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Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – July

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament - JulyOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re now hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams

Randomly drawn teams of five will compete in best-of-five matches. With five teams or fewer, the tournament will be run Round Robin style. With six or more, it will be Double Elimination. All matches start on day map, but the losing team of the last game can pick the level in the next game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. The tournament organizer, Dylan, will not take any names after 8pm. Once the list is full, we’ll start drawing colors. Please return to the table at 8pm to draw your color and meet your teammates. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

One card of each color will have a Q on it. This means that player is the team’s designated queen. If you draw a Q and DO NOT WANT to play queen for ANY REASON, you can put it back and draw a new card.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Don’t forget, Ground Kontrol serves draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails at happy hour prices from 5pm-midnight every Sunday!

Be sure to join Killer Queen Mercury Squad Portland to keep up with fellow players, special events and bee puns!

WHAT: Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament

WHEN: Sunday, July 5th. Registration opens at 7pm, first match begins at 8pm.

COVER: Free! 21+ only w/ ID.

Categories: Arcade News, Closures

CLOSED For Independence Day – Saturday 7/4

CLOSED For 4th of JulyGround Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED for business Saturday 7/4 so our games (and our staff) can take a break!

Of course, we’ll be open regular hours Friday 7/3 and Sunday 7/5. If you’ve got Friday off for the holiday weekend, swing by – we open at Noon and welcome all ages until 4:50pm. At 5pm, the bar opens with happy hour until 7 (and an extended happy hour on Sunday nights!)

We’re also hosting a Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament on Sunday 7/5.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, and we’ll see you soon!

Clash of the Classics: Jungle King VS. Return of the Jedi

It’s time to pit two arcade titles against each other to see who stays, and who goes – and your quarters make the decision!

Clash of the Classics is our monthly feature where two unique arcade titles face off to see who tips the scales in their favor. Every coin dropped counts towards a contender’s favor!

This month, two titles featured in our Raiders of the Lost Arcade
series humbly ask for your attention: Taito’s 1982 adventure game Jungle King, and Atari’s 1984 adaption of the sci-fi hit of the same name, Return of the Jedi.

Jungle King’s stuck around longer than we expected – rarely-seen, it features four distinct levels that increase in difficulty as you complete each set. From vine-swinging to shark-fighting, Jungle King’s an early example of the solid platforming many gamers would come to expect from the company that would later release the enduring classics Bubble Bobble and Double Dragon.

Return of the Jedi broke from Atari’s previous space-simulating vector game play featured in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back for an ambitious experience that attempts to capture the most exciting moments of the film that wrapped up the original Star Wars trilogy. Not only do you get to blow up a reactor with the Millenium Falcon, you guide Leia on a speeder through Endor, and pilot a AT-ST with Chewbacca at the helm. The AT-ST stage even switches back and forth to a stage featuring Lando locked in battle with TIE Fighters in an assault on the Death Star, in a unique feature Atari called “split-wave”. Its isometric angle lends itself well to fast action, and it’s a challenging game – but would you expect anything less when you’re taking on the Dark Side?

Whether you answer the call of the jungle or use the force, it’s up to YOU to get down here and play Jungle King, Return of the Jedi or both as much as you’d like. Invite your friends, fill up the high score table and take a trip back to yesteryear. You’ll help us make room for the next featured title, and have a blast while you’re at it! Clash of the Classics runs from Thursday 7/2 through Wednesday 7/8!

Categories: Events

LIVE: Rhythmus Records West Coast Artists Showcase – Sunday 6/28, 9pm

Rhythmus Records ShowcaseThe Rhythmus Records West Coast Artists Showcase celebrates the Boston labels’ debut compilation Rhythmus Records Presents…Temple Maps limited edition cassette EP! The night will feature live sets by Demi-Batard and Temple Maps with DJ support from DJ Tanuki and Temple Maps spinning vinyl, tapes and select cuts from RR releases from 2015. Visuals provided by Ritzy Sheens’ modular video synthesizer.

Rhythmus Records (RR) is the newest project of Scott Buchanan.  Scott is active in skweee and chip music as a producer, curator, DJ and label manager.  He has helped keep chip music contemporary and relevant by always seeking the newest sounds.  He chooses producers that are hooked on the timbre of pulse waves and breathing life into chip tune.  RR provides a opportunity to hear exciting new sounds in chip, 8-bit, and electronic music.

Very limited edition cassettes of RR001, Rhythmus Records Presents will be available at the event in addition to Temple Maps’ new cassette EP!

Demi-Batard: https://soundcloud.com/demi-batard

Temple Maps: https://lifelikefamily.bandcamp.com/album/moon-mountain              https://soundcloud.com/tamarack/sets/temple-maps

WHAT: Rhythmus Records West Coast Artists Showcase

WHEN: Sunday 6/28. Starts at 9pm.

COVER: Free! 21+ only.

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Star Wars – Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Return of the JediWhile not as common as the classic 1983 vector Star Wars or its sequel Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi is a classic in its own right, and an excellent bit of Star Wars gaming! With well-crafted full color graphics, the player goes through a variety of “shoot and steer” gameplay settings. These involve speederbikes on Endor, an AT-ST marching segment, and an exciting turn at the Death Star run.

Set in a three quarters angle that is very similar to the Sega classic Zaxxon, Return of the Jedi offers a variety of difficulty levels, allowing the player to choose at the beginning. Each mode is rather difficult, however – from a time when arcade games truly challenged a good player!

Of particular note is the large amount of digitized speech included in the soundtrack. Each quote is straight from the film, covering just about every major character. The classic Star Wars score is well translated here as well, with a particularly satisfying version of the Ewok celebration song at the Game Over screen.

Return of the Jedi is fun to play, and an atypical sight in the arcade. For Star Wars fans, it’s a must play – and for everyone else, it’s an excellent shooter with plenty to see and do!

Terminator: Genisys Night – Win Prizes & Passes! Sunday 6/21, 5pm

Terminator: Genisys NightOne of the biggest science fiction action franchises of all time continues this summer with Terminator: Genisys, and Ground Kontrol & Paramount want you to check it out – FREE!

Spanning 31 years, 5 movies, multiple comic books, action figures, a TV series and of course arcade games and pinball tables, The Terminator’s made a sizable impact. In fact, Ground Kontrol features two completely different classic games based on T2: Judgment Day – the 1991 Midway shooter, and the Steve Ritchie-designed pinball table!

On Sunday June 21st from 5-8pm, we’re giving away guest passes and special prizes for the new film, while they last! Grab a special Terminator-themed food or drink special from the bar, and enter the high score contests for both the T2: Judgment Day arcade game and pinball table. If you best the current high score on either game, you’ll get a prize pack that includes passes to a special Terminator: Genisys screening!

Stick around for Black Sunday, featuring a special set of heavy tunes from DJ Loraxe. Free movies, killer food & drink specials and heavy metal… The future doesn’t look so bad!

WHAT: Terminator: Genisys Night

WHEN: Sunday 6/21, 5-8pm. Stick around for Black Sunday at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

Portland Beer Week: Hopworks Happy Hour Pinball Tournament – Tuesday 6/16, 5pm

Flip City Pinball Tournament Sponsored by Hopworks

Join Hopworks Urban Brewery for a special happy hour with a side of pinball!

Portland’s organic brewery Hopworks pairs nicely with a game or three of pinball, and tonight you’ll be able to enjoy select Hopworks brews with a chance to compete for cash, Hopworks & Ground Kontrol gift cards, and more!

On draft at the bar, a special beer that’s worth the wait:

  • Barrel-Aged Army of Darkness Imperial Stout – Army of Darkness emerges from the Hopworks cellar after 9 months in Bourbon Barrels. What was once a roasty, fruity, warming stout has become chocolatey and smooth. Caramel and vanilla dominate the nose, while the Bourbon barrels impart and mildly drying finish. Big, black and bold all around, this beer embodies darkness in the best way possible.

If you prefer something lighter, especially while you’re locked in battle against billions of points and a formidable foe, we’ll also have a cooler full of cold tallboys:

  • HUB Lager – An all malt American craft lager with a delicate honey malt body, classic herbal hop notes and a clean, dry finish.
  • Rise Up Red India Red Ale – A full-bodied India Red Ale that’s mahogany in color, smooth, made with certified organic barley, and packed to the rafters with a blend of NW hops.
  • HUB Cider – The brand-new semi-dry hard apple cider that’s straw colored with fresh apple aromas. Slightly tart with a Champagne-like acidity, HUB Hard Cider finishes slightly sweet and fruit-forward.

Enjoy happy hour prices on Hopworks selections beginning at 5. Hang out and grab some casual games of pinball, but if you want to step it up and compete, enter the Flip City Pinball Tournament beginning at 7pm with a $5 buy-in. The top winners will walk away with cash, Hopworks and Ground Kontrol gift cards, and more!

WHAT: Hopworks Happy Hour Pinball Tournament

WHEN: Tuesday June 16. Hopworks Happy Hour begins at 5pm, Flip City Pinball Tournament begins at 7.

COVER: No cover, but if you want to play in the Flip City Pinball Tournament it’s a $5 buy-in. 21+ only.

Portland Beer Week: Oakshire Brewing Killer Queen Happy Hour – Monday 6/15, 5pm

Oakshire BrewingOne of Oregon’s most popular breweries combines with one of Ground Kontrol’s most popular games for a unique event – the Oakshire Brewing Killer Queen Happy Hour!

