Makers learning DnDOn Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010, Makers Local 256 hosted a “DnD 101” class.  The class gave the attendees exposure to what goes into creating a game, the tools available for creating characters, and an overview on what’s involved in making an environment that is fun for creative minds.

Succeeding in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign requires a collaborative approach from the players, a key mentality used in both game play and group projects.

NeonJade writes an article on Makers Local 256:

Did we fit in? It certainly felt like it to me. I even took a couple of membership applications to fill out. The energy was contagious. It makes me believe I could finish that mosaic project I have been meaning to do, maybe learn how to use a welder and try my hand at sculpture. Everything feels more possible in a supportive environment…

If you’re interested in checking out Makers Local 256, members are typically present at the space by 6:00PM weekdays, and 1:00PM on Saturdays. The Makers Local IRC channel is a great resource for finding out if people are currently at the space, as well as our webcam:

We look forward to meeting you!

Last weekened Makers Local 256 had a successful open house, which gave us the opportunity to show members of the community what we’re all about and have to offer. Members of IEEE’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) were in attendance, and have shared their experience at the open house online:

If you weren’t able to make the open house, don’t feel like you have to wait for the next one to check us out. Someone is in the shop almost every day after 6:30, and on Saturdays we get booming right after lunch. Come out and see what you missed!

Makers Local 256 will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 5th, 2009!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, including the members of the local GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) chapter of the IEEE!

The Make Shop will feature a swap meet, and will be showing off completed and near-completion projects!

For those interested in helping to prepare for the Open House, we’ll be having a shop cleanup day on Friday, December 4th.

Picture of the Google Pin from Strages collection
Picture of the Google Pin from Strages' collection

Recently, Ratmandu, one of our members noticed some strange people lurking around the outside of the Make Shop.  Hobo with a knife?  No!  Geocachers!

Destination Huntsville Geocache

Someone in Huntsville saw TheMostBob’s google pin on the side of the new Make Shop and thought near the makeshop would be a great place for a new cache 🙂

For those who are not familiar, Geocaches are locations where GPS enthusiasts will leave a container, and then publish the coordinates on the internet.  Geocachers plug those coordinates into their GPS devices and do their best to find the containers.  More information on the hobby can be found here: