February 16th-22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


In a town with 5 colleges and 500 grad students per square foot, it can get difficult keeping up with all the events in town that cater to the vaguely defined sub-cultural group we’ve decided to call nerds.

We’re here to help! We’ll let you know what trivia, gaming, science, comic, and just plain interesting events are happening in our fair Valley!

We’ve split it up like this: any one-off events around the Valley that are only happening this week, only happen a couple times a month, or any interesting updates to existing events will be up top in “This Week”. Anything that happens every single week without fail or much in the way of alteration will be in the “Weekly Events” section at the bottom.

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Thursday, February 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Miniatures Paint and Play
Join the friendly people at Modern Myths for an afternoon of miniature painting! If you don’t know how, their experts will show you! Bring some supplies or use the ones they have. There’s a $5 entrance fee, BUT all attendees get a mini to work on and then keep!

Card Games:

Saturday, February 21st
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00am – 10:00pm
Preliminary ProTour Qualifiers
Win a seat at the regional ProTour Qualifier of your choice! The PTQs are being held April 25th, and the closest ones are in Catskill, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Montreal, Quebec. (We here at the Nerd Watch highly recommend you check out Montreal, it’s a great city!) A cash prize Travel Award of $200 will be part of the first place prize, to help you make the trek.
Registration Opens at 9AM
$40 Sealed Deck @ 10AM
$25 Standard @ 1PM
$25 Modern @ 4PM
GUARANTEED PRIZE SUPPORT FOR EACH EVENT:
Up to 64 players (6 rounds):
1st = Invitation to Regional ProTour Qualifier on April 25, 2015, $200 Travel Award
2nd = 2 Booster Boxes (72 packs)
3rd/4th = 1 Booster Box (36 packs)
5th-8th = ½ Booster Box (18 packs)
9th-22nd Place, players with:
13-14 Match Points = 12 Booster Packs
12 Match Points = 6 Booster Packs
Play a gigantic amount of Magic, win some boosters!
Saturday, February 21st
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am – 11:00pm
Fate Reforged Sealed League February
The month long Magic sealed league kicked off again last month. Come and join! It’s only $25 and you get a full month of play and prizes! Matches can be played any day at any time, and play for this month runs through the 21st.
Saturday, February 21st
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 – 7:00pm
First Ever Netrunner Store Championship
Netrunner! The game of cyber-kings. Come to the lovely Greenfield Games and experience the excitement that is one of the very few asymmetrical competitive card games! There are prizes too! First place gets a plaque, and a card granting a first-round bye at the regional championship of their choice. The top four players get a playmat, the top eight get a deck box, and the top thirty-two get one alternate art card! There’s a $5 entry fee.

Science:

Wednesday, February 18th
Earth [Solar System, Orion Arm, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Universe] at Night
New Moon
A new moon! Without all that pesky reflected light, you can see fainter objects during your peer into the infinite! A great time to go out and get really cold and see if you can spot distant galaxies.
Thursday, February 19th
Neilson Library Browsing Room at Smith College [7 Neilson Dr. Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00pm
Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues: A Posthuman Model for Cultivating Character
Are you interested in Buddhism, neuroscience, and new technology? Man! What luck! This is probably the only event that’s going to fire all your cylinders for a while. Come see James Hughes, director of the surprisingly sinister-sounding Cyborg Buddha Project, present about how he sees neurotech altering the human search for personal growth. We’re almost certain this guy can help you win that Netrunner championship. Check out his 2013 paper on the topic, and his TEDx talk as well!
Sunday, February 22nd
Earth [Solar System, Orion Arm, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Universe] at Sunset
Conjunction of Venus and Mars
Well, they missed Valentine’s day, but Venus and Mars are getting together this week! These two lovely planets will be separated by a mere half a degree in the evening sky! Look west just after sunset to see this impressive sight.

