GEEK TOOTH: Uno Morato – Geeks, Grub, and Gaming (and Galactus, Too!)

A little over a year ago, I was hooked on HeroClix. So hooked, in fact, that I wrote an article about it over at FlipGeeks (click here).

At the time, I had a regular gig drawing comic strips for a…really rich client. Me being the conscientious and responsible young man I was, I promptly blew about half of my total earnings on the highly addictive tabletop game. It so happened that when I started getting into HeroClix, the “flavor of the month” was a Spider-Man themed set. People who know me can attest to the fact that when it comes to cool Spider-Man stuff, I fold faster than a sheet of colored paper at an origami convention.

Fast forward to today. I’ve got different priorities now (and no time to play HeroClix, sadly). I had amassed a good number of rare/useful figures during my rapid downward spiral into HeroClix madness, including some really desirable and powerful Spider-Man pieces.

(Of course, in this blasted game, a “powerful Spider-Man” is hilariously anything but, especially considering the ridiculously overpowered Iron Men and Batmen pieces out there. But I digress.)

I decided to let go of them, partly because I’m in need of cash, and partly because it kinda sorta hurts to think about the amount of money I plunked down for a hobby that I don’t even get to actively participate in anymore.

Soon enough, I found myself corresponding with author, professor, and proud geek Carljoe Javier. Carljoe co-owns (and runs) Uno Morato, a quiet little bookstore and gaming cafe located at the corner of Tomas Morato and E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City. They have a nice HeroClix gaming league there, so I decided to try my luck and sent them an offer.

Uno Morato

Plus, these guys are sensible enough to use a map as their Facebook fan page’s cover photo. You have no idea how happy that makes me – I’m the kind of person who can get lost inside his own damn house.

The place is easy enough to find – it’s located at the garden area of the GYY Building, behind a string of restaurants and establishments. It’s very easy to feel at home at Uno Morato: in addition to the tall shelves full of books and comics written and illustrated by local creators, they also offer cold drinks (including Katipunan craft beer) and tasty snacks (Apple Pie Cookies, anyone?).

I met some really cool people there, and we ended up having a mini-party (complete with a big pizza!) to celebrate the birthday of one of the store’s regulars. The highlight of the event was an exciting 3-on-1 HeroClix showdown, Uno Morato-style: a Kree army, the movie lineup of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Blue Lantern Corps versus… well…

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…THIS ginormous bastard.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stick around long enough to see the outcome of the fight.

I wish I’d taken more pictures, especially of the food (it all kind of disappeared faster than I could grab my camera). Oh well, I guess that’s one more good reason for me to swing by again! And when I do, perhaps I’ll bring my last remaining Spider-Man HeroClix team with me.

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Uno Morato is a great place to hang out and talk about all things geeky. In addition to selling local books and holding gaming sessions, Uno Morato also offers creative workshops that cover a wide variety of interesting topics (and even shows some beloved old school cartoons on weekend mornings). The gaming cafe/bookstore is located at Garden Area GYY Building #1, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. They are open daily from 10 AM to 12 midnight.

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