer for the day and we’ve got some pretty cool pics to share with you.  Click this link and look for yourself, your friends, and your favorite games.  Here are some previews:

Our best-dressed competitors added flair to mini-golf.

Our best-dressed competitors added flair to mini-golf.

Perfect Skee follow-through

Perfect Skee follow-through

Tandem Brohawk darts

Tandem Brohawk darts

Our new friends at Duquesne University wrote up a great article about PLAY and tourney activity.  The word is still getting out and around.

Obviously we are still psyched about the tournament.  Stay tuned for the video we are producing of the day’s events.  We promise that it will be as fun and entertaining as everyone in it!


Wreckless Wrap-Up

It was epic.  It was energetic.  It was entertaining.  It was the Wreckless Arcade Tournament.  Our first tournament was a complete success on all counts!

The day started out with 8 teams chomping at the bit to bring their A-games to mini-golf, wackamole, darts, skee ball, and water polo-fuse ball.  Let’s just say right now that these TEAMS WERE AWESOME!  Some came dressed to thrill.  Some overcame severe obstacles to perform, like “a lack of beer”, as one team member described.  Some channelled existential sports psychology while others drew on their rock band-style in-fighting for the eye of the tiger.

Awesome teams assemble for Wreckless.

Awesome teams assemble for Wreckless.

The brackets were busy with movement as teams won, lost, and advanced from round to round.  Games like water polo-fuseball proved to be the nemesis for many teams – good thing it was so splashy to keep everyone happy.

Eventually the final round pitted the day’s undefeated team, Brohawk, against the underdogs, Team Eh, in a dramatic skee ball grudge match.  The first time these teams met, Brohawk arose victorious at mini-golf forcing Eh? to climb back through the loser’s bracket.  There, Eh? had their first rematch of the day against Syringe-Pipe Money-Gun, a team that Eh? had beaten in the first round in a marathon, sudden death, tie-breaking fuseball match.  SPMG then clawed all the way through the loser’s bracket only to fall once again to Eh? in skee-ball.  SPMG took third place, and Eh? went on for their own rematch against the so-far-undefeated Brohawk.  After a scoreless duel of fuseball (the 5 minutes of which seemed like an hour) a draw was called, a coin was tossed, a game of skee ball was begun, and the passive voice was worn out. The whole room thought it was over when Savannah Butler sank a jinx-defying ball in the 2-point target, but Blumen2650 appealed to the judges that fellow Eh? player eric had not thrown.  Eric promptly scored thrice, putting Eh? in the lead and poised for victory; until, that is, Brohawk put their ringer, Stephanie, up to the lane and watched her promptly sink a deuce.  Thus, Brohawk emerged victorious and the winners of all the glory.

Skee ball finesse in Round 3.  Syringe-Pipe Money-Gun v. Team Eh?

Skee ball finesse in Round 3. Syringe-Pipe Money-Gun v. Team Eh?

All the glory goes to Brohawk!

All the glory goes to Brohawk!

More highlights of the day included meeting folks who stopped by to check out PLAY Parlour.  They came from as close as our Lawrenceville backyard to as cross-town as South Side.  We got some encouraging feedback from them.  We also found collaborators for creating new games for our space.  This is incredibly exciting for us.

Lotsa thanks to those who made Wreckless a hella event: The Sprout Fund for their sponsorship, Wild Purveyors and Embody Natural Health for their food and drink donations, $n€åK¥ m¡K€ and Zombo for keeping the energy high with commentary and tunes, our event workers who collected donations, names, film footage, and kept everything running smoothly.  Of course we wouldn’t have had a tournament without our teams, so the biggest Thank You to all who competed!

We’ll be posting more photos and stories from the day in the near future.  Share any you have with us – leave a comment here on the blog or upload to our Facebook page.

We have more plans in the works for future events while we work on opening permanently.  Keep up with the latest by checking out our website and Facebook page, and sign-up for our monthly e-newsletter coming soon.  Send your email address to us at playparlourpgh@gmail.com to get on our mailing list.

Here’s to the next tournament!

Wreckless Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

Here are a few things we love:

Wreckless is only a couple of days away (Saturday, February 16)

Wreckless being mentioned in the City Paper’s Short List (check out Adam’s throwing technique on page 41)

Embody Natural Health donating delicious, healthy dranks for our competitors and visitors on Saturday

8 teams, 25 players in the tournament, and plenty of room for more (sign up now).

Another great write-up in the Post Gazette

The Sprout Fund being a partial sponsor of our event

And for good measure, Valentines you wouldn’t be embarrassed to give.

This event is being made possible, in part, by a sponsorship from the Sprout Fund.

This event is being made possible, in part, by a sponsorship from the Sprout Fund.

Another Wreckless Update

Just a few more days until the Wreckless Arcade Tournament goes down.  We are pleased that the Sprout Fund has become a sponsor for our event.  We want to see as many folks as possible this Saturday.  Stop in anytime between 3:00 and 10:00.  We’re located at 5258 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.  Remember, it’s FREE for everyone.

It’s not too late to get on a team!  Sign up now.  Don’t want to compete?  Come hang with us, play the games that aren’t part of the tournament, enjoy the music, vibe, and refreshments.

Here is how the day is stacking up so far:

Tournament Teams and Brackets – We have 8 teams so far, and with member names like Curry Fury, Saramonster, and Syringe-Pipe-Money-Gun, we are expecting nothing less than some good-natured and focused gaming.

