Friday, August 6, 2010

Bowling Night Of The Living Dead

Of all the events going on around GenCon, the one event Jason and I were looking most forward to was the Bowling Night of the Living Dead event at Jillian's which is a combination bar, arcade and bowling alley. The advertisement for the event stated the following:

Join downtown's scariest bunch of individuals for a night of spooky gaming fun! Jillian's Restaurant & Entertainment Mega-plex is hosting a Halloween themed cosmic bowling and video games night. We will turn the 45,000 sqft of space into a graveyard full of attitude with Vampires, Witches and Zombies. DJ, Door Prizes, Giveaways, Light Apps, (1) Drink Ticket and over the top fun will be provided

Suffice it to say, Jillian's is in great danger of being sued for false advertising. The space looked about as much like a graveyard as a kiddie party at Chuck-E-Cheese. None of the employees were dressed up and there were BALLOONS everywhere. There was no DJ, no door prizes and no giveaways. I do seem to recall there being some fun, but it was far from being over-the-top. It didn't even fill the glass halfway. It was quite obvious that the staff didn't give a crap about the event and that the organizer was just looking to cash on on the GenCon hype. I am so utterly disappointed.

The bowling alley at Jillian's is really odd. First off, the lanes don't seem to be as wide as one would normally expect. Second, our particular lane malfunctioned constantly and often tossed out an extra pin into the middle of the lane. I debated whether or not to dress up for the event and decided not to due to how hot my zombie mask tends to get. Under the circumstances, I'm glad I decided against it. I would have looked VERY out of place. We made the best of it, but, really, if I hadn't been hanging out with a group of friends, this would have been a complete waste of time.

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