February 23rd – March 1st

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! Remember to tell them that the Nerd Watch sent you!

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 in the Newsletter both here online and in your inbox.

Anything that happens on a fairly regular schedule every week will be moved to the “weekly events” portion of the website after it appears for the first time in the newsletter.

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, February 28th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] 10:30am
Warhammer 40k Tournament
Come hang out and play Warhammer, on the big tables with terrain on them and all that! Armies can be up to 1850 points, registration starts at 10:30am, starts at 11:00. There’s a $15 Fee, and you can sign up at www.the131.com/forum.
Greenfield Games [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Winter Auction 2015
The Winter Auction! Lots of interesting stuff is on offer this year. You can come to the store and place a bid, or bring in whatever interesting nerdy items you think will fetch a good price, and if they sell you’ll receive the full amount in store credit at Greenfield Games! The silent bidding portion of the auction started yesterday, but you can still bring in items for people to bid on! Lots close Saturday at around 4:30pm. It all ends with the live auction on Saturday, and you won’t want to miss the excitement! You can check out some of the items available in this Facebook album!

Comics:

Thursday, February 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graphic Novel Book Club
Join the friendly people at Modern Myths as they discuss the finest graphic novels on offer! There’s a $5 entry fee, but you get that back in a $5 voucher for the store. Free entry with proof of purchase of the book from Modern Myths! February’s Graphic Novel is “Strong Female Protagonist Volume 1”!

Science:

Monday, February 23rd
Amherst Brewing Company [10 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm
SciTech Cafe
Come see Professor Gary Felder present on dark matter! Learn what the universe is made of, and how we know. Learn the difference between dark matter and dark energy. Learn how we find out what they’re both made of! Maybe learn how to harness the secret forces of darkness to take over the world?

RPGs:

Saturday, February 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Modern Myths hosts sessions of the Fantasy Flight Star Wars roleplaying game, using rules from all the published sourcebooks. The game started in January, but you can stop by and I’m sure they’d be excited to write you into the adventure!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Mutants and Masterminds
Comics n’ More hosts a special play session of Mutants and Masterminds this weekend!

Video Games:

Sunday, March 1st
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00pm
MAKETALKPLAY RIFF RAF(F) RAFFLE!!!
Presented by Raf Anzovin, president of local animation studio “Anzovin Studio”, this is a night of comedy and prizes to raise money for the Pioneer Valley Game Developers! Come see an interesting presentation by Raf about his studio’s experience in game design, followed by the comedy stylings of Dave Boutilier! Finally, the RIFF RAF(F) RAFFLE itself will give you the opportunity to win such fabulous prizes as: 
3Doodler , the Middle-Earth Quest Board Game, a Joy of Despair Comic by Dave Mercier, some HitPoint Studios Swag, some Artmuffin Art, a Quarters Gift Certificate, a Woodpenny Basketball Game, or a Leap Motion Controller! And that’s just the prizes they’ve announced so far!
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