Geek’s Guide to Binghamton

This guide wouldn’t have been possible if not for the amazing geeks of Binghamton. While crafting it, I started out with a list of 15 things and it quickly expanded to this list of shops, museums, and groups you see before you. I’m sure with everyone’s help it will continue to grow. 

Why put this thing together?
Simple, to let people know there’s something for everyone in the Binghamton-area.

Define “geeky”: Anything that diverts from convention or has a niche appeal.

Looking For Group (LFG)

Binghamton Amature Radio Association
Meetings are held monthly and with the only pre-requisite being an interest in Amateur Radio!

The Bier Club
Join other brewers in the Binghamton-Endicott region and talk beer!

Triple Cities Makerspace
You want to learn how to make it? This is the space to do it. Whether you’re craft be sewing, wood-working, 3D printing, or welding, the Makerspace has something for you. Stop in during an open house night on Tuesday after 6:30pm.

TriCities LARP
Meeting on the first and third Saturday of every month, (barring holiday breaks), this community comes together for dramatic role play with the Minds Eye Theater Werewolf the Apocalypse system, as well as occasional horror games based on HP Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu.

Binghamton Area Tabletop Society
The sole purpose of BATS is to provide a regular, safe, and public environment for people to play tabletop games together. This group is filled with welcoming individuals with a crazy-amazing knowledge of board games.

Game Designers Guild
An organization for game designers, developers, artists and publishers in the Binghamton, NY area to share their ideas and hone their craft.

Binghamton Pinball League
Want to play pinball with other people that like pinball? Then you have found your people.

Sacred Grounds LARP
Whether new to live-action roleplaying or a veteran adventurer, Sacred Grounds welcomes all. Their game features “A robust Age of Exploration fantasy world with steampunk elements… character options, an exciting and deep in-game economy, and a high quality presentation.”

USS Serling
The USS Serling is Greater Binghamton’s own chapter of Starfleet. 

Carcosa Creations
Carcosa Creations is the husband/wife team of Kevin and Kim Kreiner, who have collectively been running Live Action Role Playing games for over a decade.

Two Rivers Point
Amtgard boffer LARP meets at Recreation Park on Sunday afternoons.

Curious Items and Enchantments

Robot City Arcade

Jupiter Games
240 Main St, Johnson City, NY
Fans of Magic the Gathering will find a home at
Jupiter Games where planeswalkers can trade cards and battle in scheduled tournaments. The store also features a healthy gaming library and roleplaying events.

Centerfield Cards and Comics
125 W Main St, Endicott, NY 13760
Get your comic Books, sports cards, graphic novels, games, and related collectibles.

Sound Go Round
305 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY
Find anythng and everything dealing with pop culture from comic books, music, movies, video games, and more. It’s a place to buy, sell, and trade.

Fat Cat Comics
278 Main Street in Johnson City, NY
Carrying a wide selection of comic books, as well as RPG, miniatures, and more.

Robot City Arcade
126 Clinton St, Binghamton, NY
Over 100 games and pinball machines ranging from 1974 to today! Plus, a video game store with thousands of titles spanning the entire history of the medium.

Dragon Master Games
Suite 3 1235 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY
Test your deck in a number of MtG drafts and Core tournaments and showdowns. While here, you’ll also find a number of tabletop and roleplaying games played here.

Moonwalker Arcade
253 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY
Everything from pinball to air hockey, pool tables, and retro to modern video games.

Thank you to Binghamton Philharmonic for supporting RoberCon 2018.

Eat, Drink, and be Nerdy!

Dos Rios Cantina

Bistro 163
163 Washington St, Binghamton, NY 13901
Between their Ramen nights, fun and quirky staff, and their welcoming all things nerdy, Bistro 163 has to be one of our favorite hang-out spots.

Galaxy Brewing Co.
41 Court St, Binghamton, NY
A cosmic brew pub that embraces the weird and geeky.

Cyber Cafe West
176 Main St, Binghamton, NY 13905
The only bar where a Sith would get served with out comment…

Dragonfyre Distillery
1062 Leonard Road, Marathon, NY
Step into a magical other-world of brews, fairy forest trails, and an enchanted tasting room.

Water Street Brewing Co.
168 Water St, Binghamton, NY
Another great local brewery right in downtown with good food and regular host of board game nights.

Lost Dog Cafe
222 Water St, Binghamton, NY
This cafe has a certain gravitational pull. It’s a great eatery where people who feel ‘lost’ in Binghamton can feel at home.

Dos Rios Cantina
60 Court St, Binghamton, NY
Come for the Mexican food and marvel at the
murals that line the walls. Try to find the hidden Lord of the Rings references painted in.

Adventure-Seekers

Carousel Storm Trooper Johnson City
One of the many carousels located throughout Binghamton

Carousels
Location: All over
Fun fact: Binghamton is the carousel capital of the world. Complete the quest to ride them all and receive a free patch.

Xscapes
135 East Frederick St, Binghamton NY
Choose from one of several themed rooms and then try to escape before time runs out!

Enter the Twilight Zone
Fans of Rod Serling’s work and the Twilight Zone will find several notable spots to visit and pay homage to one of sci-fi’s great storytellers. Devotees will recognize Binghamton’s downtown Boscov’s Department Store and Bus Terminal as inspirations for popular episodes. Plus, check out The Bundy Museum, which is host to a Rod Serling archive.

LUMA Fest (Sep 7 – 9)
Binghamton, NY
Three nights of glorious projections and moving pictures mapped onto the buildings in downtown Binghamton.

Epic Nerd Camp (June 28 – July 2)
Ramblewood, MD
This is just too unique I couldn’t leave it out. Get this: relive summer camp as an adult, plus a bunch of nerdy activies (e.g. foam-crafting, swordplay, archery, board games from dawn until ?).

Crown City Con (Sep 22 – 23)
Cortland, NY
Get your tabletop gaming on! Whether it’s roleplaying, board gaming, war gaming, card gaming, or anything else, Crown City will be serving up a weekend-long slice of gaming goodness!

RoberCon (Sep 28 – 29)
30 Front St, Binghamton, NY
Two days of cosplay, panels, tabletop games, and special guest authors. If you’re part of a fandom, there’s something here for you.

Unearthed Arcana

Shooting stars above Kopernik Observatory

Kopernik Observatory
698 Underwood Rd, Vestal, NY
Friday nights are for stargazers at Kopernik. Equipped with 3 observatory and 12 portable telescopes, plus a wealth of programs in between there’s a lot to love about Kopernik.

Roberson Museum and Science Center
30 Front St, Binghamton, NY
Home to a number of dynamic exhibits touching on a range of subjects, including ecology and conservation, fine art, and propaganda. There’s a number of intriguing artifacts and stories to hear behind each exhibit, as well as the museum and mansion.

Phelps Mansion
191 Court St, Binghamton, NY
Step back to the Gilded Age in one of the last of the remaining high houses on “Mansion Row.” Stop in for a guided tour Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

The Bundy Museum 
129 Main St, Binghamton, NY
The Bundy Mansion which sits as the centerpiece of its three-building campus celebrates the self-made man in Binghamton. It’s home to a number of oddities, including a small public radio station and pieces of ‘Twilight Zone’ history.

TechWorks
321 Water Street, Binghamton, NY
TechWorks features a facinating collection of
technology. The items include everything from an early Link landing simulator to a refurbished IBM printer. But on’t just go to see the collection, hear the stories behind them.

Thank you to Tesorina Botique for supporting RoberCon 2018.

If you feel anything is missing, please email nshoemaker@roberson.org.

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