Emcees/DJs – $n€åK¥ m¡K€ will start the tournament off, and Zombo will take over.  Both of these guys promise to provide very colored commentary and to keep the atmosphere focused on fun.

Enticements – Adam has created a new game that will be revealed during the tournament.  Check the pic below.  All we can say is that it was debuted at Practice Night last week and it was very well-received.  Give it a try on on Saturday .

Guaranteed fun

Reps from the Sprout Fund will be on-hand during the tournament, too.  Feel free to ask them about the many other projects in which the Sprout Fund is involved, or ask how you can receive support for you ideas.

If you need anymore encouragement than this to come on Saturday, read what local media are saying about Wreckless.  Then read recent reviews of PLAY Parlour for good measure.  We live up to the hype.

So Saturday’s gonna be a real good time.  Feel free to share our post and website with your friends because we want to share the fun with you.

This event is being made possible, in part, by a sponsorship from the Sprout Fund.

This event is being made possible, in part, by a sponsorship from the Sprout Fund.

Sprout Fund Sponsorship

The Sprout Fund, an art-funding organisation here in Pittsburgh has generously jumped on board with a sponsorship to help make our Wreckless Arcade Tournament possible.

Sprout Fund  Black on White

A Representative of the Sprout Fund will be on hand at the event, so you can learn about many of the other projects they’re funding, and perhaps chat them up about funding your project.


On Deck at Wreckless

Hey, do you know this guy?


If you do, maybe it’s because you’ve been to one of his high-energy performances. Or maybe you’ve tapped into your inner yogi in one of his yoga classes.  Or you’ve been roller skating with him – in his house.

$n€åK¥ Mike is a fixture in the city’s performance scene.  He’s a rapper, artist, poet, and yes, a yoga teacher.  Now he’s adding another gig to his list: Opening Emcee for Wreckless Arcade Tournament on February 16.  We are psyched!

$n€åK¥ is most known for his high-flying, explosive live performances. He has opened up for acts as diverse as the Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalif, Matt and Kim, Yo Majesty!, Chairlift, Flosstradamus, People Under the Stairs, Electric Six and even Wang Chung.

With $n€åK¥ on board at Wreckless, we’re even more impatient for it to start.  He will be working the crowd, keeping the fun level high because that’s what Wreckless is all about.  There will be antics, banter, and music; we’ve been promised “a delicious mix of upbeat awesomeness and ironic awesomeness and some R Kelly.”  Really, you haven’t whack-a-moled until you’ve done it to Ignition.

Register now and get yourself on a team.  It’s not too late, and all of these shenanigans are FREE.  If you don’t want to compete, come and hang with us – it will definitely be a party!

In the meantime, look for $n€åK¥ Mike all around town.  Check him out:

  • Teaching yoga at CLAY YOGA in Bloomfield on Liberty Ave (next to the Crazy Mocha).  Clay Yoga’s grand opening is February 9.  Join Sneaky’s classes on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.  Check out these sites for more details: www.clayyoga.com or www.facebook/clayyoga.

After Wreckless, catch one of $n€åK¥’s performances:

  • Playing a benefit show on Friday, March 15, at Exit Nightclub, 1630 Smallman Street, Strip District.
  • Hosting and performing at an amazing event called UNITY at on Saturday, April 6, at 6119 Penn Avenue, East Liberty.  Also featured will be Dazzletine, Nick Lawless, and Pet Clinic, and more!

Follow these links to keep up with all of $n€åK¥ Mike’s activity, including music and performances:




Getting Ready for Wreckless

As the Wreckless Arcade Tournament gets closer, PLAY Parlour wants to make sure you get to know the cast of characters who have helped get this project off the ground, as well as those who will be adding elements of cool, sass, and enthusiasm to the tourney.  We’ll be making these introductions in upcoming posts.  In the meantime, here are some short videos to get you in the PLAYing mood.

Darts fans are fans of Jesus, but darts the Professional Darts Corporation is not.  It’s like a modern-day Gospel passage.

This is amazing.  Don’t forget, PLAY’s mini-golf has a water feature, too.

Skee Ball Leagues.  It’s happening.

We do not condone this kind of sportsmanship, even though we want to validate your feelings.  You’re awesome.

Update to Wreckless Tournament – Practice Night February 7

PLAY Parlour is hosting a Practice Night for its upcoming tournament this Thursday, February 7, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  This session is open to anyone who is registered for the tournament by practice time on Thursday.  So, if you haven’t already entered, now’s a perfect time to do it!  Or register at the door tonight.

Practice Night will give you the chance to get acquainted with the games at PLAY – remember, they aren’t exactly what you’re expecting.  Adam will be on-hand to demo the games and share all he knows about them – which is a lot since he actually made them.  Rules and regs will be reviewed, too (remember this is the Wreckless tournament).

If you aren’t already on a team, form one on Practice Night.  If you have a team already, size-up your competition, trade members (that’s hardcore, but we like it), and develop line-ups and strategies.  Don’t forget to figure out team shirts and uniforms because you gotta look sharp.

DO: Ain't nobody dope as the Norwegian curling team.

DO: Ain’t nobody dope as the Norwegian curling team.

Can you tell these jokers are even a team?  Nice try, NY Yankees.

DON’T: Can you tell these jokers are even a team? Nice try, NY Yankees.

Keep the registrations coming in.  We’ll see you at practice.  Now run go run a lap.