WEEKLY EVENTS *UPDATED*


Board Games:

Monday, February 16th
Community Room [Burger King, 334 King Street Northampton MA 01060] at 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Northampton Scrabble Club
Love Scrabble? Come play with nice people! Players of all ages, abilities, and personalities are welcome. Call (413) 387-9678 for more information
Wednesday, February 18th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] *NEW*
Miniature Gaming With The 131
Come hang out and play miniatures games! Warhammer and the like, on the big tables with terrain on them and all that.
Thursday, February 19th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Board Game Playing and Learning Night
Experts available to teach and play board games with you and your friends! They take requests, too! No experience needed.
Saturday, February 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Board Game Night
Come hang out and play board games from the stock at Modern Myths! Try something new or just get the players you need for an old favorite.

Card Games:

Monday, February 16th *NEW*
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] *NEW*
Commander/EDH
Play Magic, maybe win prizes!
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Magic Booster Draft
Play Magic, maybe win prizes! $10 cover.
Tuesday, February 17th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Legacy with Unlimited Proxies
Play Magic, maybe win prizes! $5 cover goes to the prize pool. Anyone with a positive record gets a prize!
Wednesday, February 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Commander/EDH night Magic
Buy-in is $5, everyone gets a participation pack and a chance for prizes. If you don’t want to buy in, you can play for free but you don’t get a shot at prizes!
Thursday, February 19th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday Night Modern
Play Magic again! Constructed Modern event similar to Friday Night Magic. Entry is $5, and there are booster pack prizes.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] *NEW*
Magic Draft
Play Magic, maybe win prizes!
Friday, February 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday Night Magic
Play magic, meet new people, maybe win foil prize cards. $16 entry fee, tax included. Draft format. Prize pool: 1.5 packs per player, everyone gets at least one prize pack and top players get one or two more.
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday Night Magic
Play magic, meet new people, maybe win prize cards. $5 entry fee. Constructed Type II (Standard). Prize pool: booster packs and store credit.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] *NEW*
Friday Night Magic Modern Tournaments
Play Magic, maybe win prizes!

RPGs:

Monday, February 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Ongoing RPG Night
Join people at Modern Myths for their regular evening of ongoing campaigns! It’s a great time to join another group or find players for your own ongoing game. You can also join people for Dungeons and Dragons Expeditions using your Adventurer’s League character or contact Modern Myths to set up your own game! Admission is by Day Pass, $5 that you get back in store credit. DMs/GMs play Free!
Tuesday, February 17th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant Street B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
D&D Encounters
A D&D adventure one short encounter at a time. Great for new players and old hands. New storyline every couple months.
Wednesday, February 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm
D&D Encounters
A D&D adventure one short encounter at a time. Great for new players and old hands. New storyline every couple months, $5 entry fee that you get back in store credit.
Sunday, February 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
Epic play in the world of Golarion over the course of multiple seasons, during which you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 4-hour adventures. $5 entry fee that you get back in store credit. NOTE: Modern Myths is looking for Pathfinder GMs! GMs get free passes and store credit for running full tables. Contact them for details.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] *NEW*
Pathfinder Society
Epic play in the world of Golarion over the course of multiple seasons, during which you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 4-hour adventures.

Trivia:

Monday, February 16th
The Quarters [8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035]
Trivia Night
Teams can be 1-5 people, and it’s $5 per person to enter. There are cash prizes and gift certificates for the top 3 teams. Nerdy trivia in general, probably up your alley if The Quarters itself appeals to you.
Tuesday, February 17th
Amherst Brewing Company [10 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:30pm *NEW*
Trivia Night 
There is little information about this mysterious trivia night but you can probably expect undergrads.
The Harp [163 Sunderland Road, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00pm
Trivia Night 
Teams can be as big as you feel like! Usually lots of undergrads, for good or ill!
Thursday, February 19th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00pm
Trivia Night
Teams can be 1-5 people, and it’s $5 per person to enter. There are cash prizes for the top 3-5 teams. The trivia is well-curated and idiosyncratic due to the fact that it has been put on by the same person for 5 years. It’s also hard as all living heck most nights, don’t get discouraged!
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