First, try select beers from the award-winning brewery. Available at the bar, while they last:

On Draft:

  • Hopollo 7 – This well balanced, deep golden to orange colored Northwest IPA begins with a big fruity melon and citrus nose and follows with ripples of mild pine forest. The firm bitterness and fruity hop flavors carry the middle and then has a long and drawn out ending with a medium spicy finish.

In Cans:

  • Watershed IPA – A Northwest style India Pale Ale highlights the flavors and aromas of our region’s best hops. Crisp, dry and refreshing, this dry hopped IPA is smooth and easy to drink.
  • Oakshire Amber – Oakshire’s amber ale holds a special place in their hearts as the first beer they ever crafted. A delicious balance between malt & hops creates a sessionable brew enjoyable throughout the seasons.
  • Overcast Espresso Stout – Gray skies are a regular part of life in Western Oregon. Overcast Espresso Stout is a dark, silky oatmeal stout that is rich, smooth and full of coffee flavor and aroma—quite nice on a gray or sunny day!

Killer QueenThen, check out the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, in our lounge! This game’s hard to find and harder to miss – two giant cabinets support 5 players each (with drink holders for your beer, of course). Teams compete as worker bees, warriors and Queens battling it out to be the first to collect the most pollen, decimate the opposing Queen three times, or ride the snail to their base. It’s one of the best multiplayer experiences we’ve ever seen in arcades! Sign up for a double-elimination, best-of-5 tournament and you could win Oakshire Brewing and Ground Kontrol gift cards along with Oakshire growlers, pints, patches and pins! Tournament sign-ups take place 5-8pm, and the first game kicks off at 8.

Continue your Portland Beer Week with tasty beer and friendly competition, thanks to Oakshire Brewing!

WHAT: Oakshire Brewing Killer Queen Happy Hour

WHEN: Monday June 15, starting at 5pm. Killer Queen Tournament kicks off at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! Free to sign up and play in the Killer Queen Tournament at 8, too. 21+ only.

Portland Beer Week: Beat the Brewers with Laurelwood Brewing – Wednesday 6/17,

Laurelwood Brewing Co.We’re closing out our string of Portland Beer Week events by pitting beer fans against brewers in a friendly competition presented by Laurelwood Brewing!

Head down to Ground Kontrol to not only drink delicious beer by Laurelwood, but challenge their brewers to an arcade game or pinball table of your choice. With a huge selection of classics ranging from Ms. Pac-Man to Mario Kart and the biggest & best pinball selection in the Pacific Northwest, you’re sure to find your specialty! If you best the brewer, you’ll win Laurelwood prizes!

We’ll have some special selections available at the bar to enjoy before, after or during your brewer battle! Buy a Laurelwood and you’ll get a raffle ticket that will put you in the running for a grand prize: a pair of Laurelwood’s Portland Timbers tickets!

On draft:

  • Piston Pale Ale – A pale ale with a bit of a hoppy punch to keep you on your toes, as well as pleasant citrus (think grapefruit) and pine notes.
  • Gose the Gozerian – Laurelwood’s take on the classic beer style that originated in Leipzig, Germany! Gozerian gets its tart, lemony flavor from the Lactobacillus bacteria (say that three times fast) used to acidify the beer. This bacteria is very similar to those found in yogurt or sauerkraut. That tartness is balanced by coriander and salt’s savoriness thanks to Portland’s Jacobsen Sea Salt, who extracts their product from the Oregon Coast! Gose the Gozerian can be best described as hazy, light, refreshing, and very sessionable… Just in time for summer.

In bottles:

  • Workhorse IPA – An extremely well-balanced yet flavorful IPA with a heavy handed dose of hops in the kettle, hop back, and 2 separate dry-hop additions. A slightly sweet finish helps balance the hop bitterness and creates an ale that is both big on flavor yet remains quite drinkable.

With three excellent Laurelwood beers available at the beer (while they last!), everyone will walk away a winner – but only those that beat the brewers will walk away with fabulous prizes!

WHAT: Portland Beer Week: Beat the Brewers with Laurelwood Brewing

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 5-8pm.

COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

No Pun Intendo feat. Albert Kirchner

Stand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge!

This month’s lineup:

Brandon Lyons (Rising star of Portland comedy)
Henry Russell Stoddard (From Seattle, Host of the Central Comedy Show)
Monica Nevi (From Seattle, Bridgetown, The 206)
Cameron Mazzuca (From Seattle, Bumbershoot)
Albert Kirchner (Co-Founder of radiolarp.com)

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank our sponsor The Devastator – Funny Books for Humans – the only all-comedy publisher featuring writers and artists from Adult Swim, The Onion, The Daily Show and Marvel Comics. Pick up their books at your comic book shop of choice, Amazon or direct from their online store!